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Go Green at One of Chicago's Farmers Markets

Farmers Market

Spring is here and you can partake of the Earth’s bounty at one of over 50 different farmers markets scattered from Edison Park to Woodlawn. It’s a remarkable time in Chicago and a wonderful time to pick up items from cherry orchards in Michigan to cheeses crafted in southern Wisconsin. 

Shopping in Chicago Away from Michigan Avenue

Peruvian Connection

Chicago is a beautiful city 365 days a year, but it might be a little harder to appreciate in the depths of our winter. But when spring finally rolls around, the city is at its finest - which makes it a perfect time to plan your trip to Chicago.

If you're planning a spring trip here, some shopping is probably in your itinerary. While the Magnificent Mile is the premier shopping stretch in the city, I suggest you branch out a bit as well - the rest of Chicago is filled with pockets

Weekend Alert: April 24-26


Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph

Friday Faves: What Is Your Favorite Chicago Shop?

Oak Street

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.

A Visit to Eli's Cheesecake World


When Marc Schulman, president of Chicago's very own Eli's Cheesecake, invited my kids and I to spend a day at Eli's Cheesecake World, I just about jumped for joy (and so did my kids). We love Eli's Cheesecake!

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late

Just in Time for Valentine's Day: 4 Unique Chicago Candy Shops

Candy hearts

Looking to treat your Valentine to some unique sweets? Go overboard this year and give your lover rollos de coco, a personalized chocolate lolipop, retro candy cigarettes or even some delectable dried squid candies. Here are four Chicago candy shops that search high and low for the best candies from around the world. 

A Perfect Chicago Valentine's Day with Flowers for Dreams

Flowers for Dreams

Valentine's Day is without a doubt the flower holiday. A thoughtful bouquet is sure to win over your significant other, but what if it can do even more than that?

Flowers for Dreams, a Chicago-based flower delivery service started in 2012, is aiming to do just that, giving back to local charity with every bouquet purchased.

Read below to learn a little bit more about Flowers for Dreams from Customer Relationship Manager Carina Sherman, and take advantage of their

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

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

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