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Chinatown Bazaar: A Must-Stop Shop Near Left Bank in Chicago

Despite its simple furnishings, it’s impossible to ignore Chinatown Bazaar’s splendor. The beauty comes from the merchandise itself, not the decor. True to its name, Chinatown Bazaar’s items capture Chinese culture at its most stunning. Colorful paper lanterns hang overhead, ornate kimonos and Chinese dresses hang along the walls, and painstakingly carved figurines sit on the…

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Enjoy Delicious Dairy-Free Ice Cream at Vaca’s Creamery

Vaca’s Creamery isn’t just new to Chicago. It’s an entirely new take on the ice cream shop, in general. Whereas most “creameries” rely on cow’s milk, Vaca’s skips traditional dairy in favor of oat milk-based treats. In fact, it doesn’t use any animal products at all, not even in the fudge sauce or chocolate candy shell.…

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Your Guide to Decorating Your Apartment for Summer

Summer has finally arrived after what probably felt like a very long season of cold and rain. To celebrate, add some spice to your space! Here are a few ideas to make your abode feel super summery. When in doubt, go with white hues. Whether you’re picking a new tablecloth, duvet, or gauzy curtains for summer,…

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Expect Peace and Quiet at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Your little piece of paradise awaits at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, a true oasis among the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. Make a stop anytime you’re headed to the conservatory, or after a trip to the zoo for a little bit of quiet contemplation. The park is a popular spot for photos and engagements, and…

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Rustic Italian Fare Is on the Menu at Rose Mary

New eatery Rose Mary marries the best of fancy, chef-driven cuisine with a relaxed, homestyle dining experience. The dining room is modeled after Croatian taverns called konobos, making the atmosphere feel exceptionally homey and warm. But as exquisite plates of squid ink risotto, tuna crudo, and plum-glazed duck emerge from the galley, you’ll realize that this is…

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Unconventional Brunch Recipes to Whip Up This Father’s Day

They say the easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it’s only fitting that a day devoted to dad would be full of delicious things to eat. And when the food surprises his taste buds with unique flavor combinations and unexpected ingredients? Even better! This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a…

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See (and Smell) What’s in Bloom at Lurie Garden

There’s no reason why Lurie Garden isn’t as iconic as the Chicago Bean or Navy Pier. This sprawling garden is utterly gorgeous, and home to so many species of flowers that there is something new to discover with every trip. Lurie Garden is divided into 10 distinct areas to help you identify the different floral…

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Can’t-Fail Ways to Make Mom Feel Special This Mother’s Day

The pandemic may have kept us apart from our loved ones for the past year, but it’s going to take more than a virus to undermine the bond between a mother and child! This Mother’s Day, show Mom how much you care with these clever tips and gift ideas—even if you can’t be together on…

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Spring Cleaning Tips for a Spic-and-Span Space

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to start enjoying warmer temperatures, longer days, and the rewarding feeling that comes along with a spic-and-span apartment. Before you pull on those rubber gloves and break out the spray bottles, check out these tips to help you streamline your spring-cleaning checklist. Overhaul your cleaning supplies. There’s nothing…

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