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Weekend Alert September 23-25: Art All Around! EXPO and Chicago Gourmet plus Oktoberfest 3 Ways

Chicago Gourmet

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago. Who's ready to chow down on dishes from THE BEST chefs, enjoy one of the largest art festivals EVER, celebrate National Lobster Day at some of Chicago's top restaurants, take in FREE jazz music and do up Oktoberfest Chicago-style? Here's your chance! 


A Chicago Music Weekend with AAHH! Fest & Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Common at AAHH! Fest Chicago

Music fans will have a busy weekend soaking up live sounds at Common's hip hop event AAHH! Fest and at the Hyde Park Jazz Fest running through Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Although both fests feature popular mucisicans from across the country, homegrown talent is also a highlight.


M is for Maxwell Street Market: Exploring Chicago A Through Z

Maxwell Street Market Chicago

If you can smell the nopales (cactus) tacos and hear the cry of vendors hawking everything from car tires to pungent spices, you're probably close to the Maxwell Street Market, which is one of Chicago's greatest treasures. Located less than a mile southwest of The Loop, the weekly Maxwell Street Market has been an institution for over 130 years and a place for new arrivals from all over the world to set up their wares to sell every Sunday


Weekend Alert September 16-18: Chicago-centric Fest, Spotlight on Tacos, Mid-Autumn Chinese Holiday Celebrations PLUS a Burger on a Doughnut Bun!

BomboBurger from BomboBar Chicago

Who doesn't love great foodie deals?? Well this weekend in Chicago is full of them along with popular festivals featuring jazz, tacos, art and the best of punk rock. Don't stop there! Some of NASCAR's biggest stars will also be in town for the first race in NASCAR's playoffs. And the No. 2 Museum in the World (congrats AIC!) is celebrating the second-grandest holiday in China after Lunar New Year.


FREE Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour: Roll Through 13 Galleries, Eateries & Shops

Gallery Guichard Chicago

Explore the art galleries and shops of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood during the last Bronzeville Trolley Tour of the summer, on Friday, September 16. From 6pm-9pm, trolleys will roll down Bronzeville arts district streets stopping at notable art galleries, shops and restaurants. FREE live music, food and drink add to the festivities for this can't miss event.


The Best Bars for Drinks & Recreation in Chicago: Game On!

FTW Chicago Arcade For The Win

Sometimes alcohol and sports don't mix, but these action-packed arcade bars provide both drinks and recreational opportunities in Chicago. Luckily, there's little chance you'll get hurt when playing ping pong, or scoring points on video games. Even if you lose, it's all about having fun and delicious cocktails or craft beers with friends.


Fall Family Fun at The Field Museum

The Field Museum Chicago Since 1893, The Field Museum has been wowing visitors with its amazing collection of specimens and artifacts. From beloved Sue, the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, to one of the largest collections of diamonds and gems in the world, the museum offers a never-ending list of amazing things to discover within its historic walls. This fall, the Field Museum is hosting so many interesting events — from a bird spotting excursion to


Celebrate a September Full of Shakespeare! 5 Highlights from the Shakespeare 400 Chicago Festival

piya shakespeare

Temperatures may be cooling but things are heating up for literary fans as Chicago continues hosting exciting events for the Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival. This groundbreaking celebration of 400 years of The Bard's literary legacy includes five international companies representing four continents who will interpret and re-imagine Shakespeare's works this month. Here are some September highlights not to miss:


Weekend Alert September 9-11: Picnic with Opera Singers, a Day of Free Sightseeing PLUS a 15-hour World Music Showcase

Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

The weekend is finally here! Now it's time to have some fun. The Chicago weekend calendar is filled with the best food, art & music festivals; a day of FREE tours exploring every inch of the city; a FREE opera showcase; an incredible FREE 15-hour Indian music marathon and much more. Don't miss out! It's time to make weekend plans and here's your guide.


Spotlight on Dance: Top 5 September Performances in Chicago

Lucky Plush in Trip the Light Fantastic

Chicago's dance season opens full force in September with exciting festivals, company seasons, and premieres of new choreography. New and noteworthy this year for both balletomanes and neophytes is Audience Architect's Dance Around Town Sampler Pack, a first of it's kind, limited time offering for dance lovers AND for those who want to discover more dance in Chicago.


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