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Socially Distant Outdoor Activities Posted on 03/30/2020
Listing Photo 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 rules of social distancing in place, we need to find space to roam and exercise while keeping apart. Many of Chicago’s North Shore parks, preserves, and trails can remain open as long as everyone honors the guidelines in place to protect us. Stay up-to-date on the latest public health guidance from the CDC and the State of Illinois, before heading out. Check out these spacious areas with biking and running/walking paths as you stretch your legs, renew your senses, and find a bit of peace. Bring the dog!
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Happy Hour at Home Posted on 03/30/2020
Listing Photo 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 couch! Go casual with a beer and some pub grub and put on a classic football or basketball game on cable. The roar of the crowd or squeak of the sneakers will set that mood. Fire up the turntable or stream some jazz or opera for fancier fare with fine wines and four-course gourmet meals. Or sing your own Dean Martin oldie with a nice chianti and pasta (That’s Amore!). Whether you’re sheltering solo, residing with family, or Zoom-ing with your crew you can have a fun night in and support your local businesses.
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Where to Find the Best Bacon on Chicago’s North Shore Posted on 03/23/2020
Listing Photo 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 our finest restaurants, you can literally bring home the bacon. Midwesterners devour this meaty delight in every way imaginable — and a few that aren’t. The country’s main meat packing center since the 1860s, the Chicago area has been a hub for the cured meat stable for decades. Whether you want your fix on a specialty cheeseburger, a gourmet appetizer featuring onion confit, or a donut (no, really), Chicago’s North Shore bacon options will make you swine, rather swoon with delight.
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Spring Break Staycation Posted on 03/16/2020
Listing Photo 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 health authorities.
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Keep Your New Year Resolutions Going Strong Posted on 02/27/2020
Listing Photo 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 you vowed to spend more quality time with the family, take better care of yourself or up your fitness game. Don’t fret! The North Shore’s got your back to help you follow through on those good intentions. Re-energize with acrobatics or amino acids. Mix things up with bocce ball or pickleball. Make time in your day for a swim or some retail therapy. Check out some of these ideas to get creative and tackle those goals with renewed gusto.
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Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day Plans to Warm the Heart Posted on 02/05/2020
Listing Photo Roses are red and chocolate is delicious. But sometimes you want to spice up the season of love with a unique twist. Swoon with your sweetheart, gather your gal pals or celebrate yourself with some uncommon ways to do Valentine’s Day. On Chicago’s North Shore, you can rock out with a legend or rock a saucy look for a photo shoot. Get into the groove of a Galentine’s Day soiree or “snap it out” with a night of hilarious musical comedy. Find flirty fun at these sassy venues.
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North Shore Restaurant Month is Back Posted on 01/27/2020
Listing Photo 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 show your server northshorediningdeals.com on your phone to participate and dig in. Offers vary but most are available 2/1 through 2/29, excluding Valentine's Day (additional restrictions may apply). Read on to find a sampler of some of this year’s deals, see the complete list of participating restaurants.
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Season’s Eatings: Where to Dine and Drink This Winter on Chicago’s North Shore Posted on 12/09/2019
Listing Photo 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 want to enjoy all the warm and hearty foods you can find. Fortunately, Chicago’s North Shore is filled with restaurants and bakeries offering everything from fresh-baked breads to pastas and drinks that will warm you right up. Start making plans with friends (or for your next date night) at one of these must-visit spots.
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Where to Host Your Mitzvah Bashes Posted on 11/21/2019
Listing Photo 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, don’t let the planning process become overwhelming. Chicago’s North Shore has a variety of hotels that offer perfect spaces for any size group, and their event teams will make planning a breeze.
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Holiday Shopping Guide Posted on 11/15/2019
Listing Photo Believe it or not, it’s time to start making those holiday shopping lists — remember to check them twice — and begin heading out to stores to find that perfect gift for everyone from your kids to your eccentric aunt. Fortunately, Chicago’s North Shore is home to amazing shopping centers and downtown districts offering everything from large department stores to neighborhood boutiques, so you’ll be able to find everything you need in no time. Here are just a few of the best spots to visit this shopping season.
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