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Weekend Alert: July 3-5

Navy Pier fireworks

Happy 4th of July Weekend, Chicago! One of the best times to visit Chicago is during America's birthday weekend, and we've got a heaping of activities in which you can take part. Are you into African, Caribbean and Latin American Culture? Look no further than the International Festival of Life. Food? That'd be Windy City RibFest. Or are you just into some good ol' fashioned fireworks? Watch the spectacular show at Navy Pier.


Step into the World of Marvel Comics at the Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour

The Marvel Experience

Do you have what it takes to swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man? Now is your chance to test your skills and see if you have what it takes to be the next world-class superhero. "The Marvel Experience: The World's First Hyper-Reality Tour" promises nonstop, immersive fun and excitement and it's hitting Chicago for three weeks beginning Saturday, July 11 and running through Sunday, August 2 at McCormick


Celebrate the Premiere of 'An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success' at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

This summer, girls across the U.S. will be heading to the movies to "An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success," an inspiring feature-length movie based on the the book series that follows the culinary exploits of the American Girl 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas. Grace shows girls today that following your dreams can lead to sweet rewards, as she works toward opening a bakery of her very own. To celebrate the debut of "Grace Stirs Up Success," American Girl Place


Weekend Alert: June 26-28

Pride Parade

If you're looking for some awesome outdoor activities to do this weekend, well everything listed here lets you bask in the glorious sun and warm weather (hand-picked by yours truly). We have the Logan Square Arts Festival, Chicago Dragon Boat Race, Elston Ave. Sausage & Music Fest, Randolph Street Market Festival, and the Chicago Pride Parade.

Let's do this. 


3 Ways to Enjoy the Summer Weather in Chicago

Randolph Street Market

After a winter that felt particularly long (who are we kidding, they all feel long), when summer comes to Chicago everything seems magical. We love this city even in the depth of its polar vortices, but Chicago in the summer is what we live for.


6 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Fireworks

The Fourth of July calls for fun, flags, outdoor dining and of course, fireworks. Put on your best red, white and blue duds and get ready to celebrate our nation's independence. Here are six kid-friendly ways to celebrate the 4th in Chicago.


8 Ways to Celebrate Summer on Chicago's Navy Pier

Navy Pier fireworks

Chicago's Navy Pier is a kid's dream destination: The Ferris Wheel! The IMAX Theater! The Children's Museum! The roasted nut cart! The funhouse! The churros! Summer just isn't summer without a few trips to one of Chicago's top tourist attractions. Here are eight ways to celebrate summer on Navy Pier.


Celebrate the 4th of July in Chicago

Mercury Cruises

From West Rogers Park to South Chicago, it seems that every Chicago community has a bit of a 4th of July fete. Community parades, church festivals, and of course fireworks, are the order of the day and many people will travel on the CTA to experience something new in a neighborhood they’ve never explored.


Weekend Alert: June 19-21

Pride Parade

How 'bout them Blackhawks, huh? Congrats to the Hawks for taking home their third Stanley Cup in six years! It's a great time to be in Chicago not just for our dynastic sports teams, but for the endless activities to partake in after some truly epic celebrating. Plan our your Chicago weekend right now, 'cause it might just be your best ever.


Ideas for Celebrating Father's Day in Chicago

Happy Father's Day

Whether you call him dad, papa or daddy, your father deserves some love this upcoming June 21. Give your Dad the gift of time and treat him to a special Chicago outing this Father's Day. Here are eight ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago with the stellar dad in your life.


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