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Weekend Alert August 26-28: Art + Dance + Booze Fests, Comedy Cruises, Bus Tours, Greek Food (Opa!) & A NEW Rooftop Restaurant

Chicago Dancing Festival

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago! Seems like this summer is flying by, but the action keeps coming. We've got comedy cruises, bus tours of Chicago's top attractions plus a beer gathering at a zoo. A free dancing extravaganza turns 10 and Randolph Street goes vintage. Not to mention, a NEW rooftop opening. It's time to make weekend plans! 

Upstairs at The Gwen: A Touch (and Taste) of Gatsby Above Rush Street

Upstairs at The Gwen

Located on the fifth floor of The Gwen Hotel, Upstairs at The Gwen has design flourishes reminiscent of the Art Deco age, while retaining a modern sensibility that offers a bit of respite from the chaotic bustle of nearby Rush Street locales. It’s just a short elevator ride up to this new Chicago rooftop. Here’s a brief guide to what you might find when you stop by for a drink or for a more elaborate dining experience.

Chicago Gourmet: GET YOUR TICKETS! Kick off the Foodie Festivities with a Taco Showdown, Burger Cook-Off & Late Night After Party

Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back September 23-25 for its 9th year. This year's  theme is ‘Food is Art!' and will be hosted by celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless. The main event takes place over two days (hurry, Sunday tickets are still available!), but here are six special ticketed events and cook-offs you won't want to miss, including the debut of a new celebrity taco bout.

American Girl Place Chicago Welcomes Melody Ellison

American Girl Place Melody Ellison

You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way toward Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in itself. American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet this August for the

Weekend Alert August 19-21: Air & Water Show (view by land or lake) + BOGO Free Tours + Fests for Food/Music/Art Lovers + 15 Restaurants Open in One Mega Dining Hall

Weekend Alert August 19-21

Looking for weekend plans in Chicago? Here's the inside scoop on all the action happening this weekend in one place. From neighborhood festivals for foodies to daredevil stunts in the air to discount walking tours, we've got some events you won't want to miss. Share your photos on Twitter & Instagram with #mychicagopix

Head Back to School for a Course in Cocktails: The Best Mixology Classes in Chicago

Chicago mixology class

It's that time of year again! The lazy days of summer are making way for an action-packed autumn. Back to school means stocking up on supplies and getting ready to meet new friends. But why should kids have all the back-to-school fun? There are two Chicago "schools" where reading, writing and arithmetic are replaced by.... cocktails! 

Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

The 606Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers. Here's our guide to a fabulous summer evening date on The 606.

The Caribbean Comes to Chicago at Windy City Carnival: August 20

Windy City Carnival Chicago

The colorful carnival traditions of the Caribbean region unfold at Hyde Park's Midway Plaisance for the annual Windy City Carnival on Saturday, August 20. Chicago's diverse Caribbean community, including Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Haitians, Puerto Ricans and Belizeans come together to celebrate their rich culture for an all day festival of parades, food and music.

Chicago Steakhouses: 4 Unique Options to Shake Up Your Saturday Night in the City

Tomahawk at Maple & Ash ChicagoChicagoans are very serious about their steak. With ample access to some of the finest beef in the country, just about every restaurant in the city has a steak on the menu. But with dozens of steakhouses in Chicago, how can one choose? The abundance of options can easily lead to analysis paralysis. There are many lists ranking Chicago's top steakhouses, but this list features some of Chicago's most unique options.

An Art-Filled Loop Itinerary: Lunch Date with Marc Chagall's Mosaic Masterpiece

The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 vibrant colors, Marc Chagall's beloved mosaic, The Four Seasons, was created for and given as a gift to the people of Chicago. It stands as one of our city's most beloved public art treasures. The French Consul General of Chicago at the time of dedication summed up the lyrical masterpiece best when he said "It is a work of art, but it is first a gift and a feast — a feast from that great citizen of the world, Marc Chagall.

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