There's no shortage of Italian food in Chicago. But we have a special place in our hearts for Francesca's, whose restaurants ranged from from the Gold Coast to West Dundee. From a guaranteed cozy atmosphere to a thoughtful, excellent wine list, Francesca's is our go-to when we want a taste of Italy in the Midwest. 

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Well, there's no doubt about it — we're in the middle of a snowstorm here in Chicago, and it's looking like we have a cold afternoon and evening ahead of us. Our remedy? Cozy up with some delicious food and drink, and watch the flakes fly. Nothing says cozy winter wonderland like low temperatures, a delicious drink, and a rib-sticking meal, after all. Here's where we'll be waiting out today's storm.

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Chicago winters are not for the faint of heart. Even for the hardiest native Midwesterners, coping techniques are necessary. This year, ours revolves squarly around spending as much time as possible at Dolce Italian, a bastion of Roman warmth right near downtown. 

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Chicago's Sepia is one of our go-to destinations for special occasions — the room, the food, and the beyond-excellent wine list make it an obvious choice for a meal to remember. Naturally, their events-specific offerings, deemed Private Dining by Sepia, is a perfect fit for any event that deserves a little flair. 

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As the weather turns crisp in Chicago, we've got comfort food on the mind — specifically, of the red-sauced Italian variety. But while Chicago can certainly be counted on for good, old fashioned, rib-sticking fare, we're delighted to find the city's selection of creative, modern, meticulously crafted Italian food is growing, too. 

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If there's one thing we love about Chicago, it's Chicagoans — the collective pride in our marvelous Windy City has us hankering to explore the ultimate American city time and time again. So it's only fitting that, when planning a special event in Chicago, your venue of choice should embody both your tastes and showcase the spirit of the city we love. 

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We'll be the first to tell you that we love the direction that American restaurants have been moving over the past few years. The focus on local fare, the commitment to craft in approachable settings, and the rise of the destination neighborhood restaurant are all trends that we believe deserve acclaim, and appreciation. 

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Trust us — we know that Chicago's a hot dog (and sausage) town to the core. Still, with the Fourth of July fast approaching, we've got burgers on the mind — that other all-American, between-buns delight. Here are our five favorite in town, ranging from luxurious beefy creations to a Chi-town classic that never fails to taste great. 

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Three cheers for the best ever sweet decadence masquerading as breakfast: the doughnut. Whether it’s yeasty and glazed, cakey and chocolate-topped, or flavored with in-season kaffir lime zest and a shot of rum, we love a doughnut any way we can get it. In this day and age of cronut lines, we’re delighted to celebrate National Doughnut Day with a heartfelt appreciation ...

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There's no beating a serious tapas spread, rich with countless small plates of flavorful Spanish fare. And there's no beating Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! for tapas in Chicago — the lively Lincoln Park restaurants is one of our favorite spots for birthday dinners, nights out with friends, and hours-long weekend brunch. Ready to make Ba-Ba-Reeba your new go-to? Here are 4 reasons to ...

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