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Welcome to Lagunitas Chicago: A Behind The Scenes Look With Beer Guru Liz Garibay


Like an adult in a beer store, I awed at the dust-free environment that glistened with what seemed like miles and miles of gleaming pipes, palettes of glorious kegs, an endless sight of beautiful hardware and, maybe the best part, the sweet, sweet stench of beer being made. And what a beautiful sight it was.  Join me in my exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Chicago's newest beer mecca. Welcome to Lagunitas Chicago

Weekend Alert: April 25-27

Lurie Garden

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago! It's time again for your Weekend Alert. On the menu this weekend, we're serving up a festival so sizzling hot, you won't be able to resist. Explore a hidden corner of Chicago, come home with a timeless gem from a certain international show, enjoy the great Chicago outdoors and get your superhero suit on! How are all of these action-packed activities related, you ask? You're about to find out. 

Celebrating 10 Decades of Wrigley in 10 Homestands: Today's 1910s Match-Up

Wrigley Field 100

Good morning, Chicago! Yesterday, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, but today and every day this year, the party continues. Today is your last chance to celebrate the 1910s homestand theme with the Cubs in their game against the Arizona Dbacks this afternoon. Clock out at noon and get yourself a ticket!

Happy 100th Birthday, Wrigley Field!

Wrigley Field

Today, Chicago wishes a very special happy birthday to our dearly beloved, tried and true old friend Wrigley Field! Join the city in celebrating this honorable birthday tonight with the Cubs sporting their 1914 uniforms back when the team was known as the Chi-Feds. Learn more about the season-long celebration for Wrigley Field at, and enjoy our photo gallery homage to the home of the Cubbies. 

Rock Out Like A Local: Small Clubs and Venues To Check Out Great Live Music

Concert Crowd

Chicago is home to a number of rock venues whose reputation precede them including the iconic, independently-owned Metro, the world-famous incubator for the best in independent music, the Empty Bottle, the Aragon Ballroom (and its legendary Capone-era underground tunnels), and many more. Rock lovers in Chicago are lucky though, these beloved clubs are just the tip of the iceberg in a city

A Music Preview to Taste of Chicago 2014!

Taste of Chicago

It is almost upon us. And by almost, we mean still a little more than two months away, but nonetheless we are already salivating over this year's musical line up. AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy and Aloe Blacc are just some of the performers that will be headlining the 34th Annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, July 9-13.

This Month In Chicago History: A Look at Chicago's Chinatown


Chicago: a city of immigrants and the communities they live in. This is what makes our city distinctive. We come from far and wide, melding into the character of the Second City, while retaining our ethnic heritage. So come along as we explore: Chinatown. Follow along on social media all week long as Choose

Top 5 Places For Poutine in Chicago

Bite Cafe Poutine

Poutine, a dish of french fries and cheese curds covered in gravy, may be a staple Canadian comfort food, but it's making a second home in Chicago (PoutineFest anyone?). More and more, the dish is showing up on menus across the city. Here are 5 places to get your fix.

The Sound of Music to Open at Lyric Opera

The Sound of Music Lyric Opera

You may know the classic 1965 film version. No doubt you've heard the tunes. 

Nearly the entire soundtrack of The Sound of Music reads like a greatest hits of Broadway collection: "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things," "Sixteen Going On Seventeen," "Edelweiss," and, of course, the title song about the hills.

Where to Eat and Drink Al Fresco

Howells and Hood

With more daylight and higher temps comes patio season, the greatest season of all in Chicago. As restaurants, cafes, and bars eagerly unveil their patios, here are some prime spots for al fresco eating.

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