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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.


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.


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.


Dine on Meaty Drama With Shakespeare 400 Chicago: April's Culinary Complete Works

henry IV dish

Shakespeare 400 Chicago serves up lots of drama and intrigue but it's important to remember that the action isn't confined to the stage. Check out this month's theater offerings, including Othello:The Remix and Richard III and then dive into a whole other level of creativity with culinary offerings that interpret Henry VI Part I and Antony and Cleopatra.


James Beard Eats Week: Where to Eat, Party & Gear Up for Awards Night

James Beard Awards Chicago

The James Beard Awards, often nicknamed the "Oscars of food," is once again set to take place in Chicago in May, bringing the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world to our fair city for a world-class celebration of fine cooking. Considering Chicago's position as one of the best food cities on the planet, it seems a natural fit. This year, foodies can take the celebration a bit further by partaking in James Beard Eats Week, April 22 – May 2.


Mari Katsumura: Making a Name for Herself as Acadia's Pastry Chef

Matt Kirouac

One of Chicago's most legendary and pioneering chefs, the late Yoshi Katsumura (check out our profile on the chef and his restaurant Yoshi's), has left an enduring legacy in the city thanks to the likes of his daughter. Mari Katsumura makes the family proud as the recently appointed pastry chef of Acadia in the South Loop, where she's making a name for herself with some of the most incredible and beautiful desserts in town.


9 Fantastic Foodie Events To Get Excited About This Spring

Green City Market Chicago Chicago has a lot to be excited about this spring, especially for those that love food. From Chicago Chef Week to farmers markets and food truck fests, here are the best Chicago food events to look forward to.

Chicago Nominations at the 2016 James Beard Awards

The red carpet at the James Beard Awards Chicago

The biggest food awards ceremony in the world, the James Beard Awards, is coming up at Chicago's Civic Opera House on May 2. This year marks the second time the esteemed ceremony has been held outside of its founding city of New York, and appropriately enough, Chicago has several restaurant and bar contenders up for big awards.


Where to Dine on Easter Sunday in Chicago

Biscuit sandwich at Frontier restaurant Chicago

Easter is just around the corner — March 27, to be precise — and while many people associate the holiday with pastel-colored candies and sweet toothed bunnies, there's more to Easter dining than Peeps. Here are several spots in Chicago open on the holiday and serving up unique Easter eats.


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