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

Author: Mike Habschmidt

Although Mike Habschmidt was born and raised (literally) across the street of the city limits, we'll give him a pass and say he was born and raised in Chicago. With 23 years of experience in this wonderful city, Mike has explored the ins-and-outs of Chicago's sports, dining, and entertainment, becoming a bit of a renaissance man. A graduate of DePaul University and The iO Theater, Mike has been able to stay put in the city his whole life. Maybe he should get out sometime. Well, until then, enjoy his unique perspectives on Chicago!

The Blues Brothers instantly became a special piece of cinema and Chicago history from the moment it hit the silver screen in 1980. Even today, it's not unusual to go to a Chicago sporting event and see two men wearing the jet black suits, fedoras, and wayfarer sunglasses combo that made John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd instant icons. Every Halloween, I see at least five sets of Jake and Elwood ringing doorbells and asking for candy.

Halloween at Navy Pier

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

Navy Pier at Night

The leaves are falling, there's a crisp bite to the air, and the sun is setting sooner. Yes, fall may be upon us, but that also means Halloween is here! This year, Navy Pier has gone all out to give you a haunted Halloween you won't soon forget. They've done a great job diversifying their attractions so there's something that everyone can enjoy.

Happy Hauntings Chicago (October 23-25)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

Chicago Cultural Center

Happy Hauntings is here for another year of spooks, frights, and scares! The City of Chicago has once again gone all out to accommodate families with plenty of fun filled activities. Everything will be taking place Oct. 23-26, so be sure to visit the Chicago Cultural Center today! Best of all, all of these spooktacular activities will be completely free of charge! It's a scary good deal.

So let's jump into just what will be going the rest of this week and into the weekend.

Design Harvest - September 20th-21st

Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

Design Harvest

Calling all designers and design enthusiasts! Design Harvest, a West Town design and arts festival, will be hitting the street today and tomorrow. The best local home and garden designers will come together to create a design marketplace that locals and visitors of West Town can come and enjoy. The design objects on display will range from vintage and antique, to environmentally-conscious modern. Many of the objects have been recycled, re-used, and redesigned so that you can enjoy them today!

African Festival of the Arts

Chicago is no stranger to cultural festivals, but one of the largest and best of the summer will be taking place this weekend, and it is a must see. The African Festival of the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is expecting a well over 300,000 people to visit the historic Washington Park to take on all of the festivities celebrating the African cluture.

Beer Brewing

Come to Union Station this Saturday August 23rd for the Bacon, Beer & Sports Celebration. Need I say more? Seriously, do I?

Although chances are most readers just cleared their Saturday schedules and closed out of this window, I'll go on to explain a little more about Bacon, Beer, & Sports for those of you who are still with me.

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