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Posts from December 2016

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

If your New Year's resolution involves lauhing more, you're in luck. You can start 2017 off on a humorous note at Stage 773's Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the country's largest comedy event. "The raging Lakeview Beast" ("Chicago Tribune") whose "laughs are right on track" ("Chicago Sun-Times") serves up the laughs with its most-anticipated line-up in its 16-year history.

New Year's Eve at JW Marriott Chicago

Who's ready to spend New Year's Eve in Chicago? We've got some of the most memorable ways for you to welcome in 2017 that will have you wishing for the night to never end. From the top hotel parties to fireworks finales and special events (including the rising of a 70-foot star!) to restaurant celebrations, this is the place to be. Don't miss out!


Milkshakes are an indulge-worthy dessert any time of the year. Do you agree? Whether you’re a classic vanilla type, want all the fixings, or have some dietary restrictions, there’s a perfect milkshake for you in Chicago. Read on for our top picks for milkshakes in the city.

Top Deals for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Imperial Lamian

The best strategy for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9) is to check out some of Chicago’s best (and priciest) restaurants at a fraction of the cost of a normal 3- or 4-course meal. With hundreds of participants (many new!) in 2017 and with the inclusion of brunch for the first time ever, this year’s Chicago Restaurant Week is sure to be one for the books. Here are the best Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 deals to sink your teeth into.

lowcountry boil

If you've never experienced a lowcountry seafood boil, head to Wrigleyville for a night of saucy, seafood fun. It's the spot for the latest greatest seafood-focused hot spot, Lowcountry Chicago, where you'll find an authentic take on the classic coastal boil. Owners Pan Hompluem and Dana Ferm bring boil-in-a-bag crawfish, crabs, shrimp, and much more... right to your table and boiled in-bag. Don your bib and dive in!

Melody Angel

Who says you have to end the year with "Auld Lang Syne"? With Chicago's famous blues and soul heritage, there are plenty of shows capping off December, whether you're in the mood for a high-energy end to the year or one that's sultry smooth. Check out these Chicago holiday shows at Rosa's Blues Lounge, The Promontory, and City Winery, awesome venues to catch some great performers as you ring in the New Year.

Chi-Town Rising: New Year's Eve Chicago

There's no shortage of options for how to spend your New Year's Eve in Chicago. From the Chi-Town Rising celebration, to parties at the city's best bars, it's difficult to choose just one thing to do while you're in town! But it's a good idea to start planning your night ahead for the best deals. From tickets, to drinks, to Uber rides with crazy surge pricing (ugh!), New Year's Eve can get expensive. With a little foresight, you can save hundreds on your NYE night out in Chicago.

Coco Pazzo

Though its area is only slightly larger than the state of Arizona, Italy is a magnificently diverse nation when it comes to food. While it's easy to connect Italian food with red-sauce ragù or spaghetti and meatballs, each of the country's 20 different regions offer unique culinary treasures of their own. You don't have to travel to Italy to explore its rich food culture: here are four Italian restaurants in Chicago that focus on outstanding, regional cuisine.

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