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6 years
ago

Best for Kids—and Parents, Too!

Chicago is rich with possibilities for families, which is why we’ve devoted this story to providing a guide to the best stuff for kids, parents, and moms-to-be. Take along our field guide to birds and critters on your next hike. Read advice from Chicago’s reigning baby-sleep specialist, Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Check out our taste test of birthday cakes from the city’s top-tier bakeries. All this and more.

7 years
ago

Nothing But Net: 171 Great Chicago Web Sites

Lost in front of the Web address bar? Search engines letting you down? We scoured the Web to find the sites that make the lives of Chicagoans better in the real world, winnowing the chaff from the wheat to give you the best real-estate search, the most active foodie forum, the top local news sources, and much, much more.

7 years
ago

Chicago’s Top Doctors

In cooperation with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., we present a list of 355 of the area’s best physicians in 56 different medical specialties. In addition, seven doctors weigh in on a wide variety of health issues, and a panel of experts explain how to be a smarter patient.

7 years
ago

63 Ways to Pamper Yourself

Feeling harried? In this season of running around buying gifts for other people, we recommend taking a moment for yourself. Get an invigorating massage. Let someone else clean your house for a change. Or splurge on a special bottle of wine. Our story captures the best indulgences Chicago has to offer.

7 years
ago

124 Best Dishes

We scoured the city for the top offerings on Chicago’s world-class restaurant scene. From appetizer through dessert, from über haute pineapple rum soup to down-home juicy fried chicken, here’s your road map to the 124 yummiest dishes around.

7 years
ago

How Your High School Stacks Up

Chicago does a by-the-numbers evaluation of 233 public high schools in the six-county metro area, looking at school spending, as well as teacher experience, test scores, and other academic categories—including an exclusive appraisal of the relationship between money and test scores.

7 years
ago

 

How to Do Everything Better

Who couldn’t use a little good advice? We went directly to the experts and solicited their best tips on how to improve our lives in myriad ways, such as impressing wine-snob friends, winning arguments, fending off attacker, eating for long life, decluttering a desk, and working smarter than the average monkey.

7 years
ago

Best of Chicago 2007

In our exacting annual issue dedicated to ferreting out all good things worth knowing about, we present a guide to Chicago’s tastiest food; outstanding places to shop for clothing and the home; top-notch service providers; great neighborhood attractions; and, of course, sure-fire ways to have fun.

7 years
ago

The Food Lover’s Guide to Chicago

Our best attempt to catalog the city’s finest food and where to get it—from great butchers to a tiny Mexican cremería in Pilsen. As lists go, this one is not nearly comprehensive enough, but you won’t find a better place to start.

7 years
ago

Classic City

25 Surviving Treasures from Postwar Chicago—and Beyond