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Taste of Chicago crowd shot, courtesy of DCASE

The Taste of Chicago is the Grand Poobah of free fests in Chicago. The city packs a ton into five days of food and music. With the inclusion of food trucks and pop-up restaurants, as well as booths from local restaurants, you can pack quite a lot into you!

Chicago Tequila and Sangria Festival

Chicago's Players Sports and Social Group hosted their annual Tequila and Sangria Festival this past Saturday, at SPiN Chicago in the River North Neighborhood.

A suburban bar with sensational bands, once again, rocked last night when City of the Weak and Echo Black performed at the House of Music and Entertainment, better known as H.O.M.E., in Arlington Heights, Illinois, thanks to

Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago's DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) hosts a Chicago Riverwalk kick-off celebration that highlights how much fun you can expect to have this summer.

As Amazon.com devours mom and pop stores like a ravenous Pac Man, one business is standing up to them. From 2009 to 2015, the number of independent bookstores in America grew by 35%.  There are enough independent bookstores in Chicago to warrant a couple of top-10 lists.

Monday Night Sunset Cocktail Cruise Aboard Yacht

Free tickets, anyone? Hop aboard the Comp Train, Goldstar’s popular promotion that features complimentary tickets to tons of fun events throughout the country.

Angela Mortellaro as Rita

Two one-act operas written 25 years apart.  The first explores the longing for the ideal of beauty; the second deals with the repercussions of finding it.

There is a new restaurant in town and it’s tasteful, fresh and fun and can satisfy the taste buds of anyone! The Grill House opened its doors recently and I was given the opportunity to sample their fare for dinner with the owner, Louis Liagridonis.

Mississippi Crafts Center

With all of the tools at our fingertips nowadays, travel planning is simultaneously easy and overwhelming.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival returns for its 33rd year this summer. Taking place on June 1 and 2, this year's festival headliners include The Canton Spirituals, Israel & New Breed, “Oh Happy Day”: Chicago Choirs Celebrate the Music of Edwin Hawkins, The Walls Group, The Tri-City Singers Reunion and many more.

Every four years, the Winter Olympics give us a chance to revel in the performances of our favorite athletes, as well as celebrate any medals they might have won.

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