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Weekend Alert: April 24-26


Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph Street

Treat Mom to Mother's Day Brunch in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

Come Mother's Day, the only thing more impressive than breakfast in bed is an elegant prix fixe brunch at one of Chicago's finest restaurants. She made your meals for 18 years minimum, time to return the gesture with a nice brunch.

Chicago's Best Kid-Friendly Burger Joints

Burger - Blog

Nothing beats a great burger. When it comes to the American diner classic, here are five places that you can't beef with. These are our family's picks for Chicago's best kid-friendly burgers.

Top 10 Chicago Must-dos with Teens or Tweens

Kids Millennium Park

Heading into town with your teen or tween? Here are 10 must-dos for your Windy City bucket list:

Great Chefs from the Great Lakes at the James Beard Foundation Awards

Matt Kirouac

If the James Beard Awards are the restaurant equivalent of the Oscars, then the chefs behind the stoves are the leading men and ladies that draw the crowds and dazzle diners. Rightfully so, as Chicago gears up to host the James Beard Awards in May, numerous local chefs have received top honors with venerable nominations.

Chicago Represents at the James Beard Foundation Awards

Matt Kirouac

In case you hadn't heard, the restaurant equivalent of the Oscars, the James Beard Awards, is taking place in Chicago's Lyric Opera on May 4. It's the first time the ceremony has ever been held outside New York City, and appropriately enough, Chicago has several restaurant and bar contenders up for big awards.

Eat and Drink Outdoors at These Killer Patios

Matt Kirouac

Chicagoans have been chomping at the bit for patio season, and thanks to increased daylight and higher temps, the time has finally come. As dining establishments unveil their al fresco settings, here are some prime spots for al fresco eating.

Quintessential Dining in the Loop

Matt Kirouac

As the weather begins to cooperate again, speedy dashes downtown to get indoors away from the cold turn into leisurely strolls enjoying the weather and the sights. And of course, most strolls should culminate with a nice meal, so while perusing Chicago's Loop, be sure and incorporate some of downtown's best dining destinations into your sightseeing expeditions. Here are a few standouts not to miss.

Get Hungry For Chicago Chef Week

Matt Kirouac

Like new flowers sprouting from the soil, spring brings forth fresh new dining incentives in Chicago. Chief among them: Chicago Chef Week. From April 19 through April 24, restaurants throughout the city are offering prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at bargain prices, affording diners the opportunity to experience spots they've been wanting to try or old favorites.

Bacon Sensations in Chicago for Bacon Month


Baconfest is the Super Bowl of bacon in Chicago, gearing up for its next annual event on April 17 and 18 at the UIC Forum, but before the meat melee gets started, you might want to pre-game by warming up your stomach on some of Chicago's best bacon dishes. After all, April has unofficially been declared Bacon Month in Chicago courtesy of Baconfest.

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