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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 in St. Louis

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

Weekend Alert: April 18-20

Skyine Hancock

At last, Chicago springtime is here just in time for a lovely holiday weekend. Celebrating Easter this weekend? Leave the ham at home and enjoy Easter brunch at some very special spots around Chicago. Looking to get down, get down, get down tonight? Funk Fest is rolling into town this weekend just in time. Still looking for things to do this weekend? We've got you covered.

Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival Returns!

Kids & Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and embrace the wind at the Chicago Kids & Kites Festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This year marks the 16th annual festival, and will be held on Saturday, May 3 at Cricket Hill in Montrose Harbor, from 10am - 4pm. Arrive early: 5,000 free kite kits will be gifted the first 5,000 children!

Petty Fest Rocks Chicago Next Week at The Metro

Petty Fest

Chicago is lucky in so many ways. We've built ourselves up as a national leader in arts, culture and dining and the opportunities that come our way prove that the work was worth it. This month, our local music scene says hello to a new type of concert, one that American Girls (and boys) should get excited about. 

Where to Stay in Chicago in 2014: Chicago's Newest Hotels

The Godfrey

Hot new lodging options are popping up all over the city - including the very first Virgin Hotel in the world. Here's a look at where to stay now, as well as a few places to keep on your radar for later this year.

Chicago's Original Rap Karaoke Night Puts The Mic In Your Hand This Weekend

 Psalm One

Karaoke is always a solid weekend outing option but specialty karaoke parties can really up the fun, and Chicago's Original Rap Karaoke seems to have found a permanent new home in Jerry's Sandwiches of Wicker Park. By day, the spot serves up dozens of weirdly wonderful sandwich combinations, but on the third Saturday of every month local rap favorite Psalm One (pictured above) and her band of hip hop enthusiasts turn

Just For Laughs: In Chicago This Week!

Just For Laughs 

This week, the Just For Laughs team is taking over Chicago, scouring the city for top stand-up talent. They will be scouting at UP Comedy Club, The Playground, Jokes and Notes and Timothy O'Toole's. Check out the details below and catch as many shows as you can - most of them are free!

TripAdvisor Users Rank Chicago #2 for Top U.S. Destinations!

North side sky line

Announced last week, TripAdvisor revealed its 2014 top U.S. destinations as voted by traveler reviews and your very own Chicago has landed at number two! Chicago's ranking surpasses San Francisco from last year, and sits just behind New York. Coming just on the heels of U.S. Travel Association's IPW conference being held in Chicago, the city couldn't be more jazzed to hear the news.

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