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Chicago's Corned Beef Kings

Matt Kirouac

Corned beef is to St. Patrick's Day as turkey is to Thanksgiving, and while Chicago may be more than a few rainbows away from Ireland, our city is chock full of glorious interpretations of this classic holiday meat, from hulking Reubens to eggy hash.


Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Chicago Soul Food Restaurant?

Chicago's Chicken and Waffles

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.

Chicago has some of the best soul food around, evident in its mouth-watering restaurants across the city. Need help whittling down your choices? Look no


Springtime Family Shows at City Winery

City Winery

Fine wines and kids usually don't go hand in hand, but the City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.), a 30,000-sq.-ft., fully-functioning winery, concert hall and Mediterranean eatery is inviting families to celebrate spring with a variety of kid-friendly programming. 


Explore Chicago's Pie Houses

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

This isn't about pizza pies but instead about baked sweet, creamy, tangy and savory pies available across the city. Whether you're looking to try a new flavor or have never had a savory slice, this list will guide you in the right direction.


Friday Faves: What's Your Favorite Chinese Restaurant in Chicago?

Chengdu Impression

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.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, this week we asked you which Chinese restaurant in the city is your favorite. From the heart of Chinatown to Argyle


Intro: Chicago's Newest Restaurant Concept That's Turning Heads

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Located in the former L20 space, Intro is Chicago's newest restaurant concept that's unlike anything else in the city. Every 2-3 months, a guest chef-in-residence is rotated in to work in full collaboration with Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman and senior partners, creating a different concept reflective of their personal style.


Explore Chicago's Wine Bars

Bar Pastoral

From casual to posh, underground or mainstream, Chicago loves to get its drink on. Whether a cocktail or a beer, the Midwest has a love of all things alcohol and wine is no exception. We've put together a list of wine bars offering flights, global selections and locally-sourced varieties.


A Visit to Eli's Cheesecake World

Eli's

When Marc Schulman, president of Chicago's very own Eli's Cheesecake, invited my kids and I to spend a day at Eli's Cheesecake World, I just about jumped for joy (and so did my kids). We love Eli's Cheesecake!

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late


Fishy Spots for Lenten Dining

Matt Kirouac

After the chocolate-filled excess of Valentine's Day and the boozy melee that is Mardi Gras, Lent is an apt time to clean things up (read: your diet). But rather than throw flavor and enjoyment out the window for a few weeks, turn your attention to fish and seafood. Fortunately, Chicago restaurants offer bounteous opportunities to feast on nautical delights that toe the perfect middle ground between healthful and flavorful.


Just in Time for Valentine's Day: 4 Unique Chicago Candy Shops

Candy hearts

Looking to treat your Valentine to some unique sweets? Go overboard this year and give your lover rollos de coco, a personalized chocolate lolipop, retro candy cigarettes or even some delectable dried squid candies. Here are four Chicago candy shops that search high and low for the best candies from around the world. 


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