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Upstairs at The Gwen: A Touch (and Taste) of Gatsby Above Rush Street

Upstairs at The Gwen

Located on the fifth floor of The Gwen Hotel, Upstairs at The Gwen has design flourishes reminiscent of the Art Deco age, while retaining a modern sensibility that offers a bit of respite from the chaotic bustle of nearby Rush Street locales. It’s just a short elevator ride up to this new Chicago rooftop. Here’s a brief guide to what you might find when you stop by for a drink or for a more elaborate dining experience.


Chicago Gourmet: GET YOUR TICKETS! Kick off the Foodie Festivities with a Taco Showdown, Burger Cook-Off & Late Night After Party

Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back September 23-25 for its 9th year. This year's  theme is ‘Food is Art!' and will be hosted by celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless. The main event takes place over two days (hurry, Sunday tickets are still available!), but here are six special ticketed events and cook-offs you won't want to miss, including the debut of a new celebrity taco bout.


Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

The 606Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers. Here's our guide to a fabulous summer evening date on The 606.


Chicago Steakhouses: 4 Unique Options to Shake Up Your Saturday Night in the City

Tomahawk at Maple & Ash ChicagoChicagoans are very serious about their steak. With ample access to some of the finest beef in the country, just about every restaurant in the city has a steak on the menu. But with dozens of steakhouses in Chicago, how can one choose? The abundance of options can easily lead to analysis paralysis. There are many lists ranking Chicago's top steakhouses, but this list features some of Chicago's most unique options.

An Art-Filled Loop Itinerary: Lunch Date with Marc Chagall's Mosaic Masterpiece

The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 vibrant colors, Marc Chagall's beloved mosaic, The Four Seasons, was created for and given as a gift to the people of Chicago. It stands as one of our city's most beloved public art treasures. The French Consul General of Chicago at the time of dedication summed up the lyrical masterpiece best when he said "It is a work of art, but it is first a gift and a feast — a feast from that great citizen of the world, Marc Chagall.


Where to Find a Taste of Rio in Chicago: 3 Brazilian Restaurants

Texas de Brazil Chicago

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in full swing, Rio is on everyone's mind. If you can't jet off to Brazil to enjoy the games and the local flavors, try these three Brazilian restaurants in Chicago: Texas de Brazil, Brazil Legal and Sinhá.


Lunch Date with the Chicago Picasso: Downtown Farmers Market with a View

Picasso Unnamed Daley PlazaPublic art is a plenty in Chicago. However, nothing quite compares to Picasso's unnamed statue located in Daley Plaza (50 W Washington St). On Thursdays through October 27, you can enjoy lunch with a view at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market.


How to Flashback to the 90s at Saved By The Max

Saved By The Max Bar

There's nothing live childhood nostalgia to stir up interest in a trendy restaurant. But Wicker Park pop up Saved By The Max, has moved way past trendy to full on Chicago foodie phenomenon. What was supposed to have been a transitory summer eatery based on the classic 90s teen show "Saved By The Bell", has evolved into one of the most popular restaurants on the Chi-town scene.


A Low Budget Guide to Logan Square: Food, Drinks, Shopping & Entertainment That Don't Break the Bank

Street art in Logan Square ChicagoLogan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like:

Where the Hot Dogs Are: Celebrate Summer and the Chicago-Style Hot Dog at the Chicago History Museum's Hot Dog Fest

Hot DogThe Chicago-style hot dog with its toppings (no ketchup!) is one of our city's best inventions. Best enjoyed at a baseball game, at a lake front picnic, or as a late-night post-partying snack, it's a gourmet meal in a poppyseed bun. At the Chicago History Museum's 3rd annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest August 5-7, Chicago's most famous encased meat will be celebrated with a free (!!!) 3-day event featuring full lineup of bands, hot dog history speakers, and hot dog vendors serving up their spin


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