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Posts from October 2012

Book Thief - Blog - Steppenwolf

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

If you're a voracious reader like me, check out Chicago's amazing One Book, One Chicago program. Launched in 2011, our wonderful Chicago Public Library hosts dozens of book discussion groups and free or low cost public programming related to one book each season of the year. This fall's selection, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is now on stage at the Steppenwolf for Young Adults.

Lyric Theatre - Blog

Classical opera and kids don't usually go hand in hand. But a new, 70-minute opera adventure created especially for kids ages 5 to 12 aims to introduce the younger set to the joys of live opera at the Lyric. Hosted by famed Chicago actor Ross Lehman-four-time Jeff Award winner with credits including zany Captain Andy in Lyric's Show Boat, Tevye in Marriott Lincolnshire's Fiddler on the Roof, and Mr. Fezziwig in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, this new performance gives kids the opportunity to hear the Lyric's celebrated orchestra and singers, including stars Ildebrando D'Archangelo and Marlis Peterson.

Chocolate - Blog

If you're anything like me, you spend your weekends hunting for free samples at IKEA and Bath & Body Works. Often times, I come home with a pocket full of hash browns and reeking of cucumber melon shower gel. Not bad for a Saturday! While breakfast side dishes and hygienic novelties are fun, I have a sweet tooth that candy apple body lotion just can't satisfy. So, I was thrilled to hear that the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show is coming to Navy Pier with demos, seminars and, undoubtedly, loads of free samples. 

Glessner House - Exterior - Blog

Glessner House, completed in 1887 and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012, is a Chicago and National Historic Landmark. It is featured in almost every significant book on American architecture and is regarded as one of the most important residences designed in the U.S. during the 19th century. And, lucky for us, it has been open to the public as a museum since 1971 and welcomes thousands of visitors each year from around the world.

Rockin' Site Seeing with Chicago Music Tours

Monday, October 29, 2012 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Rock Tours - Chicago - Blog

There are a wide array of bus tours focusing on topics like architecture and history in Chicago, but a more recent addition will leave music fans especially excited. Founder Phil Rockrohr’s Chicago Music Tours includes a series of bus tours that cruise the city, giving riders a background of Chicago’s musical roots. 

Weekend Alert: October 25-28

Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Weekend Alert - Blog - Chicago Fall

On this day 132 years ago, Pablo Picasso was born. In a rather bizarre happenstance, this weekend marks the end of Chicago Artist Month (CAM). A sign!? A coincidence!? Maybe both? Either way, get out to CAM before if fades into history like analytic cubism. And, after you've gawked at an especially exploratory piece of modern art, hang out with us.

Why I Choose Chicago - Blog

Time's running out! You only have one more week to enter our "Why I Choose Chicago" Contest on Facebook. This is your opportunity to win a Family Fun Adventure, a Getaway Spa-cation, or a Romantic Escape.  All include hotel stays and activities throughout the city. Entering is easy. Chicago is awesome. Here are the details...

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