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Shopping in Chicago Away from Michigan Avenue

Peruvian Connection

Chicago is a beautiful city 365 days a year, but it might be a little harder to appreciate in the depths of our winter. But when spring finally rolls around, the city is at its finest - which makes it a perfect time to plan your trip to Chicago.

If you're planning a spring trip here, some shopping is probably in your itinerary. While the Magnificent Mile is the premier shopping stretch in the city, I suggest you branch out a bit as well - the rest of Chicago is filled with pockets of

Overnighting in the Gold Coast at Thompson Hotel Chicago

Thompson Chicago

For an evening out and about in the Gold Coast, you would do well to make your home base at the Thompson Chicago. It’s a fine place to escape for an anniversary or any other special occasion that you see fit. After all, it’s right next to dozens of night spots, the charming brownstones along Cedar Street, and other byways to stroll around as the sun sets or rises, depending on your own inclinations. 

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Place in Chicago to Go Get Your Laughs In?


Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

Weekend Alert: April 24-26


Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph

Treat Mom to Mother's Day Brunch in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

Come Mother's Day, the only thing more impressive than breakfast in bed is an elegant prix fixe brunch at one of Chicago's finest restaurants. She made your meals for 18 years minimum, time to return the gesture with a nice brunch.

Chicago's Best Kid-Friendly Burger Joints

Burger - Blog

Nothing beats a great burger. When it comes to the American diner classic, here are five places that you can't beef with. These are our family's picks for Chicago's best kid-friendly burgers.

Top 10 Chicago Must-dos with Teens or Tweens

Kids Millennium Park

Heading into town with your teen or tween? Here are 10 must-dos for your Windy City bucket list:

Manhattans and More at the Tortoise Club

Tortoise Club

Tucked in right next to Bertrand Goldberg’s celebrated Marina City, you’ll find a rather rare gem in River North known as the Tortoise Club. In an area that is fairly rife with eateries that can be a bit boisterous (albeit compelling), the Tortoise offers a bit more gentility in a down-tempo wood-paneled clubby type atmosphere that is redolent of a different era soaked in Manhattans and three piece suits.

Great Chefs from the Great Lakes at the James Beard Foundation Awards

Matt Kirouac

If the James Beard Awards are the restaurant equivalent of the Oscars, then the chefs behind the stoves are the leading men and ladies that draw the crowds and dazzle diners. Rightfully so, as Chicago gears up to host the James Beard Awards in May, numerous local chefs have received top honors with venerable nominations.

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