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Revival Food Hall Pays Homage to Chicago

Revival Food Hall Chicago

First came Chicago French Market, then came Eataly and Latinicity. Food halls are becoming quite the thing in Chicago, and while up until this point they've skewed international, an upcoming food hall will pay homage to its homeland in the Loop. Here's everything you need to know about Revival Food Hall.


Take a Nature Tour! Burnham Wildlife Corridor Boasts 5 New Art & Culture Gathering Spaces on the Park Trail

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.


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.


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