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Couple toasting at the Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival is a free music fest that takes place at the end of summer every year. Musicians from all over the world perform in the heart of downtown Chicago for thousands of jazz music fans.

Here's everything you need to know about this premier jazz festival in Chicago.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Summer's nearly over and you don't have any Labor Day weekend plans yet? Not to worry. We've got you covered with fun last-minute get aways that are just a few hours away. Rescue the holiday weekend with any of these day trips from Chicago. You might even be able to visit two or three!

The 90’s music scene was an important one for me.

Cookbook inspiration

 

“A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.”    Mark Twain

 

Wine specials

When it's the middle of the week, it's time to un-wine with a glass of vino.

Drive In Movie in Chicago: Chicago's Outdoor Movie Theaters

A night at the drive in theater is the stuff of summer memories. If you're looking for a fun and affordable night out, here are Chicago's drive in movie theaters.

Earth, Wind & Fire was energetic, wonderful and exhilarating at Ravinia last Friday, and it was a family outing I'll always remember.

Chicago Chop House

How to order a custom steak and what happens when you do

Located at 500 North Michigan Avenue, The Purple Pig restaurant offers cheese, swine and wine, among other standout dishes, showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece and Spain.

If champagne spoke Italian, it would be Franciacorta. Meet the sultry Italian sparkler that whispers sweet nothings to you and lets you sparkle!

Iowa storm in the distance - it was a dark and stormy afternoon

It was a dark and stormy afternoon.

That's my intro (so far) for book two of my Great American Road Trip series, Two Lane Gems.

Snoopy. I'm channeling Snoopy.

Check out why you need to visit Kenosha Wisconsin

I'm ashamed to admit that for nearly two decades, any time I'd head to Milwaukee I'd drive right by Kenosha, Wisconsin. Once or twice I stopped at Mars Cheese Castle. I flew past the Brat Stop.

US Air Force Thunderbirds

Well, it's that time of year - large planes buzzing downtown as they prepare for the annual waterfront extravaganza.

The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest free show of its kind in the USA. Check out this complete guide to find everything you need to know, including how to get there, where to stay, and where to watch. #Chicago #AirandWaterShow #Midwest #Free

If you're going to watch the 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend you don't have to fight the crowds for blanket space. Instead make plans to elevate your experience with a buffet on the beach, a picnic in the sky, or a rooftop away from the fray.

Adler Planetarium in downtown Chicago

Saturday, September 22, 2018, it's time to be a Local Tourist. Museum Day Live! returns with free admission at museums all over the country. Smithsonian magazine has partnered with Microsoft to bring you a day of education, learning, and fun, for free!

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