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Weekend Alert: July 3-5

Navy Pier fireworks

Happy 4th of July Weekend, Chicago! One of the best times to visit Chicago is during America's birthday weekend, and we've got a heaping of activities in which you can take part. Are you into African, Caribbean and Latin American Culture? Look no further than the International Festival of Life. Food? That'd be Windy City RibFest. Or are you just into some good ol' fashioned fireworks? Watch the spectacular show at Navy Pier.

Barcocina: a Refreshing Bar and Restaurant Experience in Lakeview


Barcocina is a new restaurant in Lakeview, conveniently located between the Diversey and Wellington Brown Line stops. Lakeview is a great Chicago neighborhood to check out for food and shopping, not to mention its proximity to both downtown Chicago and Wrigleyville. As closeby Chicago hotdog spot Hot Diggity Dog has regrettably just closed its doors, a new go-to spot was practically required to take its place.

Local Foods Showcases the Edible Midwest

Matt Kirouac

What Eataly is to Italian food and IKEA is to chic Swedish furniture and meatballs, Local Foods will be to the Midwest. Come tomorrow, June 30, Chicago will be home to a brand new 27,000 square foot facility in Bucktown that contains an all day, every day indoor farmers' market, a butcher shop, a cafe, a wholesale food hub, and so much more.

Top Picnic Picks in Chicago

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine Spread

When it comes to summertime snacking, there's nothing quite like a good old fashioned picnic. And by "good old fashioned" we mean entirely newfangled and delicious, thanks to a handful of unique picnic-friendly provisions from restaurants throughout Chicago.

Weekend Alert: June 26-28

Pride Parade

If you're looking for some awesome outdoor activities to do this weekend, well everything listed here lets you bask in the glorious sun and warm weather (hand-picked by yours truly). We have the Logan Square Arts Festival, Chicago Dragon Boat Race, Elston Ave. Sausage & Music Fest, Randolph Street Market Festival, and the Chicago Pride Parade.

Let's do this. 

6 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July


The Fourth of July calls for fun, flags, outdoor dining and of course, fireworks. Put on your best red, white and blue duds and get ready to celebrate our nation's independence. Here are six kid-friendly ways to celebrate the 4th in Chicago.

Take a Whirlwind Culinary Journey with Tastebud Tours Chicago

Tastebud Tours

Narrowing the focus of your restaurant exploration in Chicago can be a daunting feat. With more than 7,300 restaurants in the city, Chicago has a culinary scene that is as expansive as it is delicious. But, if you want to be led on a tour of the very best in classic establishments and lesser known dining joints, you'd do well to check out Tastebud Food Tours.

To Go 'Up North,' Plan a Trip to L. Woods

L. Woods

Let me ask you a question: How far would you be willing to travel up Lincoln Avenue for some cheese curds, a fair kettle of fine fish and an Old Fashioned or three? 

Well if you drive up to Lincolnwood, Illinois, you'll be treated to a Wisconsin supper club experience at the L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge right in the Chicagoland area. Trust me: in weather cold or hot, it's the right thing to do.

Weekend Alert: June 19-21

Pride Parade

How 'bout them Blackhawks, huh? Congrats to the Hawks for taking home their third Stanley Cup in six years! It's a great time to be in Chicago not just for our dynastic sports teams, but for the endless activities to partake in after some truly epic celebrating. Plan our your Chicago weekend right now, 'cause it might just be your best ever.

Checking in at Chicago's Hottest New Hotel Restaurants

Matt Kirouac

Long gone are the days when hotel dining meant room service or cliched banquet fare. The new guard of hotels taking shape in Chicago, in fact, are home base to some of the best new dining and drinking destinations in town.

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