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Easter Dining in Chicago for All Tastes

Easter Dining

Easter calls for a festive brunch or dinner complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. There's an Easter brunch in Chicago for everyone, whether you're looking to bowl with the bunny or sip bottomless mimosas on a sunny patio. Here's a guide to finding the your best brunch fit for your family.

Four Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

Easter Bunny Pinstripes

Hippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch. Here are four of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.

Explore Chicago's Greektown with Kids


Greektown, located just west of the Loop, between Van Buren and Madison Streets and along Halsted Street, makes for a fun day of exploring. Easy to reach via taxi or CTA (take the Blue Line to UIC Halsted and follow Halsted North), this fantastic neighborhood gives visiting families a taste of Greek culture (and cuisine!).

5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Spring in Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory

Spring has officially sprung! After our Chicago winter, you'll find most Chicagoans popping their convertible tops and donning breezy skirts and shorts as soon as the temps hit the double digits. Springtime is perhaps the best times of the year in Chicago, when the flowers blossom in our garden city. Here are five fun ways to usher in spring. 

Weekend Alert: March 13-15

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

It's time to get decked out in green, Chicago! St. Patrick's Day is finally here, and Chicago is ready for a party. Whether you attend the Chicago River dyeing; take in the St. Patrick's Day Parade; revel in any number of special neighborhood festivities; or all the above, you'll be feeling some kind of lucky.

Where the Flowers Are: Finding Chicago's Best Spring Blooms

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

You might know Chicago as the "Windy City" or the "City of Broad Shoulders," but one of our city's most appropriate nicknames is the "Garden City." Indeed, our city's seal states clearly Urbs in Horto, Latin for "garden in city." As springtime rolls around, the reason for this flowery nickname is evident: everywhere you turn, you'll see gardens big and small, in our backyards, on our parkways, even on our balconies and rooftops! Here are three

Tea at the Drake Hotel: A Chicago Tradition

Drake Hotel - tea

To have tea at the Drake Hotel is to have a bit of welcome down-tempo time with friends, family members, or associates in a setting that is rather rarified and genteel. Who knows, you might even put away your smart phone for a few moments? Yes, the Palm Court offers that type of quietude even as the rush-rush-rush shopping spirit of Michigan Avenue beckons but a few yards away from these tranquil surroundings. 

5 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Family Fun St Patrick's Day

With our strong Irish roots, no city celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the fervor of Chicagoans. But not all the festivities are, shall we say, family-friendly. If you're planning on spending St. Pat's with some Leprechaun-sized companions, you can still get in on the shamrock-fueled action. Here are five family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

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. 

Chicago Architecture Family Programs for Kids at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.

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