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Theater Wit's ‘Bad Jews' is Very, Very Good

Bad Jews

Roughly 20 minutes into a recent performance of Joshua Harmon's drama "Bad Jews," a well-coiffed woman near the front of the house stood up, glared briefly at the stage and walked out. Maybe she was having a medical event, but I'd wager she was actually having an understated form of the traditional walk-out. The incident illustrates the intense reactions Harmon elicits with his eviscerating saga of three college-aged Jews at each other's throats over who will inherit their

A Budget-Friendly Day in Wrigleyville

Wrigley Field

Wrigleyville is well-known for its party atmosphere to Chicago residents, but it's also a mecca of culture. Your Chicago trip isn't complete without a visit to historic Wrigley Field, but there's so much more you can get out of a visit to Wrigleyville. Here's what an ideal journey through Wrigleyville might look like:

Weekend Alert: July 3-5

Navy Pier fireworks

Happy 4th of July Weekend, Chicago! One of the best times to visit Chicago is during America's birthday weekend, and we've got a heaping of activities in which you can take part. Are you into African, Caribbean and Latin American Culture? Look no further than the International Festival of Life. Food? That'd be Windy City RibFest. Or are you just into some good ol' fashioned fireworks? Watch the spectacular show at Navy Pier.

Celebrate Shark Week at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Sharks. They're not cute. They're not cuddly. And yet they're amazing, fascinating creatures. Shark Week begins Sunday, July 5, on the Discovery Channel, and while watching these fin-tastic fish on TV is cool, seeing them in person is incredible. Did you know that Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and conservation, is also home to 11 different species of sharks? Here are seven ways to celebrate Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium.

On the Beach & In the Park: Summer Music Outdoors in Chicago

Grant Park Music Festival

By Madeline Higgins

There's no summer quite like a Chicago summer: this mantra slips in and out of conversations with shifting frequency over the course of a calendar year. People utter it wistfully and occasionally in the dark of winter. Spring brings hopeful anticipation to their words. By midsummer, the usual unpredictable weather invites a sarcastic edge to Chicago's summer slogan. Through humidity and afternoon thunderstorms, Chicago remains an incredible place to enjoy the

4 Shows for Kids to Allay their Summer Boredom

Anne of Green Gables

Let us all welcome the Dog Days of Summer, when the seasonal refrain of "Mom, I'm b-o-o-o-red!" resounds from homes blessed with children of a certain age. Depending on when you read this, there's somewhere between seven and eight hundred hours left before junior goes back to school. Here are four shows that'll help keep you and your spawn entertained during the back-to-school homestretch.

Step into the World of Marvel Comics at the Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour

The Marvel Experience

Do you have what it takes to swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man? Now is your chance to test your skills and see if you have what it takes to be the next world-class superhero. "The Marvel Experience: The World's First Hyper-Reality Tour" promises nonstop, immersive fun and excitement and it's hitting Chicago for three weeks beginning Saturday, July 11 and running through Sunday, August 2 at McCormick

Barcocina: a Refreshing Bar and Restaurant Experience in Lakeview


Barcocina is a new restaurant in Lakeview, conveniently located between the Diversey and Wellington Brown Line stops. Lakeview is a great Chicago neighborhood to check out for food and shopping, not to mention its proximity to both downtown Chicago and Wrigleyville. As closeby Chicago hotdog spot Hot Diggity Dog has regrettably just closed its doors, a new go-to spot was practically required to take its place.

Local Foods Showcases the Edible Midwest

Matt Kirouac

What Eataly is to Italian food and IKEA is to chic Swedish furniture and meatballs, Local Foods will be to the Midwest. Come tomorrow, June 30, Chicago will be home to a brand new 27,000 square foot facility in Bucktown that contains an all day, every day indoor farmers' market, a butcher shop, a cafe, a wholesale food hub, and so much more.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, June 21-27

Omar Ghusein 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 Omar Ghusein. Enjoy!

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