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The Big City Blog: Craft Beer Week, Speakeasy Sundays, comedy and arts festivals, mini golf in Maggie Daley Park and more

The following blog is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

By Kelly Cunningham

City Mini Golf opens in Maggie Daley Park

Open: seven days a week, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (weather permitting)

The newly enhanced 18-hole mini golf course is open again from May 12 through mid-October. The course features replicas of iconic Chicago landmarks that kids and adults alike can enjoy, in addition to the many other features of Maggie Daley Park. General admission is $11 per person, and children four and under play free with a paid admission. Season passes can also be purchased for $65.

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Chicago Insider: Caitlin Meeter on the RM Champagne Salon courtyard, walking LaBagh Woods, and bowling at Southport Lanes

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Name: Caitlin C. Meeter

Life’s work: Concierge at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro

How long you’ve lived here: I’ve lived throughout Chicagoland all my life, but moved into the city proper about nine years ago. When I finally got my 606 zip code, I never looked back.

What do you like best about Chicago: That it feels like a small town. There are a thousand different scenes in this city, and it’s so easy to join them. Everyone in Chicago is welcoming, letting you get inside the fold.

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Chicago’s Signature Dishes: The gamberoni with broccoli and lasagna di Antonio at Sapori Trattoria in Lincoln Park

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By Trent Modglin

An inside look at a pair of standout dishes from a popular Chicago establishment

Sappori Trattoria
2701 N. Halsted
www.SaporiTrattoria.net

A longtime Lincoln Park staple for fans of traditional Italian dishes and warm, friendly service, it’s difficult to pick just two options to feature from what has always been a stellar (and rotating) menu. “The food that we cook, you’re never going to find a flavor that’s dominant and isolates itself,” chef/owner Anthony Barbanente tells me. “We take aim for the middle of the palate. We work for simple, traditional, comforting flavors.”

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The Local Corner: Exploring the Clark and Foster intersection in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood

Hopleaf

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Exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods one intersection at a time

Featured corner: Clark and Foster in Andersonville

By Jina Bute

Milk Handmade
5137 N. Clark
www.MilkHandmade.com

Milk Handmade is one of the many cute boutiques located in Andersonville that specialize in women’s clothing and hand-crafted goods. Full of one-of-a-kind pieces like soft tees and trendy jewelry, Milk Handmade provides a variety of options to help you find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend.

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Shop Around the Corner: Affordable vintage-inspired gifts at Bucktown’s Vintage Charm

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By Jina Bute

Vintage Charm
1735 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown
www.ShopVintageCharm.com

After her long-time hobby of scouting flea markets and antique sales for unique pieces that represent an earlier era, Vintage Charm was born out of founder Nancy Allodi’s love for anything vintage and, obviously, charming.

While not necessarily “vintage,” store owner Megan Ferguson rather describes it as vintage-inspired. This small shop located in Bucktown is only one of four Midwest locations, and suitable for all budgets.

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Chicago’s Signature Dishes: The warm crab dip and “Louis A” at Jerry’s Sandwiches in Lincoln Square

Jerry's sandwich - horizontal (web)

The following article is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

An inside look at a pair of standout dishes from a popular Chicago establishment

By Trent Modglin

Jerry’s Sandwiches
4739 N. Lincoln and 5419 N. Clark
www.JerrysSandwiches.com

Jerry’s, which originally opened as the front of a catering kitchen in the West Loop back in 2002, is named after iconic Grateful Dead lead man Jerry Garcia. There are currently locations in Lincoln Square and Andersonville with plans for more.

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Q&A with Domain Realty’s Adam Wavrunek: The state of the Chicago real estate market and why Portage Park is on the rise

Home for saleQ: What is the state of the general real estate market in Chicago?

A: In general, in 2016 we saw home prices appreciate to at, or at least near, 2006 levels. Things are pretty much at or near the peak in most neighborhoods in Chicago. To be more specific, right now it’s a seller’s marker. Inventory still remains low in most neighborhoods. There is also still moderate demand overall. Considering those dynamics, I expect property values to continue to increase but the level of appreciation to slow down somewhat.

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Big City Blog: Links Taproom named “best beer bar,” Taste of the Gold Coast and new exhibits at the Field Museum and MCA

Links Taproom - sausage and beer

The following blog is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

By Kelly Cunningham

Links Taproom named “Best Beer Bar In Illinois”

This Wicker Park favorite was recently crowned as the “Best Beer Bar in Illinois” in the annual Great American Beer Bars competition conducted by CraftBeer.com. Links’ local focus, wide variety and homemade sausage options have made it a hit since opening in 2014. www.LinksTaproom.com

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Cozy cocktail spots: Chicago isn’t done with the cold weather just yet, so here are a few favorite bars and lounges to warm up

Bordel bartender

Located along Division street above Black Bull restaurant is a swanky prohibition-themed speakeasy or, as the locals call it, a neighborhood bar. However you like to label Bordel, one thing for sure is that it is cozy. Whether you mosey up to the bar or get situated in one of the maroon velvet booths, it’s bound to stop you in your tracks as you take in the stylish and lavish setting. Bordel’s craft cocktail creations are very unique and well thought out thanks to a knowledgeable staff. Being able to order off Black Bull’s food menu is a bonus. Whether it’s a DJ, live jazz, magician or burlesque show, Bordel seems to stand out on its own and is also one of my favorite cozy places in Chicago.

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Chicago Insider: Katie Schmits on a love of Kuma’s Corner, the rooftop at Gene’s Sausage Shop and biking the city

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Name: Katie SchmitsNuf photo (web)

How long you’ve lived here: 10 years

What you like best about Chicago: I love all of the different feels this city has to offer, from the hustle and bustle of downtown to the different personalities of each neighborhood. The view of the lakefront skyline never gets old. If I had to pick one thing, it would be the restaurant scene. We are spoiled by the variety and quality of options in Chicago.

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Good eats at Macello: This West Loop restaurant combines a unique visual appeal and stellar Italian menu

Macello pasta - web

The following article is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

By Michael Dritto

Macello
1235 W. Lake St.
www.MacelloChicago.com

The scene: Macello has a very unique appeal to its appearance. Upon first glance, it doesn’t seem to be as much of a restaurant as a small neighborhood butcher shop. This is probably because it actually used to be a full-fledged butcher shop. The front lobby is still reminiscent of said butcher shop, with a real deli counter and decorated with white ceramic tile and those hanging plastic panels that separate the front of the shop from the beautiful dining room.

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Shop Around the Corner: The Colette Collection brings “on-trend” boutique styles to Lakeview

Colette dresses

The following article is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

By Kelly Cunningham

The Colette Collection
2858 N. Clark in Lakeview
www.TheColetteCollection.com

The sidewalk sign — handwritten in cute fonts with colorful chalk — is the perfect representation of what’s inside this Lakeview boutique. Owner Lauren Colette Rubbleke opened her store in April of 2016 just a block north of the bustling Diversey-Clark-Broadway intersection. The shop offers clothing, shoes, jewelry and a smattering of other items such as coffee mugs and wine glasses.Colette - busy store

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