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Noted for world renowned art collections, interactive exhibits and lots of informative fun, a visit to Chicago museums is an essential activity. But these landmark institutions offer much more than visual and cultural experiences. Many museum gift shops offer enough unusual and hand-crafted items to find something for everyone on your list.

Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:00 AM by Kelsey O'Connor

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about food and family. But between all the cooking and cleaning, the family part tends to fall by the wayside. This year, leave the grocery shopping and dishwashing to someone else. Dining out for Thanksgiving is a great way to spend more time with your loved ones, and less time in the kitchen. 

Chicago Museums Exhibits: 5 Hidden Gems

Monday, November 5, 2018 11:00 AM by Kelsey O'Connor

You could spend years exploring Chicago’s many museums, and still never see everything. So if you think you’ve done it all, you might want to take another look. These popular museums hide a rich array of rare objects, prized artwork and one-of-a-kind experiences tucked away in under-the-radar exhibits. 

What to Eat and Drink at Christkindlmarket

Monday, October 22, 2018 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

The holidays are a time for gift-giving and gingerbread and family. It's also a time for mulled wine in boots and more stollen than you've ever seen in your life. This is where Christkindlmarket comes in, serving up festive holiday eats through December 24.

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