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Arte y Vida Chicago is your guide to Chicago's vibrant Hispanic and Latino art and culture. We offer a comprehensive calendar of recommended events, articles, new music reviews and more!

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Explore Chicago's Pie Houses

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

This isn't about pizza pies but instead about baked sweet, creamy, tangy and savory pies available across the city. Whether you're looking to try a new flavor or have never had a savory slice, this list will guide you in the right direction.


Explore Chicago's Wine Bars

Bar Pastoral

From casual to posh, underground or mainstream, Chicago loves to get its drink on. Whether a cocktail or a beer, the Midwest has a love of all things alcohol and wine is no exception. We've put together a list of wine bars offering flights, global selections and locally-sourced varieties.


Explore Chicago's Acoustic Stages

Cole's Chicago

Visitors know Chicago's got some of the best blues and jazz in town but we've also got the stage set for more intimate acoustic performances. Check out a list of some of our favorite go-to venues for smaller unplugged showcases.


Explore Chicago's Soupy Side

Carne En Su Jugo

Just in time for winter, indulge your body and soul with aromatic bowls of steaming soup. Our suggestions focus on those with a spicy twist.

Instead of complaining about the dreaded winter in Chicago, we're the kind of optimists that will make the most of it. If it's simply too cold to be outdoors then we'll explore the city's culturally rich cuisine, especially the kind - like soup - that


Explore Chicago's Winter Libations

Punch House

You've read our list of hot drinks perfect for Chicago cold weather. This is the over 21 version - an array of delight spirits served as magical elixirs to keep you warm during the harshest of winter outings. Cheers.


Get Your Winter Drink On: Enjoy a Variety of Hot Drinks Perfect for Chicago's Winter Weather

Mindy's Hot Chocolate

As winter approaches, Chicago transforms into a breathtaking wonderland of snow. Streets are decorated with beautiful bright lights as Chicagoans transform their homes into snug havens full of holiday cheer. As you explore the city and its vibrant neighborhoods, we've put together a list coffee shops and cafes offering delicious, soul-warming drinks to help you get through the "brrr!" worthy Midwest chill. 


A Tour of Pilsen's Shops and Boutiques

Modern Co-op

Although there's plenty of Chicago memorabilia in most major downtown retail establishments, it's always a fun idea to go on a search for something a little more authentic, unusual or one-of-a-kind. This is especially true if you're in search of that special gift or simply something new to add to your home.

Take a day trip south to Pilsen and check out some of the neighborhood's shops and


Explore Chicago's Latin-Inspired Cuisine

Although the city is renowned for its deep dish pizza, it is also hailed in general as one of the top culinary destinations for travelers. It's no surprise to us who delight in the abundance of the city's diverse flavors. But in keeping with the theme of melted cheese wonders, we're taking a taste tour beyond tacos and guiding you across the city in search of the perfect quesadilla - Mexican


Pueblo Latino at the Old Town School of Folk Music

Old Town School of Folk

The Old Town School of Folk Music is one of Chicago's most cherished institutions, and they long ago expanded the definition of "folk music" beyond Americana to encompass global traditions and the modern sounds that are built on them. Pueblo Latino Chicago is their initiative that provides programming through classes, workshops and concerts that celebrate the diverse cultures of Spain


Love Con Tango: Where To Tango In Chicago

Tango

The seduction of tango. The sensual dance. The exotic music that makes dancers melt against each other. It's not always so sassy in nature but it does entice the mind into endless dreams of certain pleasures. Ahem... we digress. To be in an atmosphere surrounded by tango, especially when love is involved, is one of the most beautiful experiences you'll ever have. We've put together a list of


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