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Posts from January 2013

Weekend Alert: February 1-3

Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Bristol Picture - Blog

Chicago Restaurant Week begins tomorrow. For the next 10 days, 250 area restaurants will offer limited-time prix fixe menus to the palate pleasing satisfaction of a city that loves its food. The excitement doesn't end once you've polished off a cinnamon donut desert at bellyQ, either. There's a lot to do in Chicago this weekend - so kick it with us.

The Metro's Mardi Gras Bash

Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Mardi Gras Beads - Blog

Let's be honest for a minute: New Orleans isn't the only place to celebrate Mardi Gras. Chicagoans know how to party. We're no strangers to rum swigging. And we love pastries, so bring on the King Cake! Really, the only thing we're missing is that brass-filled NOLA-style music. But that we can bring here!

Four Ways to Party Like a Chicagoan

Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Party - Friends - Blog

New Year's Eve. It's supposed to be the most epic of nights, the party to end all parties, the sparkliest night in a series of oh-so-sparkly celebrations. Now that the glitter has settled and champagne is back on ice, it's time to get back to "the real world," right? No way! Not in Chicago. To celebrate 2013 we're going to offer up some suggestions for how to party like a Chicagoan, which is to say, often.

Green Zebra - Dish - Blog

The first week of February is an excellent time to be anyone with an appetite in Chicago. That's because some of the city's most beloved restaurants offer special dishes (or even whole menus) for the annual Chicago Restaurant Week.  With meat or fish as a traditional centerpiece for a number of these listings, a question has reached my ears that I feel obliged to answer: What's a vegetarian to do?

hotel - bed - blog

Chicago Restaurant Week begins Friday. For 10 days, Chicago residents and visitors will explore the city's vaunted dining scene with exclusive prix fixe menus at more than 250 area restaurants. But that's not all. Several Chicago hotels are offering special rates for Chicago Restaurant Week that are as tempting as the Trenchermen's milk braised pork shoulder.

Choose Chicago Weekly Hotel Deals: January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:00 AM

Hotel Image - Blog

Are you planning a trip to Chicago? You're in luck. Choose Chicago has launched a weekly roundup of can't-miss, recently announced hotel packages from some of the city's best properties. We'll announce them every Tuesday on our blog and via social media.

This week, The Silversmith Hotel, Raffaello Hotel, MileNorth Hotel and Amalfi Hotel Chicago are all offering terrific savings.

Three to See: South Side Music Venues

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Jazz Musician - Blog

The New Year is a time for resolutions and that often means trying new things. I'm willing to bet that if you're a music fan (and I'm just assuming you are since you're reading this) and you've been to Chicago before. you've visited or heard about at least a couple of our fantastic North Side venues. But what you may not know is that the music doesn't stop south of Grand Avenue! Definitely not. If you want to get out and explore some of Chicago's best South Side music venues here's three to check out.

A Field Guide to Chicago Theatre Week

Monday, January 28, 2013 12:00 AM by Robert Bullen


Curtain up and light the lights! The first-ever Chicago Theatre Week is just around the corner! From February 12-17, more than 60 area theatres, from big-name houses like Goodman and Steppenwolf, to bold storefronts, such as Griffin Theatre Company and Steep, are participating in this uniquely Chicago event.

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