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Overnighting in the Gold Coast at Thompson Hotel Chicago

Thompson Chicago

For an evening out and about in the Gold Coast, you would do well to make your home base at the Thompson Chicago. It’s a fine place to escape for an anniversary or any other special occasion that you see fit. After all, it’s right next to dozens of night spots, the charming brownstones along Cedar Street, and other byways to stroll around as the sun sets or rises, depending on your own inclinations. 

Weekend Alert: April 24-26


Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph

Top 10 Chicago Must-dos with Teens or Tweens

Kids Millennium Park

Heading into town with your teen or tween? Here are 10 must-dos for your Windy City bucket list:

Manhattans and More at the Tortoise Club

Tortoise Club

Tucked in right next to Bertrand Goldberg’s celebrated Marina City, you’ll find a rather rare gem in River North known as the Tortoise Club. In an area that is fairly rife with eateries that can be a bit boisterous (albeit compelling), the Tortoise offers a bit more gentility in a down-tempo wood-paneled clubby type atmosphere that is redolent of a different era soaked in Manhattans and three piece suits.

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Movie Filmed in Chicago?

Ferris Bueller

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

8 Reasons We're Excited for CIMMFest

cimmfest logo

The Chicago International Music and Movies festival grows more massive and more expansive every spring. However, the 2015 programming proves that it's not missing out on any amount of quality for the sake of quantity. The city-wide, multiple venue fest is unique in that it not only showcases many fine musicians and filmmakers but it also highlights the longstanding relationship and reliance that the two mediums share. 

A Hearty Chicago Welcome to Geographers from Near and Far

Chicago Map

More than 7,000 geographers are coming to Chicago from April 21-25 for the annual Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. As a geographer, I welcome their arrival and hope they find time to consider our grid system, take advantage of our transit system and partake of our many unique neighborhoods.

I've assembled a few resources that will help make their time here quite enjoyable and anyone with an interest in space and place will enjoy them as well.

Blue Man Group Introduces Sensory-Friendly Performaces

Blue Man Group

It's Autism Awareness Month, and Chicago's Blue Man Group is setting sail on a yearlong partnership with advocacy organization Autism Speaks, to raise awareness and introduce a sensory-friendly show that's sure to be a thrill, whether you're on the spectrum or not.

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

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