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Savor Elevated International Cuisine and Wine at Oriole

You never know exactly what to expect at Oriole—other than gourmet American and globally inspired dishes. That’s because the chef refreshes the multi-course menu from day to day, showcasing his newest inventions with a mix of locally sourced seasonal ingredients and high-quality ingredients from all around the world. With more than 300 perfect five-star reviews…

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Plan Your Special Day From Start to Finish at the Bridal Expo Chicago

If your special day is coming up, meet and greet some of the best vendors in the city and the surrounding region at the Bridal Expo Chicago. It’s taking place at the Marriott Hotel O’Hare on Sunday, March 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with staggered arrival times to avoid overcrowding. And if you…

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Grab a Unique Gift at Smitten Boutique

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift —and you’d like to support a small local business along the way—make a beeline for Smitten Boutique in the West Loop. It’s owned by two Chicago natives who live nearby, and they’ve been keeping the neighborhood in sweet, unique gifts since 2007. You never quite know what you’ll find at…

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Bring Your Valentine to Bar Mar by José Andrés

Seeking a swanky spot for your Valentine’s Day date? Check out the newly debuted Bar Mar by José Andrés at The Bazaar. Its chic dining room is swathed in elegant navy and cream hues, wrapped in windows that promise sweeping views of the Chicago River. It’s the perfect place to reserve a table and share seafood-centric small…

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Warming Recipes for Busy Winter Weeknights

There’s no better way to end a cold winter’s day than by slipping into some comfy PJs to savor a piping-hot plateful of your favorite comfort food—especially when it’s made from scratch and simple to prepare. Requiring minimal ingredients and time spent in the kitchen, here are three deliciously easy recipes that guarantee to warm…

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Save Room for the Chocolate Spring Rolls at Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Mango crab rangoon. Chocolate spring rolls. Lion King maki. With creative dishes you won’t find anywhere else, it’s unsurprising that Blue Sushi Sake Grill is already soaring to a place of prominence in the local dining scene—despite having only opened its Lincoln Common location recently. Round up a few friends who’ve resolved to try new things in…

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Test Your Creative Skills at Penguin Foot Pottery

Penguin Foot Pottery’s staff is about helping in “the pursuit of clay.” If your resolution is to be more creative in 2022, let them. Schedule an introductory four-week session to learn how to use the potter’s wheel to create a work of art. Each course includes a two-hour in-studio session each week, along with open…

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How to Refresh and Reorganize Your Apartment for 2022

The new year offers an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a newly calibrated outlook and freshly minted goals. And while many people use the changing year as a chance to improve upon their physical self, why stop there? Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your living space, as well,…

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Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden: A Must-See Holiday Event Near Left Bank

If you’ve never visited the Chicago Botanic Garden around the holidays, you’ve never seen it in all of its glowed-up glory. Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden has returned this year for its annual run at the city’s biggest garden. The event was so popular last year that most dates sold out, so it’s important to order your…

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