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Posts from August 2013

Unique Chicago: Tales, Taverns & Towns

Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner


Taverns have been a part of society since our country’s inception. In fact, founding father Benjamin Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”Local historian, entrepreneur, and tavern-enthusiast Liz Garibay has taken our tavern, bar, and pub-hopping obsession to a whole new level with her informative and fun business called Tales, Taverns, and Towns.

A Guide to North Coast Music Festival

Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

North Coast Music Festival

Sadly, the clock is counting down on an unseasonably cool summer. On the upswing though, that means that "summer's last stand" draws nearer. North Coast Music Festival, held in Union Park over Labor Day weekend, continues to be Chicago's most eclectic music festivals and one of the last chances you'll have to dance under the clouds this year.

Weekend Alert: August 30-September 1

Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Chicago River

If you're into swing notes, potato pancakes or weekend-long music festivals, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting Chicago Jazz Festival, North Coast Music Fest, and Kid Rock is going to kick the weekend's face in with a performance at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Food Truck

The food truck scene in Chicago has been ever-so-slowly picking up steam over the past few years. Meanwhile, as new food artisans make their Chicago debut on wheels, they've been gradually parking themselves at new brick-and-mortar establishments. So while you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the food truck revolution, there are plenty of places you can go to get a taste of food truck eats in more permanent digs. Here are some top spots.

Five Unique Chicago Bars to Visit This Fall

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

Green Mill

From nondescript dive bars to neighborhood gems, there are tons of bars in Chicago that fly under the radar. Many of these spots are known only by locals, er, at least until today. So let's forget the pre-game and hop right into some of the must-visit (and especially unique) bars that you should visit this fall.

Pritzker Pavilion

The Chicago Jazz Festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition with a reputation as one of the best yearly displays of jazz music's finest performers. It's a four-day festival that's been drawing fans from the Midwest and beyond since 1979, showing no signs of letting up. This year, the free festival runs Thursday, August 29, through Sunday, September 1, throughout the downtown area.

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