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Looking for a great restaurant in Chicago's Gold Coast that has a safe outdoor patio or expanded outdoor dining? Here's our running list of options to consider for a pleasant, socially-distant night out in the city...

Tavern on Rush

For upscale dining on Rush Street, head to Tavern on Rush. Billed as a contemporary steakhouse, Tavern on Rush is the place to go for steak, fresh fish and seafood. It also boasts a lively outdoor patio.


Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

Another option for outdoor dining in the Gold Coast is Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House. This seafood restaurant is known for serving up everything from fresh oysters and lobster to steak and cocktails.

Maple & Ash

Diners head to Maple & Ash for its wood-fired dishes

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Where to Find the Best Burgers in Downtown ChicagoWho doesn't love a good cheeseburger, right? Well, as one of America's best food cities, there's certainly no shortage of great places to find a good burger. But if you're really looking for something that will knock your socks off, take a closer look where you'll find some of the best burgers downtown Chicago has to offer...

M Burger - Water Tower Place

If you like a classic burger that’s simplistic and has regular toppings, M Burger is the perfect spot for a quick meal on-the-go. The menu is small but that’s also what makes an M Burger appealing. Nothing unconventional here - just a regular old hamburger or cheeseburger with all kinds of mouthwatering flavor.

Au Cheval - West Loop

By now, it’s been well-documented that Au Cheval is one of

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Dowtown Chicago Health ClubsWhether you're already into fitness or just getting into it for the first time, Downtown Chicago isn't short on fancy health clubs with all the bells and whistles. From state-of-the-art equipment and experienced personal trainers to spa-inspired extras like eucalyptus-soaked towels and top-of-the-line bath products, many of Chicago's upscale gyms and health clubs provide more than just a place to burn off a few calories.

So if you're new to the city or perhaps just looking for a change of scenery, here's our updated short list of Downtown Chicago's best health and fitness clubs...

East Bank Club - River North

Arguably Downtown Chicago’s most prestigious health club, the one-and-only East Bank Club covers over 2 city blocks and includes over

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A List of Downtown Chicago Farmers MarketsAfter another long, cold, and dark winter in Chicago, the weather outside is [finally] starting to heat up, which can only mean one thing: farmer’s market season in Chicago is upon us! Whether you've lived in Chicago for years or are planning a move here this summer, there's nothing better than waking up and  taking a stroll through any of the city's neighborhood farmers markets. The colors, the sounds, the smells, and the people all make for a festive setting and there's no better way to support local farmers and artisans than buying some of the amazing goods you'll find on sale.

Starting later this month, roughly 150 farmer’s markets will be coming to Chicago and its suburbs, bringing locals a vast selection of their favorite fruits, veggies, and

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Downtown Chicago Apartment Buildings Near Dog ParkIf you're a dog owner looking for a new apartment somewhere in the Downtown Chicago area, chances are living near a dog park is high up on your list of priorities. So, to help get your search started off in the right direction, we've started a running list of Chicago's top luxury apartment buildings near a downtown dog park.

NEMA

At 76-stories high, NEMA rises high above the South Loop with some fantastic views overlooking the lake, downtown and Grant Park. The building is conveniently positioned near Grant Bark Park; an off-leash park that’s fully fenced and even offers a doggy drinking fountain.

73 E. Lake

Just steps away from Michigan Avenue, 73 E Lake offers luxury apartments complemented by such amenities as an outdoor deck, theater, pet

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No matter how long you've called Chicago home, there's a good chance you've noticed we have quite the selection of hot dog joints scattered all over the city. But as is the case with most restaurants and eateries, some Chicago hot dog stands tend to be more highly-regarded than others when it comes to taste, creativity, and quick and efficient service.

So with the warm summer weather and the much-anticipated baseball season fast-approaching, we figured there's no time like the present to provide our readers with a short-list of the top places to grab a Chicago-style dog, because let's face it—in a city like Chicago, there's no really no end to the number of great places to grab a hot dog and we really don't want to be here all day...

Portillio’s Hot

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According to a new report from INRIX, Chicago’s traffic whoas are only getting worse and locals are feeling the pain in both commute times and wasted economic opportunities.

Overall, the data estimates congestion costs every American nearly 100 hours and $1,400 a year. But in Chicago, those figures equaled 145 hours and $2,146 in 2019. Additionally, Boston was the only other city that had a worse congestion problem last year, while Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC rounded out the top 5.

As noted by INRIX, Chicago’s geography plays a role in congestion issues. The lake prevents the ability to re-direct traffic around the city to the east, and the cold winters often mean more people take shorter trips in the car once the weather breaks, as

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As the clock ticks down to Jan 1st Chicagoans are lining up to be the first to buy some Maryjane!
Below is a list of Chicago Neighborhoods where you can find the goods

ANDERSONVILLE
Dispensary33
5001 N. Clark St.
Hours on Jan 1; 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Regular Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday - Sunday


BUCKTOWN
 
NuMed Chicago
1308 W. North Ave.
Jan. 1 hours: 8 am.-7 pm 
Jan. 2: 11 am - 6 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 11pm -6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 5PM
Closed Monday

GARFIELD RIDGE 
Midway Dispensary
5648 S Archer Ave.
Hours on Jan. 1: 10am – 8pm.
Regular Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am – 8pm.
Sunday 10am -5pm

JEFFERSON PARK
Columbia Care
4758 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Jan. 1 hours: 10am – 7pm
Regular hours: 10am - 7pm Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm Saturday

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Christmas festivities are kicking off all over Chicago and wondrous lighting displays are what everyone loves to see! Grab a cup of cocoa and take a stroll around these 4 Chicago areas to view some magical lighting displays.  

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is home of a 55 ft high, beautifully decorated Christmas tree is a great place to start your lighting tour. The tree was lit on November 22nd and is part of lots of continuing festivities along the Magnificent Mile. You can enjoy the twinkling lights all season long while you shop, dine, or go ice skating.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park ZooLights always delivers a spectacular lighting and holiday celebration. Visitors can walk the grounds and check out the 3D displays, ice sculptures,

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There are plenty of reasons to want to live in Chicago, but traffic may not be at the top of your list. A newly released study found Chicago drivers spend a whopping 73 hours a year stuck in traffic. 

That’s considerably higher than the national average of just 54 hours. The study comes from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. It recently released the findings as part of its 2019 Urban Mobility Report.

The report puts Chicago tenth in the nation in terms of the number of hours drivers waste commuting. Chicago took the number three spot in terms of the cumulative time spent in traffic.

All that time is also costing area drivers money. In Chicago alone, the study determined that’s about $1,300 per commuter. 

The study took a look at traffic

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