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Fresh Ingredients Spring Forth on Restaurant Menus

Matt Kirouac

Now that the weather has finally turned, spring produce finally has had enough time to sprout and blossom. One of the most exciting times of the year to dine, restaurants throughout Chicago are filling their plates and their glassware with an abundance of springy ingredients. Here's where to get your fresh fix:

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, May 17-24

Kayur Patel

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Kayur Patel. Enjoy!

Drink In The Views and The Cocktails at These Rooftop Bars


With longer, sunnier days, the best way to maximize your Vitamin D intake - and also, booze - is to hit a rooftop bar. Fortunately, Chicago is jam-packed with them. From newbies to venerable standbys, here are some top picks for drinking in the scenery while you drink in your liquor.

Weekend Alert: May 22-24

Pritzker Pavilion

Are you into free exercise classes and lawn games in the heart of the city? Perhaps outdoor music street festivals? Biking? Enjoying a cool glass of beer? Chicago's got you covered. Enjoy the long Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago with these choice events, sure to get you out and about for an epic time.

Chicago's Most Historic Hotels

Palmer House

Why stay in an ordinary hotel when you can stay in a historic Chicago gem? Step into the lobbies of any of these history-filled hotels and you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Here are five of my favorite historic Chicago hotels.

A Gospel Celebration in Millennium Park

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: May 29-31, 2015

Gospel music has been an important part of Chicago’s cultural and social fabric since the 1920s and it remains a vibrant force throughout the city. The annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival is coming up from May 29-31 and you’ll want to plan to stop by Millennium Park for at least one or two performances during the weekend.

Memorial Day Beckons New Restaurant Patios

Matt Kirouac

Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and gratitude. It's also a time for soaking in the rays on restaurant patios while surrounded by cocktails. As Memorial Day marks the unofficial onset of summer, here are a few spots unveiling new patios to christen the season.

Explore Wicker Park's Historic Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Damen Avenue

Many people associate Wicker Park's Six Corners with nightlife, shopping and young professionals. An official Historic District lies along Milwaukee Avenue just southeast of Damen Avenue. Many pedestrians are likely so dazzled by the wares in the windows that they might not notice the beauty of the historic buildings around them. 

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, May 10-15

Brooklyn Wheeler

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Brooklyn Wheeler. Enjoy!

Friday Faves: What is Your Favorite Chicago Brewery?

Goose Island Brewery Lincoln Park

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

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