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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.


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.


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