But open them at your own risk.
A journey into the heart of Illinois’s bureaucratic darkness: the state capital
With youth sports leagues and summer jobs programs, Englewood community groups will try to keep kids occupied and out of harm’s way.
110 summery things to do, every day from now until Labor Day 2013
Summer Guide: camp in the hills, ride the Bluegrass Parkway, and Shakespeare in the park
Summer Guide: 110 things to do this summer
Now in its second year, Chicago Craft Beer Week features dozens of tastings, beer dinners, brewery tours, and new brew debuts between May 19 and 27 (chibeerweek.com). A Beer Passport, available online and at all events for $10, serves as a guide to the week’s events and a ticket for a few featured events each […]
The best food, booze, beaches, concerts, festivals, and activities in Chicago – and beyond
These bacchanals are just a car ride away.
Compared to Michigan, Chicago offers bigger, better, and more of many (OK, most) things. But Michigan’s Harbor Country, as it’s known, has bigger, prettier, and more impressive beaches—unless it’s the Oak Street scene you’re going for. A mere 60 miles across the lake from Chicago and just west of the Paw Paw River, Benton Harbor’s […]
As the annual roll call for summer music festivals continues to balloon, a select few set themselves apart from the pack. Below are our festival picks for the summer, including both the local neighborhood bookings and the familiar blowouts like Pitchfork, Blues Fest, and Lollapalooza. HoZac Blackout Fest The infamous festival returns in a big […]
The Virgin Mary once visited, and now so do throngs of the faithful
ADJACENT TO BENTON HARBOR: Just north of Benton Harbor’s Jean Klock Beach is Berrien County’s quiet Rocky Gap Beach, with an overlook and 1,100 feet of lake frontage. Directly south of Jean Klock is St. Joe’s Tiscornia Park, with sand dunes, a 16-acre park, and the North Pier Lighthouse, authorized at the same time Chicago’s […]
It’s about as far from the stereotypical backstreet juke as you can get: a breeze wafts off the lake, easing the scorch of the midsummer sun. There’s sand underfoot, barbecue smoke in the air, and several thousand people relaxing in lawn chairs or dancing to the funk-driven blues blasting from a stage at one end […]
Whether you like your summer weekends loud with a side of light beer or a little more eclectic, the options for fairs and festivals that suit your mood are plentiful. Admission fees listed for most neiighborhood festivals are suggested donations for charity or community projects. May International Mr. Leather Chicago’s homegrown leather-man competition packs the […]