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Posts from April 2017

Have you ever dreamed of walking among the dinosaurs? Just in time for the upcoming release of the next installment of the Jurassic World series, Chicago's very own Field Museum, home to one of the world's greatest dinosaur collections, including SUE (the world’s largest, best-preserved, and most-complete Tyrannosaurus rex), will be hosting Jurassic World: The Exhibition.

We're back with your favorite guide for making the most of your weekend visit to Chicago. The city is packed with attractions that you can't miss but this weekend we've got some specific events you can't miss. Take an Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones themed dinner cruise, shop from 300 unique makers, head to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier to see a funny love story, and much more.

You have all heard of Hamilton and Aladdin, but with more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago's arts and culture scene is vast and vibrant. And you can experience many shows on a budget with half-price Chicago theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows — including these top plays with discount tickets during the month of May.

Are you ready to say sayonara to the single life? Gather your girlfriends for one last hurrah at one of these unique, celebration-worthy Chicago hot-spots. Why settle for a boring bachelorette bash when you can transform into mermaids, capture your retro charm on camera or enjoy a little apres-ski indulgence minus the mountains? Here are our picks for the best spots in Chicago to host a one-of-a-kind bachelorette bash. 

Hey, did you know it's the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth? Did you also know the Chicago suburb of Oak Park is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings worldwide?

It's an exciting time to celebrate this architectural genius with a wide range of programs sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. One of the most compelling events will be the Wright Plus 150 Architectural House Walk in Oak Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am-5pm.

Chicago is a city easily explored by foot or riding the 'L' train, with chances to view the architecture up close and experience the fabulous neighborhoods and parks. But for those times out of the year when the city weather is less cooperative, and for visitors who want the leisurely enjoyment and educational edification of a bus tour of Chicago, we'e got you covered. Check out these touring bus companies for another view of Chicago.

Frequent travelers know that a little extra room space can make a world of difference at the end of a long day of touring. Likewise, if you're traveling with little ones in tow, you know that designated space for sleeping kids is always a welcome amenity. But it can be difficult to dig through hotel booking sites to find larger, suite-style rooms. Now there's an online booking service that connects travelers with hotel suites and multiple room accommodations: Suiteness

The prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, slated to take place in Chicago on Monday, May 1, are not only an opportunity to celebrate fine cooking across the country, but also to showcase some of the best restaurants and bars in Chicago that have helped position the city as the world-class dining destination it is today. As nearly 2,500 of the world’s most esteemed chefs, restaurateurs, bakers and mixologists descend on Chicago, it’s an apt opportunity to get out into the city’s neighborhoods and taste what makes the city so great.
The Oriental Institute is part of the University of Chicago's research center for ancient Near Eastern Studies. The museum has world-renowned collection of art and archaeology from the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria and more. Admission is FREE (with a suggested donation), and exploring the exhibit galleries is a great weekend activity for history enthusiasts, or junior archaeologists with their entire family, to enjoy. 

In the 1890s, L. Frank Baum, a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post, dreamed up a fantastical story that we all know and love today, The Wizard of Oz. Though the name Oz came from his file cabinet labeled "O–Z," scholars believe that the mystical land was inspired by the glimmering "White City" of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This spring, two new Wizard of Oz theatrical productions invite families to rediscover Baum's beloved characters. Afterwards, head to the charming, Oz-inspired play park, where kids can set off on the yellow brick road in search of their own adventures!

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