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Lurie Garden Chicago

Nothing beats summer in Chicago, but there is so much to look forward to this fall. From a kid-focused international film fest to black-footed penguins, here are five family-friendly things you'll want to check out as the days and the city cools off. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed events around Chicago.

International Festival of LifeChicago 4th of July weekend festivities will flow with some island rhythms during the 24th annual International Festival of Life, in Union Park at 1501 W Randolph, July 1 - 4. Reggae fans flock to this upbeat celebration of music, food and culture, which highlights Caribbean music and dance.

Gingerr Shankar for CIMMfest

Chicago celebrates spring every year with a dynamic line-up of movies and music at CIMMfest, the five day festival centered around the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square on April 13-17. This year, the festivities expand throughout the city, covering miles and miles of arts activities.

Poutine Fest Beckons This Weekend

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Poutine Fest

There's no denying Chicagoans love gluttonous comfort food. From doughnuts and hefty burgers to platters of barbeque and pizza aplenty, it's hard to swing a busted belt without hitting a dietary temptress. And perhaps nothing personifies these carnal delights quite like poutine, that great Canadian contribution of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. To celebrate this decadent creation, Chicago is poised to feast at Poutine Fest 2014 on February 23.

Ade Williams

Chicago is famous for its summer music festivals and neighborhood events, but just because the weather is turning colder doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do for music lovers looking for a change from the run-of-the-mill concert. We’ve rounded up a few of our picks for Day of the Dead concert happenings and out-of-the-ordinary musical events of the season.


A Guide to Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Cultivate Festival

Over the past few years, Cultivate Festival has established itself as one of Chicago's preeminent food festivals, with a whopping 25,000-plus guests in attendance at last year's event. Hosted by Chipotle, the outdoor extravaganza is the perfect capper to summer, combining an impressive roster of local and national chefs with musicians and the overarching philosophy of sustainability in food. The third annual Cultivate Festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on September 7 in Lincoln Park. The event is free and open to the public, with lots to see, do, hear, and eat. Here's a preview to whet your appetite.

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