May 5th with mexican decorations
  • Celebration
How Cinco de Mayo Became a Mexican-American Holiday

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with eATLAS! Take our Taco Crawl through Lincoln Park or our Frida & Friends: Food & Art Tour in Pilsen. Cyclists can also explore Pilsen and Humboldt Park through our Revolutionary Ride, a bike tour created by the Newberry Library that is available in English and Spanish. By Dave Lifton (@daveeatschicago) […]

May 2, 2024

Women’s History Month
  • Celebration
Meet Crusading Civil Rights Journalist Ida B. Wells

Created by Larissa Rolley, eATLAS’ Women in Chicago tour Adventure visits 17 locations throughout the city focusing on women who shaped the city’s past, including Ida B. Wells, and are defining its future. By Dave Lifton (@daveeatschicago) In 2019, Congress Parkway in Chicago was renamed Ida B. Wells Drive. It was the first time the […]

March 21, 2024

Laissez le Bon Temps Roulez on Mardi Gras!
  • Celebration
Laissez le Bon Temps Roulez on Mardi Gras!

Celebrations for Fat Tuesday, the last day of Carnival season before Lent, have been a part of Catholic cultures for centuries, and arguably the most famous is held in New Orleans. By Dave Lifton (@daveeatschicago) Although records from that era are spotty at best, it’s believed that the first Mardi Gras in America was held […]

February 8, 2024

The Chicago Roots of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • Celebration
  • Culture
The Chicago Roots of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

The tale of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer has been loved throughout the world for generations. And it was created in Chicago, with the city even serving as inspiration for part of the story. For more holiday fun in the Windy City, take the Museum of Illusions’ Christmas Tree Adventure Scavenger Hunt or visit one of […]

December 21, 2023

Christkindlmarkets
  • Celebration
The History of Christkindlmarkets

Since 1996, the Christkindlmarket has become one of Chicago’s most beloved holiday traditions, putting an Old-World spirit in the heart of a modern American city. The history of outdoor winter markets goes all the way back to the Middle Ages, but, as much as they embody the Christmas spirit, their popularity today wouldn’t be possible […]

December 14, 2023

Halloween decorations
  • Activities
  • Celebration
The History of Halloween

For Halloween, eATLAS is moving outside our regular deep dives into the stories of Chicago into the history of the holiday. For Halloween-themed adventures, take the Medieval Torture Museum’s “Are You Brave Enough” tour of the bloodiest spots in the Loop, check out our tour of the gravesites of the famous Chicagoans buried in Graceland […]

October 26, 2023

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