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Posts from June 2013

Cirque Shanghai Lead

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder, an acrobatic circus in the death defying vein of Cirque Soleil, runs through September 2 at Navy Pier's 1,500-seat Pepsi Skyline Stage. This family-friendly show (which is not affiliated with Cirque Soleil) features tumbling, juggling and performers with remarkable core strength balancing in ways that make their overbearing mothers "very nervous." With a total of 36 troupe members, this year's cast is the largest to ever visit the United States. If three dozen entertainers and an open-air stage aren't reason enough to trek to Navy Pier, here are three other reasons to see Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder.

Neighborhood Spotlight: A Day in Boystown

Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Rainbow pillars line Halsted street in East Lakeview, while businesses and residences proudly display their flags, Human Rights Campaign stickers, and Equality Illinois support. Chicago's Boystown was the first officially recognized gay neighborhood in the United States and from this rich history comes a vibrant, prosperous, and proud community that offers some of the city's best shopping, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. If you haven't explored Boystown yet, not is the perfect time. It's Pride month (yes, we have a whole month of Pride), so it's the perfect time to get going!

Weekend Alert: June 28-30

Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Weekend Alert

If you're into block parties with 500,000 guests, music festivals or free movies in the park, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting one of Europe's major theater companies, a banjo-fueled tribute to country music and Old St. Pat's is inviting 20,000 young adults to mingle downtown. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

For movie buffs with an affinity for music, the Summer Music Film Festival - presented by the beloved Music Box Theatre and WBEZ's music talk show Sound Opinions - is the premiere event of the summer. Entering its third summer running the Summer Music Film Festival will screen more than a dozen classic and contemporary concert films and documentaries between June 28 and July 2. All films will be shown at the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview. You can buy single screening passes starting at $8 or go big with a pass to all screenings for $70. 

National Museum of Mexican Art

The Pilsen neighborhood is decorated with stunning large scale murals and famed ethnic restaurants, but the area's cultural guidepost is the National Museum of Mexican Art. With more than 7,000 objects in its permanent collection, the gallery space is a veritable treasure trove of Latino history. The museum's temporary exhibitions are just as profound and, often times, feature internationally recognized artists. The museum currently vaunts collections by Sergio Gomez, John Valadez and Chaz Bojórquez, but if you want to see them you'll have to plan your visit soon.

Rogers Park

With one of the most culturally diverse zip codes in Chicago, Rogers Park is a neighborhood with unique charm that few realize is just a short train ride from downtown. Nestled between Northwestern University and Loyola Chicago, this north side community is home to over 80 spoken languages, two miles of beach front real estate and enough quirky coffee shops to open a cappuccino foam art gallery.

A Guide to Wavefront Music Festival

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 AM by


Summer is here, bringing with it festival season. Techno tourists around the country are plotting their dance destinations as we speak. Today you'll find more electronic dance music festivals in North America to choose from than ever before, but those selections are starting to feel more polarized than ever.

Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurant

Walk around this neighborhood and you'll see landmark murals, distinctive Pilsen flair, vintage shops and modern treasures. You won't forget 18th Street, the heart of Pilsen, either. This west side neighborhood boasts culinary institutions like Nuevo Leon (pictured), Kristoffer's Bakery and Nightwood. But don't sleep on some of the area's lesser known, but comprably delicious hidden gems.

Ready, Pet, Go! at Chicago Children's Museum

Celebrate your favorite furry or scaly friend at the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier. This summer's Ready, Pet, Go! exhibit gives kids the chance to step into their pet's paws. Dress up in fur and floppy ears, climb into kid-sized pet structures (including a chicken coop), and honor a beloved pet by creating a tag and adding it to the museum's collection.

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