One of the most frequent questions I get is: Where should I go for brunch? That's why I decided to crank out this wildly comprehensive Chicago Brunch Guide, so that every possible scenario is at your fingertips. From bountiful buffets to unconventional finds close to major attractions, I've pretty much covered all the bases.
The first-ever Chicago Sports Museum debuts the same week as the Cubs home opener. And what a year to do it as the Cubs celebrate 100 years in 2014.
We're not even halfway through the year and Chicago's already experienced an impressive showing in restaurant and bar openings. And it's not even the quantity; there are some really great spots opening, such as the artsy Fulton Market Kitchen (pictured) in the West Loop. We've got the scoop on additional new restaurants as well as a number of prominent goings-on in our monthly events guide.
Through April 6, flower show fans may indulge in the annual Macy's Flower Show, which this season offers a "Secret Garden" theme. In addition to elaborate exhibitions, there are events throughout the store, including gourmet dining tips from local chefs, advice from floral experts and florally inspired fashion shows.
Chicago's culinary community proves to be a tight-knit one once again as a number of high-profile chefs participate in the annual Chicago Chef Week. It takes place March 16-21 all over the city and suburbs. It's an opportunity for diners to check out the likes of James Beard winner Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Nico) as well as highly regarded restaurants such as GT Fish & Oyster, Mexique and Tanta.
March is such a busy month in Chicago.
It's partially because the city's finally ready to thaw, but also due to Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day and Women's History Month celebrations. Oh, and baseball season is back!
We're thrilled about them all--especially the birthday of our great city--and you can find out about all the local happenings in our awesome monthly guide.
Annual Fat Tuesday celebrations take place all over the city on March 4, but wouldn't you rather treat yourself to an authentic experience?
Instead of hitting up events where the food and drinks may be questionable, you should explore restaurants offering the best of the Bayou in Chicago. We're certain you will not leave hungry or disappointed.
River North reigns as Chicago's fastest-growing neighborhood. Of course that shouldn't come as a surprise because for more than the last 10 years, the area's erupted in residential and business properties.
It's the place to go for dining, drinking, shopping and more, which we've detailed in our latest Neighborhood Watch. Kinmont (shown above), Chicago's first-ever sustainable seafood restaurant, is one of the latest to open in the area.
There's no doubt that River North gets bragging rights as the hottest neighborhood in Chicago. More bars and restaurants pop up in this area more than any part of the city, plus the number of new hotel openings is astounding.
Joining in on the action is Godfrey Hotel Chicago, which opened at the beginning of February. The luxury boutique hotel's aiming to appeal to both local residents and visitors with I|O Urban Roofscape, a 15,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor lounge and meeting space. Find out more about the hot new property right here.
We get a lot of inquiries from visitors who want to know the best spots to dine and drink before and after the theater. They also want to know, of course, about the deals such as prix-fixe menus and drink specials. So we rounded up quite a few of our favorites in close proximity of venues like Black Ensemble Theater, Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre.
Stage Bites will certainly point you in the right direction, whether you're looking for hearty American cuisine, modern Italian bites or fancy French fare.