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Posts from July 2014

Dee Alexander

Many musicians attribute their taste in music to their parents. Few pay tribute to them in as literal and beautiful methods as acclaimed Chicago singer Dee Alexander. Seasoned in blues, gospel and soul music, Alexander's true niche is jazz music and her newest album Songs My Mother Loves highlights the biggest influences in her career including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and, of course, her own mother who introduced her to all the greats. 

Weekend Alert: August 1-3

Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng

Chicago River

It's August? How did that happen? Although you might be able to convince someone it's September or early October based on this weather. No complaints. You certainly won't be when you're enjoying some of the great outdoor festivals this weekend, like Fiesta del Sol or Schuhplattler Verein Edelweiss. Oh also, that one called Lollapalooza. You may be familiar. Plan your driving accordingly!

Four Comedy Shows to See Friday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Adults Embracing Failure

There's a lot happening this weekend. Friday night alone there are at least four shows I recommend you try to see. If you can't make it to all of them, plan out your Friday night activities for the next few weeks to see how many you can attend. But you'd better plan well, some of these shows won't be available for much longer ...

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Whether or not we want to admit it, autumn is approaching. While we might not be ready to say goodbye to the warm weather yet, at least we have an excuse to go shopping.

Just in time for a needed spree, the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard is returning for a 10-day event from August 22 to Sept. 1.

A Hint of History on Printers Row

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

Printers Row

The Printers Row Historic District on the south end of downtown Chicago has spectacular industrial and commercial architecture from the city's bygone era of, you guessed it, printing. Today it is more of a neighborhood than a bookbindery, and the area keeps a connection with its past identity through a literary festival every year and a rare book shop in downtown Chicago. While other areas of downtown are flashy with postmodern buildings, this little area retains its historic character. 

Lollapalooza

Every year Lollapalooza grows bigger and bigger. Now one of the most popular music festivals in the country, this annual three-day blowout in Chicago's Grant Park attracts people from all over the world, many of them first timers. 

Whether it's knowing how to navigate Grant Park, where to get grub or what to wear, we've been around the Lolla block a few times and have some advice for you newcomers. You never know, these tips might even help a few festival veterans as well. 

A Taste of France in the Gold Coast

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Bistronomic

A busy day of shopping on Michigan Avenue calls for a break. Step away from the hustle and bustle and head over to Bistronomic, a contemporary French bistro that features big flavors and housemade, modern French cuisine, all served in a friendly, relaxed Gold Coast setting. And though Bistronomic is rooted in France, it showcases seasonal and sustainable ingredients, many of them sourced from area farms, giving you a true taste of the Midwest.

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