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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.

Bike the Drive with Kids: 2-Wheeled Fun for All Ages, May 29

Bike the Drive Chicago

Here's a summer experience to add to your family bucket list: Bike the Drive. One Sunday per year, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is closed to cars, turning one of the most fantastic expressways in the world in the world into an unforgettable biking experience. It's one of the best bike rides in the nation, and it's simply wonderful to drive along the stunning Chicago lakefront on a fine, early summer day.


6 Spring and Summertime Adventures at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Spring is in the air and Chicago is in bloom! One of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous weather is at the Lincoln Park Zoo, our (free!) zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. This spring and summer, the zoo calendar has many amazing opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals while also enjoying craft beers, or striking a yoga pose. Here are six seasonal adventures waiting to be experienced at


Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival: Fun, FREE Family Event May 7

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and harness the wind of our fair windy city at the Kids & Kites Festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This uniquely Chicago-style event is a colorful way to enjoy a spring day on the lakefront with your favorite kids. Here's our guide to the 18th annual Kids and Kites Festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 7 from


Mother's Day in Chicago: 13 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Brunch at Prime & Provisions Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She stands by you through thick and thin, wipes your tears and shares your joys. Mother's Day calls for celebrating the lady who will always love you, warts and all. Thank Mom for being there when you needed her most by taking her out to one of these 13 special spots for Mother's Day weekend in Chicago.


Take Flight at iFLY: Indoor Skydiving Now in Chicago

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Chicago

If you've ever dreamed of flying, or if you've ever wanted to skydive without having to jump out of an airplane, here's your chance: iFLY, the world's largest Indoor Skydiving operation, has opened its newest location in the near northside Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park, marking the 17th iFLY facility in the U.S. This incredible indoor skydiving facility recreates the experience of skydiving minus the fear factor of having to rely on a parachute to break your fall.


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