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Spectator Tips for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Best of luck to all runners competing in the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, this Sunday, Oct. 11! Chicago will be cheering you on all 26.2 miles of the race course. For spectators who'll be in town for the race, here are a few tips for getting the very best out of one of the premier athletic events in the country.

Top Picks for the 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Artists Month - Migrations in Black and White

October brings a lot of exciting annual events to the city but few are as expansive or innovative as Chicago Artists Month. Celebrating its 20th annual event, this year's festivities pull out all the stops with concerts, exhibits, performances, films and basically everything that represents Chicago art in all of its forms. The events run through Nov. 15 and are truly all-encompassing, covering independent artists and their works all over the city. Here's a general guide to some

Mix at Six: Happy Hour Series at Chicago's Harris Theater

Harris Theater - Mix at Six

Here's a perfect pairing: an outstanding performance at Chicago's premier Harris Theater over cocktails. MIX at SIX, a happy hour performance series, offers patrons a fun mix of pre-show socializing and networking followed by a one-hour performances to be enjoyed while sipping craft cocktails. Even better, Chicago's top food trucks will be pulling up to offer tasty bites. It's a series that's set to become the happiest happy hours in the city.

The Music-Lover's Guide to Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Artists Month - Front Porch Concerts

By Ayanna Woods

October is Chicago Artists Month: artists of all styles and genres will be featured in parks, alleyways, galleries and concert halls across the city. Here are five music events you won't want to miss. 

Where to Fuel Up on Pasta, Protein and More for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon

Whether you're racing in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11 or not, the occasion marks an apt excuse to carb out on pasta. Restaurants around town are serving up specials and Marathon menus on the weekend to help you fuel up and energize.

10 Amazing Things to See and Do this Fall at the Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

There is so much to see and do at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, where 14 acres of exhibits and experiences promise fun (and educational!) moments for all. This fall, the museum hosts a number of special activities, from a robot block party to a STEM career fair. Here are 10 amazing things to experience at MSI this autumn:

Love History or Science? Check Out Chicago Museum Week, Through Oct. 7

The Field Museum - Chicago Museum Week

Courtesy of Chicago Museum Week

Play tic-tac-toe with a robot at the Museum of Science and Industry, explore the massive collections behind the scenes at the Field Museum, gaze at the stars during a special Adler Planetarium sky show or stay late at the Chicago History Museum to enjoy after hours. Science and history lovers will find plenty to enjoy during Chicago's Museum Week, through Oct. 7. The four science- or history-focused

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series: Edson Soares

Edson Soares

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 Edson Soares. Enjoy!

Get Your Fill of Arts and Culture at Top Chicago Institutions for Museum Week, Through Oct. 7

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Courtesy of Chicago Museum Week

Arts and culture lovers should jump at the chance to immerse themselves in both as never before during Chicago Museum Week. Discover fascinating artifacts and celebrations unique to specific cultures - from whimsical masks to honoring the dead - as well as exploring art

'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' at Bank of America Theatre Slays with Subversive Comedy and a Singing Serial Killer

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Surely there is nothing quite so vexing as having eight annoying relatives ahead of you in line to inherit the family fortune. Such is the plight of Montague D'Ysquith Navarro, would-be Ninth Earl of Highhurst and antihero of the musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," now playing at Bank of America Theatre through Oct. 11. Resourceful in the manner of a true British gentleman, Monty spends the bulk of the show dispatching the D

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