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Followers of crafty guitar pop/rock may recognize Kevin's name from his days as Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings.

Followers of crafty guitar pop/rock may recognize Kevin's name from his days as Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings.

This new South Loop hot spot capitalizes on many things Chicago holds dear in a restaurant.

Daley Plaza is home to several festivals and activities throughout the year, and one of my favorites is the Chicago Turkish Festival.

This weekend check out the Brit Bus as it tours Chicago. It may be a vintage double-decker bus with a maximum speed of 45mph (downhill!), but it's outfitted with plasma screens, state of the art audio equipment, and a custom bar with Bass on tap!

This Sunday bicycles take over Lake Shore Drive. The scenic street is closed to vehicular traffic and is taken over by two-wheeled transportation starting at 5:30am for Bike The Drive. Participants are encouraged to ride their bikes, walk, or take the CTA to the lakefront.

Just Grapes is taking summer hours this week, so you'll have to wait until after noon to stop by the popular West Loop wine store. They'll be open today until Friday from noon until 7pm, Saturday noon to 6pm, closed Sunday & Monday, and open Tuesday again from noon until 7pm.

Naperville is one of the best known suburbs of Chicago. It's received accolades from Money Magazine, Modern Maturity, and Home Computing. Generally perceived as one of the best Chicagoland areas in which to live, Naperville is not just a bedroom community.

If you want to take a walk in the park, Chicago has 11,916 acres and 44 walking paths. If you really want to hike, and see canyons made by nature and not by skyscrapers, trek over to Starved Rock State Park.

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As a child my parents took me to countless art fairs, classical music concerts, and one very memorable performance of "Les Miserables".

If you work late in the Loop, or have theater tickets, you might need to find another way around downtown this week.

There are art fairs almost every summer weekend in Chicago. Most of them are free, and many have live music.

 

 

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This new Mediterranean lunch spot just west of the river is convenient to both Metra stations, the Chicago Merchantile Exchange, and businesses on the western side of the loop.

It seems like there's a Thai restaurant on every block in Chicago. While that's not technically true, there are several, so how do you choose?

Mention Chicago blues and certain names and locations immediately come to mind: Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Maxwell Street, Record Row, Willie Dixon, and of course, Buddy Guy.

Miller's Pub's name is a little misleading. It sounds like they'd just have standard bar food and it's your run-of-the-mill pub that's on every corner in the city. Those familiar with this Chicago institution know better.

Christian Scott is an up-and-coming jazz sensation. Last Sunday he performed in the Hilton's Lakeside Lounge as one of the showcased artists at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers convention.

This week is Money Smart Week in Chicago. All week long you can tour the Federal Reserve, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to John Hancock's friends and family, and the Cardinals team. The Cardinal relief pitcher was killed last night in a car crash in St. Louis.

Obviously, the game tonight in Busch Stadium against the Cubs has been postponed.

What do you get when you take over 350 galleries, over 8000 works of art, and put them all in the largest commercial building in the world for 4 days?

ADD, or Art Distraction Disorder.

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