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Posts from May 2017

The Hollander is one of Chicago’s top-rated hostels/hotels, located in Chicago's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. It sits where Wicker Park meets Bucktown, making it the ideal location for accessing some of Chicago’s best nightlife and culture. It’s just steps away from the Damen Blue Line 'L' stop for ultimate convenience (to O'Hare airport and downtown), and a meeting place for travelers, with plenty of options for added privacy and comfort.

Are you as excited as we are that the weekend is finally here? Well the excitement is only getting started. We've got some great Chicago weekend picks for celebrating Mother's Day while on Lake Michigan or at restaurants around town, dance and theater productions, and even markets showcasing the finest crafts and artists. Sounds like Chicago is the place to be. It's time to make plans around these top things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Meet Cube Solver, Daisy and Omron: Cube Solver can master a Rubik’s Cube in a flash, Daisy has six snake-like legs, making it easy for her to navigate even the roughest terrain and Omron is an agile shipping factory worker. This robotic trio, along with 40 of their pals, will be moving into Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry this May, with a mission to introduce humans to the future as part of the Robot Revolution exhibit.

On a quiet corner of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, beside the Metra tracks, wild, Chicago-born yeast blows in through the third floor window of the acclaimed Dovetail Brewery, magically turning water into some of the best Lambic-style beers in Chicago and beyond.

If you haven’t heard, 2017 is the Year of Public Art in Chicago, and there are hundreds of fascinating exhibits, talks, public programs, walks and more going on until the end of the year in neighborhoods around the city, from the far Northwest Side to Hegewisch. Not surprisingly, the Chicago Cultural Center is the nerve center of many programs, including several rotating exhibits, public conversations and other events for locals and visitors.

We've got something for all to enjoy this weekend in Chicago. From ballet performances to the city's largest beer festival to building kites in Lincoln Park. You can also join Chicago in celebrating Buckingham Fountain's 90th birthday in Grant Park. Not only that, there's a bunch of Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby specials that you can't miss, not to mention a new brunch offering kicks off. It's time to make weekend plans in Chicago.

What would you do without Mom? She changed your diapers and nursed you through your first breakup, and she'll forever be your No. 1 fan. Chicago rolls out the red carpet for moms on Mother's Day with festive brunches and other sweet treats. Here are seven ways to spoil mom with a Mother's Day in Chicago — Sunday, May 14!

The merry month of May is blooming with dance in Chicago. Audiences can delight in a colorful springtime bouquet of ballet, modern dance, and tap of all kinds, beginning with Jessica Lang Dance's welcome return visit with a new-to-Chicago multi-disciplinary story ballet, and wrapping up the month with Chicago Dance Crash's insanely fun annual dress-up dance event, KTF: A Night of Villains," and much, much more! Here are the top dance performances to see in Chicago this month.

Margaritas are a staple drink of summertime in Chicago. They're refreshing, tasty and appropriate to enjoy with brunch, lunch or dinner. The top Chicago margaritas on this list will make you want to venture out for Mexican cuisine on more than just Taco Tuesdays or Cinco de Mayo!

The flowers are blooming, the animals are outside soaking up the sunshine; spring is in the air at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. This (free!), 35-acre zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood, has been delighting visitors since it was founded all the way back in 1868—it's one of the oldest zoos in the US! Here are five ways to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous springtime weather at Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo:

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