Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Marco

Student artwork at SkyART
Source: Marco M.

This summer we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Marco M. visited the SkyART Art Center, which provides a safe, accessible space for young people to participate in visual arts programming on Chicago's South Side. Marco's Story: I went to SkyART Art Center in the South Chicago neighborhood. What caught my eye […]

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Chicago Murals Speak Volumes

Source: Robin, Chicago Public Library

Street art has been around for decades and some of Chicago's murals and sticker decals (e.g. You are Beautiful) have become world-famous. I was pretty thrilled to see Chance the Rapper's Angels video inspired by Hebru Brantley's famous mural, Fly-boy, located on Wabash in the South Loop; the combination of these two artists seems so Chicago and Chance literally […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Kevin

Operation Mom's Couch by Eric J. Garcia
Source: Kevin G.

This summer we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Kevin G. went on a field trip from Back of the Yards Branch to the National Veterans Art Museum, where they explored the exhibits The Things They Carried and Operation Mom's Couch. Kevin's Story: I participated in a field trip with Mr. Jaime and Ms. Heidi. […]

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Finding Beauty in the City

Source: Robin, Chicago Public Library

Chicago is a bustling metropolis filled with cultural diversity, history and entertainment. Yet it also contains stunning natural sanctuaries that make you feel like you're miles away from busy city streets—places like Promontory Point, one of my favorite spots in Chicago (pictured at sunrise). City life can sometimes be draining, so it's important to rediscover the […]

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Amor: Discover Latin American Romance

Source: sierragoddess, Flickr - resized

I once thought the term "romance language” meant language about romance and love, not realizing that it refers to languages of the Roman Empire descended from Latin. I think my misunderstanding stemmed from the fact that so many of my favorite Spanish-language authors write about love. I started studying Spanish in middle school and enjoyed practicing by reading bilingual […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Ashley

Source: xenia, Morguefile

This summer we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Ashley H. wrote a blog post of packing advice for travelers to help visitors prepare for the changeable Chicago weather. Ashley's Story: I know that sometimes I over- or under-pack when I'm going places, so I decided to use my previous experience as a […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Clara

The Doubleclicks and audience
Source: Clara M.

This summer we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Clara M. went to a concert for nerd-folk duo The Doubleclicks at Wanderer's Refuge. Clara's Story: Recently I was introduced to the realm of nerd music, and being a nerd myself, I was immediately hooked and absolutely loved it. The Doubleclicks very quickly made […]

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Art ON and Archer Heights Branch Celebrate Student Artists

Source: Abby, Archer Heights

Art ON, an exhibition of student artwork, opens Saturday, July 9 with an opening celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Archer Heights Branch. Art ON is the creation of artist and designer Katerina Pilipchik. When Pilipchik moved to the Archer Heights neighborhood, she found a community full of young artists, but very few places […]

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Surrealists and Selfies

Source: Chagall - Flickr, Andrea & Stefan

If you're in downtown Chicago, you should visit Cloud Gate, nicknamed "The Bean." It's a sculpture in Millennium Park by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Its shiny surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline, making it a popular attraction. Walk around and under it, and see how your body becomes warped and distorted against the background of the sky. Get creative, […]

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Taste of Chicago Food Festival

Source: Sharan Mohandoss, Flickr

If there's any kind of food you've been wanting to try, Chicago's got it all—it's just a matter of finding it. But this weekend it will all be in one place at the 2016 Taste of Chicago, an annual outdoor food festival dedicated to showcasing the delicious diversity of our city's culinary scene. From July […]

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