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Good Eats at KorFusion: A quick and tasty twist on traditional Korean dishes tucked away in a small diner

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By Kelly Cunningham

Where it’s at: 1234 N. Halsted.

The scene: KorFusion inconspicuously sits at the end of a string of other businesses, aiming to provide a quick, adventurous meal. The sleek layout and order-at-the-counter style of dining give off a modern and sophisticated feel while still remaining casual.

Owner Peter Chun describes the vibe of his restaurant as a “fast-casual” take on his favorite Korean foods. The restaurant opened this past spring, fulfilling his mother’s dream of getting back into the restaurant business after beating cancer. “My parents used to run what most people think of when they hear ‘Korean restaurant’ — long dinners with classic Korean dishes. I wanted to offer Korean food too, but in a style more suited to my own generation.” read more

The Big City Blog: Adult scavenger hunt at Lincoln Park Zoo, Friday Night Flights beer fest in Ravenswood, North Coast after parties and a new happy hour downtown

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By Kelly Cunningham and Trent Modglin

Lincoln Park Zoo’s adult challenge Aug. 25

Want to do something different on a Friday night? This Friday, Aug. 25, head to Lincoln Park Zoo for an after-hours, all-adult adventure. Dress your team in costumes, solve clues and master challenges while learning about different aspects of the zoo and its animals, and compete for awesome prizes. Then stick around for a post-event celebration with drinks and bites from Cesar’s. read more

Chicago Insider: Hanna Maki-Jokela on Kaiser Tiger’s patio, Juno Sushi, and perusing the shelves at the Spice House

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Name: Hanna Maki-Jokela

How long you’ve lived here: Five years.

What you like best about Chicago: I love that every neighborhood in Chicago has a unique personality. You never need to go far to find new experiences.

Best meal you’ve had recently: I went to Presidio not too long ago, and it was nothing short of incredible! It’s a perfect spot for date night — definitely go hungry and make sure you try the steak tartar! read more

Chicago’s hidden gems: Smoque’s BBQ, Broken English for tacos and Nighthawk for cocktails and coffee

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I don’t buy into the grand-opening hype. I prefer to let restaurants work out the kinks before I try them out, to ensure I get the best they can offer. I don’t typically wait in lines for food either — especially food where I know I’ve already had some of the best. Additionally, I’ve grown up in Chicago and know that, hey, we’re good at all sorts of food, but barbecue, well, let’s leave that to just about everywhere else. read more

The Big City Blog: Sunshine, fresh food and community vibes at farmers’ markets keep summer alive in Chicago

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By Kelly Cunningham

The start of August always brings mixed emotions for me — on the one hand, it’s still summer, but it is also the last month before school starts, before leaves begin to turn, and before being outside in Chicago means bundling up and bracing for the cold. While things do start to slow down as August comes to a close, there are places where summertime fun is alive and well, like the city’s array of farmers’ markets. read more

Good Eats at Sapori Trattoria: Classic Italian cuisine in a friendly, cozy Lincoln Park setting

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By Trent Modglin

Where it’s at: 2701 N. Halsted in Lincoln Park.

The scene: Sapori Trattoria offers a warm, welcoming environment from start to finish, with a hostess greeting you at the door, white string lights, exposed brick, various pieces of art adorning the walls and a decent chance owner/chef Anthony Barbanente will make the rounds to greet patrons. There are additional rooms in the back of the main dining area, as well as a newly renovated second floor perfect for large groups, rehearsal dinners, etc. read more

Shop Around the Corner: Lincoln Park’s Margaret O’Leary mixes contemporary, relaxed California style with subtle Irish flare

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By Olivia Polony

Margaret O’Leary
850 W. Armitage

On a trendy strip of Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park sits a line of small-scale retailers, shops, restaurants and the Margaret O’Leary clothing boutique, established in Chicago two years ago as one of 15 locations in the United States. Patrons who walk through the front door are met by a sophisticated and delicately laid-out setting that quietly complements the earthy-toned, vintage apparel. read more

Shop Around the Corner: Story time, hand-written recommendations, and book clubs — the quaint Roscoe Books has it all

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Roscoe Books
2142 W. Roscoe

By Caitlin Meeter

Walking into Roscoe Books, you feel a sense of familiarity. It looks exactly like walking into a home’s library. Little notes (or rather, recommendations) scatter the tables and shelves of titles and tomes, providing a personal connection between proprietor and guest.

Currently on the recommendation list, you will find: the WW2 classic, Catch-22; the extraordinary look at the ordinary life, Stoner; the campy Irish Bond-man in The Mark and the Void; and Joan Didion’s masterful memoir of motherhood, The Year of Magical Thinking. read more

Chicago’s Signature Dishes: The tater tot poutine and ancho chile grilled fish tacos at Timothy O’Toole’s

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Timothy O’Toole’s
622 N. Fairbanks

Down a flight of stairs at the busy corner of Fairbanks and Ontario in Streeterville, you’ll find a longtime Chicago favorite. A lively sports bar with a wide-ranging menu and way more TVs (72) and draft beers (48) than the norm, Timothy O’Toole’s offers something for everyone.

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Summer specialties: Where are you most looking forward to eating or drinking in Chicago this summer?

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It isn’t summer in Chicago without a trip to Ravinia (418 Sheridan Road in Highland Park, IL) to enjoy a concert. The anticipation starts in mid-April when the concert schedule gets released. In my opinion, the only option is to get lawn seats because, at Ravinia, you bring your own food and drink, grab a patch of grass and set up a great listening area with all your friends and family. If you want to see the performer, no worries, you can walk up to the stage area and watch from behind the seats. It’s always fun to see the spreads that other concertgoers create, because some people go all-out to make it a top-notch experience. Keep in mind that it’s also important to get there early so that you can claim your space, because it typically fills up quick. If you’re thinking that you don’t want to drive all the way up and back to Highland Park, just take the Metra north line. It practically drops you off right at the entrance to the venue, and there is usually a train waiting to bring you back to the city as soon as the show ends. So bring as much food and beverage as you can carry, and some comfortable chairs, and get ready to enjoy a couple great outdoor concerts this summer. read more

The Local Corner: Exploring the Milwaukee and Honore intersection in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood

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Exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods one intersection at a time

Featured corner: Milwaukee and Honore in Wicker Park

By Kelly Cunningham
Photos by Kimberly Rensburg

1459 N. Milwaukee

If you’re on the hunt for unique vintage pieces, costume party essentials or the latest Bohemian trends, Ragstock is a must. The store is sorted by “genre”— racks are separated by ’80s acid-wash jeans, ’90s windbreakers and ’60s hippie skirts. Half of the items are recycled, like a thrift store, and the other half of their inventory includes pieces with a more current flair. Ragstock may also have the best selection of flannel shirts in all of Chicago. read more

Inside Scoop: Chicago Magic Lounge’s new digs, ROOF at TheWit’s movie series, exhibits at the MCA and MSI, Kanela Breakfast Club expands

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The American Writers Museum opens in downtown Chicago

In May, Chicago officially became home to the American Writers Museum — the first of its kind in the United States — at 180 N. Michigan Ave. This very interactive museum features multiple galleries, allowing fans of literature to learn about the history of their favorite American classics and authors. read more

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