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When was the last time you traveled overseas to explore an exotic, faraway land? This fall, you can travel around the world without having to pack your suitcase or hop aboard an airplane. Over 30 cultural institutions are banding together to bring the world to Chicago's doorstep via Inherit Chicago, the city’s first intercultural festival. 

Back to school = back to the books, and there's no better place to find a good read than to pay a visit to a local, independent bookstore. Chicago is lucky to have a number of independent booksellers, where good service, a community spirit and great literature go hand in hand. Here are five unique Chicago bookstores where a good book is always easy to find.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Lincoln Park Zoo

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is a popular destination for tourists, and is also a local hangout. It's an especially nice place to spend time when the weather's nice and you want to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re new to the city or not, we bet that you’ll learn something new about Lincoln Park Zoo from this list.

Chicago has so many wonderful summer festivals with every weekend in June, July and August packed with a festival for every taste, cuisine and musical genre. Thankfully, the fun doesn't end Labor Day weekend. There are plenty of wonderful, fall festivals planned in neighborhoods across the city. Here are three kid-friendly, fall festivals in Chicago you won't want to miss this autumn. 

The largest architecture and design exhibition in North America returns to Chicago on September 16, with the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Over 141 designers and architects representing 20 countries will address the theme "Make New History," by presenting drawings, installations, events and "immersive environments" at the Chicago Cultural Center and six off-site community locations. The main biennial at the Cultural Center is FREE and open to the public through January 7, 2018.

Check out a few of the highlights of this dazzling showcase of new perspectives, images, buildings and plans.

Ready for autumn? We aren't upset about a weekend forecast in the 70s, but there's also plenty to do that celebrates your excitement for sweater weather. Whether you're looking for the perfect date night or searching for a theatre to snuggle up in, we hope you get into the seasonal spirit. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy these weekend festivals and events. 

10 Free Things To Do in Chicago During September

Saturday, September 2, 2017 9:00 AM by Maddy Osman

September signals the end of summer and the start of fall. And although Chicagoans will miss beaches, music festivals and patio dining, there are still a lot of things to look forward to, like outdoor concerts, craft fairs, parades, and even free museum entry.

Here are the top ten cheap and free things to do in Chicago this September.

Hamilton is the hottest ticket in Chicago. Ever since it hit the stage of the PrivateBank Theatre last year, fans have been holding their breath, searching high and low, and trying to find a golden ticket of their very own. While you can now book Hamilton Chicago tickets online, they are at price point that might just break your bank account, and until now, the hard-to-win online lottery has been the only way to secure affordable tickets. But beginning on Sunday, August 27, there's a new, easier way to enter the musical HAMILTON's popular lottery: the brand new HAMILTON app.

As August cruises toward an end, we’re taking advantage of some of the last summertime street festivals and outdoor events in Chicago. If you don’t catch us running around these events in Chicago this weekend, you might find us eating alfresco on one of these off-the-path patios or indulging in these desserts unique to the city. Header photo credit: lizzyfay.com 

On Monday, August 21, at about 11:52 a.m., the moon over Chicago will begin passing between the sun and the Earth, making for the first total solar eclipse to travel across the entire contiguous United States in 99 years. At approximately 1:19 p.m., the city will experience a maximum solar eclipse. Celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence in Chicago on the lakefront at the city's premier planetarium, on the high seas of Lake Michigan, or 94 floors above the city. 

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