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Savor Bites from Chicago’s Top Chefs at First Bites Bash January 26: TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

First Bites Bash 2016

It's the first foodie celebration of the year, and the date is set for Thursday, January 26, 2017. A new location at Navy Pier, a new celeb chef host and 32 new restaurants are on the lineup for this 1-night only tasting party. Start 2017 off with this stylish celebration of the Chicago culinary scene... and do it with a deal: Early Bird tickets have just been posted.


Need a Winter Warm-Up? Sample These Spicy Dishes, and Explore Chicago to Boot, with Fiery Jamaican, Italian, and Senegalese Food

Yassa African Restaurant

It's December in Chicago and baby, it's cold outside. That legendary Chicago windchill is starting to whip up the city's cold factor. But no worries. This is the perfect time to explore some spicy cuisine in three of Chicago's eclectic neighborhoods. So pull on a comfy coat and head to your corner of the city or venture to an area you've yet to explore, BronzevilleRogers Park or the West Loop, for a warming culinary adventure.


The Best Hotel Restaurants in Downtown Chicago

Travelle Kitchen and Bar

When planning where to stay, dining options may play second or even third fiddle to location and pricing. But in Chicago, they don't have to. Nestled inside Chicago's most prestigious hotels are some of the best chefs and the best food this city has to offer—right in the heart of the city. The best part? You don’t have to be a guest to test out some of the best hotel restaurants in Chicago’s downtown. Here are a few can’t-beat spots.


Looking for the Best Burgers in and around Downtown Chicago? We've Got You Covered

epic burger

Did you know that burgers were “invented” in Chicago? That’s right—immigrant workers ate meat patties for lunch while helping to construct the buildings that would become Chicago’s World’s Fair in 1893. Of course, burgers have evolved a lot since then. And since Chicago has cemented itself as a foodie destination, chefs are constantly outdoing themselves with their own take on this American classic.


Visit Santa's Suite, Skate on a Rooftop Sky Rink or Enjoy a Holiday Tea—These 8 Chicago Hotels Will Make Your Season Merry and Bright

Langham Hotel

If you're looking for a magical winter getaway or staycation filled with cheer, Chicago's hotels go above and beyond during the holiday season. From elevators decked out with candy delights, to grand trees festooned with gilded ornaments, the attention to detail and creativity will warm your heart.


Take a Trip to Webster Avenue: Chicago's Latest Foodie Destination

Sweet Mandy B's

Webster Avenue in Lincoln Park is home to some of the city’s best dining spots. There’s so much culinary talent represented across sweet and savory selections for each meal of the day, you’re sure to fall for this quaint street and its lively neighborhood feel. Explore the city’s beautiful North Side and make Webster Avenue your pit stop for tasty and affordable fare. Read on to learn about some of our favorite picks.


The Best in Chicago's Fall Menus: From French and Italian to Spanish to Armenian-Inspired Cuisine, Experience the Harvest Bounty

The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite


Revival Food Hall: Come Hungry for the City's Best Eats, on the Cheap

Revival Food Hall

Since the opening of Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark Street in the Loop) earlier this year, Chicago has been abuzz with talk about this quirky food hall and the restaurateurs who take part in it. A visit gets you some of the great food experiences the city has to offer without leaving the hub of downtown. We've got inspiration aimed straight for your stomach with a list of the Revival Food Hall vendors at a glance, plus some insider tips and cheap-eats suggestions.


A Day in Wicker Park on a Budget

Wicker Park Damen North

People like to grumble that hipsters have taken over Wicker Park, but that doesn’t stop them from coming back for all the neighborhood has to offer. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of one of the most-happening neighborhoods in the city. Here’s what a visit to Wicker Park might look like on a budget.


Follow in Chef Andrew Zimmern's Footsteps around Chicago!

Jim's Original

Celeb tv personality and chef Andrew Zimmern knows where to go for a good time: he made two trips to Chicago for his popular Bizarre Foods show, and this year he came back to Chicago once again to film an episode of his newest Travel Channel series Driven By Food. Take Zimmern's lead and plan a tour of Chicago in the footsteps of the man who knows a world-class city, a good time and awesome food when he sees it!


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