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Full Schedule Revealed for Bon Appétit Presents Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet

Ready to step into culinary heaven? Well Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has what you're looking for, and this year boasts the event's biggest lineup yet of food, wine, cocktails, celebrity chefs, cooking demos, seminars and more.

Sound appetizing yet?


Weekend Alert: August 29-September 1

Chicago Bean

Labor Day Weekend is upon us, so enjoy that extra day off work and fill your schedule with some of these fantastic events, including the Chicago Jazz Festival that'll close the outdoor music festival circuit in style.


Remix Chicago - Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair

Remix Chicago

With the success of 2013's Remix Chicago, Chicago's Recycled Art Fair will be making its second go around this Labor Day weekend! I guess you could say it's been recycled. Okay, all dumb jokes aside, this unique arts festival is a great time for all ages!


Check out the African Festival of the Arts This Weekend!

African Festival of the Arts

Chicago is no stranger to cultural festivals, but one of the largest and best of the summer will be taking place this weekend, and it is a must see. The African Festival of the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is expecting a well over 300,000 people to visit the historic Washington Park to take on all of the festivities celebrating the African cluture.


Labor Day Weekend Comedy

Impress These Apes 
There are a number of comedy shows flying under the radar. First and foremost, iO Chicago is having their grand opening this weekend, so that almost trumps just about any other event this weekend. However, tickets are a little pricey, so if your wallet be more comfortable at a lower-priced ticket, then I have a few shows I think you should check out.


Celebrate Chicago's Exemplary Artists and Art Institutions at the Inaugural Fifth Star Awards

DCASE Millennium Park Fifth Star Awards

Chicago has an undeniably rich art culture, home to some of the world's greatest art museums and famous outdoor pieces the public can enjoy. To honor such a distinctive art tradition as well as celebrate the artists whose creations have inspired millions, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park will be holding the inaugural Fifth Star Awards, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.


Three New Historic Hotels in Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Hotels are popping up left and right around Chicago, from the heart of downtown to down near McCormick Place. While some are totally new constructions, others are breathing new life into the architecture of historic buildings. Here are just a few of these new hotel in historic buildings that will open in downtown Chicago over the next couple years.


The Debate Over Chicago's Six Corners

Portage Park Six Corners

For many new Chicagoans, the Six Corners is an intersection in Wicker Park where young transplants go out on the weekends. But for the more established residents of the Windy City, the Six Corners is in Portage Park (above). Both of these are intersections with Milwaukee Avenue along with a north-south street and an east-west street. At that point though, couldn't one could argue that with so many diagonal streets, like Elston, Archer Avenue, and


A Trio of Rooftop Bars in River North

Vertigo

What is that fascinates humans about being sipping a cocktail, talking with friends, and looking down at the urban landscape below? It's hard to quantify, but these three rooftop bars are excellent places to capture this feeling before the leaves fall and we must look around for our jackets and other outwear items.


The Chicago Jazz Festival Returns This Weekend

Chicago Jazz Festival

We're certainly not implying that jazz music ever stopped being a staple in Chicago but with two new venues opened in the last year and a half (Constellation in Roscoe Village and The Promontory in Hyde Park) and more jazz series popping up every summer, we are in the middle of a strong resurgence. The city's lifelong love affair with the genre culminates every Labor Day weekend in Millennium Park at the Chicago Jazz Festival.


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