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.
Planning a trip to the Windy City and curious about what's going on in the African-American community? We encourage you to indulge in this guide, which leads you to the best spots to dine as well as where you can go pay tribute to historical figures.
Before heading over to North America's oldest and largest auto show, arm yourself with pertinent details. From how to snag discount tickets to where to stay, we have everything you need to know in our annual guide.
Whether you can easily navigate Chicago like a native or you're planning your very first trip, you should appreciate this nifty Best of the Year Guide to Chicago. Inside you'll find the year's top events, ranging from the Chicago Cubs Convention to Lollapalooza.
For 2014, the annual Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off in January. One of the reasons is that the event has been extended to two weeks, allowing gourmet enthusiasts an opportunity to indulge in even more great meals at some of the city's hottest restaurants.