IL Travel Guide

/ / / / / / / /

United Adds DIY Baggage Tagging Over at O'Hare

August 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Practice your sticker skills before heading off to the airport, as one of the country’s largest carriers is going the DIY route when it comes to baggage tagging.

United Airlines just started offering self-service bag tagging over at Chicago-O’Hare in an effort to speed up the check-in process at the airport. The airline’s angle is that it provides more options for customers looking to do things for themselves, and it will free up agents to help out those flyers that have questions or need a little more assistance.

more ›

/ / / / / /

How to Get Tickets to Chicago's Riot Fest 2014

August 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lollapalooza is now just a memory and summer is winding down, but that doesn't mean the Chicago music festival scene is over for 2014.

On Sept. 12-14 Riot Fest returns to Humboldt Park with a lineup that includes The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Rise Against, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Samhain, Tegan and Sara, and dozens more.

more ›

/ / / / /

George Lucas Chooses Chicago for New Museum

June 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Confirmation that the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be built in Chicago has some wondering if Mayor Rahm Emanuel performed a Jedi Mind Trick on George Lucas.

Since the museum was announced it was largely assumed it would be built in San Francisco, near the LucasFilm headquarters. So, many were surprised this week when Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Emanuel, announced Lucas' decision to build the facility in Chicago, over San Fran.

more ›

/ / / / / / /

Everything Old is New Again: Wooden Roller Coaster Debuts at Six Flags Great America

June 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been awaiting its arrival since January of this year, and now it’s finally time for the roller coaster known as Goliath to make a debut.

This big and bad new coaster isn’t a usual hi-tech coaster offering either, as this thing is a wooden coaster—so expect all of that moving and shaking that goes along with a timber track. With its opening comes world records, as Goliath will feature the longest drop, the steepest drop, and the highest speed of any wooden coaster. Top speed is 72mph.

more ›

/ / / / / / /

How to Get Tickets to Taste of Chicago 2014

June 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

For most of the US summer means good weather, good music and, of course, good food.

Taste of Chicago is one of world's largest annual food festivals with dozens of restaurants, vendors, and food trucks serving up the best of the Windy City's food scene over five days.

more ›

/ / / / / / /

How a Hotel Chain Transformed an Airport Security Area

June 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those departing Chicago on the way to their summer vacation are about to have another reason to smile, as heading through airport security at O’Hare just got a little better and little more bearable. For most the shoes still need to come off and the laptops will need to go on the belt, but the whole scene will be more enjoyable thanks to some sponsorship and decoration from the folks over at Marriott and SpringHill Suites.

We’ve seen something like this before, but we certainly can’t complain about anything that makes the airport security process that much more enjoyable. Through a partnership with the aforementioned hotel chain as well as the TSA and the airport authority things are a little bit different over at checkpoint number three within the airport’s Terminal 1.

more ›

/ / / / / / / / / /

Save the Date for Chicago's Double Whammy of Airport Runway Runs

May 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, when airports welcome people, in place of planes, to run on their runways while the weather is sunny and the skies are blue. While other airports are still ironing out the particulars, Chicago's double whammy of runway runs is already asking you to "save the date."

It's only the second year for a run at Chicago's second airport, Midway. The Midway Fly Away 5K will be sponsored by Southwest and will benefit Chicago Childrens Charities and the Special Olympics. The run on what MDW calls "the world's busiest square mile" will happen September 21, and other runways will most definitely still be active.

Across the city, Chicago's own United Airlines will once again host the O'Hare Run on the Runway, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. You've got more time to train for this race, as the 5K doesn't hit the calendar until October 5. Fingers crossed United rolls an aircraft out to the finish line for photo ops, as they've done in past years. Expect over 3,500 fellow runners of all ages and abilities (and walkers are welcome), so be ready when registration opens soonish.

more ›

/ / / / /

Last Chance to Score Tickets for Lollapalooza 2014

April 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

With a lineup including Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, The Avett Brothers, Lorde and more than 75 other acts, it's no surprise tickets for Lollapalooza 2014 almost completely sold out in less than a week.

The only tickets still available for the music fest, taking place Aug. 1-3 at Chicago's Grant Park, are Platinum Tickets that include everything from golf cart transportation to air conditioned restrooms and can only be purchased by calling 1-888-519-0382 or email at platinum@cidentertainment.com.

more ›

/ / /

Three Chicago Landmarks to Look for in 'Divergent'

March 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend moviegoers will get their first look at dystopian Chicago as Divergent hits the big screen.

The movie is based on Veronica Roth's books set in a Chicago where the population has been split into five factions based on virtues.

more ›

/ / / / /

Happy New Year, Chicago: Where to Find the Fireworks and Festivities

December 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in Chicago to celebrate the countdown to 2014.

The Second City knows how to ring in the New Year, and with the lakefront as a backdrop it’s a great spot to launch some fireworks into the sky. Navy Pier is where you'll want to be at midnight, but we’d probably recommend getting there a little bit earlier than that—of course you need time to scope out the best spot.

more ›

/ / / / / / /

Downward Dog During Delays at O'Hare Airport's New Yoga Room

December 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Believe it or not there’s no better place to relax than the airport, and that’s especially the case as more and more places are adding a little yoga to the terminal and concourse menu. We’ve mentioned a few of the airports where you can practice your warrior or cobra poses, and now’s there’s one more airport that’s all about stretching it out during your layover.

Chicago-O’Hare is famous for a lot of things, and you can now add yoga to that list. The place now has a yoga room right within Terminal 3, and it’s situated right next door to the airport’s indoor garden. The yoga studio features bamboo floors, mirrors along one side of the room, plenty of yoga mats, and a spot to store your stuff while you are doing your thing. There are even frosted windows within the room to let in a little more light, and to kind of create a less sterile environment.

more ›

/ / / /

How to Get Early Bird Tickets for Chicago's Riot Fest 2014

November 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Christmas is coming early this year for fans of Chicago's annual Riot Fest.

The festival has announced a limited number of three-day early bird tickets for 2014 will go on sale tomorrow, Nov. 27, at 12:00 PM CT.

more ›