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The Best Alfresco Wine Bars in Chicago

City Winery Chicago Riverwalk

There are so many great outdoor patios in Chicago, not to mention a number of wine-driven restaurants and bars that offer a multitude of options over the standard house red and white. This is your guide to our favorite al fresco wine bars in Chicago.


Treat Mom to Mother's Day Brunch and Sweets in Chicago

Prime & Provisions Mother's Day brunch

When it comes to Mother's Day, the only thing more pivotal than a bouquet of flowers and a thoughtful card is brunch reservations. The biggest brunch day of the year is coming up on May 8, so be sure and treat mom to one of these special options around Chicago.


Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival: Fun, FREE Family Event May 7

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and harness the wind of our fair windy city at the Kids & Kites Festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This uniquely Chicago-style event is a colorful way to enjoy a spring day on the lakefront with your favorite kids. Here's our guide to the 18th annual Kids and Kites Festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 7 from


2016 NFL Draft has Kicked Off! Get Excited for Draft Town: FREE 3-Day Festival for Football Fans

2016 NFL Draft | Draft Town

Chicago is fast becoming a destination city for some of America's most prestigious events. You may have heard about our city's continued involvement with the James Beard Foundation, but that's not all that were excited about this month. In fact, 2016 marks the second year that Chicago is hosting the tremendously successful NFL Draft, and with this great honor comes a lot of perks — including the fun and FREE popup NFL Draft Town in Grant


Mother's Day in Chicago: 13 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Brunch at Prime & Provisions Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She stands by you through thick and thin, wipes your tears and shares your joys. Mother's Day calls for celebrating the lady who will always love you, warts and all. Thank Mom for being there when you needed her most by taking her out to one of these 13 special spots for Mother's Day weekend in Chicago.


Kerry James Marshall's "Mastry" Exhibit at the MCA is a Game Changer

Kerry James Marshall - School of Beauty, School of Culture

If you've never heard of pioneering artist Kerry James Marshall, his jaw-dropping retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago guarantees that you will never forget his name or work. Mastry spans 36 years of Marshall's vivid and thought-provoking paintings, which re-imagine the portrayal of African American images and experiences.


Spring Has Arrived at Fig & Olive Restaurant!

Fig & Olive Chicago Spring Menu

As you stroll down the luxe provinces of shop-filled Oak Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, you might wonder: How long would it take me to get to the French Riviera? Indeed, it would require some planning, but never mind. You’re right in front of chic Chicago restaurant Fig & Olive, so walk in, take the elevator to the second floor and find your own retreat amidst their new spring time offerings.


Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival is Bigger & Better Than Ever: James Beard Nominated Chefs, 100+ Vendors

Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Chicago

The 6th annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival, presented by The Specialty Food Association and Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, takes place April 30 at the Chicago French Market, and this year's roster looks to be bigger and better than ever.

The indoor festival, which is refreshingly FREE to attend, features more than 100 food artisans this year from across the globe, gathered together in the West Loop to showcase their distinct wares.


Hear Blues Harp Master Billy Branch LIVE — Rosa's Blues Lounge, April 29-30

Billy Branch

Chicago blues may be defined by the electric guitar, but the invigorating roar of the harmonica is arguably the genre's second most essential instrument. Blues fans and newbies alike are always enthralled by the jaw-dropping skill of Chicago blues harp icon Billy Branch. A 3-time Grammy-nominated blues innovator who's been a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene since his arrival in the early '70s, a Billy Branch show is filled with lots of energy, audience interaction and dazzling


Get Hungry for Baconfest 2016

Baconfest Chicago One of the most epic food events of the year, Baconfest Chicago is back for its 8th annual event April 30 through May 1 at the UIC Forum. Featuring an enormous roster of chef and restaurant talent from throughout the city, guests will be able to sample bacon in ways they never thought possible. Far beyond typical breakfast fare, the two-day affair features bacon in everything from maki rolls to cinnamon rolls. And other non-roll formats.


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