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An Equestrian Wonderland at the Odysseo Big Top Show at Soldier Field

Odysseo by Cavalia

Big top tents usually present shows with the expected formula of animal tricks, high-wire acts and prancing and plumed dancers. Well, Cavalia's new multidimensional extravaganza Odysseo kicks all of that tired spectacle right to the curb. A showcase of graceful horses, live music, acrobats, dancers and aerialists, this show lives up to the claim "the best show ever."


Chicago Steakhouses Pay Homage to James Beard

Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
 
With the James Beard Foundation Awards set to take place in Chicago May 1, preceded by Eats Week, there’s no better time to eat your way around town at a number of restaurants paying homage to James Beard himself. Chicago being a city renowned for its world-class steakhouses, both old and new, there’s perhaps no better way to celebrate Eats Week than with a visit to one of these beefy bastions.

Ukrainian Village Budget Itinerary: Old World Eats & Old-School Bars


Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village is one of those Chicago neighborhoods that you’ve probably heard about and have been meaning to visit, but maybe never got around to it. It’s simple to plan a fun, budget-friendly day in this West Town neighborhood. Read on for the best and most affordable eats, shops and more in Ukrainian Village.


Patio Sneak Peak! Where to Dine Outdoors in Chicago NOW

The Promontory

Chicagoans like to savor the sunny spring and summer months by doing as much outdoor dining and drinking as possible. Here’s a roundup of some newer Chicago patio openings (and old favorites too), just in time for the warm weather days in the forecast.


10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter in Chicago with the Entire Family

Odyssey Cruise at Navy Pier

Get your baskets ready and don your bonnet! The Easter Bunny is hopping on down to Chicago just in time for Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017) and there's a festive event for every family. From dining with the Bunny in an elegant ballroom in a mansion to setting off on a wild egg hunt together with knights in shining armor, here are ten, family-friendly Easter adventures in Chicago.


Weekend Alert April 7-9: Shop for Art, Vinyl, Vintage Coins + Frozen Four Hockey + A Big Top Show Featuring 65 Horses and 48 Acrobats

Odysseo by Cavalia

Ready to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer this weekend? You're in the right place. Check out our list of some of the top events taking place in Chicago, including the NCAA Frozen Four hitting the United Center for the first time ever, and the world's largest touring production making its Midwest debut at Soldier Field. And on Monday? The 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs are back in the city for their home opener, and they're opening the new Park at Wrigley too. Create your Chicago


Chicago Restaurants Celebrate a Culinary Icon With James Beard Eats Week 2017: April 21-May 1

Travelle Kitchen + Bar
 
The James Beard Awards, affectionately nicknamed the "Oscars of food," is once again set to take place in Chicago, bringing the best chefs and restaurateurs from around the world to the city for a world-class celebration of cooking. Considering Chicago's reputation as one of the best food cities on the planet, the location makes perfect sense. This year, food-lovers can take the celebration even further by partaking in James Beard Eats Week, April 21 – May 1.

A Day in the Gold Coast on a Budget

Gold Coast

Chicago’s Gold Coast is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, among other great destinations. There’s endless shopping and food options, and a lot of them are more affordable than you would expect. It’s totally feasible to have a great time in the Gold Coast on a budget. Read on for some wallet-friendly picks.


Final 2 Weeks! Love, Laughs & Lavish Drama at Goodman Theatre's Destiny of Desire

Destiny of Desire

Telenovela fans and followers of all things over the top and sudsy, give thanks. The Goodman Theatre's high-flying play Destiny of Desire, delivers enough drama, music and plain fun that you might be tempted to ditch the TV for theater. This flawless musical supplies all the best elements of telenovelas, layered with stellar theater production.


10 Shows to See in Chicago This April—and Tickets are All Half Price!

Goodman Theatre presents King of the Yees

With more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago's arts and culture scene is not to be missed — and you can experience it on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows — including these top plays with discount tickets during the month of April.


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