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Bring a Sweet Tooth to Veruca Chocolates on Valentine’s Day

xdIf you’re a candy fan, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Veruca Salt, one of the lucky children to win a golden ticket in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you’re a candy fan here in Chicago, though, you probably think of a different Veruca when it comes to sweet treats: Veruca Chocolates. Led by owner Meghan Ryan,…

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Winter Workouts

Working out in the warm months was pretty easy, even with gym closures and other restrictions. The great outdoors always beckoned with sunshine and balmy breezes, inviting you to go for a run or maybe join an outdoor fitness class. But with the colder temperatures moving in, staying active has become more challenging. Here are…

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Expect to Be Dazzled at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Fall trees get all the love this time of year, but it’s the bare beauties that take center stage at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. This yearly event is so much more than a few wrapped tree trunks and simple displays. Illumination is a multimedia spectacle of lights, colors, and sounds. The drive-through…

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Set Yourself Up for Holiday Cookie Success With These Kitchen Organizing Tips

Getting into the holiday spirit in your home? Perhaps your annual traditions include baking! Before you whip up the first batch of cookies, you might want to rearrange the kitchen to make the process a bit easier. These expert tips can help.   Stow spices on a turntable. Turntable, Lazy Susan, whatever you call it,…

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Save Room for Dessert at Bureau Bar and Restaurant

Just like a happily ever after is the best part of a story, dessert is often the best part of a meal. The only downside? Choosing just one. At the Bureau Bar and Restaurant, though, that decision isn’t a difficult one.  One way they make your choice simple is by keeping their dessert menu succinct. With just…

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TenGoku Aburiya: Home to Japanese-Style Tapas

Whether you want to have dinner in the dining room (which is operating at limited capacity) or grab lunch to-go, TenGoku Aburiya has you covered. Led by Chef Sangtae Park, this newly debuted eatery offers an izakaya-style menu with Japanese small plates designed for sharing. The approach is similar to Spanish tapas. You’re invited to…

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