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A Hostel Like You've Never Seen: Check Out Chicago's Fieldhouse Jones

Fieldhouse Jones

Many travelers, young and old, opt to stay in hostels to save money. If you’re used to a more luxurious travel experience, you might be turned off by the idea of a hostel. But Fieldhouse Jones is no ordinary hostel. Located between Chicago’s prime Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, the building is part hostel, part hotel, part Airbnb, and completely unlike any other space in the city.


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.


View The Striking Images of African American Freetowns at the Newberry Library's FREE Exhibit

Photographing Freetowns exhibit at the Newberry Library

Photography aficionados may know Helen Balfour Morrison for her portraits of famous Americans, displayed in museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA. In 1935, Morrison turned her eye toward the rarely shown experience of African American "freetowns," small independent communities that formed after the abolishment of slavery. The photos capture an important piece of African American history, and are now on display at the Newberry Library's


Brunch Is on the Menu for the First Time at Chicago Restaurant Week—And These Are the Places We Can't Pass Up

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

It’s time to prepare your loose-fitting pants for another incredible Chicago Restaurant Week. The festivities take place January 27–February 9, and for the first time, brunch is on the menu! Why stop at dinner when this year’s brunch offerings are just as drool-worthy. Round out your Chicago Restaurant Week experience with brunch deals and restaurants you'll want to add to your list.


The Best New Brunches in Downtown Chicago

Beacon Tavern Brunch

Chicago tourists and locals alike never stop brunching at classic spots such as Bongo Room, but it’s important to expand your palate every once in awhile. Chicago’s brunch scene is ever-changing and it’s hard to keep up! This roundup of the best new brunch spots in downtown Chicago includes a number of spots you’ll be dying to try this month. Challenge accepted!


Looking for the Best Burgers in and around Downtown Chicago? We've Got You Covered

epic burger

Did you know that burgers were “invented” in Chicago? That’s right—immigrant workers ate meat patties for lunch while helping to construct the buildings that would become Chicago’s World’s Fair in 1893. Of course, burgers have evolved a lot since then. And since Chicago has cemented itself as a foodie destination, chefs are constantly outdoing themselves with their own take on this American classic.


The Best in Chicago's Fall Menus: From French and Italian to Spanish to Armenian-Inspired Cuisine, Experience the Harvest Bounty

The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite


Spring Has Arrived at Fig & Olive Restaurant!

Fig & Olive Chicago Spring Menu

As you stroll down the luxe provinces of shop-filled Oak Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, you might wonder: How long would it take me to get to the French Riviera? Indeed, it would require some planning, but never mind. You’re right in front of chic Chicago restaurant Fig & Olive, so walk in, take the elevator to the second floor and find your own retreat amidst their new spring time offerings.


The Talbott Hotel: Guide to Going Overnight in the Gold Coast

Talbott Hotel Chicago

I've spent many evenings in the Gold Coast out and about and more than once I've wondered "Wouldn't be easier just to find a hospitable hostelry and stay over?" When one has the time, whether traveling from Dubai or Dubuque, why not just rest a while? I can heartily recommend such an overnight excursion at the celebrated Talbott Hotel on Delaware Place.


Overnighting in the Gold Coast at Thompson Hotel Chicago

Thompson Chicago

For an evening out and about in the Gold Coast, you would do well to make your home base at the Thompson Chicago. It’s a fine place to escape for an anniversary or any other special occasion that you see fit. After all, it’s right next to dozens of night spots, the charming brownstones along Cedar Street, and other byways to stroll around as the sun sets or rises, depending on your own inclinations. 


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