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

Author: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

A born and raised Windy City girl, Rosalind Cummings-Yeates loves to show visitors and locals the multi-dimensional appeal of her town. She's a writer who specializes in travel and arts topics for local and international media. Her book, Exploring Chicago Blues (History Press) is a guide to the Chicago blues scene as well as its history. Follow her adventures on her blog Farsighted Fly Girl and on Twitter and Instagram.

Chicago boasts a musical legacy that few cities can challenge

This is the Midwest Mecca, where urban blues, gospel and house music were born. 

Romantic eateries, dreamy lake views, live performances ... Chicago really does put the heart in heartland.

Each one of the city's 77 neighborhoods offers something different for the romantically-minded. Check out just five vibrant Chicago hoods for your Valentine's Day inspiration. 

Founded by the black explorer Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Chicago's black history runs deep.

You only have to delve into the creation of gospel and electrified blues, or read about the country's first African American president to get a glimpse into Chicago's significance to America's black cultural history.

Joffrey Ballet sweeps into its new season with the legendary Romantic ballet, GiselleEquipped with a gorgeous backdrop and elegant staging by Lola de Avila, this tragic lovers tale is a must see. Giselle runs through October 29 at the Auditorium Theatre and features a rare display of soft, simplistic movements by a company noted for contemporary style.

Chicago is the fabled city of big shoulders, big buildings and with a renowned foodie scene, big appetites. But at its core, this is really a city of neighborhoods and diverse ethnic communities. You can travel through dozens of countries and cultures of the world just by exploring Chicago neighborhoods and cultural institutions. The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) serves as connector to 35 museums and cultural organizations representing 24 different neighborhoods and 28 different ethnic communities. Forget about airfare, you can discover China, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Ukraine all in a few days in Chicago.

The American media image of Indian American culture focuses on curries, yoga gurus and Bollywood dancers, but there are many more aspects to discover. The Field Museum presents a fascinating glimpse with its exhibit, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation". Tracing the paths that many Indian immigrants took to the U.S., the exhibition displays the daily lives, achievements and varied cultural contributions of Indian Americans.

Chi-town may be the world capital for deep dish pizza but dumplings from around the world might just be our next culinary trademark. Chicago supplies a mind-blowing selection of  dumpling versions and variations, including beet-juice infused varenyky from the Ukraine and whitefish stuffed gyoza from Japan. Inherit Chicago's World Dumpling Fest (coming up October 7) offers up a stellar line up of choices but for foodies who prefer to do their tastings on their own, check out these dumplings and restaurants.

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