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Celebrate the Art of Mexican Cuisine at Mod Mex & Mod Mix

Matt Kirouac

Mexican food is a big deal in Chicago. We may be far from Mexico, but Chicago sports one of the largest Mexican populations in the U.S., and the culture has left an indelible mark on some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods and in some of the best restaurants. In honor of one of Chicago's most prominent cuisines, famed chef Rick Bayless is entering his third year hosting Mod Mex & Mod Mix.

An Encased Meat Celebration, Chicago Style, at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Hot Dog Fest '15

Since the opening of the Stockyards (and before), Chicago’s hot dogs and other related meat products have been celebrated around the world. Many visitors to Chicago do not consider a visit to the city complete without at least one visit to a hot dog stand, hut, or full-on sausage emporium.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, July 19-25

Kameron Sears

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 Kameron Sears. Enjoy!

Cozy Up to Chicago's Best S'mores Desserts

Matt Kirouac

'Tis the season for camping and fireside noshing, but since actual campfires can be hard to come by in city limits, restaurants are bringing the Americana pastime to you. Nothing captures edible outdoor nostalgia quite like a good s'more, something handily available at a number of restaurants in Chicago. And you don't even need to worry about bug spray!

Celebrate the Vibrant, Diverse LGBTQIA Community with About Face Theatre's '15 Breaths'

About Face Youth Ensemble

The sparkly hoopla of the 2015 Pride Parade is history, but for the young artists of About Face Theatre, the celebration continues with a new docudrama delving into the history of LGBTQIA Chicagoans. Whether or not you identify as L, B, G, T, I, Q or A  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and Allies of all the above), "15 Breaths" promises to be a compelling exploration of a vibrant, important Chicago community.

Weekend Alert: July 24-26

Beach Volleyball

So. You've found yourself in Chicago in July. You may be wondering what there is to do this weekend. Well wonder no more, because your Weekend Alert is here! Look at this list below and you'll soon figure out why Chicago is the best place to be during the summer. Or really, any time of year. Gosh you're lucky to be in town *wipes away single tear*.

Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios" Opens its Cabinet of Curiosities Starting August 6

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Like all Cirque shows, you can expect an astonishing international consortium of fantastically costumed contortionists, acrobats, aerialists and illusionists with Cirque du Soleil's new performance "Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities," opening Thursday, August 6 at the United Center.

Have a Blast on the Water During the Annual Chicago Scene Boat Party Weekend!

Chicago Scene Boat Party

Everyone knows that the best way to spend a weekend in Chicago in the summer is taking advantage of the gorgeous lakefront — and the best way to take advantage of the lakefront is in a boat.

This weekend, Lake Michigan’s largest event returns in its 16th year – the Chicago Scene Annual Boat Party.

Learn About Chicago's Many Bridges at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum

Chicago Bridgehouse

In 1862, Chicagoan Juliette Kinzie noted that the land near what would become the DuSable Bridge (commonly known as the Michigan Avenue Bridge) was “a low wet prairie, scarcely affording good walking in the driest summer weather, while at other seasons it was absolutely impassable.” In our own time, thousands of people pass over the bridge on this site without knowing its fascinating history or about the technology that makes the bridge such a wonder.

5 Fun Runs to Get Through the Next 5 Months

Big Ten 10K Race

If you love the rush of pumping endorphins through your body as you run long distances in the great outdoors, Chicago will certainly keep you satisfied. Here are five upcoming runs in the city through November.

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