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Culinary Treats at O'Hare Make Layovers Seem Not So Bad After All

Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Most people agree that flying is a hassle, but delicious food options can make your travels a little bit more pleasant. If you’re one of those travelers who gets to the airport super early, you’ll have plenty of time to explore these tasty spots. Read on for the best and newly opened restaurants at O'Hare Airport. With all these amazing options, you might find yourself looking forward to your next trip that takes you through O'Hare!


4 Flower Shows in Chicago Bloom with the Sights & Scents of Spring

Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago

Springtime in Chicago ushers in flowers galore! From daffodils along State Street's parkways to the prairie blossoms at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, Chicago lives up to its "City in a Garden" moniker. This season check out a Chicago Cubs inspired flower show, the annual events at Navy Pier and Macy's on State Street, and the bright allure of azaleas at Lincoln Park Conservatory.


Experience Historic Old Town via Chicago Food Planet's Food Tour—Running All Winter Long

Chicago Food Planet Food Tours

From deep-dish pizza to Italian beef sandwiches to caramel-cheese popcorn, Chicago is a city famous for signature tasty treats. Chicago Food Planet capitalizes on the city's delicious traditions with food tours that explore fascinating Windy City history. There are a range of tours to choose from, focusing on different foods and Chicago neighborhoods. This time of year, take advantage of the seasonal Winter Delights tour—a great opportunity to get out and nosh around Chicago's


Weekend Alert February 24-26: New Pop-Up Bar, Vintage Fashion Show + Antique Market, Mardi Gras Party and a Beer Fest

Emporium Arcade Bar

Looking for the top events in Chicago this weekend? Well you're in the right place. Whether you're looking for booze fests, a place to shop, arcade bar or all of the above, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Be one of the first to check out the opening of The Backroom pop-up bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel this Saturday. Or explore Northerly Island Park during Polar Adventure Days. It's time to make weekend plans. 

Feel the Rhythm at the 15th Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival: February 24–March 25

Chicago Flamenco Festival

Forget about the winter chill and warm up with the fiery passion of flamenco music and dance during the 15th annual Chicago Flamenco Festival at Instituto Cervantes. The five-week-long event kicks off February 24 and showcases the intricacies of this vibrant Spanish art form with an array of international flamenco artists rarely witnessed in the United States. Don't miss these highlights:


'Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones' Will Rock Chicago's Navy Pier this Summer

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24! 


4 Shows to See Now Before They Close or Leave Chicago

The Illusionists

Hundreds of theatre productions are playing in Chicago for extended runs (hello Hamilton!) and open runs (from Blue Man Group to the many great nightly shows at The Second City), however, some only offer performances for a few days or a few weeks. Here are four highlights of what to see on stage now in Chicago before it's too late!


View The Striking Images of African American Freetowns at the Newberry Library's FREE Exhibit

Photographing Freetowns exhibit at the Newberry Library

Photography aficionados may know Helen Balfour Morrison for her portraits of famous Americans, displayed in museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA. In 1935, Morrison turned her eye toward the rarely shown experience of African American "freetowns," small independent communities that formed after the abolishment of slavery. The photos capture an important piece of African American history, and are now on display at the Newberry Library's


Sightseeing in Lincoln Park: A Bridge off the Beaten Path

Cherry Avenue Bridge

If you’re a city wanderer like I am, you’re probably looking for those curious moments out and about as you walk around. Well, I have a real gem for you in Lincoln Park: the Cherry Avenue Bridge.


Weekend Alert February 17-19: Get Outside! 3 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors + 2 Operas + 1 Tasty Taco Showdown

Chicago Architecture Tour Shoreline Sightseeing

Are you ready to take advantage of the warmth in Chicago this weekend? We've got a great roundup of events and outdoor activities (how about a cruise... in Chicago... in February?!). Score a deal and see highly-anticipated plays to round out Chicago Theatre Week, watch a new-to-Chicago production of Carmen, or chow down on tacos from some of the best chefs. Not only that, see how you can celebrate National Engineers Week at a free annual festival. It's time to make weekend plans —


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