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Charlie Chaplin made a movie here 100 years ago this month then quickly left
In January, 1915, Chaplin made his one Chicago film, His New Job. His stay here lasted only a few weeks. So what made him leave? Spoiler alert: It was probably the weather.
Whole Foods Streeterville opens with a ramen bar and Begyle beer
It seems like you can hardly open a restaurant in Chicago without ramen or a craft beer brewed just for the restaurant—and now grocery stores are getting into the game. Whole Foods, which is opening seven stores in former Dominick's locations this year, will have both ramen and a signature beer at its Streeterville location, which opens tomorrow at 9am at 255 E Grand Avenue. Here's a peek inside.
A piece of parenting advice for Jay Cutler
Kristin Cavallari, the wife of apathetic Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, posted a screenshot of a text conversation between her and her husband to Instagram yesterday that shows Jay at wit's end with his children who refuse to eat and behave.
The most lucrative red light cameras in Chicago
There are 174 red light cameras in the city, and Chicagoans hate all of them. These photo-enforced intersections are a hot topic in this year's mayoral debates. According to a new dataset from the city's data portal, there were more than 267,000 red light camera violations during the second half of 2014. The data shows that the 10 intersections with most red light camera violations during the last half of 2014 are…
Takeaways from the first Chicago mayoral debate
This morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Alderman Robert Fioretti, Willie Wilson and William “Dock” Walls sat down with the Chicago Tribune editorial board for the first of five debates between the mayoral candidates. The conversation was, for the most part, civil, as the incumbent and his challengers outlined their platforms ahead of the election on February 24. We watched the first debate and tried to determine where each candidate stands on the city's most pressing issues.
Chicago among 3 cities in U.S. where public transit to the airport is faster than driving
Chicagoans are used to being able to ride the CTA to and from the airport without much trouble. In fact, the Blue and Orange Lines are more reliable routes to O'Hare and Midway than the expressways—a trait that Chicago shares with only two other cities in the country.
Upcoming Chicago events and festivals
Chicago Restaurant Week
Chinese New Year
St. Patrick's Day
The best of Chicago
Best Chicago restaurants
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Best Chicago bars
Whether you're looking for the best craft beer, top-notch wine or exquisite cocktails, you'll find it at Chicago bars
Best Chicago dance clubs
These 10 nightclubs are our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing
Best Chicago vintage stores
Where to find 1960s fashion or Mad Men–worthy pieces
Best Chicago coffee shops
From spots with simple drip to those with overwrought Chemex setups, these are the best coffeehouses
Winter in Chicago
Top sledding hills
The 19 best winter events
Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago
Restaurants and bars with fireplaces
Life in Chicago
26 ways to piss off a Chicagoan
33 things that will happen when you move to Chicago
How Chicago sees the Midwest
The 26 guiltiest pleasures of living in Chicago
Chicago neighborhood guides
Wicker Park and Bucktown
It's more than a mecca for shopping and tacos. Discover dancing, dishes and more.
Evanston is no longer a sleepy suburb—it's one of the hottest neighborhoods for food, booze and shopping in the Chicago area
Boasting gorgeous boulevards and the hottest restaurants and bars, Logan Square is one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods
Considering it is home to some of the best restaurants, bars, breweries and bakeries in Chicago, it's time you explored Bridgeport
From traditional tea boutiques and dim sum parlors to video stores and candy shops, here's where to go in Chinatown