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Experience Chicago's Booming Nightlife and Electronic Music Scene this August

Smart Bar

Perhaps one of Chicago's greatest assets is its recognition as the birthplace of house music in the early 1980s. A genre that has since traveled the globe and now solicits stronger associations - for many people - with Europe than the United States, house has influenced countless subsequent genres of electronic music and helped define dance music as we know it today. And though it's now well integrated into the


Weekend Alert: July 31-August 2

Lollapalooza

We're back once again with your Weekend Alert! We know you're probably on a tight schedule, so let's just get right to it.


Weekend Alert: July 24-26

Beach Volleyball

So. You've found yourself in Chicago in July. You may be wondering what there is to do this weekend. Well wonder no more, because your Weekend Alert is here! Look at this list below and you'll soon figure out why Chicago is the best place to be during the summer. Or really, any time of year. Gosh you're lucky to be in town *wipes away single tear*.


Weekend Alert: July 17-19

Chinatown

Oh yes, that sweet, sweet respite from the work week is nearly here. I can feel it. How about you?

Need an idea or six of what to do in Chicago this weekend? No fear, we have you covered.


Weekend Alert: July 10-12

Matt Kirouac

There's so much going on this weekend in Chicago, I can't even name it all. You need to just find that scroll button and start working on your weekend agenda. Or, you could always just wing it and have yourself a spontaneous blast. It's gonna be a good Friday to Sunday, everyone. 


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.


On the Beach & In the Park: Summer Music Outdoors in Chicago

Grant Park Music Festival

By Madeline Higgins

There's no summer quite like a Chicago summer: this mantra slips in and out of conversations with shifting frequency over the course of a calendar year. People utter it wistfully and occasionally in the dark of winter. Spring brings hopeful anticipation to their words. By midsummer, the usual unpredictable weather invites a sarcastic edge to Chicago's summer slogan. Through humidity and afternoon thunderstorms, Chicago remains an incredible place to enjoy the


Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza Hosts Local and National Talent

John Hancock Summer Concert Series - Julian Bell

It seems like during Chicago summers, there is always a free concert within walking distance. Now you can add another to your list with the Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza, presented by Music Dealers and HEARN. The shows take place every Thursday through September 10 from 5-7 p.m., and are free for all to enjoy at the foot of one of Chicago's greatest landmarks.


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. 


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.


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