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Great Chefs from the Great Lakes at the James Beard Foundation Awards

Matt Kirouac

If the James Beard Awards are the restaurant equivalent of the Oscars, then the chefs behind the stoves are the leading men and ladies that draw the crowds and dazzle diners. Rightfully so, as Chicago gears up to host the James Beard Awards in May, numerous local chefs have received top honors with venerable nominations.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, April 12-18

Hi I'm @modern_arkiteckt and im #takingoverChooseChicago! Come enjoy the beautiful epic evening. #Chicago #mychicagopix

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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 Cornell Hawkins.

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Movie Filmed in Chicago?

Ferris Bueller

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.  

Lake FX Listen Local Showcase Puts Chicago Talent In The Spotlight

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It's a busy weekend in Chicago with both the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival and Lake FX Summit coming to town. The two city-wide events are working in tandem to bring international talent to Chicago to share their experiences, work and knowledge.

Chicago Represents at the James Beard Foundation Awards

Matt Kirouac

In case you hadn't heard, the restaurant equivalent of the Oscars, the James Beard Awards, is taking place in Chicago's Lyric Opera on May 4. It's the first time the ceremony has ever been held outside New York City, and appropriately enough, Chicago has several restaurant and bar contenders up for big awards.

8 Reasons We're Excited for CIMMFest

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The Chicago International Music and Movies festival grows more massive and more expansive every spring. However, the 2015 programming proves that it's not missing out on any amount of quality for the sake of quantity. The city-wide, multiple venue fest is unique in that it not only showcases many fine musicians and filmmakers but it also highlights the longstanding relationship and reliance that the two mediums share. 

Here's How You Can Celebrate Record Store Day In Chicago

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Every weekend is busy in Chicago but if you're a vinylphile, then there's only one upcoming date on your calendar. Saturday, April 18, is the annual celebration of Record Store Day and the city is going to be packed full of special events. 

Here are the best places to go crate digging.

A Hearty Chicago Welcome to Geographers from Near and Far

Chicago Map

More than 7,000 geographers are coming to Chicago from April 21-25 for the annual Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. As a geographer, I welcome their arrival and hope they find time to consider our grid system, take advantage of our transit system and partake of our many unique neighborhoods.

I've assembled a few resources that will help make their time here quite enjoyable and anyone with an interest in space and place will enjoy them as well.

Eat and Drink Outdoors at These Killer Patios

Matt Kirouac

Chicagoans have been chomping at the bit for patio season, and thanks to increased daylight and higher temps, the time has finally come. As dining establishments unveil their al fresco settings, here are some prime spots for al fresco eating.

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