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Posts from June 2016

Weekend Alert July 1-4

It's 4th of July weekend, Chicago! America's birthday is the perfect time to visit Chicago, and we've got the best combination of events below, plus this handy Independence Day weekend guide. Are you ready to watch the spectacular fireworks show up close? Well, Navy Pier is the place to be. Or are you ready to celebrate Chicago's house music heritage? Jackson Park is hosting one of the largest dance festivals of the year. It's time to make weekend plans.  

For so many Chicago families, it wouldn't be a celebration without a colorful, three-layer buttercream cake from Roeser's Bakery on North Avenue in Humboldt Park. In 1911, John Roeser Sr. opened the doors of his American dream: a bakery filled with sugary delights! Over 100 years later, the city's oldest family-owned retail bakery is still one Chicago's favorite places for a sweet treat.

International Festival of LifeChicago 4th of July weekend festivities will flow with some island rhythms during the 24th annual International Festival of Life, in Union Park at 1501 W Randolph, July 1 - 4. Reggae fans flock to this upbeat celebration of music, food and culture, which highlights Caribbean music and dance.

Chicago's Top 6 Walking Tours!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicago Food Planet Tours

One of the best ways to get to know a city is by walking around and learning about it on foot. That being said, it also helps to have a guide who's knowledgeable and can give you information from an insider's point of view (and places to check out once the tour is over). Here are 6 of Chicago's best walking tours:

Museum Campus ChicagoChicago's Museum Campus is a 57-acre park located alongside Lake Michigan and is home to 3 beloved city institutions: the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and The Field Museum of Natural History. The entire area is landscaped with greenery and flora making the campus a wonderful place for a summer picnic. Follow the isthmus to nearby Northerly Island, where a nature area features beautiful strolling paths and an unbeatable view of the Chicago skyline.

Bistronomic Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

The late gourmand Lucius Beebe was fond of many Chicago restaurants and he preferred to dine in the Gallic fashion when possible at a number of long-gone haunts in the River North neighborhood. After my recent visit to Bistronomic located off the Magnificent Mile, I can say with complete certainty that we would enjoy their vigorously prepared viands. Here are 12 essential items on the menu now at French restaurant Bistronomic.

Weekend Alert June 24-26

Hello, Chicago! The weekend is finally here, and there's a mix of the best food, music, and entertainment for all to enjoy. Show your true colors at Pride Parade or swing, waltz, and cha-cha at this year's Chicago Summerdance. If you're looking for some fun this weekend, we've got you covered!

Granita EatalyMuch like a visit to Chicago, no two trips to Eataly are the same. While new food hall style dining is on the rise in the city, the Italian marketplace, located in River North, is constantly adding new items to keep an edge on the competition. This summer Eataly's all about bringing the flavors of Southern Italy to Chicago. Here's 3 new summer-inspired additions to Eataly's La Piazza and Gelato Bar that are perfetto:

ROOF on theWitExplore glam destinations without ever having to leave the country with the new Jet Set Weekend Series on the ROOF, (rated as one of the top 3 rooftop lounges in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine) at theWit Hotel. Every month, the lounge will be transformed into international party spots with themed music, decor and special small plate menus.

Why should your furry best friend be left behind while you enjoy a weekend in Chicago? Bring pooch along for the ride: Chicago is a canine lovin' city that welcomes dogs and their humans. From a dog-friendly boat tour to pet-friendly hotel packages in Chicago, here are our picks on where to stay, dine, shop and play with your fave dog. 

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