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Chicago According to Locals

01/23/2013 | by

When you're researching Chicago, getting ready to come here for the first time, looking for things to do, the best restaurants and events that will be happening while you're here, you might feel like you're not getting the whole story. Does it seem a little suspicious that everyone has the best food, the most comfortable beds, the most accommodating service according to their websites?


Snows Days a Navy Pier - This Weekend in Chicago!

01/22/2013 | by

January is drawing to an end, but the last couple of days are going to be filled with tons of things to do in Chicago. One of those things to do is marvelling at massive ice sculptures during Snow Days at the famous Navy Pier. This is a family friendly activity for people of all ages, and best of all, it's completely free! Snow Days in Chicago 2013 is from January 25th to 27th.


Two Top Chicago Museums Will Raise Their Prices

01/18/2013 | by

The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry have both received official permission to raise their price of admission by the Chicago Park District board. The museums are both located on Park District property, so the matter had to be voted on before the prices could officially be raised.

Both museums are now allowed to raise their admission price by 10%, which will mostly affect the out-of-state visitors coming to each museum.

The Art Institute of Chicago requested the increase in admission to cover the staff's raises and pay city bills (which were waived in previous years, but they are now required to pay themselves) like the water and sewer bill. The new prices at this Chicago museum are scheduled to go into effect on February 1, 2013.

New prices at the Art Institute:


Chicago Resident Seniors/Students - $12
Illinois Resident Seniors/Students - $14
Out-of-State Seniors - $17
Chicago Resident Adults - $18
Illinois Resident Adults - $20
Out-of-State Adults - $23

The Museum of Science and Industry is increasing their prices a little earlier, January 23, 2013.

New Prices at the Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago Residents - $15
Chicago Seniors - $14
Chicago Children (3-11) - $10
Non-Chicago Residents - $18
Non-Chicago Seniors - $17
Non-Chicago Children (3-11) - $11

Now is the time, more than ever, to take advantage of all the Chicago museum coupons like the Museum Campus Pass, or the Museum Pass, which saves Chicago travelers up to 26% on admission to some of Chicago's top museums and allow you to skip the line to get in!


What To Do on New Years Eve in Chicago!

12/17/2012 | by

Chicago is a great place to be for New Year's Eve! If you're in the mood for a classy evening and black tie festivities, The Signature Room at the 95th might be exactly what you're seeking. Lovebirds who want romance on the water can enjoy a champagne dinner cruise, complete with a fireworks show.

A Night of Sophistication Awaits


Romantic Date Ideas in Chicago This Winter

11/15/2012 | by

Many people travel to Chicago in the winter to get away for the holidays with their family, looking for fun things to do to keep the kids entertained, see the decorations of the big city and explore all the Chicago sights dusted in snow.  Who can blame you? This is a great time of year to visit Chicago!


Chicago November Events 2012 | Things to do in Chicago in November through the Holidays

10/25/2012 | by

Ah, November. The time of year where we can finally wear a jacket outside in the morning and still not regret our outfit choice by noon. The temperatures are consistent throughout the say, and pretty much throughout the month.


What's Happening on Magnificent Mile Right Now?

10/16/2012 | by

Alright, we know that saying "what's hot" died in the 90's along with spikey bleach blonde hair (unfortunately) but, despite the drop in temperatures, things never cool down on Magnificent Mile in Chicago.


Fall Into Chicago Fall Festivals, Events and Halloween Madness! | Chicago Events October 2012

09/24/2012 | by

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Chicago! The temperatures are just right (in the mid-60's, that's just right for this time of year) and there is still plenty of fun things to do in Chicago every weekend! Don't miss any chance to see the fall foliage in Chicago from one of the sightseeing cruises, or just exploring the city on your own!


Chicago Events September 2012 | Things to do in Chicago this September

08/27/2012 | by

September really does it right by starting off the month with a holiday, and for that we are grateful! Fortunately for everyone though, this month is not stopping there with the festivities and activities - especially not in the Windy City.


Labor Day Weekend Chicago 2012

08/20/2012 | by

While there are so many famous Chicago attractions and things to do to keep you occupied while you're in town, there are also plenty of Chicago events that won't be there every time you go - like when you're in Chicago for Labor Day 2012! Many Americans associate Labor Day with the end of summer - at least the end of summer as we know it.