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Eli’s Cheesecake Turns National Cheesecake Day into a Cheesecake Festival to Celebrate Eli’s 35th Birthday

Eli's Cheesecake

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's Cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late Friday night fridge raid. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, Eli's Cheesecake of Chicago will be hosting a grand celebration from through Sunday, August 2. Why all the hoopla? It's Eli's Cheesecake's 35th Birthday!

Where Route 66 Begins in Downtown Chicago


Route 66


John Steinbeck wrote about it, Bobby Troup put it to music while driving along it, Nat ‘King' Cole turned it into a pop-chart hit almost overnight, and Stirling Silliphant made it into a cult 1960s TV show. A parabolic arc that connected the Third Coast to the West Coast, U.S. Route 66 linked the Midwest to the Pacific in a southern route that didn't close through the mountains during winter. Everyone who had a car and needed to reach California

Tips for Exploring Chicago by Bike

Chicago bike

Chicago's cycling infrastructure has grown a considerable amount in recent years. With new bike lanes being built every year (including many protected bike lanes), and the city's bike-sharing program "Divvy" being introduced in 2013, more and more people are becoming comfortable with the idea of biking in the city. 

Experience Chicago's Booming Nightlife and Electronic Music Scene this August

Smart Bar

Perhaps one of Chicago's greatest assets is its recognition as the birthplace of house music in the early 1980s. A genre that has since traveled the globe and now solicits stronger associations - for many people - with Europe than the United States, house has influenced countless subsequent genres of electronic music and helped define dance music as we know it today. And though it's now well

Weekend Alert: July 31-August 2


We're back once again with your Weekend Alert! We know you're probably on a tight schedule, so let's just get right to it.

LollaShop Returns for 4th Year

Flower Crowns

There's pretty much only one thing on Chicagoans' minds this week: Lollapalooza. Luckily, festgoers and non-festgoers alike can get a taste of the weekend early at LollaShop.

LollaShop, now in its fourth year outside of the festival, is the one-stop shop for everything you need for Lollapalooza. Tucked in Block Thirty Seven, the pop-up has a mix of official Lollapalooza gear, brand collaborations and featured Chicago artists and designers offering up everything from flower crowns to

Come On, Get Happy for Happy Hour!

Matt Kirouac

Chicago has never been lacking in terms of booze bargains at bars, but with the recent passing of the happy hour bill, bars and restaurants are making it official and raising the bar (so to speak) on timely specials. Here's where to maximize your happy hour intake in Chicago:

Building Chicago: Some Resources for Exploration

Dearborn Station, 1976

To the casual traveler, a walk through the Loop or one of the city’s neighborhoods reveals a city that’s full of skyscrapers, streets, commercial buildings, homes, apartment buildings, and other pieces of the built environment. But wait: it wasn’t always that way, so how did it all come to be?

Celebrate the Art of Mexican Cuisine at Mod Mex & Mod Mix

Matt Kirouac

Mexican food is a big deal in Chicago. We may be far from Mexico, but Chicago sports one of the largest Mexican populations in the U.S., and the culture has left an indelible mark on some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods and in some of the best restaurants. In honor of one of Chicago's most prominent cuisines, famed chef Rick Bayless is entering his third year hosting Mod Mex & Mod Mix.

An Encased Meat Celebration, Chicago Style, at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Hot Dog Fest '15

Since the opening of the Stockyards (and before), Chicago’s hot dogs and other related meat products have been celebrated around the world. Many visitors to Chicago do not consider a visit to the city complete without at least one visit to a hot dog stand, hut, or full-on sausage emporium.

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