Best Chicago Restaurants

Best Chicago Restaurants

Chicago has an excellent reputation for inventive, delicious cuisine that never fails to amaze. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best restaurants in Chicago.  We’ve included a diverse selection of eateries to appeal to a variety of diners, from families with kids to couples looking for something unique and romantic. Restaurants are located in Chicago and are within a short drive or walk from local attractions, so you can stop for dinner or lunch as part of a larger plan. For Families Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch www.harrycarays.com 835 North Michigan Avenue Level 7 Chicago, IL 60611                                     Fun, informal American Nearby Attractions: 360 CHICAGO, Water Tower Place Mall, Michigan Avenue Pizzaria da Nella http://pizzeriadanella.com 1443 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 Neapolitan-style pizza Nearby … [Read more...]

Art Institute of Chicago Opens “Onchi Koshiro” Exhibit

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The Art Institute of Chicago is debuting an exciting new exhibit this summer – “Onchi Koshiro: The Abstract Prints.”  This exhibit is among the most significant displays of his work to date, as the Art Institute of Chicago is one of only a few museums with a significant collection of his works. The exhibit will open on July 19th (that's this Saturday!) and run through October 5th. Koshiro was an influential Japanese artist and the founder of the “sosaku hanga” movement in printing-making. He who produced much of his work in the 1930s and 40s. He is best known for his innovative and creative printmaking techniques that bucked generations of traditional Japanese printmaking methods.  Koshiro’s self-proclaimed influences include Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky and the psychedelic work of Edvard Munch. Koshiro’s prints are indeed characterized by similar … [Read more...]

Chicago Attractions List

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Now that Chicago's frigid winter has mellowed into a tolerable February and a mild March lingers, it's the perfect time to start planning your Chicago vacation. The Chicago attractions that fill the Mid-western city with vivacity and brilliance have been under wraps for too long this winter, and Chi-town natives and tourists alike are eager to welcome spring in the city. From the Chicago Skyway, the city can look like a bit intimidating with its overwhelming industrial sprawl, but it won't take long for you to realize that's just the superficial mask on a city that's full of diverse and charming neighborhoods, each with its own unique vibe. In the Art Institute in "The Loop", three top museums in Museum Campus, and Chicago's well-known zoo in Lincoln Park. Of course, there's plenty more to do in Chicago. Check out the 26 attractions and tours accessible at discounted prices with a … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Chicago

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Anyone who is heading to the SecondCity for Valentine’s Day should expect a first-rate time as there are tons of great things to do in Chicago that will delight couples and singles alike! For a romantic evening with some stellar Italian food, head to 312 Chicago for a Valentine’s Day feast. The restaurant will be offering up a special tasting menu filled with truffles, crab, lobster and other special treats. “Chef Luca's menu is sure to delight!” according to the restaurant’s website. “We look forward to being a part of your romantic evening with our Prix Fixe and A La Carte menus.” If you’d rather spent Friday night partying it up with single ladies and eligible bachelors, then the Anti-Valentine's Day Party at the Newport Bar & Grill on West Newport Avenue could be the way to go. The free event will feature $4 drafts, $4 Fireball shots and $5 Three Olive … [Read more...]

Chicago Auto Show 2014

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A highly anticipated event for automobile enthusiasts around the world, the annual Chicago Auto Show presents a wide breadth of sensational auto models. The first Chicago Auto Show was presented in 1901, and has since been staged more than any other auto show in North America. Over a million visitors attend Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center each year to marvel at the latest and greatest in automobile technology. The complex offers more than 1 million square feet, which are graced with elaborate displays an exhibits of the top rides. To join the millions of auto aficionados, take a trip to the Windy City to experience the Public Show: February 8th until February 17th 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily (8 p.m. close on February 17th) $12 Tickets for Adults $6 Tickets for Children $6 Admission for Women on February 11th Exhibitions will include both international and … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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All around the United States, big cities and small towns alike are kicking off the holiday season with merry festivals, parades, and parties. However, no one does it quite like Chicago, a city known for its top-of-the-line entertainment. This Saturday, November 17th, come join a tradition that’s been celebrated for over half a decade: The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by BMO Harris Bank. A full day of family-friendly entertainment, accompanied by spectacular holiday lights, awaits you on the Mag Mile. The festivities start at 11:00 AM and last all the way up to the parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the evening. Here’s a preview of everything you have to look forward to!     Lights Festival Lane From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, head over to “Lights Festival Lane” (Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue) for a plethora of varied family-friendly … [Read more...]

2012 Taste of Chicago Festival

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Summer is all about mouth-watering seasonal food and outdoor family fun. As usual, Chicago is turning up the heat with the Taste of Chicago, “A 4-Star Feastival of Food and Fun.” The famous Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, held every year in Grant Park. For 5 days this July, Chicagoland will turn into a vibrant hot spot that's one of the best things to do in Chicago for foodies or fun-lovers. The 32-year-old festival, which averages more than 2.5 millions visitors annually, is a celebration of Chicago’s diverse culinary community—every year the tradition is spiced up with new and exciting elements. Admission to the 2012 Taste of Chicago, which takes place on July 11-15, from 11 am – 9 pm, is free to the public. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8. Guests can expect to pay between 1-5 tickets for “taste of portions” at … [Read more...]

7 Romantic Things to Do in Chicago

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With fall on the way, now is the time to plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart—the weather will be perfect for evening cuddling in soft sweaters or walking hand in hand in the crisp autumn air. Believe it or not, Chicago is a surprisingly romantic place for lovebirds, despite the hustle and bustle of the Windy City. It's full of luxurious hotels and charming bed & breakfasts, as well as intimate restaurants to share an elegant meal. Plus, you'll make unforgettable memories while experiencing the multitude of attractions Chicago offers. Picture yourself cozying up to your mate as you take in the spectacular Chicago skyline while the sun sets. If that's not romantic, what is? Need some help thinking of romantic things to do in Chicago? Here are 7 suggestions for you and your loved one to enjoy. 1. Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier This 15-story Ferris wheel is located at one … [Read more...]

10 Cool Things to Do in Chicago in the Summer

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If you're going to be in or around Illinois any time over the summer you definitely want to check out some or all of these 10 cool things to do in Chicago: Go On a Few Bicycle Tours What better way to enjoy the sights and the sun at the same time than with a Chicago bicycle tour? Bike Chicago offers tours that are fun and suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Embark on the Amazing Lakefront tour to discover beaches, gardens, and lagoons, or opt for the Friendly Neighborhood tour to see some of the city’s most luxurious homes, cobblestone sidewalks, and beautiful parks. Visit Wrigley Field Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, no visit to Chicago is complete without a stop at Wrigley Field. Wrigley is the second oldest ballpark in America, and the highly-recommended park tours are offered daily. For those visitors interested in catching a game, an afternoon spent … [Read more...]

Annual Chicago Summer Festivals

Get ready to experience Chi-town like a true Chicagoan this June at these family-friendly celebrations. Over the course of the year, more than 400 neighborhood festivals flourish in Chicagoland, forming a true local tradition. Each of Chicago’s neighborhoods (of which there are officially over 75 and unofficially many more) has its own culture and distinct flair. So, attending a neighborhood festival is a great way to digest the city’s culture without being overwhelmed. The following 5 festivals feature ethnic customs, food, music, activities for kids, and much more! Another bonus: most of the festivals ask only a small donation (about $5–10) for admittance, making them inexpensive things to do in Chicago. June Jam When: June 4–5 Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Roscoe Village 3500 N. Hoyne St. (Audubon Elementary School) Roscoe Village … [Read more...]