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Mezcal Heats Up Chicago's Cocktail Scene

Mezcaleria Las Flores Chicago

In recent years, Chicago's booze scene has experienced an explosion of whiskey bars, tiki bars and even more acutely focused spots like the Fernet-centric Presidio and gin-fueled Scofflaw. Nowadays, however, in Chicago mezcal looks to be in the midst of enormous growth.

A Few More Chicago Spots for Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, master of the pithy culinary one-liner and noted raconteur, stopped by Chicago again to sample our wares for the show "Parts Unknown". He was thoroughly impressed and noted in the Chicago episode and essay that the Windy City’s “sense of humor… was built on hard work”. I certainly agree and it was great to see him make his way through Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, Girl & the Goat, Avec, and the Old Town Ale House.

High Above Streeterville, Come Out and Experience GreenRiver


A few years ago, you probably wouldn’t have thought that dining on the upper floors of a Northwestern University medical building would be a thrilling experience. As it turns out, it is and the team at GreenRiver Chicago offers up a thoughtful beverage program, a lovely set of menus, and fine ambiance all around.

Insider Guide: 8 Underrated Patio Gems in Chicago Neighborhoods

The Betty outdoor patio dining in Chicago

Al fresco dining is a big deal here in Chicago, but not all patios are equally destination-worthy. While rooftop bars, lavish terraces and consistent hot spots like Big Star and Piccolo Sogno draw hordes, Chicago is filled with wonderful outdoor nooks worthy of your attention. From a tranquil sushi oasis to a tree-lined bistro, these are Chicago's most underrated patio gems.

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.

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.

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