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Public Art All Around! Find 'Agora' in Chicago's Grant Park

Public Art: Agora in Grant Park, Chicago

At the south end of Grant Park, 106 headless and armless torsos walk aimlessly in circles. Each figure stands ten feet tall and weighs about 1,800 pounds. Some face each other, others ignore their peers.

Thankfully, these are not real human torsos, but iron sculptures, designed by famed Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz.


Weekend Alert March 24-26: Boat Tours Have Begun! + New Exhibit At MSI, an Indian Cooking Class, Dance, Tap and a Chamber Opera

Wendella Sightseeing Boats

Are you ready to take advantage of your weekend in Chicago? Here's our list of weekend events and shows to top your itinerary. Check out the new exhibit Extreme Ice at the Museum of Science and Industry (there's many more blockbuster exhibits here now and coming soon to Chicago). The Chicago Flower and Garden Show finishes out its second weekend (and is one of four flower shows kicking off spring). Another sure sign of the season? River boat tours are back for sightseeing cruises! It's


All the Cheap (Even Free!) Brewery Tours in Chicago

Lagunitas

What’s better than an awesome brewery tour in Chicago? A FREE brewery tour, obviously. Here’s your guide to all the free brewery tours in Chicago (and some that are just $10/person), and yes, most of them include a free drink too.


Kinzie Hotel + Chicago Riverwalk + Andy's Jazz Club: Where to Stay and Things to Do in River North

Kinzie Hotel Chicago

If you’re coming to Chicago from near or far, you may well enjoy the charms of being out and about in River North. It’s right next to the Chicago River (hence its clever name) and you can walk into the Loop or over to Michigan Avenue in just a few minutes. With a raft of lively bars and nightspots, there’s quite a bit to do. I’d recommend a stay at the lovely Kinzie Hotel, as the staff are welcoming and the amenities in the rooms are quite fine. 


'Spamilton' Musical Parody Follows 'Hamilton' to Chicago

Spamilton An American Parody

After Broadway's smash hit musical "Hamilton" took to the Chicago stage last fall, it only makes sense that "Spamilton", the Off-Broadway hit show spoofing Hamilton, would soon follow. And boy, Chicago audiences should be excited!


A Walking Tour Through Ravenswood: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Deagan Building

The colorful Ravenswood corridor in Lincoln Square hugs the Metra right-of-away as it makes its way north through a clutch of North Side Chicago neighborhoods. Many of the former industrial buildings along this street now house a range of booming businesses (including craft breweries!), and spending an afternoon in these parts is quite pleasant. Why not take a short trip and visit a few of our favorite Ravenswood gems. Let's get started!


A Day in Old Town Chicago: Budget Picks & New Neighborhood Haunts

Old Town gate

Old Town is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, located on the North Side. It’s home to St. Michael’s Church, one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. In more recent times, the neighborhood has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy great food, shopping and more. Read on for a full day’s itinerary of budget-friendly eats, fun things to do, and new spots to check out in Chicago's Old Town.


The Second City Takes on American Politics—Hilarity Ensues: Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno Blends Silly & Smart

Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno

The Second City's 41st e.t.c. revue — Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno — has a mouthful of a title, paired with a belly full of laughs. The e.t.c. stage, known for its edgier, more Chicago-themed sketch revues, keeps to its reputation, housing two hours of non-stop, goofball, slap-your-thighs laughter with its newest comedy show.


Weekend Alert March 17-19: March Madness Deals, a Food Fest, a Flower Show + Heated Domes On The Riverwalk

City Winery

The weekend is here and it's nothing short of a great time. Have you created your NCAA March Madness bracket?? We're sure you have. Now get ready to watch all the action at one of the many Chicago restaurants and bars offering promotions for the tournament. Not only that, we've got heated outdoor (!) domes at City Winery Riverwalk, more St. Patrick's Day events, art and dance showcases and much more. It's time to make weekend plans with our Chicago guide.


The Alise Hotel in Chicago: An Overnight Stay in an Architectural Masterpiece

The Alise Hotel

Chicago is an architecture buff's playground—it's even, some have argued, the best architectural city in America. Stay overnight in the marvelous Alise Chicago Hotel while visiting the city, and you’ll be staying in a masterwork by Daniel Burnham, urban planner famous for his 1909 plan for Chicago, and architect of many great Chicago buildings, including the Columbian Exposition.


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