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Packed malls, (over)extended family visits and a parade of school activities ... ready to take a break? We asked three Chicago experts where they go to find holiday calm.
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Want to add a bit of backstory to the spirits you give and serve over the holidays? You’ll get one, plus a discount to boot, at a bottling party.
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No Santa. No Rudolph. No nativity scenes. The Morton Arboretum makes trees the star of its winter light show.
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If there’s ever a season when calories officially don’t count, it’s now. Whether you’re stocking up for entertaining or gift-giving (including a few for yourself), check out the handcrafted...
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Chicago artist Greta de Parry designs sleek furniture (most notably barstools) built to withstand years of use and changing trends. Here’s how she stands—er, sits— above the crowd.
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Booze. Ghosts. Or a mash-up of both. These four stops in the notoriously haunted northwest Illinois river town deliver what you need for a, uh … spirited getaway.
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Lovers of the frosty mug have some decisions to make. Boozy or straight? Brown or blond? When it comes to root beer, Chicago gives a person plenty to contemplate. Here are some small-batch, spice-...
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The premise is simple: Crack the codes and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom. But simple doesn’t mean easy. Ready for the challenge?
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A Midwest native explains her passion for paddleboarding—and why she started a company to make inflatable boards.
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Home to luxe B&Bs, a lighthouse and Lake Michigan beaches, Evanston (a 30-minute L ride north of Chicago’s Loop) gives visitors less cookie-cutter suburbia and more leisurely escape.

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