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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.

Shamrock Shuffle Opens the Chicago Running Season

Shamrock Shuffle

As the snow disappears from Chicago's streets, runners have started to enjoy the open roads all over the city. And on March 29, the city will be on display with an annual tradition that presents athletes with the unique opportunity to run an 8K and grab a beer at the finish line.

Weekend Alert: March 13-15

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

It's time to get decked out in green, Chicago! St. Patrick's Day is finally here, and Chicago is ready for a party. Whether you attend the Chicago River dyeing; take in the St. Patrick's Day Parade; revel in any number of special neighborhood festivities; or all the above, you'll be feeling some kind of lucky.

Chicago Hosts the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15

Big 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The Chicago Sports Commission (CSC), Choose Chicago and the City of Chicago are thrilled to once again host the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15 at the United Center. This year's tournament is the Big Ten's first five-day expanded event, thanks to the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers. This now 14-team tournament features an additional day of games and for the first time ever, the four highest seeded teams will receive byes

White Sox Legend Minnie Minoso Passes

Minnie Minoso

Sadly, the 2015 baseball season will begin with sadness on both sides of Chicago. 

In January, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks passed away. And on March 1, White Sox icon Minnie Minoso became the second Chicago baseball pioneer to pass away this year. 

Born in Cuba in 1925, Minoso broke barriers and won fans like no Latin player had before. Like Banks, Minoso spent time in the Negro Leagues before finally breaking into Major League Baseball with the Cleveland

Techno Yoga Is What You're Missing From Your Workout Routine

Rooted Center

Electronic dance music and yoga are, in many eyes, polar opposites when it comes to their intended results. EDM is loud, vacillating and high energy. Yoga is a calm, introspective exercise. It's easy to see how the two elements wouldn't belong together but "Techno Yoga" class at the Rooted Self Expression Center in Wicker Park is all one needs to reconsider. 

Chicago Loses an Icon: RIP 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks dine like a local

On Jan. 23, Chicago lost one of its finest.

Ernie Banks passed away late on a Friday night, with news breaking around 9 p.m. local. The news exploded on social media and overwhelmed the sports conversation on a night that saw the NHL host their annual All-Star Game fantasy draft and an NBA player - Klay Thompson - break a league scoring record.

That's because people respected Mr. Cub.

Four Unique Chicago Ice Skating Rinks

ice skating

Skating figure eights is always fun, but skating at one of Chicago's new, unique ice rinks is the cherry atop this winter's cake. From a sky high rink to a lazy river like ribbon of ice, there's an ice skating rink to fit your every whim. Grab your mittens, scarf, sweetheart and a thermos of hot cocoa and head to one of these four unique Chicago ice skating rinks for a fun night of skating.

Weekend Alert: October 31-November 2

Halloween Parade

Happy Halloween Chicago! Everyone's favorite costumed holiday takes over Chicago this weekend, but don't forget to also check out the other amazing events going on all over the city. From the USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks rugby match to the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series kick-off, you're sure to have a full schedule.

Chicago to Become Rugby City in Preparation for USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks Match, Nov. 1

The USA Rugby Eagles will take on the defending 2013 Rugby World Cup champion New Zealand All Blacks in just over two weeks on Nov. 1 at Soldier Field. This historic matchup marks the first time the All Blacks have played on U.S. soil since 1980.

In preparation for this iconic match, the Windy City will transform into Rugby City for the week prior to the match, hosting several lead-up events that will not only get Chicago into the rugby spirit, but also provide opportunities for

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