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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

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. 

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