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Happy 100th Birthday, Wrigley Field!

Wrigley Field

Today, Chicago wishes a very special happy birthday to our dearly beloved, tried and true old friend Wrigley Field! Join the city in celebrating this honorable birthday tonight with the Cubs sporting their 1914 uniforms back when the team was known as the Chi-Feds. Learn more about the season-long celebration for Wrigley Field at, and enjoy our photo gallery homage to the home of the Cubbies. 

Rock Out Like A Local: Small Clubs and Venues To Check Out Great Live Music

Concert Crowd

Chicago is home to a number of rock venues whose reputation precede them including the iconic, independently-owned Metro, the world-famous incubator for the best in independent music, the Empty Bottle, the Aragon Ballroom (and its legendary Capone-era underground tunnels), and many more. Rock lovers in Chicago are lucky though, these beloved clubs are just the tip of the iceberg in a city

A Music Preview to Taste of Chicago 2014!

Taste of Chicago

It is almost upon us. And by almost, we mean still a little more than two months away, but nonetheless we are already salivating over this year's musical line up. AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy and Aloe Blacc are just some of the performers that will be headlining the 34th Annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, July 9-13.

This Month In Chicago History: A Look at Chicago's Chinatown


Chicago: a city of immigrants and the communities they live in. This is what makes our city distinctive. We come from far and wide, melding into the character of the Second City, while retaining our ethnic heritage. So come along as we explore: Chinatown. Follow along on social media all week long as Choose

Top 5 Places For Poutine in Chicago

Bite Cafe Poutine

Poutine, a dish of french fries and cheese curds covered in gravy, may be a staple Canadian comfort food, but it's making a second home in Chicago (PoutineFest anyone?). More and more, the dish is showing up on menus across the city. Here are 5 places to get your fix.

The Sound of Music to Open at Lyric Opera

The Sound of Music Lyric Opera

You may know the classic 1965 film version. No doubt you've heard the tunes. 

Nearly the entire soundtrack of The Sound of Music reads like a greatest hits of Broadway collection: "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things," "Sixteen Going On Seventeen," "Edelweiss," and, of course, the title song about the hills.

Where to Eat and Drink Al Fresco

Howells and Hood

With more daylight and higher temps comes patio season, the greatest season of all in Chicago. As restaurants, cafes, and bars eagerly unveil their patios, here are some prime spots for al fresco eating.

Help Us Kick Off National Travel & Tourism Week 2014!

National Travel Tourism Week

Join Choose Chicago and The Illinois office of Tourism on Friday, May 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Goose Island Wrigleyville before the Cubs and Cardinals face off in a classic rivalry game and help us celebrate tourism and the benefits of taking time off.

The event is free and open to the public. You'll hear live music from Chicago's very own Ghosthouse. Plus, we will be giving away great prizes including a chance to see the Cubs play

Seven Family Friendly Ways to Step into Spring in Chicago

Spring in Chicago

Spring has officially sprung in the city! Chicago is in bloom and it's time to get outside and play! Get a head start on spring with these seven family-friendly ways to step into spring in Chicago.

Three to See: Record Store Day Celebrations 4/19

Record Store Day

The third Saturday in April is just another beautiful spring day - unless you're a record collector. In recent years Record Store Day has drawn more and more general music fans in addition to hardcore vinyl collectors. In-store performances, special releases and big sales draw patrons from all over the country to support their local records stores and Chicago is never one to miss a celebration. This year's Record Store Day lands on April

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