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From 11pm this evening until 1am Monday morning the Red Line will be rerouted to the elevated tracks around the Loop, and will make stops along that line. The CTA is providing alternate shuttle bus service.

Visit the CTA's website for complete information.

May 6
Dalai Lama

May 11
Looptopia

May 13
Mother's Day

May 16
Farmer's Markets begin to open 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS LAST YEAR'S. INFORMATION ON THE 2008 GREAT CHICAGO PLACES & SPACES IS HERE: http://thelocaltourist.com/blog/things-to-do/great-chicago-places-spaces/

Back in 1952, when flight attendants were stewardesses, servers were waitresses, and businesspeople were businessmen, Harry F. Klemfuss created National Secretary's Day and National Professional Secretaries Week.

If you're looking for late night dining you may think you're stuck with burgers, fries, pizza, tacos, and other greasy fare. Not in Chicago. Not in the Gold Coast. Not at Dublin's. The name itself makes you think it's your typical pub. Then you walk inside and that impression is reinforced.

Next Thursday you can choose from about 80 Chicago area restaurants for Dining Out For Life. Just eat at one of the participating restaurants and the receipts go to AIDS research.

Downtown Restaurants:

This week you can visit several downtown Chicago spas and try select services for $50. Partial proceeds benefit Cancer and Careers.

Click here for the list of spas and their offered services.

It's official: Chicago is the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Olympics.

Do you play acoustic guitar? Are you in Chicago?

Now you can strut your stuff on Monday nights at The Melting Pot. Scott Pollack of Dr. 8 and Steve Arvey (cofounders of Worldwide Talent Management Associates). If you want a chance to play visit their MySpace profile.

This week's band is Dave Tamkin. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone.

On the first Friday of every month, the Museum of Contemporary Art opens its doors from 6 to 10pm for an extended happy hour.

AMFM

Revered by casual and critical listeners alike, Chicago based quartet AMFM combines radio-friendly sensibilities with solid dynamics and layered instrumentation in delivering songs that are accessible yet musically viable.

AMFM

Revered by casual and critical listeners alike, Chicago based quartet AMFM combines radio-friendly sensibilities with solid dynamics and layered instrumentation in delivering songs that are accessible yet musically viable.

AMFM

Revered by casual and critical listeners alike, Chicago based quartet AMFM combines radio-friendly sensibilities with solid dynamics and layered instrumentation in delivering songs that are accessible yet musically viable.

AMFM

Revered by casual and critical listeners alike, Chicago based quartet AMFM combines radio-friendly sensibilities with solid dynamics and layered instrumentation in delivering songs that are accessible yet musically viable.

High tea in downtown Chicago isn't just for matriarchs with elaborate hats and gloved hands. At the Hotel Sofitel Chicago kids get the run of all-you-can-eat dessert table.

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, try the Sears Tower Skydeck on Friday or Saturday. Rates go up on Sunday, but if you can't make it until then, you'll have an additional two hours to enjoy the view. Their seasonal hours also increase on April 1.

Living in a big city like Chicago can be exhausting, but for many a visit to a luxurious salon is out of reach financially.

For one week during April (16 - 22) you can try services at some of Chicago's day spas for $50. The best part? Partial proceeds benefit Cancer and Careers.

Entrepreneur Magazine just came out with its 14th Annual Business Travel Awards. Three hotel chains that have locations in downtown Chicago were recipients.

Best Midprice Hotel Value:

Even though this is Chicago, I'm not talking about police corruption, although a "Sting" is involved. (OK, that had to be one of my worst groaners ever. I can't help myself. It's like a disease.)

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