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Fall Spa Splurges For Your Skin

Monday, October 23, 2017 1:00 PM by Amber Gibson

As the weather shifts, it's time to refresh and rejuvenate our skin as we prepare for colder, harsher winter weather. Here are three options blending science and nature to get your skin in tip-top shape at Chicago's best spas and beauty boutiques.

Chicago’s new Michigan Avenue Apple Store will open along the Chicago River on Oct. 20. The 20,000 square-foot glass building is located at 401 N. Michigan Avenue, and will replace the current downtown Chicago location at 679 N. Michigan Avenue.

A metallic roof which resembles Apple’s iconic Macbook computer tops the new flagship store. A grand staircase leads down to the riverfront and an outdoor gathering space.

Back to school = back to the books, and there's no better place to find a good read than to pay a visit to a local, independent bookstore. Chicago is lucky to have a number of independent booksellers, where good service, a community spirit and great literature go hand in hand. Here are five unique Chicago bookstores where a good book is always easy to find.

As August cruises toward an end, we’re taking advantage of some of the last summertime street festivals and outdoor events in Chicago. If you don’t catch us running around these events in Chicago this weekend, you might find us eating alfresco on one of these off-the-path patios or indulging in these desserts unique to the city. Header photo credit: lizzyfay.com 

What to Expect at the Randolph Street Market

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:00 PM by Maddy Osman

Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington Boulevard) is Chicago’s destination for vintage and antique shopping. The outdoor and indoor festival is located in the Fulton Market area. Randolph Street Market is modeled after European-style shopping markets. In addition to great shopping, you’ll find local food vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. There’s good reason why Randolph Street Market was voted one of the top 10 vintage markets in the U.S. by USA Today.

The Edgewater neighborhood is on the North Side of Chicago, with lakefront views, a charming community feel and tons of history. Since Edgewater is a little bit further outside of the Loop, you can get a lot more bang for your buck. This hidden gem of a neighborhood has great restaurants, shops and nightlife. Here are top-rated picks for a fun-filled day in Edgewater that’s easy on your wallet.

On a quiet corner of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, beside the Metra tracks, wild, Chicago-born yeast blows in through the third floor window of the acclaimed Dovetail Brewery, magically turning water into some of the best Lambic-style beers in Chicago and beyond.

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