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It’s only been open a few months, but already Young American is creating quite a stir in Logan Square. This hip new progressive bar and restaurant recently opened its doors along Kedzie Avenue, but it’s far from ordinary.

If you want something truly unique, go for one of the bar’s CBD-infused cocktails. Customers can also choose to have CBD powder added into one of the bar’s spirt-free drinks. There’s even a drink on the menu called “Fort Nite”, but it has nothing to do with the popular video game.

Unlike the set-up in traditional bars and restaurants, at Young American it’s common for kitchen workers and servers to occasionally switch roles, then divvy up the tips at the end of the night. The location also includes space for a DJ and to dance.


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If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try in River North, we found two great places that are definitely worth checking out.

Parlor River North

Parlor Pizza Bar recently opened its third Chicago location in the River North neighborhood. Like its other two locations, the new Parlor serves up an industrial vibe, while dishing up a variety of pies, local craft beers and cocktails.

The location also has two exclusive River North additions to the menu, including a pizza and a dessert. Parlor Pizza Bar River North is open every day of the week for lunch and dinner.


Just last month Wahlburgers opened its very first Chicago location. If the name looks familiar, that’s because it’s connected to Mark Wahlberg and his family. The chain

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The developers behind Streeterville’s Optima Signature apartment tower are exploring ways to enhance the living experience for residents and continued taking a step in that direction with the recent announcement of Egg Harbor Cafe opening up a location inside the building.

Primarily a breakfast, brunch, and lunch destination, the new Egg Harbor Cafe will be the restaurant’s first downtown Chicago location and it'll occupy about 5,000 square feet of space on the upper Illinois Street plaza. In addition, there will also be plenty of outdoor seating that overlooks one of downtown’s few quiet cul-de-sacs, and it’s close proximity to both the riverfront and Michigan Avenue should make it a convenient stop for just about anyone living, working, or visiting one

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Looking to get out and take advantage of all the fun things going on this spring? If so, here's a short list of events and festivities we're looking forward to most.

Baseball Home Openers- April 4 & April 8

Spring ushers in home openers for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox take on the Mariners April 4 and the Cubs take on the Pirates at home April 8.

Baconfest Chicago- April 5-6

UIC Dorin Forum

If you can’t get enough bacon, make plans to head to Baconfest Chicago. The two-day event features the chance to sample bacon-inspired dishes from dozens of chefs.

Star Wars Celebration- April 11-15

McCormick Place, Museum Campus

A galaxy far, far away takes center stage in Chicago mid-month for the Star Wars

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March Madness is here, and that means it’s time to not only catch some great games but also take advantage of some great specials in Chicago.

Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern

You don’t have to wait long to get into Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern. The popular Wrigleyville bar plans to open early on game day. You’ll find beer and food specials on the menu.

Lottie’s Pub

The one-and-only Lottie’s Pub in Bucktown also opens early on game days. You’ll find Boulevard specials when KU takes the court, then cheese curd pizza and Sheeps beer when its Wisconsin’s turn.  

Parlay at Joy District

Head to Parlay at Joy District to catch all the action on nearly two-dozen different TVs. The specials here include buy one, get one free beer buckets with purchase

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While it may not necessarily feel like it outside, spring is right around the corner. You’ll find plenty of things to do, see and experience in and around Downtown Chicago this March.

Chicago Polar Plunge- March 3

North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park

Prepare to dive into a late blast of winter at the annual Chicago Polar Plunge. The event kicks off in early March at North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park. The extremely chilly event helps raise money for Special Olympics Chicago.  

Chicago Beer Festival- March 9

The Field Museum

If you’d rather sip on a cold brew inside, head to The Field Museum during the Chicago Beer Festival. This event serves up samples from more than 70 different breweries. 

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade- March 16

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In a city like Chicago, award-winning restaurants and mouth-watering eateries aren’t hard to come by when it’s time to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But when its date night and the pressure’s on to impress that special someone, choosing the right place can make or break the evening. So in recognition of the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration, here’s our short list of Chicago’s most romantic restaurants:

Tango Sur

This cozy, candlelit Argentinian steakhouse has been a Southport Corridor staple for year. There’s no denying that Tango Sur’s hearty Latin American menu is tops in Lakeview, and the atmosphere is perfect for a quiet Valentine’s Day dinner with that special someone.


Geja’s Café is known throughout Chicago for its romantic

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The Fulton Market District may be one of Chicago’s most recognized dining hot spots, but the restaurants of Logan Square are quickly gaining their own attention. Priced out of the area by soaring rent prices, some small, independent restaurants went looking for a more affordable location, and found it along Diversey Avenue.

The up-and-coming dining destination is quickly attracting new restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. You won’t find some of the larger restaurants in the area, but you will find plenty of great options. This includes an Indian-inspired restaurant opening soon, plus an eclectic café that just opened a few months ago.

There’s also a wine shop featuring unique selections from across the globe, a cocktail bar and a café that transforms into a

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Baton Show LoungeA long-time Chicago drag club is shuttering, according to recent reports. The Baton Show Lounge on Clark Street in Chicago’s lively River North neighborhood will end its 50-year run due to rising rent prices.

The good news for fans of the club, however, is that they’re already planning a new location up on the city’s north side.

As alluded to above, Baton Show Lounge first opened its doors all the way back in 1969 and has been a River North mainstay ever since.

Their new home will soon be at 4707 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which will also soon have a totally revamped theatre.

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Aside from the freezing temperatures and snow-covered sidewalks, Downtown Chicago is a great place to be during the festive holiday season. Countless bars and restaurants around the city serve up some delicious seasonal drinks and cocktails, the long list of theaters all throughout Chicago all have their holiday shows playing right now, and let’s be honest—who doesn’t love to go ice skating in Millennium Park at least once during this time of the year? 

As most Chicagoans know, there’s hardly a shortage of things to see and do during the holiday season. But with everyone’s schedule also being just a little busier over the next several weeks, we also know it’s hard to squeeze in everything. And with that in mind, here’s a quick look at just a few of our

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