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Best Movies Filmed In Chicago

According to the City of Chicago, more than 700 movies have been made in the area. They range from cartoons and silent films from the turn of the last century and the early 1900s heyday of Essanay, a studio that had Ben Turpin and Charlie Chaplin, to this century’s Batman, Superman and Transformers hero movies.

04/25/2015

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Best Local Gyms That Provide Child Care In Chicago

Oftentimes the excuse for not working out is lack of childcare. Check out some of the local gyms in Chicago that provide childcare, and become swimsuit ready while the kids play.

04/24/2015

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Best Speakeasy Bars In Chicago

Alcohol is legal and advertising rampant, so secret drinking joints are really a relic of Prohibition, but there are a few spots, subterranean and a little hard to locate, that can take you back to the days of the speakeasy.

04/23/2015

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Ask A Chicago Chef: Best Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Learn how to make a delicious and healthy breakfast smoothie from Chef Jared Van Camp.

04/22/2015

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Best Up-And-Coming Local Brands In Chicago

The City of Big Shoulders can create perfect brands beyond deep dish pizzas and Frango mints.

04/21/2015

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Best Ways To Celebrate Earth Day In Chicago

This year, do a little more to celebrate Earth Day than turn off the lights when you leave a room. From trail clean-ups to discussions and hikes, the Chicago area has plenty of events where you can learn how to make a difference.

04/20/2015

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Best Lakeside Getaways Near Chicago

When spending less time driving and more time at the destination is important consider these five excellent resorts and inns.

04/18/2015

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Best Places To Go On A Picnic In Chicago

Chicago’s warmer months can be a great time to have a picnic. Whether you’re taking in the skyline or just enjoying the outdoors after surviving another Chicago winter, there are some picnic areas in the city that stand out above the rest.

04/17/2015

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Best Gay Bars In Chicago

Make your own kind of music in any of these venues that welcome the community with open arms.

04/16/2015

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Best Grilled Cheeses In Chicago

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and, lucky for you, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate in the Windy City.

04/15/2015

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Best Kids Clothing Stores In Chicago

Just about the time a new mom feels as though her mood swings and sleep schedule are more stable than the NASDAQ, and Dad no longer flinches when baby barf ruins yet another polo shirt, it’s time to get the damp little guy or girl some new duds.

04/14/2015

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Best Places To Go Fishing Near Chicago

Just dip your line into any of these nearby spots and lighten up until the tug yanks you back to reality.

04/11/2015

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Best Family-Friendly Bike Trails In Chicago

Grab your helmets and bottled water for a fun afternoon on a bike ride with your family. From paths in the city to serene rides in forest preserves, the Chicago area offers many bike riding trails for all abilities.

04/10/2015

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Best Bars To Spend Your Tax Return/Celebrate End of Tax Day In Chicago

Receiving your annual tax refund is often a highly anticipated event. Why not reward yourself with a celebratory drink in Chicago?

04/09/2015

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Best BLTs In Chicago

Craving a BLT? Grab the best bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches at these five Chicago restaurants.

04/08/2015

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Best Places To Buy Women’s Athletic Wear In Chicago

Whether you push yourself to run, bike an extra mile, swim an extra lap, try other yoga positions or take a new exercise class, you should have athletic apparel that fits you and your sport.

04/07/2015

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Best Used Bookstores In Chicago

If you’re looking for a rare edition or just want to save a bit of money, then consider checking out these used bookstores in Chicago.

04/06/2015

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Best Hotels With A View Near Chicago

Looking for a business trip, weekend getaway, family vacation or wedding venue? The best hotels with a view near Chicago are the perfect place to stay; not only are the accommodations excellent, but the views are incredible as well.

04/04/2015

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Best Playgrounds For A Playdate In Chicago

Using a playground for a playdate can be a great way to keep the kids entertained and socialized. Chicago offers a number of different options to keep kids of all ages interested, while the parents can do some chitchatting of their own.

04/03/2015

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Best Monday Night Specials In Chicago

Get yourself out for any of these Monday night specials that will assuage the stifling normality of weekdays and bring, at least, an air of weekend fun.

04/02/2015

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