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Hazel: Unique Luxury You Can’t Live Without In Chicago

Stores like Hazel can be dangerous. The eclectic boutique in Ravenswood has side-by-side locations, one for unique, lust-worthy gifts and one for unique (and equally lust-worthy) men’s and women’s apparel. Both are smartly curated and expertly staffed, making Hazel an irresistible vortex of goods where shoppers can’t escape without wanting to snap up everything in sight.

03/27/2012

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A Chicago Bar That Is Worth The Price: The Aviary

When one of the arguably greatest chefs in the world opens a cocktail joint, expectations are inevitably high. Grant Achatz, the former French Laundry study and mastermind behind Alinea and Next, brings his imaginative take on food and drink to his cocktail bar, the Aviary.

03/22/2012

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Shannon Rovers Style

Irish Bagpipe Band the Shannon Rovers has been part of Chicago’s rich Irish tradition since the ‘20s. Originally organized “for the promotion of Irish music and to help members who are in distress to run dances and social affairs to finance these objectives” (per meeting minutes from the 1930), today the group is 70-plus members strong and has become a staple of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations…

03/08/2012

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Chicago Music Artist Profile: Daniel Knox

As much as it’s known for its food, its sports teams, its politics and its skyline, Chicago’s rich musical heritage should top any list of treasures that make the city great. As the birthplace of “Chicago-style” blues to a hotbed for the ‘90s alternative rock scene, the Windy City has been home to some of the most important and influential artists in modern music.

02/16/2012

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Best Bets For A Mid-Week Date Night In Chicago

Just because you and your sweetheart have to get up the next day doesn’t mean that your mid-week dates have to lack a sense of occasion. While the long, luxurious outings are great for weekends, we’ve picked out a few choices place to dine so you can get cozy up and share some romance – even if it is a school night.

02/09/2012

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Best Bars To Rent For A Party In Chicago

Bars can offer a lot of possibilities when it comes to hosting a party that your miniature apartment or home simply cannot. Want to know what bars offer the most? Detailed here are the best pars to rent for a party in Chicago!

02/02/2012

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Chicago Indulgences: Spoil Your Special Someone

Little gifts and romantic gestures need no occasion when you’re head over heels for a special someone. Still, there are times when it’s more than appropriate to pull out all the stops and really layer on the indulgence. While it is the thought that counts, we’ve picked some delightful goods and experiences that are sure to win some hearts (or at least serious Brownie points).

01/31/2012

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Chicago’s Top Bars For Niche Sports

The diverse population of Chicago’s metro area means there are fan bases for niche sports, ranging from rugby to racing. Whether you’re cheering for your favorite scrum-half or welterweight, here are a few Chicago bars that are devoted to some of the less noted sports.

12/29/2011

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Ringing In The New Year Chicago Style

Ball dropping in Times Square is New York’s thing. In Chicago, we ring in the New Year with amazing views of the Magnificent Mile, local rock and roll, our glittering skyline and nods to our frothy Prohibition past. In other words, when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations in Chicago, you can find just about any party to fit your style. Here are some of the most fun, festive and unique ways to ring in the New Year.

12/22/2011

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Chicago’s Enduring Speakeasies And Prohibition Era Bars

Here are a few of the city’s greatest bars and former speakeasies that not even Prohibition could stop, open for business so you can wet your whistle – no password required.

11/24/2011

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Crawling Through Lincoln Square One Sip At A Time

Not all pub-crawls are created equal, and finding a stretch through which to drink, possibly eat and definitely be merry can take a little planning. Here’s a list of Lincoln Square bars perfect the pub crawl you and your friends have always dreamed about.

11/10/2011

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Best Chicago Fall Sweaters & Shawls For Under $100

Once the mercury starts to dip, you can start pulling out your warmest wardrobe for fall. Whether you prefer your tops to be thick and woolly or lightweight and tissue-thin, this season’s hottest sweaters span a variety of styles. However you choose to stay warm, a few of our picks will make sure you stay stylish and cozy, each for under $100…

10/25/2011

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Best Fall Boots For Under $100 In Chicago

If you’ve been living in sandals all summer, it’s time to slip into something a little sturdier for fall. Whether you like to be sky-high in your shoes or step firmly on the ground in flats, check out some of our sub-$100 picks for your autumn style…

10/18/2011

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Chicago’s Happy Hours That Earn Long-Term Love

For most post-work revelers, happy hour is a marriage of convenience. After work, watering holes aren’t typically picked for their trendy menus or dazzling drinks but their proximity to your home or office; in some cases, adequate bar food and some dirt cheap drink selections are all you need…

10/06/2011

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Best Tailors And Alterations In Chicago

It doesn’t matter how high or low end your clothing is if everything fits like a dream. The secret behind the best-dressed people isn’t designer labels or trendsetting threads – it’s a good tailor…

09/27/2011

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Guide To Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Few, if any, of Chicago’s festivals have the dedicated focus and local ties of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Now five years old, the festival is also unique for its sprawling lineup that weaves throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood…

09/22/2011

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Great Salons For Great Cuts In Chicago

Your hair: if you’ve got it, you wear it every day. And if it’s bad, people notice. While no one wants a bad ‘do, most of us don’t really consider what getting a good haircut means. Except for these salons, that is…

09/20/2011

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Sunday Night Social, Where To Go Out

For those who need to keep some semblance of a social life active past Saturday—yet still have to show up in one piece come Monday—Sunday night options that offer fun in a lower gear are essential. We’ve put together some of our favorite fun, relaxing ways to cap off the weekend.

08/25/2011

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A Safe Haven Bar For Soccer Fans

Chicago isn’t the friendliest city when it comes to Soccer, so where can a true fan find their mecca? The Globe…

08/18/2011

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Best Post-Art Event Drink Spots

Arts districts, museums and community arts organizations tend to make the biggest splash the first two Fridays of every month. All of these events typically come with the booze already built-in, but if you’re looking to end your night with something other than a cold can of PBR or a white wine in a plastic vessel, we’ve selected some nearby establishments to help you round out your night of culture.

08/04/2011

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