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Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations Near Chicago For Families

Flying somewhere warm for spring break is an option but to avoid crowded beaches and take advantage of low gas prices, look for places within a day’s drive.

02/21/2015

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Best Places To Buy Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her In Chicago

Whether she’s a pill or quite chill, there are answers to your Valentine’s Day gift needs.

02/10/2015

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Best Historic Landmarks In Chicago

However, when seeing a movie, play or poster about the city, these five historic landmarks often represent what Chicago was and is – a city that roared back from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 ready for commerce and culture.

02/09/2015

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Best Books Based In Chicago

For a deeper sense of what the city was and how it influenced writers, turn to books about its people and politics, its underbelly and neighborhoods, its architecture and historic events.

01/19/2015

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Best Hotel Pools In Chicago

Several Chicago hotels with pools, spas and fitness centers are near museums, shops and theaters. However, when it’s the pool that makes the difference, consider the five listed here that have great views or ambiance.

01/17/2015

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Best Spring 2015 Art Events In Chicago

Five art events make a fine bouquet of sculpture, paintings, jewelry and art-movement examples to enjoy this spring.

01/05/2015

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Best Museum Gift Shops In Chicago

In the Chicago area, these five museum shops stand out because of their size and range of selection. They are accessible without having to pay admission.

12/29/2014

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Best Holiday Markets In Chicago

What is a person to do when there are so many presents to get and so little time left?

12/15/2014

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Best Local Organizations For Holiday Donations In Chicago

Check out this list for five holiday gift ideas where money and items do a lot of good.

12/08/2014

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Best Places For Winter Outdoor Adventures Near Chicago

In the Chicago area, there are local and nearby hills, trails and ponds to enjoy winter sports including these five really good destinations.

11/29/2014

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The Best Thanksgiving Events In Chicago

Think lights, camera opportunities and action amidst nature when looking for something to do Thanksgiving Day before gobbling down turkey or during the weekends before and after Thanksgiving instead of bucking the shopping crowds.

11/17/2014

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Best Budget Attractions In Chicago

Chicago’s sights and sounds are fun, interesting and add up to a memorable vacation, but trying to take in everything can wear out the shoes and wallet. Here are some budget options.

11/15/2014

Veterans of the Vietnam War look for the names of friends and loved ones on "The Wall" during a Veterans Day event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall November 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered at "The Wall" to pay respects and honor the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Best 2014 Veterans Day Events In Chicago

When November 11 rolls around, there are several events throughout the Chicago that honor people who serve in the military.

11/03/2014

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Best Upcoming Musicals In Chicago

From such classics as “The King and I” to a revival that refocuses attention from grand spectacle to intimate stories, these upcoming musicals present memorable songs and thought-provoking messages.

10/27/2014

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Best Halloween-Themed Shows In Chicago

Chicago has a vast entertainment scene with something for all ages when considering where to go for spooky fun or bone-chilling fright.

10/06/2014

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Best Places For Fall Colors In Chicago

Fall’s cooler nights are working their leaf-changing magic, dusting the Chicago trees in mauve and crimson. Hike, bike or drive to these five best locations to see Chicago’s fall colors.

10/04/2014

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Five Reasons To Visit Chicago In The Fall

After Labor Day weekend’s goodbye to the lazy days of summer, a re-energized city welcomes autumn with fall fests, a new theater season, blockbuster art shows and fun outdoor explorations. Here are some of Chicago’s best happenings this fall.

09/20/2014

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Best Improv Comedy In Chicago

They say that laughter is the best medicine, so skip the doctor’s office and take in a show instead at any of these five top comedy venues here in Chicago.

09/15/2014

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Best Art Exhibits For Kids In Chicago

No matter whether a youngster likes to read, draw, create something or enjoys photography or history, there is likely to be an art exhibit in the Chicago area that would appeal to young or older children.

09/08/2014

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A Night At Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre

The following guide notes an outstanding theater company that could be overlooked because its neighborhood is known for shopping.

08/25/2014

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