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New Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat Now

Temporis

One of the perks of Chicago being a foodie destination is that new and great eateries pop up all the time. With so many restaurants opening their doors, it can be hard to know what to try first. Here are the handful of new and noteworthy Chicago restaurants we're excited to try in 2017.


Build Your Own Brewery Tour around Chicago's Loop: Visit a Historic Landmark District + Tacos at Rick Bayless' New Cervecería + More

Cruz Blanca Cervecería

Touring a local brewery or just stopping by for a drink is always a fun activity for beer enthusiasts. There's no shortage of great breweries in the Chicago Loop that offer tours and other events. If you’re looking for a relaxing indoor activity during Chicago’s winter, these Chicago craft beer spots offer excellent escapes from the cold weather. Read on to learn about the best breweries in downtown Chicago near the Loop.


Chicago Theatre Week: 3 Perfect Dinner, Show & Hotel Pairings for Valentine's Day

Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so is Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)—it's the perfect date-night opportunity! Take advantage of Chicago Theatre Week discounts at participating downtown theaters as well as discounted hotel rooms for Valentine's Day. With the money you save, you can take your sweetie to dinner beforehand. Read on to find our inspired dinner, theater and hotel pairings perfect for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day 2017.


15 Standout Dishes, and the Chefs Behind Them: Your Cheat Sheet for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Dos Urban Cantina

Get ready to put your new diet on hold (or at least cash in a cheat day or two) because Chicago Restaurant Week has returned — kicking off today Friday, January 27. More than 300 restaurants are participating this year, which means there's something for every palate. So get your taste buds warmed up and check out the kinds of dishes you're in for — plus learn about the chefs behind the magic — at these participating restaurants across the city:


Chicago Valentine's Day Date Ideas at Every Price

The Second City
With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, it’s time to start making your plans before spots and reservations fill up. Avoid the stress of scrambling last minute and look into one of these unique date options that are sure to impress your significant other. Here are Chicago Valentine’s Day date ideas at every price.


Vietnamese, Peruvian, Latin/Indian Fusion—Our Picks for Ethnic Cuisine at Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Via Lima

Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 is just a few days away—it starts this Friday, January 27! If you haven’t planned out your stops, don’t waste another moment. There are always a ton of good deals, with plenty more this year thanks to the addition of brunch for the first time ever. Why not use this week to try a variety of flavors and cuisines? Read through our choices for 5 globe-trotting menus to try during Chicago Restaurant Week!


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.

 


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