The summer heat in Chicago is enough to make some feel like they will melt. When that happens, there are lots of places to cool off with a cone during summer’s dog days.  Here’s our list of some of the city’s essential ice cream shops, and a few of their star offerings.  These are guaranteed…Read more→

It’s a perfect day to relax on the beach. There’s not a cloud in sight as you sweat profusely, thanks to the ever-present sun. There’s a nice breeze coming in from the water as you lounge in the toasty warm sand. It may sound like Florida — with its miles of postcard-style coast — but…Read more→

The Chicago hot dog — nothing else compares. The magic happens and tastes combine between the halves of a steamed, poppy-seed bun. The initial sharp bite of diced white onion and yellow mustard is calmed by a fresh tomato wedge and a sprinkling bright-green sweet pickled relish. Subsequently, the glorious “snap” occurs as you break…Read more→

In the urban landscape that makes up Chicago, it may seem like it serenity can be hard to find among the skyscrapers.  But those looking to take a break from the city’s fast-paced routine need look no further than the Lincoln Park Zoo on the city’s north side. While many people have included a trip…Read more→

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