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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


Weekend Alert: September 19-21

Fall Aerial

It's the first official weekend of the fall! Chicago's got some fantastic cultural events for you to enjoy, including the return of EXPO Chicago, a free concert from the CSO, huge headliners at Common's AAHH! Fest, and more. Throw on that windbreaker and have yourself a ball. 


Celebrate the Season 2 Premiere of Chicago Fire at Lottie's Pub

Chicago Fire cast Lotties

You might already recognize Lottie's Pub: It's been playing the role of a classic Chicago neighborhood bar, "Molly's," in the "Chicago Fire" television series. The series filmed at Lottie's before building a set replicating the bar at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. When "Molly's," a.k.a. Lottie's, is on fire in Season 1 of the series, the team of firefighters not only puts out the blaze but also pool together to buy the bar.


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.


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