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Posts from February 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 Andrew Miller. Enjoy!

Museum of Contemporary Art

Fresh off the overwhelming success of the internationally acclaimed David Bowie Is exhibit, the Museum of Contemporary Art is powering into the future with a slew of exciting updates.

On Friday, the MCA unveiled a new multi-million dollar Vision Campaign, which includes major renovations and additions to the museum's existing space. The Vision Campaign was created to support the museum's highly acclaimed programming and to make the museum even more visitor-friendly than before.

Chengdu Impression

Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, this week we asked you which Chinese restaurant in the city is your favorite. From the heart of Chinatown to Argyle Street and beyond, there's no end to the Chinese hot spots you can enjoy in Chicago.

Get those checklists ready!

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Located in the former L20 space, Intro is Chicago's newest restaurant concept that's unlike anything else in the city. Every 2-3 months, a guest chef-in-residence is rotated in to work in full collaboration with Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman and senior partners, creating a different concept reflective of their personal style.

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.

Explore Chicago's Wine Bars

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Bar Pastoral

From casual to posh, underground or mainstream, Chicago loves to get its drink on. Whether a cocktail or a beer, the Midwest has a love of all things alcohol and wine is no exception. We've put together a list of wine bars offering flights, global selections and locally-sourced varieties.

A Visit to Eli's Cheesecake World

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri


When Marc Schulman, president of Chicago's very own Eli's Cheesecake, invited my kids and I to spend a day at Eli's Cheesecake World, I just about jumped for joy (and so did my kids). We love Eli's Cheesecake!

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late Friday night fridge raid. So naturally we drove over to Eli's Cheesecake World with our tummies rumbling and our sweet teeth tingling.


Dunn Dunn Fest 2015

How does one define "American music"? There is no one answer. There is no one genre, only a history of talented artists that have popularized dozens of different styles. That's what Chicago's Dunn Dunn Fest sets out to highlight every winter. 

The music festival kicks off this Thursday and will host 15 concerts at six venues over three days. Local and national acts will come together to create another fantastic lineup in 2015. If you're looking for suggestions as to which shows to catch, try these out:

5 Productions to See During Chicago Theatre Week

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Behler

Waiting for Godot

Chicago Theatre Week kicked off Feb. 12, offering discounted tickets to over 100 productions across the city through the 22nd. While a few shows are already sold out (like "Marie Antoinette" and The Who's "Tommy") there are still plenty of productions to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

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