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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  • Drinking in the Vice
    In the late 1800s, all of Chicago was booming. The city was re-building and growing in ways that were unthinkable. No matter the industry, opportunity was available for any and all. And as much as the good was thriving, the bad did too.  Vice districts flourished in all major urban centers, and Chicago had her fair share. The most infamous of them all, The Levee, was located in modern day South L...
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  • Chicago's Top 5 Kid-friendly Hotel Pools
    Traveling moms and dads know that a good hotel swimming pool is key to a fun family vacation. Forget seeing all the sights in town: as far as kids are concerned, the hotel pool is where all the fun is! Here are our picks for Chicago's best (kid-friendly!) hotel pools.
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  • Golfing in Downtown Chicago? Check Out City Mini Golf at Maggie Daley Park
    Maggie Daley Park charmed us with its ice skating loop, challenged us with its climbing structures and thrilled us with its amazing play garden. It's easy to spend an entire day playing at this beautiful park, thanks to the tennis courts, picnic groves and fun, family-friendly events. Now there's yet another amazing thing to do at Chicago's best and brightest new park: City Mini Golf!
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  • An Overnight Stay at the Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Avenue
    As one walks south on Michigan Avenue from Congress Parkway, a gleaming image emerges on the west side of the street. Beyond the glass facade of the Spertus Museum of Judaica and the buildings of Columbia College, there it is: the Blackstone Hotel, a beacon of good taste and luxury since the day it opened its doors in in 1910.
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  • Weekend Alert: A Country Celebration w/ Beer, BBQ & Bands Galore + Navy Pier Bday Bash | July 14-16
    Happy weekend, Chicago! I hope the Taste didn't keep you too full, because there are a handful of events this weekend ready to fill your belly. There are plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, whether you're looking for a craft brew festival, a BBQ feast, a nationally acclaimed music festival, family friendly entertainment, or a special birthday celebration for our very own Navy Pier. Don...
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  • Celebrate the Joy of Outdoor Dining on 5 (Kid-Friendly!) Patios in Chicago
    Summer in Chicago calls for patio dining . . . often, and in every corner of the city. But not every patio is kid-friendly, making for frustrated parents, bored kids and kid-less patrons who just want to sip their mojitos in peace. Here are five patios where kids are welcome to join in on the joy of dining in the great (urban!) outdoors.
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  • Chicago (Beer) Shall Rise Again: Burnt City Brewing
    As Chicagoans, we are often inspired by our city. The people and places of both the past and present seem to influence much of what we do. From fires to fairs, our history is varied, and complicated. And perhaps one tale from our rich past is the one that has affected us the most. The Great Chicago Fire was such a pivotal moment for us that we honor it with a star on our beloved flag. It was a tim...
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  • Jazz in July at MCA, Shedd Aquarium & Chicago Latin Jazz Fest
    Jazz fans don't have to wait until the famed Chicago Jazz Festival (though the 2017 headliners were just announced!) to hear live jazz in the Windy City. This is a music lovers paradise so you can catch all types of live music on any night of the week. But there are special weekly events in the summer that make hearing live jazz a warm weather treat. The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Tuesdays o...
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  • 4 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day, a.k.a. French National Day, in Chicago
    Whether you're French, a Francophile, or just love French food and wine, Bastille Day, a.k.a. French National Day, July 14th, is the perfect excuse to celebrate all things fine and French. French National Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789. Here are four ways to celebrate this French fête in Chicago. 
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  • Aloft Chicago: Brilliant Colors & Striking Designs in River North
    Located on North Clark Street in River North, the Aloft Chicago City Center is a dazzlingly recent addition to Chicago’s hotel landscape. It’s been open since 2013 and it’s been well received by folks across the hotel industry and from visitors coming into town for conferences, family gatherings and leisurely visits to wander around Michigan Avenue and beyond.
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  • Exclusive Views on Navy Pier's VIP Ferris Wheel Experience
    The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, an iconic part of Chicago’s skyline, received a makeover for the start of the pier’s 100th anniversary year last summer. Soaring nearly 200-feet high, the Ferris wheel offers 360-degree views of the Windy City and is now taller and faster than ever.
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  • Come On Down and See the New Public Art Along the Riverwalk!
    Chicago’s public art continues to receive accolades from all corners and even a short walk through the Loop will reveal masterpieces by Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, and Jean Dubuffet. Fortunately, 2017 also happens to be the official Year of Public Art in the city so there are a number of new and compelling installations around the city.
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright Fun for Kids! Family-Friendly Activities Celebrate America's Famous Architect
    It's a year of celebration with June 8, 2017 marking the 150th birthday of America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. While you can always tour one of the many Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces in Chicagoland, this summer the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, in partnership with Wright sites across the country, is hosting a number of kid-centered events that make the master architect accessib...
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  • Weekend Alert: A Taste of the Weekend Ahead | July 7-9
    After a long holiday weekend behind us and a short work week finishing up, the weekend is coming up fast. Chicago is full of fun attractions and sightseeing (by boat? yes please!), but summer is also packed with festivals and events to enjoy in the warm weather. To craft a perfect itinerary, work your way through the summer essentials bucket list and see all the weekend happenings below, from the ...
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  • Celebrate Creativity at the DuSable Arts Crafts Fair + A Tribute to Music Icon Phil Cohran
    Washington Park explodes with music and creative energy during the 43rd annual DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival. Music, dance, food and hand-crafted art and jewelry are the highlights for this free and family-focused event which kicks off this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10pm. On Sunday, from noon to 6pm, Chicago's creative community comes together for On The Beach: Remastered Honoring P...
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  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About the Lakefront Trail
    If you haven't been to the Lakefront Trail in Chicago, you're missing a lot of natural beauty (all FREE for everyone to enjoy), efficient transportation to Chicago's neighborhoods, and a great opportunity to get in a workout. Here's why we love the Chicago Lakefront Trail, and some things you might not have known about it.
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  • Sizzlin’ Shows at Hot Prices: 10 Shows To See In Chicago This July
    With more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago is known across the world for its large and vibrant theatre community. Add a theatre performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including thes...
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  • Freehand Chicago Hotel: Laid Back, High Style Budget Lodging
    Freehand’s Chicago location is in the heart of River North, where you can find some of Chicago’s best restaurants, shops, and bustling nightlife. The funky boutique hotel is housed inside of a restored art deco building that dates back to 1927. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, Freehand has all of the amenities you desire.
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  • 10 Places We Love to Eat in Uptown for Under $10
    More than being the center of Chicago’s entertainment scene in the 1920s and 30s, the Uptown neighborhod is known for its vibrant mix of history, culture and food. Featuring restaurants serving home-cooked recipes passed from immigrants that settled in Chicago generations ago, Uptown is a place every foodie should go for a taste of Asia and cuisines from the rest of the world. Here are 10 places w...
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  • 10 Free Things To Do in Chicago in July
    Summer is in full-swing in Chicago, and if you’re tired of going to BBQs and the beach, there are a ton of other free events and activities our fine city has to offer, including film screenings, art festivals, music events and one of the country’s biggest food festivals!
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  • 2017 Rhythm World Festival Headlines Top Dance Shows for July
    Strike up the band for July! Tap Dance dominates with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s annual Rhythm World Festival (July 17-23) and Chicago Tap Theatre’s extended run of “Changes” (June 30-July 16). Joining the midsummer Chicago dance roster are three programs devoted to the development of new choreography: Cerqua Rivera (July 13), Thodos Dance Chicago (July 15-16) and DanceChance (July 28). ...
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  • We All Scream For Ice Cream!
    July is National Ice Cream Month and there are so many great ice cream shops in the city to indulge in – from the Original Rainbow Cone to Scooter's Frozen Custard and Bobtail. This summer, the city's top pastry chefs are upping their ice cream game too. Here are our favorite restaurant ice cream desserts.
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  • Feel The Rhythm at the African Caribbean International Festival of Life
    All over the U.S., fireworks and barbecues are Independence Day hallmarks, but Chicago offers extra fun with the annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life. This four-day cultural celebration features music, food, dance and fashion from African and Caribbean countries and hosts the best live reggae and calypso shows in the city. This year's 25th annual festival, July 1-4 in Union Park...
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  • Weekend Alert: Four Day Weekend for Fourth of July | June 30-July 4
    Fourth of July is creeping up on us, Chicago. Conveniently, this year it falls on a Tuesday, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a long July 4 weekend in Chicago. Celebrate this Independence Day with a concert or a food festival or a boat cruise. Work your way through this summer bucket list to cover all the basics. Or test out this action-packed adventurer's itinerary. Below are more id...
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  • Top 7 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer in Chicago
    Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are total...
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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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