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Weekend Alert July 29-31: Lollapalooza & Tall Ships on the Lakefront, Picks for Beer & Wine Lovers + 1,000 Feet of Slip 'N Slides

Weekend Alert July 29-31

It's the weekend we've all been waiting for! Lollapalloza is back at Grant Park for one of the largest music events of the year. Not only that, we've got Navy Pier's Tall Ships®, a bunch of fun festivals, FREE beer tours, three 300-foot Slip 'N Slides and much more. It's time to make weekend plans. Share your photos on Twitter & Instagram with #mychicagopix.


Tall Ships® Chicago

July 27-31 // Ticket prices vary; general admission starting at $10

Tall Ships® Chicago

One of Navy Pier's

Gotta Catch 'Em All! The Ultimate Guide to Pokemon Go in Chicago

Pokemon Go LakefrontThe streets of Chicago are busier than ever thanks to the recent launch of the exciting new Pokémon Go app. Residents and tourists alike are channeling their love of the popular Nintendo franchise to get out and explore neighborhoods of the city they've never previously been to. Check out these Pokemon Go special offers, events and locations on your quest to be the very best trainer in Chicago!

3 Kid-Friendly Circus Shows in Chicago You Won't Want to Miss This Summer

Cirque du Soleil Toruk

As we head into the final stretch of summer, it's time to pack in everything on your bucket list. Spend a long day building sandcastles on Oak Street Beach, hit up the museums you've missed, enjoy dinner al fresco with a scenic view, and run away and join the circus. Wait...what?! Here are three family-friendly circus shows you won't want to miss this summer in Chicago, including a new Avatar-inspired act from Cirque du Soleil.

An Andersonville Itinerary: 12 Neighborhood Essentials

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Chicago visitors are always drawn downtown, and for good reasons: the architecture is incredible, the energy is infectious and there's something unique around every corner. But there is more to the city than Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. Chicago has numerous neighborhoods to explore, all featuring their own fantastic restaurants, great shopping and unique cultural experiences. One of the best neighborhoods to explore is

Take a Nature Tour! Burnham Wildlife Corridor Boasts 5 New Art & Culture Gathering Spaces on the Park Trail

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.

Weekend Alert July 22-24: Fests for Foodies (Latin America + River North) and Everyone Else (Sheffield + Wicker Park), a Dim Sum Debut plus 2 Reasons to Get to the Lake!

Weekend Alert July 22-24

Welcome to another weekend, Chicago! Would you like to spend your evening viewing the incredible skyline on a boat cruise, enjoying a music, food and beer festival, or exploring nature on a garden walk? Well, Chicago has all of the above! Get ready, it's time to make weekend plans.

Explore The Great Migration with a Day of Music on July 23

migration blues

The Centennial Celebration of the Great Migration continues with an exploration of the musical history that developed as a result of the historic migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities, especially Chicago. The cultural impact of the blues and jazz genres, which expanded on major levels due to The Great Migration, will be celebrated with two events on Saturday, July 23.

Weekend Alert July 15-17: Festivals (Windy City Smokeout, Pitchfork), Rockabilly & Tiki, a Garden Walk + HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAVY PIER

Weekend Alert July 15-17

Ready for a weekend of celebration, Chicago? If you're into vintage clothing, energetic music festivals or stuffing your face with smoked barbecue, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The weather will be beautiful, perfect for creating a memorable visit to Chicago. It's time to make weekend plans! Tweet & Instagram your photos with #mychicagopix to share your adventure with us.  

Get Nostalgic With Your "FRIENDS" at this Must-See Musical Parody

FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing!

90s nostalgia comes full force in FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing! (The Unauthorized Musical Parody). There were ten seasons of the hit TV show — if you've burned through all 236 episodes on Netflix already, bravo — but this show focuses on the season that stole our hearts: season one. See this 90-minute musical comedy (featuring an all-Chicago cast) now at the MCL Chicago stage.

FREE Live African Music with King Sunny Ade & Ugochi: Millennium Park, July 18

king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on

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