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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

Garrett Popcorn Celebrates 67 Years of Love with 67-cent Giveaway

Garrett Popcorn Chicago

You'll know you're near a Garrett Popcorn shop, "a Chicago tradition since 1949," when you smell the knock-out combo of freshly popped popcorn and buttery, gooey caramel. Don't even bother resisting — just follow your nose! You're also more than likely to spot a long trail of salivating customers in a line snaking out the door.

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

Sweet Home Chicago: The History Of America’s Candy Capital

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America's Candy Capital

Milk Duds, Tootsie Rolls, Cracker Jack, and Frango Mints... what do they have in common besides being some of the sweetest treats around? They were all created in Chicago, America's unofficial candy capital. Sweet Home Chicago: The History Of America's Candy Capital, the latest exhibit at the National Hellenic Museum, examines the sweet history of candy-making in Chicago. Check out the exhibit and then make your way to Chicago's best candy shops for a taste of some of our city

Explore Facets of African Culture at African Festival of the Arts: September 2-5

Chicago African Festival of the Arts
The annual African Festival of the Arts brings all facets of African culture to Chicago in a celebration of music, dance, food and art. Commemorating its 27th year, the festival transforms Hyde Park' neighborhood's Washington Park into a colorful African village, complete with traditional foods, dress and music from across the continent. Opening on Labor Day weekend, the event supplies four days of exciting cultural exploration.

American Girl Place Chicago Welcomes Melody Ellison

American Girl Place Melody Ellison

You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way toward Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in itself. American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet this August for the

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.

Where the Hot Dogs Are: Celebrate Summer and the Chicago-Style Hot Dog at the Chicago History Museum's Hot Dog Fest

Hot DogThe Chicago-style hot dog with its toppings (no ketchup!) is one of our city's best inventions. Best enjoyed at a baseball game, at a lake front picnic, or as a late-night post-partying snack, it's a gourmet meal in a poppyseed bun. At the Chicago History Museum's 3rd annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest August 5-7, Chicago's most famous encased meat will be celebrated with a free (!!!) 3-day event featuring full lineup of bands, hot dog history speakers, and hot dog vendors serving up their spin

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!

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