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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...

Pitchfork 2016

Fork yeah!

Baseball season in Chicago

Take me out to the ballgame
  • Cubs playoffs: What does best record in baseball mean for postseason? World Series?

    Cubs playoffs: What does best record in baseball mean for postseason? World Series?

    In a methodical stairstep over two weeks the Cubs locked up the National League Central, home field throughout the NL playoffs and now, the best record in all of Major League Baseball. The bottom line: The team with the best record in baseball usually doesn't win the World Series. Since the beginning...

  • A spirit-guide look at the Cubs' possible playoff opponents

    A spirit-guide look at the Cubs' possible playoff opponents

    Throw out the records, the head-to-head stats and every analytic you normally would use to gauge the strengths of opposing teams in a playoff series. Who would the Cubs least like to face in October? Here’s our spirit-guide look at the Cubs' possible National League playoff opponents.

  • David Ross on emotional Sunday at Wrigley: 'I'm such a crybaby'

    David Ross on emotional Sunday at Wrigley: 'I'm such a crybaby'

    So much for no crying in baseball. By Jon Lester’s count, Cubs catcher David Ross broke that rule at least three times during a Sunday night that capped an emotional day around baseball. And it was all Lester’s fault. "I'm such a crybaby," Ross said after the Cubs' 3-1 victory against the Cardinals...

4-star restaurant reviews

Greatness ain't easy

Best new restaurants and bars

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Road to the Cup

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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

Hoop there it is

Winter Sucks

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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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