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5 NEW Things to See & Do on Navy Pier This Summer

New Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier Chicago

Chicago's Navy Pier celebrates its 100th birthday this summer, and new attractions and activities make it more fun than ever! Summer just isn't summer without a few trips to Chicago's top tourist attraction. Here are five new things to see and do this summer on Navy Pier — from the debut of the Centennial Wheel to icy cool treats like Original Rainbow Cone.


Buddy Guy's Legends: Blues Prodigy Jamiah Rogers on May 31 + More Performance Picks

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him

Kayaks, Canoes, Cruises, Surreys & Water Taxis: 5 Unique Ways to Experience the Chicago River

Wateriders Kayak Tours Chicago

The Chicago River flows across the city, crossing the downtown Loop. Famous for having its flow reveresed in the late 1800's, our 156 mile long river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. While you can always stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk, why not hop into a kayak, paddle a canoe, take a cruise, pedal a bicycle or even zip around in a water taxi? Here are five unique ways to experience the Chicago River.


What’s New with The Second City: The Most Prolific Comedy Theatre in the World Debuts New Shows & Spaces

The Second City Training Center

Chicago's top sketch comedy theater has a brand new show, is bringing back a mega hit this summer, and went through quite the makeover in 2016. Here's what's new with The Second City...


Rock Into Summer At Mayfest: May 20-22 Kicks Off Chicago Festival Season

Mayfest Chicago

For many Chicagoans, the activation of the flowing water streams of Buckingham Fountain signals the beginning of the summer season. But for Lakeview residents, and local music fans, the arrival of the annual Mayfest represents the first sign of summer. From May 20-22, a billowing big top will cover 3100 N. Ashland and the non-stop music, food and fun of Mayfest.


6 Spring and Summertime Adventures at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Spring is in the air and Chicago is in bloom! One of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous weather is at the Lincoln Park Zoo, our (free!) zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. This spring and summer, the zoo calendar has many amazing opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals while also enjoying craft beers, or striking a yoga pose. Here are six seasonal adventures waiting to be experienced at


Artists, Authors and Artisans: Weekend Picks

Great Migration 
Warmer weather in Chicago means more events and activities to enjoy and this weekend is bursting with cool things to check out. Organize your plans now so you don't miss any of these offerings. Here are our picks for the rest of the week, from a history-filled exhibit, to a book/pop culture mashup, to an indie-cool craft market.

Manifest Urban Arts Festival: Art, Music & Murals Oh My!

Manifest Urban Arts Festival

If you're looking for something exciting and fun to do this Friday in Chicago, the downtown Loop has just the thing. Or three! Friday, May 13 marks the 16th annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival presented by Columbia College. It's one of the most exciting college events in the country, and is the longest-run student art festivals in Chicago. On top of that is the massive mural fest Big Walls and alley party ACTIVATE.


Dreams Come True at Porchlight Music Theatre's Thrilling Production of Dreamgirls

Porchlight Music Theatre presents Dreamgirls

Classic musicals supply lots of fun for theater fans; you can sing along, root for the star and laugh at the bad guys that are always outsmarted. The one sticking point with a beloved musical is that the singing must live up to or surpass the original. Otherwise, what's the point? You can just stay home and listen to the soundtrack. Well, the performers in Porchlight's Dreamgirls make sure that their show outdoes any recording of the high energy play.


2016 NFL Draft has Kicked Off! Get Excited for Draft Town: FREE 3-Day Festival for Football Fans

2016 NFL Draft | Draft Town

Chicago is fast becoming a destination city for some of America's most prestigious events. You may have heard about our city's continued involvement with the James Beard Foundation, but that's not all that were excited about this month. In fact, 2016 marks the second year that Chicago is hosting the tremendously successful NFL Draft, and with this great honor comes a lot of perks — including the fun and FREE popup NFL Draft Town in Grant


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