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Help Us Kick Off National Travel & Tourism Week 2014!

National Travel Tourism Week

Join Choose Chicago and The Illinois office of Tourism on Friday, May 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Goose Island Wrigleyville before the Cubs and Cardinals face off in a classic rivalry game and help us celebrate tourism and the benefits of taking time off.

The event is free and open to the public. You'll hear live music from Chicago's very own Ghosthouse. Plus, we will be giving away great prizes including a chance to see the Cubs play in St. Louis

Seven Family Friendly Ways to Step into Spring in Chicago

Spring in Chicago

Spring has officially sprung in the city! Chicago is in bloom and it's time to get outside and play! Get a head start on spring with these seven family-friendly ways to step into spring in Chicago.

Weekend Alert: April 18-20

Skyine Hancock

At last, Chicago springtime is here just in time for a lovely holiday weekend. Celebrating Easter this weekend? Leave the ham at home and enjoy Easter brunch at some very special spots around Chicago. Looking to get down, get down, get down tonight? Funk Fest is rolling into town this weekend just in time. Still looking for things to do this weekend? We've got you covered.

Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival Returns!

Kids & Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and embrace the wind at the Chicago Kids & Kites Festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This year marks the 16th annual festival, and will be held on Saturday, May 3 at Cricket Hill in Montrose Harbor, from 10am - 4pm. Arrive early: 5,000 free kite kits will be gifted the first 5,000 children!

Where to Stay in Chicago in 2014: Chicago's Newest Hotels

The Godfrey

Hot new lodging options are popping up all over the city - including the very first Virgin Hotel in the world. Here's a look at where to stay now, as well as a few places to keep on your radar for later this year.

Just For Laughs: In Chicago This Week!

Just For Laughs 

This week, the Just For Laughs team is taking over Chicago, scouring the city for top stand-up talent. They will be scouting at UP Comedy Club, The Playground, Jokes and Notes and Timothy O'Toole's. Check out the details below and catch as many shows as you can - most of them are free!

TripAdvisor Users Rank Chicago #2 for Top U.S. Destinations!

North side sky line

Announced last week, TripAdvisor revealed its 2014 top U.S. destinations as voted by traveler reviews and your very own Chicago has landed at number two! Chicago's ranking surpasses San Francisco from last year, and sits just behind New York. Coming just on the heels of U.S. Travel Association's IPW conference being held in Chicago, the city couldn't be more jazzed to hear the news.

Sketch Comedy Turned TV Pilot:: Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse Pilot Premiere 

The gentlemen of Claymore Productions have decided to premiere their TV pilot online this Wednesday, April 16th. I had the privilege to see this pilot last fall at the NYTVF screening in Chicago and it is something special. In my opinion, this would be the pilot offspring of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. It's a crazy collage of visual mastery and I had the chance to set down with master minds behind Claymore Productions.

Weekend Alert: April 11-13

Bean Skyline

Happy weekend, Chicago - and a warm one at that! We're talking (dare we say) 70 degrees this weekend, and all of Chicago couldn't be more ready to kick off those winter boots and get to dancing. And shopping. And Easter Egg hunting. And all of the things that are about to make this Chicago weekend so wonderful.

Four Unique, Classy and Fun Chicago Bachelorette Party Ideas

Bachelorette Party
Saying goodbye to single life calls for one last hurrah with all your best friends, and Chicago is the perfect city to celebrate in style. If you're looking for a non-cheesy venue for a party that doesn't involve tiaras or dancing at a dive bar, we've got you covered. Here are four unique, classy and fun Bachelorette Party ideas.

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