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A Culinary Celebration of Chicago and Beyond: Chicago Gourmet is Coming!

Chicago Gourmet

Fall means many things in Chicago: the rustle of leaves, a focus on fall harvests, and a new crop of college students. It's also time to celebrate the wide and wonderful world of culinary creation that exists at our doorstep and beyond.

We are fortunate to have Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet back again at Millennium Park for the seventh year and this fine fete stretches gloriously from September 27-28.


Celebrate National Sandwich Month the Sweet Way

Black Dog Gelato

Even if the weather isn't exactly humid, August is still the "dog days of summer" and an apt time to consume ice cream sandwiches in excessive amounts, a notion especially apropos considering August is National Sandwich Month. Here are some of Chicago's best.


A Trifecta of Perfection - Celebrate the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration This Weekend

Beer Brewing

Come to Union Station this Saturday August 23rd for the Bacon, Beer & Sports Celebration. Need I say more? Seriously, do I?

Although chances are most readers just cleared their Saturday schedules and closed out of this window, I'll go on to explain a little more about Bacon, Beer, & Sports for those of you who are still with me.


Jangleheart Circus Show Recommendations

Jangleheart

This weekend Jangleheart Circus takes over The Den Theatre for the second time with over 80 shows scheduled. The team from Upstairs Gallery has put together a knock-out festival and every show looks amazing. I pulled out a few shows I'm recommending below, but I know I'm leaving out a number of must-sees. Take these recommendations as you may, but definitely go to this festival -- a ton of great shows.


Weekend Alert: August 22-24

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago, we may be in the dog days of summer, but don't let that you miss out on some really special events this weekend. Food, drinks and live entertainment abound. Get your culture on with the Chicago Dancing Festival, or get rowdy at the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration. The choice, as always, is entirely yours.


Made In Chicago: Billy Corgan Preps For Rare Solo Acoustic Show

Billy Corgan PAWS

If you think it's been a quiet year for Smashing Pumpkins frontman and suburban Chicago native Billy Corgan, think again. 


Don't Miss the 20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

Black Harvest Film Festival Hogtown

This year marks the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival. While the festival officially kicked off on the first, there are still plenty of events to catch before it draws to a close on the 28th. Here are a few on our list.


Leaders 1354 Owners Talk About Elevating Chicago's Cultural Community

Leaders 1354

When it comes to Chicago's streetwear fashion, Leaders 1354 owners Corey Gilkey (right) and Diego Ross have elevated the playing field. What started as a humble Hyde Park shop in 2002 is now a nationally recognized brand and portal into the city's music, art and design communities with prime location in the downtown neighborhood. In addition to their primary mens and womenswear shop, Gilkey and Ross recently returned to the Hyde Park neighborhood to open LDRS


The Lincoln Park Lion Roars Again

RLP Union Jack

As I waited to speak with Colin, a young girl had just walked through the door and inquired about a job.  While she didn’t have an appointment, Colin briefly spoke with her and quietly gave me the “one second” gesture. He managed to throw in a few comical one-liners before telling her to come back at 5 p.m. for a trial run as a hostess.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, August 10-15

Barry Butler

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


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