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Posts from October 2014

Edgar Miller diana

Chicago has provided to be a productive place for young artists since its early days and the late Edgar Miller was one of their number. Miller came to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during World War I and he subsequently worked on hundreds of projects over the next five decades throughout the city and beyond.

Weekend Alert: October 31-November 2

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng

Halloween Parade

Happy Halloween Chicago! Everyone's favorite costumed holiday takes over Chicago this weekend, but don't forget to also check out the other amazing events going on all over the city. From the USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks rugby match to the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series kick-off, you're sure to have a full schedule.

Wrigley Field

The Federal Writers' Project - a New Deal program during the Great Depression - produced what amounted to sophisticated travel guides for all the states. The Illinois guide was published in 1939, and it provides a unique way to measure what places and things have endured, and what have not, over the past 75 years. Here we take a look at some long-familiar sites in Lakeview, the North Side neighborhood best known for a century-old landmark: Wrigley Field. 

Explore Chicago's Latin-Inspired Cuisine

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Although the city is renowned for its deep dish pizza, it is also hailed in general as one of the top culinary destinations for travelers. It's no surprise to us who delight in the abundance of the city's diverse flavors. But in keeping with the theme of melted cheese wonders, we're taking a taste tour beyond tacos and guiding you across the city in search of the perfect quesadilla - Mexican grilled cheese.

Its crispy yet soft exterior of griddle cooked corn masa oozes and spills out long strands of melted Chihuahua or Oaxacan cheese. It's the melty base for aromatic guisados or a variety of fresh picked farmer's market vegetables. Oh, the melty goodness. So, please, don't settle for wimpy flour tortilla wanna-be pizza replicas. Be bold and visit any of the following locations for some authentic quesadilla deliciousness.


Imagine a live theater experience that welcomes all, where the actors gently guide children on an interactive journey and everyone in the audience not only welcomes but also understands the intricacies and gifts of children on the autism spectrum. Leo Lionni's Frederick, based on the Caldecott Award-winning book, is the latest inclusive theater experience presented by the Chicago Children's Theatre. This multi-sensory adventure actually encourages children to move, laugh, talk, sing and interact with the artists and is specially tailored to fit the unique needs of all children.

Halloween at Navy Pier

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

Navy Pier at Night

The leaves are falling, there's a crisp bite to the air, and the sun is setting sooner. Yes, fall may be upon us, but that also means Halloween is here! This year, Navy Pier has gone all out to give you a haunted Halloween you won't soon forget. They've done a great job diversifying their attractions so there's something that everyone can enjoy.

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