Winter date idea: Christkindlmarket and a European lunch

If you're under the impression that Christkindlmarket is for tourists and suburbanite mom dates, you're wrong. There are ways of visiting the tent-packed market at Daley Plaza, in its 19th year in Chicago, that can be romantic if you play your cards right.       Since temperatures are firmly at winter status, a daytime date is … Continue reading Winter date idea: Christkindlmarket and a European lunch

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Valentine’s Day ideas: activities throughout Chicago

There's less than a week remaining til Valentine's Day. Hopefully you've already made reservations for dinner, or have opted to cook a romantic one at home. If you're slacking, consult this list recently put together by LoganSquarist. But you'll want an activity for before or after dinner to really make a night of it.

Now open: Billy Sunday in Logan Square

Billy Sunday opened quietly last night on Logan Boulevard, with barely so much as a tweet. The new cocktail bar has been months in the making, and with its doors open for less than 24 hours was named one of the best new bars in the country by Details magazine. Run by Matthias Merges (Yusho), … Continue reading Now open: Billy Sunday in Logan Square

Chicago Mag’s Top bars in Logan Square, Wicker Park & Bucktown

Chicago Magazine this week unveiled its mammoth list of the top 100 bars in Chicago, thankfully broken up into categories such as best game day bars and best cocktail spots. And who knows drinking stylishly better than Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown? Unsurprisingly, these three 'hoods comprise much of the list's hot spots. Here … Continue reading Chicago Mag’s Top bars in Logan Square, Wicker Park & Bucktown

Do this tonight: Contemporary Italian at Balena

Continuing on the culinary journey of visiting all 20 of Chicago Magazine's list of 2012's best new restaurants, I tried Balena recently. It's not hard to succeed at Italian comfort food, but the fare at Balena has a contemporary twist in nearly every dish that leaves the kitchen, and its very own Chris Pandel was … Continue reading Do this tonight: Contemporary Italian at Balena

go here this week: Jingle Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Visit one of the city's most popular tourist destinations with little to no children blocking your path. If you've ever been to Jazzin' at the Shedd, you know what to expect. Jingle Jazzin' is happening only this week til Dec. 23. Saunter into the Shedd for $20, which gets you admission into most exhibits at … Continue reading go here this week: Jingle Jazzin’ at the Shedd