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Catch a Ride on One of Chicago's Great Bus Tours Today

Big Bus Tours Chicago

Chicago is a city easily explored by foot or riding the 'L' train, with chances to view the architecture up close and experience the fabulous neighborhoods and parks. But for those times out of the year when the city weather is less cooperative, and for visitors who want the leisurely enjoyment and educational edification of a bus tour of Chicago, we'e got you covered. Check out these touring bus companies for another view of Chicago.


Buy Your Tickets NOW for the Wright Plus 150 Architectural Housewalk!

Frank Lloyd Wright architecture: Arthur B. Heurtley House in Oak Park, Illinois

Hey, did you know it's the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth? Did you also know the Chicago suburb of Oak Park is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings worldwide?

It's an exciting time to celebrate this architectural genius with a wide range of programs sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. One of the most compelling events will be the Wright Plus 150 Architectural House Walk in Oak Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from


Need Weekend Reservations? Follow Us to These Chicago Neighborhoods During James Beard Eats Week

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The prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, slated to take place in Chicago on Monday, May 1, are not only an opportunity to celebrate fine cooking across the country, but also to showcase some of the best restaurants and bars in Chicago that have helped position the city as the world-class dining destination it is today. As nearly 2,500 of the world’s most esteemed chefs, restaurateurs, bakers and mixologists descend on Chicago, it’s an apt opportunity to get

A New-to-Chicago Online Booking Service That Connects Travelers with Suites and Multiple-Room Accommodations: Suiteness.

Suiteness The Langham Chicago

Frequent travelers know that a little extra room space can make a world of difference at the end of a long day of touring. Likewise, if you're traveling with little ones in tow, you know that designated space for sleeping kids is always a welcome amenity. But it can be difficult to dig through hotel booking sites to find larger, suite-style rooms. Now there's an online booking service that connects travelers with hotel suites and multiple room accommodations: Suiteness


5 Things to See at the Oriental Institute Museum

Persian Gallery at the Oriental Institute Museum Chicago

The Oriental Institute is part of the University of Chicago's research center for ancient Near Eastern Studies. The museum has world-renowned collection of art and archaeology from the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria and more. Admission is FREE (with a suggested donation), and exploring the exhibit galleries is a great weekend activity for history enthusiasts, or junior archaeologists with their entire family, to enjoy. 


2 New Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz & a Beloved Chicago Park Bring L. Frank Baum's Characters to Life in Chicago

Emerald CIty Theatre's THE WIZ

In the 1890s, L. Frank Baum, a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post, dreamed up a fantastical story that we all know and love today, The Wizard of Oz. Though the name Oz came from his file cabinet labeled "O–Z," scholars believe that the mystical land was inspired by the glimmering "White City" of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This spring, two new Wizard of Oz theatrical productions invite families to rediscover Baum's beloved characters. Afterwards, head


Weekend Alert April 21-23: LOTS of Food (Chicago-Style Tour + JB Eats Week + Even Icelandic Cuisine!), and Pop Culture Overload with a Comic Convention, Film/Music Fest & Record Store Day

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Anyone else ready to suit up for C2E2, overload on a showcase of international movies and music, go on a "Chicago-style" food tour and celebrate Record Store Day with cook-outs, meet & greets and more? Chicago sounds like the place to be this weekend, am I right? You won't be disappointed with this list of epic Chicago events and festivals happening all weekend long. It's time to make weekend plans — here!


Travel All Over Latin America during Chicago Latino Film Festival: Playing Today through May 4

2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival

You might be in Chicago but the 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will transport you all over Latin America with an exciting line-up of 70 feature films and 40 shorts from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The 15-day movie fest features presentations now through May 4 at AMC River East 21 Theatres. 

8 Fantastic Events That Promise an Up-Close, Personal & Tasty Look into the Culinary Stars of the James Beard Awards in Chicago

James Beard Awards Chicago Events: Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Takeover

On Monday, May 1, Chicago will be hosting the 2017 James Beard Awards at the iconic Lyric Opera House. A whopping ten Chicago restaurants will be among the nominees for what many consider the Oscars of the culinary world. While you can always buy tickets and attend the James Beard Awards and Gala, here are eight fantastic awards week events, all open to the public, that promise an up-close, personal and tasty look into the culinary stars of the James Beard Awards in


Beat the Clock: The Best Escape Rooms in Chicago

The Escape Game Chicago

The idea of being locked in a room for 60 minutes may not scream "fun!" for everyone. However, escape rooms are gaining popularity across the country, and Chicago is home to numerous companies offering nail biting experiences for those who dare to take on the challenge.


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