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Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, July 26-August 1

Sean Hopkins

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

Celebrate a Day of Arts and Eats with Food Trucks at the New CrEATefest


There is certainly no shortage of festivals during the Chicago summer season. But how often do you have the chance to attend a festival that gives back? CrEATefest is a brand new outdoor festival happening Sunday, August 9, that celebrates food, art and community.

Feast on the Magical Cuisine of Lincoln Park's Perennial Virant

Perennial Virant

Near the corner where the Second City found its first home (one of many) near a laundromat, Perennial Virant attracts a vast range of visitors who are drawn close to its magic alchemy of culinary preparations that includes pickling, preserving and a range of other preparations.

See the Remarkable 'Pippin' at Cadillac Palace Theatre Before It Closes, August 8!


The spectacle is fantabulous, a fantasia of freak-show worthy contortionists, law-of-physics-defying acrobats and aerialists flying without a net. But for all its irresistible eye-candy, "Pippin" is also one of the most profound musicals around. Running through Aug. 8 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, "Pippin" draws you in with its wild parade of jaw-dropping marvels. And then, somewhere between the gasp-inducing knife-throwing act and the fire-juggling giants, it

Eli’s Cheesecake Turns National Cheesecake Day into a Cheesecake Festival to Celebrate Eli’s 35th Birthday

Eli's Cheesecake

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's Cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late Friday night fridge raid. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, Eli's Cheesecake of Chicago will be hosting a grand celebration from through Sunday, August 2. Why all the hoopla? It's Eli's Cheesecake's 35th

Where Route 66 Begins in Downtown Chicago


Route 66


John Steinbeck wrote about it, Bobby Troup put it to music while driving along it, Nat ‘King' Cole turned it into a pop-chart hit almost overnight, and Stirling Silliphant made it into a cult 1960s TV show. A parabolic arc that connected the Third Coast to the West Coast, U.S. Route 66 linked the Midwest to the Pacific in a southern route that didn't close through the mountains during winter. Everyone who had a car and needed to reach California

Tips for Exploring Chicago by Bike

Chicago bike

Chicago's cycling infrastructure has grown a considerable amount in recent years. With new bike lanes being built every year (including many protected bike lanes), and the city's bike-sharing program "Divvy" being introduced in 2013, more and more people are becoming comfortable with the idea of biking in the city. 

Experience Chicago's Booming Nightlife and Electronic Music Scene this August

Smart Bar

Perhaps one of Chicago's greatest assets is its recognition as the birthplace of house music in the early 1980s. A genre that has since traveled the globe and now solicits stronger associations - for many people - with Europe than the United States, house has influenced countless subsequent genres of electronic music and helped define dance music as we know it today. And though it's now well

Weekend Alert: July 31-August 2


We're back once again with your Weekend Alert! We know you're probably on a tight schedule, so let's just get right to it.

LollaShop Returns for 4th Year

Flower Crowns

There's pretty much only one thing on Chicagoans' minds this week: Lollapalooza. Luckily, festgoers and non-festgoers alike can get a taste of the weekend early at LollaShop.

LollaShop, now in its fourth year outside of the festival, is the one-stop shop for everything you need for Lollapalooza. Tucked in Block Thirty Seven, the pop-up has a mix of official Lollapalooza gear, brand collaborations and featured Chicago artists and designers offering up everything from flower crowns to

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