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Weekend Alert July 22-24: Fests for Foodies (Latin America + River North) and Everyone Else (Sheffield + Wicker Park), a Dim Sum Debut plus 2 Reasons to Get to the Lake!

Weekend Alert July 22-24

Welcome to another weekend, Chicago! Would you like to spend your evening viewing the incredible skyline on a boat cruise, enjoying a music, food and beer festival, or exploring nature on a garden walk? Well, Chicago has all of the above! Get ready, it's time to make weekend plans.

Insider's Guide to Tall Ships at Navy Pier: Setting Sail July 27-31

Tall Ships
As part of Navy Pier's 100th anniversary celebration, Chicago's top waterfront destination is hosting the spectacular Tall Ships festival, an event featuring some of the most majestic ships on the seas (or lakes!). Catch 14+ vessels making their appearance at the Pier, including the largest Viking ship in the world! View the Parade of Sails, explore the ships and even sail away at Navy Pier Tall Ships July 27-31.

Explore The Great Migration with a Day of Music on July 23

migration blues

The Centennial Celebration of the Great Migration continues with an exploration of the musical history that developed as a result of the historic migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities, especially Chicago. The cultural impact of the blues and jazz genres, which expanded on major levels due to The Great Migration, will be celebrated with two events on Saturday, July 23.

Cheers to Chicago Beer Experience! A Beer Tasting & Bar Tour

Chicago Beer Experience

When you think of beer tours, you typically envision yourself in a brewery, listening to a dude with a dope beard explain the difference between hops and barley. You're vaguely paying attention because your taste buds are going crazy from sipping on a craft brew you typically wouldn't know to order. Now with Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours, yes — you're learning how beer is made. But — you're also learning about Chicago history and

Gene & Georgetti, Chicago's Oldest Steakhouse, Turns 75 Years Old!

Gene & Georgetti

Since the restaurant first opened in 1941, Gene & Georgetti have been serving up some of the best steaks the city has to offer. Help Chicago's oldest steakhouse celebrate its 75th anniversary with an order from their special menu. From the Filet Mignon to the Chicken alla Joey, taste why this steakhouse has been a sizzling success!

Weekend Alert July 15-17: Festivals (Windy City Smokeout, Pitchfork), Rockabilly & Tiki, a Garden Walk + HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAVY PIER

Weekend Alert July 15-17

Ready for a weekend of celebration, Chicago? If you're into vintage clothing, energetic music festivals or stuffing your face with smoked barbecue, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The weather will be beautiful, perfect for creating a memorable visit to Chicago. It's time to make weekend plans! Tweet & Instagram your photos with #mychicagopix to share your adventure with us.  

Get Nostalgic With Your "FRIENDS" at this Must-See Musical Parody

FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing!

90s nostalgia comes full force in FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing! (The Unauthorized Musical Parody). There were ten seasons of the hit TV show — if you've burned through all 236 episodes on Netflix already, bravo — but this show focuses on the season that stole our hearts: season one. See this 90-minute musical comedy (featuring an all-Chicago cast) now at the MCL Chicago stage.

Ravenswood Evolves Into Chicago's Brewery Corridor

Band of Bohemia Chicago

In Chicago, Randolph Street might be Restaurant Row and Michigan Avenue may be the Magnificent Mile shopping mecca, but in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, Ravenswood is steadily transforming into quite the brewery corridor. In the past couple years alone, Ravenswood has filled in with a myriad of places to sate a variety of beer cravings, from German lagers to "culinary"-inspired beers infused with apple and thyme.

FREE Live African Music with King Sunny Ade & Ugochi: Millennium Park, July 18

king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on

Sprinkle Some Broadway into Your Summer: 4 Can't-Miss Chicago Shows

The Book of Mormon

Summertime in Chicago is the best. There are miles of lakefront to explore, parks to play in, neighborhood festivals to chow down, plus entertaining live theater to enjoy. Take a break from the heat and see a Broadway In Chicago production downtown! Here's their summer lineup...

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