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Weekend Alert February 17-19: Get Outside! 3 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors + 2 Operas + 1 Tasty Taco Showdown

Chicago Architecture Tour Shoreline Sightseeing

Are you ready to take advantage of the warmth in Chicago this weekend? We've got a great roundup of events and outdoor activities (how about a cruise... in Chicago... in February?!). Score a deal and see highly-anticipated plays to round out Chicago Theatre Week, watch a new-to-Chicago production of Carmen, or chow down on tacos from some of the best chefs. Not only that, see how you can celebrate National Engineers Week at a free annual festival. It's time to make weekend plans — here


New Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat Now

Temporis

One of the perks of Chicago being a foodie destination is that new and great eateries pop up all the time. With so many restaurants opening their doors, it can be hard to know what to try first. Here are the handful of new and noteworthy Chicago restaurants we're excited to try in 2017.


Amazing Cubs World Series Memorabilia—See It All Firsthand at the Chicago Sports Museum!

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

If the historic Chicago Cubs World Series win was the highlight of your 2016, you'll want to run—not walk— to the Chicago Sports Museum, where a recently unveiled Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit celebrates the grandest moments of the 2016 season with sports mementos that contributed to the amazing victory. Here are five things Cubs fans need to check out STAT at the Chicago Sports Museum.


Hotel Allegro: Your Spot to Stay in the Chicago Theatre District

Kimpton Hotel Allegro

The bustle at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro starts as soon as you step off the sidewalk on Randolph Street in the Chicago Theatre District and up the stairs into their lobby. With its Art Deco interior and the welcoming feel you’ll get when checking in, it’s easy to see why so many people make the Hotel Allegro their home-away-from home when visiting Chicago.


Build Your Own Brewery Tour around Chicago's Loop: Visit a Historic Landmark District + Tacos at Rick Bayless' New Cervecería + More

Cruz Blanca Cervecería

Touring a local brewery or just stopping by for a drink is always a fun activity for beer enthusiasts. There's no shortage of great breweries in the Chicago Loop that offer tours and other events. If you’re looking for a relaxing indoor activity during Chicago’s winter, these Chicago craft beer spots offer excellent escapes from the cold weather. Read on to learn about the best breweries in downtown Chicago near the Loop.


Celebrate Black History Month in Chicago Free Art & Music

South Side Community Art Center Chicago

February in Chicago always brings a host of cultural selections, and the choices are even richer to honor Black History Month. Most of the city's museums, libraries and theaters showcase aspects of black culture for the month with engaging events. From galleries to orchestras, enjoy the legacy of black creativity with these upcoming highlights.


Weekend Alert February 10-12: 109th Chicago Auto Show, Chicago Theatre Week Kick Off, Valentine's Day Roundup, A Pizza Party & More!

Auto Show

Ready to create your weekend itinerary in Chicago? We've got some of the best of Chicago's Valentine's Day options that we know you'll love as well as top happenings that you won't want to miss. Are you ready to see some of your favorite cars and auto-related exhibits? Or are you looking forward to 100+ productions during Chicago Theatre Week? It's time to make weekend plans — here are the top things to do this weekend in Chicago.     


Chicago Theatre Week Spotlight: Don't Miss Gloria at Goodman Theatre

Gloria

Chicago is noted as a theater lover's paradise, and Goodman Theatre supplies a prime example of why with the enthralling 4-star satire Gloria (playing now through February 19). This startling peek into the insular walls of print media, and the ways popular culture and societal norms influence it, will leave a lasting impression long after the show is over.


8 Ways to Do Valentine's Day in Chicago

Raised: An Urban Rooftop Bar
Whether you're treating your Valentine to a long weekend escape, planning a date to remember or a getting a group together to spend the night on the town—there's something to see or do for lovers and friends of all kinds this Valentine's Day in Chicago. Here are eight unique ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago.


Chicago Theatre Week: 3 Perfect Dinner, Show & Hotel Pairings for Valentine's Day

Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so is Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)—it's the perfect date-night opportunity! Take advantage of Chicago Theatre Week discounts at participating downtown theaters as well as discounted hotel rooms for Valentine's Day. With the money you save, you can take your sweetie to dinner beforehand. Read on to find our inspired dinner, theater and hotel pairings perfect for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day 2017.


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