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5 Reasons You Should Spend Your New Year's Eve With Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

Ask Andrew W.K. what his yearly New Year's resolution is and he'll answer, "try to be the best person I can be." Now that's a guy we want to ring in 2015 with. 

Luckily, we can and you can too. The front man and professional partier brings his full band to Thalia Hall on January 31. Not familiar with Andrew or need more reasons to believe this show is your best bet for New Year's Eve? He hopped on the phone with us to do some more convincing. 


The Keys to a Great Chicago Restaurant Week

City Winery CRW

It's almost that time of year; Chicago Restaurant Week is coming up fast, taking place January 30 through February 12. You'd best save up an appetite now, because the best of the best in Chicago restaurants are slated to participate in this can't-miss lineup of dining supremacy. Of course, the surfeit of superb dining options can be a tad overwhelming, so to help you navigate the sea of deliciousness, here are some keys to a great Restaurant Week. Feel free to print it out, frame it, and


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, December 14-19

Ryan Meyers Instagram

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 Ryan Meyers. Enjoy!


Three Historic Holiday Traditions in Chicago

Macy's on State Street

Chicago has many holiday traditions around this time of year. There are newer traditions, like the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza or the Santa on the CTA El trains. Here are a few historic holiday traditions that Chicagoans of any age can appreciate. 


Eat Your Way Through the Holidays on a Budget

Matt Kirouac

As merry as the holiday season is, let's face it: it hurts our wallets. Shopping may be a brutal endeavor, but dining out for Christmas doesn't have to be. Check out some spots around Chicago offering budget-friendly holiday eats and drinks.


People and Businesses that Make Chicago Awesome

Allison Semmes

With a growing hub of entrepreneurs, creatives, and plenty of influencers in Chicago here a few that really make Chicago a destination city. Whenever you're in Chicago you have to check them out.


Weekend Alert: December 19-21

Holiday Thorne Rooms

The holidays are here! It's the cheeriest time of the year in Chicago, and there's plenty to do to get in the spirit. This is a time to be with friends and family, and we've got a list of activities that everyone will enjoy.


The Best in Bubbly

Matt Kirouac

You can be forgiven for feeling utterly depleted from holiday dining and drinking. Human beings are only built to handle so much egg nog. Fortunately, New Year's offers a bubbly respite, perfect for refreshing your palate and beckoning the new year with buzzed spirits. In Chicago, you're not lacking in New Year's party options, but you could always go casual and visit one of these spots for bubbly cocktails or Champagne service.


Goodbye 2014! 10 Spots for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Chicago

Chicago New Years Eve

It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and usher in the new year with style. New Year's Eve falls on a Wednesday this year, so you can count on New Year's Day and an upcoming weekend as recovery time. With so many parties in the works - from over the top balls to quieter, more romantic affairs - it's tough to choose. Here are 10 options for a fab December 31.


Six Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Chicago's Historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Palmer House Christmas tree

For more than 140 years, Chicago's Palmer House, located in the heart of the Loop at the corner of State and Monroe, has been treating guests to opulent and gracious hospitality. Retail and real estate magnate Potter Palmer considered the Palmer House his crown jewel; hence he named the extravagant hotel after none other than himself. Once touted as the largest hotel in the world, the Palmer House Lobby has seen dignitaries, celebrities, and royalty come and go, since the hotel was


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