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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 Friday night


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. 


A Perfect Chicago Valentine's Day with Flowers for Dreams

Flowers for Dreams

Valentine's Day is without a doubt the flower holiday. A thoughtful bouquet is sure to win over your significant other, but what if it can do even more than that?

Flowers for Dreams, a Chicago-based flower delivery service started in 2012, is aiming to do just that, giving back to local charity with every bouquet purchased.

Read below to learn a little bit more about Flowers for Dreams from Customer Relationship Manager Carina Sherman, and take advantage of their


3 Uniquely Chicago Finds at the Randolph Street Market Festival

Randolph Street Market

This past weekend, my daughter and I spent some time at the Randolph Street Market Festival. We had such fun exploring three floors worth of art, fashion, vintage treasures, decorators finds and more. Even the venue itself - the beaux arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington - was interesting (check out the mural of Buckingham Fountain on the staircase and the ornate detailing and woodwork and don't forget to stroll the balcony overlooking the auditorium - there


Where to Find the Best Winter Wear for Chicago

Chicago Winter Wear

Whether you're here for the weekend or you've been here your whole life, you can never fully prepare for how cold a Chicago winter actually feels.

Luckily, the city is covered in stores that specialize in winter wear and outerwear. So if you find yourself ill-prepared for the brisk wind off Lake Michigan, here are your best bets to protect yourself from the elements.


Celebrate the 2015 Doll of the Year at American Girl Place Chicago

Meet Grace Thomas. She's an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, and she's the 2015 American Doll of the Year. 

American Girl Place Chicago will be baking up some fun with Grace the entire month of January. girls visiting the store during Grace's debut, through January 3, will receive a specially- packaged doll-sized apron and have the opportunity to participate in several activities including:
  • Free Grace-themed Scavenger Hunt: Travel along with Grace on her

Weekend Alert: December 19-21

Holiday Thorne Rooms

The holidays are here! It's the cheeriest time of the year in Chicago, and there's plenty to do to get in the spirit. This is a time to be with friends and family, and we've got a list of activities that everyone will enjoy.


O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 Comes Alive

Terminal 5

Over the coming weeks, O'Hare International Airport will be a very busy place with the holiday travel season in full swing, as thousands of people make their way home to Des Moines, Dubai, and beyond. Those fine folks flying internationally will find their way to Terminal 5. It's a far cry from even a few years ago, as the terminal was reborn in April 2014 after a $26 million renovation completed as part of a new partnership between the Chicago Department of Aviation and


Weekend Alert: December 5-7

The Nutcracker

'Tis the holiday season! Chicago's in full winter festivities mode, and we've got a selection of some great events to keep in mind when planning your weekends. Whether it's shopping local all over the city; seeing the Joffrey Ballet's timeless The Nutcracker; feasting at Tasting Table's Open Market; caroling at Cloud Gate; or celebrating the King of Pop's birthday, an adventure awaits.  


Holiday Shopping Events Dec. 4 – 7

One of a Kind

So what if you missed Black Friday? In Chicago, we know some of the best holiday shopping opportunities don't come by standing in a line at midnight.

This weekend all around the city, shoppers have multiple opportunities to check off everyone on their list with unique items from local retailers and festivals. Plan your days accordingly.


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