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Posts from February 2017

Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago

Springtime in Chicago ushers in flowers galore! From daffodils along State Street's parkways to the prairie blossoms at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, Chicago lives up to its "City in a Garden" moniker. This season check out a Chicago Cubs inspired flower show, the annual events at Navy Pier and Macy's on State Street, and the bright allure of azaleas at Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Chicago Food Planet Food Tours

From deep-dish pizza to Italian beef sandwiches to caramel-cheese popcorn, Chicago is a city famous for signature tasty treats. Chicago Food Planet capitalizes on the city's delicious traditions with food tours that explore fascinating Windy City history. There are a range of tours to choose from, focusing on different foods and Chicago neighborhoods. This time of year, take advantage of the seasonal Winter Delights tour—a great opportunity to get out and nosh around Chicago's Old Town neighborhood.

Chicago Flamenco Festival

Forget about the winter chill and warm up with the fiery passion of flamenco music and dance during the 15th annual Chicago Flamenco Festival at Instituto Cervantes. The five-week-long event kicks off February 24 and showcases the intricacies of this vibrant Spanish art form with an array of international flamenco artists rarely witnessed in the United States. Don't miss these highlights:

Emporium Arcade Bar

Looking for the top events in Chicago this weekend? Well you're in the right place. Whether you're looking for booze fests, a place to shop, arcade bar or all of the above, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Be one of the first to check out the opening of The Backroom pop-up bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel this Saturday. Or explore Northerly Island Park during Polar Adventure Days. It's time to make weekend plans. 

The Illusionists

Hundreds of theatre productions are playing in Chicago for extended runs (hello Hamilton!) and open runs (from Blue Man Group to the many great nightly shows at The Second City), however, some only offer performances for a few days or a few weeks. Here are four highlights of what to see on stage now in Chicago before it's too late!

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24! 

Photography aficionados may know Helen Balfour Morrison for her portraits of famous Americans, displayed in museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA. In 1935, Morrison turned her eye toward the rarely shown experience of African American "freetowns," small independent communities that formed after the abolishment of slavery. The photos capture an important piece of African American history, and are now on display at the Newberry Library's new exhibit, Photographing Freetowns—don't miss an opportunity to see it while you can!

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