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A Lyric Opera performer captivates a Chicago audience.

  John Belushi
John BelushiOne of Second City's youngest main stage performers, Belushi gained national television fame on Saturday Night Live and tickled American hearts and funny bones in classic films like Animal House and Blues Brothers.
  Ernest Hemingway
Ernest HemingwayTestosterone-fueled protagonists forge the pages of Papa's novels and short stories into some of America's greatest early 20th Century literature.
  John Malkovich
John MalkovichThe actor co-founded Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater in 1976 and went on to international stardom for his icy nonchalant confidence, monotone delivery and penetrating gazes.
  Sir Georg Solti
Sir Georg SoltiIf a Grammy Award is the gauge of a musician's success, then Chicago Symphony Orchestra director Solti must have done something right - He earned more than anyone.
  Muddy Waters
Muddy WatersBy playing Mississippi-Delta blues with an electric guitar and full band, he became an innovator of Chicago style blues. He influenced rockers like the Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Waters' tune.
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Blues & JazzBlues & Jazz If, as they say, "The blues had a baby and they named it rock n' roll," then Chicago bluesmen like Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters can argue which one is the daddy. They migrated to the Windy City from the Deep South to taste a slice of the American Dream and quickly discovered that Chicago crowds liked to dance, not just listen. So Waters plugged in an electric guitar, backed by a full band...
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Rock, Rap, and R&BRock, Rap, and R&B The Windy City has been the subject of more than a few songs over the years, from "Sweet Home Chicago" to "The Night Chicago Died." And wasn't it from "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" we learned that the South Side of Chicago is the baddest part of town? True, the city isn't mentioned in all songs, and not all bands are from Chicago, but if an act is worth their weight in gold, platinum, or veruca salt...
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Classical & VocalClassical & Vocal Chicago is the cultural center of the Midwest, so it should come as no surprise that so many sophisticated classical music opportunities abound. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), which has become one of the world's most highly regarded orchestras, is currently in front of Riccardo Muti. The baton was previously held by Daniel Barenboim from 1991 to 2006 and Sir Georg Solti from 1969 to 1991. Solti holds the distinguished title...
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TheaterTheater In Chicago, theater is serious business. Unless you're feeling funny that is, in which case Second City may be your best bet. Whatever your mood, the city's scores of theaters provide entertainment the old-fashioned way - real and live...
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ComedyComedy "Heard any good jokes lately?" Most likely you have if you've attended one of Chicago's dozens of comedy clubs. Since 1959, Second City has become an American icon and breeding ground for household names like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Alan Alda...
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Film & TelevisionFilm & Television In the early 1900s, Essanay Studios in Chicago's North Side was the place to make silent films. The likes of W.C. Fields and Charlie Chaplin eventually moved to Hollywood, but since those early days the city has been the backdrop for countless American classic movies from the 1932 Scarface to Ferris Bueller's Day Off...
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Music Fairs  & FestivalsMusic Fairs & Festivals Since The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago knows how to throw a street party. A huge population of talented musicians with rich ethnic diversity is the formula for a city calendar that is jam-packed with music festivals. Since snowy months do not naturally lend themselves to walking barefoot in Grant Park, even more events are packed into the days of summer. Jazz and blues reign supreme on Chicago outdoor stages...
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DanceDance From urban theaters deepinto Chicagoland suburbia, dance performances as diverse as the ethnicities of the dancers abound. The Chicago Dance Coalition and The Chicago Dance and Music Alliance keep track of groups like The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago...
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Street PerformersStreet Performers Free entertainment is presented at Daley Plaza weekdays at noon. The shows feature musicians, dancers and a variety of other performers and are popular among workers in the Loop, who bring their brown-bag lunches. Performances congregate at the Picasso sculpture in the warmer months and move inside during winter...
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