Sunday Bloody Sunday: Brunch, bloodies and improv

Sunday Bloody Sunday: Brunch, bloodies and improv
What better way to kick off Sunday morning than with bottomless Bloody Marys and some yummy chicken & waffles followed by a few laughs. Second City’s Sunday, Bloody Mary Sunday, held Sunday mornings in their 3rd floor UP Comedy Club is your answer. The brunch starts at 11 a.m. with an impressive selection of treats... Read more »

Lollapalooza 2015: Getting there (and home again)

Lollapalooza 2015: Getting there (and home again)
With over 300,000 people expected, getting to Lollapalooza can be a challenge. But with a little planning it doesn’t have to be. First, know where you are heading. There are two entrances to the Grant Park festival. The Main Entrance is at Michigan and Congress. There is an additional entrance to the north at Columbus... Read more »

Lollapalooza 2015: A survival guide

Lollapalooza 2015: A survival guide
Lollapalooza 2015 is heading to Chicago this Friday through Sunday. Street closures are already in place while Grant Park is busy getting its act together to host what has become a very hot ticket. This year’s headliners include: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-j, Alabama Shakes (Friday); Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala (Saturday); and Florence... Read more »
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Summer in Chicago: 10 things to do before it's too late

Summer in Chicago: 10 things to do before it's too late
There’s a ton of things to do in Chicago during summer–but, it seems, there is never enough time. Subtle signs of upcoming fall keep appearing. Signs like the Chicago Bears Training Camp starting July 30th; the back to school sales at Target and Walmart; and the new fall and winter clothes appearing on store racks... Read more »

Gangster Tour: Oak Park home tour a hit

Gangster Tour: Oak Park home tour a hit
Former Oak Park native, Ernest Hemingway, who left Oak Park in 1918, described the town where he was born and raised as a community of “broad lawns and narrow minds.” Shortly after Hemingway left Oak Park, some of the most powerful gangsters from the Chicago Outfit, who had the means to live anywhere, were drawn... Read more »

Newberry Library Book Fair 2015: A Bookapalooza and more

Newberry Library Book Fair 2015:  A Bookapalooza and more
This year’s 31st annual Newberry Library Book Fair offers a literary taste of Chicago with a 4-day bookapalooza featuring over 120,000 used books in 70 categories plus an afternoon of debates, food trucks and musical entertainment. The book fair, which returns this Thursday through Sunday, has become an important part of the fabric of summer... Read more »
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Chicago First Lady Tour: A boat's eye look at Chicago architecture

Chicago First Lady Tour: A boat's eye look at Chicago architecture
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) First Lady Tour shows off Chicago’s world renown architecture via boats that wind down the Chicago River along the newly created Riverwalk; the North Branch; River City; Navy Pier and more accompanied by lively commentary covering over 50 buildings, their architects and Chicago history along the way. On a perfect... Read more »

Green City Market Chef BBQ Benefit: A Peek Inside

Chef's including Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco's Rick Bayless, pictured here, mingle with the guests and are happy to answer questions. Here the guests line up to sample Rick's tasty and spicy Huarache de Chivo--Grilled Sandal Corn Masa Cake, Goat Barbacoa, Oaxacan Pasilla Tomato Sauce and Three Sisters Black Beans. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
The Green City Market Chef Benefit BBQ, held in Chicago’s picturesque Lincoln Park, is a cross between a festival and a gourmet picnic. The event, now in its fifteenth year, is a favorite not only for attendees but for the chefs and vendors. Everyone is friendly and in a good mood. Even a little rain... Read more »

Chicago Festivals and Events: Pitchfork to Sheffield Music Fest and more July 17-19

Chicago Festivals and Events: Pitchfork to Sheffield Music Fest and more July 17-19
1. Taste of River North Taste of River North offers upscale bites from neighborhood establishments including The Kerryman, Kinzie Chophouse, Farmhouse and more along with great music and merchants. LIVE bands include Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, Sixteen Candles, and Waters. July 17-19, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street, 630 N Kingsbury. Taste hours: Friday,... Read more »
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The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: A must sea

The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: A must sea
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) summer family musical “The Little Mermaid” is a must sea. The story–which most already know, ad nauseum, from multiple viewings of Disney’s 1989 film, “The Little Mermaid”– centers around the mermaid Ariel (the youngest daughter of undersea monarch King Triton) who wants, oh so much, to be a human. Against her... Read more »
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