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Posts from September 2017

Why are most of a city’s most beautiful spaces not granted public access? Even those that do might limit admission with entrance fees, while others are completely closed off to the public. Wouldn't it be nice to see what lies behind the closed doors of some of Chicago’s most emblematic buildings?

Thanks to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), once a year, the public is invited to explore the inside of usually locked up buildings—completely free of charge.

You won’t want to miss LYRIC OPERA and THE JOFFREY BALLET’s stunning new production of Gluck’s ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE, directed, choreographed and designed by John Neumeier, and sung in French with projected English translation.

The weather is cooler, but the #ChicagoLeafPeeping is prime. As autumn wraps the city in reds and golds, it's the perfect time to check out the harvest festivals and Oktoberfests that are popping up around town. As we cruise into a new month, take a moment to check out the biggest events happening in October, and make some time for these weekend picks (that is, if you don't stay out too late at these bars that keep the party going past last call). 

Looking for some spine-tingling Halloween fun? While little ones have trick-or-treating and costume parties to look forward to, adults will want to discover some truly scary spots around town. Enjoy an evening searching high and low for the friendly ghosts of Chicago on a spooky tour guided by an expert historian or help to solve a murder mystery at the World Fair of 1893. Here are six spooky tours plus a murder mystery dinner you won't want to miss this Halloween in Chicago. 

When you're having too much fun on a night out, the last thing you want to do is head home. Fortunately, there are a number of bars in Chicago that have been granted late-night liquor licenses so that they can serve alcohol ‘til well after the DJ’s last call.

The following late-night bars are open til 4am on weekdays, and 5am during the weekends.

Wine and Dine Pre-Show at Chicago's Lyric Opera

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 8:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

The Lyric Opera of Chicago specializes in harnessing the power of costumery, scenery, light and sound effects, and above all, movement, music and voice to take audience members to altogether new places, time periods and heights. As an epic opera unfolds onstage, it's easy to find yourself suddenly transported to lively Latin Quarter of France, to a soldier-filled square in Seville or to 19th century Calabria, among a traveling troupe of clowns.

When was the last time you traveled overseas to explore an exotic, faraway land? This fall, you can travel around the world without having to pack your suitcase or hop aboard an airplane. Over 30 cultural institutions are banding together to bring the world to Chicago's doorstep via Inherit Chicago, the city’s first intercultural festival. 

Squeeze the last bit of summer fun and sample al fresco eats with jerk dishes, seafood, vegan specialties and global music at the first annual Caribbean Jerk, Seafood & Vegan Fest. Scheduled for September 30 through October 1 on the near South Side, the event combines specialty cuisine with a diverse line-up of live music. The weekend will also feature art & craft vendors, dancing and bites for every appetite.

If you're hungry in Chicago this weekend, you're not doing something right. From a 250+ chef showcase in Millennium Park to an all-you-can-eat meat extravaganza, a mashup of Filipino/American chef creations and a vegan's dream expo, there's an unreal amount of food and drink in the city this weekend. Although it might not feel like fall due to a forecast in the 90s, it will also be a great weekend to find autumn foliage, catch new fall exhibits and spend some time near the water

Back to school = back to the books, and there's no better place to find a good read than to pay a visit to a local, independent bookstore. Chicago is lucky to have a number of independent booksellers, where good service, a community spirit and great literature go hand in hand. Here are five unique Chicago bookstores where a good book is always easy to find.

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