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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 from 7am to 3pm


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


A Low Budget Guide to Logan Square: Food, Drinks, Shopping & Entertainment That Don't Break the Bank

Street art in Logan Square ChicagoLogan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like:

An Andersonville Itinerary: 12 Neighborhood Essentials

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Chicago visitors are always drawn downtown, and for good reasons: the architecture is incredible, the energy is infectious and there's something unique around every corner. But there is more to the city than Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. Chicago has numerous neighborhoods to explore, all featuring their own fantastic restaurants, great shopping and unique cultural experiences. One of the best neighborhoods to explore is


Artists, Authors and Artisans: Weekend Picks

Great Migration 
Warmer weather in Chicago means more events and activities to enjoy and this weekend is bursting with cool things to check out. Organize your plans now so you don't miss any of these offerings. Here are our picks for the rest of the week, from a history-filled exhibit, to a book/pop culture mashup, to an indie-cool craft market.

Discount Shopping 101: Cute Clothes for Cheap

Photo credit Adam Alexander

Attention discount shoppers! Pick up some great deals for yourself this season (and all year round!) at the top resale boutiques and thrift stores across the city. With such a well-dressed and eclectic mix of people who call Chicago home, these shops are a treasure trove of unique secondhand styles at bargain prices.


Sneak Peek at the One of a Kind Show and Sale 2015

One of a Kind Show and Sale

The annual One of a Kind Show and Sale truly lives up to its name, esteemed as one of the most quintessential holiday season craft markets in the country. Located inside the historic Merchandise Mart, this year's event takes place December 3 through 6, featuring a dizzying array of gourmet delicacies, artists' wares, craft goods, apparel, and so much more, provided by more than 600 artists. It's truly one of a kind.


Celebrate the Holidays at American Girl Place Chicago

American Girl Place Chicago

Walk down North Michigan Avenue at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls, marching toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but also adorable, interactive displays, a bookstore, a cafe, a bakery and even a doll beauty salon.


Weekend Alert: October 2-4

Chicago History Museum

I think it's safe to say it finally feels like fall in Chicago, which is in my humble opinion the most beautiful time of year to explore this fantastic city of ours. There remains no shortage of things to do, especially this weekend, highlighted by diversions in art, architecture and our fabulous museums. It's your Weekend Alert!


5 Events to Catch at Chicago Fashion Week

Fashion Focus CHICago

The fall season might be cooling things down in other cities but Chicago is heating up with Fashion Focus CHICago, the city's 10th annual Chicago Fashion Week, Oct. 4-12. The nine-day event celebrates all aspects of the Chicago fashion scene, including designers, boutiques, stylists and models at venues all over the city. There's always a good mix of free and ticketed events that feature runway shows, fashion markets, demonstrations and workshops but this year also showcases


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