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Where To Pick Your Own Apples And Pumpkins Near Chicago

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather with a trip to one of these area apple orchards and pumpkin patches. There are plenty of farms just a sho...

A Spectators' Guide To The 2011 Chicago Marathon

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.08.2011 | Chicago

In a 34-year-old Chicago tradition, tens of thousands of people will pack onto Columbus Drive in Grant Park on Sunday and spend the next several hours...

Fall Festivals Celebrate Season's Harvest

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Now that fall is full-on upon us, there's much to celebrate -- and to distract us from the shivering we feel while stepping out into increasingly chil...

'Sandwich King' Talks Delis And Chicago's Food Truck Problems

| Lauren Drell | Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

If anyone knows sandwiches in Chicago, it would be the animated, self-proclaimed “sandwich king," Jeff Mauro. The 33 year-old Elmwood Park reside...

PHOTOS: New Food Trucks Hit The Streets Despite No-Cook Law

| Lauren Drell | Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

Food trucks have been hitting the streets of Chicago in record numbers. While some chefs wait for the food truck ordinance to pass (the city health de...

PHOTOS: 10 Booths To Check Out At Renegade Craft Fair

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

The 9th Annual Renegade Craft Fair will once again take over Division Street in Wicker Park this Saturday and Sunday, displaying do-it-yourself crafts...

Sun-Healing Spa Treatments For Post-Summer Hair and Skin

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's beach season is pretty much over, but you might still be carrying souvenirs from laying for hours in the sand, like a nice coppery skin tone...

Cubs' Kerry Wood Starts Local Children's Charity

| Lauren Drell | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

While the Cubs’ may be struggling to rack up some wins, Cubs’ pitcher Kerry Wood has certainly scored one for Chicagoland kids thanks to the creat...

PHOTOS: Check Out Recycled Art From New Ravenswood Remix Fair

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

As the city’s neighborhood street fests wind down and the threat of colder air looms, Chicagoans can celebrate the last days of warm temperatures ov...

Summer's Main Squeeze: Local Lemonades With Some Kick

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.25.2011 | Chicago

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade -- with vodka. Or watermelon. Or cucumbers. Or San Pellegrino. Savor the rest of summer with lemonade, but y...

Thirsty For Home? Where to Find Your Fave Craft Brews

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Although Chicago has some amazing local breweries, residents who’ve come to the Windy City from other states may be a little homesick for their favo...

PHOTOS: Fast Casual Vegan Eatery Opens In Wicker Park

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans love their meat. Whether it's thick-cut steak, hot dogs or dripping Italian beef, locals are loyal to the cow. So what happens when you tak...

CPL's Bar Lounge Aims To Make Libraries Cool Again

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

If the last time you saw your library card was senior year of high school, then there’s a good chance it’s still tucked away in your "East of Eden...

PHOTOS: Chicago Railroad Transforming Into Corridor Of Green

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.13.2011 | Chicago

The sun shone on Beth White and Ben Helphand on an August Sunday as they stood on a North Side viaduct, each with their feet planted in the middle of ...

iNG's Cocktail Creator Gives His Picks For Chicago's Best Bars

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

When trying to decide where to go for drinks, we figured we would quiz a guy who helped create a half dozen flavor-tripping cocktails, such as a skinn...

Cabbies Help Chicago Blogger Find City's Best Ethnic Food Spots

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

It’s happened to us all: You flag down a cab and hop in, only to find the driver chatting it up on his Bluetooth. But that hasn't stopped Lakeview r...

Chicago Day Trips: Quick Late-Summer Getaways

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

If you don't have enough vacation time to take a weeklong getaway during what's left of the summer, don't fret -- an escape can be done in just one da...

Lolla Alternatives: Weekend Activities For The Ticketless

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

If you’re not among the more than 270,000 people planning to attend this weekend’s sold-out Lollapalooza, it's not a total loss. You can avoid the...

PHOTO: Summer's Most Beautiful Cocktail?

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.01.2011 | Chicago

Gazing at the Blueberry cocktail at The Aviary in Chicago's West Loop is like staring out of a submarine into a mesmerizing reef of fruit and flora. S...

PHOTOS: Unique & Delicious Chicago Burgers

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 09.21.2011 | Chicago

In our meat-loving town, it's not exactly tough to find a great burger. And at many local spots, non-beef options like turkey and seafood burgers are ...

Cool Off At Chicago's Best Public Pools

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 09.14.2011 | Chicago

The summer heat is here to stay, at least for another month or two, so it’s time to get serious about finding ways to stay cool. One of your best (a...

Chicago Eating, Beat Cop Style: Book Sheds Light On Overlooked Neighborhood Gems

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

If you've lived in the same Chicago community some time, you might already know about the favorite cop hangouts in your 'hood. But do you know the sto...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Best French Fries

| Lauren Drell | Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans are always arguing over food -- deep dish or thin crust, steamed dogs or grilled -- but one thing that you'll never find locals debating is...

Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: West Loop Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

We’ve covered Edgewater, Old Town, Logan Square and North Center, but what if you want to take your drinking downtown on a warm summer night? Check ...

Weekend Plans: Windy City Gay Idol, BBQ Fest & More

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

Chicago summers are all about festivals, food, parades and general outdoor merriment. Though the official start of summer isn't until next Tuesday, yo...