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Chicago Humanities Festival: Amazing 'Stages, Sights & Sounds' International Children's Theater Festival


For more than 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has celebrated individuals, communities, and cultures with its vibrant year-round programming. 2015 marks the 16th year of CHF's amazing Stages, Sights & Sounds International Children's Theater Festival. From May 7-20, Stages, Sights & Sounds will feature inaugural theater productions from around the world, world class puppetry performances, and readings with children's book authors.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, February March 22-29

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 #

Chicago’s French Market: A Bit of the Left Bank in the West Loop

Chicago French Market

It’s hard to believe that Chicago didn’t have a four season indoor market until the Chicago French Market opened in 2009. Today, curious visitors can wander through the Ogilvie Transportation Center to find its charming rues filled with interesting vendors, including over two dozen restaurants, a greengrocer, and a lovely place to relax while having Belgian frites and beer. 

Four Suggestions for Exploring Wrigleyville Before or After You Hear “Play Ball!”

Wrigley - Blog

A pilgrimage to Wrigley Field is almost a requirement for many folks visiting Chicago, even if their interest in baseball is marginal at best. I made my first trip to the Friendly Confines in 1991 as a teenager visiting Chicago on a solo train trip around the country. Jumping off the Red Line at Addison, I made my way to the ticket booth and picked up a standing-room only ticket for a few bucks.

What do I remember from that first trip? Andre Dawson struck out, Ryne Sandberg hit a

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Chicago Sports Bar?

Sports Bars

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.

Easter Dining in Chicago for All Tastes

Easter Dining

Easter calls for a festive brunch or dinner complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. There's an Easter brunch in Chicago for everyone, whether you're looking to bowl with the bunny or sip bottomless mimosas on a sunny patio. Here's a guide to finding the your best brunch fit for your family.

Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll Marching Band Mucca Pazza Playing April Residency At Revolution Brewing

Mucca Pazza Big Band

Mondays in April at Revolution Brewing's Logan Square hub are getting a little weird ... in a good way. Chicago's Mucca Pazza, a 20+ member marching band that's known to play everything from gypsy punk to New Orleans funk to mambo music, is setting up shop at the brewpub for a weekly residency. 

Shakespeare for Everyone: Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Sense and Sensibility

Chicago Shakespeare Sense and Sensibility

The award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater is truly one of our city's shining cultural gems. Its critically acclaimed Shakespeare series, touring productions, and kid-friendly programming brings the Bard to life once again. The theater's latest production of "Sense and Sensibility" magically transforms Jane Austen's classic into a musical, charming comedy of manners.

Four Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

Easter Bunny Pinstripes

Hippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch. Here are four of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, March 15-21

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

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