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 Jess Summersett. Enjoy!
As you can tell from the onslaught of gift wrap and tree-shaped chocolates, we are deep in the trenches of holiday season. Or better yet, pie season. While apple pie is evergreen year round and fruitier versions like blueberry and key lime are summer favorites, let's be honest with ourselves that pie belongs to autumn. Need to satiate your craving? Here are some top spots for pie in Chicago.
Chicago's theatre season is in full swing, and that's made especially evident by the offerings this weekend. From the classic Christmas story of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Dance Theatre Harlem returning to Auditorium Theatre after a 16 year hiatus, you've got lots to choose from if you have a show on stage fix. Those - along with some other holiday-oriented activities sure to dazzle the whole family, such as the Chicago Toy & Game Fair or Magnificent Mile Lights
The chill of fall is upon us and now is the time to seek out those foods
that will cheer us, even when the sun bids us farewell at a tragically
The curious culinary traveler would do well to make a trip over to Beatrix,
warmly tucked in on the first floor of the Aloft Chicago City Center in River North.
Marc Jacobs and his colleagues have been doing wonderful things there as
of late and they recently received a Bib Gourmand award courtesy of the
The Dinner Party is an event that brings
together a talk show with a dinner at City Winery in the Fulton Market
neighborhood. Hosted by Executive Producer Elysabeth Alfano, the Dinner Party, presented by Fear No ART,
is a monthly show that streams live on Chicago Sun-Times' Splash website. It invites three celebrities of various media up on stage as the audience enjoys
dinner from a local chef. I attended the most recent Dinner Party, and the
"Bundle up, get outdoors and explore" is our
family's wintertime mantra. When dressed properly, being outdoors in
Chicago is a joy, even in the dead of winter. During the holidays, when
the streets are alight with colorful lights and charming decorations,
exploring the city is even more fun. Here are five fun ways to celebrate
the holiday season in Chicago outdoors.
Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, to scream at the football game, to marvel at the parade floats, and to stress about possibly burning your kitchen down. But it doesn't have to be! You can still bond with family and fret over football, but plenty Chicago restaurants remove the stress of cooking by offering their own holiday menus.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is where our family truly kicks
off the holiday season. Every year, we bundle up in our winter's best
and hit Michigan Avenue for a full day of shopping and fun. But we're not
the only family that makes this day our own; each year more than one
million people travel to The Mag Mile for the city's premier kickoff to
the holiday season.
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 Marcelino De Los Santos. Enjoy!
Earlier this year we highlighted singer Mavis Staples' stunning span of contributions to Chicago's music community over the past half century. She was also the subject of a recent biography by
Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot. Her hometown shows seem to
attract larger and larger crowds every time she plays. And, yet, none of
this seems like quite enough to honor a woman who has accomplished so
much in her life.