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8 Reasons To Check Out Kimpton's New Gray Hotel

Boleo at The Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants opened its fifth 4-star Chicago boutique hotel with fanfare and bespoke sizzle. The Kimpton Gray Hotel, formerly the landmark New York Life Insurance building, is located in the city's business district, but it is anything but stiff shirts and haughty looks. Instead, it is the perfect mix of contemporary luxury and chic city fun. Here's a few reasons why this might be the perfect place to stay for your next visit to downtown Chicago:

Calling All Movie Lovers, Big & Small: Catch the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest annual film festival dedicated to kids. Now celebrating its 33rd year in Chicago, this popular, family-friendly festival, which runs from October 28 through November 6, features over 250 films from around the world. Post-screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops with special guests, peer-to-peer dialogues, and filmmaker-led seminars are a great fit for any kid that dreams of becoming the next

Forget the Tricks, Bring on the Treats! 5 Chicago Halloween Events Fit for Foodies

Andersonville Dessert Crawl: Lemon Crème Pie from M Henry

Halloween isn't just for kids; adults want to celebrate it too! But if your idea of tasty treats doesn't involve Tootsie Rolls and Smarties, finding a fun Halloween event where you actually want to eat the food can be challenging. Lucky for you, Chicago has some very creative culinary minds. From gourmet adult trick-or-treating to pre-fix dinners in a death disco, these Chicago restaurants are dishing up Halloween events fit for foodies — spirits included!

ACME Hotel's Chicago Street Art Tour

Wabash Arts Corridor: Don't Fret

Celebrating the popularity of street art in Chicago, ACME Hotel Company decided to launch its first-ever Street Art Tour. ACME Hotel Company's creation of this street art tour is also an expression of their steady commitment to creative expression. The Chicago mural tour began this summer, and is continuing on strong this season.

Halloween Week! 8 Unique Ways to Celebrate in Chicago

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Halloween isn't just for little ghosts and ghouls. Be creative, pull a fun costume together, and head out on the town to get your trick-or-treat on. Here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, the city's spooky fun holiday, with everything from a burlesque cabaret, to a tour of a hidden burial site, to a murderous opera.

Weekend Alert October 21-23: Halloween Kicks Off + Think Big at Ideas Week + Study Tattoos at The Field Museum Exhibit Opening

The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade Chicago

We're back with your favorite weekend alert, Chicago! Giving you nothing but the top things to do in the city this weekend. Whether you're into tattoo art, want to think big ideas and embrace innovation, or want to show off your costume and halloween spirit, there's something for you to enjoy! It's time to make weekend plans, starting with these top 6 picks. 

Oysters, Cake & Beer: Moody Tongue Brewing Opens Tasting Room

Moody Tongue Brewery Chicago

Without a doubt, Moody Tongue is one of the most unique Chicago breweries to open since the craft brewing craze hit the city. Lucky for us, Moody Tongue Brewery just unveiled their new tasting room. As expected, their tasting room is just as quirky and lovely as their beers, and brewery tours are also on tap.

Chicago's Very Own Mermaid School! Where Young and Old Alike Can Make Waves

AquaMermaid Chicago
If you've ever dreamed of directing ships to safe inlets and riding the waves Ariel-style, here's your chance to transform into a mermaid: At Chicago's very own AquaMermaid school you'll trade your feet for fins and learn everything you need to know about mermaid life. Here's what to expect at your very first AquaMermaid Lesson.

Chicago Theatre: Halloween Shows to Get You in the Spirit

Dennis Watkins in the Magic Parlour

Halloween is around the corner! Chicago has a whole host of fun events and cool things to do for the holiday. But if you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, check out what's playing on stage this fall. From awe-inspiring magic shows to hilarious horror spoofs, Chicago theatre has you covered. Read on to find shows that will put you in the Halloween spirit.

Halloween in Chicago: 6 Family-Friendly Picks

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Halloween is haunted houses. Pumpkins galore. Harvest fests. And trick-or-treating. But in Chicago, Halloween also inspires a host of awesomely one-of-a-kind activities, from a spectacular downtown parade to a spooky nighttime adventure at the Shedd Aquarium to fireworks set to a ghostly soundtrack. If you're looking for a few chills and thrills with an emphasis on treats and fun, check out our picks for six family-friendly Halloween events in Chicago.

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