Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Chicago's standing as a significant 20th and 21st century art influencer can't be denied. And the world knows it.

This spring, the city is hosting a series of major exhibitions that call attention to Chicago-born and Chicago-connected artists whose work has fundamentally impacted the contemporary art scene: Nina Chanel Abney (February 10-May 6) and Keith Haring (March 3-September 23), both at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Kenneth Josephson (April 28-December 30), at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

As if a 125th anniversary weren’t monumental enough, a new dinosaur is moving into the Field Museum—a titanosauric one.

Cast of Patagotitan mayorum, the Field’s new specimen is a giant, long-necked herbivore from Argentina, aptly named the Titanosaur.

Romantic eateries, dreamy lake views, live performances ... Chicago really does put the heart in heartland.

Each one of the city's 77 neighborhoods offers something different for the romantically-minded. Check out just five vibrant Chicago hoods for your Valentine's Day inspiration. 

Founded by the black explorer Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Chicago's black history runs deep.

You only have to delve into the creation of gospel and electrified blues, or read about the country's first African American president to get a glimpse into Chicago's significance to America's black cultural history.

La Belle Ballet: Sleeping Beauty Reimagined

Monday, January 22, 2018 8:00 AM by Judy Giannetto

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Makes its Auditorium Theatre Debut with the Darker Side of Sleeping Beauty. 

To call Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s reimagining of classic fairytale The Sleeping Beauty (La Belle) spellbinding doesn't even come close to an adequate description.

Featured Partners

First Timer's Guide to Chicago
We're glad you're coming for the first...
Chicago Sightseeing
Whether you are planning a Chicago travel...
Spend a Weekend in the Chicago Loop
Experience some of the best attractions, theater,...
Sightseeing along the L Train
Chicago has an excellent public transportation...
1 Day Downtown Chicago
With just one day to explore downtown Chicago, go...
Editor's Picks: Just For Fall
Fall Date Night Ideas in Chicago
Date Night can mean a lot of things to different...
Chicago Beer Gardens Kick Off the Fall Season
Beer + gardens: two words that have intonations...
Apple of My Eye
October is National Apple Month and we're...
The Sky is the Limit at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The largest architecture and design exhibition in...