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StarChefs Honors Chicago's Rising Stars

Fat Rice

As if we needed further evidence that Chicago is the cream of the culinary crop in the U.S., StarChefs is rolling into town to honor our city's emerging talents at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on June 8.

Newly Opened Remington's Transforming the Face of Michigan Ave.


Remington's just opened earlier this month, but it's already causing quite an uproar. On a stretch of Michigan Avenue that used to be blanketed with popular chain bakeries, Remington's represents the beginning of a shift to luxury hotels and upscale dining. It also addresses the problem of where to hold a business meeting in the Loop. Previously, the most accessible and private dining space for large groups was in River North. Remington's offers several different options, including a

Fresh Ingredients Spring Forth on Restaurant Menus

Matt Kirouac

Now that the weather has finally turned, spring produce finally has had enough time to sprout and blossom. One of the most exciting times of the year to dine, restaurants throughout Chicago are filling their plates and their glassware with an abundance of springy ingredients. Here's where to get your fresh fix:

Drink In The Views and The Cocktails at These Rooftop Bars


With longer, sunnier days, the best way to maximize your Vitamin D intake - and also, booze - is to hit a rooftop bar. Fortunately, Chicago is jam-packed with them. From newbies to venerable standbys, here are some top picks for drinking in the scenery while you drink in your liquor.

Memorial Day Beckons New Restaurant Patios

Matt Kirouac

Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and gratitude. It's also a time for soaking in the rays on restaurant patios while surrounded by cocktails. As Memorial Day marks the unofficial onset of summer, here are a few spots unveiling new patios to christen the season.

A Beer and a Burger: An Excursion on the Red Line to North & Clybourn

North/Clybourn Station

Most visitors to Chicago probably don’t end up at the North & Clybourn Red Line stop, but there are several good reasons that locals and visitors from near and far might wish to swing on by: Weeds Tavern and the celebrated Burger Bar.

Chicago Wine Festival Roundup


Chicago's hosting of the James Beard Awards reaffirms the culinary status the city has been building on for years. Since great food necessitates great drink to go with it, several wine festivals have started popping up to celebrate the nectar of the gods ... and Chicagoans.

Eat Your Way Through National Burger Month in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

May is National Burger Month, in case you needed further incentive to eat your way through Chicago's booming burger scene. Here are some of the biggest, beefiest and best versions in town.

Friday Faves: What is the Most Memorable Meal You've Had in Chicago?


Here at Choose Chicago, we believe one of the best ways to jumpstart a truly epic experience in Chicago is to get ideas from the people who know the city best. Our locals, some of the greatest ambassadors of Chicago you can find, are invaluable resources for discovering the greatest things to see and do in the city.  

Kid-Friendly Picks for Mother's Day

Mother's Day

She's the lucky lady who sat through all of your band concerts and swim meets, who waited up late for you with a half smile on her face and got you to where you are today. What would you do without Mom? Luckily, there's a Mother's Day brunch to match your mom: dress up in your Sunday best, order her a mimosa, and thank Mom for being there when you needed her most! Here are six kid-friendly ways to treat your mom for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 10.

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