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Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, July 20-25

Steve Crandall Instagram

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Steve Crandall. Enjoy!


Get your tickets now for Chicago Gourmet and Rick Bayless' Mod Mex & Mod Mix 2014

Mod Mex & Mod Mix 2014

Love Mexican food and culture? Of course you do. Well hold on to your seats, because Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless - of the award winning Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO - is inviting some of his closest chef and mixology comrades for Mod Mex & Mod Mix, Sept. 13-14, hosted by Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet.


Where to Eat and Drink Blueberries in Chicago

Blueberries

With blueberries at their seasonal apex during National Blueberry Month (aka July), now seems as good a time as any to binge on blue. The luscious fruits can currently be found on menus throughout Chicago in both edible and potable varieties.


Weekend Alert: July 25-27

Chicago River

July's almost over, can you believe it? The fun marches on in Chicago nevertheless, including this weekend's stellar events and attractions. Make sure you get out and enjoy them!


Remembering The Eastland Disaster in Chicago, July 24, 1915

RM Eastland

I discovered the Eastland when I was 26 years old. It was 1999 and I was curating an exhibition about the Titanic at the Museum of Science and Industry. As a native Chicagoan and local history buff, the discovery was a shock in more ways than one. In my head, and in my heart, I was 26 years behind schedule and 84 years too late.

On July 24, 1915, the S.S. Eastland was docked at the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle streets. One of five excursion vessels chartered by the


3 Chicago Postmodern Architectural Icons

James R. Thompson Center

Postmodern architecture is all over downtown Chicago. and in particular three iconic skyscrapers in this style pop into my mind when I think "postmodern." To start out, there's some confusion over what the style is, and that's because it is somewhat eclectic. Generally we are talking after modernism, primarily with dark steel boxes of Mies van der Rohe and all his emulators.


4 Awesome Spots to Catch the Air & Water Show - by Land and by Lake

Castaways Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 16-17. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to view the show in comfort and style.


Zoovies - Lincoln Park Zoo's Wild Take on Movie Night

Lincoln Park Zoo

It's movie night. You have some freshly popped popcorn ready, an ice cold soda in hand, and a couple boxes of candy as you look upon the silver screen next to your friends, family, and some flamingos ... Flamingos? I'll explain.


10 Decades, 10 Homestands: Cubs Face Cardinals for 1970s Historic Series

1970s Cubs road uniform

The Chicago Cubs finish the last 10 days of July with as many home games, kicked off today by a three-game historic 1970s homestand versus the San Diego Padres. The Cubs then face division rival St. Louis Cardinals, July 25-27, and then cap their stay at home with a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, July 28-31. Make sure to head over to Wrigley Field for these three great home series and celebrate the Friendly Confines' 100th birthday.


Historic Signs of Chicago Skyscrapers

Trump Hotel sign

The recent placement of the Trump International Hotel & Tower sign on Chicago's riverfront inspired me to take a look at other prominent signs of Chicago skyscrapers. Downtown was once littered with neon and marquee lights, and over the years the identification of building owners has generally become more subdued. However, it certainly hasn't disappeared. Here is a look at the history behind some of the signs topping Chicago architecture


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