• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

mexican mural
  • Celebration
Happy Mexican Independence Day!

In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, eATLAS is exploring the history of Chicago’s Mexican community. We have two tours of Pilsen—Frida & Friends: Food & Art in Pilsen is a walking tour of the neighborhood, while Revolutionary Ride (available in English and Spanish) explores the public art in Pilsen and Humboldt Park by bicycle. By […]

September 14, 2023

  • Celebration
Where to Celebrate 420 in Chicago

The 2020 decriminalization of cannabis in Chicago has led to all sorts of events going on throughout Chicago on April 20, aka 420. We’ve found our favorites and have listed them below. And if you’re looking for a full day’s worth of activities, check out our own 420 tour here.  By Dave Lifton (@daveeatschicago) We […]

April 20, 2023

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