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8 Superb Seafood Spots in Chicago for Lenten Dining

Chicago Seafood Restaurants for Lent

After the gumbo-filled glut of Fat Tuesday, Lent is an appropriate time to clean house, dietary speaking. Of course, that doesn't have to mean forfeiting flavor. This being Chicago, you've got a myriad of Lent-friendly options at your beck and call, and nothing fits the bill better than a fine fish-centric meal at one of the city's incredible seafood haunts.


Winter at the Lincoln Park Zoo: 5 Fun Things to See & Do at the Zoo

Camel at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Chicago is to bundle up, get outside and connect with nature, family and friends. And one of the best places to connect with nature in our busy city is at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Wintertime is one of the best times of the year to visit: it's peaceful wandering around the beautiful, snow-blanketed zoo, while some of the animals are at their most active (hello snow monkeys!).


See Chicago Dance: 6 Performances for February

The Joffrey Ballet presents RAkU

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's jam-packed with holidays, like Ground Hog Day, Valentines Day, and Mardi Gras, Presidents' Day, the Chinese New Year, and Superbowl Sunday. And what better way to celebrate than by seeing a dance concert!


Vincent Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago: 6 Ways to Experience the Exhibit

Van Gogh's Bedrooms at The Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in Arles is one of the most iconic paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection. But did you know that Van Gogh made three distinct versions of the painting, all depicting the bedroom of his Yellow House in France? Now, for the first time in North America, all three versions of the painting will be together in an exhibition titled Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Jamaica Calling! A Taste of Kingston Has Arrived in the Loop with Mr. Brown's Lounge

Mr. Brown's Interior

I have fond memories Chicago's former Calypso Cafe in Harper Court and I’ve been waiting for a solid Jamaican dining option in Chicago for years. The wait is over as the troika of Chef Chris Douglas, Terry Meghie and his wife Carrie have brought their cuisine to the Loop with Mr. Brown's Lounge, gently tucked within the Hard Rock Hotel.


A Hyde Park Itinerary

Oriental Institute Chicago

Hyde Park might be most known as President Obama's neighborhood and the home of the University of Chicago but this eclectic enclave has a lot more going on beyond these landmarks. From the leafy streets to the bohemian residents, this South Side community stands out from other Chicago hoods. Check out these highlights for a taste of Hyde Park.


7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Kid-Sized Sweethearts in Chicago

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

Looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine's Day with the entire family? Thankfully Chicago has you covered with fun events and activities that celebrate that thing called love this February. Here are seven ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine's Day with your kid-sized valentines.


Countdown! The Most Anticipated Chicago Restaurants for 2016

Chicago Restaurant Openings 2016 Naoki Sushi

When it comes to restaurant and bar openings in Chicago, 2015 will be hard to top. But considering the cadre behind some of this year's upcoming dining debuts, 2016 is looking pretty delicious.


5 Children's Plays on Our Radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2016

Filament Theatre presents Pinocchio | Chicago Theatre Week

Chicago Theatre Week is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can witness the magic of live theater with your family. From February 11-21, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15-30, with many offering further discounts. Here are five don't miss children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2016.


Monkey See Monkey Do: The Insider's Guide To Chinese New Year

Macy's on State Street | Chicago Chinese New Year
 
Chinese New Year celebrations inspire excitement and festivities all over the globe and Chicago honors the holiday with a wealth of colorful events. February 8, 2016 marks the year of the red fire monkey, or the 4713th year in the Chinese lunar year. According to Chinese astrology, the monkey represents a year of fast-paced intensity and optimism as well as unpredictability. Here are some insider activities to usher in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.

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