Chicago Fall Attractions

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Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Windy City. The long lines of the summer have died down, and the cool air is a refreshing change from the humidity and heat of the last few months. But there are so many things to see and do in Chicago during the fall that it can be hard to pick just a few attractions to visit or museums to explore. So why not check out our perfect fall itinerary? Filled with top Chicago attractions and handy insider tips, this guide is sure to be of use. Enjoy the great outdoors before the chill of winter sets in. Chicago in the fall is perfect for invigorating … [Read more...]

“Paris Street; Rainy Day” Returns to Art Institute of Chicago

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Big news in the Chicago art world this season! After undergoing months of restorative work, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” returns to the Art Institute of Chicago this May. The longtime favorite and a centerpiece of the Art Institute’s extensive Impressionist holdings, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” (1877) is an iconic work by French painter Gustave Caillebotte, best known for his blend of Realist and Impressionist techniques in his paintings of Parisian streets, men and women, and “la vie quotidienne.” The painting has been a popular one with visitors since the museum first … [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...]

Chicagoween: Halloween in Chicago

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If you’re one those people who just can’t get enough of Halloween, Chicago is the place to be with your family when the spooky day arrives—and in the weeks leading up to it. In fact, the whole season is often referred to as “Chicagoween.” Many popular Chicago attractions go all out for Halloween, offering special haunted happenings for their guests. If you want the best Halloween experience possible in Chicago, make sure you pick up a Go Select Chicago pass for discounted admission to the top museums and parks. The highlight of Chicagoween is a three-day Halloween festival, … [Read more...]

Hyde Park Jazz Fest 2013

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The Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2013 is coming up this weekend on Saturday, September 28 from 1pm-Midnight and Sunday, September 29 from 1pm-8pm. Featuring some of the top Jazz artists in the country performing at some of Chi-town’s most iconic locations - including the Smart Museum, International House, Oriental Institute,  Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House and Rockefeller Chapel - the Hyde Park Jazz Fest is a celebration of an art form that blends musical traditions from all over the world into a sound that is distinctly American. This is the seventh year that the festival is being held and it … [Read more...]

Chicago Fall Weekend Activities

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As I mentioned in a previous post, Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit in fall. September, October, and November show off the best of Chicago’s unique culture and beautiful scenery, from the city skyline to the lush landscaped parks. There’s so much to do in the fall, no matter what your interests are, so find your favorite activities, get your Chicago attraction pass to save money, and start planning! Food & Beverage Fests The Best of Chicago Vendors Saturday, October 5 | 1:00 PM Kendall College You could be a part of the first annual “Vendy Awards,” a competitive … [Read more...]

Best Field Trip Attractions in Chicago

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When it comes to school field trips, I would love to be a kid in Chicago. The number of world-class educational attractions in Chicago is unbelievable—and all of them are every bit as entertaining as they are enlightening. Name a subject and Chicago’s got it: history, science, astronomy, art, culture! Of course, we know affordability is a concern for many teachers and parents who plan field trips, as well as for the families who send their kids on them. Fortunately, with a Chicago attraction pass, which is perfect for group travel, educational trips are easy and inexpensive. Smart … [Read more...]

Chicago Street Festivals in September

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Though school may be back in session, Chicago isn’t ready to stop celebrating like it’s summer. In fact, September is known for having a surplus of Chicago street festivals held on the weekends throughout the month. The festivals provide the perfect way to ease back into the school year, breaking up the daily grind with food, fun, and live music. September weekends are also a great time to take advantage of a Chicago pass, which offers discounted admission to Chicago’s top-tier attractions. If you head over to Museum Campus, you’ll see the crowds have died down since the summer … [Read more...]

5 Free Things to do in Chicago

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If you find yourself blowing through a ton of cash while you are visiting the Windy City, you may want to consider finding some things that you and your family can do for free. After all, you’ll want to save some funds to invest in deep-dish pizza and a couple of famous Chicago-style hotdogs! Here’s a brief list of five first-rate free attractions that you can take advantage of in the Second City. For some other ideas about what to do while you are in Chi-Town, the Go Chicago Card is always an option. Montrose Beach A popular Uptown neighborhood beach located in Lincoln Park that … [Read more...]