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Some of Chicago’s finest bars live underground. Others sit high in the sky or hide in dark alleys. Here are seven of our favorite out-of-the-way places to imbibe,...

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Keep champagne popping well past the holidays with our tips for where to drink sparkling wine in the Midwest, and what to eat with it, too.
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Settle your soul at the holidays with a musical break. The range of Chicago shows covers the sounds of the season, whether you’re ready to stand for the “Hallelujah” chorus, join carolers in the Loop...
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In a Bucktown woodworking class, students give abandoned building materials new life.
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Chicagoans love summer. It’s glorious here through September (and even into October), with the waters of Lake Michigan sparkling, green parks bustling with families...

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Between Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, there is a public beach for everyone. Play beach volleyball, rent a sailboat, or relax with a cocktail and a book.
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With water recreation, golf, hiking, biking and skiing, the little resort town of Galena, Illinois, offers big outdoor fun during your active Midwest weekend...

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There are thousands of Midwest attractions worth seeing, but when you only get one lifetime to see it all, you’ve gotta be a little choosy. This list of 100 things to do features our top tips for...
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This huge Italian goods marketplace offers tempting choices at every turn. Here are three ways to enjoy it.
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Whether you want your fried chicken to be the ultimate in comfort food or a trendy twist on a classic, the Windy City has you covered. Here are three distinct takes on this Southern staple.

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