Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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Chicago’s St. Patty’s Day Parade is one of the most popular in the country—due in part to the dyeing of the Chicago River that turns the water running through the city a bright Emerald green! If you’ll be visiting Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day or you live nearby but have never been to the parade, this guide is the key to a fun, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day at the parade, including suggestions for other Chicago attractions to round out your weekend. When is the parade? Rain or shine, the parade will start at noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Typically, the parade lasts for … [Read more...]

Chicago Attractions List

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Now that Chicago's frigid winter has mellowed into a tolerable February and a mild March lingers, it's the perfect time to start planning your Chicago vacation. The Chicago attractions that fill the Mid-western city with vivacity and brilliance have been under wraps for too long this winter, and Chi-town natives and tourists alike are eager to welcome spring in the city. From the Chicago Skyway, the city can look like a bit intimidating with its overwhelming industrial sprawl, but it won't take long for you to realize that's just the superficial mask on a city that's full of diverse and … [Read more...]

Chicago Auto Show 2014

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A highly anticipated event for automobile enthusiasts around the world, the annual Chicago Auto Show presents a wide breadth of sensational auto models. The first Chicago Auto Show was presented in 1901, and has since been staged more than any other auto show in North America. Over a million visitors attend Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center each year to marvel at the latest and greatest in automobile technology. The complex offers more than 1 million square feet, which are graced with elaborate displays an exhibits of the top rides. To join the millions of auto aficionados, … [Read more...]

Chicago Tourism Discounts

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While many of us have been to Chicago at some point or another, whether just passing through O’Hare or to attend one of the many annual festivals, if you haven’t taken the time to truly explore Chicago, you’re missing out. Let’s take a quick glance at Chicago attractions: There are more than 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, 552 parks, dozens of historical sites and museums, and a whopping 7,300 restaurants. Even by the numbers, Chicago’s got a lot going on. Of course, behind the numbers, you’ll find what Chicago is really about: Unique culture, world-class innovation, and … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago


For WindyCity fans of the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks who aren’t able to make it all the way to the East Coast for the Super Bowl, all is not lost. There are plenty of great places in Chicago to watch the telecast of Super Bowl XLVIII from New Jersey and multiple Chicago Attractions to enjoy either before or after the game. At Bub City at 435 North Clark Street, chow down on some sizzling barbecue on Super Sunday and dine on ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and chopped beef brisket while you watch the Broncos take on the Seahawks. In addition to classic BBQ, the restaurant offers a … [Read more...]

Chicago Holiday Travel Deals

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If you’re heading to Chicago this holiday season, count yourself among the lucky ones. December in Chicago is unlike any other time of year—the city known for its innovative architecture and world-famous attractions gets dolled up and decked out for the holidays. At this point, it’s likely you’ve already found accommodation and made your travel plans. Now comes the fun part: Deciding which Chicago attractions will make it on your holiday itinerary! Luckily, it’s never too late to find Chicago holiday travel deals on top Chicago attractions. With Smart Destinations, the options … [Read more...]

Top 5 Chicago Holiday Attractions

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Chicago, Illinois is the Mid-west’s hub of culture, entertainment, music, commerce, and world-class attractions. During the holiday season, Chicago becomes a winter wonderland of festivity and cheer. You’ll find streets and attractions decked out in holiday lights and décor, unique holiday markets, outdoor ice skating rinks, exceptional seasonal performances, and much more. A little cold weather doesn’t deter Chicago from celebrating the holiday season, and it shouldn’t deter you either! The holiday season is one of the best times to visit Chicago, and here’s why: Christmas … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit for Thanksgiving


No matter where you are planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday, the odds are it is going to be great. Some might say that Halloween is the first event that kicks off the holiday season, but nothing really started until Thanksgiving rolls around. Whether it’s the turkey, the football or whatever that special spice in the in pumpkin pie is every year, Thanksgiving is one of the best days on the calendar, bar none. If you are visiting a different city for your celebration, make it that much more special by taking advantage of some of the awesome attractions that are available to … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Chicago 2013

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Spending time with friends and family in Chicagoland for Thanksgiving this year? Even if you’re not spending your entire time in Chicago itself, it’s a great idea to make the most of your trip by spending an afternoon, or maybe the weekend in the city. Check out some of these seasonal Chicago attractions to complement the turkey and cranberry sauce. They’re a great way to explore Chicago during the holidays, and get an early glimpse of the famous Chicago holiday decorations. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 28, 2013 Marching bands, floats, giant balloons, celebrities … [Read more...]

The Field Museum’s Wonders of 1893 World’s Fair

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The Field Museum has long been numbered among the best museums in the country and is certainly one of the most popular cultural Chicago attractions. But did you know that The Field Museum has its roots in the 1893 World’s Fair? This fall, pay a visit to the Field Museum’s new special exhibit to find out more – “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The 1893 World’s Fair is a huge deal to Chicagoans, and rightfully so. It was a crucial exhibition that brought visitors and commerce to a city recovering from the devastating Great Fire.  Called the World’s … [Read more...]