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Enjoy Free Family Fun on Fourth of July Weekend in Chicago

Experience great value and dis­cover some­thing new with a visit to Chicago this Fourth of July week­end. Celebrate the summer’s biggest hol­i­day by vis­it­ing lake­front beaches, enjoy­ing mag­nif­i­cent fire­works on the lake­front, expe­ri­enc­ing the Taste of Chicago or attend­ing a Major League base­ball game. Learn about Chicago’s exquis­ite cui­sine, incred­i­ble sights, and afford­able options for a fun-filled week­end get­away on a budget.

Chicago Greeter Opens to Locals for Two Months Only

This sum­mer, the Chicago Greeter pro­gram invites locals to explore a new neigh­bor­hood or Chicago tra­di­tion with a Chicago Greeter. From June 1 – July 31, Chicagoans can cel­e­brate “stay­ca­tion months” by reg­is­ter­ing for a free, cus­tomized Greeter visit. Normally avail­able only to out-of-town vis­i­tors, the Greeter ser­vice will be offered to Chicago res­i­dents exclu­sively dur­ing the months of June and July.

Celebrate Summer with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fourth Annual Wine Festival

Celebrate sum­mer with a week­end of wine tast­ing, food pair­ings, and spec­tac­u­lar Garden vis­tas. The Fourth Annual Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival allows novices and expe­ri­enced oenophiles to develop their palates with sem­i­nars and demon­stra­tions con­ducted by event spon­sors, exhibit­ing winer­ies, Chicago area chefs, restau­ra­teurs, and spe­cialty food shops.

Chicago Gets Top Billing as Popular Destination for Theater Lovers

From store­front the­aters in the neigh­bor­hoods and Tony-award win­ning regional com­pa­nies to major Broadway shows, Chicago is known through­out the world for its exten­sive selec­tion of critically-acclaimed the­ater. On any given day, vis­i­tors can ven­ture out into Chicago’s diverse com­mu­ni­ties for a pro­duc­tion at one of the city’s many off-Loop the­ater com­pa­nies or see a musi­cal in the bustling his­toric down­town the­ater district.

Good Eats: The Depot American Diner, a Chicago Original

Want some­where new to get some­thing old? Try the Depot American Diner on the west side of Chicago. A friend sug­gested it to us on a recent day in the city, so we gave it a try. It was worth the trip, and the self induced food coma it brought on.