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Petty Fest Rocks Chicago Next Week at The Metro

Petty Fest

Chicago is lucky in so many ways. We've built ourselves up as a national leader in arts, culture and dining and the opportunities that come our way prove that the work was worth it. This month, our local music scene says hello to a new type of concert, one that American Girls (and boys) should get excited about. 

Where to Stay in Chicago in 2014: Chicago's Newest Hotels

The Godfrey

Hot new lodging options are popping up all over the city - including the very first Virgin Hotel in the world. Here's a look at where to stay now, as well as a few places to keep on your radar for later this year.

Chicago's Original Rap Karaoke Night Puts The Mic In Your Hand This Weekend

 Psalm One

Karaoke is always a solid weekend outing option but specialty karaoke parties can really up the fun, and Chicago's Original Rap Karaoke seems to have found a permanent new home in Jerry's Sandwiches of Wicker Park. By day, the spot serves up dozens of weirdly wonderful sandwich combinations, but on the third Saturday of every month local rap favorite Psalm One (pictured above) and her band of hip hop enthusiasts turn

Just For Laughs: In Chicago This Week!

Just For Laughs 

This week, the Just For Laughs team is taking over Chicago, scouring the city for top stand-up talent. They will be scouting at UP Comedy Club, The Playground, Jokes and Notes and Timothy O'Toole's. Check out the details below and catch as many shows as you can - most of them are free!

TripAdvisor Users Rank Chicago #2 for Top U.S. Destinations!

North side sky line

Announced last week, TripAdvisor revealed its 2014 top U.S. destinations as voted by traveler reviews and your very own Chicago has landed at number two! Chicago's ranking surpasses San Francisco from last year, and sits just behind New York. Coming just on the heels of U.S. Travel Association's IPW conference being held in Chicago, the city couldn't be more jazzed to hear the news.

Rabbit and Carrots: Easter Eats in Chicago

Easter Dining

Easter is upon us, and while most associate this holiday with candy and brunch, there's more to Easter eating than Cadbury and mimosas. Like rabbit and carrots, for instance. Here are several spots in Chicago cooking up tasty renditions of these two most apropos ingredients.

Sketch Comedy Turned TV Pilot:: Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse Pilot Premiere 

The gentlemen of Claymore Productions have decided to premiere their TV pilot online this Wednesday, April 16th. I had the privilege to see this pilot last fall at the NYTVF screening in Chicago and it is something special. In my opinion, this would be the pilot offspring of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. It's a crazy collage of visual mastery and I had the chance to set down with master minds behind Claymore Productions.

Three Architecturally Stunning Buildings in Wicker Park

Wicker Park Six Corners

Wicker Park is one of the most visited Chicago neighborhoods outside of downtown and the Mag Mile. People visit this hip neighborhood for its boutiques, great restaurants, and to some, its "funky" vibe. When I wander through Wicker Park, I love to check out its architecture.

Funk Fest Chicago Makes Its Dancin' Debut This Month


The same folks that bring you Americana music-themed Dunn Dunn Fest every winter are ready to celebrate Chicago's thriving funk music scene this month! Funk Fest Chicago hits Wicker Park's Subterranean April 18 and 19 next weekend, and it'll be time to dance!

Weekend Alert: April 11-13

Bean Skyline

Happy weekend, Chicago - and a warm one at that! We're talking (dare we say) 70 degrees this weekend, and all of Chicago couldn't be more ready to kick off those winter boots and get to dancing. And shopping. And Easter Egg hunting. And all of the things that are about to make this Chicago weekend so wonderful.

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