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Chicago Humanities Festival: Amazing 'Stages, Sights & Sounds' International Children's Theater Festival


For more than 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has celebrated individuals, communities, and cultures with its vibrant year-round programming. 2015 marks the 16th year of CHF's amazing Stages, Sights & Sounds International Children's Theater Festival. From May 7-20, Stages, Sights & Sounds will feature inaugural theater productions from around the world, world class puppetry performances, and readings with children's book authors.

Four Suggestions for Exploring Wrigleyville Before or After You Hear “Play Ball!”

Wrigley - Blog

A pilgrimage to Wrigley Field is almost a requirement for many folks visiting Chicago, even if their interest in baseball is marginal at best. I made my first trip to the Friendly Confines in 1991 as a teenager visiting Chicago on a solo train trip around the country. Jumping off the Red Line at Addison, I made my way to the ticket booth and picked up a standing-room only ticket for a few bucks.

What do I remember from that first trip? Andre Dawson struck out, Ryne Sandberg hit a

Four Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

Easter Bunny Pinstripes

Hippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch. Here are four of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.

Chicago Welcomes Instagrammers for Worldwide InstaMeet

Chicago Instagram bean

Instagrammers unite! Come together with amateur and professional photographers from around the world for Worldwide InstaMeet in Chicago this weekend, March 21-22. As Instagram's community grows by the millions, InstaMeets are popping up with greater frequency. Connect, share, explore and celebrate creativity with people who love to capture Chicago's beauty.

Explore Chicago's Greektown with Kids


Greektown, located just west of the Loop, between Van Buren and Madison Streets and along Halsted Street, makes for a fun day of exploring. Easy to reach via taxi or CTA (take the Blue Line to UIC Halsted and follow Halsted North), this fantastic neighborhood gives visiting families a taste of Greek culture (and cuisine!).

See 'Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840' at The Art Institute

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design

In a city that is known for its Irish culture and heritage (Happy St. Patrick's Day!), it seems fitting that the Art Institute of Chicago has just opened a wonderful new exhibit dedicated to the artistic traditions of Eire during the 18th century. It's worth noting that Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 is the first major exhibit dedicated to the broad and expansive world of Ireland's decorative arts during this period and it draws on dozens of public

Weekend Alert: March 13-15

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

It's time to get decked out in green, Chicago! St. Patrick's Day is finally here, and Chicago is ready for a party. Whether you attend the Chicago River dyeing; take in the St. Patrick's Day Parade; revel in any number of special neighborhood festivities; or all the above, you'll be feeling some kind of lucky.

Where the Flowers Are: Finding Chicago's Best Spring Blooms

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

You might know Chicago as the "Windy City" or the "City of Broad Shoulders," but one of our city's most appropriate nicknames is the "Garden City." Indeed, our city's seal states clearly Urbs in Horto, Latin for "garden in city." As springtime rolls around, the reason for this flowery nickname is evident: everywhere you turn, you'll see gardens big and small, in our backyards, on our parkways, even on our balconies and rooftops! Here are three

Chicago Hosts the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15

Big 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The Chicago Sports Commission (CSC), Choose Chicago and the City of Chicago are thrilled to once again host the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15 at the United Center. This year's tournament is the Big Ten's first five-day expanded event, thanks to the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers. This now 14-team tournament features an additional day of games and for the first time ever, the four highest seeded teams will receive byes

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