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Winter means it’s time to celebrate the holidays, and sooner or later, festive decorations will start popping all over the city. You know your local department store will deck the halls, but which restaurants are sure to hang their stockings by the mantle with care?

Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:00 AM by Kelsey O'Connor

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about food and family. But between all the cooking and cleaning, the family part tends to fall by the wayside. This year, leave the grocery shopping and dishwashing to someone else. Dining out for Thanksgiving is a great way to spend more time with your loved ones, and less time in the kitchen. 

What to Eat and Drink at Christkindlmarket

Monday, October 22, 2018 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.

Food and music – they’re a fabulous pair, and “two of Chicago’s most beloved cultural institutions,” says Sam Toia, president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, which founded Chicago Gourmet. “The culinary community is incredibly passionate about music, and we’ve learned how much of a role it plays in the industry.” 

There's nothing like a bachelorette party to channel your girl power. Which is why these four outside-the-box, hip, fun and flirty party ideas — from vintage pin-up photo shoots and burlesque lessons to circus arts and swimming with mermaids — will have them talking about "the best bachelorette party ever" for months. 

24 Hours in Pilsen

Monday, August 6, 2018 8:00 AM by Judy Giannetto

Exploring Pilsen is a truly intoxicating experience, even by Chicago standards. Rich in Latino culture, it’s a neighborhood brimming with music, art, culinary tradition and nightlife buzz. Vibrant murals embellish building facades, tiny Mexican bakeries dot the streets, and artist studios hum with creativity. Simply, Pilsen is a place to be immersed body and soul. 

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