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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

A born and raised Windy City girl, Rosalind Cummings-Yeates loves to show visitors and locals the multi-dimensional appeal of her town. She's a writer who specializes in travel and arts topics for local and international media. Her book, Exploring Chicago Blues (History Press) is a guide to the Chicago blues scene as well as its history. Follow her adventures on her blog Farsighted Fly Girl and on Twitter and Instagram.

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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 Old


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:


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


Celebrate Black History Month in Chicago with Free Art & Music

South Side Community Art Center Chicago

February in Chicago always brings a host of cultural selections, and the choices are even richer to honor Black History Month. Most of the city's museums, libraries and theaters showcase aspects of black culture for the month with engaging events. From galleries to orchestras, enjoy the legacy of black creativity with these upcoming highlights.


Chicago Theatre Week Spotlight: Don't Miss Gloria at Goodman Theatre

Gloria

Chicago is noted as a theater lover's paradise, and Goodman Theatre supplies a prime example of why with the enthralling 4-star satire Gloria (playing now through February 19). This startling peek into the insular walls of print media, and the ways popular culture and societal norms influence it, will leave a lasting impression long after the show is over.


2 Hot Tickets! Angélique Kidjo, Bruckner Orchestra Linz + Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe Bring Global Sights & Sounds This Weekend

Angelique Kidjo

Two international acts come to Chicago this Friday and Saturday and promise dazzling, cross-cultural experiences: Jackie Chan's Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe takes to the stage at the Auditorium Theatre, while Angélique Kidjo will perform with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz at the Harris Theater.


Celebrate 100 Years of Chicago Poetry Icon Gwendolyn Brooks with a FREE Event at the Art Institute of Chicago

Gwendolyn Brooks

With seminal works including Annie Allen, A Street in Bronzeville and We Real Cool, iconic Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks captured the essence of daily life in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. She gave a voice to the African American community with images and stories that elegantly reflected their triumphs and challenges. Celebrate the upcoming centennial of her birth and the significance of her legacy with a free reading February 2 at the Art


Welcome the Year of the Rooster! Chinese New Year Festivities: January 26–February 9

The Peninsula Chicago Chinese New Year

With one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago welcomes Chinese New Year with a host of celebrations during the end of January and beginning of February. Officially starting on January 28, the Year of the Rooster will be commemorated with parades, dinners, special packages and events all over the city. Many of the festivities are FREE, so mark your calendars to join in some of these cultural celebrations!


Feel the Magic at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: January 19–29

Rough House

If you think puppets are just for kids, head out to the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and prepare to be amazed. The second bi-annual event will feature talented puppetry artists from Chicago, across the country and all over the globe, for 11 days of performances and workshops.


Score Crafts & Cocktails at Chicago Handmade Market

Handmade Market Chicago

Getting crafty was never as much fun as the popular Ukrainian Village monthly event, Handmade Market. This crafters dream unfolds inside of the Empty Bottle bar on Saturday, January 14, from noon to 4 pm. Cocktails will be served during the market so that shoppers can browse and sip through this free event.


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