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3 Uniquely Chicago Finds at the Randolph Street Market Festival

Randolph Street Market

This past weekend, my daughter and I spent some time at the Randolph Street Market Festival. We had such fun exploring three floors worth of art, fashion, vintage treasures, decorators finds and more. Even the venue itself - the beaux arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington - was interesting (check out the mural of Buckingham Fountain on the staircase and the ornate detailing and woodwork and don't forget to stroll the balcony overlooking the auditorium - there are treasures


Where to Find the Best Winter Wear for Chicago

Chicago Winter Wear

Whether you're here for the weekend or you've been here your whole life, you can never fully prepare for how cold a Chicago winter actually feels.

Luckily, the city is covered in stores that specialize in winter wear and outerwear. So if you find yourself ill-prepared for the brisk wind off Lake Michigan, here are your best bets to protect yourself from the elements.


Celebrate the 2015 Doll of the Year at American Girl Place Chicago

Meet Grace Thomas. She's an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, and she's the 2015 American Doll of the Year. 

American Girl Place Chicago will be baking up some fun with Grace the entire month of January. girls visiting the store during Grace's debut, through January 3, will receive a specially- packaged doll-sized apron and have the opportunity to participate in several activities including:
  • Free Grace-themed Scavenger Hunt: Travel along with Grace on her

Weekend Alert: December 19-21

Holiday Thorne Rooms

The holidays are here! It's the cheeriest time of the year in Chicago, and there's plenty to do to get in the spirit. This is a time to be with friends and family, and we've got a list of activities that everyone will enjoy.


O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 Comes Alive

Terminal 5

Over the coming weeks, O'Hare International Airport will be a very busy place with the holiday travel season in full swing, as thousands of people make their way home to Des Moines, Dubai, and beyond. Those fine folks flying internationally will find their way to Terminal 5. It's a far cry from even a few years ago, as the terminal was reborn in April 2014 after a $26 million renovation completed as part of a new partnership between the Chicago Department of Aviation and


Weekend Alert: December 5-7

The Nutcracker

'Tis the holiday season! Chicago's in full winter festivities mode, and we've got a selection of some great events to keep in mind when planning your weekends. Whether it's shopping local all over the city; seeing the Joffrey Ballet's timeless The Nutcracker; feasting at Tasting Table's Open Market; caroling at Cloud Gate; or celebrating the King of Pop's birthday, an adventure awaits.  


Holiday Shopping Events Dec. 4 – 7

One of a Kind

So what if you missed Black Friday? In Chicago, we know some of the best holiday shopping opportunities don't come by standing in a line at midnight.

This weekend all around the city, shoppers have multiple opportunities to check off everyone on their list with unique items from local retailers and festivals. Plan your days accordingly.


10 Reasons to Visit Chicago Before 2015

Winter Chicago

There's no place on Earth that celebrates the holidays quite like Chicago does. Simply strolling through downtown and our neighborhoods is enough indication of Chicago's joyous holiday spirit. But festivities abound, from special holiday exhibitions to annual holiday traditions such as ZooLights or The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker, so your schedule will always be full.

If you've ever needed a reason to experience Chicago's magical winter celebrations, here are 10 of them for you


Local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sales

Holiday Shopping

It's the most wonderful time of the year! As soon as you're done digesting your Thanksgiving feasts, there's only one more thing to think about: holiday shopping.

Instead of standing in line at a big box retailer, support local business on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for all of your holiday needs (and maybe a few goodies for yourself).


All Aboard for Amtrak's Pop-Up Holiday Store!

Amtrak Store

Thousands of commuters rush through Union Station on their way home every day and many curious tourists make it a point to take photos of the Great Hall as part of their visit to Chicago. This holiday season, there's one more reason to stop on by: Amtrak's pop-up holiday store.


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