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Posts from April 2013

Kids & Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and harness the gusts of our "windy city" at the Kids & Kites Festival (May 4, from 10 am - 4 pm), an annual tradition established by our former Mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This uniquely Chicago-style event is a colorful way to enjoy a spring day on the lakefront with your children. It's one of our family's favorite annual events. Both of my kids, ages 3 and 12, love to set out and fly their kites in the crowd.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Historic District, located on Chicago's Near North Side, is one of the prettiest (and most pedigreed) neighborhoods in the city. It earned its glitzy reputation in 1882, when millionaire Potter Palmer built a forty-two room castle overlooking Lake Michigan. Other famous and wealthy Chicagoans followed and, to this day, the area is one of the exclusive in the city. Here are five kid-friendly stops in this elegant city neighborhood so you and your family can celebrate the good life.

Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Like Mount Rushmore and its presidents, Chicago has a handful of signature attractions that seem to stand out (read: Cloud Gate, Wrigley Field and Willis Tower). Also like Mount Rushmore, there's one name that we always forget (sorry Teddy Roosevelt) and that's the Chicago River.

Lookingglass Theatre

The "theatre season" is year-round in our city, so don't think for a second that you can slack off on your standing ovations as we approach the warmer months. No, no, my friends, stay vigilant, stay alert, and stay theatre-obsessed. Or, to make things easier, read this blog because we obsess. Hard. During your visit to Chicago this month, don't miss these five under-the-radar shows.

The Rookery Lobby

Ask about an architectural tour in Chicago and you will inevitably hear three magic words: Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie School visionary revolutionized home design and is widely recognized as one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century. Hailing from Oak Park, a suburb just outside the city, Frank Lloyd Wright wanted his homes to parallel the horizontal nature of the prairies while, simultaneously, downtown Chicago was developing into a mountain range of skyscrapers.

BREAKING: Taste of Chicago Headliners

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Taste of Chicago

If you like your meat served on a stick and your concerts outside, then you're counting down the days until July 10 (77, if you want to start now). While the five day event (July 10-14 in Grant Park) is still two and a half months away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting the party started by announcing this year's list of headliners for the 33rd Annual Taste of Chicago.

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