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Made In Chicago: Dee Alexander Pays Tribute To Her Mother With New Album

Dee Alexander

Many musicians attribute their taste in music to their parents. Few pay tribute to them in as literal and beautiful methods as acclaimed Chicago singer Dee Alexander. Seasoned in blues, gospel and soul music, Alexander's true niche is jazz music and her newest album Songs My Mother Loves highlights the biggest influences in her career including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and, of course, her own mother who introduced her to all the greats. 


Weekend Alert: August 1-3

Chicago River

It's August? How did that happen? Although you might be able to convince someone it's September or early October based on this weather. No complaints. You certainly won't be when you're enjoying some of the great outdoor festivals this weekend, like Fiesta del Sol or Schuhplattler Verein Edelweiss. Oh also, that one called Lollapalooza. You may be familiar. Plan your driving accordingly!


Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Returns August 22 to Sept. 1

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Whether or not we want to admit it, autumn is approaching. While we might not be ready to say goodbye to the warm weather yet, at least we have an excuse to go shopping.

Just in time for a needed spree, the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard is returning for a 10-day event from August 22 to Sept. 1.


Four Comedy Shows to See Friday

Adults Embracing Failure

There's a lot happening this weekend. Friday night alone there are at least four shows I recommend you try to see. If you can't make it to all of them, plan out your Friday night activities for the next few weeks to see how many you can attend. But you'd better plan well, some of these shows won't be available for much longer ...


Attend This Lollaplooza Aftershow And Support Special Olympics

Nelarusky Lollapalooza after show

Lollapalooza is one of Chicago's biggest parties, but the fun doesn't stop every night after Grant Park shuts down. The annual slew of official after-parties are almost as anticipated as the festival's lineup itself. One of these after show's annual benefits extend far beyond the people in attendance though. 


A Hint of History on Printers Row

Printers Row

The Printers Row Historic District on the south end of downtown Chicago has spectacular industrial and commercial architecture from the city's bygone era of, you guessed it, printing. Today it is more of a neighborhood than a bookbindery, and the area keeps a connection with its past identity through a literary festival every year and a rare book shop in downtown Chicago. While other areas of downtown are flashy with postmodern buildings, this


9 Tips For Surviving Lollapalooza Weekend

Lollapalooza

Every year Lollapalooza grows bigger and bigger. Now one of the most popular music festivals in the country, this annual three-day blowout in Chicago's Grant Park attracts people from all over the world, many of them first timers. 

Whether it's knowing how to navigate Grant Park, where to get grub or what to wear, we've been around the Lolla block a few times and have some advice for you newcomers. You never know, these tips might even help a few festival


A Taste of France in the Gold Coast

Bistronomic

A busy day of shopping on Michigan Avenue calls for a break. Step away from the hustle and bustle and head over to Bistronomic, a contemporary French bistro that features big flavors and housemade, modern French cuisine, all served in a friendly, relaxed Gold Coast setting. And though Bistronomic is rooted in France, it showcases seasonal and sustainable ingredients, many of them sourced from area farms, giving you a true taste of the Midwest.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, July 20-25

Steve Crandall Instagram

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 Steve Crandall. Enjoy!


Get your tickets now for Chicago Gourmet and Rick Bayless' Mod Mex & Mod Mix 2014

Mod Mex & Mod Mix 2014

Love Mexican food and culture? Of course you do. Well hold on to your seats, because Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless - of the award winning Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO - is inviting some of his closest chef and mixology comrades for Mod Mex & Mod Mix, Sept. 13-14, hosted by Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet.


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