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Weekend Alert: July 24-26

Beach Volleyball

So. You've found yourself in Chicago in July. You may be wondering what there is to do this weekend. Well wonder no more, because your Weekend Alert is here! Look at this list below and you'll soon figure out why Chicago is the best place to be during the summer. Or really, any time of year. Gosh you're lucky to be in town *wipes away single tear*.

Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios" Opens its Cabinet of Curiosities Starting August 6

Cirque du Soleil - Kurios

Like all Cirque shows, you can expect an astonishing international consortium of fantastically costumed contortionists, acrobats, aerialists and illusionists with Cirque du Soleil's new performance "Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities," opening Thursday, August 6 at the United Center.

Have a Blast on the Water During the Annual Chicago Scene Boat Party Weekend!

Chicago Scene Boat Party

Everyone knows that the best way to spend a weekend in Chicago in the summer is taking advantage of the gorgeous lakefront — and the best way to take advantage of the lakefront is in a boat.

This weekend, Lake Michigan’s largest event returns in its 16th year – the Chicago Scene Annual Boat Party.

5 Fun Runs to Get Through the Next 5 Months

Big Ten 10K Race

If you love the rush of pumping endorphins through your body as you run long distances in the great outdoors, Chicago will certainly keep you satisfied. Here are five upcoming runs in the city through November.

A Journey on the Pink Line to Pilsen

Pilsen CTA

Many visitors to Chicago might not get a chance to venture beyond the Loop, so why not hop on the Pink Line and take a trip to Pilsen? It started life as an immigrant incubator for people from Eastern Europe and today it is made vibrant and wonderful by Mexicans and other Latinos who’ve come to Chicago for a range of opportunities. So hop on the Pink Line and follow me to 18th Street for a short visit to a couple of the area’s most unique destinations. 

Weekend Alert: July 17-19


Oh yes, that sweet, sweet respite from the work week is nearly here. I can feel it. How about you?

Need an idea or six of what to do in Chicago this weekend? No fear, we have you covered.

Spend a Day in Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is an up-and-coming neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, an area beloved by visitors and locals alike. Home to the Hogwarts-like University of Chicago, complete with a bustling campus life, there are so many things to check out - you could easily spend a day getting a taste of what it has to offer. Here's what an ideal visit to Hyde Park might look like.

This Weekend's Comedy Exposition 2015 Will Have You in Stitches

The Comedy Exposition

You won't be able to swing a cat this weekend without beaning a comic. Close to 70 comedians will fan out across Lakeview, Wicker Park and Old Town as part of The Comedy Exposition, running Friday, July 10 through Sunday July 12.

Weekend Alert: July 10-12

Matt Kirouac

There's so much going on this weekend in Chicago, I can't even name it all. You need to just find that scroll button and start working on your weekend agenda. Or, you could always just wing it and have yourself a spontaneous blast. It's gonna be a good Friday to Sunday, everyone. 

Attention Bookworms: Head to the 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair

Newberry Library

If you're a bookworm, here's an event you won't want to miss: the 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26. Forget e-readers and rediscover the joy of leafing through more than 120,000 books at Chicago's biggest book fair. Best of all, it's hosted at the Newberry Library, a world-renowned independent research library that is home to a collection spanning six centuries.

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