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Chicago really does put the heart in heartland.

Whether your idea of romance is fine dining or craft brews, there's a Chicago neighborhood to match any Valentine's Day vibe. Here's how to feel the love in these 5 vibrant Chicago hoods.

Located in a chic new building where State and Rush converge in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Maple & Ash continues to receive attention as one of the city’s compelling new steakhouses, with an outside seating area that draws looks from passers-by and a menu curated by Chef Danny Grant that has received thoughtful accolades from all corners.

A morning of traipsing around the city of Chicago calls for a relaxing, tea-filled afternoon. A hot pot of your favorite blend and savory and sweet treats are the perfect follow-up to a hectic museum or zoo visit. Here are three outstanding non-hotel afternoon teas in Chicago that pair well with a morning museum of zoo adventure.

Margaritas are a staple drink of summertime in Chicago. They're refreshing, tasty and appropriate to enjoy with brunch, lunch or dinner. The top Chicago margaritas on this list will make you want to venture out for Mexican cuisine on more than just Taco Tuesdays or Cinco de Mayo!

Fieldhouse Jones

Many travelers, young and old, opt to stay in hostels to save money. If you’re used to a more luxurious travel experience, you might be turned off by the idea of a hostel. But Fieldhouse Jones is no ordinary hostel. Located between Chicago’s prime Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, the building is part hostel, part hotel, part Airbnb, and completely unlike any other space in the city.

A Day in the Gold Coast on a Budget

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicago’s Gold Coast is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, among other great destinations. There’s endless shopping and food options, and a lot of them are more affordable than you would expect. It’s totally feasible to have a great time in the Gold Coast on a budget. Read on for some wallet-friendly picks.

Photography aficionados may know Helen Balfour Morrison for her portraits of famous Americans, displayed in museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA. In 1935, Morrison turned her eye toward the rarely shown experience of African American "freetowns," small independent communities that formed after the abolishment of slavery. The photos capture an important piece of African American history, and are now on display at the Newberry Library's new exhibit, Photographing Freetowns—don't miss an opportunity to see it while you can!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

It’s time to prepare your loose-fitting pants for another incredible Chicago Restaurant Week. The festivities take place January 27–February 9, and for the first time, brunch is on the menu! Why stop at dinner when this year’s brunch offerings are just as drool-worthy. Round out your Chicago Restaurant Week experience with brunch deals and restaurants you'll want to add to your list.

The Best New Brunches in Downtown Chicago

Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Beacon Tavern Brunch

Chicago tourists and locals alike never stop brunching at classic spots such as Bongo Room, but it’s important to expand your palate every once in awhile. Chicago’s brunch scene is ever-changing and it’s hard to keep up! This roundup of the best new brunch spots in downtown Chicago includes a number of spots you’ll be dying to try this month. Challenge accepted!

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