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4 Fun Bar Night Alternatives Better than Winter Hibernation

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We're in the home stretch. Winter is nearly over but as the low temperatures continue so does our loss of motivation to leave the comfort and warmth of our couch. If you're bundling up and venturing out, it has to be worth it. It has to be for something different. Something special. We understand. 

Here's our late winter challenge: try these bar night alternatives. We promised they'll be more fun than your third Netflix binge of the week. 

5 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Family Fun St Patrick's Day

With our strong Irish roots, no city celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the fervor of Chicagoans. But not all the festivities are, shall we say, family-friendly. If you're planning on spending St. Pat's with some Leprechaun-sized companions, you can still get in on the shamrock-fueled action. Here are five family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

Chicago Hosts the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15

Big 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The Chicago Sports Commission (CSC), Choose Chicago and the City of Chicago are thrilled to once again host the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15 at the United Center. This year's tournament is the Big Ten's first five-day expanded event, thanks to the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers. This now 14-team tournament features an additional day of games and for the first time ever, the four highest seeded teams will receive byes

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, February 22-27

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's

Get Ready for a Night of Chicago Jazz with these Albums

Music - Jazz

For over a century, Chicago has been one of the key nodes of jazz activity in the United States. Early ragtime pianists came to perform at the World's Columbian Exposition and things have been getting better ever since.

Today, the curious traveler (and locals) can take in jazz in settings quite formal like the Symphony Center or they can wander over to the Green Mill at Lawrence and Broadway, Andy's Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase in the

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago!

St Patrick's Day

After the chilly months of January and February, the middle of March presents one of Chicago’s most well-known public celebrations: the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the dyeing of the Chicago River. Since 1955, these august events have been presided over by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union and they’ve even found their way into several movies, including "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford.

Springtime Family Shows at City Winery

City Winery

Fine wines and kids usually don't go hand in hand, but the City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.), a 30,000-sq.-ft., fully-functioning winery, concert hall and Mediterranean eatery is inviting families to celebrate spring with a variety of kid-friendly programming. 

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Star 4

Liz Flag Beer

This is the fourth piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.
Prohibition. It’s a topic that seems to fascinate every local as it does visiting tourists. There is an almost mysterious and romanticized image of Prohibition that has been fostered by the media and filmmakers. For historians, it’s an interesting point of discussion because many facts seem to be jaded by fiction. And in

Q&A with Nick Ulivieri, 2015 Choose Chicago Artist of the Year

Nick Ulivieri

Chicago is gorgeous no matter the time of the day, month or year. Documenting its beauty has proven irresistible to countless artists, amateur or professional, and just about anyone that visits Chicago.

Choose Chicago celebrates the outstanding creative work of an individual through its annual Artist of the Year Program, developed as a unique way to show

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series: February 15-20

Each week, we feature one Instagram

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