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5 NEW Things to See & Do on Navy Pier This Summer

New Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier Chicago

Chicago's Navy Pier celebrates its 100th birthday this summer, and new attractions and activities make it more fun than ever! Summer just isn't summer without a few trips to Chicago's top tourist attraction. Here are five new things to see and do this summer on Navy Pier — from the debut of the Centennial Wheel to icy cool treats like Original Rainbow Cone.


Mezcal Heats Up Chicago's Cocktail Scene

Mezcaleria Las Flores Chicago

In recent years, Chicago's booze scene has experienced an explosion of whiskey bars, tiki bars and even more acutely focused spots like the Fernet-centric Presidio and gin-fueled Scofflaw. Nowadays, however, in Chicago mezcal looks to be in the midst of enormous growth.


Buddy Guy's Legends: Blues Prodigy Jamiah Rogers on May 31 + More Performance Picks

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him

Kayaks, Canoes, Cruises, Surreys & Water Taxis: 5 Unique Ways to Experience the Chicago River

Wateriders Kayak Tours Chicago

The Chicago River flows across the city, crossing the downtown Loop. Famous for having its flow reveresed in the late 1800's, our 156 mile long river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. While you can always stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk, why not hop into a kayak, paddle a canoe, take a cruise, pedal a bicycle or even zip around in a water taxi? Here are five unique ways to experience the Chicago River.


A Few More Chicago Spots for Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, master of the pithy culinary one-liner and noted raconteur, stopped by Chicago again to sample our wares for the show "Parts Unknown". He was thoroughly impressed and noted in the Chicago episode and essay that the Windy City’s “sense of humor… was built on hard work”. I certainly agree and it was great to see him make his way through Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, Girl & the Goat, Avec, and the Old Town Ale House.


Chicago 101: The History & Symbolism Behind the Chicago Flag

Chicago Flag

In May of 1893 the fairgrounds to the World's Columbian Exposition opened to the public. This significant event over one hundred years ago is just one of the many historic milestones represented on Chicago's flag. The Chicago flag isn't just a beautiful representation of the city, but a flag rich in symbolism and history.


High Above Streeterville, Come Out and Experience GreenRiver

GreenRiver

A few years ago, you probably wouldn’t have thought that dining on the upper floors of a Northwestern University medical building would be a thrilling experience. As it turns out, it is and the team at GreenRiver Chicago offers up a thoughtful beverage program, a lovely set of menus, and fine ambiance all around.


What’s New with The Second City: The Most Prolific Comedy Theatre in the World Debuts New Shows & Spaces

The Second City Training Center

Chicago's top sketch comedy theater has a brand new show, is bringing back a mega hit this summer, and went through quite the makeover in 2016. Here's what's new with The Second City...


Bike the Drive with Kids: 2-Wheeled Fun for All Ages, May 29

Bike the Drive Chicago

Here's a summer experience to add to your family bucket list: Bike the Drive. One Sunday per year, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is closed to cars, turning one of the most fantastic expressways in the world in the world into an unforgettable biking experience. It's one of the best bike rides in the nation, and it's simply wonderful to drive along the stunning Chicago lakefront on a fine, early summer day.


Rock Into Summer At Mayfest: May 20-22 Kicks Off Chicago Festival Season

Mayfest Chicago

For many Chicagoans, the activation of the flowing water streams of Buckingham Fountain signals the beginning of the summer season. But for Lakeview residents, and local music fans, the arrival of the annual Mayfest represents the first sign of summer. From May 20-22, a billowing big top will cover 3100 N. Ashland and the non-stop music, food and fun of Mayfest.


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