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S is for Swedish American Museum: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Swedish American Museum

Anchoring Andersonville, Chicago's historic Swedish neighborhood, on a vibrant portion of Clark Street, the Swedish American Museum celebrates the accomplishments of Swedes who came to America over the past several centuries and settled in Chicago. Andersonville itself is one of Chicago's great walking neighborhoods. Plan a trip today, and include the museum on your itinerary!


Public Art All Around! Find 'Agora' in Chicago's Grant Park

Public Art: Agora in Grant Park, Chicago

At the south end of Grant Park, 106 headless and armless torsos walk aimlessly in circles. Each figure stands ten feet tall and weighs about 1,800 pounds. Some face each other, others ignore their peers.

Thankfully, these are not real human torsos, but iron sculptures, designed by famed Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz.


Weekend Alert March 24-26: Boat Tours Have Begun! + New Exhibit At MSI, an Indian Cooking Class, Dance, Tap and a Chamber Opera

Wendella Sightseeing Boats

Are you ready to take advantage of your weekend in Chicago? Here's our list of weekend events and shows to top your itinerary. Check out the new exhibit Extreme Ice at the Museum of Science and Industry (there's many more blockbuster exhibits here now and coming soon to Chicago). The Chicago Flower and Garden Show finishes out its second weekend (and is one of four flower shows kicking off spring). Another sure sign of the season? River boat tours are back for sightseeing cruises! It's


'Spamilton' Musical Parody Follows 'Hamilton' to Chicago

Spamilton An American Parody

After Broadway's smash hit musical "Hamilton" took to the Chicago stage last fall, it only makes sense that "Spamilton", the Off-Broadway hit show spoofing Hamilton, would soon follow. And boy, Chicago audiences should be excited!


A Walking Tour Through Ravenswood: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Deagan Building

The colorful Ravenswood corridor in Lincoln Square hugs the Metra right-of-away as it makes its way north through a clutch of North Side Chicago neighborhoods. Many of the former industrial buildings along this street now house a range of booming businesses (including craft breweries!), and spending an afternoon in these parts is quite pleasant. Why not take a short trip and visit a few of our favorite Ravenswood gems. Let's get started!


A Day in Old Town Chicago: Budget Picks & New Neighborhood Haunts

Old Town gate

Old Town is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, located on the North Side. It’s home to St. Michael’s Church, one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. In more recent times, the neighborhood has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy great food, shopping and more. Read on for a full day’s itinerary of budget-friendly eats, fun things to do, and new spots to check out in Chicago's Old Town.


The Second City Takes on American Politics—Hilarity Ensues: Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno Blends Silly & Smart

Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno

The Second City's 41st e.t.c. revue — Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno — has a mouthful of a title, paired with a belly full of laughs. The e.t.c. stage, known for its edgier, more Chicago-themed sketch revues, keeps to its reputation, housing two hours of non-stop, goofball, slap-your-thighs laughter with its newest comedy show.


Weekend Alert March 17-19: March Madness Deals, a Food Fest, a Flower Show + Heated Domes On The Riverwalk

City Winery

The weekend is here and it's nothing short of a great time. Have you created your NCAA March Madness bracket?? We're sure you have. Now get ready to watch all the action at one of the many Chicago restaurants and bars offering promotions for the tournament. Not only that, we've got heated outdoor (!) domes at City Winery Riverwalk, more St. Patrick's Day events, art and dance showcases and much more. It's time to make weekend plans with our Chicago guide.


11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.


Weekend Alert March 10-12: St. Patrick's Day Fun + Musical Seesaws at Navy Pier + Where to Find the Cubs World Series Trophy

Impulse at Navy Pier

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, we're kicking things off this weekend with some amazing events to celebrate! Not only are there must-see Chicago St. Patrick's Day events with Chicago Riverwalk festivities like the parade & river dye, but Navy Pier opens a new public activated light and sound experience that will have you pulling your cameras out. Don't forget to tag #mychicagopix. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary with our guide!


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