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Happy 178th Birthday, Chicago!

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Happy 178th Birthday to our magnificent city of Chicago!

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Stripes

Liz Flag Beer

This is the final piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.

If any element on our Chicago flag has caused more of a shake-up than any other, it has to be those pesky blue and white stripes. Fact: the white bands are meant to represent the three sides of the city: South, West, North.

But, wait. Ask anyone from Streeterville or the “East” side of the city, and you’‘ll get repeatedly

4 Fun Bar Night Alternatives Better than Winter Hibernation

Headquarters Beercade

We're in the home stretch. Winter is nearly over but as the low temperatures continue so does our loss of motivation to leave the comfort and warmth of our couch. If you're bundling up and venturing out, it has to be worth it. It has to be for something different. Something special. We understand. 

Here's our late winter challenge: try these bar night alternatives. We promised they'll be more fun than your third Netflix binge of the week. 

5 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Family Fun St Patrick's Day

With our strong Irish roots, no city celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the fervor of Chicagoans. But not all the festivities are, shall we say, family-friendly. If you're planning on spending St. Pat's with some Leprechaun-sized companions, you can still get in on the shamrock-fueled action. Here are five family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

Chicago Hosts the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15

Big 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The Chicago Sports Commission (CSC), Choose Chicago and the City of Chicago are thrilled to once again host the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15 at the United Center. This year's tournament is the Big Ten's first five-day expanded event, thanks to the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers. This now 14-team tournament features an additional day of games and for the first time ever, the four highest seeded teams will receive byes

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, February 22-27

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's

Get Ready for a Night of Chicago Jazz with these Albums

Music - Jazz

For over a century, Chicago has been one of the key nodes of jazz activity in the United States. Early ragtime pianists came to perform at the World's Columbian Exposition and things have been getting better ever since.

Today, the curious traveler (and locals) can take in jazz in settings quite formal like the Symphony Center or they can wander over to the Green Mill at Lawrence and Broadway, Andy's Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase in the

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Chicago Soul Food Restaurant?

Chicago's Chicken and Waffles

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.

Chicago has some of the best soul food around, evident in its mouth-watering restaurants across the city. Need help whittling down your choices? Look no

The Design of Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

As if Millennium Park weren't enough of an attraction, now Chicago is very much excited for the new Maggie Daley Park. While we may think of parks as places of nature, they involve an incredible amount of design of architecture. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh has envisioned this new park, and here is an overview of its history and its visually enticing and interactive features. 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago!

St Patrick's Day

After the chilly months of January and February, the middle of March presents one of Chicago’s most well-known public celebrations: the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the dyeing of the Chicago River. Since 1955, these august events have been presided over by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union and they’ve even found their way into several movies, including "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford.

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