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Eli’s Cheesecake Turns National Cheesecake Day into a Cheesecake Festival to Celebrate Eli’s 35th Birthday

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 Friday night fridge raid. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, Eli's Cheesecake of Chicago will be hosting a grand celebration from through Sunday, August 2. Why all the hoopla? It's Eli's Cheesecake's 35th Birthday!

Come On, Get Happy for Happy Hour!

Matt Kirouac

Chicago has never been lacking in terms of booze bargains at bars, but with the recent passing of the happy hour bill, bars and restaurants are making it official and raising the bar (so to speak) on timely specials. Here's where to maximize your happy hour intake in Chicago:

Celebrate the Art of Mexican Cuisine at Mod Mex & Mod Mix

Matt Kirouac

Mexican food is a big deal in Chicago. We may be far from Mexico, but Chicago sports one of the largest Mexican populations in the U.S., and the culture has left an indelible mark on some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods and in some of the best restaurants. In honor of one of Chicago's most prominent cuisines, famed chef Rick Bayless is entering his third year hosting Mod Mex & Mod Mix.

An Encased Meat Celebration, Chicago Style, at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Hot Dog Fest '15

Since the opening of the Stockyards (and before), Chicago’s hot dogs and other related meat products have been celebrated around the world. Many visitors to Chicago do not consider a visit to the city complete without at least one visit to a hot dog stand, hut, or full-on sausage emporium.

Cozy Up to Chicago's Best S'mores Desserts

Matt Kirouac

'Tis the season for camping and fireside noshing, but since actual campfires can be hard to come by in city limits, restaurants are bringing the Americana pastime to you. Nothing captures edible outdoor nostalgia quite like a good s'more, something handily available at a number of restaurants in Chicago. And you don't even need to worry about bug spray!

The (Hot) Dog Days of Summer

Matt Kirouac

In Chicago, hot dogs are basically a religion. With National Hot Dog Day taking place July 23 and the "dog days of summer" upon us, it's an apt time to round up some of the city's finest hot dogs, from newfangled restaurants to classic joints.

Spend a Day in Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is an up-and-coming neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, an area beloved by visitors and locals alike. Home to the Hogwarts-like University of Chicago, complete with a bustling campus life, there are so many things to check out - you could easily spend a day getting a taste of what it has to offer. Here's what an ideal visit to Hyde Park might look like.

Beat the Heat at these Indoor Hangouts

Matt Kirouac

When it comes to summertime fun in the city, beaches and patios get most of the attention. But when the temperature is sweltering, a little indoor excursion can provide a nice escape, especially when Chicago is packed with so many fun and unique indoor activities, from mini golf to bocce. And all of them packed with great food menus, to boot. 

Get Your Vegetarian Fix at these Delicious Retaurants

Mysore Woodlands

In a city known and beloved for its hot dogs and Italian beef, it must be difficult to find delicious vegetarian food, right? Wrong. Chicago has been moving beyond salads and sides of vegetables, and numerous restaurants have been offering up delicious vegetarian cuisine enjoyable for vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Eat Your Way Through Chicago's Farmers' Markets

Matt Kirouac

As summer nears its apex, farmers' market season is in full effect. And all that shopping requires some sustenance. Here are some top picks for prepared foods you should be eating this summer while shopping the markets.

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