This Thanksgiving holiday, give back to the community by racing in the 43rd annual Turkey Trot Chicago. Run in the 5K or 8K race, and your workout will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which helps fight hunger within the community.

Not only will there be a race against hunger, but you'll enjoy pre- and post-race activities such as corn hole, football tossing, turkey bowling, and sip a delicious cup of freshly made apple cider. People of all ages are invited, kids included. The Plymouth Rock Ramble kids race will be available for the youngsters, and the games and activities afterwards will surely make them eager to participate.

The race begins Thanksgiving morning promptly at 9 a.m., and registration should be completed online prior to submitting to the race. Register online today!

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If bottomless brunch with a live DJ sounds like it’s your ideal way to spend a Sunday Funday, check out Radio Room. This newly opened restaurant features four unique dining areas and a super fun vibe any day of the week. But obviously, brunch is the most popular time of the week already.
For $30, you can enjoy all-you-can-drink mimosas, bloody Marys, and micheladas for two hours. That’s a pretty great deal considering one mimosa is $12. As for food, Radio Room specializes in crave-worthy comfort foods such as fried chicken and biscuit waffles with sausage gravy and sunny-side-up eggs on top. They also make a mean eggs Benedict that’s anything but traditional, as it’s topped high with short rib marmalade and tomato relish with crispy potatoes. You can also satisfy a sweet tooth with housemade beignets with blueberry compote and the banana bread pudding made with French toast.
Be sure to make a reservation so you can snag a table. They’re going to be busy this season as popularity grows!

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Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and reflect on all the things that we have to be grateful for. It’s a joyous time, but for those who are hosting the biggest feast of the year, it can also be a stressful occasion—but it doesn’t have to be! If you’ll be hosting Thanksgiving this year, read on for four tips that will help you stay cool, calm, and collected this November 25. 

Plan ahead. French chefs have a specific term for getting the kitchen ready for a cooking marathon: “mise en place,” which means “everything in its place.” Adhere to this adage to ensure your holiday gets off on the right foot. Do as much preparation ahead of time as possible, such as cleaning, grocery shopping, measuring, and cooking. That way, you’ll be able to actually enjoy yourself on Turkey Day! 

Host a potluck-style feast. Preparing a huge feast is quite a task, and it’s even more complicated when people have certain dishes that they associate with the holiday. So why not invite your guests to contribute a dish to the meal? Share an online sign-up form with your guests so they can sign up to bring a side dish, dessert, green, drinks, and so on. 

Make seating arrangements. If your existing dining room table isn’t large enough to accommodate all of your guests, buy or borrow a folding table so that everyone will have a place to sit. You may want to invest in some folding chairs as well. 

Go light on decor. Don’t stress too much about decor; you’ll be busy enough as it is! Instead, decorate your space with a few battery-operated candles, several groupings of mini pumpkins, and maybe a vase or two of fall-themed flowers. 

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Valentine Gifting Sorted!

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Home Date Ideas for Valentines Day

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Build memories here with each sip of coffee.

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New Hangout in Town

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Make your winter workouts a breeze!

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If you’re looking for some sweet autumn treats to make this month that are a little more creative than pumpkin muffins and apple pie, try these recipes.

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Make a visit to Mary Mary this holiday season. You’ll probably find holiday trees hung with unique ornaments and other festive furnishings— something for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

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After-Words has reopened for in-person shopping - classic works of fiction and brand new bestsellers, poetry and local literature, children’s books and art books are all available. READ ARTICLE

Meet Old Town's new favorite grocery shopping stop.

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Get your gourmet grocery shopping done right online, with VomFASS 

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DIY pumpkin decor ideas

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The perfect hangout to take a break!

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A must try for BBQ lovers!

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Tips to get your closet summer ready in a jiffy.

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Take your meal to the next level with Tanta Chicago

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Our list of Netflix recommendations to watch this week.

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The House of Glunz is synonymous with the best of the best in fine wine and spirits. This Chicago institution is the oldest wine shop still owned by the same family in the entire US.

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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. 

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Summer has arrived! That means fresh, local food at the farmers’ market, warm walks in the park, and maybe even a picnic or two. It also means you should start thinking about freshening up the decor in your apartment. 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.

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The chefs at Happy Camper Pizza don’t shy away from any style of pie, whether it’s simple and classic or totally over the top. That’s why the menu has such a good variety of both. For instance, you can order a simple pepperoni pizza with marinara and mozzarella, but you can also dig into the Carmen pizza.

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The first day of summer is right around the corner! This time of year brings an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies that add seasonal flavors to salads, main dishes, and even drinks! Toast the season with one of these sweet mocktails.

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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. 

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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. 

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With the weather getting warmer and warmer every day, you might be starting to take your workout routine outside on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you’re exercising outdoors.

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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. 

Some specific events include a make-and-take workshop, where you’ll build your own custom succulent terrarium and learn about how to take care of it year-round, with the help of an instructor.

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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!

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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. 

Technically, Nori & Wasabi isn’t a bar, per se. In fact, it serves no alcohol at all, instead operating as a BYOB establishment. But that takes nothing away from the level of craft and care its chefs deliver to hungry customers. The special rolls are impressive.

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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. 

The Chicago Auto Show also hosts a series of special theme nights, including craft beer night (the 14th) family day (the 17th) and more--be sure to check the website for a full schedule. Tickets start at $13 ($8 for children and seniors) and are available online or at the door.


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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.

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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. 

The Grail Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus including quiches, sandwiches and impressive charcuterie spreads. Be sure to save room for a selection from the daily changing dessert menu! They also have a kids menu and serve beers and wines from local vendors. The Grail Cafe is open seven days a week from 7 AM to 6 PM, offering eat in and take out options.. They offer free wifi and healthy dishes for all. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Chicago residents are a hardy bunch who don't let the winter's cold keep them cooped up inside, especially during the holiday seasons. That's one reason why the annual Christkindlmarket Chicago is such a phenomenon every year.

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If you're looking for a festive holiday celebration minus the frosty weather, consider heading over to the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest. Located inside the 170,000-square-foot convention space at Navy Pier, this unique winter wonderland is completely indoors, and yet still includes an ice skating rink, a full-sized holiday carousel for the kiddies to ride, and a number of other inflatable carnival-style rides.

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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.

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Cozy sweater season is finally upon us, and it’s not just your wardrobe that deserves a makeover. Your home should be ready for autumn, too! If you need some seasonal design inspiration, here are a few decor tips for fall.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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