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Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, November 16-22

Jess Summersett

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 Jess Summersett. Enjoy!

Weekend Alert: November 21-23


Chicago's theatre season is in full swing, and that's made especially evident by the offerings this weekend. From the classic Christmas story of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Dance Theatre Harlem returning to Auditorium Theatre after a 16 year hiatus, you've got lots to choose from if you have a show on stage fix. Those - along with some other holiday-oriented activities sure to dazzle the whole family, such as the Chicago Toy & Game Fair or Magnificent Mile Lights

The Dinner Party - The Best Conversations Happen Over Dinner

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party is an event that brings together a talk show with a dinner at City Winery in the Fulton Market neighborhood. Hosted by Executive Producer Elysabeth Alfano, the Dinner Party, presented by Fear No ART, is a monthly show that streams live on Chicago Sun-Times' Splash website. It invites three celebrities of various media up on stage as the audience enjoys dinner from a local chef. I attended the most recent Dinner Party, and the event

Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Outdoors in Chicago

Zoolights - Blog

"Bundle up, get outdoors and explore" is our family's wintertime mantra. When dressed properly, being outdoors in Chicago is a joy, even in the dead of winter. During the holidays, when the streets are alight with colorful lights and charming decorations, exploring the city is even more fun. Here are five fun ways to celebrate the holiday season in Chicago outdoors.

9 Tried and Tested Tips for a Day of Family Fun at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Blog

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is where our family truly kicks off the holiday season. Every year, we bundle up in our winter's best and hit Michigan Avenue for a full day of shopping and fun. But we're not the only family that makes this day our own; each year more than one million people travel to The Mag Mile for the city's premier kickoff to the holiday season.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, November 9-14

Marcelino De Los Santos 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 Marcelino De Los Santos. Enjoy!

Weekend Alert: November 14-16


"Baby, it's cold outside," is no excuse to stay cooped up indoors. Chicago's bringing it every weekend, this one especially. Tons of free events are going on this weekend, including the always awesome 2nd Fridays on the Cultural Mile, the Annual Holiday Bazaar, Diwali Festival at the Art Institute, and the chill Chillfest. In the meantime, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo's Sleepover with the Animals and the Lively Water Whiskey Festival at The Field Museum (fortunately those don

12 Family-Friendly Must-Dos for the Holidays


I wouldn't want to be anywhere other than Chicago around the holidays. The lights, the shows, the special events - and sometimes even a sprinkling of snow - make the season merry and bright. Here are 12 family-friendly holiday must-dos in Chicago!  

Aaron Nace, Founder of Phlearn, Talks Turning a YouTube Channel Into a Business

Aaron Nace

With Internet accessibility, it's possible to create a community with millions of views from a click of a few buttons. Being one of the world's most recognizable names within the Photoshop and photography industries comes with hard work, teamwork and a great support system. Aaron Nace is the founder and president of Phlearn, a company that creates Photoshop and photography tutorials for users of all skill levels.

Just like starting any company in the beginning, it takes hard

The Bunker Launches in Chicago to Serve Veteran Entrepreneurs

On Monday, the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, a special press conference took place at the Union League Club in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The Bunker, a program built by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs, announced a national expansion plan. What makes this move striking is that The Bunker cut the ribbons to officially open their doors at 1871 in Chicago on Nov. 1 - just 10 calendar days ago.

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