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Desmond Penn
Desmond is a Choose Chicago intern always searching for new ideas. Desmond was born and raised in Chicago and his love for the city continues to grow. As a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Desmond cherishes the opportunity to be in the heart of such a unique city. Desmond strives to explore the different neighborhoods of the city and capture the scenery through his writing and photography to provide a unique perspective.

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Weekend Alert April 28-30: Shakespeare at Navy Pier, Rolling Stones Themed Cruise + 3 Days to Shop 300 Incredible Artists and Artisans

One of a Kind Spring Show

We're back with your favorite guide for making the most of your weekend visit to Chicago. The city is packed with attractions that you can't miss but this weekend we've got some specific events you can't miss. Take an Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones themed dinner cruise, shop from 300 unique makers, head to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier to see a funny love story, and much more. 


Weekend Alert April 21-23: LOTS of Food (Chicago-Style Tour + JB Eats Week + Even Icelandic Cuisine!), and Pop Culture Overload with a Comic Convention, Film/Music Fest & Record Store Day

c2e2

Anyone else ready to suit up for C2E2, overload on a showcase of international movies and music, go on a "Chicago-style" food tour and celebrate Record Store Day with cook-outs, meet & greets and more? Chicago sounds like the place to be this weekend, am I right? You won't be disappointed with this list of epic Chicago events and festivals happening all weekend long. It's time to make weekend plans — here!


Weekend Alert April 14-16: Exhibitionism-The Rolling Stones Grand Opening, Easter Cruises + Sweets, NEW Spring Tours

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

Ready to make the most of your weekend visit to Chicago? Well we've got some great weekend events and tours that you can't miss. From guided walking or bike tours (with a discount) to the grand opening of Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones at Navy Pier, to cruising with the Easter bunny, there's something for everyone to enjoy. It's time to make weekend plans!


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


Weekend Alert March 31-April 2: Bacon Fest, Sky Series At 360 Chicago, a Cocktail Summit + Music, Dance and Theatre Galore

360 Chicago

There's absolutely nothing going on this weekend in Chicago... April Fools! Did you really believe that? We're welcoming April this weekend with some fun, sweet and savory events you can't miss. There's a two-day bacon fest; a crazy colorful cake shake that's basically an Easter treat for adults; and a nightly sky series at 360 Chicago that has something for everyone: craft beer, yoga and more. It's time to make your weekend plans — here's our top picks.


Weekend Alert March 24-26: Boat Tours Have Begun! + New Exhibit At MSI, an Indian Cooking Class, Dance, Tap and a Chamber Opera

Wendella Sightseeing Boats

Are you ready to take advantage of your weekend in Chicago? Here's our list of weekend events and shows to top your itinerary. Check out the new exhibit Extreme Ice at the Museum of Science and Industry (there's many more blockbuster exhibits here now and coming soon to Chicago). The Chicago Flower and Garden Show finishes out its second weekend (and is one of four flower shows kicking off spring). Another sure sign of the season? River boat tours are back for sightseeing cruises! It's


Weekend Alert March 17-19: March Madness Deals, a Food Fest, a Flower Show + Heated Domes On The Riverwalk

City Winery

The weekend is here and it's nothing short of a great time. Have you created your NCAA March Madness bracket?? We're sure you have. Now get ready to watch all the action at one of the many Chicago restaurants and bars offering promotions for the tournament. Not only that, we've got heated outdoor (!) domes at City Winery Riverwalk, more St. Patrick's Day events, art and dance showcases and much more. It's time to make weekend plans with our Chicago guide.


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!


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.


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. 
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