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Posts from July 2016

Cirque du Soleil Toruk

As we head into the final stretch of summer, it's time to pack in everything on your bucket list. Spend a long day building sandcastles on Oak Street Beach, hit up the museums you've missed, enjoy dinner al fresco with a scenic view, and run away and join the circus. Wait...what?! Here are three family-friendly circus shows you won't want to miss this summer in Chicago, including a new Avatar-inspired act from Cirque du Soleil.

Weekend Alert July 29-31

It's the weekend we've all been waiting for! Lollapalloza is back at Grant Park for one of the largest music events of the year. Not only that, we've got Navy Pier's Tall Ships®, a bunch of fun festivals, FREE beer tours, three 300-foot Slip 'N Slides and much more. It's time to make weekend plans. Share your photos on Twitter & Instagram with #mychicagopix.

Pokemon Go LakefrontThe streets of Chicago are busier than ever thanks to the recent launch of the exciting new Pokémon Go app. Residents and tourists alike are channeling their love of the popular Nintendo franchise to get out and explore neighborhoods of the city they've never previously been to. Check out these Pokemon Go special offers, events and locations on your quest to be the very best trainer in Chicago!

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Chicago visitors are always drawn downtown, and for good reasons: the architecture is incredible, the energy is infectious and there's something unique around every corner. But there is more to the city than Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. Chicago has numerous neighborhoods to explore, all featuring their own fantastic restaurants, great shopping and unique cultural experiences. One of the best neighborhoods to explore is Andersonville. When you visit, venture out and experience Chicago like a local.

Revival Food Hall Pays Homage to Chicago

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Revival Food Hall Chicago

First came Chicago French Market, then came Eataly and Latinicity. Food halls are becoming quite the thing in Chicago, and while up until this point they've skewed international, an upcoming food hall will pay homage to its homeland in the Loop. Here's everything you need to know about Revival Food Hall.

Workouts in the Park
If you're looking to enjoy the fresh air while having fun and getting fit, Chicago has you covered this summer. Both Millennium Park and The Field Museum will be offering weekly summer fitness classes. All classes are offered outdoors, with views that will inspire you to keep on movin'. Best of all, they're FREE!

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.

Weekend Alert July 22-24

Welcome to another weekend, Chicago! Would you like to spend your evening viewing the incredible skyline on a boat cruise, enjoying a music, food and beer festival, or exploring nature on a garden walk? Well, Chicago has all of the above! Get ready, it's time to make weekend plans.

Tall Ships
As part of Navy Pier's 100th anniversary celebration, Chicago's top waterfront destination is hosting the spectacular Tall Ships festival, an event featuring some of the most majestic ships on the seas (or lakes!). Catch 14+ vessels making their appearance at the Pier, including the largest Viking ship in the world! View the Parade of Sails, explore the ships and even sail away at Navy Pier Tall Ships July 27-31.

migration blues

The Centennial Celebration of the Great Migration continues with an exploration of the musical history that developed as a result of the historic migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities, especially Chicago. The cultural impact of the blues and jazz genres, which expanded on major levels due to The Great Migration, will be celebrated with two events on Saturday, July 23.

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