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Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at Chicago's Driehaus Museum

Downton Abbey at The Driehaus Museum Chicago

British period drama television series Downton Abbey has been dazzling U.S. audiences since it premiered in 2011. Set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate, the series transports viewers to the post-Edwardian era, depicting the tumultuous lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. This February, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum will be bringing Downtown Abbey to Chicago via its much anticipated exhibition, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.


Top 10 Theatre Week Must-Sees

Broadway in Chicago presents Cabaret

Dramas, and comedies, and tragedies. Oh my. For the super-cheap price of $15 or $30, you can nab tickets to over 120 different shows from February 11-21, when ChicagoTheatreWeek.com celebrates the city's stages from Skokie to South Shore. The sheer amount of shows is overwhelming. How to pick when the field is so crowded? Here are our picks for the Top Ten Theatre Week Must-Sees.


Explore The Wild and Wonderful World of Pop Art and Design at the MCA

Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago
If you think Andy Warhol's "Soup Cans" represent all there is to pop art, think again. Thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art's revelatory exhibits, The Street, The Store and The Silver Screen: Pop Art From The MCA Collection and Pop Art Design, the broad scope of the 60s and '70s era movement is on vivid display. Yes, Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup cans are featured but so are a host of striking images positioned as "an attack on the privileged world of fine

Dive Into Pageantry and Tragedy at Goodman's Another Word For Beauty

Goodman Theatre presents Another Word For Beauty

In popular culture, the South American country of Columbia has long been associated with images of drug trafficking, beauty pageants and political strife. Its a one-dimensional trope that keeps haunting Columbia, especially with media spectacles like the recent Miss Universe debacle. Academy Award-nominated director Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries)  borrows from real life and manages to cram all of these elements into the multi-faceted musical Another Word For Beauty,


Celebrate the Year of the Monkey: Kid-Friendly Guide to Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chicago Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8, 2016. We can expect lots of playfulness this year — it's the year of the monkey! One of the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year is Chicago's one-of-a-kind Chinatown, where the sights, the sounds and the (mouthwatering!) smells will transport you directly to China, but you'll find plenty of festivities around town. Here are eleven ways to kick off the Year of the Monkey in Chicago.


Fun, Kooky & Kinky... 13 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago

Dirty Dancing Party

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date; whether your single, or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day is all about celebrating that thing called love. Here are thirteen unique ways to enjoy Valentine's Day in Chicago.


Catch Blues Icon Buddy Guy... In Chicago... This Month Only!

Buddy Guy

January is a special time in Chicago. Not just because the city shimmers with ice and snow and the legendary Hawk blasts through every street. It's because January is the month that hometown fans (and visitors!) can see globe-trotting blue legend Buddy Guy perform at his equally famous blues bar, Legends.


Coworking Spaces in Chicago: Work & Play All on the Same Trip

1871 Chicago

Whether you’re a company on an extended business trip and need desks to work away from your office, or you’re a visiting freelancer or entrepreneur looking for a creative environment and the occasional meeting space, here are 4 very different coworking spaces in Chicago worth checking out.


Insider's Guide to Ice Skating: Chicago Rinks & Nearby Eats

Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink

Skating figure eights is always fun, and Chicago sets the skating stage by offering a wide selection of wonderful outdoor skating rinks. From a sky high rink to a lazy river-like ribbon of ice, there's an ice skating rink to fit your every whim. Grab your mittens, scarf, sweetheart and a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy fun night of ice skating.


10 Reasons Why the New AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37 is a Perfect Place to Catch a Movie in Chicago

AMC Dine-In Theatre at Block37 Chicago - Outside 

Movie award season has arrived! Now you need the perfect setting to take in all the action — which is where the brand-new AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37 comes in. Join in all the Oscar buzz and take in a movie (or perhaps just escape the weather!) while you visit.
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