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Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: Krista Krauss Miller

Krista spent many years as a hotel concierge before co-founding When in ROAM; a travel tool that saves visitors time and stress by connecting them with local concierges. Krista is a food fanatic and puppy mommy who is passionate about theatre, champagne, and unique travel experiences. She resides on Chicago's North Side with her husband and K-9 concierges, Roscoe and Gilligan. She loves sharing her knowledge with visitors and connecting them with the best Chicago has to offer. For insider info, follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @KristaD14.

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.

Dennis Watkins in the Magic Parlour

Halloween is around the corner! Chicago has a whole host of fun events and cool things to do for the holiday. But if you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, check out what's playing on stage this fall. From awe-inspiring magic shows to hilarious horror spoofs, Chicago theatre has you covered. Read on to find shows that will put you in the Halloween spirit.

Front Bar

Imagine the perfect night in Chicago: a tasty meal, great drinks, wonderful conversation and a captivating show to top it off. Now imagine doing all of that in one place. Sounds too good to be true, right? Not in this city. Because Chicago is a world-class theater city and a world-class restaurant destination, we naturally have a few amazing places where you can do all of the above under one roof.

In The Heights

Fall in Chicago is the best. The autumn cooldown means shorter days filled with colorful leaves dancing in the breeze, long nights lit with big harvest moons and plenty of amazing theater to enjoy. The opening of the theater season is a particularly unique time. Many theater companies painstakingly select shows for the fall that they hope will set the bar for the rest of the year. Read on to see what shows you should check out now.

Grand Cru 2015 Champagne Pour

Start preparing now: Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is back for its ninth year! The highly anticipated culinary festival will take place September 23-25, 2016 in Millennium Park. The theme this year — Food is Art! — appropriately ties into Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong celebration that marks 400 years since Shakespeare's death by honoring his timeless works.

Tomahawk at Maple & Ash ChicagoChicagoans are very serious about their steak. With ample access to some of the finest beef in the country, just about every restaurant in the city has a steak on the menu. But with dozens of steakhouses in Chicago, how can one choose? The abundance of options can easily lead to analysis paralysis. There are many lists ranking Chicago's top steakhouses, but this list features some of Chicago's most unique options.

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Chicago visitors are always drawn downtown, and for good reasons: the architecture is incredible, the energy is infectious and there's something unique around every corner. But there is more to the city than Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. Chicago has numerous neighborhoods to explore, all featuring their own fantastic restaurants, great shopping and unique cultural experiences. One of the best neighborhoods to explore is Andersonville. When you visit, venture out and experience Chicago like a local.

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