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Guide To Chicago Annual Gay Pride Parade

One of the original cities to celebrate pride following the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Chicago promises no shortage of LGBT pride this year. The Chicago Pride Parade, which started as a march on June 27, 1970, features marching bands, dance teams, local businesses and supportive groups out to show their true colors. Last year’s attendance hit more than 750,000, serving as the ultimate ending to June Pride Month in Chicago.

06/11/2012

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Best Zumba Studios In Chicago

Inspired by Latin dance fusions, Zumba classes make dance into a coordinated aerobit workout that even goes so far as to incorporate hip hop and belly dancing. Chicago’s best Zumba classes boast a combination of talented dance instructors and fun music that will have any athlete sweating it out and having a blast without stressing over the actual workout.

06/02/2012

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Best Campgrounds In The Chicago Area

Chicago might be a big city, but its wilderness isn’t far away. Campgrounds in the area offer amenities beyond the raked dirt patch of your childhood — they’re offering wireless Internet, planned children’s activities and swimming pools. These are the area’s best, boasting everything from ball courts to air conditioned cabins. Oh, and they’ve got places for your tent, too.

05/19/2012

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Best Cookbooks Tied To Chicago

These cookbooks, all with ties to Chicago, help you bring a little bit of Chicago’s food scene to your table with delicious recipes and insider tips on finding the best of the best when it comes to food.

05/16/2012

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Best Spinning Classes in Chicago

Spinning, or indoor cycling, on a stationary exercise bike allows athletes to cycle train year round on a specifically designed stationary bike with a weighted flywheel. Music, trained instructors and motivation make spin classes an intense workout, even for those who never cycle otherwise. Cyclists set their own resistance and work to keep up as instructors shout out commands to sprint or climb, earning toned bodies for their hard work. These, Chicago’s best spin classes, take awesome over the edge with instructors who love the sport, prices that won’t break the bank and stellar facilities.

05/05/2012