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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!


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.


Insider's Guide to Tall Ships at Navy Pier: Setting Sail July 27-31

Tall Ships
As part of Navy Pier's 100th anniversary celebration, Chicago's top waterfront destination is hosting the spectacular Tall Ships festival, an event featuring some of the most majestic ships on the seas (or lakes!). Catch 14+ vessels making their appearance at the Pier, including the largest Viking ship in the world! View the Parade of Sails, explore the ships and even sail away at Navy Pier Tall Ships July 27-31.


Chicago Summer 2016: Family Bucket List!

North Avenue Beach Chicago

Summer in Chicago. The sun! The beaches! The festivals! When looking for family friendly activities, the possibilities in Chicago are endless. The summer days are drifting way, how many of our top 10 things to do and see in the city can you finish before school starts?


Millennium Park Film Series: FREE & FUN for All Ages

Millennium Park Film SeriesLooking for a free family-friendly activity that's fun for all ages? Summer is one of the best seasons in Chicago, if only because there are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful weather. But what am I most excited for? The upcoming Millennium Park Film Series, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, will present a different movie every Tuesday night at 6:30pm, starting with Ferris Bueller's Day Off on June 21!


6 Picks for (Totally FREE!) Summer Fun in Chicago

Aerial Grant Park
Chicago shines in the summertime. There are so many things to see and do — many of which don't cost a dime! From a day at the beach to a yoga class on the pavilion, here are six (totally FREE!) things to see and do this summer in Chicago!


Enjoy a Pay-What-You-Can Chicago Walking Tour

free chicago walking tours

Looking for a FREE Chicago walking tour? Jeff Mikos and his wife are offering just that. While taking a year off to travel the world in 2015, the duo stumbled upon free walking tours in almost all the major cities of South America, from Cusco to Cartagena. "After the first few I began to think that there was an opportunity to bring this style of tour to the USA," shared Mikos.
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