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Esmé Restaurant Is Transforming Fine Dining With A Menu Inspired By ’90s Nostalgia And Nonprofit Kitchen Possible

Chef Jenner Tomaska has for years worked with Kitchen Possible, a nonprofit that provides kids 8-12 in Pilsen, East Garfield Park and Bronzeville with programs to teach them valuable life lessons through cooking.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Printers Row Was Once The ‘Printing Capital Of The Midwest.’ Its Rich Literary Tradition Lives On

No more publishers are in the neighborhood — but you can find the legacy of the printing industry in bookstores, the Lit Fest and more.

South Loop

From The Flag’s Stars To Hot Dogs And The Hancock, Chicagoans Love Showing Their City Pride With Tattoos

Why do Chicagoans love getting tattoos of the city so much? "The one thing they all have in common is: They want to memorialize their love for Chicago.”

Citywide

The Lakefront Will Become A Stadium Of Its Own This Weekend For Sail Grand Prix Catamaran Races

Sail Grand Prix runs this weekend with a racing village at Navy Pier. Fans can see the boats go more than 60 mph during the races.

Citywide

Want To Watch The Pride Parade And Avoid The Crowds? Here Are Bars And Restaurants With Good Views

Block Club rounded up restaurants near the route where you can try to nab a spot so you can view the parade and its celebrations, but in a slightly calmer setting.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Ultimate List Of 2022 Pride Month Events In Chicago

Block Club rounded up everything from drag brunches to storytime for kids, affirming name-change clinics and street fests.

Citywide

As Dinkel’s Closes After 100 Years In Chicago, Customers Say Goodbye To More Than Just A Bakery: ‘It’s A Tradition’

"Dinkel's was one of those institutions we could point to that gave us a sense of having real, deep roots in a place. It's part of how we can say, ‘We're from here. We're Chicagoans.’”

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Here Are 4 Dance Styles Born In Chicago To Mark The ‘Year Of Chicago Dance’

Get ready for Chicago Dance Month in June by learning about the cha-cha slide, steppin' and other Chicago moves.

Citywide

From Atomic Cake To Moonshine Paczki, Chicago-Area Bakers Try Unconventional Recipes As Paczki Day Approaches

The Polish pastry traditionally has flavors like rose and apricot. But local bakers are experimenting with German chocolate, salted caramel and even gluten-free options.

Citywide

Chicago’s Oldest Bakeries Share Their Christmas Cookie Secrets

Some of Chicago's most beloved bakeries have to start making cookies weeks before the holidays because demand is so high. Check out a few of their recipes.

Citywide

One Of The Oldest Occult Shops In The Country Is In Chicago — And It’s Looking To Expand

Newcomers visit Occult Bookstore during spooky season — but the shop hopes to expand its work by creating a permanent sanctuary for the Occult Spiritual Society.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

A Secret Society Of Chicago Bakers Meets Every Month — And It’s Keeping Beloved Bakeries Alive

The Bakers Dozen was founded in the 1930s. Its members — beloved bakery owners — meet in secret once per month to sample each other's goods, catch up and help keep their businesses alive.

Citywide

Roving Book Club Read And Run Chicago Gives Joggers A Chance To Run Near Spots From Their Favorite Books

Read and Run combines book clubs with jogging groups so Chicagoans can explore the neighborhoods with running routes based on books.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town