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Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at Chicago's Driehaus Museum

Downton Abbey at The Driehaus Museum Chicago

British period drama television series Downton Abbey has been dazzling U.S. audiences since it premiered in 2011. Set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate, the series transports viewers to the post-Edwardian era, depicting the tumultuous lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. This February, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum will be bringing Downtown Abbey to Chicago via its much anticipated exhibition, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.


Top 10 Theatre Week Must-Sees

Broadway in Chicago presents Cabaret

Dramas, and comedies, and tragedies. Oh my. For the super-cheap price of $15 or $30, you can nab tickets to over 120 different shows from February 11-21, when ChicagoTheatreWeek.com celebrates the city's stages from Skokie to South Shore. The sheer amount of shows is overwhelming. How to pick when the field is so crowded? Here are our picks for the Top Ten Theatre Week Must-Sees.


Explore The Wild and Wonderful World of Pop Art and Design at the MCA

Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago
If you think Andy Warhol's "Soup Cans" represent all there is to pop art, think again. Thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art's revelatory exhibits, The Street, The Store and The Silver Screen: Pop Art From The MCA Collection and Pop Art Design, the broad scope of the 60s and '70s era movement is on vivid display. Yes, Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup cans are featured but so are a host of striking images positioned as "an attack on the privileged world of fine

18 Valentine's Day Dining and Drinking Destinations in Chicago

Valentine's Day dining in Chicago

Love is in the air (and on the plate) at Chicago restaurants, as Valentine's Day draws near. From couples' menus to romantic prix fixe tastings, here are some of Chicago's top spots for Valentine's Day dining.


Dive Into Pageantry and Tragedy at Goodman's Another Word For Beauty

Goodman Theatre presents Another Word For Beauty

In popular culture, the South American country of Columbia has long been associated with images of drug trafficking, beauty pageants and political strife. Its a one-dimensional trope that keeps haunting Columbia, especially with media spectacles like the recent Miss Universe debacle. Academy Award-nominated director Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries)  borrows from real life and manages to cram all of these elements into the multi-faceted musical Another Word For Beauty,


6 Brunch Eats: Go Here for a Great Chicago Breakfast

Sweet Maple Cafe Chicago

Whether you are on your way to a big meeting, or just craving a bit of morning “me time”,  starting your day off right with a tasty breakfast is always a great plan. Chicagoans take their first meal of the day seriously; and the dining scene stands ready to please with offerings that will fit any mood. From “down home” to downright inventive, here are a few faves that will leave you deliciously satisfied and ready to take on the day.


Celebrate the Year of the Monkey: Kid-Friendly Guide to Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chicago Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8, 2016. We can expect lots of playfulness this year — it's the year of the monkey! One of the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year is Chicago's one-of-a-kind Chinatown, where the sights, the sounds and the (mouthwatering!) smells will transport you directly to China, but you'll find plenty of festivities around town. Here are eleven ways to kick off the Year of the Monkey in Chicago.


Fun, Kooky & Kinky... 13 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago

Dirty Dancing Party

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date; whether your single, or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day is all about celebrating that thing called love. Here are thirteen unique ways to enjoy Valentine's Day in Chicago.


Chicago Theatre Week features ridiculously cheap tickets, FREE events & hundreds of artists!

Chicago Theatre Week | The Second City

Shakespeare called it when he said all the world's a stage. The Bard's sentiment rings doubly true from February 11-21, when the fourth annual Chicago Theatre Week celebrates the art form practiced on more than 200 stages across the city. Produced by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, the week-long party in the theatrosphere features deeply discounted tickets to 120 different theaters plus free events including sneak previews and a staged reading.


10 Neighborhoods, 10 Chicago Restaurant Week Gems

Chicago Restaurant Week Neighborhood Gems

Lots of people have heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. Renowned chefs like them help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But just as important as the television mainstays are the longstanding restaurants situated in neighborhoods throughout the city that showcase Chicago's diversity and communities.


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