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Made In Chicago: Billy Corgan Preps For Rare Solo Acoustic Show

Billy Corgan PAWS

If you think it's been a quiet year for Smashing Pumpkins frontman and suburban Chicago native Billy Corgan, think again. 

Don't Miss the 20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

Black Harvest Film Festival Hogtown

This year marks the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival. While the festival officially kicked off on the first, there are still plenty of events to catch before it draws to a close on the 28th. Here are a few on our list.

Leaders 1354 Owners Talk About Elevating Chicago's Cultural Community

Leaders 1354

When it comes to Chicago's streetwear fashion, Leaders 1354 owners Corey Gilkey (right) and Diego Ross have elevated the playing field. What started as a humble Hyde Park shop in 2002 is now a nationally recognized brand and portal into the city's music, art and design communities with prime location in the downtown neighborhood. In addition to their primary mens and womenswear shop, Gilkey and Ross recently returned to the Hyde Park neighborhood to open LDRS

The Lincoln Park Lion Roars Again

RLP Union Jack

As I waited to speak with Colin, a young girl had just walked through the door and inquired about a job.  While she didn’t have an appointment, Colin briefly spoke with her and quietly gave me the “one second” gesture. He managed to throw in a few comical one-liners before telling her to come back at 5 p.m. for a trial run as a hostess.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, August 10-15

Barry Butler

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Barry Butler. Enjoy!

A Chat with the World's Best Bartender, Chicago's Charles Joly

Matt Kirouac

Chicago can now proudly lay claim to the world's best bartender. Charles Joly of The Aviary just took home the title from the Diageo World Class, an esteemed cocktail competition that culminated in London. Naturally, I wanted to know what it's like competing on an international scale, what it's like working at The Aviary, and how he got into the bottled cocktail game. 

Under Armour All-America game set for Wrigley Field

Under Armour All America baseball tournament

On August 16, the best prep baseball players in the country will get their chance to play where Babe Ruth called his shot, Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run and Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters in one game.

Catch the Excitement at Chicago Sports Museum and the New Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place

7th Inning Stretch

Few cities have sports history as rich as Chicago. From iconic athletes to an inimitable championship pedigree, Chicago sports success runs deep.

To honor Chicago sports' legacy and keep the good times rolling for years to come, visitors need to make a journey to the Chicago Sports Museum and new Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch in Water Tower Place.

Better Know a Shark: Talking with a Shedd Aquarium Shark Expert

Sandbar shark Shedd

According to Travelocity's new Shark Week-themed website, Chicago is more than 1,200 miles away from the nearest shark. That's not true at all though. Nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan just east of the South Loop neighborhood, Shedd Aquarium is home to 11 different species of sharks and routinely keeps close to 20 on display, primarily in its stunning Wild Reef exhibit. 

In honor of Shark Week, Chicago Like A Local had the opportunity to

Weekend Alert: August 15-17

Arlington Derby
Ready for a fun weekend? Well of course you are, that's why you're here. But this time we've got an especially diverse lineup of activities for you to check out, including one of many music festivals, the incomparable Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute, a day on the racetrack, and the Air and Water Show. Let's do this.

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