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A Bronzeville Itinerary: A Taste of the Art & Culture of This Historical South Side Neighborhood

Bronzeville Chicago

There are few Chicago neighborhoods that boast more history than Bronzeville, the famed South Side community that has been the foundation for the city's cultural heritage for a century. It was in the theaters and streets of Bronzeville where blues and jazz were nurtured, and in the churches that the gospel sound was developed.

A Food-Packed Day in Fulton Market That's within Your Budget

Fulton Market District

Fulton Market District in the West Loop is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, and it probably has something to do with the influence of street art both outside and inside some of this small neighborhood's beloved establishments. If you're looking for a break from normal, and hungry for some of the city's most delicious gourmet food, look no further than Fulton Market. Its visibility may have grown some after serving as the location for the 30th season of Real World,

Chicago Brauhaus: Where Every Day is Oktoberfest

Chicago Brauhaus

You can assume a place that prides itself on celebrating Oktoberfest every day of the year pulls out all the stops when October rolls around. At Chicago Brauhaus restaurant, you're in for boisterously good time. This beloved German restaurant is best known for its cold steins of beer, oversized pretzels and peppy, in-house oompah band, the Brauhaus Trio. Heaps of good cheer and hearty Bavarian food — think sauerkraut, schnitzels, schinkenbrot (ham on rye), goulash suppe (meat and

Chicago Beer Gardens Kick Off the Fall Season

Frontier beer garden

Beer + gardens: two words that have intonations that are beautiful on their own but somehow form something even more beautiful when combined. While these sunny fall days last, get out and explore the patios and beer gardens dotting Chicago. Not sure where to head? We're here to let you in on eight of the best beer garden spots in the city.  

Eat, Drink & Be Entertained: 3 Great Theaters with Equally Great Bars

Front Bar

Imagine the perfect night in Chicago: a tasty meal, great drinks, wonderful conversation and a captivating show to top it off. Now imagine doing all of that in one place. Sounds too good to be true, right? Not in this city. Because Chicago is a world-class theater city and a world-class restaurant destination, we naturally have a few amazing places where you can do all of the above under one roof.

In Albany Park, Walk around the World in Just a Few Blocks

  Albany Park mural


I like to see Chicago by riding the city's 'L,' and I encourage visitors to do the same. Most folks might take a quick trip around the Loop, but if you have a little extra time, a ride on the Brown Line will afford you a bird's-eye view of the city as the train travels to the Northwest Side. Hop off at the Kedzie stop (second-to-last on the line) and you'll find yourself in the diverse Albany Park neighborhood.

Fine Wine & Shakespearian Inspired Cuisine Take Center Stage at Chicago Gourmet's Grand Cru

Grand Cru 2015 Champagne Pour

Start preparing now: Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back for its ninth year! The highly anticipated culinary festival will take place September 23-25, 2016 in Millennium Park. The theme this year — Food is Art! — appropriately ties into Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong celebration that marks 400 years since Shakespeare's death by honoring his timeless works.

M is for Maxwell Street Market: Exploring Chicago A Through Z

Maxwell Street Market Chicago

If you can smell the nopales (cactus) tacos and hear the cry of vendors hawking everything from car tires to pungent spices, you're probably close to the Maxwell Street Market, which is one of Chicago's greatest treasures. Located less than a mile southwest of The Loop, the weekly Maxwell Street Market has been an institution for over 130 years and a place for new arrivals from all over the world to set up their wares to sell every Sunday

Garrett Popcorn Celebrates 67 Years of Love with 67-cent Giveaway

Garrett Popcorn Chicago

You'll know you're near a Garrett Popcorn shop, "a Chicago tradition since 1949," when you smell the knock-out combo of freshly popped popcorn and buttery, gooey caramel. Don't even bother resisting — just follow your nose! You're also more than likely to spot a long trail of salivating customers in a line snaking out the door.

3 Foodie Festivals You Won't Want to Miss This Weekend in Chicago

Arancini from Eataly Chicago

Chicago is my kind of foodie town. With so many award-winning restaurants, world cuisine outposts and local, diner-style joints to choose from, every day is a chance to discover new-to-me dishes, drinks and desserts. Our food-centered festivals combine foodie fun, education and revelry, bringing the already excellent Chicago dining experience up yet another notch. Here are three foodie festivals you won't want to miss this weekend in Chicago.

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