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Chicago's Top Dogs for Hot Dog Day

Bangers & Lace

In Chicago, National Hot Dog Day is practically forcemeat Christmas. Which is why you'll want to eat your way around the city's multifaceted hot dog landscape to celebrate the encased meat holiday on July 23. Here's a roundup of some of Chicago's top dogs.

Great Music, Eats and Gardens - Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival

Street fest, check. Live music, check. Gardens, check.

Possibly the greatest street festival in Chicago, the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival,  is taking place in Lincoln Park this weekend, July 19th and 20th.  This is the 46th year that residents of Lincoln Park have opened their gardens up to the public for your viewing pleasure.

Satellite Nights Provides a Preview for Soho House Chicago

Soho House Satellite Nights

Chicago is about to get a dose of one of the world's most prestigious hospitality brands when Soho House debuts here in August. But first, following the company's inaugural Satellite Nights Chicago event June 28, here's a taste of what to expect from the London-bred company.

Get Your Fill Of World Class Country Music & BBQ At Windy City Smokeout This Weekend

Windy City Smokeout

Truth be told, Windy City Smokeout has concocted the perfect recipe for a weekend of country fun in an urban setting. 

Some of the country's best barbecuers bring pounds upon pounds of smokey, saucy goodness to the scenic lot located off Grand Avenue along the Chicago River while nearly a dozen of America's finest country musicians take the stage this Friday through Sunday (July 11-13). 

Eating Your Way Through the Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is one of the biggest festivals of the year, taking place July 9 through July 13, and not surprisingly it can be a tad overwhelming. Here's a handy guide on how to navigate the foodie fray and what to be hungry for.

The Perfect Beach Day

North Avenue Beach

Okay Chicago, say it with me now: summer.

Finally, I think the nice weather is here to stay, and that could only mean one thing: it's beach season! (Pause for applause) We made it. Now that it's finally time to hit up the beach, here are a couple of my guidelines for the perfect beach day.

Where to Dine With a View This Summer

Signature Room-2

Summertime in Chicago is a great time to dine with a beachside view overlooking our oceanic Lake Michigan, drinking in the stunning views as you drink in wine. From a 95th floor restaurant to a beach cafe, here are your best bets for dining and drinking with a beachy view this summer.

Top Picnic Picks in Chicago


Few things exemplify summertime noshing quite like a good picnic. Fortunately, Chicago is chock full of picnic-friendly parks and picnic-friendly restaurants and shops, the two essential ingredients to picnic perfection.

Strawberries Make a Splash on Chicago Menus


Strawberry season rivals Christmastime in terms of rampant merriment. Celebrate accordingly by eating and drinking your way through the sea of strawberry creations sweeping Chicago menus right now.

10 Reasons to Visit Chicago This Summer

10 Reasons to Visit Chicago-1

Some of the world's best dining, shopping, attractions, architecture and hotels can be found right here in Chicago. From first-rate theater and museums to iconic sports teams and landmarks galore, Chicago is the only destination you need to consider for the perfect summer getaway.

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