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Weekend Alert: July 3-5

Navy Pier fireworks

Happy 4th of July Weekend, Chicago! One of the best times to visit Chicago is during America's birthday weekend, and we've got a heaping of activities in which you can take part. Are you into African, Caribbean and Latin American Culture? Look no further than the International Festival of Life. Food? That'd be Windy City RibFest. Or are you just into some good ol' fashioned fireworks? Watch the spectacular show at Navy Pier.


Celebrate Shark Week at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium - Sharks

Sharks. They're not cute. They're not cuddly. And yet they're amazing, fascinating creatures. Shark Week begins Sunday, July 5, on the Discovery Channel, and while watching these fin-tastic fish on TV is cool, seeing them in person is incredible. Did you know that Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and conservation, is also home to 11 different species of sharks? Here are seven ways to celebrate Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium.


Step into the World of Marvel Comics at the Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour

The Marvel Experience

Do you have what it takes to swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man? Now is your chance to test your skills and see if you have what it takes to be the next world-class superhero. "The Marvel Experience: The World's First Hyper-Reality Tour" promises nonstop, immersive fun and excitement and it's hitting Chicago for three weeks beginning Saturday, July 11 and running through Sunday, August 2 at McCormick


Celebrate the Premiere of 'An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success' at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

This summer, girls across the U.S. will be heading to the movies to "An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success," an inspiring feature-length movie based on the the book series that follows the culinary exploits of the American Girl 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas. Grace shows girls today that following your dreams can lead to sweet rewards, as she works toward opening a bakery of her very own. To celebrate the debut of "Grace Stirs Up Success," American Girl Place


Weekend Alert: June 26-28

Pride Parade

If you're looking for some awesome outdoor activities to do this weekend, well everything listed here lets you bask in the glorious sun and warm weather (hand-picked by yours truly). We have the Logan Square Arts Festival, Chicago Dragon Boat Race, Elston Ave. Sausage & Music Fest, Randolph Street Market Festival, and the Chicago Pride Parade.

Let's do this. 


6 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Fireworks

The Fourth of July calls for fun, flags, outdoor dining and of course, fireworks. Put on your best red, white and blue duds and get ready to celebrate our nation's independence. Here are six kid-friendly ways to celebrate the 4th in Chicago.


8 Ways to Celebrate Summer on Chicago's Navy Pier

Navy Pier fireworks

Chicago's Navy Pier is a kid's dream destination: The Ferris Wheel! The IMAX Theater! The Children's Museum! The roasted nut cart! The funhouse! The churros! Summer just isn't summer without a few trips to one of Chicago's top tourist attractions. Here are eight ways to celebrate summer on Navy Pier.


Weekend Alert: June 19-21

Pride Parade

How 'bout them Blackhawks, huh? Congrats to the Hawks for taking home their third Stanley Cup in six years! It's a great time to be in Chicago not just for our dynastic sports teams, but for the endless activities to partake in after some truly epic celebrating. Plan our your Chicago weekend right now, 'cause it might just be your best ever.


Make Music Chicago: A Day of Free Music Throughout Chicago

Make Music Chicago-1

Make Music Chicago, a completely free musical celebration across Chicago, is returning for its fifth annual event on the first day of summer and longest day of the year on Sunday, June 21. Celebrating the ability of everyone to participate in music-making, Make Music Chicago brings together people of all ages and backgrounds - amateurs and professionals alike - to perform live music of all genres in public spaces. It's Father's Day, too, and is a great event that can be enjoyed by kids


Our Favorite Kid-friendly Ice Cream Parlors in Chicago

Caffe Gelato

It's almost summertime here in the city, and my kids and I are already making daily pit stops for ice cream. Luckily, we live in Chicago, where we can select from a number of ice cream parlors to match our moods. Here are our top three favorite (kid-friendly!) spots for ice cream in Chicago.


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