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Weekend Alert: September 19-21

Fall Aerial

It's the first official weekend of the fall! Chicago's got some fantastic cultural events for you to enjoy, including the return of EXPO Chicago, a free concert from the CSO, huge headliners at Common's AAHH! Fest, and more. Throw on that windbreaker and have yourself a ball. 


Support a Chicago Children's Garden at the First Annual Garden Harvest Reception

At Chicago's Smart Love Preschool, the children have been busy all year round, growing the food they have at snacktime in their very own garden. The preschool is part of Smart Love Family Services (SLFS), an outstanding Chicago based organization that seeks to better the lives of children and families through counseling, early childhood education and parenting programs. 


You're Invited: The Dinner Party Live

The Dinner Party

Here's your exclusive invite to a fab, star-studded dinner party.

The Dinner Party is a monthly show broadcast live on the Sun Times-Splash Section website in front of a live audience. Hosted by Elysabeth Alfano, an arts and culture journalist, former gallery owner and TV and stage producer, this outstanding dinner series promises impromptu performances as well as fun and interesting conversation. Alfano invites three national or Chicago celebs - mostly


Incoming Restaurants Make the Second City a First Priority

Matt Kirouac

As one of the most influential food cities in the world right now, Chicago has a distinct culinary voice and dining scene entirely its own, but that doesn't mean we don't welcome incoming restaurants from other cities with open arms. 

Lately, Chicago has seen a massive influx of new restaurants and bars setting up shop in our fair city from other locales where they originated. Not only is this smart business acumen on their part, to broaden and strengthen their brand with a


Weekend Alert: September 12-14

World Music Festival

We've lost summer in name only - the weather is still gorgeous and there's plenty to do in Chicago this weekend! From a historical tour of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods, to some outstanding music festivals, and a Mexican food & culture extravaganza hosted by some celebrity chefs, there's a good amount with which to fill your schedule. Hop to it, okay?


Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party Makes a Splash

Matt Kirouac

Just because Chicago doesn't abut an ocean shouldn't suggest our seafood isn't second to none. An apt celebration of our stellar seafood can be enjoyed at Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party, taking place September 26.


Six Reasons to Check Out Chicago's VeganMania - Whether You're Vegan or Not

Whether you identify as vegan, are considering changing your diet to vegan, or just looking to incorporate more fruits, veggies, and meat-free items in your daily diet, you won't want to miss VeganMania, a celebration of the vegan diet and lifestyle, hosted at the Broadway Armory on Saturday, October 11.


Full Schedule Revealed for Bon Appétit Presents Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet

Ready to step into culinary heaven? Well Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has what you're looking for, and this year boasts the event's biggest lineup yet of food, wine, cocktails, celebrity chefs, cooking demos, seminars and more.

Sound appetizing yet?


A Trio of Rooftop Bars in River North

Vertigo

What is that fascinates humans about being sipping a cocktail, talking with friends, and looking down at the urban landscape below? It's hard to quantify, but these three rooftop bars are excellent places to capture this feeling before the leaves fall and we must look around for our jackets and other outwear items.


Chicago's Top Sandwiches to Round Out National Sandwich Month

Matt Kirouac

In Chicago, you can't swing a lunchbox without hitting a sandwich counter. Chicago is filled with sandwiches of all sorts, from local sensations like the Italian beef to international staples and hybrids in between. In honor of National Sandwich Month (hint: August), here's a list of some of the city's most superb sandwiches.


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