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Weekend Alert: August 22-24

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago, we may be in the dog days of summer, but don't let that you miss out on some really special events this weekend. Food, drinks and live entertainment abound. Get your culture on with the Chicago Dancing Festival, or get rowdy at the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration. The choice, as always, is entirely yours.

Don’t Miss Chicago Hot Dog Fest This Weekend!

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Looking for more reasons to eat hot dogs this summer? Chicago Hot Dog Fest has got you covered. The second annual event put on by the Chicago History Museum kicks off this Saturday, August 9th. 

The festival, which was only one day last year, is expanding to a two day event-Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (11am to 7pm)-this year, due to overwhelming interest.

Weekend Alert: August 8-10

Chicago Skyline

Been looking for an adults night out lately? Lincoln Park Zoo has you covered with just that Friday night, but let that just be a jumpstart into an amazing weekend. Chicago's got free cultural activities, music, food, and Bronzeville's finest marching in the Bud Billiken Parade. Pretend to wind things down with the energetic Northalsted Market Days on Sunday, and you've got yourself a packed weekend schedule. Enjoy!

Get Ready to Love the 606: Family Days Celebrate Chicago's Next Great Park and Trail System

the 606 park

Our family can't wait until the 606 Trail officially opens next June. Dubbed the Millennium Park for Chicago neighborhoods, this three-mile long elevate park/trail will take over an abandoned railway, linking neighborhoods and providing bike and jogging paths as well as plenty of new green space. The park will even feature an observatory, designed by the Adler Planetarium.   

Weekend Alert: July 25-27

Chicago River

July's almost over, can you believe it? The fun marches on in Chicago nevertheless, including this weekend's stellar events and attractions. Make sure you get out and enjoy them!

Zoovies - Lincoln Park Zoo's Wild Take on Movie Night

Lincoln Park Zoo

It's movie night. You have some freshly popped popcorn ready, an ice cold soda in hand, and a couple boxes of candy as you look upon the silver screen next to your friends, family, and some flamingos ... Flamingos? I'll explain.

Two Cute Children's Boutiques on Damen Avenue

Red Balloon Co.

Chicago's Damen Avenue is a wonderful stretch of cafes, restaurants and boutiques that promise unique clothing, accessories and more. Two children's boutiques, within walking distance of one another, are go-to spots if you're looking for quality children's clothing, accessories and toys that bring fashion and style down to a kid's level. Personalized service and kid-centered events make the shopping experience easier for parents and fun for all. 

Great Music, Eats and Gardens - Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival

Street fest, check. Live music, check. Gardens, check.

Possibly the greatest street festival in Chicago, the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival,  is taking place in Lincoln Park this weekend, July 19th and 20th.  This is the 46th year that residents of Lincoln Park have opened their gardens up to the public for your viewing pleasure.

It’s AShore Thing at Navy Pier - Parade of Boats

AShore Thing

It's been asked by the greatest poet of our generation, Drake, "Oh you fancy, huh?" If you answered this question with the Iggy Azalea's, "I'm so fancy," well it just so happens one of the fanciest events this summer, AShore Thing, is taking place this weekend, July 19th at Navy Pier.

Aside from the shameless pop music references, everyone should Visit AShore Thing this Saturday, hosted by Michigan Avenue Magazine and the Chicago Yacht Club. Be at the official

The Perfect Beach Day

North Avenue Beach

Okay Chicago, say it with me now: summer.

Finally, I think the nice weather is here to stay, and that could only mean one thing: it's beach season! (Pause for applause) We made it. Now that it's finally time to hit up the beach, here are a couple of my guidelines for the perfect beach day.

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