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Babs Takes Chicago!

Babs Takes Chicago!Trip Plan

Trip Plan Tags: 
shopping,
festival,
family,
outdoors + nature,
food,
wine

I'm heading to Chicago to visit some friends and family for Labor Day weekend! I plan on going to the African Art Festival, eating until I pass out (Roman-style!), rooting for the White Sox, walking around the South Side to check out the Obama grafitti that's been springing up, and generally having a great time.

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Nightlife I.O. Theater, Chicago

Formerly called the Improv Olympics, the I.O. is the city's "other" famous comedy club (it plays second fiddle to the better-known Second City). Upstairs you'll... more

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Nightlife Vic Theater, Chicago

In the early 1900's, the Vic was the Victoria Theatre, a five-story vaudeville house. These days, the intimate venue (it holds up to 1,400) is looking its age,... more

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Nightlife Map Room, Chicago

Owners Mark and Laura Blasingame have two passions in life—traveling and beer— and their cozy pub is a showcase for both. The giant map of the world... more

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Nightlife Hideout, Chicago

Finding this aptly named bar can be a major challenge. Don't even attempt to take public transportation here; just get in a cab (your taxi driver will know... more

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Eating Custom House, Chicago

Local favorite Shawn McClain is known for tinkering with tradition. His Spring adds a subtle Asian accent to seafood, and the homely vegetable won a glamorous... more

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Eating Wiener's Circle, Chicago

There are literally hundreds of places in town that serve respectable Chicago-style hot dogs: char-grilled Vienna beef topped with mustard, chopped onions,... more

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Moto
Eating Moto, Chicago

It's fairly safe to say that no matter how much of a foodie you are, you'll never have experienced anything quite like what you'll find at Homaro Cantu's... more

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Blackbird/Avec
Eating Blackbird/Avec, Chicago

The neighborhood surrounding it continues to gentrify, but Paul Kahan's Mediterranean-inspired restaurant remains refreshingly simple. The service is friendly... more

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James Chicago
Hotel James Chicago, Chicago

Partners Danny Errico (owner of the Equinox fitness club chain) and Brad Wilson (co-founder of the W hotel chain), along with restaurateur Stephen Hanson... more

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