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Super Bowl parties, catering and takeout

We've rounded up Chicago's top bars and restaurants showing the game, plus the best catering options

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Sticky-note confessions: Worst pick-up lines

You told us the worst pick-up you've ever heard. Keep 'em coming.

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Valentine's Day gifts for him

Whether you've only gone on a few dates or have been in a relationship for years, these Valentine's Day ideas for guys are sure to please

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27 Chicago hacks to make your life easier

Become a master of Chicago with these tips and tricks

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The best thrift stores in Chicago

Make like Macklemore and save at these second hand shops

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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. 

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Fun things to do during a CTA delay

CTA "El" riders experienced their first major delay of the new year Monday morning when an interlocking problem in the Loop caused a backup that lasted for hours. While delays always suck, especially major ones, there are still ways for passengers to make the experience more pleasant and even fun for themselves in the confines of their train. Here are some fun things for you to do during a CTA delay. 

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6 places to get monkey bread right now

Monkey bread can be found on brunch and dessert menus or even as savory appetizers all over town. Here are a few of great choices. 

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Solve this riddle to get an early look at Half Acre's new brewery

Half Acre has announced the latest round of its scavenger hunt and it isn't easy. The North Side brewery is offering an early tour of its new Bowmanville brewery for the first person to solve this riddle.

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Victory Gardens swaps Marcus Gardley premiere for April

Victory Gardens Theater will swap out a previously announced Marcus Gardley world premiere for this spring, A Wonder in My Soul, for a newer Gardley play written in response to recent racial unease. An Issue of Blood ventures back to 17th-century America and a woman known as Negro Mary in order to address current events.

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Penny, the F*ckable Dolphin: based on a truthy story

You probably wouldn't guess that the Annoyance Theatre's wonderfully silly current show Penny, the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story, which I saw Wednesday night, was based on a true story. And, well, it's not quite. Officially, Penny is "inspired by the novel Wet Goddess by Malcom Brenner." Of course, you also have to know that Brenner maintains his novel is autobiographical, and based on his own consensual sexual relationship with a dolphin as a young man in Florida.

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Upcoming Chicago events and festivals

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Chicago Restaurant Week

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Valentine's Day

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Chinese New Year

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St. Patrick's Day

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Chicago events calendar

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Best Chicago restaurants

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept at Next as where to find the best burger

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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

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Nightlife

Best Chicago dance clubs

These 10 nightclubs are our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Best Chicago vintage stores

Where to find 1960s fashion or Mad Men–worthy pieces

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Best Chicago coffee shops

From spots with simple drip to those with overwrought Chemex setups, these are the best coffeehouses

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Winter in Chicago

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Top sledding hills

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The 19 best winter events

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Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

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Restaurants and bars with fireplaces

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Life in Chicago

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26 ways to piss off a Chicagoan

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33 things that will happen when you move to Chicago

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How Chicago sees the Midwest

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The 26 guiltiest pleasures of living in Chicago

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Chicago neighborhood guides

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Wicker Park and Bucktown

It's more than a mecca for shopping and tacos. Discover dancing, dishes and more.

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Evanston

Evanston is no longer a sleepy suburb—it's one of the hottest neighborhoods for food, booze and shopping in the Chicago area

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Logan Square

Boasting gorgeous boulevards and the hottest restaurants and bars, Logan Square is one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods

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Bridgeport

Considering it is home to some of the best restaurants, bars, breweries and bakeries in Chicago, it's time you explored Bridgeport

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Chinatown

From traditional tea boutiques and dim sum parlors to video stores and candy shops, here's where to go in Chinatown

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