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Posts from January 2015

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Kweku Bentum. Enjoy!

A Restaurant Week Guide to Neighborhood Gems

Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Gemini Bistro

You've heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. They're culinary keystones that help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But with thousands upon thousands of restaurants in Chicagoland, there's lots to explore beyond the famous and familiar.

Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can witness the magic of live theater with your family. From February 12-22, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15-30, with many offering further discounts. Here are three CTW children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2015. 


In Chicago, we're able to travel the world via the many ethnic restaurants that dot our city. It's never too early to introduce your kids to the flavors of other cultures. Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's world culinary delights. From January 30 through February 12, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus - starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) - for the whole family. Here five picks for family-friendly, fun and adventuresome dining with your kids that will take you around the world during Chicago Restaurant Week 2015.

Vinyl Lovers Be Warned, The Monsters Are Here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

DJ Turntable

It's ironic that, in the age of records' resurgence as a popular music format, DJs are using more software than vinyl than ever before. The production and accessibility of these programs may be at its highest rate but that classic needle-on-wax sound is missing from too many clubs around town. 

Luckily, one Chicago events group isn't taking the shift in dance music lying down. Cage and Aquarium continues its Monster Eat Laptops series this month and will make an appearance at one additional event that beer lovers should take note of. 

A Weekend on Wacker

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Wacker - Penthouse Ballroom

Time spent in the Loop is always time well spent, so why not spend an entire weekend enjoying all that it is has to offer? Amidst the many excellent hotels on Wacker Drive, you'd do well to spend a few evenings at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. It's close by the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Chicago Theatre, and a host of fabulous bars and restaurants, and a short jaunt on the Riverwalk may be just the thing for the curious visitor or local who hasn't checked it out in a while.

Chicago Winter Wear

Whether you're here for the weekend or you've been here your whole life, you can never fully prepare for how cold a Chicago winter actually feels.

Luckily, the city is covered in stores that specialize in winter wear and outerwear. So if you find yourself ill-prepared for the brisk wind off Lake Michigan, here are your best bets to protect yourself from the elements.


It's hard to believe that just four years ago, BucketFeet was no more than an original idea stemming from a longtime hobby and a chance meeting. Now, the shoe line employs 24 full-time employees and is sold internationally. 

BucketFeet shoes are unique in that, every design comes from a different artist across the world. 

With retail shops in New York's SoHo neighborhood and Chicago's Block 37 and sales through Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and independent boutiques throughout the U.S., the stories that BucketFeet seeks to tell through its products aren't falling short of an audience. 


Let's face it. Dietary restrictions are a part of dining out. But rather than a cumbersome burden, restaurants in Chicago have risen to the occasion in recent years to assuage restrictions and offer exciting options for vegans, individuals with gluten sensitivity, and more. No better time to explore these options than Chicago Restaurant Week, kicking off its two-week run January 30, featuring more than 300 restaurants throughout Chicagoland.

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