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Pizza Rustica: So Much More Than Pizza

WrigleyvilleYou'd think a restaurant with the word "pizza" in its name would be all about pizza. While they do feature it, Pizza Rustica is so much more, as we learned at our December Chef's Table event. The...

FoBAB 2012: A First Timers Firsthand Account

BridgeportWhat happens when you throw a bunch of beer nerds in an elevator together? Silence. There are these enormous freight elevators in the Bridgeport Art Center where the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged...

Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade 2012 [PHOTOS]

The LoopWho doesn't love a parade? I love a parade! SmallGirl, age 10, loves a parade! Settled! Our November Girls' Day would be the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago.  We drifted off to sleep with...

The House Theatre of Chicago Presents The Nutcracker

Bucktown | Wicker ParkI was invited to see The House Theatre of Chicago’s production of The Nutcracker on November 18.  I was told that his was not the Joffrey Ballet production, which made me more interested in attending...

People = Pleasing

Bucktown | Wicker ParkThe stretch of Milwaukee between Division and North is a bustling corridor of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques. They're lined up on the Avenue one after the other until even the long-...

Chicago Architecture Foundation

A friend and I recently went on one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's tours.  We chose "Modern Skyscrapers (1950s-Present)" from amongst the many walking tours available.   As well as walking...

Great Food Is a Big Deal at SmallBar Division

Ukrainian Village | East VillageEver since it opened eight years ago SmallBar Division has been known for its carefully curated selection of craft beers. It was one of the early bars riding the craft beer wave and their commitment...

Review of Q-BBQ [PHOTOS]

La Grange, NapervilleI love barbeque! In fact I have my own smoker and smoke ribs, brisket, and pork butt all year long. The truth is that many of us don’t even know what true barbeque is. To some, throwing burgers and...

Keeping it Old School with Atlas Brewing Company

Lincoln ParkWhile drinking and dining at Atlas Brewing Company (2747 N. Lincoln Avenue), it’s easy to forget that you are in a modern day brewery. If it weren’t for the immediate view of the stainless steel...

Zealous Celebrates 19 Years [PHOTOS]

Celebrating 19 years as any business is a feat to be celebrated. When it's a restaurant that's reached that milestone it's even more so. This year Zealous is doing just that. In 1994 the restaurant...

Windy City Wine Festival [PHOTOS]

Grant Park | Museum CampusSaturday night's weather was perfect for the Windy City Wine Festival. Tents were set up around Buckingham Fountain as attendees sipped on more than 345 varities of wine. The entrance fee included...

Lollapalooza Afterparty at Hard Rock Hotel

The LoopLollapalooza!  You'd have to be in a coma not to know that the annual music festival was this past weekend, but I suspect that even the comatose were aware of the extravaganza in Grant Park.  I fully...

Love, La Madia

River NorthIt takes passion and commitment to be an entrepreneur. To be successful you have to love what you do, day in and day out. It's rarely more evident to a consumer whether the proprietor has that love...

Zanies Comedy Club Celebrates Grand Opening in Rosemont

RosemontGet your laugh on at the new Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont!   Their grand opening celebration was last Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with free admission to their shows on July 6 and 7...

An Italian Feast at Bar Forza

Lincoln ParkWhen you walk into Bar Forza you might be impressed by the warm decor, a space made comfortable with dark woods and bronze accents. You might similarly be stirred by the beautiful bar with its...

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