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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.

11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.

Tour Chicago's Foodie Neighborhoods during Restaurant Week

Pan Seared Broccoli Steak at Dusek's Board and Beer

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to head out to one of Chicago's vibrant, foodie neighborhoods. In locales from Albany Park to West Town, over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week from January 27 to February 9, 2017 — making this the perfect opportunity to taste test through neighborhoods you haven't yet had a chance to explore.

ACME Hotel's Chicago Street Art Tour

Wabash Arts Corridor: Don't Fret

Celebrating the popularity of street art in Chicago, ACME Hotel Company decided to launch its first-ever Street Art Tour. ACME Hotel Company's creation of this street art tour is also an expression of their steady commitment to creative expression. The Chicago mural tour began this summer, and is continuing on strong this season.

Oysters, Cake & Beer: Moody Tongue Brewing Opens Tasting Room

Moody Tongue Brewery Chicago

Without a doubt, Moody Tongue is one of the most unique Chicago breweries to open since the craft brewing craze hit the city. Lucky for us, Moody Tongue Brewery just unveiled their new tasting room. As expected, their tasting room is just as quirky and lovely as their beers, and brewery tours are also on tap.

A Journey on the Pink Line to Pilsen

Pilsen CTA

Many visitors to Chicago might not get a chance to venture beyond the Loop, so why not hop on the Pink Line and take a trip to Pilsen? It started life as an immigrant incubator for people from Eastern Europe and today it is made vibrant and wonderful by Mexicans and other Latinos who’ve come to Chicago for a range of opportunities. So hop on the Pink Line and follow me to 18th Street for a short visit to a couple of the area’s most unique destinations. 

A Tour of Pilsen's Shops and Boutiques

Modern Co-op

Although there's plenty of Chicago memorabilia in most major downtown retail establishments, it's always a fun idea to go on a search for something a little more authentic, unusual or one-of-a-kind. This is especially true if you're in search of that special gift or simply something new to add to your home.

Take a day trip south to Pilsen and check out some of the neighborhood's shops and

Celebrate and Remember Cinco de Mayo: Chicago Style

Cinco De Mayo

Growing up in a Mexican family in Chicago, there were always three guarantees: pride in our heritage was abundant, food and beverage were serious matters, and life was loud.  As an adult, things have not changed.  As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, all three will undoubtedly join together to make an appearance. Maybe that's even true for you. But before we begin the celebration, some history.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Feasting Through Pilsen

Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurant

Walk around this neighborhood and you'll see landmark murals, distinctive Pilsen flair, vintage shops and modern treasures. You won't forget 18th Street, the heart of Pilsen, either. This west side neighborhood boasts culinary institutions like Nuevo Leon (pictured), Kristoffer's Bakery and Nightwood. But don't sleep on some of the area's lesser known, but comprably delicious hidden gems.

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