Sights & Activities

Not a museum person? There’s tons to do in Chicago that doesn’t involve being ushered through exhibits and galleries. Check out the many sights and activities to see in Chicago, from Navy Pier to Buckingham Fountain.

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

We Chicagoans like our fireworks, and between Memorial Day and Labor Day you can catch them every Wednesday and Saturday evening at Navy Pier.

C2E2 2011: Chicago’s Pop Culture Event

The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo returned to the Windy City in 2011. My goal for the weekend: to get Thor to punch me in the face.

Marshall Fields – A History

Before boasting the big red Macy’s star, Marshall Field’s was a Chicago shopping staple. Check out the history of this famed department store.

Chicago Spring Break Staycation

Chicago Spring Break Staycation

With gas prices skyrocketing, road trips and flights to exotic beach locales are becoming a luxury not all of us can afford. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break from the norm. Check our our picks for a fabulous Chicago spring break staycation!

Essanay Studios: “The MGM of the Silents”

Essanay Studios: “The MGM of the Silents”

The only allusions to this building’s history as an American film hot bed are the golden letters spelling “Essanay” above one entrance. But for one decade in the early 1900s, Essanay Studios was the hub of the silent film industry, “the MGM of the silents.”

The Newberry Library

Walter Loomis Newberry is one of those famous Chicagoans we sure owe a lot to. He helped spur Chicagoan’s interest in the literary arts and open one of Chicago’s first libraries.

Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington library is not only a library, but also a tourist attraction and architectural landmark.

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center has one of the most beautiful interiors of any Chicago building. Stop by and admire the stunning architecture and maybe even see what (free!) events are going on this month

The Music Box Theatre

The historic Music Box theatre shows over 300 films each year, including foreign, independent, and cult films as well as the occasional sing-along.

Chicago Area Ski Excursions

It’s time to get out of the city and ski! Or snowboard, or wear cute snow gear and sit in a lodge drinking spiked hot chocolate. Whatever your preference, here is a list of the nearest and best ski resorts to Chicago.

Jackson Park: Still Magical

While the grandeur of the Columbian Exposition is now just a footnote in Chicago’s history, Jackson Park hasn’t faded away. The park may be still and quiet, but the magic lingers.

It’s Amore: A History of Little Italy

Whether you’re interested in Chicago’s ethnic history or you just want to grab a good sausage, a visit to Little Italy and its surrounding attractions are a must.

Goose Island Brewery

You might say Goose Island has made Chicago fit for these other small time bottlers; sowing the seeds of good taste for fellow breweries to graze. I, for one, salute that big fat bird. It’s recognized products like theirs that compose the fabric of Chicago’s image and formulate the lingering consistency of my Chicago pride.

The Chicago Theatre

Since the 1920s the theater has hosted great musicians, comedians, and entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robin Williams, Prince, and many more.