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4 Awesome Spots to Catch the Air & Water Show - by Land and by Lake

Castaways Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 16-17. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to view the show in comfort and style.


Zoovies - Lincoln Park Zoo's Wild Take on Movie Night

Lincoln Park Zoo

It's movie night. You have some freshly popped popcorn ready, an ice cold soda in hand, and a couple boxes of candy as you look upon the silver screen next to your friends, family, and some flamingos ... Flamingos? I'll explain.


10 Decades, 10 Homestands: Cubs Face Padres for 1970s Historic Series

1970s Cubs road uniform

The Chicago Cubs finish the last 10 days of July with as many home games, kicked off today by a three-game historic 1970s homestand versus the San Diego Padres. The Cubs then face division rival St. Louis Cardinals, July 25-27, and then cap their stay at home with a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, July 28-31. Make sure to head over to Wrigley Field for these three great home series and celebrate the Friendly Confines' 100th birthday.


Historic Signs of Chicago Skyscrapers

Trump Hotel sign

The recent placement of the Trump International Hotel & Tower sign on Chicago's riverfront inspired me to take a look at other prominent signs of Chicago skyscrapers. Downtown was once littered with neon and marquee lights, and over the years the identification of building owners has generally become more subdued. However, it certainly hasn't disappeared. Here is a look at the history behind some of the signs topping Chicago architecture


Hidden Gems on the University of Chicago Campus

University of Chicago

On a trip to Hyde Park, most folks stop by some of the neighborhood's star attractions: the Museum of Science and Industry, the Court Theatre, and perhaps a stop at the Medici on 57th Street for some pizza and conversation.

First-time visitors and seasoned South Siders might also do well to check out a few of the lesser-known gems (architectural and other) right nearby on the University of Chicago campus. Here's a quick tour of three fascinating moments that are worth your


Chicago's Top Dogs for Hot Dog Day

Bangers & Lace

In Chicago, National Hot Dog Day is practically forcemeat Christmas. Which is why you'll want to eat your way around the city's multifaceted hot dog landscape to celebrate the encased meat holiday on July 23. Here's a roundup of some of Chicago's top dogs.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series (July 13-19)

Ryan Postel Instagram

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Ryan Postel. Enjoy!


Two Cute Children's Boutiques on Damen Avenue

Red Balloon Co.

Chicago's Damen Avenue is a wonderful stretch of cafes, restaurants and boutiques that promise unique clothing, accessories and more. Two children's boutiques, within walking distance of one another, are go-to spots if you're looking for quality children's clothing, accessories and toys that bring fashion and style down to a kid's level. Personalized service and kid-centered events make the shopping experience easier for parents and fun for all. 


Great Music, Eats and Gardens - Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival

Street fest, check. Live music, check. Gardens, check.

Possibly the greatest street festival in Chicago, the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival,  is taking place in Lincoln Park this weekend, July 19th and 20th.  This is the 46th year that residents of Lincoln Park have opened their gardens up to the public for your viewing pleasure.


Weekend Alert: July 18-20

Chicago

We're halfway through July already? Where's the summer gone?

Regardless, here are some awesome events to check out this weekend, including Pitchfork, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and some other popular festivals. Don't be filled with regret when everyone else is at these and you're not.


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