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Posts from July 2013

Fashion Outlet

For many, the countdown began when news of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago (FOC) broke earlier this year. As the first fully-enclosed mall built in the Chicagoland area in more than 20 years, to say that local shoppers are excited would be a colossal understatement. Please know, this is not just any mall. It is a mall filled with 130 outlet stores, some of which are the first to hit the Midwest.

A Clown Car Named Desire

Don't have Lollapalooza tickets? Don't feel bad -- there's plenty more to do in Chicago this weekend to keep you busy. How 'bout a show? Many think summer is a down time for Chicago theatre, but there is actually a lot of great stuff playing -- from family-friendly fare to art rock to split-yer-pants comedy. Here are some must-see shows and stages for this weekend, no jean shorts or wristband required.

Do the Hustle: A Guide to City Running Tours

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Running Tours LeadWith its 18-mile-long Lakefront Trail, expanding river walk and roughly 5,700 parks, Chicago is already one of the most runner-friendly cities in the country. City Running Tours, as the name would imply, uses the city's many paths, sidewalks and trails to offer Chicago's active visitors a guided trot through town. If you're looking to see the city while, simultaneously, burning off last night's deep dish pizza, lace up and reserve your spot on the starting line.


LollaShop, Lollapalooza's official pop-up store, is back for a second straight year. Open now through Monday, August 5 at 332 S. Michigan Ave., this place offers official Lollapalooza merchandise, free yoga, scheduled performances, and opportunities to win free tickets. From Gap's official Lollapalooza t-shirts to shoes, hats, and more, this place has everything you need to hit Grant Park's powerhouse music festival in style.

Little Italy

Chicago's Little Italy, located along Taylor Street, offers more than just great Italian food. This charming west side neighborhood is fast becoming one of Chicago's go-to dining destinations. Whether you're looking for the perfect Italian beef sandwich and a plate of pasta, or burgers and Italian ice, here's where to eat when feasting through Little Italy.

Transit Tees

The average souvenir can be anything from an "I heart Chicago" t-shirt to a refrigerator magnet or a snow globe, but these seven shops take souvenir shopping in the Windy City to a whole new level. In addition to being highly unique, everything you purchase supports these local businesses. If you have room in your suticase, stop by these sports for one-of-a-kind items.

Six Reasons to Visit Navy Pier This Summer

Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Navy Pier

Sure, it might seem like just a giant walkway on Lake Michigan from afar, but Navy Pier is actually a pretty freaking cool way to spend an afternoon. That's right, for almost 20 years, tourists and Chicagoans alike have enjoyed trips down the mile-long Navy Pier. It's the largest tourist attraction in the Midwest, drawing more than 8.6 million people a year. Sure, there's plenty of eating a drinking on the pier (and who doesn't love that?), but you'll find that Navy Pier holds some amazing surprises for you and your family.

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