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5 Things to See at the Oriental Institute Museum

Persian Gallery at the Oriental Institute Museum Chicago

The Oriental Institute is part of the University of Chicago's research center for ancient Near Eastern Studies. The museum has world-renowned collection of art and archaeology from the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria and more. Admission is FREE (with a suggested donation), and exploring the exhibit galleries is a great weekend activity for history enthusiasts, or junior archaeologists with their entire family, to enjoy. 


2 New Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz & a Beloved Chicago Park Bring L. Frank Baum's Characters to Life in Chicago

Emerald CIty Theatre's THE WIZ

In the 1890s, L. Frank Baum, a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post, dreamed up a fantastical story that we all know and love today, The Wizard of Oz. Though the name Oz came from his file cabinet labeled "O–Z," scholars believe that the mystical land was inspired by the glimmering "White City" of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This spring, two new Wizard of Oz theatrical productions invite families to rediscover Baum's beloved characters. Afterwards, head


Weekend Alert April 21-23: LOTS of Food (Chicago-Style Tour + JB Eats Week + Even Icelandic Cuisine!), and Pop Culture Overload with a Comic Convention, Film/Music Fest & Record Store Day

c2e2

Anyone else ready to suit up for C2E2, overload on a showcase of international movies and music, go on a "Chicago-style" food tour and celebrate Record Store Day with cook-outs, meet & greets and more? Chicago sounds like the place to be this weekend, am I right? You won't be disappointed with this list of epic Chicago events and festivals happening all weekend long. It's time to make weekend plans — here!


Travel All Over Latin America during Chicago Latino Film Festival: Playing Today through May 4

2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival

You might be in Chicago but the 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will transport you all over Latin America with an exciting line-up of 70 feature films and 40 shorts from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The 15-day movie fest features presentations now through May 4 at AMC River East 21 Theatres. 

8 Fantastic Events That Promise an Up-Close, Personal & Tasty Look into the Culinary Stars of the James Beard Awards in Chicago

James Beard Awards Chicago Events: Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Takeover

On Monday, May 1, Chicago will be hosting the 2017 James Beard Awards at the iconic Lyric Opera House. A whopping ten Chicago restaurants will be among the nominees for what many consider the Oscars of the culinary world. While you can always buy tickets and attend the James Beard Awards and Gala, here are eight fantastic awards week events, all open to the public, that promise an up-close, personal and tasty look into the culinary stars of the James Beard Awards in


Beat the Clock: The Best Escape Rooms in Chicago

The Escape Game Chicago

The idea of being locked in a room for 60 minutes may not scream "fun!" for everyone. However, escape rooms are gaining popularity across the country, and Chicago is home to numerous companies offering nail biting experiences for those who dare to take on the challenge.


A Hostel Like You've Never Seen: Check Out Chicago's Fieldhouse Jones

Fieldhouse Jones

Many travelers, young and old, opt to stay in hostels to save money. If you’re used to a more luxurious travel experience, you might be turned off by the idea of a hostel. But Fieldhouse Jones is no ordinary hostel. Located between Chicago’s prime Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, the building is part hostel, part hotel, part Airbnb, and completely unlike any other space in the city.


Seesaw into Spring at Navy Pier's Interactive Public Art Installation: Impulse

Impulse at Navy Pier

A trip to Navy Pier always promises a day of fun, but this spring, visitors to Chicago's top family travel destination will be invited to seesaw into the season... literally! Impulse, an internationally acclaimed, interactive public-art installation of 15 musical and illuminated seesaws in Polk Bros Park, invites both little kids and kids at heart to bounce to musical beats and beams of light at this musical playground.


The One and Only Virgin Hotels Chicago — Eat, Sleep & Play all under the Same Roof

Virgin Hotels Chicago

Sir Richard Branson came to Chicago in a big way and Virgin Hotels Chicago is another delightful reminder of his golden touch. (Quick note: he also appears in the introduction on the TV in each room, so he does make an “appearance” to each guest, in a matter of speaking.) In the past few years, the debut hotel brand has garnered buzz from a variety of outlets. It makes a perfect place to camp out for a brief trip to check out all that Chicago has to offer.


Weekend Alert April 14-16: Exhibitionism-The Rolling Stones Grand Opening, Easter Cruises + Sweets, NEW Spring Tours

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

Ready to make the most of your weekend visit to Chicago? Well we've got some great weekend events and tours that you can't miss. From guided walking or bike tours (with a discount) to the grand opening of Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones at Navy Pier, to cruising with the Easter bunny, there's something for everyone to enjoy. It's time to make weekend plans!


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