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5 Great Places in Chicago to Get Your Soup On

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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.

Need a Winter Warm-Up? Sample These Spicy Dishes, and Explore Chicago to Boot, with Fiery Jamaican, Italian, and Senegalese Food

Yassa African Restaurant

It's December in Chicago and baby, it's cold outside. That legendary Chicago windchill is starting to whip up the city's cold factor. But no worries. This is the perfect time to explore some spicy cuisine in three of Chicago's eclectic neighborhoods. So pull on a comfy coat and head to your corner of the city or venture to an area you've yet to explore, BronzevilleRogers Park or the West Loop, for a warming culinary adventure.

Celebrate the Season: Winter in Chicago 9 Ways

Polar Adventure Days Chicago Bundle up, get outdoors and celebrate winter! When dressed properly, being outdoors in Chicago is a joy in the wintertime, when the city dresses up in its snowy best. Here are nine fun ways to celebrate winter in Chicago... outdoors.

Celebrate Snow in the City

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

There is nothing quite like waking up to a city blanketed with snow. Snow days are one of the big reasons why my two kids love living in Chicago. Bundle up and head outdoors to celebrate snow at these six fun programs, performances and events. 

Celebrate Winter on Northerly Island This Weekend: Polar Adventure Days and Snowshoeing

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Don your cold weather gear and head to Northerly Island, a 91 acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan, for some Chicago-style Polar Adventures Days this winter! Known for its nature, Northerly Island is a great spot for both migratory bird watching and fishing. In the winter, its views of the icy lake and snowy city are chilly but spectacular. Stop by this Saturday January 25 and again on Saturday February 22 for some special Polar Adventure Days fun. 

Chicago's Coziest Bars: A Guide To Chicago Fireplace Bars


Baby, it's cold outside. And while the polar vortex may just be a (frigid) memory, you can still sit and listen to the fireplace roar, drink in hand, at one of these cozy bars.

Braving Chicago's Winter Underground: The Chicago Pedway


Chicago may be getting some serious snow lately, but did you know that you can tour the city by barely stepping outside? Chicago has a system of passages in Chicago called the "Pedway System" that connect buildings underground, on ground-level and also elevated above the street. If a warmer experience strikes your fancy, the Pedway system will get you closer to many stores, restaurants, and museums in the heart of downtown without even stepping outside.

Three Ways to Enjoy Snow in the City

Snow - Wrigley Building - Blog

There is nothing quite as beautiful as waking up to Chicago covered in a light blanket of snow. While the snowy streets and sidewalks become tiresome for us tried and true Chicagoans, (have you had the pleasure of dealing with our infamous dibs?) my kids love nothing more than a day filled with snow fun. Here are three ideas for making the best of your snow day. 

Winter Flower and Train Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory

Ever since he was a little baby, my son has adored trains. He was born in London, and I attribute his love of trains to the fact that throughout my pregnancy and for the first few months of his life, we rode the Central line of the Tube everywhere. As a toddler in Chicago, he was thrilled at riding along on the elevated tracks, through the Loop. He's ten now, and while he no longer plays with his Thomas and Friends wooden train set, he is still fascinated by trains. It also looks like he's

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