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Weekend Alert: May 22-24

Pritzker Pavilion

Are you into free exercise classes and lawn games in the heart of the city? Perhaps outdoor music street festivals? Biking? Enjoying a cool glass of beer? Chicago's got you covered. Enjoy the long Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago with these choice events, sure to get you out and about for an epic time.

Chicago's Most Historic Hotels

Palmer House

Why stay in an ordinary hotel when you can stay in a historic Chicago gem? Step into the lobbies of any of these history-filled hotels and you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Here are five of my favorite historic Chicago hotels.

A Gospel Celebration in Millennium Park

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: May 29-31, 2015

Gospel music has been an important part of Chicago’s cultural and social fabric since the 1920s and it remains a vibrant force throughout the city. The annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival is coming up from May 29-31 and you’ll want to plan to stop by Millennium Park for at least one or two performances during the weekend.

Memorial Day Beckons New Restaurant Patios

Matt Kirouac

Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and gratitude. It's also a time for soaking in the rays on restaurant patios while surrounded by cocktails. As Memorial Day marks the unofficial onset of summer, here are a few spots unveiling new patios to christen the season.

Explore Wicker Park's Historic Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Damen Avenue

Many people associate Wicker Park's Six Corners with nightlife, shopping and young professionals. An official Historic District lies along Milwaukee Avenue just southeast of Damen Avenue. Many pedestrians are likely so dazzled by the wares in the windows that they might not notice the beauty of the historic buildings around them. 

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, May 10-15

Brooklyn Wheeler

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 Brooklyn Wheeler. Enjoy!

Friday Faves: What is Your Favorite Chicago Brewery?

Goose Island Brewery Lincoln Park

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

A Beer and a Burger: An Excursion on the Red Line to North & Clybourn

North/Clybourn Station

Most visitors to Chicago probably don’t end up at the North & Clybourn Red Line stop, but there are several good reasons that locals and visitors from near and far might wish to swing on by: Weeds Tavern and the celebrated Burger Bar.

Schedule a Professional, In-Hotel Massage after a Busy Day of Touring Chicago


There is so much to see and do in Chicago. After a busy day of touring museums, hitting the hot restaurants, and wandering the beautiful parks, why not arrange a professional massage from the comfort of your hotel room? It's the best way to ensure that you're relaxed and ready for another day of fun in the city. 

Chicago Wine Festival Roundup


Chicago's hosting of the James Beard Awards reaffirms the culinary status the city has been building on for years. Since great food necessitates great drink to go with it, several wine festivals have started popping up to celebrate the nectar of the gods ... and Chicagoans.

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