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Mother's Day in Chicago: 7 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Geja's Cafe Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She changed your diapers and nursed you through your first breakup, and she'll forever be your No. 1 fan. Chicago rolls out the red carpet for moms on Mother's Day with festive brunches and other sweet treats. Here are seven ways to spoil mom with a Mother's Day in Chicago — Sunday, May 14!

 


Need Weekend Reservations? Follow Us to These Chicago Neighborhoods During James Beard Eats Week

Floriole
 
The prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, slated to take place in Chicago on Monday, May 1, are not only an opportunity to celebrate fine cooking across the country, but also to showcase some of the best restaurants and bars in Chicago that have helped position the city as the world-class dining destination it is today. As nearly 2,500 of the world’s most esteemed chefs, restaurateurs, bakers and mixologists descend on Chicago, it’s an apt opportunity to get

8 Fantastic Events That Promise an Up-Close, Personal & Tasty Look into the Culinary Stars of the James Beard Awards in Chicago

James Beard Awards Chicago Events: Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Takeover

On Monday, May 1, Chicago will be hosting the 2017 James Beard Awards at the iconic Lyric Opera House. A whopping ten Chicago restaurants will be among the nominees for what many consider the Oscars of the culinary world. While you can always buy tickets and attend the James Beard Awards and Gala, here are eight fantastic awards week events, all open to the public, that promise an up-close, personal and tasty look into the culinary stars of the James Beard Awards in


Chicago Steakhouses Pay Homage to James Beard

Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
 
With the James Beard Foundation Awards set to take place in Chicago May 1, preceded by Eats Week, there’s no better time to eat your way around town at a number of restaurants paying homage to James Beard himself. Chicago being a city renowned for its world-class steakhouses, both old and new, there’s perhaps no better way to celebrate Eats Week than with a visit to one of these beefy bastions.

Ukrainian Village Budget Itinerary: Old World Eats & Old-School Bars


Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village is one of those Chicago neighborhoods that you’ve probably heard about and have been meaning to visit, but maybe never got around to it. It’s simple to plan a fun, budget-friendly day in this West Town neighborhood. Read on for the best and most affordable eats, shops and more in Ukrainian Village.


Patio Sneak Peak! Where to Dine Outdoors in Chicago NOW

The Promontory

Chicagoans like to savor the sunny spring and summer months by doing as much outdoor dining and drinking as possible. Here’s a roundup of some newer Chicago patio openings (and old favorites too), just in time for the warm weather days in the forecast.


10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter in Chicago with the Entire Family

Odyssey Cruise at Navy Pier

Get your baskets ready and don your bonnet! The Easter Bunny is hopping on down to Chicago just in time for Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017) and there's a festive event for every family. From dining with the Bunny in an elegant ballroom in a mansion to setting off on a wild egg hunt together with knights in shining armor, here are ten, family-friendly Easter adventures in Chicago.


Chicago Restaurants Celebrate a Culinary Icon With James Beard Eats Week 2017: April 21-May 1

Travelle Kitchen + Bar
 
The James Beard Awards, affectionately nicknamed the "Oscars of food," is once again set to take place in Chicago, bringing the best chefs and restaurateurs from around the world to the city for a world-class celebration of cooking. Considering Chicago's reputation as one of the best food cities on the planet, the location makes perfect sense. This year, food-lovers can take the celebration even further by partaking in James Beard Eats Week, April 21 – May 1.

A Day in the Gold Coast on a Budget

Gold Coast

Chicago’s Gold Coast is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, among other great destinations. There’s endless shopping and food options, and a lot of them are more affordable than you would expect. It’s totally feasible to have a great time in the Gold Coast on a budget. Read on for some wallet-friendly picks.


All the Cheap (Even Free!) Brewery Tours in Chicago

Lagunitas

What’s better than an awesome brewery tour in Chicago? A FREE brewery tour, obviously. Here’s your guide to all the free brewery tours in Chicago (and some that are just $10/person), and yes, most of them include a free drink too.


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