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Posts from March 2015

Chicago Instagram bean

Instagrammers unite! Come together with amateur and professional photographers from around the world for Worldwide InstaMeet in Chicago this weekend, March 21-22. As Instagram's community grows by the millions, InstaMeets are popping up with greater frequency. Connect, share, explore and celebrate creativity with people who love to capture Chicago's beauty.

Explore Chicago's Greektown with Kids

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


Greektown, located just west of the Loop, between Van Buren and Madison Streets and along Halsted Street, makes for a fun day of exploring. Easy to reach via taxi or CTA (take the Blue Line to UIC Halsted and follow Halsted North), this fantastic neighborhood gives visiting families a taste of Greek culture (and cuisine!).

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design

In a city that is known for its Irish culture and heritage (Happy St. Patrick's Day!), it seems fitting that the Art Institute of Chicago has just opened a wonderful new exhibit dedicated to the artistic traditions of Eire during the 18th century. It's worth noting that Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 is the first major exhibit dedicated to the broad and expansive world of Ireland's decorative arts during this period and it draws on dozens of public and private collections across North America. 

Garfield Park Conservatory

Spring has officially sprung! After our Chicago winter, you'll find most Chicagoans popping their convertible tops and donning breezy skirts and shorts as soon as the temps hit the double digits. Springtime is perhaps the best times of the year in Chicago, when the flowers blossom in our garden city. Here are five fun ways to usher in spring. 

I'm @valeriebriee and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago! #Chicago looks great from all angles. She is so photogenic. #mychicagopix

A photo posted by Chicago's Official Guide (@choosechicago) on

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 Valerie Pirri. Enjoy!

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