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Weekend Alert: November 21-23


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

An Evening With Beatrix




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 early hour.

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

The Dinner Party - The Best Conversations Happen Over Dinner

The Dinner Party

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 event

Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Outdoors in Chicago

Zoolights - Blog

"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.

Chicago Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Matt Kirouac

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.

9 Tried and Tested Tips for a Day of Family Fun at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Blog

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.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, November 9-14

Marcelino De Los Santos Instagram

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!

Chicago Celebrates 75 Years Of Mavis Staples Next Week With Star-Studded Concert

Mavis Staples

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.

Next week, Mavis Staples finally gets

Weekend Alert: November 14-16


"Baby, it's cold outside," is no excuse to stay cooped up indoors. Chicago's bringing it every weekend, this one especially. Tons of free events are going on this weekend, including the always awesome 2nd Fridays on the Cultural Mile, the Annual Holiday Bazaar, Diwali Festival at the Art Institute, and the chill Chillfest. In the meantime, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo's Sleepover with the Animals and the Lively Water Whiskey Festival at The Field Museum (fortunately those don

Chicago Restaurants Are Starry-Eyed for Michelin

Matt Kirouac

In case anyone needed further evidence of Chicago's world-class dining cred, the latest edition of the Michelin star ratings should serve as solid proof. For the fifth year, the esteemed Michelin Guide released its Chicago rankings, one of only three star-rated cities in the U.S. And this year brings forth the most promising array of starred entries to date.

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