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Best Ways To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah In Chicago

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by prayer, religious study, the sounding of a ram’s horn called a shofar and food that includes sweet dishes for a sweet year. The holiday is particularly a time for family dinners where apples are traditionally dipped into honey and challah (twisted egg bread) and cakes are often made with honey.

08/31/2015

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Best Travel Agencies In Chicago

Unless travelers already have a specific destination in mind, they likely don’t know about equal or even better destinations that would fit their time and budget. Voila, enter the travel agency.

08/29/2015

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Best Brewery Tours In Chicago

Even if you think you know the kind of beer you like, taking a brewery tour can show you why you like it and how it compares to other beer brands. You also hear a bit of beer history and what makes a good beer.

08/27/2015

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Best DIY Pottery In Chicago

Age doesn’t matter. Young or old, just give yourself permission to be creative, learn a new skill or merely have fun working with clay or painting already-fired (bisque) ceramics. There are studios and centers in the Chicago area that welcome adults and youngsters to hands-on pottery experiences

08/10/2015

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Best Public Art In Chicago

Indeed, more than 700 works are scattered around the city in and outside public facilities and parks.

07/27/2015

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Best Places To Go Star And Moon Gazing Near Chicago

Star gazing can be a bit of a challenge in the Chicago area because even when the sky is clear, light pollution makes it harder to pick out some constellations. Avoid that problem with these top five star and moon gazing locations.

07/18/2015

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Best Gift Shops For Tech Lovers In Chicago

So look beyond the variety stores that are all things to all people. Instead, hone in on places that specialize in tech gadgets and electronic systems.

07/07/2015

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Best Language Classes In Chicago

Whether traveling for business, pleasure or tracing family roots a few well chosen words in the native language can reap friendly tips and information.

06/22/2015

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Best Places To Buy Father’s Day Gifts In Chicago

Dad is another story. Finding the right present can be more of a challenge because he is less likely to say what he wants.

06/16/2015

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Best Places For Off-Roading Near Chicago

When Chicago’s winter-wrought potholes leave you yearning for off-road grit and bumps away from the city, check out these places in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

06/13/2015

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Art Lover’s Walking Tour Of Chicago

The challenge for art lovers is how to work in wonderful places within easy walking distance. The five choices here mix familiar names with a few surprises within a doable walking distance.

06/08/2015

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Best Upcoming Museum Exhibits In Chicago

One exhibit leaps into late spring with amphibians from all over the world and another will have visitors wanting a personal robot.

05/11/2015

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Best Mother’s Day Gifts In Chicago

The problem when Mother’s Day rolls around is finding the best way to say thank you, I love you and I appreciate you.

05/08/2015

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Best Cinco De Mayo Events Near Chicago

Cinco de Mayo marks a battle the Mexican army won in Puebla against the French, May 5, 1862. Anyone can join in the celebration so check out these events.

05/02/2015

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 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 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 Theaters In Chicago

No matter whether the city’s critics give a show four stars or only sort-of recommend it, the visitor is likely to leave impressed if the theater is historical, ornate or atmospheric.

03/23/2015

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Best National Parks And Sites Near Chicago

When warm weather coincides with vacation days, the open road beckons. These are some choice destinations doable from Chicago.

03/14/2015

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Five Reasons To Visit Chicago For Spring Break

Here are five of the best reasons to turn spring break into a Chicago vacation or staycation.

03/07/2015

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