Posts in category "Best of Chicago"

8 great things to do in Chicago with your family this summer

It goes without saying that Chicagoans deserve a long, hot summer. After spending way too much time stuck indoors this winter, we’re anxious to make the most of the warmer temperatures and celebrate the start of our well-deserved summer. All it takes is one look at Chicago’s lakefront or city streets to see that Chicagoans... Read more »

Macaron Day is coming – Chicagoans can celebrate by sampling the best macarons

I love macarons – the small, colorful merinque sandwiches often filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. The French biscuits with one “o” have continued to gain in popularity, making a grand appearance at more and more bakeries across Chicago. As a huge macaron fan, I think it’s only fitting that macarons have their own day... Read more »

Ethnic food in Chicago: Top 5 global food courts and marketplaces

I think it’s safe to say Chicagoans are hooked on global food courts and marketplaces. In the last year alone, we saw the record-breaking opening of Eataly, the new Italian gourmet food marketplace; the opening and expansion of The Nosh, a series of pop-up markets that bring some of the best Chicago food-preneurs together in... Read more »

The best global candy stores in Chicago

I love candy. It satisfies my sweet tooth like nothing else. Not surprisingly, my sons love it, too. As we tour ethnic neighborhoods across Chicago, we always stop in at the local candy store (or check out the candy aisle in a grocery store) to sample and savor plenty of sweet ethnic delicacies. With each... Read more »

The best pizza in Chicago - that even make New Yorkers happy

I’m married to a New Yorker who hails from Staten Island, home of some of the best Italian food in the country – at least according to my husband. While he loves Chicago, his home for more than 15 years, he still misses true New York-style pizza. To him, it’s the best-in-class standard for all... Read more »

Best French Baguettes in Chicago

Often, when someone returns from France, you hear them wistfully speaking of all of the delicious foods they sampled and savored during their time there. And, when they do, they get a distant look in their eye as they remember the baguettes they purchased and took home, wrapped in wax paper and tucked under their... Read more »

Ice Cream: Cool off with these Ice Cold Global Sweet Treats in Chicago

The mercury is on the rise and temperatures will continue to be in the 90s for the rest of the week. If you can’t get to the beach or the pool, the next best way to cool off is with an ice cold confection. There’s nothing like cradling a chilly cup or cone in your hand... Read more »

Searching for the Best Global Sandwiches in Chicago

One of the things my husband and I like best about living in Chicago is the diverse, multicultural culinary and culture options that abound across the city. Within the span of just a few miles, you can find amazing cultural institutions, unique retail stores, and of course, a seemingly never-ending flow of restaurants, bakeries and... Read more »

National Macaron Day is March 20: Sample Macarons from these Top Chicago Spots

Now that St. Patrick’s Day is behind us, it’s time to focus on another fun, indulgent holiday – National Macaron Day! From the time I took my first bite of a macaron from Vanille Patisserie at the Chicago French Market a few years ago, I’ve been totally hooked on the scrumptious meringue cookie sandwiches. These... Read more »

Celebrate Mardi Gras with French Crepes from these top Chicago Spots

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras. And, lucky for us, there is no shortage of indulgent ways to celebrate the holiday in grand, multicultural-style righthere in Chicago. In Polish communities, people enjoy paczki – Polish fried doughnuts stuffed with custard, fudge, strawberries and whipped cream, and even liqueur! But, there’s no need to only indulge with paczki…... Read more »