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Holiday gift guide 2016: Ignite the senses

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  • Gifts for the senses: Taste

    Gifts for the senses: Taste

    Taste is subjective, but we're certain these tasteful gifts will appeal to even the pickiest people on your list. From handcrafted marshmallows made in Chicago to a gorgeous French press, there's something for every baker, maker and taste-tester.  Housemade pastas $7 each at Monteverde (1020 W....

  • Gifts for the senses: Smell

    Gifts for the senses: Smell

    The nose knows. What it knows, exactly, we’re not sure. But we're certain these odiferous gifts are delightfully suited for the fragrance enthusiast on your list (or your super smelly uncle). 'Aromas in Coffee' $24.95 at aromasincoffee.com This scratch-and-sniff book is best enjoyed while sipping...

  • Gifts for the senses: Sight

    Gifts for the senses: Sight

    For the friends and family members who have to see it to believe it, we present eight gifts that are quite a sight. From an illuminated phone case for flawless selfies to an incredibly advanced instant camera, here's what to give the lookers on your list.  DIY cinema light box $50-$90 at uncommongoods.com...

4-star restaurant reviews

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Halloween 2016

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Chicago tacos: The ultimate guide

Put a shell on it
  • Drop the frozen margarita. There are way better drinks to pair with tacos

    Drop the frozen margarita. There are way better drinks to pair with tacos

    Margarita pitchers saturated with sugar or watery lager dressed up with lime are too often the typical go-tos when you're meeting friends for tacos. Especially when we're talking about a good taco — a soft, elastic tortilla stuffed with savory protein and bright salsa, sprinkled with cotija cheese,...

  • We found Chicago's best tacos at Rubi's at Maxwell Street Market

    We found Chicago's best tacos at Rubi's at Maxwell Street Market

    Brave the line, reap the taco benefits at this family-owned treasure. The essentials: Rubi’s at Maxwell Street Market 800 S. Desplaines St. 773-318-9526 Looks like: A backyard barbecueSounds like: The clash of metal as owner Gilberto Ramirez hones his knivesSmells like: Burning charcoal and roasted...

  • Chicago's best tacos for $5 or less

    Chicago's best tacos for $5 or less

    Love is in the air. Or is that just tacos we’re smelling? There’s no denying Chicago has a thing for tortilla-clad pockets of tasty goodness. Whether you like 'em dripping with all the fixings or stuffed to the brim with slow-roasted meat, everyone has a favorite taco joint. In honor of National...

Alfresco dining

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Summer festivals

Get the fest out

Baseball season in Chicago

Take me out to the ballgame
  • Dexter Fowler on World Series home run, rain delay and Michael Jordan's text

    Dexter Fowler on World Series home run, rain delay and Michael Jordan's text

    In an article for "The Players' Tribune", Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler reflects on the World Series. Here are excerpts of his story. On running backwards after the leadoff home run It worked out I guess, but it wasn’t what you think.  Here’s the real story. So every time I hit a homer, I dap up...

  • Kelly Ripa hits on Kyle Schwarber, then hits him with a baseball

    Kelly Ripa hits on Kyle Schwarber, then hits him with a baseball

    Kelly Ripa had a good connection with Kyle Schwarber -- until she threw him a ball. The Cubs catcher/outfielder visited "Live with Kelly" Thursday morning to discuss the team's World Series victory with Ripa and guest co-host Alex Rodriguez. Ripa and Schwarber hit it off immediately.  He gave her a...

  • Watch country star Brett Eldredge, Anthony Rizzo sing 'Go Cubs Go'

    Watch country star Brett Eldredge, Anthony Rizzo sing 'Go Cubs Go'

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is making a second career out of singing "Go Cubs Go." Days after he performed the tune on "Saturday Night Live" with Cubs fan Bill Murray, Rizzo hopped on stage at Bub City Wednesday to sing the Cubs anthem with country star Brett Eldredge. Eldredge, a diehard...

Pitchfork 2016

Fork yeah!

Road to the Cup

Stick together

Elections guide

Pick 'em right
  • The Chicago procrastinator's guide to voting in Tuesday's primary

    The Chicago procrastinator's guide to voting in Tuesday's primary

    So, you're not registered to vote, and Tuesday is the Illinois primary. You know a bit about the presidential candidates, but most of that comes from your political friend on Facebook. Don't worry, registering and voting is very easy. Head over to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners' website...

  • Weird places to vote in Chicago, including a bowling alley

    Weird places to vote in Chicago, including a bowling alley

    When many Chicagoans head to the polls on Tuesday, they will walk to a local park, library or school, but some residents get to vote in more unusual spaces—including at least one flower shop, a bowling alley and, of course, some bars. James P. Allen, a spokesman for the city's Board of Election...

  • Opinion: Vote, even if you don't want to

    Opinion: Vote, even if you don't want to

    If you’ve lost faith in the entire U.S. population because of the recent caucus results … good news! Most of the public didn’t even vote! Only a fraction of your fellow Americans use the primary to make their voices heard. In 2012, roughly 15 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot and it was...

NCAA tournament guide

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Winter Sucks

Find warmth here
  • Chicago's winter parking ban: Where you can and can't park

    Chicago's winter parking ban: Where you can and can't park

    Starting at 3 a.m. Thursday, be careful where you park overnight in Chicago. That's when the city's annual on-street parking ban goes into effect and will continue from 3-7 a.m. nightly through April 1, 2017 — regardless of snow. The ban is aimed at keeping 107 miles of important roadways clear...

  • The one matcha latte you should try before winter ends

    The one matcha latte you should try before winter ends

    Matcha meets maple at Beatrix. Drink of the week: Cinnamon maple matcha ($4.35) at Beatrix 519 N. Clark St. 312-284-1377 and 671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-0001 The thing about kitschy latte flavors—think molten chocolate, s’mores and gingerbread—is that they rarely meet our expectations. Perhaps...

  • Sparrow's Hotel Nacional: All the tiki flavor, no tiki fuss

    Sparrow's Hotel Nacional: All the tiki flavor, no tiki fuss

    Rum is waiting in the Gold Coast. Drink of the week: Hotel Nacional ($12) at Sparrow12 W. Elm St. 312-725-0732Let’s take a mental trip back in time to 1930s Havana, to a monstrous building on the coast called the Hotel Nacional de Cuba. It’s the kind of place that’s practically made for a postcard:...

Gift guide 2015

Get in, loser! We're going shopping.
  • 13 gifts for the workaholic

    13 gifts for the workaholic

    For the friend or family member who can never make happy hour, give the gift that will brighten any office space. From desk speakers for Friday jams to a huge coffee cup that will help with productivity, here's what to buy the workaholic on your list. PhoneSoap smartphone sanitizer $59.95 at phonesoap.com...

  • 9 gifts for the tech guru

    9 gifts for the tech guru

    Gifts that will make your technically-inclined friend or family member geek out. From a super-sleek digital camera to a device that makes it easy to watch Netflix in bed, these presents are sure to please the nerdy giftees on your list. Flux capacitor USB car charger $29.99 at thinkgeek.com The...

  • 11 gifts for the stylist

    11 gifts for the stylist

    What do you buy for the stylish friend who has an outfit for just about anything? We have plenty of ideas. From a DIY necklace kit to a lipstick that will make her squeal, here are gifts for your stylist in training. Leather clutch $124 at anythingbutplainjane.etsy.com Have the bag monogrammed...

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