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Billy’s Big Night Out
By Addie Reese | July 8, 2015

How is being on a TV show similar to running a bar?  
For me personally, it’s very similar. From my passion for food, drink, décor, music, fashion and all things hospitality and entertainment, I truly want to have a...

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The 50 Finest
By Lisa Shames | July 6, 2015


Growing up with a professional pasta-making father not only gave Christopher Gawronski a childhood full of tasty meals, it...

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By Sydney Price | June 26, 2015

1. Party on a Yacht
Looking for a way to spice up your next party or special occasion? Try Chicago Elite. The city’s newest private yacht features four levels,...

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Up on the Roof
By Sarah Freeman | June 19, 2015

1. Cerise
At Virgin Hotel’s chic rooftop space, gather in the electric-blue lounge, adorned with beaded tribal masks and a crochet deer head, or tipple at the...

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Food for Thought
By Lisa Shames | June 16, 2015

If you happened to dine out on a recent Monday evening—May 4, to be exact—you might have noticed that Chicago’s restaurants were unusually quiet. But that’s what happens when you have the country’s most prestigious...

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Music Man
By Thomas Connors | June 16, 2015

Mason Bates could be the poster boy for a new generation of composer. He DJs at dance clubs. He’s hep to hip-hop. He of course gets the classical canon—and he’s pumped about electronica.

As Mead composer-in-residence at the...

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Where There's Smoke
Lisa Shames | Photo by Anthony Tahlier | June 11, 2015

Let’s be honest: You don’t go to an Argentine steakhouse to eat vegetables. At Rural Society, the new Streeterville restaurant in the...

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Frosty Sweets
By Sydney Price | June 11, 2015

1. State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Devour chocolate rum ice cream pressed between two house-made caramel coconut cookies at theWit Hotel’s restaurant. The tavern also...

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Horse Sense
By Mike Espindle | June 9, 2015

The Triple Crown’s prestigious thoroughbred races—the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes—always promise a thrilling competition, a rarefied vibe and a colorful social scene. But for the most serious racing fans, the...

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Hot Times in the City
By Chandler Rollins | June 8, 2015

Steppenwolf’s Grand Concourse...

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Summer Sensation
By Nate Chapnick | June 5, 2015

It was in 1964 at the Targa Florio, a grueling open-road endurance race in the mountains of Sicily, that Porsche introduced the GTS moniker (short for Gran Turismo Sport). Two 904 Carrera GTS racers shocked the...

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Dine with Dad
By Addie Reese | June 4, 2015

1. Head south of the border for a Spanish-inspired brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. Their annual Tapas for Papas special never disappoints with made to order bloody marys, ...

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