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5 Great Places in Chicago to Get Your Soup On

Black Bean Fideos

Ah, soup . . . that warm, savory soul balm that makes cold and blustery (or just plain difficult) days a little bit more bearable. When a warmed-up can of potage just isn’t good enough, Chicago eateries come through with some tastes-like-homemade options that will have you checking the kitchen to make sure your grandma is not in there stirring pots. Hungry now? Well, here are five tasty, hearty soups that are oh-so-worth trying.


Weekend Alert March 10-12: St. Patrick's Day Fun + Musical Seesaws at Navy Pier + Where to Find the Cubs World Series Trophy

Impulse at Navy Pier

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, we're kicking things off this weekend with some amazing events to celebrate! Not only are there must-see Chicago St. Patrick's Day events with Chicago Riverwalk festivities like the parade & river dye, but Navy Pier opens a new public activated light and sound experience that will have you pulling your cameras out. Don't forget to tag #mychicagopix. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary with our guide!


St. Patrick's Day 2017 in Chicago: 8 Weekend Picks

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Dyeing

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, and that means there are lots of fun (and mostly FREE) events in the city. Bookmark this list to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of these St. Patrick's Day holiday happenings starting tomorrow March 11 and throughout the weekend!


A Day in Lincoln Square on a Budget

Lincoln Square gate

Lincoln Square is one Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods with a little bit of something for everyone. A tons of great restaurants, outdoor spots and places to stroll, venues for seeing movies and music, family friendly activities, and plenty of nightlife to enjoy, too. Keep reading for the best spots for a budget-friendly day in Lincoln Square.


All New Show Experiences at Blue Man Group Chicago

Blue Man Group

Unless you've been living in a bunker for the past 26 years, you've probably heard of Blue Man Group. You may have even seen them live. This month, they freshened up their show with some sweet bits that will make you smile, laugh and cheer for more.


Q is for Queen's Landing: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Buckingham Fountain Chicago Grant Park

Over the past 170 years, Chicago has played host to a range of royalty from all over the world. One of the more momentous visits was by Queen Elizabeth II on July 26, 1959, when she arrived by yacht for a whirlwind 14-hour tour of the city led by then Mayor Richard J. Daley, Governor William Stratton and other prominent persons. The next time you plan an outing to Chicago's lakefront, visit the historic spot in Grant Park yourself, aptly named "Queen's Landing."


Weekend Alert March 3-5: Last Chance to Ice Skate, Craft Beer + Wing Fests, Rare Orchids and a Literature/Dance/Music Mashup Masterpiece

Millennium Park Ice Skating

Is it March already?? They say time flies when you're having fun and that's definitely the case in Chicago. This weekend continues to bring some great events that you can't miss. Check out a spectacular show of orchids, pig out on some of Chicago's best wings or taste classic and new brews at one of two booze festivals. Oh, and don't miss the final weekend of downtown ice skating. Make your weekend plans for Chicago here with these seven top picks.


See Chicago Dance! 5 Dance Shows to See in March

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

There is enough wonderful dance happening in Chicago to keep you on your toes almost every night throughout the month of March. Local and touring companies from out of town grace stages small and large throughout the city. The town is fairly bursting with new, creative collaborations between choreographers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, videographers, actors, poets and more.


3 One-of-a-Kind Magic Shows You Won't Want to Miss: Brett Schneider's Communion, The Naked Magicians & The Magic Parlour

The Magic Parlour

Chicago has always been a magical city: During the Golden Age of Magic—from 1890 to 1930—the city brimmed with magicians. They performed their acts in vaudeville theaters, shops and taverns and even on street corners. In 1893, magicians from near and far, including Harry Houdini, traveled to Chicago to make their mark at the World's Columbian Exposition. If you're looking to add a little magic to your life these days, check out three one-of-a-kind magic shows in Chicago.


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 can have its hassles, 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!


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