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Celebrate the Holidays at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl Place Chicago

Walk down North Michigan Avenue at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls, marching toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but also adorable, interactive displays, a bookstore, a cafe, a bakery and even a doll beauty salon.

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!

5 Events to Catch at Chicago Fashion Week

Fashion Focus CHICago

The fall season might be cooling things down in other cities but Chicago is heating up with Fashion Focus CHICago, the city's 10th annual Chicago Fashion Week, Oct. 4-12. The nine-day event celebrates all aspects of the Chicago fashion scene, including designers, boutiques, stylists and models at venues all over the city. There's always a good mix of free and ticketed events that feature runway shows, fashion markets, demonstrations and workshops but this year also showcases

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!

American Girl Place Chicago Hotel Packages for Girls and their Dolls

American Girl Place Chicago

Planning a long fall weekend or holiday visit to American Girl Place® Chicago? With American Girl's latest doll, Maryellen Larkin, having just arrived in Chicago straight from the 1950s, girls are flocking to the store already. American Girl Place Chicago is giving girls the chance to explore the fabulous '50's via free Maryellen-inspired events geared for girls ages 8 and up that include a free craft, a retro photo experience, and free gift. 

'A' is for Armitage Avenue - Exploring Chicago from A to Z

Armitage Avenue

This is the first in a 26-part series that will explore Chicago from A-Z. Curious corners will be revealed and well-known places will be given a new look. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for "B" in a few weeks.

Weekend Alert: September 4-6

Chicago Jazz Festival

Gonna be a hot one in Chicago this weekend, perhaps the last time this year we'll hit 90-degree weather. How perfect, then, that it falls on the long Labor Day Weekend, giving you plenty of time to explore all that Chicago has to offer. Set your alarm early to pack in as much as you can, or sleep in and enjoy at a leisurely pace. This is your weekend.

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.

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