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Taqueria Tour

With a population more than 60 percent Hispanic, Logan Square is home to a predictable number of Mexican restaurants, but other, less mainstream Latin American culinary traditions are represented as well. What follows is a guide to some of the tiny restaurants, taquerias, and other holes-in-the-wall that dot the area. Most of these neighborhood spots […]

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The Green Expressway

Scramble up the embankment onto the elevated train tracks along West Bloomingdale and you’ll find yourself in a very weedy limbo. Formerly a Canadian Pacific rail line serving factories along a three-mile route from Ridgeway to the river, the tracks have been mostly unused by all save the occasional critter or urban explorer since the […]

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Dinner and Dessert

Debonair Social Club 1575 N. Milwaukee 773-227-7990 Every Wednesday night the Debonair Social Club in Wicker Park gives away food to anyone with a table reservation. From 8 to 10 PM you can have dinner on the house–appetizers and entrees from the menu of mostly Italian fare (pizzas, panini, calamari) and warm cookies for dessert. […]

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The 48-Hour Free Store

Ausgang Studios 1958 W. Walnut 312-829-6967 If you’ve ever had the urge to rifle through a stranger’s old sweaters in the middle of the night, you’ll get your chance this weekend. Ausgang Studios, the Wicker Park artists’ space, is hosting a free store that will remain open for 48 hours straight starting at 6 PM […]

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Neighborhood Tours

Neighborhood Tours Chicago Greeter 312-744-8000 chicagogreeter.com If you have guests in from out of town but don’t have time to schlep them around the city, the Chicago Greeter program, run by the Office of Tourism, might come in handy. Volunteer guides conduct 26 tours of specific neighborhoods and more than 40 highlighting special areas of […]

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Alfresco

Want a little sun with that? In Chicago in the summer eaters and drinkers spill out-of-doors into beer gardens and backyards, onto rooftop decks, and across riverfront patios. For this annual restaurant guide we’ve culled from our listings some great spots for alfresco dining and drinking. Many others can be found online in the Reader […]

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Running Support

Fleet Feet Sports 210 W. North 312-587-3338 4555 N. Lincoln 773-271-3338 Women looking for running buddies might find them at the weekly women’s night hosted by Fleet Feet Sports. You can either run or walk the three- and eight-mile routes, and you can log your miles to earn free apparel and gift certificates. The event […]

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Spa Services

Body Endeavors 1528 N. Halsted 312-202-0028 The Pilates studio Body Endeavors hosts special events at its Lincoln Park location the third Wednesday of every month; while they often cost money, this month’s installment, “Girls Night Out,” is totally free. On May 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, guests can get ten-minute massages, minimakeovers and minimanicures, […]

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Urban Gardening Tips

Sprout Home 745 N. Damen 312-226-5950 For the next few weeks Sprout Home continues its Wednesday-evening spring lecture series on the ins and outs of urban gardening, providing advice on such essentials as testing soil quality and dealing with low light and an erratic climate. This week Joe Smolecki from Hoffie Nursery in Union focuses […]

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Get a Piece of the Magic

Auction of the Magic Collection of Jay Marshall WHEN Sat 5/5, 9 AM WHERE Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg INFO 847-605-1234, 708-757-4950, squashpublications.com or www.liveauctions.ebay.com/catalogs/21730 In The Aristocrats, the documentary in which nearly 100 showbiz types relay their versions of the eponymous filthy bit about a family of incestuous vaudevillians, executive producer Penn Jillette calls Jay […]