Tag Archives: Films Made in Chicago

175 Days to Love Chicago: Kartemquin KTQ Labs Spring Showcase

For the first time ever, Chicago’s Kartemquin Films (KTQ), creators of award-winning documentaries like The Interrupters and Hoop Dreams will be opening their KTQ Lab program to the public at the Kartemquin KTQ Lab Spring Showcase. This showcase of scenes from new Chicago-produced films is our 175 Days to Love Chicago pick for Tuesday, May 15.

175 Days to Love Chicago: Stony Island: A Musical Adventure on Chicago’s South Side

Gene Siskel Film Center Immerse yourself in 1978 Chicago as you listen to funky, bluesy sounds and see local sights in a musical journey around the city’s South Side, Stony Island. Stick around after the screening to hear director Andrew Davis and special guests talk about the making of this iconic film at the Gene [...]

Things To Do This Weekend: October 7 – 9, 2011

From the Chicago Marathon to a free booksigning with Top Chef Stephanie Izard, there are tons of fun things to do this weekend in Chicago! Check out our round-up of museum free days and must sees for Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Go Runner! On Sunday, October 9, runners from all 50 states and over 100 [...]

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 [...]

4 Things to Do In…the Gold Coast!

Since its beginnings just after the Great Fire, the Gold Coast has been known as Chicago’s upscale, tony district. Dotted with landmarked properties, most from the 1890s and the first decade of the 20th century, the area’s residential streets are lined with Victorian townhomes and mansions. The peace and gracefulness of these few blocks stand [...]

6 Things to Do in…Portage Park!

From Polish pastries for Paczki Day, and summertime swimming, to Halloween costume shopping, there’s so much to do all year round in Portage Park! Get ghoulish: It doesn’t really have to be Halloween to think about fun costumes, but it gets positively packed in the aisles of Fantasy Costumes in late October when it seems all [...]

[VIDEO]: Enjoy a Free Screening of Breaking Away

See the cycling classic Breaking Away tomorrow in Grant Park during Bike Chicago Movies in the Park. Hop on your bike and head to Grant Park to watch the award-winning 1979 cycling cult classic, a coming of age film set in Bloomington, Indiana after four friends graduate from high school. Enjoy beer from the Goose Island 312 [...]

5 Things to Do at the Austin Town Hall Park

Chicago’s Austin neighborhood was originally Cicero Township’s seat of government before it was annexed by Chicago in 1899. The former town hall was modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and survives today as one of Austin’s most well-known landmarks. Here are 5 Things to Do at Austin Town Hall Park this summer: Snap a photo [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]