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Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: Emmy Carragher

Emmy is a former staff member at Choose Chicago, and is ever on the hunt for the perfect cup of coffee. Originally from outside Boston, Emmy's love for Chicago began when she moved here five years ago. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Emmy is embracing the local dining scene, nightlife, culture and lifestyle with a friendly Midwest demeanor, but always with an East Coast edge (she can't help it).

Vinyasa Vino Trump

As we quickly approach the summer beach season, you may find yourself looking for creative ways to get your work out on. Well, look no further than The Spa at Trump®, who  have cracked the code to figuring out the most attractive way to break a sweat. In their unique multi-sensory group fitness classes, The Spa offers two classes you won't want to miss: Vinyasa & Vino yoga classes, and Barbells & Bourbon classes. And yes, they are just as wonderful as they sound.


The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, Chicago is buzzing with outdoor activity... it's about that time again. The 18th Annual Chicago SummerDance returns to Friday June 27 for a three month run in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. As the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the U.S., SummerDance has big things - and big moves! - planned for all you Chicagoans who love to dance (and those who want to learn!)

Weekend Alert: May 16-18

Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:00 AM by Emmy Carragher

Lurie garden

Good morning, Chicago! Been a long week? We thought so. Treat yourself to one of Chicago Craft Beer Week's first few events and tastings this weekend. Shake off the winter laziness and get to one of SELF Magazine's Workouts In The Park kicking off this weekend. And get ready to dive into street festival season at long last! Check it out.


This weekend, you may notice the city bustling with just a few more people wining and dining their way around the city. The 95th anniversary of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event is coming to town this Saturday, and while the convention will be happening at McCormick Place, we've got a handful of fun events for you to be a part of. We're talking all-star chefs such as Ming Tsai, Art Smith, and Rick Bayless here for the World Culinary Showcase at the NRA Show, and a speaking program from sports star turned restaurateur Magic Johnson. Yeah - you'll want to check it out.

Weekend Alert

Attention, world! Chicago was named one of the top destinations - in the world. One of only 3 U.S. destinations on the list of 25, Chicago is proud to be among the 2014 Travelers' Choice Trip Advisor. For those of you following along at home, Chicago is rising in the ranks in the eyes of the international traveler, and we couldn't be more ready to welcome them here.

Weekend Alert: May 9-11

Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:00 AM by Emmy Carragher

Bean Spring

Happy Weekend, Chicago, and what a glorious one it will be! Get outside, enjoy you well-earned sunshine and hit up a beer festival, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performance, or a discounted museum day. And don't forget to treat your mom this weekend to a brunch on the water, a screening of an old favorite, or even a stroll through Lurie Garden. Whatever you do, we've got your weekend covered for you. 


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have nothing on you. Leave your gravity behind: you're about to take off on a trip to space like you've never experienced before. You can travel to space all summer long and lift off is right here in Chicago at the Adler Planetarium with Destination Solar System, the first-ever simulated immersive tour of the Solar System.

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