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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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