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Sip & Savor Chicago's 19 Coziest New Cocktails

The Berkshire Room Fall/Winter Cocktails

Daiquiri and mai tai season may be over, but fret not, because in place of patio-friendly cocktails comes the rich and soothing comforts of warm cocktails, cider-infused drinks, and much more. Here's where to sip on cool weather cocktails in Chicago this season.

9 Chicago Restaurants Serving Up Thanksgiving Feasts

Cafe Spiaggia Chicago

Thanksgiving is a time to feast with family, to yell at the football game, to gawk at the downtown parade floats, and to stress about burning the turkey. But it doesn't have to be! You can still bond with family and fret over football, but plenty of Chicago restaurants remove the stress of cooking by offering their own holiday menus. Here are 9 restaurant picks to indulge with this Thanksgiving:

Come out for the Taste of Ravenswood!

Koval Distillery Chicago

Craft breweries, independent-owned restaurants, and a local distillery all under one roof? If you’ve never been to Ravenswood, the upcoming Taste of Ravenswood might be the event that will inspire you to jump on the Brown Line to explore one of Chicago's most charming neighborhoods. Spend a few hours on November 13 making new friends and trying some of the fine local flavors at this foodie fete.

Latinicity Food Hall: A Taste of Latin America in the Loop

Latinicity Food Hall Chicago

One of the biggest, most ambitious restaurant openings of the year (or any year) just took place in the Loop, with the launch of Latinicity Food Hall & Lounge on the third floor of the Block 37 shopping center (108 N. State Street).

This Latin-accented juggernaut of a space is part marketplace, part dining complex, part retail, part bar, and entirely awe-inspiring.

Chicago Restaurants Are Seeing (Michelin) Stars

Matt Kirouac

One of the most prestigious restaurant guides in the world has officially released its 2016 roundup of top-tier Chicago restaurants. It's time once again for the Michelin Guide to bestow its stars upon Chicago's finest, which are divvied into rankings of three stars (the most elite), two stars, and one star.

Sweet and Spooky Halloween Events and Specials at Chicago Restaurants

Matt Kirouac

As kids, Halloween is all about fun-sized candy and cute costumes. As adults, Halloween is all about candy-inspired dishes, drinks and slightly more mature costumes. Here are some places to eat, drink and celebrate Halloween this year in bars and restaurants around Chicago.

Treat Yourself to Housemade Candies at These 5 Chicago Spots

Margie's Candies Chicago

'Tis the season for candy bars, gummies, and treats galore, but rather than fuel bad habits in the candy aisle at the convenience store, why not hit up one of these local spots for a gourmet candy fix? From housemade caramels to toffee-coated popcorn, here are five artisan candy makers in Chicago making their own unique "treats."

Fall's Most Flavorful Dishes and Drinks in Chicago

Matt Kirouac

Judging by the inescapable aroma of pumpkin spice in the air, fall is here. Far beyond the standard latte, pumpkin and other fall-flavored delicacies are abounding throughout Chicago these days. From beer to dessert, here's where you should be feasting on fall ingredients around town.

Where to Fuel Up on Pasta, Protein and More for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon

Whether you're racing in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11 or not, the occasion marks an apt excuse to carb out on pasta. Restaurants around town are serving up specials and Marathon menus on the weekend to help you fuel up and energize.

Chicago Restaurants Take the Stage in 'Open Tables'

Matt Kirouac

Chicago restaurants lay an important foundation for a new film centered around love, romantic tribulations, and that pivotal social experience that unites us all: dining. "Open Tables" makes its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival this season, shining the spotlight on a cast of Chicago actors and a smorgasbord of local restaurants and bars.

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