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Historic House Tours, Pullman Style

Pullman

Located 12 miles south of the Loop, the community of Pullman is a fantastic place to visit for any history or architecture aficionado. Created via the might and domineering influence of George Pullman, noted railroad car industrialist, this former company town has a mix of architecture that includes former railroad executive homes, row houses for the common man, and the simply exquisite Hotel Florence, which was named after George's favorite daughter.


Support a Chicago Children's Garden at the First Annual Garden Harvest Reception

At Chicago's Smart Love Preschool, the children have been busy all year round, growing the food they have at snacktime in their very own garden. The preschool is part of Smart Love Family Services (SLFS), an outstanding Chicago based organization that seeks to better the lives of children and families through counseling, early childhood education and parenting programs. 


Classical Music in Chicago: A Fall Preview

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago's classical season kicks off in late September; by October, the notes are flying.  The variety of music is often staggering, from big symphonies in swanky concert halls to organ music in elegant cathedrals to new music in small clubs with a full bar. This fall, you can hear old favorites or expand your mind - often in the same week. It's going to be a great season.


EXPO Chicago Returns for Third Year to Navy Pier

EXPO Chicago

For a third year in a row, Chicago will be transformed into the contemporary art hub of the world for a week thanks to EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art.


You're Invited: The Dinner Party Live

The Dinner Party

Here's your exclusive invite to a fab, star-studded dinner party.

The Dinner Party is a monthly show broadcast live on the Sun Times-Splash Section website in front of a live audience. Hosted by Elysabeth Alfano, an arts and culture journalist, former gallery owner and TV and stage producer, this outstanding dinner series promises impromptu performances as well as fun and interesting conversation. Alfano invites three national or Chicago celebs - mostly


Art in Chicago: Museum Exhibits Opening in September

'David Bowie Is' lead

Autumn in Chicago - cooling temperatures, changing trees, football, and museums?

When thinking about fall in the city, art might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but September is one of the busiest and active months for museums - almost all major museums are opening a new exhibit this month.

Learn about five of the exhibits opening during the month of September, as well as two exhibits not to miss before they close.


Three Comedy Shows to See This Week

Kyle Kinane Benefit

This week Chicago is getting double doses of Kyle Kinane as well as a number of other great shows. Here's what you're in for this week.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, September 7-12

 

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 Craig Shimala, aka TimeLapse Chicago. Enjoy!    


Incoming Restaurants Make the Second City a First Priority

Matt Kirouac

As one of the most influential food cities in the world right now, Chicago has a distinct culinary voice and dining scene entirely its own, but that doesn't mean we don't welcome incoming restaurants from other cities with open arms. 

Lately, Chicago has seen a massive influx of new restaurants and bars setting up shop in our fair city from other locales where they originated. Not only is this smart business acumen on their part, to broaden and strengthen their brand with a


Made In Chicago: Funeral Bonsai Wedding Bridge Two Of America's Most Traditional Styles For Debut

Funeral Bonsai Wedding

It's amazing what a change of pace and scenery can do for an artist's work. Country and folk singer/guitarist Steve Dawson is well established around Chicago (best known for working with Dolly Varden) but that didn't stop him from switching up his game and forming a new group he's calling Funeral Bonsai Wedding which celebrates its debut album release this Friday at Constellation in Roscoe Village.


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