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Posts from December 2015

Studio Paris New Year's Eve Chicago

After all that egg nog and gingerbread, you need a refreshing reprieve only Champagne can provide. New Year's offers an apt bubbly respite, perfect for beckoning 2016 with raised spirits. In Chicago, you're not lacking in New Year's dining and drinking options. Here are some top options for celebrating the new year.

Holidays at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Chicago's hotels go all out for the holiday season, making for a magical winter getaway. From grand trees festooned with gilded ornaments to a gingerbread elevator, the attention to detail and creativity will send your holiday spirits soaring. Here are 8 must-visit Chicago hotels that feature spectacular holiday decor.

What to Eat and Drink at Christkindlmarket

Friday, December 11, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

The holidays are a time for gift-giving and gingerbread and family. It's also a time for mulled wine in boots and more stollen than you've ever seen in your life. This is where Christkindlmarket comes in, serving up festive holiday eats through December 24.

Insider's Guide to Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest

Friday, December 11, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest

Navy Pier is just as wonderful in the winter as it is in the summer. You can pull right in, park your car in the indoor lot, and enjoy a day jam-packed with activities, dining, shopping, and fun — without having to endure the chilly weather outdoors. For the 17th year in a row, families from near and far will head to Navy Pier to celebrate the season minus the gloves, hat and mittens at Winter WonderFest (open December 1, 2017-January 7, 2018).

5 Steakhouses, From Affordable to Five Stars

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

RPM Steak Chicago When served in a restaurant, steak is a dish that’s usually the most expensive on the menu. If you go to a steakhouse, there aren’t many “cheap” options to choose from. But not all steakhouses in Chicago are equal — the ones on this list each have their own unique flair. So from affordable to five stars, here are my Chicago steakhouse recommendations.

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