In 2014, Chicago, Illinois set a new visitation record estimated at 50.2 million visitors, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2013. Since 2010, the tourism and hospitality industries have added 9,800 jobs, generating $13.7 billion in direct spending by visitors and $871 million in total tax revenue.

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  • Whimsy Reigns at the MCA Murakami Exhibit
    The worlds of pop culture, folklore and art join together for the Museum of Contemporary Art's eye-popping retrospective Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. Displaying over 50 works that represent three decades of Murakami's groundbreaking career, some for the first time in North America, the exhibit supplies a riveting look at how the artist blurs the lines and boundaries of tradition...
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  • The Laugh Factory Presents: The LGBTQ Comedy Show, The Kiki
    A Kiki is urban slang for a party with good music and friends meant to calm the nerves, allowing people to spill the tea and dish the dirt for the purpose of reducing anxiety and stress. Given the political climate, the LGBTQ community and their allies seem in desperate need of a kiki. Early in 2017, the Laugh Factory Chicago (3175 North Broadway) launched the new LGBTQ monthly show, the Kiki — Q...
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  • Try the Country's Best Barbecue at the Windy City Smokeout Festival
    There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a barbecue party. Beer in hand, grilled meat, and cool tunes are some of the best ways to beat the heat. The Windy City Smokeout brings all this together with Downtown Chicago as the perfect setting. This year’s festivities mark the festival’s fifth. The event is hosted by popular Chicago restaurant Bub City, and award-winning Joe’s Bar. The wee...
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  • Catch an Outdoor Movie on a Chicago Summer Night
    Chicagoans embrace summer by spending as much time outdoors as humanly possibly. From working out on the beach to dining on a lake or river-side patio, there are so many ways to make it a summer to remember. Here's yet another great outdoors option: Trade an air-conditioned movie theater for an evening under the stars and catch an outdoor movie on a Chicago summer night. Here are three venues that...
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  • Swing into Fun With Chicago SummerDance
    Nothing celebrates the joy of summer better than the annual Chicago SummerDance Festival. Combine the beauty of Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden with warm weather and the fun of live music and dance, and you have the ultimate  Chicago weekly summer event. And it's all free!
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  • Taste of Chicago 2017
    Join the largest outdoor food festival in the US, only in Chicago. July 5-9 in Grant Park, and admission is free. See performances by Alessia Cara, Cafe Tacvba, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Passion Pit, and the O'Jays. Tickets available for purchase. For more information, go to: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html
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  • "Chicago Gourmet" Tickets On Sale Now! Here Are 7 Events That You Won't Want to Miss
    It's no secret that Chicagoans love to eat... and eat well. Named the best restaurant city in America by Condé Nast Traveler, our windy city is a mecca for gourmets, gourmands and everyone who just loves to take a bite into the extraordinary. One of the city's premier foodie events, Chicago Gourmet (September 19–24), is celebrating its 10th birthday in 2017, and several new anniversary events prom...
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  • Last Chance for The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism! Navy Pier Exhibit Offers Plenty of Satisfaction
    This summer, Navy Pier is your one-stop destination for all things The Rolling Stones related. Don't miss the limited engagement: Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, now open at Navy Pier through July 30, 2017. The 18,000 square-foot exhibit is an immersive experience that takes visitors through The Rolling Stones' entire career. Guests walk through different rooms showcasing over 500 rare artifacts...
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  • 4 Outdoor Summer Music Series That You Won't Want to Miss
    Music is in the air more than ever this summer in Chicago. From a locally sourced music series overlooking a pond teeming with turtles to jazzy concerts hosted on the Shedd Aquarium's lakefront terrace, there's an open-air concert at an unexpected venue almost every day of the week. Here are four outdoor summer music series that you won't want to miss this summer in Chicago.
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  • What to Expect at the Randolph Street Market
    Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington Boulevard) is Chicago’s destination for vintage and antique shopping. The outdoor and indoor festival is located in the Fulton Market area. Randolph Street Market is modeled after European-style shopping markets. In addition to great shopping, you’ll find local food vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. There’s good reason why Randolph Stree...
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  • 5 Things to Do at Chicago Design Museum
    Located inside of Block 37 in the heart of the Loop, the Chicago Design Museum facilitates “the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences.” The museum has exhibits and interactive experiences involving design from around the world. Exhibits are FREE and open to the public, Tuesday–Saturday, noon–7 p.m., so add this gem to your museum list this summer. Here are 5 ideas for things to do whil...
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  • Piece Pizzeria & Brewery: A Piece of Beer History
    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.  A...
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  • 5 Reasons You Should Attend the Warrior Games | June 30 – July 8
    The Warrior Games are coming to Chicago! A Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured active-duty service members and veterans, the Warrior Games are organized by the Department of Defense. Featuring over 260 athletes, the Games will be a fantastic celebration of our courageous service members and veterans. Here’s five reasons why you should attend the Warrior Games in Chicago:
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  • 4 Ideas for Celebrating Father's Day in Chicago
    Whether you call him dad, papa, or daddy, your father deserves some love this upcoming Father's Day, Sunday, June 18. Chicago rolls out the red carpet for both local and out-of-town dads thanks to fun fatherly events and dad-centric deals. Here are four quick ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago with the fab dad in your life.
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  • Weekend Alert - Art, Food, Beer, & Laughs | June 16-18
    Another weekend is upon us, Chicago. I know what you’re thinking. What could possibly be better than catching up on some much needed sleep or washing some of the clothes that have piled up in the last few weeks? Trust me, I get it, but these events are a must. Check out some of the highlighted events below happening in downtown Chicago. If you’re here with family looking for last-minute Father’s ...
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  • Plan an Overnight at the J. W. Marriott Chicago Hotel in the Loop
    It’s always a fun and exciting idea to spend a night or two in the Loop. During the day, you can appreciate the cadence of folks on their way to work or the casual attitude of strolling tourists, architectural enthusiasts and others who might just be taking their time to appreciate Chicago’s details. One of the best places to set up your home base for exploration is the J. W. Marriott Chicago on W...
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  • 6 Reasons to Spend a Night (Or a Long Weekend!) at Wicker Park's The Robey
    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...
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  • Get Corny with Cornservatory Original Plays, Improv and Sketch Comedies
    Improv theater originated in Chicago, so it's no surprise that the Windy City hosts a wide array of improv theater troupes and productions. Some theaters such as The Second City and iO Theater draw national attention and some, like the quirky Cornservatory, are Chicago insider faves. Since 1999, Cornservatory, a nonprofit theater, has been cracking up crowds with bawdy, inventive shows that exami...
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  • Weekend Alert June 9-11: Blues Blues & More Blues! Plus Ultimate Ribfest, Art Fair, Food Trucks
    The weekend in Chicago is finally here and like always, it's filled with some of the top happenings of the year! There's endless things to do in Chicago and we've got everything you need to enjoy your visit this weekend. Looking to see some of your favorite blues musicians, eat a bunch of BBQ ribs or enjoy a craft beer festival at Navy Pier? Well we've got it all and more. Create your Chicago week...
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  • Love a Good BYOB Place? Head to Lakeview
    BYOB restaurants can be a great alternative to places with pricey cocktails. Bring your own booze and you’ll save a ton of cash! So, gather up a group of friends and a couple bottles of rosé on a warm summer night (or a six pack of beers if that's more your style). Keep reading for the top-rated BYOB spots in Lakeview.
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright by Bike: Take a Guided Tour of 21 Spots, Part of Celebrate Wright 150
    Folks around Chicago and the world are excited about the ongoing celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as they continue to honor the 150th anniversary of his birth. You may already be in the know if you’re an architecture fan, but even if you're not, the Pedal Oak Park bike tour being offered this summer is a great opportunity to celebrate the architectural master and check out some of his famo...
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  • Exploring Edgewater on a Budget: A Chicago Neighborhood Guide
    The Edgewater neighborhood is on the North Side of Chicago, with lakefront views, a charming community feel and tons of history. Since Edgewater is a little bit further outside of the Loop, you can get a lot more bang for your buck. This hidden gem of a neighborhood has great restaurants, shops and nightlife. Here are top-rated picks for a fun-filled day in Edgewater that’s easy on your wallet.

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