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Celebrate with the Auditorium Theatre and the Lyric Opera This Fall

Lyric Opera Capriccio

Get ready to celebrate - two of Chicago's historic theaters are having birthdays.

River North Awaits, So Stay Overnight

Hotel Felix

To wander over to the corner of Huron and Clark in the River North nabe is to have a spark of inspiration. As you look up, you'll see the large sign for the Hotel Felix and you might think: "Why not stay here?" After all, you'd be close to everything as the saying goes, and you certainly wouldn't lack for dining options, nightlife, architectural wonders, and more.

So it's settled. You're going to spend a night or two at the Hotel Felix and I have a few

Seven Perks That Make for a Totally Rad Family Weekend at Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Whether you're a rockstar or just a rockin' family, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is the place to stay if you're looking for a red carpet rockin' weekend in Chicago. Housed in the historic, polished black granite Carbide & Carbon building, an art deco gem, this modern hotel features all the comfort, style and attention to detail that today's rockstars demand, while staying perfectly in tune with visiting families and kids. Here are seven perks that make for a totally rad family weekend at

Soar High with Chicago's Mightiest Wings

Matt Kirouac

With football season back in full force, let's cut right to the chase and address what this time of year is really all about: wings. Chicago is filled with superb wings for finger-licking fun on game days or just because. Here are some of the best.

David Bowie Is Opens at the MCA Chicago Tomorrow

David Bowie Is

It's hard to imagine the entire city of Chicago being whipped into this much of a frenzy over a single art exhibit but if there's one subject that could do so it's the widely admired, enigmatic David Bowie. 

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series: September 14-19

Jeff Lewis Instagram

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 Jeff Lewis. Enjoy!

Design Harvest - September 20th-21st

Design Harvest

Calling all designers and design enthusiasts! Design Harvest, a West Town design and arts festival, will be hitting the street today and tomorrow. The best local home and garden designers will come together to create a design marketplace that locals and visitors of West Town can come and enjoy. The design objects on display will range from vintage and antique, to environmentally-conscious modern. Many of the objects have been recycled, re-used, and redesigned so that you can

Top Rosh Hashanah Feasts in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

Honey, brisket, and flourless chocolate cakes are to Rosh Hashanah as turkey is to Thanksgiving and disdain for humanity is to the general holiday shopping season. The Jewish New Year, taking place September 24 through 26, brings a sea of luscious dining specials at restaurants throughout Chicago.

Chow Down at the 2nd Annual Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest This Weekend

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Taco booth upon taco booth will be lining up on Southport Avenue for the second annual Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest! This weekend, September 20-21 will be the second showcase for the Taco Fest, and man are we happy.

Reeling Film Festival: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

When most Chicago residents and visitors think about the city's LGBT community, the bars and restaurants of Boystown are the first things that come to mind. While a fun Saturday night along Halsted is never a bad plan, don't limit yourself. The Chicagoans that make up our LGBT population are a proud and talented group with much more to offer than dinner and drinks. Take an eye-opening peek into of the most anticipated cultural events of the year when Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT

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