Winter in Chicago can be a magical time of year, with plenty of events and activities to enjoy despite the colder weather. If you're looking for something to do, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Take a walk on the Lakefront Trail, an 18-mile path that hugs the shores of Lake Michigan. The trail offers beautiful views of the lake and city skyline, making it a popular destination for walkers and runners year-round. However, in the winter, the trail can get quite chilly, so make sure to dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear to stay comfortable.
Ice skating is another popular winter activity in Chicago. The city has several outdoor ice rinks that are open during the winter, including the iconic rink at Millennium Park. If you're looking for a more unique skating experience, check out the rink at Maggie Daley Park, which has a unique "ribbon" design.
If you're looking for an indoor activity, check out the Chicago Botanic Garden. The garden is beautiful all year round, but in the winter it's especially lovely. Take a walk through the gardens to see the winter landscapes, and check the schedule for any special events or exhibits that may be taking place.
Chicago also has a vibrant theatre scene, with many venues offering performances all year round. Check out the schedule at venues such as the Goodman Theatre, The Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Broadway Playhouse for a night of entertainment.
Finally, Willis Tower Skydeck, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Art Institute of Chicago are also great options for indoor activities during the winter. So, whether you're looking to get active outdoors or enjoy some indoor activities, Chicago has plenty to offer in the winter.
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Crackling firepits and chic, massive heat lamps keep the I|O Godfrey’s rooftop cozy and comfortable year-round, despite its indoor-outdoor setup. So it’s the perfect space for the annual Whiskey Festival, held every November. It’s coming up again this year on Saturday, November 5th from 2 to 5 p.m. So grab your coziest sweater and jacket and head up to the rooftop for some fun.READ ARTICLE
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River North’s underground speakeasy The Bassment epitomizes the British Invasion of the 1960s. After you enter through its secret door, step behind the curtain and you’ll be transported back in time to a luxe cocktail lounge. That’s true regardless of when you visit, but if you like country music, you won’t want to miss Country Sunday Nights at The Bassment.READ ARTICLE
If you’re searching for something fun and unique to do with friends or a significant other, look no further. Candle Therapy: A Candle-Making Class at Reggie Hathorn Candles and Home Fragrances will be held almost every afternoon and evening this month, so you have ample opportunities to check it out!READ ARTICLE
August is the last full month of Summer, so make it a celebration! Make every day a holiday! August is not filled with annual celebratory days. No Labor Day, Memorial Day, or 4th of July long weekend to party with your friends and family. But no fret! There are plenty of holidays and reasons to celebrate all month long!READ ARTICLE
As the Chicago summer heats up, cool down with a frosty wine-based cocktail at Humboldt Park’s 7th annual Sangria Festival. The festival is returning to the sprawling lawn along Division Street on August 20th and 21st with some of the Windy City’s best mixologists on hand pouring bottomless glasses of their signature sangrias.READ ARTICLE
According to TimeOut Chicago, it’s “impossible not to have a good time” at Bye Bye Liver: Chicago’s Drinking Game Comedy Show. What makes Bye Bye Liver unique in Chicago’s sea of improv and sketch comedy performances? It’s uniquely interactive, far beyond just yelling out suggestions occasionally to the cast.READ ARTICLE
Wrigleyville isn’t just home to iconic Wrigley Field. It also plays host to some of the liveliest bars in the city. Have you ever danced the night away to a cover band Cubby Bear? Or enjoy an evening of drink specials at Roadhouse 66? Thrown back a margarita at Moe’s Cantina? The Mustache Bar Crawl presents the opportunity to do all three in the span of a single dayREAD ARTICLE
Windy weather isn’t Chicago’s only claim to fame. It’s also known for its unique deep-dish pizza, which flips the sauce and the cheese for an inverted pie unlike anything served elsewhere in the world. At Pizza City Fest Chicago, guests will celebrate the signature Chicago pie alongside other styles of pizza all day long.READ ARTICLE
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As June 19th comes around the corner once again, it’s time to plan an extra special Father’s Day celebration. No matter who you are celebrating Father’s Day for, these Father’s Day gift ideas are thoughtful, creative, and can even be done last minute!
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The House of Blues may be legendary for the musical acts it’s hosted over the years, but every Thursday night its Foundation Room transforms into a comedy club! The Chicago Comedy Club at the House of Blues recurs weekly this summer, bringing funny people from across the notoriously comical Windy City and beyond to its stage.Tickets are just $10 and guarantee you a front-row seat to the fun. The swanky Foundation Room features a full bar and plenty of comfy seating, from cozy bistro tables to plush banquettes, so make sure you arrive shortly after the doors open at 6 p.m. to snag a spot that suits you. Folks with dinner reservations will be guaranteed comfortable seating and a full meal before the show. If you opt to hang out in the lounge area, you’ll have 90 minutes to enjoy a few drinks with friends before national and local headliners take the stage. After the show, stick around! A live DJ will be spinning beats all night long, so feel free to let the imbibing continue.READ ARTICLE
If you love taste-testing artisan cocktails, but you don’t have time for a bar crawl, the Chicago Cocktail Social presents a solution. It brings together the most talented mixologist from all across the city for a single night of imbibing, starring you and your crew. Come to the opulent Galleria Marchetti on Thursday, June 30th to taste what these liquor artists can do.Grab your ticket first ($45+) since the popular annual event tends to sell out! It might be especially popular this year as locals set out to support a hospitality industry that’s faced such hardships over the past few years. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with unlimited tastings of full premium mixed cocktails, designed by bartenders from well-known establishments like The Drifter, Neon Wilderness, and Queen Mary. The gourmet bites will be flowing to accompany the libations, along with live tunes courtesy of Cage + Aquarium. Proceeds from the event go to Women Unite!, a not-for-profit coalition of women that offers consulting and fundraising services to other organizations in need.READ ARTICLE
Trying to turn your home into an indoor plant oasis? After your Spring cleaning is done, this season is the perfect time to focus on those perfect oxygen-producing roommates of yours. To ensure they are happy and will thrive in time for their growing season, be sure to check on a few little things that won't turn into a problem down the road.
An easy check is to see if any roots are growing through the bottom of their pot. If so, it’s a sign that your plant is ready for a larger pot. Another quick tip is to note whether your soil has become hydrophobic. This is easily seen when watering; if water rests on top of the dirt, or only runs through the pot without saturating all of the soil, you should think about repotting your plant with new dirt.
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It’s not every day you go out for a run and pass live DJs along the way. That’s part of what makes the Night Nation Run 5K so special. The after-hours 5K features a 3.2-mile path around Solider Field punctuated by several stages, upon which live DJs spin the adrenaline-inducing soundtrack that’s pumped out across the entire course.If you want to experience the nightclub/running club/music fest mash-up, register online ($60) and come to Soldier Field on the evening of Saturday, May 7th. Make sure you have your glow-in-the-dark tee and glow stick necklace on! Feel free to don other neon or glow-in-the-dark extras if you really want to stand out on the racecourse. Then begin your leisurely jog around Soldier Field and by the lake, running through Lantern Land, a laser light show, and a sea of glowing bubbles along the way. Once you wrap up your race, stick around for a finish-line festival unlike any other. At the main stage (just past the finish line), the after-party kicks off with a full lineup of popular DJs, drinks, and food.READ ARTICLE
A taste of Beverly Hills comes to the Loop thanks to Jose Andres and Bazaar Meat. With roots on the West Coast, this swanky eatery pays homage to the original location by including many of the most popular meat-centric tapas from the Beverly Hills outpost on its menu. They’re part of an innovative roster of dishes that includes both “traditional” and “modern” categories.You’ll definitely want to make a reservation to secure your table at this buzzworthy new restaurant. Start with a few smaller “snacks,” such as the bagel and lox cone stuffed with dill cream cheese and salmon roe or Jose’s taco stuffed with Jamon Iberico Osetra caviar, nori, and embellished with real gold leaf. Then share a few of the traditional tapas with your dining companion, perhaps the seared scallops with Romesco sauce and Marcona almonds and the papas Canarias, salty, crispy potatoes smothered with mojo verde and mojo rojo. For a few “modern” plates, order a round of the cauliflower couscous with puffed quinoa and Harissa broth, the oysters seasoned with citrus and yuzu-infused air, and the Lombardo beef tartare. Then taste your way through an array of Japanese Wagyu and Kobe beef cuts, Amish chicken thighs, Catalan-style pork sausage, and much more.READ ARTICLE
OK, it isn’t spring yet, but we are going to chat about Spring cleaning! The Spruce discusses six helpful tips on how you can better kickstart your spring season with a clean house. Spring cleaning is a common practice that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the often hectic seasons of spring and summer. It can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be difficult. The Spruce talks about getting everyone in the house involved, start smalling small, and the perfect guide to cleaning products. Does anyone else feel the urge to clean when reading an article about cleaning?! My rubber gloves are already on. Don’t miss out on this quick guide to starting your spring off right!READ ARTICLE
Urbanspace packs more than 10 different restaurants into a single location thanks to its food hall-style setup at 15 West Washington. From fresh doughnuts and coffee to wood-fired pizzas and Greek pitas, the 12,000-square-foot space encompasses a wide variety of cuisines originating all over the globe.
Stop by on your way to work or on your lunch break to enjoy a bite. If you come by in the morning, beeline for Stan’s Donuts’ counter. Hailing from L.A., this beloved chain doles out specialty doughnuts and piping-hot breakfast sandwiches coupled with delicious cups of coffee. Later in the day, dig into a pita loaded with fresh gyro meat, spicy feta cheese, veggies, and crispy French fries, courtesy of Pita Yeero. Prefer pizza? Head to Roberta’s for a Neapolitan-style pie. Craving a hot chicken sandwich or vegan comfort food? They’re on tap, too, along with creative Filipino fare, freshly smoked barbecue, and juicy burgers. If you’re sitting down for happy hour or dinner, don’t forget to grab an adult beverage! Sidecar pours an ever-changing lineup of 16 craft beers fresh from the tap, and The Peregrine Club offers craft cocktails.READ ARTICLE
Wood-fired meatballs smothered with roasted tomato sauce and parmigiana cheese. Roasted octopus embellished with garlic aioli and salsa verde. Fresh burrata paired with roasted beets and pear mostarda. Even the appetizers at Alla Vita are a cut above what you might expect at a traditional Italian eatery. This upscale trattoria takes classic Italian dishes and elevates them to the standards of a modern-day foodie.
So reserve a table, sit down with a friend or significant other, and embark on a culinary journey. Start with a glass of fine wine and a few of the opulent antipasti, then share a plate of pasta or a pizza. The tagliatelle comes smothered with beef shank ragu and pecorino, while the mushroom pizza features black truffles with caramelized onion and taleggio. If you’re still hungry enough to enjoy an entree, try the signature lasagna with wild mushrooms and fontina cheese or the roasted bone-in ribeye steak, prepared simply with roasted garlic, fresh rosemary, and a drizzle of olive oil. Complement the main course with crispy potatoes tossed in salsa verde or roasted broccolini paired with preserved lemon and garlic.READ ARTICLE
Everyone needs a go-to neighborhood pizza shop for those Friday nights when you just don’t feel like cooking. If you haven’t already cemented your loyalty to another Italian eatery, you should definitely consider awarding Zazas Pizzeria the honor. It’s earned dozens of five-star reviews for its classic New York-style pizza and friendly service, despite only opening last year.
The pizza artists always enlist fresh ingredients to make their pies, so you can count on a gourmet experience whether you dine in or do takeout. Try the signature Gold Medal Pie, a surprisingly complex take on the classic Margherita. Its crust bears tomato crudo and basi with a mix of fresh whole-milk mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano, all drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Looking for something with some spice? The hot soppressata pie incorporates Mike’s hot honey, chili flakes, and fennel oil into an otherwise unassuming cheese pizza. Meanwhile, the vodka pie shirks tradition in favor of a pizza smothered with vodka sauce, pecorino cheese, and fennel sausage, and the truffle mushroom pie elevates your slice with shiitake mushrooms, garlic truffle cream, and goat cheese.READ ARTICLE
Want to treat your sweetie to something sweet? Let the pros at The Fudge Pot craft the perfect gift. The team here has been honing their craft for more than 50 years—it opened its doors in 1963—so you can expect that the recipes and candy-making techniques are practically perfect.
In fact, one fan raves that the English butter toffees are the “best in the world.” Order a half-pound of dark or milk chocolate toffees for your sweet-toothed Valentine. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, grab a half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries to pair with champagne or your favorite bottle of wine. You can also design a delicious assortment of fudge squares featuring classics like the chocolate-walnut fudge and the vanilla fudge alongside creative standouts, like the specialty cinnamon roll and the maple-walnut fudge. From chocolate “toodles” (sweet-salty nut clusters) to chocolate-covered orange peels, artisan truffles, and chocolate bark, The Fudge Pot has a confection to suit just about every taste. Browse its menu on Yelp and place an order for pickup, or stop at the shop to see the collection in person.READ ARTICLE
There’s no better way to end a cold winter’s day than by slipping into some comfy PJs to savor a piping-hot plateful of your favorite comfort food—especially when it’s made from scratch and simple to prepare. Requiring minimal ingredients and time spent in the kitchen, here are three deliciously easy recipes that guarantee to warm you up this winter, even on the busiest weeknights.
Creole Jambalaya [Delish] While the ingredients list of this jambalaya recipe is on the longer side, putting the dish together is decidedly straightforward: Just cook onion and green pepper in a skillet, toss in some diced chicken and uncooked rice, then simmer the mixture with chicken stock and seasonings for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
Saucy Skillet Lasagna [Taste of Home] Because this recipe enlists no-cook lasagna noodles, it cuts down on prep time. Better still, it can go from start to finish in the same pan! The recipe starts with cooked ground beef, which is combined with diced tomatoes then layered in a pan with lasagna noodles, a ricotta-egg mixture, and marinara sauce. Once assembled, allow the lasagna to simmer on the stovetop for 17 minutes, then serve!
The Ultimate Mug Cake [A Couple Cooks] Dutch process cocoa powder is the secret ingredient in this five-minute dessert, which is made right in the microwave! Mix the cocoa powder with flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, milk, oil, and chocolate chips, then zap it for about 90 seconds. Finish your mug cake with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
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Can you ever get sick of pizza? These past few months have put your love of the pie to the true test. Whether you still love a basic pepperoni, or you need to switch up you go-to topping combination, Homeslice is worth a visit this week. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining options, along with craft cocktails and appetizers that you simply just can’t make at home.READ ARTICLE
Because bicycles are a mode of transportation, Kozy’s Cyclery has been open during the pandemic. And with all the recent focus on your health, there is no better time than now to upgrade your ride. Buying from Kozy’s Cyclery means that you have a team of friendly and knowledgeable associates to help you get the bike of your dreams.READ ARTICLE
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Founded in 2008, Green Grocer on West Grand is a West Loop destination for natural and organic grocery products. Whether you're looking for vegan burritos, cruelty-free eggs or dairy, Chicago-area craft beers, gluten-free baked goods, locally roasted coffee beans, or fine wines, this boutique grocery store may be just what you need. And now, you don't even have to leave your house to peruse the shop’s selection--just browse through the online store, add items to your cart, and choose the home-delivery option through Mercato.READ ARTICLE
Just as Los Encinos Restaurant near Portage Park opened up and got into the swing, the world came to screeching halt. Do your part to help keep this local small business alive with some take-out! Los Encinos Restaurant has authentic Mexican dishes that will have you eating well while you stay at home. Think about savory shrimp and rice, or meaty mounded tortas for dinner tonight, plus sides of all of your favorites to stash in the fridge. As long as you’re placing an order, you might as well get a few extras like fajitas, quesadillas, or pico de gallo to have on hand for lunch tomorrow.READ ARTICLE
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Celebrate the start of spring at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, an annual tradition that dates back to the 1800s. The event, set for March 18-22, attracts more than 40,000 people to the Navy Pier every year. This year’s theme is “20/20 Focus on Flowers,” and the event is filled with hands-on experiences. You’ll be able to walk through 21 life-sized gardens, take part in DIY workshops, watch garden-to-table cooking presentations, and shop in a marketplace.
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No plans for St. Patrick's Day? Head to Old Town Pour House! Located just moments from your apartment at Two West, this warm and welcoming pub boasts one of the most extensive beer lists in all of Chicago—more than 90 beers are on tap! Between March 10 and 17, Old Town Pour House will offer special events and promotions in honor of St. Paddy's Day. For example, from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, the pub will host its annual Saint Patrick’s Day party, Kegs n’ Eggs. This ticketed event welcomes diners to enjoy a full breakfast buffet of Irish-inspired food, plus drinks like Miller Lite—dyed green, of course! On the other days of the week, Old Town Pour House promises discounts on Irish dishes like shepherd's pie, corned beef poutine, and more!READ ARTICLE
Have you heard of Nori & Wasabi? It's a sushi bar on North Halsted Street, less than four miles from your apartment at Two West. Though this eatery has been open less than one year, it has already received acclaim for its high-quality Japanese fare and excellent service.
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When the weather outside is chilly, Chicago locals look to have some fun indoors, and the annual Chicago Auto Show is one of the city's mid-winter favorites. Running from February 8-17 at McCormick Place, the 2020 show features a variety of interactive displays. You'll be able to test drive vehicles, ride along as a professional driver navigates an indoor racetrack, and learn about the new fleets of green vehicles that are set to hit the market this year. And, of course, the show features hundreds of new models on display, ranging from family minivans to high-concept sports cars.
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Just when you think there was a Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in every nook and corner of Chicago, a new location opens, and your pizza dreams come true all over again. This iconic institution is one of the longest standing names in the business, and for good reason. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria has perfected the art of the pie, with scratch made ingredients, a secret blend of spices, and the finest toppings around.
Find the latest location on Michigan Avenue in the Wrigley Building, right where the Avenue crosses the river. This new spot has plenty of space (more than 200 seats!) and a full service bar, plus all the Lou’s favorites. The menu has it all, from crispy fried appetizers and saucy wings, to sandwiches, salads, pastas, and more. But how can you not get a classic deep dish, with its layers of gooey cheese and chunky, rich sauce? The next time you’re running errands in the area or crossing town, make a pit stop at Lou’s, and celebrate having access to one of the world’s most famous pizzas right in your hometown.READ ARTICLE
Calling all foodies at Two Westk: The Grail Cafe recently made its debut in Chicago, and the opening was very highly anticipated! The Grail Cafe is a creation of Sheldrick Homes and Steven Cook, Chicago natives that always dreamed of owning a cafe. With a deep love of the neighborhood, the eatery is dedicated to community and creating an atmosphere for locals to socialize and enjoy good food.
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Ciccio Mio translates to ‘My Fat’ in English, but hold your judgement on this new Chicago Italian eatery and wine bar. Once you visit, you’ll see the playfulness of the name, and be swept away by the fine dishes and expert drink offering. The interior couldn’t be cozier, with plush velvet seats and gorgeous lighting. Come sit at the bar for classic cocktails, the signature Amaro shaved ice, or a selection from the masterfully prepared wine list. The antipasti is a lovely option if you’re sitting at the bar, but you’ll be hard pressed not to ask for a table once you see specialties like truffle bucatini, shrimp scampi, and coal fired ribeyes being ushered out of the kitchen.READ ARTICLE
It has arrived, and it’s every bit as glorious as they said it would be: Chicago's Starbucks Reserve Roasteryis a sight to behold. Currently the largest Starbucks in the world, spanning five floors and over 35,000 square feet, this roastery brings passion for the art of coffee to life in a glamorous way. The interior is gilded with bold green and gold accents that soar stories high, waiting to be explored. You’re not going to want to put in a mobile order here, you’re going to want to fully experience it.READ ARTICLE
Forget the old-fashioned bowling alleys that you’re used to: At Lucky Strike in Chicago, the retro American pastime is brought into the 21st century with an atmosphere that’s distinctively modern and upbeat. Here, the 18 bowling lanes are complemented by large-screen TV over the pins, while globe paper lanterns cast an ambient amber glow upon the booth seating by the ball return.READ ARTICLE
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Now that the holidays are in full swing, you're likely starting to make your party plans. And if those plans include hosting a soiree at your apartment, you might also be panicking about how you’re going to accommodate everyone. But don’t worry—just a few of these small tweaks will get your apartment ready for the crowd.READ ARTICLE
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In past years you may have spent cozy Thanksgiving mornings watching the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade on television, but have you ever put on your jacket and headed out to join the festive crowds on the street? This year you might consider doing so when the morning of November 28 rolls around. The parade starts at 8 a.m. at the intersection of State Street and Congress (you'll want to arrive a bit earlier than that to claim your spot along the parade route). Once you're there, you'll be able to tap your toes to marching bands and other musical guests, cheer for costumed performers, and marvel at the parade's intricate floats and giant balloons.READ ARTICLE
Pasta pronto! Si, grazie! Tortello restaurant and pasticifio (that’s fancy Italian for pasta factory) offers the handmade pasta creations of your dreams. All of the fresh pastas—from scratch-made noodles to a variety of stuffed delicacies—are made in house. You can access Tortello as both a refined but casual restaurant (order at the counter, then grab a seat) or as a pasta shop to buy your heart's desire of fresh pasta to cook at home.READ ARTICLE
Whereas most fashion shows showcase fabrics, Fleurotica’s designers use a very different kind of medium to achieve their cutting-edge looks: plants. Fresh flowers, greenery, and other natural materials converge in unique pieces that 18 models will walk down the runway at this one-of-a-kind fashion show, taking place at the Garfield Park Conservatory on October 18th.READ ARTICLE
“Dinner theater” doesn’t even really begin to describe the performances happening at Teatro Zinzanni. The show avoids the typical murder-mystery format and instead showcases stunning circus acts. From acrobats to illusionists, the evening is filled with the splashy and unexpected, which might almost distract you from dinner.READ ARTICLE
You may not realize it, but the inspiration for one of the most famous ghost stories of the modern era resides right here in Chicago. Rumor has it that the Hancock Building was the muse for Ghostbusters, having experienced its own fair share of paranormal activity. It also played a role in Poltergeist, another classic Halloween flick. So it’s only fitting that the Hancock Building is a stop on the Chicago Hauntings original bus tour.READ ARTICLE
When the sun is shining and the summer breezes are blowing, you’re probably happy to skip the gym and get outside for your workout. While getting some fresh air is always a great idea, exercising outdoors can also be dangerous on hot days. Here’s how to stay safe when you choose to head outside for a workout.READ ARTICLE
While marathons get all the glory, shorter races are more accessible for many runners. That's why the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K has held the mantle of "Chicago's Hometown Race" since it was founded in the 1990s. Beginning in historic Jackson Park, the race winds its way around the lagoons and harbor before taking over South Lake Shore Drive.READ ARTICLE
On Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th you can get a little taste of Spain in Humboldt Park at the Sangria Festival Chicago. You read that correctly, there is an entire festival dedicated to this special drink we all love.READ ARTICLE
Are you familiar with progressive Indian cuisine? If not, it’s time to experience it, and Rooh Chicago is just the place to do so. This West Randolph Street establishment offers so many delicious dishes, you may not know where to start.READ ARTICLE
There’s a reason that patios and balconies are such coveted apartment perks. They make it easy to get some fresh air without leaving the comfort of your own home, and they’re great entertainment spaces during the warmer months. If you really want to get the most out of your patio or balcony, follow these tips to maximize the space.READ ARTICLE
The Magnificent Mile has countless features that make it a unique destination. Hotels, shopping, restaurants, and attractions all reside in the jam-packed stretch in the heart of Chicago, not far from your apartment at Two West! What other place comes to mind that is not only an international travel destination, but also a place that locals use and enjoy on a daily basis?READ ARTICLE
If you think it’s too late to start planning a summer vacation, think again. If you’re both flexible and efficient, you can still steal off to a far-off (or nearby) destination before Labor Day. Just follow these expert tips to pull off the summer vacay of your dreams.READ ARTICLE
Though it's only been open for a few months, City Tap in Fulton Market is working hard to integrate itself with the neighborhood. That's what made the City Trap brand so successful when it was founded in West Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, and it's what the owners are trying to replicate with their very first outpost in Chicago.READ ARTICLE
When you want to grab a cup of coffee and a light breakfast on your way to work, you now have another option in River North: Moti Cafe. The shop just opened last month and is already starting to pull in the glowing reviews for its friendly service, carefully crafted beverages and unique Indian dishes.READ ARTICLE
Summer is almost here, which means it's time to plan some outdoor fun, and a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of Chicago's favorite warm weather activities. When you visit, you'll be able to see small mammals like hedgehogs, reptiles like bearded dragons and even large predators like lions, tigers, and leopards.READ ARTICLE
Sometimes it’s fun to spend an afternoon playing tourist in your own town, especially when that town has as much to discover as Chicago does. That’s why you should book a Chicago Food Planet Food Tour. The beloved local company uncovers some of the best under-the-radar restaurants in Chicago and grants insider looks at the eateries that are known around the world.READ ARTICLE
The chef at Hom Mali takes the art of creating Thai and Japanese cuisine very seriously. He understands the careful balance that must be struck in order to make it authentic. That balance involves the delicate coordination of sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and bitter flavors in each colorful dish.READ ARTICLE
You’re locked inside Apartment 1145 in a Chicago building. There’s no extra set of keys, so you only have one option: you’ll have to follow clues and solve a series of elaborate riddles to escape — and you only have 60 minutes. This might be a far-fetched scenario in everyday life, but it’s a perfectly normal night out at Escapades.READ ARTICLE
Take two taco-loving brothers, give them the freshest ingredients around, and what you end up with is Dos Toros Taqueria. Oliver and Leo grew up with West Coast tacos as a staple of their diet, and wanted to bring the same authentic take on street food to their new home in Chicago.READ ARTICLE
La Fournette’s owners Pierre and Michele Zimmermann trace their roots back to France, where the Zimmermann family opened its first bakery. That was four generations and more than a century ago. The early baker was called Alsace, and it was where the clan begin to perfect its baking techniques and recipes. Today, La Fournette takes the same principles, but adds a distinctly Chicagoan twist.READ ARTICLE
If you work in or near Streeterville, you have no shortage of lunch options, but newly opened RAMEN-SAN stands out in the crowd. Maybe it’s the unique fusion ramen bowls, or it could be the unexpected soundtrack — composed exclusively of ‘90s hip-hop. It’s mostly likely a combination of everything that’s drawing foodies to the new outpost of this small local chain.READ ARTICLE
With a hip, speakeasy vibe, late night hours, and inventive drink menu, Bar Sotano, the newest installment in the Rick Bayless restaurant group, is a valuable addition to the Chicago bar scene. Since its opening late last year on Clark Street, Yelpers report that Bar Sotano has really found its stride.READ ARTICLE
When you shift your perspective, even familiar locations can take on a whole new meaning. That’s why you’ll find even long-time locals heading up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center to take in 360 Chicago. Offering stunning views of the celebrated architecture of the city, as well as the full sweep of Lake Michigan, the observation deck towers 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile.READ ARTICLE
The most challenging part of shopping at Amazon Go is pulling up the QR code that allows you entry into the high-tech store—and that's pretty simple. As long as you have an Amazon account and the app downloaded, you should have no trouble finding your Amazon Go barcode. Once you do, simply scan it at the turnstiles and walk right in.READ ARTICLE
When you spend every day in the city, you have to find small ways to foster your love for the great outdoors. For you, that might look like a run through your neighborhood or a day of sunbathing by the lake. Things get a little trickier in the winter, however. That's where Brooklyn Boulders comes in.READ ARTICLE
The newly opened TAO Chicago offers a truly unique dining experience. The restaurant itself features a stage with a 20-foot tall Buddha statue at one end, while rows of small, intimate tables run the length of the room. The lights are dim, and diners enjoy their meals by candlelight as the staff bustles around the room ensuring glasses are filled and the food is cooked to your satisfaction.READ ARTICLE
It's not like Chicago is lacking when it comes to upscale cuisine, but nothing quite like About Last Knife existed before the steakhouse opened a few weeks ago. The eatery displays a distinctly quirky personality, as evidenced by menu headings like "Definitely Healthy... Totally" and the face of the building's architect splashed across an entire wall.READ ARTICLE
The Escape Game Chicago, a sixty-minute escape room experience on the Near North Side, debuted to rave reviews in late 2016. Since then, the escape room has only gained in popularity. It makes sense: it’s a social experience, it engages your creativity and problem solving, and it doesn’t require a huge time investment.READ ARTICLE
City tours aren't just for out-of-towners. Even if you've lived in Chicago for years, chances are there are neighborhoods you've yet to discover. A tour can help you do that—and what better way to get to know a neighborhood than by eating your way through it? Chicago Food Planet Food Tours introduce guests to different parts of the city and equally diverse cuisines.READ ARTICLE
With all of the impressive architecture the city of Chicago has to offer, where do you start? The answer is the Chicago Architecture Center. Visit the newly opened CAC location on East Wacker Street to see a scale model of Chicago and all 4,250 buildings that are part of the architectural tours. Then, choose from one of the 85 options for boat, bus, walking, or L train tours to experience the architecture first-hand.READ ARTICLE
When Z Bar opened in the Near North neighborhood just a few months ago, it introduced a lineup of inventive contemporary cocktails to Chicago's mixology scene. So far, the Disco Fever has caught the attention of guests. The cocktail brings together vodka, mandarin orange, passionfruit, champagne, and a dash of lemon. Regulars also love the Strange Magic, a surprisingly simple mix of champagne and eau de vie that results in complex flavors.READ ARTICLE
Joe & the Juice, a Danish juice and coffee bar chain, just opened its newest Chicago location and offerings include coffee, tea, sandwiches, fresh juices, smoothies, and veggie shots made with organic ingredients and all prepared in the store.READ ARTICLE
If you were to ask a Chicago native for the city's one can't-miss tourist attraction, they might tell you it's an architecture tour with Wendella Sightseeing Boats. The tour company has been around since the '30s, so its signature Original Architecture Tour has become a staple for out-of-towners. Play tourist in your own city this weekend and climb aboard one of the boats.
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series is already underway and drawing crowds to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion every Tuesday night. Although the free outdoor movies are an annual tradition in Millennium Park, there's a new twist this year. Before each feature film, a Chicago-based filmmaker screens a short movie for the audience to enjoy.READ ARTICLE
Having pets is one of the best parts about living at Two West, but if you live in a studio apartment, you know that it can sometimes be difficult to get your pet the space and exercise that they need. With some simple tips, however, you can make life comfortable in an studio apartment for both you and your furry friends. Here's how.READ ARTICLE
If you ask your server at Farmhouse Chicago about the origins of your meal, the answer will be simple: the majority of the ingredients come from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, or Michigan. Many of them may even hail from Brown Dog Farm, the owners' fruit, veggie, and honey farm in Wisconsin or the eatery's own rooftop garden. So it should be obvious why Chicago foodies love this locally sourced fare, especially when it comes time for brunch.READ ARTICLE
As a city dweller, your opportunities for outdoor recreation are few and far between. Sure, you can always go for a run at the park or splash in the waves along the shores of Lake Michigan, but when it comes to rock-climbing, that usually requires a commute beyond city limits — that is, unless you go to Brooklyn Boulders.READ ARTICLE
At Whispers Cafe, the coffee isn't just part of the menu — it's the main event. The cafe's founder has traveled across the globe, taste-testing cups of joe at every pit stop. So he knew exactly what he wanted when he opened his own coffeehouse: superior java sourced from the best farmers in the world.READ ARTICLE
For many people, the physical and mental practice of yoga serves as a form of therapy. It works as a coping mechanism that eases the stresses of daily life, as well as instances of trauma. At Room to Breathe, situated in a private practice cluster called The Center, yoga complements classic forms of psychotherapy offered by other practitioners.READ ARTICLE
Willis Tower isn't the only place in the city where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the skyscrapers, Lake Michigan, and surrounding suburbs. The 360 Chicago observation deck might offer an even more engaging experience thanks to the debut of TILT.READ ARTICLE
Two West is the culmination of half a decade of hard work by JDL Development’s Jim Letchinger. Letchinger’s company has been at the heart of the Chicago housing market for decades, and Two West is the newest addition to their portfolio. With floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, access to a comprehensive amenity suite, and the city’s finest shopping and dining right outside the door, residents of Two West have all the best that Chicago's Gold Coast has to offer.
Two West is the latest in a long line of successful residential projects from Jim Letchinger's JDL Development. These Chicago luxury residences are located on the city’s upscale North Side and feature modern interiors with custom cabinetry and marble counters in the kitchens and baths, wide-plank hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular urban views. Residences range in size from one to five bedrooms.READ ARTICLE