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Author: Courtney Jacquin

Courtney Jacquin spends her days working in marketing for a wellness company and her nights writing and enjoying the beautiful city of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in/on Time Out Chicago, RedEye Chicago, Time Out New York, CS Magazine, Racked and more. After growing up in the northwest suburbs and a short stint in New York, DePaul University brought her back to Chicago for good. Her favorite things do to in Chicago are eat tacos and try to pet all of the dogs. Follow Courtney on Twitter, or head to her website for more.

Get Ready to Riot: Riot Fest Returns this Weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015 12:00 AM by Courtney Jacquin

Riot Fest

We may have reached the unofficial end to summer this past weekend, but that certainly doesn't mean music festival season is over. This weekend Riot Fest returns to Chicago in its new home in Douglas Park. Whether you're a first-timer at the fest, a seasoned regular (or still thinking about picking up a ticket - there are still a few left!), here's what we're looking forward to this weekend.

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Even though it might not feel like it this week, fall is right around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate the coming season with the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Sept. 4 - 7.

The annual shopping event on the city's premier shopping stretch is a celebration of the end of summer, which highlights stores, restaurants, hotels and more over the long weekend.

Peruvian Connection

Chicago is a beautiful city 365 days a year, but it might be a little harder to appreciate in the depths of our winter. But when spring finally rolls around, the city is at its finest - which makes it a perfect time to plan your trip to Chicago.

If you're planning a spring trip here, some shopping is probably in your itinerary. While the Magnificent Mile is the premier shopping stretch in the city, I suggest you branch out a bit as well - the rest of Chicago is filled with pockets of fantastic shopping stretches to be explored.

Review: Joffrey Ballet's 'Unique Voices'

Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:00 AM by Courtney Jacquin

Joffrey Ballet Unique Voices

It's not often a ballet performance can make a viewer laugh and cry in the same sitting, but the Joffrey Ballet's "Unique Voices" manages to do just that.

"Unique Voices" showcases three choreographers' work - the Chicago premiere Stanton Welch's "Maninyas," the Chicago premiere of James Kudelka's "The Man in Black" and the U.S. premiere of Alexander Ekman's "Tulle."

Flowers for Dreams

Valentine's Day is without a doubt the flower holiday. A thoughtful bouquet is sure to win over your significant other, but what if it can do even more than that?

Flowers for Dreams, a Chicago-based flower delivery service started in 2012, is aiming to do just that, giving back to local charity with every bouquet purchased.

Read below to learn a little bit more about Flowers for Dreams from Customer Relationship Manager Carina Sherman, and take advantage of their special promotional offer.

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