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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.


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


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.


7 Indoor Activities to Beat the Chill in Chicago This Winter

AceBounce Chicago

Winter in Chicago can be too cold for some, and while activities such as ice skating can be fun, it's easy to see why the hottest spots in the city right now are inside where it's warm! Here are our favorite indoor activities, perfect for things to do on a winter day, or night, in Chicago.


Tattoos + Belle Époque Posters + Ancient Chinese Hand-Scrolls: Colorful Displays of Art through the Ages at 3 Chicago Museums

Driehaus Museum

February is the perfect time of year to head indoors to check out the latest exhibits at Chicago's many museums. Explore the often-misunderstood, 5,000+-year-old art of tattooing, visit with the masters of French poster art and travel to China via beautiful 17th- and 18th-century Chinese hand-scrolls... all without leaving the Windy City. Here are three unique museum exhibits you'll want to check out this winter in Chicago.


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.


5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

The Great Train Story

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.


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.

 


5 'Spirited' & Boozy Events to Warm You Up This Winter in Chicago

ENO Wine Bar

Sometimes winter in Chicago calls for the warming power of a delicious cocktail or breaking open that anticipated bottle of wine together with old and new friends. Here are five spirit- and wine-focused events around the city, including ENOversity's January class focusing on rare wines from around the world.


Our #1 Tip for Exploring Chicago in the Winter? Plenty of Hot Chocolate Breaks

Cocoa + Co.

Winter is upon us in Chicago, and there’s no better way to warm up during your explorations around the city than with a stop for a mug of piping hot chocolate. Wherever your next adventure takes you, from the Magnificent Mile to Logan Square to West Town, we can help you find a delicious stop along the way. Read on for unique hot chocolates around Chicago.


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