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  • newStarbucks to Open a Gigantic Starbucks in Chicago

    Starbucks to Open a Gigantic Starbucks in Chicago

    Hey all you Starbucks fans in Chicago — Starbucks Coffee Company is going big in the Windy City — in a space that is currently to home to one of the...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 17 hours ago, 26 Apr 17, 9:27pm -
  • FREE Frank Lloyd Wright House Tours in Chicago – June 8

    FREE Frank Lloyd Wright House Tours in Chicago – June 8

    Are you a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright?  Well mark your calendar for June 8 when you can tour his buildings for FREE!  On the 150th anniversary of his birth,...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 17, 1:28pm -
  • Headliners Announced for the FREE Chicago Jazz Festival

    Headliners Announced for the FREE Chicago Jazz Festival

    Mark your calendars for the FREE Chicago jazz Festival, which will take place on August 31 through September 2 over Labor Day weekend.  This year, the 39th...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 17, 1:23pm -
  • Free Rides on Chicago METRA for the Kids

    Free Rides on Chicago METRA for the Kids

    Are you bringing your child to work on Thursday for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day? If so, you be pleased to know that all your kids will be able to...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 17, 1:16pm -
  • Free Thursdays for Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Free Thursdays for Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is celebrating its 18th Anniversary this year and Thursdays are free admission days,  filled with exciting daily programs for...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 7 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 5:31pm -
  • Free Jazz Concerts All Day on April 25th

    Free Jazz Concerts All Day on April 25th

    Did you know that the Jazz Institute of Chicago, a nonprofit organization that has been championing the music here since 1969, created the FREE Jazz Education...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 8 days ago, 19 Apr 17, 1:34pm -
  • How to Get a Free Bounce House at Your Block Party in Chicago This Summer

    How to Get a Free Bounce House at Your Block Party in Chicago This Summer

    Starting Wednesday, Chicago residents can reserve a bounce house from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for free, according to the...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 9 days ago, 18 Apr 17, 3:58pm -
  • Free Movies All 2017 Summer in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago

    Free Movies All 2017 Summer in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago

    The 2017 Chicago Millenium Park Film Series includes free movie offerings this summer of 2017 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, so get your...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 9 days ago, 18 Apr 17, 3:28pm -
  • Reminder: Tax Day Freebies in the Chicago Area Through April 18

    Reminder:  Tax Day Freebies in the Chicago Area Through April 18

    April 15, the traditional tax return deadline, falls on a Saturday this year. Then, the Monday after that, April 17, is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C.,...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 10 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 4:11am -
  • Tax Day Freebies in the Chicago Area Through April 18

    Tax Day Freebies in the Chicago Area Through April 18

    April 15, the traditional tax return deadline, falls on a Saturday this year. Then, the Monday after that, April 17, is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C.,...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 11 days ago, 16 Apr 17, 10:45pm -
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Chicago Foodies

  • Why You Can’t Miss Giant

    Why You Can’t Miss Giant

    There’s a tiny place next to Scofflaw at the corner of Kedzie and Armitage, and it’s making big waves. Giant may be small in size but it’s enormous in flavor,...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 26 Aug 16, 2:00pm -
  • Ugo’s Logan Square reinvents casual Italian

    Ugo’s Logan Square reinvents casual Italian

    Logan Square has no shortage of amazing restaurants. It’s home to some of my favorites for brunch (Lula Cafe), drinks (Scofflaw), sweets (Bang Bang Pie) and now casual Italian. Full...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 28 Jun 16, 2:00pm -
  • Chicago’s Best Hidden Patios

    Chicago’s Best Hidden Patios

    In case you didn’t get the glaringly bring memo…summer is HERE! Patio weather is my absolute favorite. I have issues eating inside when I know I need to take advantage...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 21 Jun 16, 3:09am -
  • Northdown Cafe and Taproom, Lions and Tigers and Beers

    Northdown Cafe and Taproom, Lions and Tigers and Beers

    If you love beer, and I know you do, I highly recommend – and by “highly recommend” I mean that I’d command it would it were I had such power...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 10 Jun 16, 5:53pm -
  • DryHop Brewers Anniversary Week

    DryHop Brewers Anniversary Week

    What in the name of beer is going on here?   DryHop Brewers’ third-year anniversary party, that’s what.  It seems hard to believe but nearly three years have passed since DryHop,...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 10 Jun 16, 6:51am -
  • Pinot Days 2016 Grand Festival at Navy Pier – April 16

    Pinot Days 2016 Grand Festival at Navy Pier – April 16

    It’s back, oenophiles of Chicago and lovers of that delicate and delicious grape, Pinot Noir.  Yes, Pinot Days returns to Navy Pier for the 2016 Grand Festival this Saturday on...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 15 Apr 16, 1:30am -
  • Aged 2012 Founders Imperial Stout

    Aged 2012 Founders Imperial Stout

    It’s been said that only one other band deserves mentioning in the same sentence as the Beatles.  That would be the Rolling Stones.  A parallel comparison is this:  Founders is...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 24 Mar 16, 7:09am -
  • Nashville Hot Chicken At Roost

    Nashville Hot Chicken At Roost

    So, I have to credit KFC for the favor. That I’ve never been to Nashville (although not for a lack of interest) was largely responsible for my having never tried...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 24 Mar 16, 4:39am -
  • Seafood Bar Showdown

    Seafood Bar Showdown

    One of the biggest food trends of the past year isn’t really a trend at all. Seafood isn’t anything new, but seafood-centric restaurants have been sweeping this non-coastal city at...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 1 Mar 16, 2:00pm -
  • Meal Service Delivers for Foodies

    Meal Service Delivers for Foodies

    I’ve never been that interested in the newly popular meal delivery services. I’ve always thought they are for those who don’t know how to cook or aren’t that into food....Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 17 Feb 16, 2:00pm -
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Chicago Bulls

  • Lakers surprise Bulls with 96-90 victory in United Center
    The Bulls’ 96-90 loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Lakers was what the critics contended before the season with the Bulls. Could they make enough shots? Where were the points going to come from? Mostly so far, the Bulls have defied the doubts and d…
    - 1 Dec 16, 8:23am -
  • Jerian Grant with 34 points in Windy City D-league win
    He came to Hoffman Estates; he saw Delaware; he conquered the doubts. Veni; vidi; vici; And now with victory in hand, Jerian Grant likely returns triumphant to the Bulls with the highest scoring game in the short Windy City Bulls history after scorin…
    - 27 Nov 16, 6:29am -
  • Bulls reserves joining Windy City regulars vs li’l 76ers
    It’s bad enough the Bulls Friday dominated the Philadelphia 76ers in a 105-89 romp to close their 4-2 road trip. Now, a substantial portion of the Bulls bench is getting ready to take a shot at the 76ers’ D-league team, the Delaware 87ers.Jerian…
    - 26 Nov 16, 9:25pm -
  • Bulls finish 4-2 trip with 105-89 win over 76ers
    Teams, though usually more media and fans, talk about certain games as so called measuring sticks, like when you play the best. It’s a look at perhaps where you rank in the league, how good you really are, your needs. A long road trip, particularly…
    - 26 Nov 16, 6:49am -
  • Bulls lose to Nuggets 110-107 despite 35 from Butler
    We all know a basketball game with some 200 possessions isn’t decided by just one play, certainly not when the Bulls’ reserves were outscored 61-13, the team was outrebounded 55-48 and 17-10 on the offensive boards and the Bulls gave up a 24-0 ru…
    - 23 Nov 16, 8:04am -
  • Jimmy Butler’s 40 leads Bulls over Lakers 118-110
    It didn’t seem very promising. Dwyane Wade to rest was missing Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the second of a back to back after Wade’s brilliant 28-point game Saturday was squandered in a last minute loss to the Los Angeles Clip…
    - 21 Nov 16, 8:53am -
  • Bulls get clipped in Los Angeles, 102-95
    Technically, it was a defeat Saturday night, the Bulls losing an early 19-point lead and their four-game winning streak in falling to the Los Angeles Clippers 102-95.But it was much closer than even that score suggested, a fierce, emotional, physic…
    - 20 Nov 16, 9:44am -
  • What happened late in Saturday’s loss to the Clippers?
    Do you ever wonder what they’re saying out there on the floor, like late Saturday night in the Bulls crushing 102-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers?When Dwyane Wade, who was brilliant again with 28 points and five of nine threes, cornered lead r…
    - 20 Nov 16, 8:40am -
  • Bulls defeat Jazz 85-77 for fourth straight win
    The Bulls’ 85-77 victory Thursday over the Utah Jazz wasn’t artistic, elegant or dazzling. There was little of the fast paced play, the fancy playmaking, the high scoring or the sublime connection. Instead the Bulls did what the really good teams…
    - 18 Nov 16, 9:17am -
  • Bulls with one sided 113-88 victory in Portland
    That’s it? That’s what that vaunted West Coast offense looks like, the famed pace and space for three pointers? That’s what they’re all excited about, this new NBA of three pointers raining down like another damp day in Portland? Well, it was…
    - 16 Nov 16, 8:25am -

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      • Why Pinterest Still Matters & How to Reach Your Audience

        Why Pinterest Still Matters & How to Reach Your Audience

        Gone are the days of just Facebook and Twitter as the main players. Nowadays, there are countless apps popping up, and typically being born from the original pack, or at least being acquired by them. To date we have: Facebook, Twitter (yes, still her…
        - 4 Jan 17, 3:44pm -
      • What You Should be doing on Facebook
        1. Post Daily (at a minimum) It’s an urban myth that you can annoy your customer by posting too often. That may have been true in 2005 before Facebook put its feeds on an algorithm, but now the chances that your one daily post is going to be seen e…
        - 26 Dec 16, 4:41pm -
      • Social Media and Adulting

        Social Media and Adulting

        Chances are if you spend any time at all on social media you’ve seen the hashtag #adulting. This usually denotes the subject doing something they feel is grown up, like making a frozen pizza and doing their own laundry. While many people mean this…
        - 22 Dec 16, 9:08pm -
      • Top Marketing Influencers You Should Be Following in 2017

        Top Marketing Influencers You Should Be Following in 2017

        As marketing professionals it is important to stay on top of the trends and be aware of what is happening in our vertical and in the world. This makes marketing influencers extremely valuable for us. There are so many resources out there and it can b…
        - 7 Dec 16, 3:48am -
      • An entrepreneur’s guide to changing career paths into a corporate role

        An entrepreneur’s guide to changing career paths into a corporate role

        Social media expert and experienced entrepreneur, Golden Ashby, explains how entrepreneurs can effectively make the transition from being their own boss into a corporate role… There are many awe-inspiring entrepreneurs out there who have learnt mor…
        - 15 Nov 16, 8:17am -
      • Hunting Rare Pokemon and Marketing to Millenials

        Hunting Rare Pokemon and Marketing to Millenials

        In one of the strangest and most interesting digital trends in recent times, people across the generational divide (from all walks of life) are playing the hottest augmented reality game Pokémon Go. In their attempt to catch all of the monsters,…
        - 13 Oct 16, 3:01pm -
      • Rise of the Gifs

        Rise of the Gifs

        According to Twitter’s blog – “last year, people on Twitter shared over 100 million GIFs…”- no big deal right? Perhaps that’s why Twitter has also allowed brands and consumers to discover, consume, and share GIFs even more easily through…
        - 5 Oct 16, 9:25pm -
      • 10 Years and Counting…

        10 Years and Counting…

        When Chris Heuer and I launched Social Media Club 10 years ago, we had no idea the depth and breadth of the activities that would follow.  . Click here to apply for the new Global Social Media Club Board!  . My husband is a futurist, and back in 20…
        - 24 Sep 16, 12:11am -
      • Five years in the Social Media Club Global

        Five years in the Social Media Club Global

        This year marks 5 full years that I have spent working with the Social Media Club (SMC). My journey started by establishing a chapter here in Bahrain. I was then selected as a Global SMC Chapter Management Director where I was responsible for establ…
        - 21 Sep 16, 5:08pm -
      • 8 Ways to Increase Your Business ROI through Facebook Marketing

        8 Ways to Increase Your Business ROI through Facebook Marketing

        Facebook marketing is a bane and a boon to all business owners. If it works out well for your business and brings in more traffic, you will love it or else, you will hate it. With more than 1.71 million of people on Facebook as of June 2016, it is pr…
        - 20 Sep 16, 8:34am -

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      • Sailor Jerry: Making its Mark at the Field Museum (sponsored)

        Sailor Jerry: Making its Mark at the Field Museum (sponsored)

        Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins is well known for designing and inking tattoos, which makes the partnership of his eponymous brand with the Field Museum of Natural History a perfect match. The Field Museum is running a special Tattoo Exhibit that e…
        - 91 days ago, 26 Jan 17, 9:53pm -
      • Mars’ Cheese Castle: Time to stock up for a long, hard winter

        Mars’ Cheese Castle: Time to stock up for a long, hard winter

        The weather forecast evoked too many memories of recent Polar Vortex winters, so the BF and I took stock of the pantry and determined that a quick run to Mars’ Cheese Castle (Kenosha, WI) might be a smart move. Mars’ Cheese Castle, if you don’t…
        - 10 Jan 16, 4:00pm -
      • 2016: New Year, New Meals? Same habits.

        2016: New Year, New Meals? Same habits.

        For several years running, the BF and I have celebrated New Year’s Day by making stir fry cobbled together with the ingredients we find at Joong Boo Market (3333 North Kimball). The amount of food we haul home belies the fact that we are only makin…
        - 3 Jan 16, 1:00pm -
      • Round 3: Beer & Hockey

        Round 3: Beer & Hockey


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      • Do Doughnuts the Endgrain Way

        Do Doughnuts the Endgrain Way

        Depending on what food calendar you go by, it’s National Doughnut Day – a day when all the good boys and girls are rewarded with fried doughy sugar conveyance of their choice. I choose to believe it’s today, and if I’m wrong? I’ll celebrate…
        - 5 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
      • Round 2: Craft Beer & Hockey

        Round 2: Craft Beer & Hockey

        I’m on my quest to try a new craft beer for every Blackhawks game. Reporting will be a six-pack at a time, and will include a new-to-me brew on game day. Have a recommendation? Please share! How’s going? In truth, I’m happier about the beer tha…
        - 4 Nov 14, 2:12am -
      • Dining on Dia de los Muertos con Nana

        Dining on Dia de los Muertos con Nana

        When Karen, all-around good egg and occasional contributor to Chicago Bites, suggested we go out for dinner on November 1, I was all for it. I like having plans for the Day of the Dead and Nana in Bridgeport is a favorite spot. However, in the hub-bu…
        - 2 Nov 14, 9:11pm -
      • Craft Beer & Hockey: Season Opens with a 6-Pack

        Craft Beer & Hockey: Season Opens with a 6-Pack

        Drink up! It’s time for hockey! During the 2013-14 hockey season, I tried 101 different craft beers — one for each game the Chicago Blackhawks played. It was such a great experience that I decided to do it again for the 2014-15 season. The rules…
        - 25 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
      • Open Now: Goosefoot Food & Wine

        Open Now: Goosefoot Food & Wine

        Usually I’m a patient person. I can wait out the rush of new, exciting, must-try spots to enjoy the latest dining experience at my own pace. Often this is made easier by a daily commute that features a dull, familiar routine up and down Western. Th…
        - 24 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
      • Should your coffee be modest? Learn why!

        Should your coffee be modest? Learn why!

        Local coffee subscription service Modest Coffee recently started roasting for the Chicago and internet market. I spoke with co-owner Marcus Contaldo about his obsession with fresh roasted coffee and other coffee-related topics during a #VirtualCoffee…
        - 8 Jun 14, 7:00pm -
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