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As we head into the final stretch of summer, it's time to pack in everything on your bucket list. Spend a long day building sandcastles on Oak Street Beach, hit up the museums you've missed, and enjoy dinner al fresco with a scenic view. While you're at it, why not run away and join the circus? Or hang out with your animal pals from Madagascar... wait—what?!

Here are two whimsical, family-friendly shows you won't want to miss this summer in Chicago: Cirque du Soleil's Luzia and Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Madagascar – A Musical Adventure.

Fourth of July is creeping up on us, Chicago. Conveniently, this year it falls on a Tuesday, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a long July 4 weekend in Chicago. Celebrate this Independence Day with a concert or a food festival or a boat cruise. Work your way through this summer bucket list to cover all the basics. Or test out this action-packed adventurer's itinerary. Below are more ideas on things to do in Chicago this weekend and events for the extended holiday!

2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four Chicago: April 6 & 8

Chicago's first ever college hockey championship is almost here! The stage is set, and hockey fans across the country anxiously await the commencement of the 2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four.

Harvard and Minnesota Duluth will start the action at the United Center on April 6 at 5:00pm CT, followed by Denver and Notre Dame at 8:30pm. The victors of each semifinal will then compete for the national title on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm. Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

I is for Ice Hockey: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

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When the mercury drops and you can feel the chill in the air, it’s officially hockey season in Chicago. And with the regular season schedule starting to wind down, anticipation of playoff season heats up! It’s been a crucial part of the city’s fabric for over a century and Lord Stanley’s Cup has been a regular feature of the city’s landscape as the Chicago Blackhawks have taken it home three times over the past eight years.

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On Dec. 20, the United Center will host an exciting afternoon of basketball featuring four of the most prestigious college programs in the country.

The inaugural CBS Sports Classic features a doubleheader taking place on Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at noon with North Carolina taking on Ohio State followed by UCLA facing Kentucky at 2:30 p.m.

Chicago Named NCAA Host City in 2017, 2018

Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 AM by Tab Bamford

Frozen FourExciting news reached Chicago yesterday when the city was named the host for two great college sports championships out of an original pool of bids including 1,984 submissions. With 2017 and 2018 Chicago host city announcements, Chicago has shifted the tournaments from a familiar destination and positioned itself for repeat business in the future.

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If scouring dark and weathered clubs for the "next big thing" in music is your passion, Chicago has many an option. Dozens. For instance, just before Adele hit the big time her favorite place to play was a Martyrs in Lakeview -- a cool, candlelight club that holds around 200 patrons. But, if you're more interested in the here and now, the current chart toppers, there's a handful of fantastic options in and around town as well. For the most elite and best-selling concerts this summer, look to these venues.

Where to Watch: Michigan Wolverines

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:00 AM by Tab Bamford

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The 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is coming to the United Center this week! To celebrate, Chicago Like a Local will be highlighting the best area places to watch each Big Ten team. The Michigan Wolverines have been one of the NCAA's elite squads, finishing the regular season ranked No. 6 in the country.

As the conference tournament swings into action on Thursday, here are five FABulous places to watch Michigan play.

Where to Watch: Ohio State Buckeyes

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:00 AM by Tab Bamford

Ohio State - Fans - Blog - Bar

The 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is coming to Chicago March 14-17. To celebrate, Chicago Like a Local has been highlighting the best area places to watch each Big Ten team. As we get closer to the conference tournament, the action continues to heat up and for fans of the Buckeyes, there are some great places in Chicago to watch the team in action. Here are a few recommendations for recreating Columbus charm in the big city.

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