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On the Beach & In the Park: Summer Music Outdoors in Chicago

Grant Park Music Festival

By Madeline Higgins

There's no summer quite like a Chicago summer: this mantra slips in and out of conversations with shifting frequency over the course of a calendar year. People utter it wistfully and occasionally in the dark of winter. Spring brings hopeful anticipation to their words. By midsummer, the usual unpredictable weather invites a sarcastic edge to Chicago's summer slogan. Through humidity and afternoon thunderstorms, Chicago remains an incredible place to enjoy the outdoors in


4 Shows for Kids to Allay their Summer Boredom

Anne of Green Gables

Let us all welcome the Dog Days of Summer, when the seasonal refrain of "Mom, I'm b-o-o-o-red!" resounds from homes blessed with children of a certain age. Depending on when you read this, there's somewhere between seven and eight hundred hours left before junior goes back to school. Here are four shows that'll help keep you and your spawn entertained during the back-to-school homestretch.


Step into the World of Marvel Comics at the Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour

The Marvel Experience

Do you have what it takes to swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man? Now is your chance to test your skills and see if you have what it takes to be the next world-class superhero. "The Marvel Experience: The World's First Hyper-Reality Tour" promises nonstop, immersive fun and excitement and it's hitting Chicago for three weeks beginning Saturday, July 11 and running through Sunday, August 2 at McCormick


Barcocina: a Refreshing Bar and Restaurant Experience in Lakeview

Barcocina

Barcocina is a new restaurant in Lakeview, conveniently located between the Diversey and Wellington Brown Line stops. Lakeview is a great Chicago neighborhood to check out for food and shopping, not to mention its proximity to both downtown Chicago and Wrigleyville. As closeby Chicago hotdog spot Hot Diggity Dog has regrettably just closed its doors, a new go-to spot was practically required to take its place.


Local Foods Showcases the Edible Midwest

Matt Kirouac

What Eataly is to Italian food and IKEA is to chic Swedish furniture and meatballs, Local Foods will be to the Midwest. Come tomorrow, June 30, Chicago will be home to a brand new 27,000 square foot facility in Bucktown that contains an all day, every day indoor farmers' market, a butcher shop, a cafe, a wholesale food hub, and so much more.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, June 21-27

Omar Ghusein 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 Omar Ghusein. Enjoy!


Celebrate the Premiere of 'An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success' at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

This summer, girls across the U.S. will be heading to the movies to "An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success," an inspiring feature-length movie based on the the book series that follows the culinary exploits of the American Girl 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas. Grace shows girls today that following your dreams can lead to sweet rewards, as she works toward opening a bakery of her very own. To celebrate the debut of "Grace Stirs Up Success," American Girl Place


Top Picnic Picks in Chicago

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine Spread

When it comes to summertime snacking, there's nothing quite like a good old fashioned picnic. And by "good old fashioned" we mean entirely newfangled and delicious, thanks to a handful of unique picnic-friendly provisions from restaurants throughout Chicago.


Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza Hosts Local and National Talent

John Hancock Summer Concert Series - Julian Bell

It seems like during Chicago summers, there is always a free concert within walking distance. Now you can add another to your list with the Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza, presented by Music Dealers and HEARN. The shows take place every Thursday through September 10 from 5-7 p.m., and are free for all to enjoy at the foot of one of Chicago's greatest landmarks.


Weekend Alert: June 26-28

Pride Parade

If you're looking for some awesome outdoor activities to do this weekend, well everything listed here lets you bask in the glorious sun and warm weather (hand-picked by yours truly). We have the Logan Square Arts Festival, Chicago Dragon Boat Race, Elston Ave. Sausage & Music Fest, Randolph Street Market Festival, and the Chicago Pride Parade.

Let's do this. 


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