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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 Milwaukee


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.


Chicago's Top Sandwiches to Round Out National Sandwich Month

Matt Kirouac

In Chicago, you can't swing a lunchbox without hitting a sandwich counter. Chicago is filled with sandwiches of all sorts, from local sensations like the Italian beef to international staples and hybrids in between. In honor of National Sandwich Month (hint: August), here's a list of some of the city's most superb sandwiches.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, August 17-22

Molly Page Instagram

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Molly Page. Enjoy!


A Culinary Celebration of Chicago and Beyond: Chicago Gourmet is Coming!

Chicago Gourmet

Fall means many things in Chicago: the rustle of leaves, a focus on fall harvests, and a new crop of college students. It's also time to celebrate the wide and wonderful world of culinary creation that exists at our doorstep and beyond.

We are fortunate to have Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet back again at Millennium Park for the seventh year and this fine fete stretches gloriously from September 27-28.


Celebrate National Sandwich Month the Sweet Way

Black Dog Gelato

Even if the weather isn't exactly humid, August is still the "dog days of summer" and an apt time to consume ice cream sandwiches in excessive amounts, a notion especially apropos considering August is National Sandwich Month. Here are some of Chicago's best.


A Trifecta of Perfection - Celebrate the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration This Weekend

Beer Brewing

Come to Union Station this Saturday August 23rd for the Bacon, Beer & Sports Celebration. Need I say more? Seriously, do I?

Although chances are most readers just cleared their Saturday schedules and closed out of this window, I'll go on to explain a little more about Bacon, Beer, & Sports for those of you who are still with me.


Jangleheart Circus Show Recommendations

Jangleheart

This weekend Jangleheart Circus takes over The Den Theatre for the second time with over 80 shows scheduled. The team from Upstairs Gallery has put together a knock-out festival and every show looks amazing. I pulled out a few shows I'm recommending below, but I know I'm leaving out a number of must-sees. Take these recommendations as you may, but definitely go to this festival -- a ton of great shows.


Weekend Alert: August 22-24

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago, we may be in the dog days of summer, but don't let that you miss out on some really special events this weekend. Food, drinks and live entertainment abound. Get your culture on with the Chicago Dancing Festival, or get rowdy at the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration. The choice, as always, is entirely yours.


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