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Artists, Authors and Artisans: Weekend Picks

Great Migration 
Warmer weather in Chicago means more events and activities to enjoy and this weekend is bursting with cool things to check out. Organize your plans now so you don't miss any of these offerings. Here are our picks for the rest of the week, from a history-filled exhibit, to a book/pop culture mashup, to an indie-cool craft market.

Discount Shopping 101: Cute Clothes for Cheap

Photo credit Adam Alexander

Attention discount shoppers! Pick up some great deals for yourself this season (and all year round!) at the top resale boutiques and thrift stores across the city. With such a well-dressed and eclectic mix of people who call Chicago home, these shops are a treasure trove of unique secondhand styles at bargain prices.


Sneak Peek at the One of a Kind Show and Sale 2015

One of a Kind Show and Sale

The annual One of a Kind Show and Sale truly lives up to its name, esteemed as one of the most quintessential holiday season craft markets in the country. Located inside the historic Merchandise Mart, this year's event takes place December 3 through 6, featuring a dizzying array of gourmet delicacies, artists' wares, craft goods, apparel, and so much more, provided by more than 600 artists. It's truly one of a kind.


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.


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