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Author: Krista Krauss Miller

Krista spent many years as a hotel concierge before co-founding When in ROAM; a travel tool that saves visitors time and stress by connecting them with local concierges. Krista is a food fanatic and puppy mommy who is passionate about theatre, champagne, and unique travel experiences. She resides on Chicago's North Side with her husband and K-9 concierges, Roscoe and Gilligan. She loves sharing her knowledge with visitors and connecting them with the best Chicago has to offer. For insider info, follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @KristaD14.

Much to the delight of theater fans, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has completed construction on quite the new addition: The Yard is the newest theater at Chicago Shakespeare's expansive Navy Pier campus. Chicago Shakespeare now boasts three theater spaces; in addition to the Courtyard Theater and the theater Upstairs, The Yard is the newest venue. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 12, and the first production, James Thierrée's The Toad Knew, is set to open on September 19.

This summer, Navy Pier is your one-stop destination for all things The Rolling Stones related. Don't miss the limited engagement: Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, now open at Navy Pier through July 30, 2017.

The 18,000 square-foot exhibit is an immersive experience that takes visitors through The Rolling Stones' entire career. Guests walk through different rooms showcasing over 500 rare artifacts as they follow the journey of the band from the early days through their mega-stardom. Exhibitionism culminates in a "backstage tour" and a 3D concert experience.

Chicago's boat tours are one of the most popular attractions during the summertime, and for good reason. The tours are a great way to get to know the history and architecture of the city. Plus the views of the buildings from water-level are just stunning. But there are a number of different tour companies that offer boat tours, so which one is right for you? Let our guide help you decide!

Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so is Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)—it's the perfect date-night opportunity! Take advantage of Chicago Theatre Week discounts at participating downtown theaters as well as discounted hotel rooms for Valentine's Day. With the money you save, you can take your sweetie to dinner beforehand. Read on to find our inspired dinner, theater and hotel pairings perfect for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day 2017. 

A Disappearing Number

Chicago is known for storefront theaters—it's kind of our signature. The theaters may be small, but that's part of their charm: the intimate space puts you face to face with the actors, making you feel as though you're part of the action. Plus, ticket prices are much less expensive than the big shows, and they're even cheaper with upoming Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) discounts. Get a taste of Chicago's signature storefront-theater style at one of the following neighborhood productions: 

Chicago Theatre Week 2017

With over 120 participating productions, Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) has a wide array of offerings, from opera to stand-up comedy to magic, and everything in between. Now in its 5th year, CTW celebrates Chicago's vibrant performing arts scene with discounted tickets — including to shows outside of the traditional theatre realm — priced at $30, $15 or less.

The Bodyguard

Mark your calendars, Chicago Theatre Week is back! Participating productions have not been announced yet, but we have an exclusive sneak peek featuring select shows that are sure to sell out fast. Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) go on sale Tuesday, January 10 at 10AM CST. CTW will take place February 9 - 19, 2017.

The House Theatre's

The holidays are so much fun in Chicago! The city feels like a winter wonderland: Trees covered in snow, sparkling lights and lots of unique stores where you can find that perfect gift. There are also a wide array of holiday plays in Chicago that are sure to get you in the spirit. If you haven't made Chicago theater a part of your holiday tradition, it's time you do! Read on to discover four Chicago holiday shows that are really worth dashing through the snow for. 

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!

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