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Weekend Alert: May 22-24

Pritzker Pavilion

Are you into free exercise classes and lawn games in the heart of the city? Perhaps outdoor music street festivals? Biking? Enjoying a cool glass of beer? Chicago's got you covered. Enjoy the long Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago with these choice events, sure to get you out and about for an epic time.

A Gospel Celebration in Millennium Park

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: May 29-31, 2015

Gospel music has been an important part of Chicago’s cultural and social fabric since the 1920s and it remains a vibrant force throughout the city. The annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival is coming up from May 29-31 and you’ll want to plan to stop by Millennium Park for at least one or two performances during the weekend.

Picnic Pairing Guide for Downtown Series in Millennium Park

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Chicago summers are so amazing, people actually look forward to Mondays, and not just because of the warm weather. On Mondays and Thursdays, you can catch a free concert downtown in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound series. The concerts, which take place at Pritzker Pavilion, feature an eclectic mix of  musicians from Chicago and around the world.

And while you can arrive early and grab a seat

4 Chicago Music Festivals to Attend in May

Gospel Fest

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Chicago dives into festival season head-on this month, as venues, promoters and artists being preparing for the slew of festivities that populate Chicagoans' streets and calendars during the spring.

From a street party sidewalk sale to the famed Gospel Music Festival, May boasts an array of music events and block parties as diverse as the city itself. We've compiled a list of four notable (and affordable) festivals

"Superstars" Exhibit Highlights Chicago Rock Photographer Paul Natkin's Greatest Works

Judas Priest

In the wide spectrum of Chicago's music scene, we've produced far more than just a multitude of talented song makers and stage takers. Paul Natkin has cemented himself as a legendary name in the industry but in a much different context. If not for the Chicago native, some of music's most legendary images wouldn't exist. The son of noted photojournalist Robert Natkin, Paul has been shooting famous performers for more than four decades. 

The Best Upcoming Jazz Shows in Chicago

Esperanza Spalding

Chicago has made a name for itself as the forefront of jazz since the 1920s, and with world-class musicians filling seats in clubs and theaters every night, things aren't much different today. Get a taste of the action at one of these upcoming shows.

Lake FX Listen Local Showcase Puts Chicago Talent In The Spotlight

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It's a busy weekend in Chicago with both the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival and Lake FX Summit coming to town. The two city-wide events are working in tandem to bring international talent to Chicago to share their experiences, work and knowledge.

8 Reasons We're Excited for CIMMFest

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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. 

Here's How You Can Celebrate Record Store Day In Chicago

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Every weekend is busy in Chicago but if you're a vinylphile, then there's only one upcoming date on your calendar. Saturday, April 18, is the annual celebration of Record Store Day and the city is going to be packed full of special events. 

Here are the best places to go crate digging.

Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Music Venue in Chicago?

Green Mill Lounge

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.  

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