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Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, December 14-19

Ryan Meyers Instagram

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Ryan Meyers. Enjoy!

People and Businesses that Make Chicago Awesome

Allison Semmes

With a growing hub of entrepreneurs, creatives, and plenty of influencers in Chicago here a few that really make Chicago a destination city. Whenever you're in Chicago you have to check them out.

Weekend Alert: December 19-21

Holiday Thorne Rooms

The holidays are here! It's the cheeriest time of the year in Chicago, and there's plenty to do to get in the spirit. This is a time to be with friends and family, and we've got a list of activities that everyone will enjoy.

Goodbye 2014! 10 Spots for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Chicago

Chicago New Years Eve

It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and usher in the new year with style. New Year's Eve falls on a Wednesday this year, so you can count on New Year's Day and an upcoming weekend as recovery time. With so many parties in the works - from over the top balls to quieter, more romantic affairs - it's tough to choose. Here are 10 options for a fab December 31.

Six Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Chicago's Historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Palmer House Christmas tree

For more than 140 years, Chicago's Palmer House, located in the heart of the Loop at the corner of State and Monroe, has been treating guests to opulent and gracious hospitality. Retail and real estate magnate Potter Palmer considered the Palmer House his crown jewel; hence he named the extravagant hotel after none other than himself. Once touted as the largest hotel in the world, the Palmer House Lobby has seen dignitaries, celebrities, and royalty come and go, since the hotel was

The Nutcracker: Four Takes on a Holiday Classic


Since its 1892 adapted premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia - choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - E.T.A. Hoffman's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" has been enchanting audiences worldwide. With new versions of the classic appearing every year, here are four different Nutcrackers on stage this holiday season, each bringing to life the magic of Christmas through the story of Clara and her nutcracker that springs to life

Review: Joffrey Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

Sugar Plum

For some people, seeing the windows decorated on State Street is the quintessential holiday activity. For others, it's baking Christmas cookies. For me, it's seeing The Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker."

How to Properly Spend a Day in West Town

West Town Art Walk

West Town is a well-kept secret in Chicago, but it won't stay that way for long. In the last five years, the community just west of the Loop has been bubbling to the top of the city's cultural scene with new restaurants, bars and shopping options. 

While pockets of West Town might overlap with its surrounding Humboldt Park, Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park neighborhoods, no one will argue that the stretch of Chicago Avenue between Noble and Damen Avenue and

Three Interesting Places to Find Santa in Chicago

Santa with Penguins - Shedd - Blog

Santa Claus is quite the man about town this season, making appearances where you'd least expect. Whether you've been naughty or nice, now is the time to find the man in red to tell him what's on your holiday wish list. Here are three offbeat places to spot Santa in Chicago.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, November 30-December 4

Dennis Elliott Instagram

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Dennis Elliott. Enjoy!

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