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Posts from September 2013


From Lollapalooza to Spring Awakening to North Coast to Wavefront, electronic dance music ruled the festival scene in Chicago this summer. The beats don't stop when the summer does though. There have already been dozens of incredible EDM concerts announcements for the fall but here are ten that we really recommend you not miss: 

Neighborhood Spotlight: A Day in Avondale

Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Hot Doug's, Avondale

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods - one where a huge city can feel as quaint and comfortable as a small town. Take Avondale for example, a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city that sits astride the Eden's Expressway. With great dining, nightlife, family fun and cultural activities, Avondale is a great place to spend your time in Chicago, and I'll show you how.

A Guide to Chicago Architecture by Boat

Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

chicago River

Of course whenever someone comes to Chicago, one of the top attractions suggested is an architectural boat tour on the river. From the easy vantage point of a seat on a large vessel, one can indulge in a grand view of a variety of Chicago architecture. For this blog post, I'd like to expand upon a few ideas that your docent or tour guide may likely cover. 

An Insider's Guide to Chicago Artists Month

Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Artist's Month

October is my favorite month of the year, mostly because being a lifelong Midwesterner, it is the month where the world around us erupts in a beautiful artistic symphony of color. Now there's another reason for me to love this wonderful time of the year: Chicago Artists Month. Throughout the whole month, the city honors its bevy of local artists, with a series of art walks, exhibitions, performances, gallery openings, and open studio tours. This year's events get started a little early, because-let's face it-we just couldn't wait that long.

Weekend Alert: September 27-29

Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Chicago River

If you're interested in fine dining exhibitions, steins full of the good stuff, and wrecking it on the dance floor to polka music, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Hyde Parking is hosting a jazz festival, Bill Burr is slaying the Chicago Theatre and 60 local artists will be showcased at Edgewater Fall Art Fair. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Feasting Through Chicago Bar Bites on a Budget

Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Maria's Packaged Goods

For those of us who want something more than a handful of bar nuts or a burger, bars, taverns and taps can come up short. That said, there are plenty of bars in Chicago that offer top notch fare without a fine dining price. If you're looking for budget-friendly treats in ecclectic Chicago neighborhoods, stop by one of these delicious spots.

Your Kam's days may be over in Champaign, but no one said the party had to stop because you're in Chicago now (thank goodness). There are plenty of places to cheer on the Illini at some great University of Illinois approved bars right here in the Chi. So throw on some orange and scream "I-L-L" at some of these great Illini Bars.

Alice and the Stingrays: A Love Story at the Shedd

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Stingray Touch

How many people, when we first learned about marine animals in grade school, said, "I want to do that when I grow up!" Aquarist, Alice Bereman, does exactly that with the Shedd Aquarium's new exhibit Stingray Touch. She describes her job as "being a specialist in many areas of animal care." Alice currently spends her time working with the stingrays in the Stingray touch exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. The exhibit is hailed as one of the most interesting at the Shedd right now, and Alice is responsible for the care of these astounding creatures.

Apple Pie

Apples are as synonymous with autumn as they are with Isaac Newton's cranium. And gravity. Obviously, there's a lot to love about these pomaceous fruits. We wait all year for annual essentials such as peak-season apple pie, legit applesauce, apple crisp, apple strudel, and even some apple dishes we never knew we needed, like apple milkshakes and apple-infused baked Alaska. Save the orchard for another day, there are plenty of novel apple dishes to be had in restaurants around Chicago. Here are some top pome picks this season.

Three Female-Fueled Comedy Shows to See This Week

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Almost A Genius

Some people like to jump on the “women aren’t funny” bandwagon. Well, I just won’t have that. If funny ladies (and Emmy Award winners) like Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss can come out of Chicago, guess what? There’s plenty more where they came from and here’s a few of them I’m recommending you go see this week.

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