Archive for 'SCVNGR and Foursquare Badges'

175 Ways to Love Chicago: The 5 Best Ways to Bike Chicago

With its wide boulevards, shimmering lakefront and wooded trails, Chicago is a great place to be on a bike. Whether you’re into touring or racing, hop in the saddle and follow these cycling suggestions from Chicago bicycling advocate Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance.

Choose Your Own Culinary Adventure at Two Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinatown’s Nine Dragon Wall (Above) Greets Visitors to the Neighborhood Celebrate Chinese New Year at not one, but two free public celebrations, Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29! Colorful paper dragons flap their mouths and curly eyelashes as they parade through Chinatown and Uptown. Join in the celebration, then feast to your heart’s (or stomach’s) delight [...]

Ring in the New Year with 5 Creative Resolutions

Ring in the New Year with 5 creative “must dos” that are sure to add some fun to your usual list of resolutions. Sample bite-sized portions of new-to-you cuisines; have an up-close animal encounter at Shedd Aquarium or Lincoln Park Zoo; meet new people while exploring new interests at Joffrey Ballet or The Second City; and [...]

Explore Chicago’s Social Media Week in Action: Foursquare Bus Tour

Last week, Explore Chicago hosted a one-of-a-kind social media excursion during Social Media Week: an exclusive bus tour inspired by Explore Chicago’s Foursquare badges! Led by Tim Samuelson, the city’s Cultural Historian, we visited nearly 15 eligible Foursquare check-in locations throughout the city – more than enough to earn both Explore Chicago’s On Location and Chicago Blues [...]

Explore Chicago’s Social Media Week in Action: Photo Walks

Last week, the Explore Chicago team put social media into action during Social Media Week with Greeter-guided photo walks to four iconic Chicago neighborhoods: Chinatown, Bronzeville, Old Town and the Loop. Follow our adventures in the photo recap below and get tips on how you can discover these neighborhoods in a whole new way using social media! Did [...]

Explore Chicago Offers Daily FREE Tours During Social Media Week

Explore Chicago knows how much mobile phones and social media sites have changed the way that you travel, whether you’re getting a recommendation from friends on where to eat, sharing your vacation photos, or checking-in at one of Chicago’s 77 unique neighborhoods, 552 parks, or 7,300+ restaurants. So we’re putting social media into action during Social [...]

7 Things to Do in…Pilsen!

From a museum dedicated to Mexican Fine Art, to 30+ artist galleries, and colorful murals around every turn; to food options ranging from authentic tacquerias to upscale brunch and hipster cafes and bars, there’s so much to do in Pilsen! – See Mexican art at the country’s largest Latino Cultural Center: The National Museum of Mexican [...]

5 Things to Do in…Wicker Park and West Town

From vegetarian dining to used books and record shopping, there’s so much to do in Wicker Park and West Town! Plus, try our free interactive trek for your mobile phone! – Eat your greens: If you’re vegetarian, or just want to enjoy a delicious meatless meal, then Wicker Park and West Town have restaurants perfect [...]

A Hyde Park Afternoon: 7 Picks from the Oriental Institute

Historic Hyde Park is a treasure trove of cultural and educational riches. This Urban Excursion was written by staff at the Oriental Institute: Discover a40-ton sculpture from Assyria, a 17-foot tall statue of King Tut and so much more at this free admission museum, which has plenty of hands-on activities for families! Walk along the Midway: The Midway [...]

6 Things To Do in…Lincoln Square and Ravenswood!

Find the best bratwurst, shop at hip boutiques, or enjoy the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, July 9-10! There’s so much to do in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood! Uncover Lincoln Square’s hidden gems with our suggested itinerary below, on a guided Family Adventure, or our Explore Lincoln Square Terk for SCVNGR, a free game for your mobile [...]