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Winter Wonderfest

What better way to celebrate the season than with a fun festival? Chicago’s Winter Wonderfest is an annual occurrence that people look forward to all year. Featuring an indoor ice skating rink, amusement park rides (including an indoor Ferris wheel!), a zipline, a train, slides, a carousel, a bouncy castle and all the wonders that come with a carnival. The best part? It’s indoors at Navy Pier, so you’ll be shielded from the elements.

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November 14, 2014 by
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Fall Foliage Trips Around Chicago

One of the best things about fall is the beautiful colors that come with it. Immersing yourself in the reds, oranges and yellows of the changing leafs can truly be a serene and awakening experience. Luckily, Chicago has numerous opportunities to do just this. To help you plan a colorful trip, here are some great fall foliage trips around Chicago.

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November 7, 2014 by
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Halloween in Chicago

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Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in Chicago with adults and children alike. Right up there with St Patrick’s Day, it seems to take over the city for not just a single day, but for a whole weekend, or even an entire week! As much as the post-college crowd like to celebrate in costume at bars throughout the Windy City, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy as well.

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October 17, 2014 by
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Seeing Chicago on a VIP Tour with Early Access to the Willis Tower

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As a resident of Chicago, I am always excited to take a step back and be a tourist in my own backyard for a few hours or even a whole day. The Viator VIP: Willis Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise gave me a chance to do just that.

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October 10, 2014 by
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Best Spots to Watch the Chicago Marathon

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The Chicago Marathon isn’t just the largest annual sporting event in Chicago, it’s the largest event, period, with more than a million spectators lining the streets of 29 of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Whether you just happen to be in town on marathon weekend or you are coming to cheer on a specific runner, here are the best places along the 26.2 mile route to cheer on the 40,000+ runners.

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October 3, 2014 by
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Best Sports Bars in Chicago

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With teams in all of the major professional sports, Chicago is one of the best sports cities in the country. Therefore, it should be no surprise that there seems to be a sports bar on almost every corner. But if you’re looking for the best place to catch the big game while you’re in town, what are the best sports bars in Chicago?

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September 12, 2014 by
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24 Hours in Chicago

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Whether you’re just stopping through Chicago on a cross-country roadtrip or you have an extra day to kill at the end of a business trip, you can pack a lot of the Windy City into just 24 hours.

Here’s a look at how to spend 24 hours in Chicago:

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September 5, 2014 by
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Exploring Oak Park

Home in Oak Park

One of the best known suburbs of Chicago, Oak Park is so close, it can easily be visited in just half a day. Simply hop on the Green Line downtown and take it west to the Oak Park station. From here, you can begin your exploration with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s only surviving pubic building from his Prairie period. The Unity Temple was built in 1909 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Tours of this masterpiece of modern architecture are available Monday through Saturday for $15, lasting about an hour.

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August 15, 2014 by
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20 Things to Love About Summer in Chicago

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As a long time resident of Chicago, I often tell people the only thing that makes me willing to put up with our nasty winters is our amazing summer. From bike rides to boating to baseball, there is nothing quite like summer in Chicago.

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August 8, 2014 by
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Ten Movies Set in Chicago

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Did you know that more than 200 movies have plots that take place in or around Chicago? While the Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are some of the best known Chicago-based films, here are ten that you may want to watch as you get ready for a visit to the Windy City.

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July 25, 2014 by
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