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Catch Blues Icon Buddy Guy... In Chicago... This Month Only!

Buddy Guy

January is a special time in Chicago. Not just because the city shimmers with ice and snow and the legendary Hawk blasts through every street. It's because January is the month that hometown fans (and visitors!) can see globe-trotting blue legend Buddy Guy perform at his equally famous blues bar, Legends.

Windy City Riddims: Chicago's Best Reggae Spots

Wild Hare Chicago

Chi-town might be more associated with blues and jazz but the city also boasts a robust offering of reggae music. Whether you like to sway to classic lovers rock or "wine up" to dancehall beats, Chicago has you covered. Although many bars and clubs include reggae in their regular music mix, these are the Chicago spots to experience non-stop reggae, Red Stripes included.

The Music-Lover's Guide to Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Artists Month - Front Porch Concerts

By Ayanna Woods

October is Chicago Artists Month: artists of all styles and genres will be featured in parks, alleyways, galleries and concert halls across the city. Here are five music events you won't want to miss. 

Weekend Alert: October 2-4

Chicago History Museum

I think it's safe to say it finally feels like fall in Chicago, which is in my humble opinion the most beautiful time of year to explore this fantastic city of ours. There remains no shortage of things to do, especially this weekend, highlighted by diversions in art, architecture and our fabulous museums. It's your Weekend Alert!

Weekend Alert: September 25-27

Chicago Gourmet

Jazz, art, food and beer. Sounds like a good weekend to me. It can all be yours, if you're in Chicago this weekend. Time for your weekend alert!

Local Joints and Open Mics: Small Venues to Ease You into Fall

Elbo Room

By Madeline Higgins

North Coast and Riot Fest dominated the first half of Chicago's music calendar in September, but the latter half of the month which bridges into October offers a fresh season's worth of treasures. At the end of Riot Fest comes the last breath of summer: the air begins to nibble, though not yet bite, driving local musicians and music-lovers into the comfort of cozy cafés, underground bars, and other warm and intimate spaces.

Weekend Alert: September 18-20

Expo Chicago

It's Thursday! Which means we're just a day away from Friday! And you know Saturday and Sunday are soon to follow after that! 

Apologies for the Rebecca Black-esque description, but sometimes it's just great knowing the weekend is right around the corner. Have a look below and see that Chicago knows how to keep you busy. It's your Weekend Alert, let's get to it!

Get Ready to Riot: Riot Fest Returns this Weekend

Riot Fest

We may have reached the unofficial end to summer this past weekend, but that certainly doesn't mean music festival season is over. This weekend Riot Fest returns to Chicago in its new home in Douglas Park. Whether you're a first-timer at the fest, a seasoned regular (or still thinking about picking up a ticket - there are still a few left!), here's what we're looking forward to this weekend.

Weekend Alert: September 11-13

World Music Festival Chicago

If you like to have fun and do cool things, I think you're in for a really good time in Chicago this weekend. Guaranteed. Take a gander at the huge selection of events below and you'll see that I'm right. Come on, would I lie to you?

Fall Fun: Seven Things to Do with Kids this Autumn in Chicago

Family Friendly Fall Kids

Chicago bids adieu to summer in style: trees get dressed in their autumnal best, pumpkin patches pop up and urban harvest festivals offer all those seaonsal flavors you've missed. There are hundreds of opportunities for fall family fun. Here are seven things we're looking forward to this autumn in Chicago.

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