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There's a first time for everything right? Well, Chicago has TWO first time events happening this weekend and you're going to want to be part of the festivities. Other events and things to do in Chicago this weekend range from craft beer to Chicago hockey to boat races to nacho eating and so much more. That's on top of all the FREE summer-long happenings at our lakefront parks, from SummerDance in Grant Park to Family Fun Fest in Millennium Park. Check out these 6 Chicago events below and scratch them into your weekend planner. 

Beer lovers, rejoice! It’s a great time to be alive!  This could have been a headline in 1890s Chicago when our town was one of the biggest producers of beer during the late 19th Century.  And lucky for us, history repeats itself.  Today we are in the midst of the greatest beer producing period in American history.  Walk in any direction and you’ll undoubtedly find a brewery within half a mile.  As a historian, it’s fun to think about how the past influences our present.  And as a beer historian, it’s pretty special to reflect on recent beer history.

In thinking about the modern era of Chicago beer, there are certain breweries that were true pioneers.  Piece Pizzeria & Brewery (1927 W. North Avenue) opened in Wicker Park in 2001, at a time when the city of Chicago had only one other brewery (waves at Goose Island).  A brewery in Wicker Park may have seemed novel 16 years ago, but 116 years ago, not so much.

The 1929 landmark Art Deco Northwest Tower at the corner of Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues has always intrigued passersby. Today this former office building is The Robey, a beautiful boutique hotel that deftly melds a storied past with modern hospitality, inviting visitors and locals alike to experience Chicago in a new way. Here are six reasons to book your next Chicago stay at the latest and greatest addition to Wicker Park, The Robey. 

The Hollander is one of Chicago’s top-rated hostels/hotels, located in Chicago's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. It sits where Wicker Park meets Bucktown, making it the ideal location for accessing some of Chicago’s best nightlife and culture. It’s just steps away from the Damen Blue Line 'L' stop for ultimate convenience (to O'Hare airport and downtown), and a meeting place for travelers, with plenty of options for added privacy and comfort.

Margaritas are a staple drink of summertime in Chicago. They're refreshing, tasty and appropriate to enjoy with brunch, lunch or dinner. The top Chicago margaritas on this list will make you want to venture out for Mexican cuisine on more than just Taco Tuesdays or Cinco de Mayo!

The Whistler

Spring is here in Chicago and things are warming up in the Windy City. Warmer temperatures means that there's even more to do in the city, as markets open their doors and song and dance fill the air (no, really!). Most of the options in our list are free things to do in Chicago this month, with a few that will run you less than $10.

Here are 12 free things to do in April that shouldn't be missed.

The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite spots!

A Day in Wicker Park on a Budget

Sunday, November 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

People like to grumble that hipsters have taken over Wicker Park, but that doesn’t stop them from coming back for all the neighborhood has to offer. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of one of the most-happening neighborhoods in the city. Here’s what a visit to Wicker Park might look like on a budget.

ChillFest 

What's the weirdest place you've ever seen a concert? A jewelry store? An arcade bar? A gas station? Do we have your attention yet?

Chicago offers many a diverse locations when it comes to our indoor and outdoor concert venues but none are quite as unique as Wicker Park/Bucktown's annual ChillFest, an all-day event that schedules dozens of local bands and songwriters to hit some makeshift and some permanent stages all through the neighborhood.

A Shopper's Guide to Small Business Saturday

Friday, November 23, 2012 12:00 AM by Lesley Burr

Small Business Saturday - Lead - Blog 
I confess, I have a bit of a shopping addiction. I can’t walk down the street without peering into every shop window, eying the designer shoes longingly and wishing for “sale” signs. But I try and resist. There is one day a year, however, where I won’t be stopping my fingers from slipping that AmEx out of my wallet. Small Business Saturday supports local businesses around the country. 

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