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Annual Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Returns, Sept. 4-7

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Even though it might not feel like it this week, fall is right around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate the coming season with the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Sept. 4 - 7.

The annual shopping event on the city's premier shopping stretch is a celebration of the end of summer, which highlights stores, restaurants, hotels and more over the long weekend.

Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.

Weekend Alert: August 14-16

Air and Water Show

This weekend is packed with things to do, highlighted by the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy musical improv, neighborhood festivals and a breathtaking Cirque du Soleil show. There's nowhere else you should be.

Shop 'Til You Drop - and Save Up to 75% Every Day! - at Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

It's back to school time in Chicago, and we just had the pleasure of checking out our city's newest outlet mall: Fashion Outlets of Chicago. As the area's only two-level indoor shopping experience, Fashion Outlets of Chicago features more than 130 outlets, with dining and entertainment options to make your shopping experience even more fabulous.

Birchbox Road Trip Arrives in Chicago this Weekend


We're used to Birchbox coming straight to our doorsteps, but now it's coming to all of Chicago.

The Birchbox Road Trip is making one of its three stops around the country in Chicago this weekend, Aug. 14-16 in Pioneer Court, bringing all of the fun of the monthly beauty boxes to real life.

LollaShop Returns for 4th Year

Flower Crowns

There's pretty much only one thing on Chicagoans' minds this week: Lollapalooza. Luckily, festgoers and non-festgoers alike can get a taste of the weekend early at LollaShop.

LollaShop, now in its fourth year outside of the festival, is the one-stop shop for everything you need for Lollapalooza. Tucked in Block Thirty Seven, the pop-up has a mix of official Lollapalooza gear, brand collaborations and featured Chicago artists and designers offering up everything from flower crowns to

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


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. 

Attention Bookworms: Head to the 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair

Newberry Library

If you're a bookworm, here's an event you won't want to miss: the 31st Annual Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26. Forget e-readers and rediscover the joy of leafing through more than 120,000 books at Chicago's biggest book fair. Best of all, it's hosted at the Newberry Library, a world-renowned independent research library that is home to a collection spanning six centuries.

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