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Go Out on the Town (or Don't), Then Overnight at the Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar

Perhaps you've never been to the River North area of Chicago. Some call it RiNo (pronounced like the sizable animal) and this linguistic reduction is just another way to move more quickly to a description of the area's steakhouses, lounges and other pastimes.

If you've never been, you might want to plan for a night over at the Hotel Palomar. Of course, if you have frequented the area before this is also the perfect time to spend the night, slow things down and enjoy all they have


3 Uniquely Chicago Finds at the Randolph Street Market Festival

Randolph Street Market

This past weekend, my daughter and I spent some time at the Randolph Street Market Festival. We had such fun exploring three floors worth of art, fashion, vintage treasures, decorators finds and more. Even the venue itself - the beaux arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington - was interesting (check out the mural of Buckingham Fountain on the staircase and the ornate detailing and woodwork and don't forget to stroll the balcony overlooking the auditorium - there


A Lover’s Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Valentine's Day

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date, here are eight great ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day.


Chicago Loses an Icon: RIP 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks dine like a local

On Jan. 23, Chicago lost one of its finest.

Ernie Banks passed away late on a Friday night, with news breaking around 9 p.m. local. The news exploded on social media and overwhelmed the sports conversation on a night that saw the NHL host their annual All-Star Game fantasy draft and an NBA player - Klay Thompson - break a league scoring record.

That's because people respected Mr. Cub.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, January 18-23

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 Kweku Bentum.


A Restaurant Week Guide to Neighborhood Gems

Gemini Bistro

You've heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. They're culinary keystones that help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But with thousands upon thousands of restaurants in Chicagoland, there's lots to explore beyond the famous and familiar.


Chicago Theatre Week: Our Top Three Family-Friendly Picks

Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can witness the magic of live theater with your family. From February 12-22, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15-30, with many offering further discounts. Here are three CTW children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2015. 


Three Key Resources for Celebrating African American History in Chicago

Dusable museum

February is African American History Month in the United States and Chicago celebrates in a range of ways throughout the year. If you're preparing for a visit and you're looking to learn about the black experience in Chicago, you'll want to take a look at these resources.


Family Friendly Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2015

Mercadito

In Chicago, we're able to travel the world via the many ethnic restaurants that dot our city. It's never too early to introduce your kids to the flavors of other cultures. Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's world culinary delights. From January 30 through February 12, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus - starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) -


Vinyl Lovers Be Warned, The Monsters Are Here

DJ Turntable

It's ironic that, in the age of records' resurgence as a popular music format, DJs are using more software than vinyl than ever before. The production and accessibility of these programs may be at its highest rate but that classic needle-on-wax sound is missing from too many clubs around town. 

Luckily, one Chicago events group isn't taking the shift in dance music lying down. Cage and Aquarium continues its Monster Eat Laptops series this month and will make


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