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Food and music – they’re a fabulous pair, and “two of Chicago’s most beloved cultural institutions,” says Sam Toia, president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, which founded Chicago Gourmet. “The culinary community is incredibly passionate about music, and we’ve learned how much of a role it plays in the industry.” 

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.

A Guide to Chicago's May Street Festivals

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Do Division Street Festival

May is the official kickoff of street festival season in the Chi and every month we'll be giving you a guide to the city's street festivals. Say goodbye to chilly weekends and hello to Saturdays full of sun kissed cheeks, food on a stick and live music. It's early in the season, but May brings a ton of exciting festivals. Consider your next four weekends booked with this month's eight must-visit block parties.

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