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Officials put out a call Friday for nominations for Chicago’s official Christmas tree. Pines need not apply.

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Millennium Park’s Great Lawn is dotted with social distance circles. (Chicago Mayor’s Office)

Millennium Park’s Great Lawn is open to visitors again, with painted-on circles in place to emphasize social distancing guidelines. 

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2017 Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park (Photo credit: City of Chicago, DCASE)

With Lollapalooza and other big summer events now officially canceled in Chicago, some city residents may be wondering what their entertainment options will look like in the months ahead. How the city is going virtual.

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(EMR / Flickr)

This year’s summer festival season will look a little different, with large outdoor festivals canceled or moved online, including Lollapalooza.

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Chicago is taking some of its popular music fests online. (Courtesy Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

The Millennium Park at Home series will deliver concerts online via YouTube and Facebook, kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a virtual version of the House Music Festival.

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Music director Carlos Kalmar leads the Grant Park Orchestra in 2019. (Courtesy of the Grant Park Music Festival)

The news is increasing familiar, yet heartbreaking. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, yet another much-beloved live music series is being silenced this summer. 

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An image of Lurie Garden took top prize in the Royal Horticultural Society's 2020 photo competition. (Helen McLain / Royal Horticultural Society)

An image of Lurie Garden in full summer bloom—and it’s “wonderfully romantic glow”—was declared the overall winner in the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual competition.

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Photo from a 2017 NASA flight over Antarctica. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr)

The sounds of a calving Antarctic iceberg have been turned into a musical composition, which will be performed as part of an immersive experience this weekend at Millennium Park.

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(Lara Farhadi / Flickr)

Police say charges are currently pending against six adults and one possible juvenile accused of spray-painting the Bean and Cancer Survivor Wall in Maggie Daley Park.

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2017 Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park (Photo credit: City of Chicago, DCASE)

The annual Grant Park Music Festival kicks off Wednesday. The free concert series is just one way to see music under the stars in Pritzker Pavilion. See the full summer 2019 concert lineup.

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Summer Fitness Supported by LifeStart (Credit: James Richards IV Photography)

Ditch the gym and take your fitness routine outside this summer with free classes at Millennium Park, Navy Pier and Gallagher Way. With morning and evening classes, there are plenty of opportunities to get in shape.

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(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

From action-packed superhero flicks to romantic comedies and children’s movies, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Check out the 2019 schedule.

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Ramsey Lewis (Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

The Chicago Jazz Fest is expanding its scope and reach. We discuss what’s new – and what to expect this weekend – with Mark Kelly, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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Carlos Kalmar (Photo: Patrick Pyszka)

As difficult as it may be to believe, the summer of 2018 is winding down. One significant marker: the Grant Park Music Festival will give the final performances of its 84th season on Saturday.

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(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Get fit this summer with free outdoor yoga, Pilates, cardio, strength and Zumba classes on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park.

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(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Highlights of this year’s free outdoor movie series include Oscar nominees “Get Out” and “Coco,” plus the iconic 2000 music movie “High Fidelity.” Check out the full 2018 schedule.