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Sean Evans
Sean Evans writes stuff. He plays pub trivia every Tuesday on a team that typically finishes in the middle of the pack. As a renter in Lincoln Park, he fancies himself a Chicagoan. But, in the interest of full disclosure, he grew up in the ‘burbs and went to college in Champaign. He specializes in writing words about all-things arts, culture, and entertainment for Chicago Like a Local.

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Weekend Alert: October 4-6

Weekend Alert

If you're into sidewalk art exhibitions, Halloween-themed speedboats or jarring crosschecks into the boards, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The Blackhawks return to the United Center, it's Chicago Artists Month and one of the 1960's most iconic musicians returns for a special performance. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans 


Weekend Alert: September 27-29

Chicago River

If you're interested in fine dining exhibitions, steins full of the good stuff, and wrecking it on the dance floor to polka music, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Hyde Parking is hosting a jazz festival, Bill Burr is slaying the Chicago Theatre and 60 local artists will be showcased at Edgewater Fall Art Fair. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.


Weekend Alert: September 20-22

Weekend Alert

If you're interested in food truck bonanzas, candy apples for fall, or college football in Soldier Field, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Kendall College is hosting the Chicago Food Truck Social, more than 100 galleries are on display at EXPO Chicago and the James Beard Foundation is showcasing some of the city's celebrity chefs. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.


Weekend Alert: September 13-15

Oak Street Beach

If you're interested in perfectly poured steins, college football in Soldier Field or watching live music from atop a Ferris wheel, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Tiger Woods is playing golf in suburban Lake Forest; the University of Illinois is coming "home" to Chicago; and the city's hosting music from throughout the world. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.


Breaking Down the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile’s $25M Makeover

Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

The Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, near Michigan Avenue's fabled shops and restaurants. It's in an area of constant development with cutting-edge design around every corner. So, naturally the neighborhood's cornerstones have to keep up with the times. Enter the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile and its incredible, multimillion dollar transformation.


Weekend Alert: September 6-8

Weekend Alert

If you're into legendary musicians, black box theater productions or - you know - FOOTBALL, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The Chicago Bears open up their season, we still have a calendar full of street festivals, and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is playing live in Ravinia. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.


Weekend Alert: August 30-September 1

Chicago River

If you're into swing notes, potato pancakes or weekend-long music festivals, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting Chicago Jazz Festival, North Coast Music Fest, and Kid Rock is going to kick the weekend's face in with a performance at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.


Chicago Gourmet 2013 Invites 15 Internationally Renowned Chefs for Epic Grand Cru Event

Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet 2013 (September 27-29, 2013), now in its sixth year, is one of the city's most anticipated culinary events. More than 150 of Chicago's best restaurants and chefs (as well as mixologists, wine makers and craft brewers) will pack Millennium Park to offer a sophisticated taste Chicago. Guests can expect a packed schedule of cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings and seminars, but this year's event also promises an incredible Grand


Weekend Alert: August 23-26

Weekend Alert

If you're into operas with an R.Kelly spin (and who isn't?), outdoor movies, or runway stunting, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting the The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Maroon 5 and a collection of summer street festivals. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.  


I Came, I Strolled, I Conquered: A Story About Free Tours by Foot

Walking on Michigan Avenue

Maybe we're overthinking this whole tour thing. I've been on running tours, biking tours, Segway tours and more boat tours than should be allowed legally. But, until last week, I'd never sauntered my way through a guided tour of Chicago. Not once. Well, Free Tours by Foot, as the name would imply, is bringing sightseeing back to its most basic form of transportation, no helmet, lesson or life jacket required.


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