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Weekend Alert: January 30-February 1

Chicago Restaurant Week

Good times this weekend, very good times. Whether you're checking out a very unique new show in "The Adventures of Tapman,"a dazzling production on ice of "Frozen," admiring purebred dogs at the International Kennel Club Dog Show, or digging in to some delicious food in the return of Chicago Restaurant Week 2015 (!!), you've got things to smile about.

Go Out on the Town (or Don't), Then Overnight at the Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar

Perhaps you've never been to the River North area of Chicago. Some call it RiNo (pronounced like the sizable animal) and this linguistic reduction is just another way to move more quickly to a description of the area's steakhouses, lounges and other pastimes.

If you've never been, you might want to plan for a night over at the Hotel Palomar. Of course, if you have frequented the area before this is also the perfect time to spend the night, slow things down and

A Lover’s Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Valentine's Day

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date, here are eight great ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, January 18-23

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Kweku Bentum.

Chicago Theatre Week: Our Top Three Family-Friendly Picks

Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can witness the magic of live theater with your family. From February 12-22, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15-30, with many offering further discounts. Here are three CTW children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2015. 

Three Key Resources for Celebrating African American History in Chicago

Dusable museum

February is African American History Month in the United States and Chicago celebrates in a range of ways throughout the year. If you're preparing for a visit and you're looking to learn about the black experience in Chicago, you'll want to take a look at these resources.

A Weekend on Wacker

Wacker - Penthouse Ballroom

Time spent in the Loop is always time well spent, so why not spend an entire weekend enjoying all that it is has to offer? Amidst the many excellent hotels on Wacker Drive, you'd do well to spend a few evenings at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. It's close by the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Chicago Theatre, and a host of fabulous bars and restaurants, and a short jaunt on the Riverwalk may be just the thing for the curious visitor or local who

Chicago's BucketFeet is Making Global Connections through Shoes


It's hard to believe that just four years ago, BucketFeet was no more than an original idea stemming from a longtime hobby and a chance meeting. Now, the shoe line employs 24 full-time employees and is sold internationally. 

BucketFeet shoes are unique in that, every design comes from a different artist across the world. 

With retail shops in New York's SoHo neighborhood and Chicago's Block 37 and sales through Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and independent

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series: January 11-16

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Dexter Conde. Enjoy!

Weekend Alert: January 16-18

Strictly Sail Chicago

Chicago, I know we're probably all looking for a little warmth right now. That's why we thankfully have some great indoor shows and events going on this weekend that'll cure that! From the Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show, International Puppet Theater Festival, Sketch Comedy Festival, Cubs Convention, and TNK Fest, you're taken care of. 

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