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Groceries

Whole Foods FlavorFest Jonquil Park 1023 W. Wrightwood wholefoodsmarket.com/flavorfest This weekend Whole Foods is offering “more samples than you can shake a stick at” as part of its two-day FlavorFest in Jonquil Park, near DePaul. More than 50 vendors–among them Horizon Organic, Applegate Farms, Seventh Generation, and Kitchen Aid–will ply guests with snacks and send […]

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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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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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Grad School Tests

Lincoln Park Kaplan Center 2828 N. Clark, suite 415 773-296-4113 If you’re thinking about applying for grad school but are nervous about the required standardized tests, you might want to consider taking a free practice exam at a Kaplan instructional center. The trial runs are simulations of the real thing, with strict time limits enforced […]

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Yoga

YogaNow 5852 N. Broadway 773-561-9642 742 N. LaSalle 312-280-9642 YogaNow offers free classes on Sunday night for students of all experience levels, even kids. Led by a rotating team of instructors, the programs change week to week: one session might focus on basic yoga, another on Pilates, and yet another might combine the two. Classes […]

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Speed Dating (and a Shot)

Weather Mark Tavern 1503 S. Michigan 312-588-0230 On the last Friday of every month Weather Mark Tavern hosts Singles Mingle, a free speed-dating event. When you sign up you receive a dating ID (so you can remain anonymous) and a scorecard. Each round lasts about 20 minutes–ladies ask questions for the first ten, then switch […]