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18 Valentine's Day Dining and Drinking Destinations in Chicago

Valentine's Day dining in Chicago

Love is in the air (and on the plate) at Chicago restaurants, as Valentine's Day draws near. From couples' menus to romantic prix fixe tastings, here are some of Chicago's top spots for Valentine's Day dining.

6 Brunch Eats: Go Here for a Great Chicago Breakfast

Sweet Maple Cafe Chicago

Whether you are on your way to a big meeting, or just craving a bit of morning “me time”,  starting your day off right with a tasty breakfast is always a great plan. Chicagoans take their first meal of the day seriously; and the dining scene stands ready to please with offerings that will fit any mood. From “down home” to downright inventive, here are a few faves that will leave you deliciously satisfied and ready to take on the day.

10 Neighborhoods, 10 Chicago Restaurant Week Gems

Chicago Restaurant Week Neighborhood Gems

Lots of people have heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. Renowned chefs like them help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But just as important as the television mainstays are the longstanding restaurants situated in neighborhoods throughout the city that showcase Chicago's diversity and communities.

5 Family-Friendly Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2016

Chicken Shop Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's culinary delights. From January 16 through February 4, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus — starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) — for the whole family.

The Best Deals for Chicago Restaurant Week 2016

Paella at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

As a Chicago foodie with a penchant for finding deals, I’m always happy when they come to me in the form of Chicago Restaurant Week (coming up January 22-February 4). It’s one of the most anticipated and far-reaching restaurant events of the year, and for good reason. You can grab a three-course lunch at a swanky spot for $22, and a three- or four-course dinner for $33/$44 at the most premium restaurants.

Chicago's 7 Hottest New Restaurants Join Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week New Restaurants

Chicago Restaurant Week gets better and bigger every year. One of Chicago's preeminent dining draws, the two-week promotion (taking place January 22-February 4) boasts over 300 restaurants this year, along with more than 50 restaurant newcomers, not to mention several of Chicago's hottest, buzziest restaurants.

Chicago's Best Pizza Parlors

Lou Malnati's Chicago deep dish pizza

Chicago is my kind of pizza town: pizza parlors offer some of the best pieces of the pie in the world. From one of our city's greatest inventions — deep dish pizza — to crispy, delightful thin crust delights, you'll find a pizza to fit your style. On the heels of National Pizza Week (and in anticipation of National Pizza Day in February!), here are my family's picks for Chicago's very best pizza parlors.

Sipping in the City: Chicago Distilling Company

Chicago Distilling Company
Chicago is a town that embraces the craft spirit movement with arms flung wide. Options abound for those who appreciate the love and effort that goes into creating these barrels of goodness. Worth checking out is Chicago Distilling Company, a family-owned distillery that specializes in creating spirits with organic grains from Illinois.

Announcing Chicago Restaurant Week 2016: Reservations Now Open!

Chicago Restaurant Week: January 22 - February 4, 2016

The reservation books are now open for the 14-day feast Chicago Restaurant Week. From Friday, January 22 to Thursday, February 4, dine at 354 restaurants (a record number that includes 54 new participants!) at deliciously low prices. Multiple-course meals pack in prix-fixe deals with $22 lunch options and $33/$44 dinner options.

12 New Year's Eve Picks: Celebrate at Chicago Restaurants and Bars

Studio Paris New Year's Eve Chicago

After all that egg nog and gingerbread, you need a refreshing reprieve only Champagne can provide. New Year's offers an apt bubbly respite, perfect for beckoning 2016 with raised spirits. In Chicago, you're not lacking in New Year's dining and drinking options. Here are some top options for celebrating the new year.

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