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LollaShop Returns for 4th Year

Flower Crowns

There's pretty much only one thing on Chicagoans' minds this week: Lollapalooza. Luckily, festgoers and non-festgoers alike can get a taste of the weekend early at LollaShop.

LollaShop, now in its fourth year outside of the festival, is the one-stop shop for everything you need for Lollapalooza. Tucked in Block Thirty Seven, the pop-up has a mix of official Lollapalooza gear, brand collaborations and featured Chicago artists and designers offering up everything from flower crowns to


Come On, Get Happy for Happy Hour!

Matt Kirouac

Chicago has never been lacking in terms of booze bargains at bars, but with the recent passing of the happy hour bill, bars and restaurants are making it official and raising the bar (so to speak) on timely specials. Here's where to maximize your happy hour intake in Chicago:


Building Chicago: Some Resources for Exploration

Dearborn Station, 1976

To the casual traveler, a walk through the Loop or one of the city’s neighborhoods reveals a city that’s full of skyscrapers, streets, commercial buildings, homes, apartment buildings, and other pieces of the built environment. But wait: it wasn’t always that way, so how did it all come to be?


Celebrate the Art of Mexican Cuisine at Mod Mex & Mod Mix

Matt Kirouac

Mexican food is a big deal in Chicago. We may be far from Mexico, but Chicago sports one of the largest Mexican populations in the U.S., and the culture has left an indelible mark on some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods and in some of the best restaurants. In honor of one of Chicago's most prominent cuisines, famed chef Rick Bayless is entering his third year hosting Mod Mex & Mod Mix.


An Encased Meat Celebration, Chicago Style, at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Hot Dog Fest '15

Since the opening of the Stockyards (and before), Chicago’s hot dogs and other related meat products have been celebrated around the world. Many visitors to Chicago do not consider a visit to the city complete without at least one visit to a hot dog stand, hut, or full-on sausage emporium.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, July 19-25

Kameron Sears

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 Kameron Sears. Enjoy!


Cozy Up to Chicago's Best S'mores Desserts

Matt Kirouac

'Tis the season for camping and fireside noshing, but since actual campfires can be hard to come by in city limits, restaurants are bringing the Americana pastime to you. Nothing captures edible outdoor nostalgia quite like a good s'more, something handily available at a number of restaurants in Chicago. And you don't even need to worry about bug spray!


Celebrate the Vibrant, Diverse LGBTQIA Community with About Face Theatre's '15 Breaths'

About Face Youth Ensemble

The sparkly hoopla of the 2015 Pride Parade is history, but for the young artists of About Face Theatre, the celebration continues with a new docudrama delving into the history of LGBTQIA Chicagoans. Whether or not you identify as L, B, G, T, I, Q or A  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and Allies of all the above), "15 Breaths" promises to be a compelling exploration of a vibrant, important Chicago community.


Weekend Alert: July 24-26

Beach Volleyball

So. You've found yourself in Chicago in July. You may be wondering what there is to do this weekend. Well wonder no more, because your Weekend Alert is here! Look at this list below and you'll soon figure out why Chicago is the best place to be during the summer. Or really, any time of year. Gosh you're lucky to be in town *wipes away single tear*.


Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios" Opens its Cabinet of Curiosities Starting August 6

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Like all Cirque shows, you can expect an astonishing international consortium of fantastically costumed contortionists, acrobats, aerialists and illusionists with Cirque du Soleil's new performance "Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities," opening Thursday, August 6 at the United Center.


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