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A Day in Old Town Chicago: Budget Picks & New Neighborhood Haunts

Old Town gate

Old Town is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, located on the North Side. It’s home to St. Michael’s Church, one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. In more recent times, the neighborhood has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy great food, shopping and more. Read on for a full day’s itinerary of budget-friendly eats, fun things to do, and new spots to check out in Chicago's Old Town.


5 Great Places in Chicago to Get Your Soup On

Black Bean Fideos

Ah, soup . . . that warm, savory soul balm that makes cold and blustery (or just plain difficult) days a little bit more bearable. When a warmed-up can of potage just isn’t good enough, Chicago eateries come through with some tastes-like-homemade options that will have you checking the kitchen to make sure your grandma is not in there stirring pots. Hungry now? Well, here are five tasty, hearty soups that are oh-so-worth trying.


A Day in Lincoln Square on a Budget

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Lincoln Square is one Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods with a little bit of something for everyone. A tons of great restaurants, outdoor spots and places to stroll, venues for seeing movies and music, family friendly activities, and plenty of nightlife to enjoy, too. Keep reading for the best spots for a budget-friendly day in Lincoln Square.


Culinary Treats at O'Hare Make Layovers Seem Not So Bad After All

Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Most people agree that flying can have its hassles, but delicious food options can make your travels a little bit more pleasant. If you’re one of those travelers who gets to the airport super early, you’ll have plenty of time to explore these tasty spots. Read on for the best and newly opened restaurants at O'Hare Airport. With all these amazing options, you might find yourself looking forward to your next trip that takes you through O'Hare!


Experience Historic Old Town via Chicago Food Planet's Food Tour—Running All Winter Long

Chicago Food Planet Food Tours

From deep-dish pizza to Italian beef sandwiches to caramel-cheese popcorn, Chicago is a city famous for signature tasty treats. Chicago Food Planet capitalizes on the city's delicious traditions with food tours that explore fascinating Windy City history. There are a range of tours to choose from, focusing on different foods and Chicago neighborhoods. This time of year, take advantage of the seasonal Winter Delights tour—a great opportunity to get out and nosh around Chicago's


New Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat Now

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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.


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