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Annual Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Returns, Sept. 4-7

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Even though it might not feel like it this week, fall is right around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate the coming season with the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Sept. 4 - 7.

The annual shopping event on the city's premier shopping stretch is a celebration of the end of summer, which highlights stores, restaurants, hotels and more over the long weekend.

Learn about the Art of Architecture at the Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial

From Oct. 3, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will showcase innovation in contemporary architecture with exhibitions, installations and a slew of engaging events. The programming appeals to both the stuffiest of architecture geeks to the everyday visitor wanting to better understand ideas in architecture today.  

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, August 23-29

Adam Alexander 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 Adam Alexander. Enjoy!

Get a Taste of Chicago's First Food Museum: Foodseum

Matt Kirouac

Finally, a museum you can eat! Well, sort of. Chicago's groundbreaking Foodseum is the first of its kind in a city renowned for its exceptional food, both in history and in modern dining.

Chicago Gourmet Returns to Millennium Park, Sept. 25-27

Chicago Gourmet 2015

No one needs reassurance or additional encomia to know that Chicago is everyone's kind of food town. From elaborate crudite to charming charcuterie, Chicago has you covered. 

Case in point,  Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet will be returning this year to Millennium Park from September 25-27. Presented by Bon Appetit, this elaborate celebration brings together 150 restaurants and chefs for celebrity chef demos, wine and spirit tastings, and a

Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.

Evening under the Stars with the Stars of the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Stars of Lyric Opera

Featuring hundreds of free events and exhibitions, May through September, the Millennium Park Summer Celebration gives both Chicagoans and visitors the chance to enjoy the best of summer in one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world. One of the celebration's most anticipated events will hit the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.: Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium ParkPack a picnic and spread a blanket out on the

Witness a Summer of Love and Dancing Unfold in 'Dirty Dancing' at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Dirty Dancing

Cinematic production values? Check. Score full of instantly recognizable pop hits? Plot taken straight from a beloved movie? Check and check. "Dirty Dancing" has all the requisites of a hit, and that's just what it is. The musical based on the 1987 movie of the same name opened in in 2004. It's been playing continuously since.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, August 16-22

Andre M Bayerd 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 André M. Bayard. Enjoy!

Shaw's Crab House Presents its 27th Annual Oyster Fest

Matt Kirouac

Chicago may be a far cry from the Atlantic and Pacific, but you'd never know it considering our surfeit of fresh seafood, a sentiment showcased on a grand scale at Shaw's 27th Annual Oyster Fest. Taking place September 11, it's a pristine celebration of stellar seafood from Shaw's, as well as seafood restaurants throughout the city and country.

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