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Tour Chicago's Foodie Neighborhoods during Restaurant Week

Pan Seared Broccoli Steak at Dusek's Board and Beer

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to head out to one of Chicago's vibrant, foodie neighborhoods. In locales from Albany Park to West Town, over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week from January 27 to February 9, 2017 — making this the perfect opportunity to taste test through neighborhoods you haven't yet had a chance to explore.


5 Family-Friendly Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Geja's Cafe

Here's a resolution for 2017: Make a point to expand your Chicago dining repertoire by exploring new restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9). Over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating this year, including 50 brand-new additions, making this the perfect opportunity to give some new-to-you restaurants a try . . . while bringing the kids along too.


6 Unique Ways to Do Brunch in Chicago

Old Town Social

Brunch is a Chicago tradition each weekend, although no one objects to brunch on other days of the week! Brunch offerings in the city continue to become more impressive and inventive. A 99-ingredient Bloody Mary bar, anyone? Or an all-you-can-eat seafood feast? Read on for unique Chicago brunches to try, happening now.


Top Afternoon Teas in Chicago: Gather Your Friends or Treat Yourself and Go Solo

The Allis at Soho House afternoon tea
Afternoon tea can be a great break in the day to catch up with friends, meet with a client or just enjoy some relaxing alone time. Luckily, Chicago has no shortage of elegant and extravagant high tea offerings. Keep reading for the best ‘treat yourself’ spots for afternoon teas in Chicago.

 


5 'Spirited' & Boozy Events to Warm You Up This Winter in Chicago

ENO Wine Bar

Sometimes winter in Chicago calls for the warming power of a delicious cocktail or breaking open that anticipated bottle of wine together with old and new friends. Here are five spirit- and wine-focused events around the city, including ENOversity's January class focusing on rare wines from around the world.


Our #1 Tip for Exploring Chicago in the Winter? Plenty of Hot Chocolate Breaks

Cocoa + Co.

Winter is upon us in Chicago, and there’s no better way to warm up during your explorations around the city than with a stop for a mug of piping hot chocolate. Wherever your next adventure takes you, from the Magnificent Mile to Logan Square to West Town, we can help you find a delicious stop along the way. Read on for unique hot chocolates around Chicago.


Brunch Is on the Menu for the First Time at Chicago Restaurant Week—And These Are the Places We Can't Pass Up

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

It’s time to prepare your loose-fitting pants for another incredible Chicago Restaurant Week. The festivities take place January 27–February 9, and for the first time, brunch is on the menu! Why stop at dinner when this year’s brunch offerings are just as drool-worthy. Round out your Chicago Restaurant Week experience with brunch deals and restaurants you'll want to add to your list.


Always Sweet, Often Boozy: The Best Milkshakes in Chicago

DMK Burger Bar milkshake

Milkshakes are an indulge-worthy dessert any time of the year. Do you agree? Whether you’re a classic vanilla type, want all the fixings, or have some dietary restrictions, there’s a perfect milkshake for you in Chicago. Read on for our top picks for milkshakes in the city.


Top Deals for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Imperial Lamian

The best strategy for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9) is to check out some of Chicago’s best (and priciest) restaurants at a fraction of the cost of a normal 3- or 4-course meal. With hundreds of participants (many new!) in 2017 and with the inclusion of brunch for the first time ever, this year’s Chicago Restaurant Week is sure to be one for the books. Here are the best Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 deals to sink your teeth into.


Experience a Lowcountry-Style, Saucy Seafood Boil in Wrigleyville

lowcountry boil

If you've never experienced a lowcountry seafood boil, head to Wrigleyville for a night of saucy, seafood fun. It's the spot for the latest greatest seafood-focused hot spot, Lowcountry Chicago, where you'll find an authentic take on the classic coastal boil. Owners Pan Hompluem and Dana Ferm bring boil-in-a-bag crawfish, crabs, shrimp, and much more... right to your table and boiled in-bag. Don your bib and dive in!


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