Archive for May, 2011

Today’s Freebies: Wednesday, June 1

There are hundreds of fun free events going on in Chicago this summer! Here are a a few free events going on Wednesday, June 1: Enjoy free admission today at The Art Institute of Chicago (, the Museum of Science and Industry (, and Adler Planetarium (; Enjoy a chef’s demonstration this morning by Susan [...]

6 Things to Do in…Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood

Chicago’s Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood neighborhoods are adjacent to Beverly in Chicago’s south side. Here are 6 things to see and do in the area: See and Make Art at the Beverly Arts Center: Located in the neighborhoods of Beverly and Morgan Park, the Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) is a bustling multi-disciplinary arts center, which [...]

5 Things to See and Do at the Beverly Arts Center

Located in the south side neighborhoods of Beverly and Morgan Park, the Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) is a bustling multi-disciplinary arts center, which showcases work both in the visual and performing arts, and hosts arts classes for people of all ages. Here are a 6 programs to see at Beverly Arts Center this [...]

Tours of the Day: Fun Tours for Foodies and Bike Fans

Each weekday this summer, we’ll be highlighting tours listed on No matter what your interest or budget, there’s something for everyone! Explore the city on foot, by bus, by bike, or elevated train. Click here to search our summer tour listings! Bobby’s Bike Hike: Bikes, Bites, & Brews Tour Hop on a bike and sample [...]

Today’s Freebies: Tuesday, May 31

There are hundreds of fun free events going on in Chicago this summer! Here are a a few free events going on today: Meet Grammy Award-winning artist Jill Scott tomorrow at the Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue. If you’d like to attend, you’ll need a wristband, which you can pick up today! “Stories in [...]

Memorial Day Recap

Good morning! In case you were out enjoying Chicago’s beautiful summer weather yesterday, here’s a recap of the suggested itineraries, free events, and trip planning tools that we highlighted: Welcome to the Urban Excursions Blog! Top 5 Free and Fun Events This Week, Monday, May 30 – Sunday, June 5 5 Things to Do…If You’re [...]

Welcome to the Explore Chicago: Urban Excursions Blog!

Welcome to the Explore Chicago: Urban Excursions blog! Whether you’re a first-time visitor looking for “must sees” or a Chicagoan or seasoned traveler searching for hidden gems, we’ll have something here for you this summer. It’s never been easier to explore Chicago’s diverse communities! Our blog will feature free summer events and suggested itineraries every [...]

5 Things to Do if you’re headed to….Downtown Sound in Millennium Park

It’s no secret that Millennium Park is the place to be on Monday nights this summer: the highly anticipated FREE concert series, Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays, has returned to the park, featuring an eclectic mix of music discoveries. This week’s concert features Phosphorescent, fresh from Cochella, and The Campbell Brothers, masters of the steel guitar. [...]

Top 5 Hotels with History from Michelin Travel Editors

Enjoy a look at these historic Chicago hotels, brought to you by the editors of the Michelin Guides! Chicago has always been a magnet for visitors, from 1860, when Chicago became the center of the world’s largest railroad network, and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to today, when Chicago recently welcomed some 40-plus million domestic [...]

5 Famous Film Scenes Shot in the Loop

Did you know that over 800 feature films and television productions have been shot in Chicago since 1989, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, coming out in theaters on June 29, 2011. Explore Chicago’s On Location badge for Foursquare, a FREE game for your mobile phone, takes you to many of the locations where these [...]