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Posts from May 2015

Milwaukee Damen Avenue

Many people associate Wicker Park's Six Corners with nightlife, shopping and young professionals. An official Historic District lies along Milwaukee Avenue just southeast of Damen Avenue. Many pedestrians are likely so dazzled by the wares in the windows that they might not notice the beauty of the historic buildings around them. 

Goose Island Brewery Lincoln Park

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.  

Downtown Sound-1

Chicago summers are so amazing, people actually look forward to Mondays, and not just because of the warm weather. On Mondays and Thursdays, you can catch a free concert downtown in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound series. The concerts, which take place at Pritzker Pavilion, feature an eclectic mix of  musicians from Chicago and around the world.

And while you can arrive early and grab a seat up front, there's plenty of room on the lawn to spread out and enjoy a bite to eat. But don't just settle for cheese and crackers - why not sample the unique cuisine Chicago offers while enjoying the equally diverse talent on display? Use this picnic pairing guide and get the most out of your Downtown Sound experience.

Lincoln Park Zoo

This Friday, May 15, is the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, and Chicago's zoos and aquarium are banding together to raise awareness on the world's most vulnerable animals. Special events and activities will focus on the conservation research efforts being conducted - both here in Chicago and in the field. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo on May 15 to learn more about what you can do to protect endangered animals.

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