175 Ways to Love Chicago: Rick Bayless’s 5 Favorite Food Purveyors


Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality Rick Bayless points us to his favorite local purveyors of fresh produce, craft brews, and other culinary delights. Click here to read more…

175 Ways to Love Chicago: A Few Reasons Chicagoans Love Chicago


Andrew RoddewigWhen we asked filmmaker Andrew Roddewig to give us five reasons he loves Chicago, he said that he couldn’t pick just five. So he went Millennium park on an unusually warm January day to ask his fellow Chicagoans (and a few visitors) why they love Chicago. This is what he made!

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175 Ways to Love Chicago: 5 Favorite Family Activities

A child enjoys Dinosaur Expedition at the Chicago Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Children’s Museum.

With so many ways to play in Chicago, we asked Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO of Chicago Children’s Museum, to suggest her favorite activities to create smiling faces, adventure and all-out family fun. Click here to read more…

175 Ways to Love Chicago: 5 Ways to Experience African American History and Heritage

Ida B. Wells, and her great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster

Journalist, women’s rights activist and civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells (left) and her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster (right). Photos courtesy of Michelle Duster.

From watching new plays by contemporary African American writers to experiencing historic landmarks up close, Michelle Duster, author, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells and Co-Chair of the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee, shares her favorite ways to connect to Chicago’s African American heritage—past and present! Click here to read more…

175 Ways to Love Chicago: 5 Ways to Get to Know Chicago

A boat on the Chicago River (on the side that runs west of the Loop) in the summer.

A boat on the Chicago River in the summer

Reporting on a city and all its happenings is like having an ongoing conversation with the place itself. We asked a man who’s been listening to and telling Chicago’s stories for decades, Chicago Tribune Senior Writer and Columnist Rick Kogan, to introduce us to the city he knows so well. Click here to read more…

175 Ways to Love Chicago: 5 Ways to Be Inspired By Chicago

Christine Simpson Forni

Follow visual artist Christine Simpson Forni as she shares 5 ways to get inspired by Chicago, as well as places you can go to see artists at work. Click here to read more…

5 Places to Drop the Kids Off…Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

A group of youth artists show off their cool costumes at Hyde Park Art Center.
Photo courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center

Sometimes mom and dad just need some time by themselves for a date night (or afternoon). Chicago has plenty of spots where you can drop the kids off for some supervised fun while you enjoy a nice evening out in the city. Click here to read more…

175 Ways to Love Chicago: 5 Ways to Move Through Chicago’s Cultural Landscape

Fabrice Calmels with Victoria Jaiani in Edwaard Liang's Woven Dreams Photo by Herbert Migdoll

Fabrice Calmels with Victoria Jaiani in Edwaard Liang’s Woven Dreams Photo by Herbert Migdoll. Photo courtesty of Joffrey Ballet.

Whether it’s your first time to Chicago or you’ve never left, follow these tips from dancer Fabrice Calmels of the Joffrey Ballet as he shows us his favorite ways to move through Chicago’s vast cultural landscape. Click here to read more…

As Seen on Common

Common sports a "Made in Chicago" button at Sundance!

Image courtesy of the Chicago Film Office

We think it’s so cool that Chicago-born hip hop artist and actor Common sported one of our Made in Chicago buttons during an interview with Variety Magazine, at Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to our friends at the Chicago Film Office for sharing the story…and our buttons!

Photo of the Day: Knock Knock! Who’s There?

Anybody home?

Why, a dragon dancer on Argyle Street in Uptown, of course! This photo, taken by Rolour Garcia, was taken at last weekend’s Chinese New Year Celebrations. For even more fun ideas of things to do in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, check out our 175 Ways to Love Chicago Post with tips from Jackie Taylor of the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center. Click here to see the full-sized photo.

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