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Get a Taste of Chicago's First Food Museum: Foodseum

Matt Kirouac

Finally, a museum you can eat! Well, sort of. Chicago's groundbreaking Foodseum is the first of its kind in a city renowned for its exceptional food, both in history and in modern dining.


Chicago Gourmet Returns to Millennium Park, Sept. 25-27

Chicago Gourmet 2015

No one needs reassurance or additional encomia to know that Chicago is everyone's kind of food town. From elaborate crudite to charming charcuterie, Chicago has you covered. 

Case in point,  Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet will be returning this year to Millennium Park from September 25-27. Presented by Bon Appetit, this elaborate celebration brings together 150 restaurants and chefs for celebrity chef demos, wine and spirit tastings, and a

Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.


Shaw's Crab House Presents its 27th Annual Oyster Fest

Matt Kirouac

Chicago may be a far cry from the Atlantic and Pacific, but you'd never know it considering our surfeit of fresh seafood, a sentiment showcased on a grand scale at Shaw's 27th Annual Oyster Fest. Taking place September 11, it's a pristine celebration of stellar seafood from Shaw's, as well as seafood restaurants throughout the city and country.


Weekend Alert: August 21-23

South Shore Beach

"I don't know what to do this weekend," you say. "I'm bored." Excuse me, but you should never have to say this when you're in Chicago. Take a look below at what's happening Friday through Sunday and you'll see why. Apologies for putting words in your mouth, but admit it, you've thought this once or twice...


Food & Wine Magazine Hosts Inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival

Matt Kirouac

Not that we really need further validation that Chicago is a world-class food city, but another new food festival certainly adds a welcome feather to our cap. Or our toque, rather. The Chicago Food + Wine Festival is the latest, taking place August 28 through August 30 in Lincoln Park.

Food & Wine Magazine has emerged on the scene with their new Chicago festival, the aptly dubbed Chicago Food + Wine Festival. It's an immersive multi-day experience featuring a who's-who of chefs,


Dining out on the Chicago River: River Roast Edition

River Roast

Not so long ago, dining around the Chicago River would have been considered a bit of an adventure, and perhaps for reasons other than the food. Today, dining along the river in the Loop has become a bit of a "must-do" for folks visiting the city.

Tony Mantuano's River Roast is one of these signature riverfront experience and since opening in 2014, it has garnered a host of accolades and praise. I recently stopped by for lunch and I'm pleased to say that


Weekend Alert: August 14-16

Air and Water Show

This weekend is packed with things to do, highlighted by the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy musical improv, neighborhood festivals and a breathtaking Cirque du Soleil show. There's nowhere else you should be.


Chicago's Best Sandwich Sensations for National Sandwich Month

Matt Kirouac

Chicago is jam-packed with sandwiches of all sorts, from local sensations like the Italian beef to international staples and hybrids in between. In honor of August being National Sandwich Month, here's a roundup of some of the city's greatest sandwiches.


Great Donut Places to Try in Chicago

Glazed and Infused

In my 20-plus years in Chicago, I've had many donuts. I'll never forget conversations at the defunct Dunkin Donuts at Clark and Belmont with musicians coming in after a late night set or the anticipation waiting for Krispy Kreme to open when it swept through the city with its deep fried goodness in the late 1990s.

A few of my favorites are still around  and here's a few for you to try.


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