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Oktoberfest in Chicago is kind of a big deal. If you had any doubt about the influence the city's German population has on our culture that goes out the window every fall. Of course, it could also be...

Photographer - Roshan Louise-Julie

Headquarters Beercade's River North location recently celebrated 1 year of their Disney-themed brunches and I was on hand to partake in the festivities.

Find Oktoberfest events, from an authentic German festival to the annual favorite, Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus church, there are lots of ways to celebrate this fall.

Stars of Lyric Opera take to the stage in Millennium Park in preview of the epic upcoming season!

Broken Barrel Bar, the newest concept from Wine Not Hospitality and owner Luke Johnson, is now open at 2548 N.

The dog days of summer may be here, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy some beachside fun!

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Turn Chicago into a giant Gameboard with this fun Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Guided from any smart phone, teams solve clues, complete challenges while seeing the sights. A fun interactive adventure.

The Local Tourist Guides

We've been sharing things to do in Chicago for 16 years, so we know a thing or two about the Windy City.

Things to do in Chicago

There are so many things to do in Chicago, it's hard to know where to start. Click here for ideas on places to go in the Windy City.

The Local Tourist's Guide to Millennium Park

Millennium Park is an impressive Chicago park that is a destination for both locals and tourists. It's the most popular attraction in the city, and with its great architecture, peaceful gardens, and year-round calendar of events it's easy to see why.

Carillon at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is an oasis in the northern Chicago suburb of Glencoe. The 385-acre attraction features over 2.5 million plants that represent nearly 10,000 varieties.

Ultimate Guide to Navy Pier in Chicago

There are so many things to do at Navy Pier. There's a reason it's one of Chicago's most popular attractions. Find out everything you need to know with this ultimate resource for Navy Pier.

Free Things To Do in Chicago

Free things to do in Chicago including events, attractions, museums, parks, and more. Whether you're looking for free Chicago events, activities, or things to do this weekend, start here.