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Weekend Alert: May 22-24

Pritzker Pavilion

Are you into free exercise classes and lawn games in the heart of the city? Perhaps outdoor music street festivals? Biking? Enjoying a cool glass of beer? Chicago's got you covered. Enjoy the long Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago with these choice events, sure to get you out and about for an epic time.

Chicago's Most Historic Hotels

Palmer House

Why stay in an ordinary hotel when you can stay in a historic Chicago gem? Step into the lobbies of any of these history-filled hotels and you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Here are five of my favorite historic Chicago hotels.

Friday Faves: What is Your Favorite Chicago Brewery?

Goose Island Brewery Lincoln Park

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

Chicago Wine Festival Roundup


Chicago's hosting of the James Beard Awards reaffirms the culinary status the city has been building on for years. Since great food necessitates great drink to go with it, several wine festivals have started popping up to celebrate the nectar of the gods ... and Chicagoans.

Conversation, Creativity & Coffee at the Hyde Park Arts Center

Hyde Park Arts Center

What should a community arts center be, you ask? A place to celebrate the communion of the visual arts, a place for teenagers to gather after school, or a quiet corner to have a coffee and contemplate the art you’ve just seen?

The Hyde Park Arts Center (HPAC) is just such a polymath and it covers even broader territory by offering a range of creative rotating exhibits, special events, gallery talks and more.

A Summer Guide to Family Freebies at Chicago Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art

Take advantage of the following totally free perks for Chicago museum-goers. You'll save a dime, have a more enjoyable museum experience and extend your kids' learning experience. Before you go exploring Chicago's cultural institutions, see if you can get your hands on one of these family-friendly freebies.

6 Chicago Bars Worth More than the Cost of a Drink

Green Mill

Going out for a drink in Chicago (or any big city) is rarely a cheap venture. I miss going to my favorite college bars for $1 You-Call-It beers, mixed drinks and shots. But college bars are mostly quirky joints designed for intoxication, right? So if you want to "up your game," graduate to one of these classier urban spots and have some fun while exploring the Chicago bar and lounge scene without spending a fortune. Here's a list of bars to check out within close proximity of

Choose Your Own Urban Adventure at CHICAGO24

Chicago History Museum

Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series? Here's your chance to jump into Chicago history, choosing your own adventures that will have you exploring the city's secrets over an exciting 24-hour journey. Whether you're a history buff or just a night owl who enjoys walking the city streets at night, ChicaGO24, the Chicago History Museum's annual 24-hour event, promises to reveal hidden city secrets on a series of action-packed tours on Friday, May 8 through Saturday, May

In Town for the National Restaurant Show 2015? Check Out These Chicago Faves

McCormick Place

From May 16-19, Chicago will welcome friends new and old visiting for the National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place. With hundreds of events, exhibits, celebrity chef appearances and more, it'll be hard to get away for even a quick jaunt. With that in mind, I've come up with a few close to McCormick Place during the show. 

Enjoy your visit and welcome to Chicago!

Cupcake Decorating Classes at Chicago's Magnolia Bakery

Matt Kirouac

Tucked into Chicago's Block Thirty Seven shopping mall at 108 N. State St., Chicago's Magnolia Bakery is a mecca of all the classic American baked goods that everyone loves. Delectable muffins, pies, cakes and brownies line the shelves in this cherished bakery. But the true stars here are the cupcakes: baked fresh and frosted daily, you'll find all your traditional favorites as well as seasonal and daily specials. The cakes and cupcakes here are known for their colorful and

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