Stories by Rebecca Palmore

Weekend Best Bets: Glowing Photos, Vegan Food, Cat Videos

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Lorenz Holder of Germany was the overall winner of the 2016 Red Bull Illume contest. The photo shows Senad Grosic ride his bike over a bridge in an autumnal Gablenz, Germany. (Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume)

From a glowing photo exhibition to vegan chefs and cat videos on the big screen, this weekend’s roundup includes fun fall events both indoors and out.

Weekend Best Bets: Gourmet Fare, Jazz Fest, Day of the Dead

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 22-25

Sound the horns: The 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival returns to the neighborhood this weekend. (Marc Monaghan / Flickr)

Chicago Gourmet returns with Rick Bayless at the helm, the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest offers a weekend soundtrack and the National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th Day of the Dead exhibition. Those events and more in this weekend's roundup.

Weekend Best Bets: Live Music, Fall Color, Indie Bookstores

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 15-18

Fall color is on display this weekend in Oak Park and other area locations. (Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr)

Morrissey comes to Douglas Park, craft beer spills in Oak Park and Elmhurst, a global jam unites musicians from India and Chicago, book fans toast Quimby's, lovers of the grape head to North Kenwood and DIY types search for treasure in Andersonville. Those events and more in this weekend's jam-packed roundup.

Weekend Best Bets: World Music Fest, Oktoberfest, Renegade, Bears Bash

More than 400 vendors set up camp along Division Street in Wicker Park this weekend. (Courtesy Renegade Craft Fair)

Salute the season with an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, get crafty in Wicker Park, gear up for the Bears, stay up late for an all-night concert of classical Indian music and more this weekend.

Weekend Best Bets: Labor Day Festivals, Music, More

Pack a picnic and settle in at Millennium Park for this weekend's Chicago Jazz Festival. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Soak up the long summer weekend with cool jazz, world beats, Polish beer and a picnic or two. We've got top picks for city and suburban events this holiday weekend.

Weekend Best Bets: Chicago Triathlon, Dog Show, Bucktown Art Fest

A wave of swimmers start their race in Lake Michigan at the 2015 Chicago Triathlon. (Courtesy of Transamerica Chicago Triathlon)

Cheer on Chicago athletes, shop for fall accessories, take in an outdoor movie, sip sangria on a sprawling lawn, run through mud, watch dashing dogs and more this weekend.

Weekend Best Bets: Air and Water Show, Wright Ride, Black Harvest

Take in the high-flying sights at this weekend's annual Chicago Air and Water Show. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Turn your eyes to the skies for this weekend's annual air show, explore Bronzeville galleries, hear global rhythms in Albany Park, take in a film festival, ogle Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Oak Park and more.

Weekend Best Bets: Reggae Fest, Bud Billiken, LATE Ride, Wine Fest

Lee “Scratch" Perry performs this weekend at the inaugural Reggae Fest Chicago. (Courtesy Reggae Fest Chicago)

Take in live music, pedal through city streets in the wee hours, line up for an iconic parade and sip wine in the suburbs. Get details on those events and more things to do this weekend.

Weekend Best Bets: Celebrate a Milestone, Salute the Season

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King Jr. in the White House Cabinet Room in 1966.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. marched through Marquette Park to protest housing segregation and fight for equal rights. On Saturday, hundreds of area residents will trace a seven-block stretch of King’s march. Details on that and more in this weekend's roundup.

Weekend Best Bets: Tall Ships, Lollapalooza, Poetry Fest

Tall Ships Chicago at Navy Pier returns this weekend. (Jeff Brown / Navy Pier, Inc.)

Celebrate Lolla's 25th anniversary in Grant Park, sip bloody marys in Highwood, celebrate local poets in Bronzeville, eat tacos in Pilsen, tour tall ships at Navy Pier and other notable events for your perfect summer weekend.

Weekend Best Bets: Garden Walk, Craft Beer in Lincoln Park

From flowers to brews, this weekend's Sheffield Garden Walk and Craft Beer Fest is are about the bouquets. (Courtesy Special Events Management)

Stroll through gardens, sample craft beer, watch movies under the stars, tour "green" homes and more this weekend.

Weekend Best Bets: Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Union Park

Iceage performs at Pitchfork in 2015. (Ellie Pritts / Pitchfork)

A Chicago park in West Town plays hosts to dozens of indie music acts this weekend. In the Loop, Pokémon GO players hit the streets en masse, while lions dance in Chinatown and Morris Day and The Time strike a pose in Chatham. Plus: Lumberjack athletes arrive for a U.S. championship in Tinley Park.

Weekend Best Bets: Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Eat your way through 200 menu items at the 36th annual mega-fest in Grant Park, where Billy Idol and Sheila E. are among this year's musical guests. Get details on that event and others in this week's roundup.

Best Bets: Fourth of July Weekend

Go out with a bang this weekend as fireworks, parades and festivals offer plenty of ways to celebrate across the city and suburbs.

Weekend Best Bets

2015 Chicago Pride Parade. (opacity / Flickr)

Pride Month culiminates on Sunday with the 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade. Free movie screenings and concerts, a food truck fest and a celebration of encased meats are also on tap.

Chicago Marathon Registration Opens Tuesday to Amateur Runners

Runners hit the streets for the 35th annual Chicago Marathon in 2012. (Brad Hagan / Flickr)

This week's primary isn't the only race in town. Amateur runners can apply for a spot in the 39th annual Chicago Marathon starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Chicago Humanities Festival: How to Navigate the Lineup

130 Ways to Use Your Eyes, Ears, Head

The 26th annual festival returns with a new-and-now group of talented writers, performers and creative thinkers who head up 130 events throughout the city. We'll help you navigate the options.

Free Events in 7th Most-Expensive City in the World

(Todd Petrie / Flickr)

According to a recent report by Swiss financial services company UBS, Chicago joins New York City, Zurich, Geneva, Oslo, London and Hong Kong in an exclusive group of the most-expensive cities in the world. As an antidote to what may seem depressing news, we scoured the web for something everyone can feel good about: free stuff.

Farm Aid Celebrates 30th Birthday in Chicago

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Willie Nelson (© Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.)

Saturday's concert marks the 30th anniversary of Farm Aid: A Concert for America, which drew a crowd of 80,000 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. on Sept. 22, 1985. Nearly 500 artists have performed at concerts held mostly across the Midwest and along the East Coast nearly every year since. Learn more about the organization, and this weekend's show at Northerly Island.

How You Can Help Chicago Researchers with a Wild Science Project

Seth Magle, Ph.D., Director of the Urban Wildlife Institute, secures a camera trap that is used to capture data for Chicago Wildlife Watch. (Courtesy of Urban Wildlife Institute/Lincoln Park Zoo)

A group of local science researchers want your help on a truly wild project. Learn about Chicago Wildlife Watch, and how you can help them better understand the urban ecosystem of Chicago.

Corpse Flower 'Lacks Energy to Bloom,' Says Chicago Botanic Garden

Spike was "flashing signals" on Aug. 26.

After much anticipation, the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday night announced that Spike is not expected to bloom. 

Weekend Events Around Town: August 21-23

The Boulevard Lakefront Tour returns Aug. 23.

Neighborhood festivals, a pop-culture convention and the return of a historic bike ride through the city highlight this weekend's event lineup. Check out those events, and more, in our roundup.

Weekend Events Around Town: August 14-16

The Air and Water Show is Aug. 15 and 16

From a free outdoor horror show to '80s fashion finds to aerial feats along the lakefront, we've got your weekend picks.

Perseid Meteor Shower A Great Excuse to Stay Up Late

A Perseid in 2007.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Perseid meteor shower will be at peak visibility around the globe, but light pollution can greatly diminish what you see. In west suburban Sugar Grove, Northern Illinois University and a NASA ambassador have teamed up to host a free viewing party Wednesday night. Learn more about it here.

Chicago Bears Single-Game Tickets on Sale This Week

Chicago Bears logo

Gear up, Bears fans: Single-game tickets are available for purchase online or by phone starting 11:00 am Thursday, July 16.