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When it comes to fancy holiday rituals, it doesn’t get much better than afternoon tea. There’s just something festive about raising pinkies and sipping chamomile that sings with holiday cheer. Just in time to calm your nerves from shopping and travel, two spots are heating up afternoon high tea programs.


 

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Whether you’d like to sit back and relax or not, the holidays are the time of year for entertaining. So put on your best party face and get to it. Of course, hosting a holiday party isn’t easy, with so many details to cover and components to tend to. Here to help is Jodi Fyfe, owner of Paramount Events and party-hosting maestro. Regard this as a go-to party manual for the season.


 

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I learned a new word recently. It’s called “spontooning” and it represents the spontaneous art of doodling. We’ve all been there at some point – likely doodling random cartoons on napkins or menus or in school notebooks during a particularly droll lecture. But it takes a special talent to take that doodling to a legit level and find your work emblazoned across the menus at recently opened Acanto. The professional spontoonist behind the artistry is Jonathan Plotkin, a cartoonist with a penchant for restaurant illustrations.

 

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For years, the lay of the Loop has been primarily comprised of financial businesses, State Street shopping, and lunch-focused restaurants that close on weekends. After 6:00 pm on weekdays, much of the Loop turned into a quiet ghost land as workers and tourists recede to their respective dwellings and hotels, or venture out to other neighborhoods with more nightlife options. Well, those days are quickly fading away, as a slew of new restaurants and bars set up shop in the Loop, transforming the neighborhood into the downtown destination it has the potential to be, alongside River North, the Gold Coast, and the West Loop.


 

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The most visited tourist attraction in the state is about to get a lot more delicious. Long maligned as an overcrowded melee of tourist confusion, Navy Pier is currently undergoing a major re-haul, part of which includes raising the bar on the dining options. And who better to consult with the culinary revamp than one of Chicagoland’s most successful restaurant groups, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.


 

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Instead of trampling strangers in order to get a big box bargain, do yourself a favor and swing by a holiday market or two. Not only will your conscious be clean, but you’ll be enriching yourself with holiday spirit and exploring unique provisions as varied as comic posters, hot sauce, food subscriptions, and Italian panettone.


 

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The 12 days of Christmas are much more than turtle doves, partridges in pear trees, and other festive fowl. Rather, restaurants and bars have adopted their own takes on the festive ditty, using it as inspiration for cocktail specials, burgers, and more.


 

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Nothing like a little camaraderie to make cocktails taste better. Chicago’s restaurant scene is famously community-oriented, filled with chefs throughout the city eager to support one another. The bar department is no different, with mixologists happy to shake drinks alongside their brethren. Two spots jumping on board the guest bartender bandwagon of late, The Winchester and Bordel, are mixing things up by featuring drinks from various mixologists around the city and the country.

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When you think of November foods, scallops aren’t likely the first thing to come to mind. Monopolized by turkey, pumpkin pie, gravy, and stuffing, the holiday season tends to fall into a predictable paradigm, when really there’s a whole sea of seasonal delicacies out there that are just as deserving of your attention and appetite. One such specialty is Nantucket Cape scallops, a divine and slightly sweet type of scallop that splashes into season early November and runs until temperatures and catch levels allot.


 

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It’s that time of year again. Loosen the belts, remove them entirely, and throw dietary caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is upon us and Chicago restaurants are rolling out gluttonous spreads that would have made pilgrims blush.


 

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