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Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.

Evening under the Stars with the Stars of the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Stars of Lyric Opera

Featuring hundreds of free events and exhibitions, May through September, the Millennium Park Summer Celebration gives both Chicagoans and visitors the chance to enjoy the best of summer in one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world. One of the celebration's most anticipated events will hit the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.: Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium ParkPack a picnic and spread a blanket out on the

Weekend Alert: August 21-23

South Shore Beach

"I don't know what to do this weekend," you say. "I'm bored." Excuse me, but you should never have to say this when you're in Chicago. Take a look below at what's happening Friday through Sunday and you'll see why. Apologies for putting words in your mouth, but admit it, you've thought this once or twice...

Beloved Chicago Characters and Statues Come to Life with Public Art Project 'Statue Stories'

Oz Park

If statues could talk, what would they say? That is the question at the heart of Statue Stories Chicago, a special new innovation in public art. This citywide arts project, which launched August 6, gives voice to Chicago's most important statues and sculptures, including Dorothy (above) and friends from "The Wizard of Oz" in Lincoln Park's Oz Park.

Out and About at State and Wacker

Renaissance Chicago Downtown

What is old can be made new again in many instances. It might be difficult, but with a new attitude, a bit of perspective, and a sense of purpose, such reinvention is not impossible. Such is the case with the Renaissance Chicago Downtown, which recently went through an extensive $27 million renovation that was finished in the spring of 2015.

Celebrate the Life and Times of Famed Author Franz Kafka at Kafkapalooza


Known for being one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, Franz Kafka will be celebrated in a unique way in Chicago this week. Kafkapalooza, the First Floor Theater's third annual literary festival kicked off August 14, after previously hosting literary festivals celebrating the Brothers Grimm and Mark Twain.

Celebrate TV/Film Production in Chicago at the CineFest Backlot Block Party


It's one of the largest film and television studio campuses outside of Hollywood and the occasional home to blockbuster movies and televisions series. Located on the west side of downtown Chicago, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios occupies 1.45 million sq. ft. and specializes in the development, management and operation of studio facilities. Now you can step into the action and enjoy some behind-the-scenes fun at the first annual CineFest Backlot Block Party,

Weekend Alert: August 14-16

Air and Water Show

This weekend is packed with things to do, highlighted by the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy musical improv, neighborhood festivals and a breathtaking Cirque du Soleil show. There's nowhere else you should be.

Classical Opera with the Animals: Lyric Unlimited Presents 'Second Nature' at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Second Nature

Imagine taking in live, classical opera together with the lions, tigers and bears. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is setting up shop at the zoo of all places this summer. 'Second Nature,' a new opera for youth from the acclaimed composer/librettist Matthew Aucoin will premiere this summer at Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Hop off the Brown Line at Western and Explore!

Western Brown Line

As a die-hard public transit fan (I don't own a car), I know of no greater pleasure than taking a train trip to a new place. The Brown Line offers a cornucopia of wonderful stops in a variety of neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park, Albany Park and Lincoln Square.

One of my favorites is the Western Avenue Brown Line stop as it's right next to the cluster of local shops on Lincoln Avenue and beyond. For this mini-tour, I'm offering a few destinations right on

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