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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

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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Halloween is almost here and the Windy City is certainly gearing up to celebrate with a number of frightening events and fun festivities.

Spooky Zoo 2018- Sat, Oct 27

Lincoln Park Zoo

It all starts early with Spooky Zoo 2018 at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The morning trick-or-treating event also includes arts and crafts and a family-friendly haunted house.

Haunted Halloween Ball- Sat, Oct 27

Congress Plaza Hotel

The weekend before Halloween continues with the lavish Haunted Halloween Ball. Tickets are on sale now for the costume party at the Congress Plaza Hotel.

Nightmare at Navy Pier- Sat, Oct 27

The same night brings festivities to the Grand Ballroom during Nightmare at Navy Pier. The event features music, dancing and a cash bar for

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As most of us who already live here know, Chicago is a great place to call home. But if you're considering a move to the Windy City from out of town, it’s certainly reassuring to know that readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have once again voted Chicago to be the best big city in the country.

Citing our city’s spectacular architecture, world-class museums, highly-touted restaurants, and a flourishing brewing scene as to why Chicago seems to be so beloved by its visitors, the travel magazine had this to say about Chicago specifically:

Second City? Not by our count. Chicago is world-class in so many categories—magnificent architecture, stunning museums, brilliant chefs, a massive brewing scene, and so much to do that you’ll never see it all. Scratch…
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Downtown Chicago has a new nightclub that may feel relatively familiar to anyone living in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. Called Tao, River North’s newest hotspot not only has locations in each of the three aforementioned cities above but also a spectacular interior setting that’s unlike anything the Windy City has ever seen.

First, club-goers will enter Tao through a pair of 100-year-old Chinese doors that can only be accessed in an alley that lies adjacent to the building. Next, you’ll head directly upstairs to the building’s second floor, which is where you’ll enjoy a sprawling, 1,000-person capacity space that’s totally decked out in unique, Asian-inspired artwork and decor that makes for quite the setting.

A huge dance floor and DJ booth, a

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Everyone needs a day to themselves once in a while to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. With the constant on-the-go lifestyle many of us live and the non-stop hustle-and-bustle displayed each and every day in downtown Chicago, it's important for many of us to simply slow down and enjoy a little down time—even if it means temporarily putting work on hold.

In Chicago’s Gold Coast, there’s plenty of different ways for us to enjoy ourselves and for many living or working in the area, there’s nothing quite like a much-needed spa-day. The Gold Coast is known throughout the city for its timeless architecture, world-class cuisine and some of the best shopping you’ll find in all of downtown Chicago. But as you walk up and down the streets to this affluent,

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It's almost hard to believe but football season is once again right around the corner. For many Bears fans living in downtown Chicago, taking in the game at Soldier Field or spending the afternoon tailgating with friends or family is the ideal way to enjoy America’s favorite sport, but if you’re one of those fans who either doesn’t have tickets or simply hates sitting out by the lakefront for 3 hours in late December, Downtown Chicago has all kinds of fun sports bars that are worth checking out all throughout the upcoming football season. So to help point you in the right direction, here’s our short list of the Top 5 places in Chicago to watch a Bears game:

Public House

For those living in River North, there’s no better option for watching the big

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