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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival officially kicks off the holiday season in Chicago. Each year, more than 1 million people bundle up and enjoy a night of family-friendly entertainment. This year, the celebration takes place Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18. Here are seven reasons why you'll want to attend the 2017 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

10 Hot Shows Not-To-Miss In Chicago This November

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4:00 PM by Laura Nair

With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and musicals with discount tickets during the month of November.

10 Free Things to Do in Chicago This November

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 10:00 AM by Maddy Osman

With so many free things to do this month, there's a lot to be grateful for this November! As the holiday season officially begins, there's a long list of things that will become full: tummies, parks, and ice skating rinks are among them, but nothing is more full than Chicago's social calendar! 

In the short forward to his classic 1917 tome The Ideal Bartender, Tom Bullock, a St. Louis bartender and the first African American to publish a cocktail recipe book, mused, "Is it any wonder that mankind stands open-mouthed before the bartender, considering the mysteries and marvels of an art that borders on magic?" Widely considered an American invention, it wasn't until Prohibition ended in 1933 that cocktail lounges began to sprout up across Chicago, replacing the traditional, beer and straight hard liquor focused saloons.

Rooms With A View

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:00 PM by Amber Gibson

While the city has lots to explore, sometimes you just want to relax in your room with a nice glass of wine. These Chicago hotels boast some of our favorite views of the city.

It’s curious to think that in the mid-19th century, the Union Stock Yard Gate once was the last thing that millions of animals saw as they were led to their slaughter for use as meat products and various other sundry goods. Today, visitors to this city landmark will only encounter rumbling trucks belonging to nearby companies such as the Royal Envelope Corporation, Aramark Uniform Services and the Superior Nut & Candy Company.

Fall Spa Splurges For Your Skin

Monday, October 23, 2017 1:00 PM by Amber Gibson

As the weather shifts, it's time to refresh and rejuvenate our skin as we prepare for colder, harsher winter weather. Here are three options blending science and nature to get your skin in tip-top shape at Chicago's best spas and beauty boutiques.

Joffrey Ballet sweeps into its new season with the legendary Romantic ballet, GiselleEquipped with a gorgeous backdrop and elegant staging by Lola de Avila, this tragic lovers tale is a must see. Giselle runs through October 29 at the Auditorium Theatre and features a rare display of soft, simplistic movements by a company noted for contemporary style.

We might be a big city, but Chicago is rooted in its neighborhoods. This weekend, learn about the cultural fabrics that make up many of our neighborhoods. Whether you choose to explore museums that are part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance or get an early start with authentic Dia de los Muertos celebrations, learn more about who makes up the fabric of Chicago's diversity. You'll also get a good glimpse of the city's variety of background during this week's round up of events. 

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