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Posts from October 2016

Chicago Botanic Garden

Happy Halloween! And go Cubs go! Looking for the best destination to celebrate your favorite spirited holiday? Chicago is filled with so many of the best Halloween events that are sure to give you a good time. Don't believe me? Check out your weekend alert. And at the same time, get swept up in all the Chicago Cubs mania as the team tries to take home the World Series trophy — at home at Wrigley Field! HOLY COW!

Diwali at the Art Institute
The ancient Hindu festival of lights, Diwali marks Lord Rama's return from exile and the start of a new calendar year. It's a happy festival of thanksgiving, and a time to refresh and recharge your life. This five-day holiday is based on the lunar calendar, so the date changes annually. This year Diwali falls on October 30. Here are three ways to celebrate this luminous festival in Chicago.

Boleo at The Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants opened its fifth 4-star Chicago boutique hotel with fanfare and bespoke sizzle. The Kimpton Gray Hotel, formerly the landmark New York Life Insurance building, is located in the city's business district, but it is anything but stiff shirts and haughty looks. Instead, it is the perfect mix of contemporary luxury and chic city fun. Here's a few reasons why this might be the perfect place to stay for your next visit to downtown Chicago:
Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest annual film festival dedicated to kids. Now celebrating its 33rd year in Chicago, this popular, family-friendly festival, which runs from October 28 through November 6, features over 250 films from around the world. Post-screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops with special guests, peer-to-peer dialogues, and filmmaker-led seminars are a great fit for any kid that dreams of becoming the next Spielberg. These movies aren't your standard Hollywood-style kid fare: they promise to make you think, cry, laugh—and sometimes all three.

ACME Hotel's Chicago Street Art Tour

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Celebrating the popularity of street art in Chicago, ACME Hotel Company decided to launch its first-ever Street Art Tour. ACME Hotel Company's creation of this street art tour is also an expression of their steady commitment to creative expression. The Chicago mural tour began this summer, and is continuing on strong this season. 

Andersonville Dessert Crawl: Lemon Crème Pie from M Henry

Halloween isn't just for kids; adults want to celebrate it too! But if your idea of tasty treats doesn't involve Tootsie Rolls and Smarties, finding a fun Halloween event where you actually want to eat the food can be challenging. Lucky for you, Chicago has some very creative culinary minds. From gourmet adult trick-or-treating to pre-fix dinners in a death disco, these Chicago restaurants are dishing up Halloween events fit for foodies — spirits included!

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Halloween isn't just for little ghosts and ghouls. Be creative, pull a fun costume together, and head out on the town to get your trick-or-treat on. Here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, the city's spooky fun holiday, with everything from a burlesque cabaret, to a tour of a hidden burial site, to a murderous opera.

The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade Chicago

We're back with your favorite weekend alert, Chicago! Giving you nothing but the top things to do in the city this weekend. Whether you're into tattoo art, want to think big ideas and embrace innovation, or want to show off your costume and halloween spirit, there's something for you to enjoy! It's time to make weekend plans, starting with these top 6 picks. 

Without a doubt, Moody Tongue is one of the most unique Chicago breweries to open since the craft brewing craze hit the city. Lucky for us, Moody Tongue Brewery just unveiled their new tasting room. As expected, their tasting room is just as quirky and lovely as their beers, and brewery tours are also on tap.

AquaMermaid Chicago
If you've ever dreamed of directing ships to safe inlets and riding the waves Ariel-style, here's your chance to transform into a mermaid: At Chicago's very own AquaMermaid school you'll trade your feet for fins and learn everything you need to know about mermaid life. Here's what to expect at your very first AquaMermaid Lesson.

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