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Chicago offers some of the best restaurants in the country, including many award-winning chefs. But every local knows, it's not just the 5-stars that offer great food and memorable experiences. Consider this your tip sheet to all of Chicago's flavors.

Chicago Hot Dog Recipe
Find the key ingredients in a Chicago hot dog according to Chicago hot dog maker Vienna Beef.

Taylor Street Festa Italiana 2009 - Chicago's Little Italy Festival
Find the dates, time, location, and more for the Chicago Taylor Street Festa Italiana 2009.

Terzo Piano - Sample Menu
See a sample menu and find the hours, location, reservation information, and see photos of the Terzo Piano restaurant in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Neighborhood Farmers Markets - South Side
Find the hours, locations, and dates of the 2009 City of Chicago-sponsored farmers markets on the south side.

Chicago Neighborhood Farmers Markets - West Side
Find a list of the city of Chicago-sponsored west side Chicago farmers markets, their hours, locations, and dates they will run in 2009.

Chicago Neighborhood Farmers Markets - North Side
Find the hours, locations, and dates of the 2009 City of Chicago-sponsored farmers markets on the north side.

Terzo Piano Restaurant - Located in the Art Institute's Modern Wing
Find the location, hours, menus, and more for the Terzo Piano restaurant located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hot Dog Trivia
Find hot dog trivia and Chicago hot dog trivia that will delight your weiner sensibilities.

Vienna Beef Factory Store
Find the hours, locations, products, and shopper comments for the Vienna Beef Factory Store located on Chicago's north side.

World's Finest Chocolate Outlet -
Find the hours, location, and types of bargains you can find at the World's Finest Chocolate Outlet store in Chicago, IL.

Palace Grill
Find the location, hours, and reader comments for the classic Palace Grill in Chicago.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2009
Learn the dates, participating restaurants, and more information about the annual Restaurant Week in Chicago in February 2009.

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's Favorite Chicago Restaurants
Even though Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are headed to the White House, Chicago will remain their home sweet home. And, like all of us, they enjoy eating out …

The Top Ten Bars in Chicago
Find our hand-picked list of the best bars in Chicago.

The Top Five Best Chicago Bars for Celebrating Christmas
Find our top five, hand-picked Chicago bars for celebrating the holiday season.

Great Places to Eat Breakfast in Chicago
For many Chicagoans, going out to breakfast is an important part of our daily or weekend routines. These restaurants are among the best places for hearty starts in the Windy City.

Great Chicago Irish Pubs and Restaurants
Find the top Chicago Irish pubs and restaurants recommended by local author Sharon Shea Bossard.

Michelle Obama - Chicago Green City Market Luncheon Menu
When Alice Waters created a luncheon for Michelle Obama, Waters insisted all the menu's food come from Chicago's Green City Market. Here's the menu and the local farmers and vendors who were selected.

Green City Market - Chicago's Organic Farmers Market
Chicago's premiere farmers market offers organic and locally-grown foods, local farmers and chefs, lunch options, cooking demos, a sustainability focus and more. Find location, schedule, hours, and more.

The Chicago Reader Restaurant Finder
A reliable, flexible search engine that allows you to search for restaurants by rating, proximity to a civic building or movie theater, by cuisine, and price. Neighborhood gems tend to rise to the top in this site's recommendations, which are shaped by diner feedback.

Chicago Magazine's Dining Guide
A bit trendier and upscale in its tastes than the Chicago Reader Restaurant Finder, this searchable site puts you in the diner's seat for all of Chicago's hot new restaurants.

Crain's Chicago Business Dining Guide
A foodie site with a business person's point of view. Find great downtown lunch spots, advice on where to entertain clients, and savvy food reviews.

NewCity Guide to Chicago Clubs
NewCity, an alternative Chicago newspaper, features a run-down on Chicago's club and bar scene. Search by type of club or location, find special events, and learn about NewCity's recommendations.

Check, Please! Chicago - Local Restaurant Reviews
Home page of the popular TV show, hosted by Alpana Singh, and featuring Chicago restaurant reviews and recommendations by Chicago locals. Find restaurants reviewed on the show, search restaurants alphabetically or by cuisine, be a guest on the show, find recipes, and more.

Open Table Chicago - Free Dinner Reservations
Search availability and make reservations at Chicago's top restaurants with this free reservation service.

Chicago Foodies Blog
Local foodie blog explores the city's culinary cuisine and features reviews, cooking tips and recipes, restaurant search, and more.

The Food Chain - Chicago Reader Food Blog
This is arguably THE best site on the web for updates and insight to Chicago's restaurant scene. In-the-know restaurant opening information, in-depth reviews, special events, and more.

What's Hot & New in Chicago's Bar and Club Scene
Find a tip sheet, updated monthly, from Chicago Scene magazine that lists the hot Chicago bars and clubs. It includes recommendations by day of the week or neighborhood, and it also lists popular restaurants.

Chicago’s Best Restaurants for French Toast
French toast is one of the most popular breakfast items in Chicago, and you can learn about the best places that serve them here.

A Hand-Picked List of the Best Sports Bars in Chicago
Find our hand-picked list of the best sports bars in Chicago.

Bari: The Place for Some of Chicago's Best Italian Subs and More
Bari is a Chicago tradition with its freshly made Italian subs you can ordered at its deli, and its Italian grocery store that serves fresh cheeses, pastas, and more. Get all the information on Bari, including hours, menu items, location, and more.

Chicago Gourmet 2011: Bring Your Appetite to Chicago's Premier Food Event
Your guide to the 2011 Chicago Gourmet, including dates, times, location, seminars, tickets, and more.

Whole Foods Lincoln Park Wellness Club - A Membership for Your Health
Learn everything you need to know about Whole Foods' Lincoln Park Wellness Club, including membership information, costs, benefits, and more.

Best Spa Treatments in Chicago: Make Time to Pamper Yourself
Looking to really pamper yourself? Check out Chicago's best spas and spa treatments and let the indulging begin!

Chicago Restaurant Week 2012
Learn the dates, participating restaurants, and more information about the annual Restaurant Week in Chicago in February 2012.

Hotel Lincoln Breaks Ground in Chicago's Lincoln Park Neighborhood
The Hotel Lincoln, owned by Joie de Vivre Hotels, is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood and includes guestrooms, on-site restaurant and bar, and more.

Mother's Day 2012 Brunches and More
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13, 2012. Here's a handpicked list of brunches and events for Mother's Day 2012 in Chicago.

Top Spots for Al Fresco Dining in Chicago
Warm weather means al fresco dining in Chicago when many of the city's restaurants and bars open up their decks, patios, and street-dining seating.

Thanksgiving Day Restaurants Open in Chicago
Looking for someplace to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day meal and take a break from the kitchen? Check out our list of restaurants that will be open in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day.

Chicago Bears Bar Guide 2012
Are you a die=hard Bears fan? Find out which sports bars in Chicago are rated the best to watch a football game at and root on your beloved Bears.

Chicago's Best Sports Bars
The Best Sports Bars in Chicago on About.com. Find out where you can watch a game, grab a beer, and root on a Chicago sports team to victory.

Easter Dining in Chicago
Celebrate Easter at one of these Chicago restaurants, serving a brunch, lunch or dinner. Information include menu highlights, reservation information and more.

Chicago's Best Al Fresco Dining
Enjoy al fresco dining at these Chicago hot spots. Chicago's best restaurants are preparing to kick off summer with the perfect patio options.

Restaurants Open in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day
Looking for someplace to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day meal and take a break from the kitchen? Check out our list of restaurants that will be open in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day 2013..

Chicago's theWit Hotel Offers Healthy Menu Items
Chicago's theWit Hotel introduces certified healthy menu items in its restaurants and also in-room dining. New spa treatments are also offered at the hotel's fifth-floor spa.

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