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Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.

Evening under the Stars with the Stars of the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Stars of Lyric Opera

Featuring hundreds of free events and exhibitions, May through September, the Millennium Park Summer Celebration gives both Chicagoans and visitors the chance to enjoy the best of summer in one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world. One of the celebration's most anticipated events will hit the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.: Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium ParkPack a picnic and spread a blanket out on the

Witness a Summer of Love and Dancing Unfold in 'Dirty Dancing' at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Dirty Dancing

Cinematic production values? Check. Score full of instantly recognizable pop hits? Plot taken straight from a beloved movie? Check and check. "Dirty Dancing" has all the requisites of a hit, and that's just what it is. The musical based on the 1987 movie of the same name opened in in 2004. It's been playing continuously since.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, August 16-22

Andre M Bayerd Instagram

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 André M. Bayard. Enjoy!

Shaw's Crab House Presents its 27th Annual Oyster Fest

Matt Kirouac

Chicago may be a far cry from the Atlantic and Pacific, but you'd never know it considering our surfeit of fresh seafood, a sentiment showcased on a grand scale at Shaw's 27th Annual Oyster Fest. Taking place September 11, it's a pristine celebration of stellar seafood from Shaw's, as well as seafood restaurants throughout the city and country.

Uncover Chicago's Role in the 'Crime of the Century' at the New Assassination Theater Production

Assassination Theater

Peruse the openings on Chicago stages this past week and you'll stumble across the provocatively named "Assassination Theater." The company's goals are as eyebrow -raising as its name.

"If I've done my job," said AT founder and investigative journalist Hillel Levin, "people will leave the show finally knowing who really killed JFK."

Weekend Alert: August 21-23

South Shore Beach

"I don't know what to do this weekend," you say. "I'm bored." Excuse me, but you should never have to say this when you're in Chicago. Take a look below at what's happening Friday through Sunday and you'll see why. Apologies for putting words in your mouth, but admit it, you've thought this once or twice...

Insider's Guide to Riot Fest in Douglas Park, Sept. 11-13

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is one of my favorite summer music festivals in Chicago. Other outdoor festivals such as Spring Awakening, Lollapalooza and North Coast typically attract younger, wilder fans, but Riot Fest attendees tend to be a slightly more mature crowd, making for an arguably better overall experience.

Food & Wine Magazine Hosts Inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival

Matt Kirouac

Not that we really need further validation that Chicago is a world-class food city, but another new food festival certainly adds a welcome feather to our cap. Or our toque, rather. The Chicago Food + Wine Festival is the latest, taking place August 28 through August 30 in Lincoln Park.

Food & Wine Magazine has emerged on the scene with their new Chicago festival, the aptly dubbed Chicago Food + Wine Festival. It's an immersive multi-day experience featuring a who's-who of chefs,

In Creating a Big Spectacle, Cirque du Soleil's 'Kurios' Generates Some Big Numbers

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Visually, Cirque du Solei's "Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities" is a stunner. But the show's stats are fascinating as well. Here's a by-the-numbers guide to what it takes to pull off the production under the blue and yellow big top parked in the United Center parking lot.

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