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You're Invited: The Dinner Party Live

The Dinner Party

Here's your exclusive invite to a fab, star-studded dinner party.

The Dinner Party is a monthly show broadcast live on the Sun Times-Splash Section website in front of a live audience. Hosted by Elysabeth Alfano, an arts and culture journalist, former gallery owner and TV and stage producer, this outstanding dinner series promises impromptu performances as well as fun and interesting conversation. Alfano invites three national or Chicago celebs - mostly artists, but


Art in Chicago: Museum Exhibits Opening in September

'David Bowie Is' lead

Autumn in Chicago - cooling temperatures, changing trees, football, and museums?

When thinking about fall in the city, art might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but September is one of the busiest and active months for museums - almost all major museums are opening a new exhibit this month.

Learn about five of the exhibits opening during the month of September, as well as two exhibits not to miss before they close.


Three Comedy Shows to See This Week

Kyle Kinane Benefit

This week Chicago is getting double doses of Kyle Kinane as well as a number of other great shows. Here's what you're in for this week.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, September 7-12

 

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 Craig Shimala, aka TimeLapse Chicago. Enjoy!    


Incoming Restaurants Make the Second City a First Priority

Matt Kirouac

As one of the most influential food cities in the world right now, Chicago has a distinct culinary voice and dining scene entirely its own, but that doesn't mean we don't welcome incoming restaurants from other cities with open arms. 

Lately, Chicago has seen a massive influx of new restaurants and bars setting up shop in our fair city from other locales where they originated. Not only is this smart business acumen on their part, to broaden and strengthen their brand with a


Made In Chicago: Funeral Bonsai Wedding Bridge Two Of America's Most Traditional Styles For Debut

Funeral Bonsai Wedding

It's amazing what a change of pace and scenery can do for an artist's work. Country and folk singer/guitarist Steve Dawson is well established around Chicago (best known for working with Dolly Varden) but that didn't stop him from switching up his game and forming a new group he's calling Funeral Bonsai Wedding which celebrates its debut album release this Friday at Constellation in Roscoe Village.


Weekend Alert: September 12-14

World Music Festival

We've lost summer in name only - the weather is still gorgeous and there's plenty to do in Chicago this weekend! From a historical tour of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods, to some outstanding music festivals, and a Mexican food & culture extravaganza hosted by some celebrity chefs, there's a good amount with which to fill your schedule. Hop to it, okay?


USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks Tour Chicago, Take Over Choose Chicago Social Media

USA Eagles New Zealand All Blacks

In anticipation of their historic Nov. 1 rugby match at Soldier Field, members of the USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks toured Chicago this past weekend, a whirlwind of attractions, local cuisine, and even a chance to take over the Choose Chicago Twitter and Instagram accounts.


11 Shows Not To Miss During Chicago's World Music Festival

World Music Festival

Every fall, the music of the world finds harmony in the World Music Festival spread across Chicago. Dozens upon dozens of concerts make up this 10-day celebration (Sept. 11 - 21) and this year the list of participating venues is longer and more varied than ever. Perhaps the most amazing thing about WMF is that it's all free. Thirty-nine concerts and events make up this year's schedule and none of them will cost you a dime. 


Three Fancy Financial Buildings on LaSalle Street

Board of Trade

LaSalle Street has its "canyon," ending at Jackson Boulevard with the looming Chicago Board of Trade Building. This street has always been the financial core of Chicago, even going back to its earliest days. Something about the street, with its shadows and the suits scurrying about, makes its buildings seem less welcoming. If it weren't for my generally nosy nature when it comes to architecture, I might just assume that these places are


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