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Weekend Alert August 19-21: Air & Water Show (view by land or lake) + BOGO Free Tours + Fests for Food/Music/Art Lovers + 15 Restaurants Open in One Mega Dining Hall

Weekend Alert August 19-21

Looking for weekend plans in Chicago? Here's the inside scoop on all the action happening this weekend in one place. From neighborhood festivals for foodies to daredevil stunts in the air to discount walking tours, we've got some events you won't want to miss. Share your photos on Twitter & Instagram with #mychicagopix


Head Back to School for a Course in Cocktails: The Best Mixology Classes in Chicago

Chicago mixology class

It's that time of year again! The lazy days of summer are making way for an action-packed autumn. Back to school means stocking up on supplies and getting ready to meet new friends. But why should kids have all the back-to-school fun? There are two Chicago "schools" where reading, writing and arithmetic are replaced by.... cocktails! 


Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

The 606Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers. Here's our guide to a fabulous summer evening date on The 606.


The Caribbean Comes to Chicago at Windy City Carnival: August 20

Windy City Carnival Chicago

The colorful carnival traditions of the Caribbean region unfold at Hyde Park's Midway Plaisance for the annual Windy City Carnival on Saturday, August 20. Chicago's diverse Caribbean community, including Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Haitians, Puerto Ricans and Belizeans come together to celebrate their rich culture for an all day festival of parades, food and music.


An Art-Filled Loop Itinerary: Lunch Date with Marc Chagall's Mosaic Masterpiece

The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 vibrant colors, Marc Chagall's beloved mosaic, The Four Seasons, was created for and given as a gift to the people of Chicago. It stands as one of our city's most beloved public art treasures. The French Consul General of Chicago at the time of dedication summed up the lyrical masterpiece best when he said "It is a work of art, but it is first a gift and a feast — a feast from that great citizen of the world, Marc Chagall.


Weekend Alert August 12-15: Bud Billiken Parade, BUGAPALOOZA, an Olympic Exhibit + Food and Music Festivals You Don't Want to Miss

Weekend Alert August 12-14

Happy weekend, Chicago! Ready for another exciting list of events to make your visit to Chicago a lasting memory? There's a handful of exciting festivals, exhibits and events for all to enjoy celebrating everything from LGBT pride to Cuban music to beer. It's time to make weekend plans.


Catch The Next Generation of Blues Stars at Young Men of Chicago Blues Show, August 13

McDowell Bros

If you think that blues musicians are all ranked in the senior citizen category, head to the Chicago Blues Productions show, Young Men of Chicago Blues to discover the reality of this thriving scene. The showcase features a dynamic group of millennial performers that have absorbed Chicago blues and play their own contemporary versions.  A second installment in a series that celebrated blues women last year, Saturday's show August 13 at Noble's Square's Vittum Theater presents


4 Ways to View the Chicago Air & Water Show in Comfort and Style

Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 20-21. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to view the show in comfort and style.


Hear Reggae Icons Live at the Inaugural Reggae Fest Chicago

Lee Scratch Reggae Fest

Explore the variations of reggae music, including ska, rock steady and reggaeton at the first annual Reggae Fest Chicago, Saturday August 13 in Pilsen's Adams Medill Park. The one day event highlights a line-up packed with reggae musicians and headlined by icons Toots & The Maytals and Lee "Scratch" Perry.


Lunch Date with the Chicago Picasso: Downtown Farmers Market with a View

Picasso Unnamed Daley PlazaPublic art is a plenty in Chicago. However, nothing quite compares to Picasso's unnamed statue located in Daley Plaza (50 W Washington St). On Thursdays through October 27, you can enjoy lunch with a view at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market.


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