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Holiday shopping: Six unique Chicago spots to find that perfect gift for the holiday season

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By Olivia Polony

It’s that time of year again, where gift-giving is at an all-time high. Luckily, if you are out of ideas for what to get your friends and family this holiday season, Chicago is a hub for unique and novelty gift shops. Here are six local spots to add to your shopping list this year.

Foursided
5061 N. Clark, 2958 N. Clark, 2939 N. Broadway
www.Foursided.com read more

Chicago first-date favorites: Looking for that ideal spot to make a first impression? We’ve got you covered

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By Brian Harris

I’ve always said the toughest part about a good first date is finding a date to begin with. However, deciding where to go is a close second. While the former is becoming increasingly simplified with new technology, the latter seems to get overcomplicated with new bars and restaurants opening by the minute.

Here’s a list of spots to help simplify at least part of your decision-making process. You’ve accomplished the hardest part. Now it’s time to make a good first impression. read more

Chicago Insider: Vineeta Santoshi on Blue Door Kitchen, Russian Tea Time and quiet time in the Harold Washington Library

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Name: Vineeta Santoshi

How long you’ve lived here: I came to Chicago in 1989. Been here ever since and absolutely love it.

What you like best about Chicago: I have traveled and explored many other cities in the U.S. I love many things about other cities, but I feel Chicago has it all. It offers something to everyone — be it art, culture, theater, museums, great food, beautiful architecture, gorgeous lakefront and skyline, diverse neighborhoods and a friendly, warm vibe. read more

Shop Around the Corner: Gather Home + Lifestyle offers trendy products to fit the world around you

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By Jina Bute

Gather Home + Lifestyle
2321 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park
www.GatherHomeAndLifestyle.com

Wicker Park’s Gather Home + Lifestyle is a one-of-a-kind shop that sells a variety of handmade goods from independent makers spanning the country. The specialty is in the name itself: gathering trendy products to suit both your home and lifestyle. read more

The Big City Blog: Three Chicago-area local haunted houses perfect for a frighteningly good time this Halloween season

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By Olivia Polony

Haunted house season is officially underway, and this past weekend I got to explore some of the spookiest options around Chicago. For me, there is nothing like the thrill of waiting in line on cool fall evenings, wrapped in an oversized sweater and huddled close to your friends as you stand nervous yet excited for what lies ahead. Here are three haunts you should visit before October is up. read more

The Big City Blog: City Winery’s river domes, Wicker Park-Bucktown fall dinner crawl, Backyard Adventures exhibit and more

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By Jina Bute

City Winery’s river domes return to the Chicago Riverwalk this fall

City Winery Chicago will be offering “river dome” seating for dining guests who want to enjoy a view of the river and city skyline during the coming fall months. River domes are available for reservation from Sept. 18-Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and located on Marina Plaza at City Winery’s Riverwalk location. Domes are heated and include Wayfair-brand seating and a Bluetooth speaker. read more

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. www.KorFusion.com

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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Smoque

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

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