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Weekend Alert May 19-21: American Writers Museum Opening Weekend + Robots at MSI + Riverwalk Summer Kick-Off + A Full Week for Craft Beer Lovers to Imbibe!

Chicago Riverwalk

A weekend of excitement is upon us! Every weekend in Chicago is action-packed, but this one is special. With the opening weekend of The American Writers Museum and opening celebration of the Chicago Riverwalk, you're sure to have a memorable weekend in Chicago. We've got even more museum fun with the return of the Robot Revolution at Museum of Science and Industry with life-sized robots you must see. Create your weekend itinerary — here.



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5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Newberry Library (Like the Fact That It’s Free & Houses Collections Spanning Six Centuries!)

Newberry Library

Located in the gorgeous Gold Coast neighborhood, the Newberry Library is one of Chicago’s oldest libraries. It’s been open since 1887, and now operates as an independent research library with exhibits and collections that are a great resource for avid learners of all ages. Here are five facts that you probably didn’t know about the Newberry Library:

Intrigued by the Unusual? Plan a Trip to One of These Unique Chicago Museums

International Museum of Surgical Science
Chicago has world-class museums. You've probably explored some of the 300,000 works of art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and maybe you've learned about Chicago's expansive African American legacy at the DuSable Museum of African American History, but have you visited the lesser-known Money Museum? Or the adult-only Leather Archives? Beyond its famous institutions, Chicago hosts quirkier, little-known museums, worth going off the beaten path and checking out.

Chicago Craft Beer Week 2017: May 18–25

Chicago Craft Beer Week 2017

Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 18–25) always offers an array of delicious opportunities for thirsty Chicagoans, and this year's schedule is no different. Here is a little intro to the events celebrating local Chicago and Illinois breweries, and some of my top picks for the 2017 #CCBW line-up. See you there!

360 Sky Series: Enjoy a series of fun activities—from yoga to painting workshops—94 stories above Chicago!

360 Sky Yoga at 360 CHICAGO

94 stories above the city of Chicago, at the tippy top of the iconic John Hancock building, the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers a soaring bird's-eye view of the city. On a sunny day, vast Lake Michigan sparkles far below; at night, the city grid glows amber for miles upon miles. While a visit to this 360-degree is a must-do for every visitor to Chicago, a new series of fun activities—from yoga to painting workshops—makes a visit even more worthwhile.

Check Out The Hollander: A Slick, Hipster-Approved Hostel in Chicago's Wicker Park

The Hollander

The Hollander is one of Chicago’s top-rated hostels/hotels, located in Chicago's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. It sits where Wicker Park meets Bucktown, making it the ideal location for accessing some of Chicago’s best nightlife and culture. It’s just steps away from the Damen Blue Line 'L' stop for ultimate convenience (to O'Hare airport and downtown), and a meeting place for travelers, with plenty of options for added privacy and comfort.

Discover Chicago's French Couture Designer at Chicago History Museum's Making Mainbocher Exhibit

Making Mainbocher at Chicago History Museum

Chicago's surprising fashion history is on elegant display at Chicago History Museum's landmark "Making Mainbocher" exhibit. Heralded by Vogue magazine as "the most important American designer that you've never heard of," Mainbocher — and his significant fashion influence — is finally receiving a much-deserved spotlight.

Weekend Alert May 12-14: More Mother's Day Picks + Pop Up Craft Fairs and Artisan Markets + On Stage: A Grammy-Nominated Pianist and Mega Musical My Fair Lady

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Are you as excited as we are that the weekend is finally here? Well the excitement is only getting started. We've got some great Chicago weekend picks for celebrating Mother's Day while on Lake Michigan or at restaurants around town, dance and theater productions, and even markets showcasing the finest crafts and artists. Sounds like Chicago is the place to be. It's time to make plans around these top things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Robots Invade the Museum of Science and Industry

MSI Robot Revolution

Meet Cube Solver, Daisy and Omron: Cube Solver can master a Rubik’s Cube in a flash, Daisy has six snake-like legs, making it easy for her to navigate even the roughest terrain and Omron is an agile shipping factory worker. This robotic trio, along with 40 of their pals, will be moving into Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry this May, with a mission to introduce humans to the future as part of the Robot Revolution exhibit.

Fun Festivities Are Bubbling Up at Dovetail Brewery This Spring

Dovetail Brewery

On a quiet corner of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, beside the Metra tracks, wild, Chicago-born yeast blows in through the third floor window of the acclaimed Dovetail Brewery, magically turning water into some of the best Lambic-style beers in Chicago and beyond.

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