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Hamilton Chicago Hacks: How to Snag the Hottest Theater Tickets in Town

Hamilton: An American Musical

Chicago is on fire and this time it has nothing to do with a cow. No, the culprit is a rapping, hip-shaking musical that turns the history of a founding father literally on its head. Hamilton An American Musical is "the story of America then, told by America now" and everyone wants to listen. Tickets for the opening season of Hamilton in Chicago immediately sold out back in the summer but for late comers, there are still chances to score tickets.


Chicago Beer Gardens Kick Off the Fall Season

Frontier beer garden

Beer + gardens: two words that have intonations that are beautiful on their own but somehow form something even more beautiful when combined. While these sunny fall days last, get out and explore the patios and beer gardens dotting Chicago. Not sure where to head? We're here to let you in on eight of the best beer garden spots in the city.  


Chicago Theater: 4 Storefront Theater Season Openers You Shouldn't Miss

In The Heights

Fall in Chicago is the best. The autumn cooldown means shorter days filled with colorful leaves dancing in the breeze, long nights lit with big harvest moons and plenty of amazing theater to enjoy. The opening of the theater season is a particularly unique time. Many theater companies painstakingly select shows for the fall that they hope will set the bar for the rest of the year. Read on to see what shows you should check out now.


5 Fall Events in Chicago for the Family + Apples, Autumn Colors and Farmers Market Treats

Lurie Garden Chicago

Nothing beats summer in Chicago, but there is so much to look forward to this fall. From a kid-focused international film fest to black-footed penguins, here are five family-friendly things you'll want to check out as the days and the city cools off. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed events around Chicago.


Eat, Drink & Be Entertained: 3 Great Theaters with Equally Great Bars

Front Bar

Imagine the perfect night in Chicago: a tasty meal, great drinks, wonderful conversation and a captivating show to top it off. Now imagine doing all of that in one place. Sounds too good to be true, right? Not in this city. Because Chicago is a world-class theater city and a world-class restaurant destination, we naturally have a few amazing places where you can do all of the above under one roof.


In Albany Park, Walk around the World in Just a Few Blocks

  Albany Park mural

 

I like to see Chicago by riding the city's 'L,' and I encourage visitors to do the same. Most folks might take a quick trip around the Loop, but if you have a little extra time, a ride on the Brown Line will afford you a bird's-eye view of the city as the train travels to the Northwest Side. Hop off at the Kedzie stop (second-to-last on the line) and you'll find yourself in the diverse Albany Park neighborhood.


Weekend Alert September 23-25: Art All Around! EXPO and Chicago Gourmet plus Oktoberfest 3 Ways

Chicago Gourmet

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago. Who's ready to chow down on dishes from THE BEST chefs, enjoy one of the largest art festivals EVER, celebrate National Lobster Day at some of Chicago's top restaurants, take in FREE jazz music and do up Oktoberfest Chicago-style? Here's your chance! 


A Chicago Music Weekend with AAHH! Fest & Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Common at AAHH! Fest Chicago

Music fans will have a busy weekend soaking up live sounds at Common's hip hop event AAHH! Fest and at the Hyde Park Jazz Fest running through Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Although both fests feature popular mucisicans from across the country, homegrown talent is also a highlight.


Fine Wine & Shakespearian Inspired Cuisine Take Center Stage at Chicago Gourmet's Grand Cru

Grand Cru 2015 Champagne Pour

Start preparing now: Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back for its ninth year! The highly anticipated culinary festival will take place September 23-25, 2016 in Millennium Park. The theme this year — Food is Art! — appropriately ties into Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong celebration that marks 400 years since Shakespeare's death by honoring his timeless works.


M is for Maxwell Street Market: Exploring Chicago A Through Z

Maxwell Street Market Chicago

If you can smell the nopales (cactus) tacos and hear the cry of vendors hawking everything from car tires to pungent spices, you're probably close to the Maxwell Street Market, which is one of Chicago's greatest treasures. Located less than a mile southwest of The Loop, the weekly Maxwell Street Market has been an institution for over 130 years and a place for new arrivals from all over the world to set up their wares to sell every Sunday


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