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Come Explore the Art of Edgar Miller, a Chicago Original

Edgar Miller diana

Chicago has provided to be a productive place for young artists since its early days and the late Edgar Miller was one of their number. Miller came to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during World War I and he subsequently worked on hundreds of projects over the next five decades throughout the city and beyond.

Weekend Alert: October 31-November 2

Halloween Parade

Happy Halloween Chicago! Everyone's favorite costumed holiday takes over Chicago this weekend, but don't forget to also check out the other amazing events going on all over the city. From the USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks rugby match to the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series kick-off, you're sure to have a full schedule.

A Lakeview Photo Retrospective: From the Illinois Federal Writers Project, 1939

Wrigley Field

The Federal Writers' Project - a New Deal program during the Great Depression - produced what amounted to sophisticated travel guides for all the states. The Illinois guide was published in 1939, and it provides a unique way to measure what places and things have endured, and what have not, over the past 75 years. Here we take a look at some long-familiar sites in Lakeview, the North Side neighborhood best known for a century-old landmark: Wrigley

Five Favorite Historic Restaurants in Chicago

Berghoff Restaurant

Dining out is one of the best parts of any travel experience. While you're at it, why not kill two birds with one stone and go to a place with some history? Here are some of my favorite historic restaurants in Chicago.

Three Oldest Chicago Buildings

Henry B Clarke House

Get an extensive dose of Chicago history with these three buildings, the oldest of their kind.

Take the Brown Line to Brunch: Lincoln Square Edition

Over Easy Cafe

If you're looking for a place to get your brunch on, you might hop on the Brown Line to the Damen stop. You've got a fine troika right on Damen Avenue and as soon as you walk down from the platform, you're right up front with your first offering.

Explore Chicago's Latin-Inspired Cuisine

Although the city is renowned for its deep dish pizza, it is also hailed in general as one of the top culinary destinations for travelers. It's no surprise to us who delight in the abundance of the city's diverse flavors. But in keeping with the theme of melted cheese wonders, we're taking a taste tour beyond tacos and guiding you across the city in search of the perfect quesadilla - Mexican

Theater for Everyone! The Chicago Children's Theatre's Autism-Friendly and Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Leo Lionni's Frederick


Imagine a live theater experience that welcomes all, where the actors gently guide children on an interactive journey and everyone in the audience not only welcomes but also understands the intricacies and gifts of children on the autism spectrum. Leo Lionni's Frederick, based on the Caldecott Award-winning book, is the latest inclusive theater experience presented by the Chicago Children's Theatre. This multi-sensory adventure actually encourages children to move, laugh, talk, sing

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, October 19-24

Marty Lavelle Instagram

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 Marty Lavelle. Enjoy!

Shake Your Bones at Redmoon's Skelebration


This past weekend, my daughter, age 5 and her BFF, age 7, celebrated all things spooky at Redmoon's fall family event: SkelebrationIt's not a play, it's not a festival: it's an invitation to a magical playground inside Redmoon's Pilsen home (2120 S. Jefferson Street), where kids can harness the scary aspects of Halloween by using their imaginations to find the fun in the sometimes scary holiday.  

Here are just a few of the things the girls

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