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Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, October 12-17

Kettner Instagram series

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 Kristopher Kettner. Enjoy!

Restaurants Scare Up Halloween-Inspired Specials

Matt Kirouac

As kids, Halloween is all about treacly candy and fluffy costumes. As adults, Halloween is all about candy-inspired dishes, drinks and slightly more risque costumes. And in some cases, pig's blood. Here are some places to eat, drink and celebrate Halloween this year in bars and restaurants around Chicago.

Upcoming Comedy Shows You Must See


There are so many great comedy shows coming up in the next few weeks it's almost overwhelming. I've pulled out a few that I think you should add to your list of shows to check out. Take a peek below for more details. 

Weekend Alert: Oct. 17-19

Fall 2014

Let your autumnal ardor spring forth, Chicago! We've got some coolness headed your way, with the 9th annual Mexican Folk Art Festival, CAF Open House, Fashion Focus Chicago, and a haunted river tour. Spooky! Enjoy this weekend.

Fall is in the Air and on the Plate

Matt Kirouac

Judging by the chill in the air and the inescapable onset of the impending holiday brouhaha, it's clear we are deep in the throes of fall. For better or worse. Mostly for the better when you consider the dining and drinking options the season entails, and nothing quite captures the essence of fall dining quite like apples and pumpkins.

The Best Halloweekend Concerts In Chicago This Year

Mucca Pazza

Costume parties are a blast. So are great concerts. And Halloween gives us the perfect excuse to combine the two. No plans for the spookiest night of the year yet? You'll find plenty of music, monsters and more at these shows. 

Where the Ghosts Are: Spooky Chicago Tours


Many famous ghosts call Chicago home, and on Halloween night, you just might spot some spirits floating around at one of the many haunted homes, hidden cemeteries and historical sites. From Graceland Cemetery, the final resting place of many restless Chicagoans, to Lincoln Park's elusive graves, Chicago has many ghoulish stories to tell. Here are three spooktacular ghost tours that promise a night of chills, thrills and fascinating Chicago history.

Fashion Focus Chicago Preview

Fashion Focus - Blog

Fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris might be over, but now it's Chicago's turn with the city's annual Fashion Focus Chicago, celebrating and exhibiting all things fashion in Chicago.

From Oct. 14-19, the week is jam-packed with fashion shows, shopping events and panels all around the city, exhibiting different levels and styles of fashion in Chicago.

Below is a selection of Fashion Focus Chicago events for the week. Put on your best look and get ready for an

Chicago to Become Rugby City in Preparation for USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks Match, Nov. 1

The USA Rugby Eagles will take on the defending 2013 Rugby World Cup champion New Zealand All Blacks in just over two weeks on Nov. 1 at Soldier Field. This historic matchup marks the first time the All Blacks have played on U.S. soil since 1980.

In preparation for this iconic match, the Windy City will transform into Rugby City for the week prior to the match, hosting several lead-up events that will not only get Chicago into the rugby spirit, but also provide opportunities for

How Yoshi's Cafe Became a Chicago Dining Institution

Matt Kirouac

In an industry where longevity is measured in dog years (at best), Yoshi's Cafe has proved the test of time and established itself as a dining legacy in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. How does one accomplish such a feat? Yoshi Katsumura and his wife Nobuko provide some insight.

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