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Whether you're looking for a no-frills hot dog stand or a sophisticated steakhouse, the Windy City is overflowing with dining experiences. Our guide to Chicago sips and eats goes deep...deeper than their pizza.

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How to Spend a Perfect Long Weekend in Chicago This Christmas

How to Spend a Perfect Long Weekend in Chicago This Christmas

by Joey Skladany | New York City may get most of the attention as America’s idyllic Christmas destination, but it’s Chicago that is truly the winter wonderland of your...

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off? 01:21

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

by Amy Sowder and John Birdsall | If you're grilling or guesting at a Labor Day BBQ this weekend, are you reaching for ketchup when it comes time to dress your hot dog? If so, you may...

This West Coast City Hates Lunch & Other Findings From New Study

This West Coast City Hates Lunch & Other Findings From New Study

by David Watsky | Ever wonder where your co-worker is actually headed when they leave for lunch? Turns out it may be easy to guess based on what city you live and work...

Five Gay Restaurants to Check Out in June (Pride Month)

Five Gay Restaurants to Check Out in June (Pride Month)

by David Watsky | June 1st marks the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and this year we celebrate an extra special edition. It's been 50 years since the iconic protests at...

Hungry for Something New? The 10 Best New Restaurants in America

Hungry for Something New? The 10 Best New Restaurants in America

by David Watsky | Tired of the same ol' same ol'? You're in luck. Food & Wine just announced its 2019 list of Best New Restaurants and chances are, at least one of...

What Are Paczki and Why Are They so Popular on Fat Tuesday? 01:58

What Are Paczki and Why Are They so Popular on Fat Tuesday?

by Greg Stegeman | Mardi Gras, literally translated from French to “Fat Tuesday,” is fast approaching, which means it’s almost Paczki Day! What’s that? You don’t know...

What Is the Difference Between Stuffed, Pan, and Deep Dish Pizza?

What Is the Difference Between Stuffed, Pan, and Deep Dish Pizza?

by Greg Stegeman | As a dad who is typically responsible for preparing meals, every once in a while I cheat and order out. One of our take-out staples is (of course...

9 Pizza Styles to Know (and Make at Home!) 01:33

9 Pizza Styles to Know (and Make at Home!)

by Miki Kawasaki | There are plenty of guides out there that will try to tell you what makes a great pizza and point you in the direction of where to find it. But frankly...

What Is a Clarified Cocktail?

What Is a Clarified Cocktail?

by Greg Stegeman | Have you encountered a clarified cocktail yet? As of a couple days ago, I had not. But the folks at Chowhound were interested in breaking down the libation...

Corn Boxes, Pig Races, and a Pumpkin-Eating Dinosaur: The Wonders of an Over-the-Top Fall Pumpkin Festival

Corn Boxes, Pig Races, and a Pumpkin-Eating Dinosaur: The Wonders of an Over-the-Top Fall Pumpkin Festival

by Greg Stegeman | Fall generally bums me out, but there are a few things that help me get over the end of summer. One of those things is a good ol’ pumpkin farm. This...

American Pizzas That Aren't From New York or Chicago

American Pizzas That Aren't From New York or Chicago

Pizza has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Italy to become the dish that so many people know and love today, in a myriad of iterations...

The Greatest Coleslaw I've Ever Had

The Greatest Coleslaw I've Ever Had

by Greg Stegeman | Who spends time thinking of coleslaw? Well, I do. That probably has something to do with the fact that I’ve had the best coleslaw there is. So, since...

What Is the Difference Between a Regular and Chicago-Style Hot Dog?

What Is the Difference Between a Regular and Chicago-Style Hot Dog?

by Jordana Cohen | Every major U.S. city is known for a certain type of food, and Chicago is no different. We actually have many culinary claims to fame: steakhouses...

The Final Frontier: Where Chicago Serves Whole Animals for Supper

The Final Frontier: Where Chicago Serves Whole Animals for Supper

by Melissa Banigan | Pig pickins, luaus, and hot roasts. No matter what people call the cooking of an entire pig, the delicious tradition goes back thousands of years and...

My First Experience with Malort 03:56

My First Experience with Malort

by Greg Stegeman | About 12 days ago, the folks at Chowhound sent me an email. They wanted to do a story about a Chicago drink, Malort, and they asked me if I had any...

Drink The (Disgusting) Liqueur that Only Chicagoans Love

Drink The (Disgusting) Liqueur that Only Chicagoans Love

The taste of Malort has been described as baby aspirin wrapped in grapefruit peel, bound with rubber bands and soaked in well gin—so why do Chicagoans...

Try Edible Insects at This Authentic Mexican Eatery

Try Edible Insects at This Authentic Mexican Eatery

Mi Tocaya Antojería is exposing Chicagoans to these ancestral Mexican ingredients. Read more.

12 of Chicago’s Most Iconic Steakhouses

12 of Chicago’s Most Iconic Steakhouses

by Greg Stegeman | It’s no secret Chicago is a steak and potatoes kind of town. In fact, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another city in America where steak is more...

Recapturing the Flavors of My Youth: Nostalgia Tastes Like Chicago Chinese Food

Recapturing the Flavors of My Youth: Nostalgia Tastes Like Chicago Chinese Food

by Greg Stegeman | When I was younger, one of my favorite meals was Chinese food. Occasionally, it would even earn birthday meal status! I grew up on three unique restaurants...

Brew U: The Rise of Coffee Classes in Chicago

Brew U: The Rise of Coffee Classes in Chicago

by Erin Meister | What do you think helps Chi-Town stay so smart? Sure, there’s plenty of higher learning to be done in Chicagoland, home to some of the best colleges...

Chicago’s Punch Bowl Trend Is So Much More Than a Pitcher of Kool-Aid

Chicago’s Punch Bowl Trend Is So Much More Than a Pitcher of Kool-Aid

by Melissa Banigan | Although the mention of punch often conjures visions of cheap handles of booze mixed with red 40-dyed Kool-Aid, it actually has a storied past that...

You’ll Want to Stock Up on Asian Cookware at This Authentic Chicago Shop

You’ll Want to Stock Up on Asian Cookware at This Authentic Chicago Shop

by Jordana Cohen | Nestled within the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago is Little Vietnam—sometimes called Little Saigon, or new Chinatown—a bustling center of Southeast...

An Exploration of Phoenix and Chicago’s Unique and Unexpected Food Connection

An Exploration of Phoenix and Chicago’s Unique and Unexpected Food Connection

by Greg Stegeman | I took a Mediterranean cruise in 2015, and my wife and I found ourselves in Rome for a short stop—maybe six total hours. So, in order to maximize our...

How Chicago Became a Coffee Roaster’s Town

How Chicago Became a Coffee Roaster’s Town

by Erin Meister | If there’s an iconic food to be found somewhere in America, you better believe Chicago is going to have its own special spin on it. From hot dogs to...

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