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Easter Eats and Treats on the North Shore

03/25/2021
Birdsong, bunny rabbits and blooms bursting on the scene can only mean the Easter season is upon us. What better way to celebrate spring than with oodles of chocolate goodies, colorful treats and sump... MORE

Top Coffee Spots on the North Shore

03/18/2021
Frothy cappuccinos, smooth espresso shots, or seasonal beverage twists heaped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles. Vibrant and taste-making local coffeehouses across the North Shore have got the... MORE

March Madness on Chicago’s North Shore

02/24/2021
It’s that time of year again, when the best college basketball teams in the country compete for one exciting, unpredictable month. Whether or not your team made the cut, you’ll probably be watching, s... MORE

Time to Plan Your North Shore Staycation

02/24/2021
The little luxuries make all the difference when you enjoy these top-notch accommodations — and nearby attractions — across Chicago’s North Shore. Lush hotels with all the amenities and family-friendl... MORE

Retail Therapy on Chicago’s North Shore

02/18/2021
Refresh your look, spruce up the homestead and nail gift giving in the hottest spots for shopping. North Shore retailers are passionate about bringing you quality merchandise and a delightful shopping... MORE

Soup’s On! Tasty Bowls from the North Shore

02/11/2021
As the steam rises from a bowl of piping hot soup, your senses are primed for the smell, the heat, the look and the taste of a delicious wintertime staple. Warm up your belly and put a smile on your m... MORE

Pizza Party on the North Shore

01/28/2021
Pizza rules as America’s most popular comfort food. Which means it’s always a great time for an old-fashioned pizza party. Expand your horizons and try out a new soon-to-be favorite with traditional o... MORE

Enjoy the Winter Outdoors

12/22/2020
Invigorating expeditions across wintery landscapes perk up your spirits and energize the body. Explore diverse and marvelous views from deep woods to lakeside beach paths. Gawk at towering metal sculp... MORE

Finest French Fries Across the North Shore

12/16/2020
You say “potato.” I say “potat-OH!” When the mouth-watering craving for some crispy, golden French Fries hits you, the quest is on for that iconic flavor. Chicago’s North Shore can deliver classic sid... MORE

Fall and Winter Outdoor Dining Options on the North Shore

11/17/2020
Extend your family’s outdoor dining season with cozy heaters, tents, and even igloos. You can savor a patio lunch by day or trot out your ski fashions and sledding outfit to dine al fresco at location... MORE

Celebrate Thanksgiving on the North Shore

11/11/2020
Fill your Thanksgiving table with all the bounty of the season…and none of the stress. Our North Shore restaurants have cooked up some amazing dinner packages that will wow your family. Giving thanks ... MORE

Delicious Apple and Pumpkin Favorites on the North Shore

10/07/2020
Your nose knows Fall is in full swing when the apple cider and pumpkin spice aromas greet you at every turn. Find fresh flavors and harvest favorites as eateries across the North Shore serve up season... MORE

Legends of the North Shore

10/01/2020
Local legends gain their reputations based on consistently delivering quality service, food and home/fashion/gift goodies for years…and years! You know when you want that one special thing. And you kn... MORE

Date Ideas on Chicago’s North Shore

09/16/2020
Looking for some romantic restaurant ideas? If you want to know where to go on a first date, a special occasion (anniversaries, birthdays), or a couples date night sans kiddos, Chicago’s North Shore s... MORE

I Do! Your Wedding Planning Guide to Chicago’s North Shore

08/28/2020
Make all your dreams of a wonderful wedding come true with creative help from local event experts. Centerpieces that delight, exquisite food to tantalize, and stellar venues from top-notch hotels to g... MORE

Fantastic al Fresco Dining on the North Shore

08/03/2020
Here on Chicago's North Shore we can't get enough of dining al fresco in the warmer months. Whether it's date night with your special someone, brunch with your best pals or lunch with the family, we'v... MORE

Gather the Gals: Girlfriend Getaways on the North Shore

07/29/2020
Take a break from everything that’s going on and grab your best gals for some well-deserved R&R. Tell your college roomie to come up for a visit or text those local pals who are itching to find cute f... MORE

Prettiest Patios on the North Shore

07/20/2020
Embracing summer by dining al fresco on one of our glorious Chicago’s North Shore patios is not only tradition, but perhaps a birthright of Midwestern living. We might love having a variety of seasons... MORE

Hit the Road for a Chicago's North Shore Nearcation

07/13/2020
Hit the road for a fresh perspective — you don’t need to go far for a change of pace. Grab someone special for a road trip to remember. Stay at a hotel on Chicago’s North Shore with amenities to pampe... MORE

Recipes from Chicago’s North Shore

05/27/2020
Need to amp up your recipe repertoire? If you’ve been cooking up a storm lately, mix up your menus with tasty new dishes compliments of some fantastic restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore. The dozen r... MORE

Making a Difference: North Shore Businesses Give Back

04/28/2020
Just as signs of spring are popping up, signs of hope and kindness are emerging across our community, too. Many of our neighborhood businesses across Chicago’s North Shore jumped in as the crisis was ... MORE

Virtual North Shore

04/07/2020
Rising to the growing call for more ways to learn, create, and entertain from home, Chicago’s North Shore museums, libraries, and other organizations have scads of free options for you and your family... MORE

Socially Distant Outdoor Activities

03/30/2020
As spring begins to bloom, thoughts turn to getting outside more. Nothing compares to the vision of flowers bursting onto the scene and the sounds of birdsong filling the air. But with the new safety ... MORE

Happy Hour at Home

03/30/2020
Cheers! In this new world of staying in, local laws are relaxed (at least for now) so that Chicago North Shore restaurants and drinkeries can sell packaged beer and liquor to go. Time to party…on the ... MORE

Where to Find the Best Bacon on Chicago’s North Shore

03/23/2020
Mmmmm. Bacon. Few tastes illicit the same mouth-watering response and deep devotion as bacon and the many tasty combos it inspires. With carry-out and curbside pickup options available from some of ou... MORE

Spring Break Staycation

03/16/2020
Sticking close to home and looking for ways to stay entertained this spring? Check out some of our ideas on how to experience the North Shore community while abiding by the recommendations of public h... MORE

Keep Your New Year Resolutions Going Strong

02/27/2020
OK, it’s a few weeks into the new year. How are your resolutions for 2020 coming along? Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t made much progress. Or, if you barely got started in the first place. Maybe... MORE

North Shore Restaurant Month is Back

01/27/2020
Who’s hungry?! February means North Shore Restaurant Month. Whatever flavors are your favorites, several of the North Shore’s best restaurants entice with must-taste offers and prix fixe menus. Simply... MORE

Kick-Off Your New Year’s Resolutions Early

12/19/2019
It’s almost time to say hello to 2020, but you don’t have to wait any longer to start working on your resolutions. Whether you want to eat better or fit workouts into your schedule more regularly, it’... MORE

Season’s Eatings: Where to Dine and Drink This Winter on Chicago’s North Shore

12/09/2019
As we say goodbye to another year (and decade!), there will be plenty of parties to attend and gifts to give, which means you’ll need delicious treats. Plus, as the weather becomes frightful, you’ll w... MORE

Where to Host Your Mitzvah Bashes

11/21/2019
Congratulations! It's time to observe the joyous occasion that is your child's bar or bat mitzvah. As a wonderful time to come together with family and loved ones to celebrate an important milestone, ... MORE

12 Spots for Bridal Showers on Chicago’s North Shore

10/28/2019
Your favorite bride is ready to say “I do,” so it’s time to celebrate her before the big day. And what’s the best way to do so? By gathering her loved ones and enjoying time together over good food. T... MORE

Halloween Events for Adults on Chicago’s North Shore

10/03/2019
Who says kids should have all the fun on Halloween? Whether you want to show off your topical costume or love a scary haunted house, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season — no kids allowed ... MORE

Comfort Food Cravings on Chicago’s North Shore

10/01/2019
Fall has officially arrived, which means you’ll probably soon find yourself enjoying a day out hunting for the perfect pumpkin or with friends at a seasonal festival. After all this fall fun, you’ll w... MORE

Gluten-Free Finds on the North Shore

09/12/2019
When you have dietary restrictions, dining out can be more work than eating at home. Or, you'll discover you only have a few options to choose from, none of which are very exciting. Fortunately, many ... MORE

Autumn Festivals on Chicago’s North Shore

09/06/2019
It's time to say goodbye to summer and hello to cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, and all things pumpkin spice. Chicago's North Shore knows how to celebrate the season, and there are plenty of fall event... MORE

6 Hot Rehearsal Dinner Spots on Chicago’s North Shore

06/25/2019
By the time your big day rolls around, you and your soon-to-be spouse are sure to be ready to sit back and relax with your closest friends and family over a delicious meal and tasty drinks. And the la... MORE

8 Family-Friendly Nights Out on the North Shore

06/05/2019
School’s out, and so is the sun! Summer is the perfect time to make memories everyone in your family will cherish forever, and whether you’re visiting Chicago’s North Shore or planning a staycation, t... MORE

What and Where to Eat This Memorial Day

05/10/2019
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and we can’t wait to get out and start enjoying what makes Chicago’s North Shore so great. Here are some of the best places to eat this Memorial Day ... MORE

How to Make Mom Feel Special This Mother’s Day

04/30/2019
Mom deserves to be spoiled every day, but especially on Mother’s Day. Make the entire celebration as special as she is by starting with a flower delivery from one of the North Shore’s best florists be... MORE

Unique Wedding Venues on Chicago’s North Shore

04/23/2019
Congratulations! You popped the question (or you said yes) and celebrated with friends and family. Now it’s time to start planning the big day. Finding your perfect venue can help set the tone for so ... MORE

Where to Go for Girls’ Night Out on Chicago’s North Shore

04/11/2019
After a stressful week, it’s best to spend a fun night with your closest friends. Whether you’re hosting girlfriends from out of town and want to show off the area you call home or simply haven’t seen... MORE

A Local’s Guide to Visiting Chicago’s North Shore in the Spring

04/04/2019
Spring is an ideal time to come and explore Chicago's North Shore — you (finally!) don't have to worry about packing your winter gear and the weather is just about perfect for spending the entire day ... MORE

Where to Brunch on Chicago’s North Shore

03/01/2019
After a long week at work, there’s nothing better than catching up with friends and family over delicious breakfast food. And if you can sleep in a little bit before you go, even better! Brunch is a m... MORE

Where to Watch College Basketball on Chicago’s North Shore

02/07/2019
The college basketball season is in full swing, and the NCAA tournament will be here before you know it. Until then, cheer on the Wildcats and watch as many games as possible — you want to make sure y... MORE

Hot Restaurants to Explore During North Shore Restaurant Month

01/25/2019
North Shore Restaurant Month is back and better than ever! This February*, some of the North Shore’s best restaurants will be offering can’t-miss dining deals and prix fixe menus perfect for those day... MORE

Impress Your Guests With These Thanksgiving Recipes From Restaurants on Chicago's North Shore

11/06/2018
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday feast. But more often than not, the task can seem daunting. That’s why we asked a few of our me... MORE

Buy Your Tickets Now for These Hot Holiday Shows

10/31/2018
When temperatures drop, local stages just begin heating up. With offerings ranging from classic holiday stories to a world premiere based on a novel by a beloved author, you won’t want to miss these s... MORE

Best Comfort Food and Libations for Fall

10/18/2018
When cold temps set in, it can be easy to burrow into a mountain of blankets and vow to never step outside until spring. But don’t let a little chill keep you at home, especially when there are so man... MORE

Plan a Perfect Fall Day Around Chicago’s North Shore

10/11/2018
Fall might be the most perfect time to explore Chicago’s North Shore — temperatures are just right and nature’s changing colors add a gorgeous backdrop to your day. If you’re ready to discover everyth... MORE

Best Spots for Happy Hour on Chicago’s North Shore

08/31/2018
Whether you've just finished a long day at work or a leisurely afternoon of shopping, there's nothing like enjoying a few Happy Hours deals with your besties. So if you’re on the lookout for hot deals... MORE

How to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend on Chicago’s North Shore

08/08/2018
Can you believe it? Labor Day weekend is almost here, marking the unofficial end of another glorious summer on Chicago’s North Shore. But, before the sun sets on one season and another rolls in, enjoy... MORE

5 Ways to Cool Off This Summer on Chicago’s North Shore

07/13/2018
Sure, we spend all winter dreaming of hot summer days, but there are times when it’s just a little too hot. When temperatures start nearing triple digits, there’s nothing to do besides find a fun (and... MORE

How to Keep Kids Entertained on Chicago’s North Shore This Summer

06/13/2018
School’s out for summer … so now what? Take advantage of summer temps with a trip to the pool. Or let your kiddos get all of their energy out at a local sports camp or indoor adventure park. There are... MORE

Where to Celebrate the Dads in Your Life on Chicago’s North Shore This Father’s Day

06/01/2018
Of course you want to show Dad (and all of the important men in your life) just how much he means to you this Father’s Day, but you don’t want to do the same thing that you always do either. Switch th... MORE

Best Places to Get Pie on Chicago's North Shore

03/09/2018
Craving something sweet? Need the perfect dessert for an upcoming celebration? Make your way to one of these restaurants or bakeries for a tasty slice of sweet (or savory!) pie.... MORE

6 Pet Friendly Hotels on Chicago's North Shore

02/16/2018
If you’re not able to get away for spring break this year, don’t let that stop you from planning a staycation that’s just as fun. And if you can’t imagine a staycation without your furry best friend, ... MORE

The Coziest Restaurants and Bars on Chicago’s North Shore

02/07/2018
By February, it can be hard to find motivation to leave the comforts of your warm house for dinner, but thanks to these cozy restaurants, date night or an evening out with friends doesn’t have to be a... MORE

The Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl on the North Shore

01/16/2018
No matter if your team is playing or you’re only interested in the halftime show and commercials, you’ll probably be watching the Super Bowl. Make the most of it by watching at one of these spots on C... MORE

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