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Weekend Alert: October 3-5

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Party like it's every year after 1871 this weekend, Chicago! Yes, I'm referring to the year of the Great Chicago Fire, but we'll be celebrating the city's rebirth with Redmoon's Great Chicago Fire Festival on Saturday. Featuring neighborhood bazaars and culminating in a Grand Spectacle on the Chicago River, this festival is a major highlight of this stacked weekend. We've also got Revolution's Oktoberfest Party, a Mac & Cheese Fest, Taste Talks and Laughingstock. Is your body ready?

Gorilla Tango Burlesque: a New Take on the Saga of the Ewoks


If you're looking for an offbeat date night or a fab girls night out, head over to Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and catch a burlesque show starring GTB - Gorilla Tango Burlesque - the acclaimed troupe of outrageously sexy and fun performers. Their latest hit - Boobs on Endor: A Return of the Jedi Burlesque - offers an entirely new and campy take on the Star Wars franchise. You'll never look at the saga of the Ewoks in the same way again.

Celebrate the Auditorium Theatre's 125th Anniversary Season


The Auditorium Building in is one of the best-known designs of the architectural design duo Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. At the time of its completion in 1889, it was the tallest building in the city and largest building in the United States. The building's theater was the first home of the Chicago Civic Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and through the years has also hosted political conventions and even Grateful Dead tours.

This year, the Auditorium Theatre will be

Drink and Be Merry at St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest This Weekend


Don some lederhosen, raise your stein, and enjoy this year's St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest! Come out to the corner of Lincoln and Wellington this weekend to participate in one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago.

Weekend Alert: September 26-28

Chicago Gourmet

Lots to do this weekend. Lots. Eat some five-star food courtesy of all-star chefs at Chicago Gourmet, drop everything and dance at the David Bowie Variety Hour, slurp til you burp at the Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party, and see some of the city's coolest museums for free. The choice(s) is/are yours ... you get the idea.

Seven Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Our family loves the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago's very own zoo located in charming Lincoln Park. It's educational, it's fun and ... it's free! As a Chicago mom with two kids ages 5 and 13, I can't tell you how many times I've visited our beloved zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the best spots to celebrate fall in the city, thanks to the lovely Autumnal colors. Here are seven fun and interesting things to do this fall at the zoo.

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival: More Than a Fun Movie Date with the Kids

Chicago Children's International Film Festival

The 31st Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival kicks off on October 24 with more than 270 films from over 50 countries - and our family can't wait! Selected from more than 3,000 entries at venues across the Chicago including the Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton) and the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), these movies always rise above the usual Hollywood kid fare and offer everything from funny to spooooooky films, all with a unique,

Celebrate with the Auditorium Theatre and the Lyric Opera This Fall

Lyric Opera Capriccio

Get ready to celebrate - two of Chicago's historic theaters are having birthdays.

River North Awaits, So Stay Overnight

Hotel Felix

To wander over to the corner of Huron and Clark in the River North nabe is to have a spark of inspiration. As you look up, you'll see the large sign for the Hotel Felix and you might think: "Why not stay here?" After all, you'd be close to everything as the saying goes, and you certainly wouldn't lack for dining options, nightlife, architectural wonders, and more.

So it's settled. You're going to spend a night or two at the Hotel Felix and I have a few

Seven Perks That Make for a Totally Rad Family Weekend at Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Whether you're a rockstar or just a rockin' family, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is the place to stay if you're looking for a red carpet rockin' weekend in Chicago. Housed in the historic, polished black granite Carbide & Carbon building, an art deco gem, this modern hotel features all the comfort, style and attention to detail that today's rockstars demand, while staying perfectly in tune with visiting families and kids. Here are seven perks that make for a totally rad family weekend at

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