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Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, February 22-27

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

Get Ready for a Night of Chicago Jazz with these Albums

Music - Jazz

For over a century, Chicago has been one of the key nodes of jazz activity in the United States. Early ragtime pianists came to perform at the World's Columbian Exposition and things have been getting better ever since.

Today, the curious traveler (and locals) can take in jazz in settings quite formal like the Symphony Center or they can wander over to the Green Mill at Lawrence and Broadway, Andy's Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase in the

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Chicago Soul Food Restaurant?

Chicago's Chicken and Waffles

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.

Chicago has some of the best soul food around, evident in its mouth-watering restaurants across the city. Need help whittling down your choices? Look no

The Design of Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon

As if Millennium Park weren't enough of an attraction, now Chicago is very much excited for the new Maggie Daley Park. While we may think of parks as places of nature, they involve an incredible amount of design of architecture. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh has envisioned this new park, and here is an overview of its history and its visually enticing and interactive features. 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago!

St Patrick's Day

After the chilly months of January and February, the middle of March presents one of Chicago’s most well-known public celebrations: the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the dyeing of the Chicago River. Since 1955, these august events have been presided over by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union and they’ve even found their way into several movies, including "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford.

3 Architecture Organizations You Should Know About

Chicago Architecture

Chicago knows architecture - how can we best engage with it? Here are three great organizations that support the education of Chicago architecture in the city. 

Springtime Family Shows at City Winery

City Winery

Fine wines and kids usually don't go hand in hand, but the City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.), a 30,000-sq.-ft., fully-functioning winery, concert hall and Mediterranean eatery is inviting families to celebrate spring with a variety of kid-friendly programming. 

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Star 4

Liz Flag Beer

This is the fourth piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.
Prohibition. It’s a topic that seems to fascinate every local as it does visiting tourists. There is an almost mysterious and romanticized image of Prohibition that has been fostered by the media and filmmakers. For historians, it’s an interesting point of discussion because many facts seem to be jaded by fiction. And in

Q&A with Nick Ulivieri, 2015 Choose Chicago Artist of the Year

Nick Ulivieri

Chicago is gorgeous no matter the time of the day, month or year. Documenting its beauty has proven irresistible to countless artists, amateur or professional, and just about anyone that visits Chicago.

Choose Chicago celebrates the outstanding creative work of an individual through its annual Artist of the Year Program, developed as a unique way to show

Explore Chicago's Pie Houses

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

This isn't about pizza pies but instead about baked sweet, creamy, tangy and savory pies available across the city. Whether you're looking to try a new flavor or have never had a savory slice, this list will guide you in the right direction.

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