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United Center gets major food upgrades for this fall

Add the United Center to the list of Chicago sports centers receiving culinary upgrades. (Hot Doug's at Wrigley, anyone?) This fall, the United Center will roll out menus from local favorites, including Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Lillie's Q and Jake Melnick's Corner Tap.

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By: Elizabeth Atkinson

Google predicts how busy Chicago restaurants and bars will be

When's the best time to visit a restaurant if you can't deal with waiting? Recently, Google started charting how popular restaurants and bars are at a given time, using location history data (it's only on mobile for now). 

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By: Amy Cavanaugh

Toby Keith's Rosemont restaurant may be getting the boot

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill (yes, that's really what it's called) has long been the butt of jokes about the dining options in Rosemont, but the Daily Herald recently reported that the country-themed establishment is facing eviction.

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By: Zach Long

Reeling snags Stonewall, Freeheld for 33rd LGBT film fest

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival announced the bulk of its feature lineup for September's 33rd edition of the fest at a media preview this evening. The slate includes the first Chicago screenings of two of the fall's highest-profile LGBT-themed movies.

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By: Kris Vire

14 smells every Chicagoan will recognize

Chicago is a smelly place, mainly because it's an enormous city packed with all the stuff anyone could ever want (we're even getting a cat café!). The smells more or less come with the territory. But there are a few smells that everyone who's lived in Chicago for some time will recognize. 

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By: Nick Kotecki

Is all that stuff about H.H. Holmes true?

H.H. Holmes is in the news again, as reports circulate that Scorsese and DiCaprio will soon bring The Devil in the White City to the big screen. But the news has a few local historians cringing: Devil in the White City is a gripping book, but it's more of a novel than a work of nonfiction.

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By: Adam Selzer