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Gene & Georgetti, Chicago's Oldest Steakhouse, Turns 75 Years Old!

Gene & Georgetti

Since the restaurant first opened in 1941, Gene & Georgetti have been serving up some of the best steaks the city has to offer. Help Chicago's oldest steakhouse celebrate its 75th anniversary with an order from their special menu. From the Filet Mignon to the Chicken alla Joey, taste why this steakhouse has been a sizzling success!


Ravenswood Evolves Into Chicago's Brewery Corridor

Band of Bohemia Chicago

In Chicago, Randolph Street might be Restaurant Row and Michigan Avenue may be the Magnificent Mile shopping mecca, but in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, Ravenswood is steadily transforming into quite the brewery corridor. In the past couple years alone, Ravenswood has filled in with a myriad of places to sate a variety of beer cravings, from German lagers to "culinary"-inspired beers infused with apple and thyme.


A Perfect Chicago Evening: A FREE Play + Picnic in the Park

Eataly Chicago Picnic

Take dinner and a show to the next level with a play and picnic in the park. One of the hallmarks of a Chicago summer is the outstanding outdoor shows, and nothing makes an evening quite like a delicious meal. Spread out a blanket and enjoy an evening of theater and fine dining on a fine Chicago summer night. Here are 5 places to pick up a picnic before enjoying a performance of Shakespeare in the Chicago parks this summer:


Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Chicago's 10 Best Summer Treats

Original Rainbow ConeBesides the more than tolerable weather, the best thing about summer in Chicago is all the delicious treats to snack on after (or instead of) a meal! With no shortage of choices, here are 10 of our favorites:


Taste of Chicago July 6-10: Breaking Down the 5-Day Mega Fest by the Numbers

Taste of Chicago
Get a true taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 6 - 10. Enjoy a variety of food, lively music and the scenic lakefront at this free, five-day festival. Sample Chicago's diverse dining scene with 69 vendors made up of the city's top restaurants and chefs. Although the opportunities for fun at the 36th annual Taste of Chicago are countless, here's a few highlights of the festivities by the numbers:


Roeser's Bakery: A Chicago Favorite Since 1911

Roeser's Bakery

For so many Chicago families, it wouldn't be a celebration without a colorful, three-layer buttercream cake from Roeser's Bakery on North Avenue in Humboldt Park. In 1911, John Roeser Sr. opened the doors of his American dream: a bakery filled with sugary delights! Over 100 years later, the city's oldest family-owned retail bakery is still one Chicago's favorite places for a sweet treat.


A Favorite French Restaurant: For Gallic Delights, Stop By Bistronomic

Bistronomic Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

The late gourmand Lucius Beebe was fond of many Chicago restaurants and he preferred to dine in the Gallic fashion when possible at a number of long-gone haunts in the River North neighborhood. After my recent visit to Bistronomic located off the Magnificent Mile, I can say with complete certainty that we would enjoy their vigorously prepared viands. Here are 12 essential items on the menu now at French restaurant Bistronomic.

Eataly Brings Southern Italy to Chicago With These 3 New Items

Granita EatalyMuch like a visit to Chicago, no two trips to Eataly are the same. While new food hall style dining is on the rise in the city, the Italian marketplace, located in River North, is constantly adding new items to keep an edge on the competition. This summer Eataly's all about bringing the flavors of Southern Italy to Chicago. Here's 3 new summer-inspired additions to Eataly's La Piazza and Gelato Bar that are perfetto:


8 Ideas for Celebrating Father's Day in Chicago: Brews, Brunch, Bocce & More!

Matt KirouacHe was your first main man; the guy who taught you what it means to be a real man. Take some time to say thanks to Dad this Father's Day by treating him to some one-one-time with the kid he loves the most. Here are eight ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago with the awesome dad in your life.


K is for Kendall College: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Kendall CollegeChicago is a rich training ground for chefs and the culinary milieu remains one of the finest in the world, with something to please any palate at any price point. A number of these fine culinary masters working in the Loop, River North, and parts beyond received their training at Kendall College, which has been training people in the hospitality arts for decades.


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