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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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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.

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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. 

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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…

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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.

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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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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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