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O is for Oak Street Beach: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach, with its nearly mile-and-a-half stretch of sand and shore and sights to see, is a beautiful place in any season. It's a perennial favorite of Chicagoans, who easily spend a few hours here just taking in the sights (natural or otherwise). Summer may be the time when the masses come out to swim in the lake, walk or bike along the Lakefront Trail, enjoy drinks and food al fresco and watch fellow beachgoers and passersby. But any time is the perfect time to check out one particularly noteworthy aspect in this area east of Lake Shore Drive: an ambitious, and massive, piece of public art.

ACME Hotel's Chicago Street Art Tour

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Celebrating the popularity of street art in Chicago, ACME Hotel Company decided to launch its first-ever Street Art Tour. ACME Hotel Company's creation of this street art tour is also an expression of their steady commitment to creative expression. The Chicago mural tour began this summer, and is continuing on strong this season. 

Muddy Waters Tribute by Eduardo Kobra

Chicago architecture has always garnered lots of notice. Now it's not only the buildings but what's on them that's attracting attention. All over the downtown Loop, colorful murals created by international artists in collaboration with Wabash Arts Corridor are transforming the neighborhood into an outdoor gallery.

Manifest Urban Arts Festival

If you're looking for something exciting and fun to do this Friday in Chicago, the downtown Loop has just the thing. Or three! Friday, May 13 marks the 16th annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival presented by Columbia College. It's one of the most exciting college events in the country, and is the longest-run student art festivals in Chicago. On top of that is the massive mural fest Big Walls and alley party ACTIVATE.

A Journey on the Pink Line to Pilsen

Friday, July 17, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Pilsen CTA

Many visitors to Chicago might not get a chance to venture beyond the Loop, so why not hop on the Pink Line and take a trip to Pilsen? It started life as an immigrant incubator for people from Eastern Europe and today it is made vibrant and wonderful by Mexicans and other Latinos who’ve come to Chicago for a range of opportunities. So hop on the Pink Line and follow me to 18th Street for a short visit to a couple of the area’s most unique destinations. 

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