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Curtis Duffy Steps Into the Spotlight 'For Grace'

Matt Kirouac

Eschewing that old "chef goes on reality show, chef glamorizes the restaurant industry" chestnut for a bluntly honest look into the process of opening a restaurant, Curtis Duffy is prepared to take the spotlight in a new documentary about the genesis of Grace, one of Chicago's most prized fine dining destinations.

Beyond the glistening surface of the restaurant lies a story about personal strife, professional achievements, and the woes of building a restaurant. The film, aptly


Three Alternative Halloween Plans To Consider This Year

Tentacles movie poster

Costume parties and haunted houses full of costumed actors are solid go-to Halloween plans but, every few years or so, you need to switch things up! If you're still struggling to make plans in Chicago this year and the same bar crawl you've made for the last few years sounds a little stale, try one of these alternative activities out.


Indian for Everyone: Chicago Author Anupy Singla Shares Her Picks for the City's Best Indian Culinary Spots

Anupy

Chicago-based Anupy Singla is a former broadcast journalist turned author and entrepreneur. Her commitment to simple, healthful, family-style cooking were reflected in her first book, The Indian Slow Cooker, named a Top 10 Cookbook of 2011 by The Atlantic, and her newly released second book, Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites, promises to make Indian cuisine even more accessible to the home cook.


Outsider Art Comes Inside at the Intuit Center

Intuit Main Gallery

In the Noble Square neighborhood, one might find themselves walking down Milwaukee Avenue without any clear purpose. Perhaps they are drawn to the smells of the nearby Gonnella Bakery or maybe they wish to stop by the Matchbox for a gin gimlet.

Above all things, the casual or serious visitor must stop by the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. In a city that is loaded with countless galleries and a raft of large and august art institutions, the Intuit Center


Five Unique Ways to Celebrate Halloween

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Too old for trick-or-treating but looking for a way to show off your creative costume? Have a laugh, head to the high haunted seas and get a good scare with these five unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago.


Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, October 12-17

Kettner Instagram series

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Kristopher Kettner. Enjoy!


Restaurants Scare Up Halloween-Inspired Specials

Matt Kirouac

As kids, Halloween is all about treacly candy and fluffy costumes. As adults, Halloween is all about candy-inspired dishes, drinks and slightly more risque costumes. And in some cases, pig's blood. Here are some places to eat, drink and celebrate Halloween this year in bars and restaurants around Chicago.


Upcoming Comedy Shows You Must See

OctoberShows

There are so many great comedy shows coming up in the next few weeks it's almost overwhelming. I've pulled out a few that I think you should add to your list of shows to check out. Take a peek below for more details. 


Weekend Alert: Oct. 17-19

Fall 2014

Let your autumnal ardor spring forth, Chicago! We've got some coolness headed your way, with the 9th annual Mexican Folk Art Festival, CAF Open House, Fashion Focus Chicago, and a haunted river tour. Spooky! Enjoy this weekend.


Fall is in the Air and on the Plate

Matt Kirouac

Judging by the chill in the air and the inescapable onset of the impending holiday brouhaha, it's clear we are deep in the throes of fall. For better or worse. Mostly for the better when you consider the dining and drinking options the season entails, and nothing quite captures the essence of fall dining quite like apples and pumpkins.


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