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Posts from October 2015

Chicago Restaurants Are Seeing (Michelin) Stars

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Matt Kirouac

One of the most prestigious restaurant guides in the world has officially released its 2016 roundup of top-tier Chicago restaurants. It's time once again for the Michelin Guide to bestow its stars upon Chicago's finest, which are divvied into rankings of three stars (the most elite), two stars, and one star.

Wild Hare Chicago

Chi-town might be more associated with blues and jazz but the city also boasts a robust offering of reggae music. Whether you like to sway to classic lovers rock or "wine up" to dancehall beats, Chicago has you covered. Although many bars and clubs include reggae in their regular music mix, these are the Chicago spots to experience non-stop reggae, Red Stripes included.

C is for Canal Origins Park

Thursday, October 22, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Canal Origins Park

As you get off the Ashland bus at Canal Origins Park, you might wonder “Where am I?”

Looking to the west, you will see the sprawling Chicago Sun-Times printing plant. It is silent outside, except for the movement of trunks in and out of this facility. You will not lack for noise, as Ashland Avenue is a buzz with activity all times of day. Regrettably, most people do not stop to examine the wonderful curiosities of this most wonderful slice of park

'Tis the season for candy bars, gummies, and treats galore, but rather than fuel bad habits in the candy aisle at the convenience store, why not hit up one of these local spots for a gourmet candy fix? From housemade caramels to toffee-coated popcorn, here are five artisan candy makers in Chicago making their own unique "treats."

Chicago Children's Choir

Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children's Choir is musical gift to our city. This active nonprofit organization provides multicultural choral music education, serving over 4,000 children annually through choirs in more than 70 Chicago schools, after-school programs in 9 Chicago neighborhoods, an ensemble for boys with changing voices, and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, Chicago Children's Choir.

Chicago Children's International Film Festival

The 32nd Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival kicks off on October 24 with over 245 films from over 50 countries — and our family can't wait! Selected from over 3,000 entries at venues across the Chicago including Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton) and Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), these movies always rise above the usual Hollywood kid fare and offer everything from funny to spooooooky films, all with a unique, global perspective.

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