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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.

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. 

Get Ready for Summer with Indulgent Treatments at Chicago's Best Spas

Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique

Nothing beats summer in Chicago. It's time to dress up in your best summer dress and meet up with friends at a rooftop bar, hit Oak Street Beach in your teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, and put your best face forward as you enjoy all the fun festivals, concerts and events on the summertime menu. Shed those winter time layers and get your summer glow on with these summer-focused treatments at six of Chicago's best spas.

Q&A: Chicago-Based Designer Anna Hovet

Anna Hovet is a Chicago-based designer known for her streetwear fused with high-end designer style. Choose Chicago got the chance to talk to Hovet about what she's working on, her favorite pieces, and what she loves about Chicago.

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

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