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Kayaks, Canoes, Cruises, Surreys & Water Taxis: 5 Unique Ways to Experience the Chicago River

Wateriders Kayak Tours Chicago

The Chicago River flows across the city, crossing the downtown Loop. Famous for having its flow reveresed in the late 1800's, our 156 mile long river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. While you can always stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk, why not hop into a kayak, paddle a canoe, take a cruise, pedal a bicycle or even zip around in a water taxi? Here are five unique ways to experience the Chicago River.


Bike the Drive with Kids: 2-Wheeled Fun for All Ages, May 29

Bike the Drive Chicago

Here's a summer experience to add to your family bucket list: Bike the Drive. One Sunday per year, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is closed to cars, turning one of the most fantastic expressways in the world in the world into an unforgettable biking experience. It's one of the best bike rides in the nation, and it's simply wonderful to drive along the stunning Chicago lakefront on a fine, early summer day.


2016 NFL Draft has Kicked Off! Get Excited for Draft Town: FREE 3-Day Festival for Football Fans

2016 NFL Draft | Draft Town

Chicago is fast becoming a destination city for some of America's most prestigious events. You may have heard about our city's continued involvement with the James Beard Foundation, but that's not all that were excited about this month. In fact, 2016 marks the second year that Chicago is hosting the tremendously successful NFL Draft, and with this great honor comes a lot of perks — including the fun and FREE popup NFL Draft Town in Grant


The Best Bars to Watch March Madness in Chicago

March Madness at Old Town Social Chicago

It's that time of year when people are rushing to fill out their March Madness brackets and hoping they'll win it big when all is said and done. Part of the March Madness tradition includes anxiously watching games to keep tabs on where you stand. If you're in town, here are some of the best bars to watch March Madness in Chicago... complete with food and drink specials throughout the NCAA Tournament!


Chicago's Best Bowling Alleys

Kings Bowl Chicago

Chicago is a great city for a bowling match: from classic, hand set lanes with pinsetters of a bygone era to sleek, modern bowling lounges, there's a bowling alley to match every whim. Here are our picks for Chicago top bowling alleys.


I is for Ice Hockey: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Chicago Blackhawks

When the mercury drops and you can feel the chill in the air, it’s officially hockey season in Chicago. And with the regular season schedule starting to wind down, anticipation of playoff season heats up! It’s been a crucial part of the city’s fabric for over a century and Lord Stanley’s Cup has been a regular feature of the city’s landscape as the Chicago Blackhawks have taken it home three times over the past eight years.


Celebrate the Season: Winter in Chicago 9 Ways

Polar Adventure Days Chicago Bundle up, get outdoors and celebrate winter! When dressed properly, being outdoors in Chicago is a joy in the wintertime, when the city dresses up in its snowy best. Here are nine fun ways to celebrate winter in Chicago... outdoors.

Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.


America's Best Baseball Players Coming to Wrigley Field

Under Armour All America baseball tournament

On Saturday, August 15, the best young baseball players in the country will be at Wrigley Field to show off their incredible skills. 

The 8th annual Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, will showcase 40 of the nation's elite high school baseball players in a game that will be televised nationally.


Tips for Exploring Chicago by Bike

Chicago bike

Chicago's cycling infrastructure has grown a considerable amount in recent years. With new bike lanes being built every year (including many protected bike lanes), and the city's bike-sharing program "Divvy" being introduced in 2013, more and more people are becoming comfortable with the idea of biking in the city. 


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