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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago!

St Patrick's Day

After the chilly months of January and February, the middle of March presents one of Chicago’s most well-known public celebrations: the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the dyeing of the Chicago River. Since 1955, these august events have been presided over by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union and they’ve even found their way into several movies, including "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford.

Springtime Family Shows at City Winery

City Winery

Fine wines and kids usually don't go hand in hand, but the City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.), a 30,000-sq.-ft., fully-functioning winery, concert hall and Mediterranean eatery is inviting families to celebrate spring with a variety of kid-friendly programming. 

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Star 4

Liz Flag Beer

This is the fourth piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.
Prohibition. It’s a topic that seems to fascinate every local as it does visiting tourists. There is an almost mysterious and romanticized image of Prohibition that has been fostered by the media and filmmakers. For historians, it’s an interesting point of discussion because many facts seem to be jaded by fiction. And in

Q&A with Nick Ulivieri, 2015 Choose Chicago Artist of the Year

Nick Ulivieri

Chicago is gorgeous no matter the time of the day, month or year. Documenting its beauty has proven irresistible to countless artists, amateur or professional, and just about anyone that visits Chicago.

Choose Chicago celebrates the outstanding creative work of an individual through its annual Artist of the Year Program, developed as a unique way to show

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series: February 15-20

Each week, we feature one Instagram

Major Developments at Museum of Contemporary Art | Preview of Doris Salcedo Exhibit

Museum of Contemporary Art

Fresh off the overwhelming success of the internationally acclaimed David Bowie Is exhibit, the Museum of Contemporary Art is powering into the future with a slew of exciting updates.

On Friday, the MCA unveiled a new multi-million dollar Vision Campaign, which includes major renovations and additions to the museum's existing space. The Vision Campaign was created to support the museum's highly acclaimed programming and to make the museum even more visitor-friendly than before.

Chicago Architecture Family Programs for Kids at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.

A Visit to Eli's Cheesecake World


When Marc Schulman, president of Chicago's very own Eli's Cheesecake, invited my kids and I to spend a day at Eli's Cheesecake World, I just about jumped for joy (and so did my kids). We love Eli's Cheesecake!

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late

Drinking Up The Chicago Flag: Star 3

Liz Flag Beer

This is the third piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history.

If you tell someone that you haven't read "Devil In The White City," most people would tell you your Chicago card might get taken away. While the book is a fun read for history enthusiasts wanting a bit of drama, it did one incredibly important thing for Chicago history: it brought back the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition. While the

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, February 8-13

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to

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