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If you haven’t heard, 2017 is the Year of Public Art in Chicago, and there are hundreds of fascinating exhibits, talks, public programs, walks and more going on until the end of the year in neighborhoods around the city, from the far Northwest Side to Hegewisch. Not surprisingly, the Chicago Cultural Center is the nerve center of many programs, including several rotating exhibits, public conversations and other events for locals and visitors.

Since the Rolling Stones multimedia experience, Exhibitionism, opened at Navy Pier on April 15, fans have been thrilled to view a dynamic showcase of the greatest rock band in history. The display of over 500 personal effects from the band's lengthy career, including costumes, diaries and song lyrics, documents their journey from an amateur British band to the world's most influential rock group. It also reveals the Stones significant connection to the blues and Chicago.

Chicago is a city easily explored by foot or riding the 'L' train, with chances to view the architecture up close and experience the fabulous neighborhoods and parks. But for those times out of the year when the city weather is less cooperative, and for visitors who want the leisurely enjoyment and educational edification of a bus tour of Chicago, we'e got you covered. Check out these touring bus companies for another view of Chicago.

The elegance and beauty of the Palmer House Hilton earns it a spot at the top of luxury hotel lists and it's location in the heart of the Loop makes it a popular pick for business and leisure travelers alike. But beyond the gilded ceilings and prized art works, the hotel represents another kind of treasure—tangible Chicago history.

Chicago Flag

In May of 1893 the fairgrounds to the World's Columbian Exposition opened to the public. This significant event over one hundred years ago is just one of the many historic milestones represented on Chicago's flag. The Chicago flag isn't just a beautiful representation of the city, but a flag rich in symbolism and history.

G is for Garfield Park (Exploring Chicago A to Z)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Garfield Park Conservatory L Train

The rumble rumble of the elevated train is one of the defining features of a visit via the CTA to the 184 acres that comprise the wonders of Garfield Park. Of course, most visitors know the stellar expanse of the Garfield Park Conservatory as one of the highlights, as well they should. It is open daily and admission is FREE.

F is for 57th Street (Exploring Chicago A to Z)

Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Cobb Gate at University of Chicago Campus

When we say "57th Street" in Chicago, the person in-the-know can tell you that this is 57 blocks south of Madison Street and we add a cardinal direction (East) we know that we are east of State Street, that Great Street. I first found this corner of 57th Street — this curious mile long stretch from Stony Island to Cottage Grove Avenue — when I was just 18 and new to Chicago.

E is for Essanay Studios

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Essanay Studios Chicago

Tucked in amidst the two-flat buildings, elaborate courtyard constructions, and other bits and piece of Uptown’s landscape sits the historic Essanay Film Studios complex. A century ago, the place was fairly abuzz with a veritable cavalcade of producers, directors, bit players, and early stars of the silver screen.

D is for Dearborn Park

Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Chicago South Loop

Chicago is the home of many planned communities. Some are but a block or two in length, and other are quite ambitious and expansive, such as Pullman — now a National Monument (Chicago's first). Many communities are studied by architects, aspiring planning students, curious community organizers, and those with a general curiosity about the city around them. One of my favorite planned communities is Dearborn Park which stretches from

C is for Canal Origins Park

Thursday, October 22, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Canal Origins Park

As you get off the Ashland bus at Canal Origins Park, you might wonder “Where am I?”

Looking to the west, you will see the sprawling Chicago Sun-Times printing plant. It is silent outside, except for the movement of trunks in and out of this facility. You will not lack for noise, as Ashland Avenue is a buzz with activity all times of day. Regrettably, most people do not stop to examine the wonderful curiosities of this most wonderful slice of park

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