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Sweet Home Chicago - The Chicago Loop’s Best Desserts & Sweets

Swimsuit season is officially behind us, which means it’s time to dive into the Loop’s delectable desserts. We've got your guide to the Loop's colorful cakes, inventive ice cream creations and melt-in-your-mouth macaroons. 


Celebrate $1 Burrito Day at Chicago's First Dos Toros Taqueria

Location: Dos Toros Taqueria

Attention burrito lovers! Dos Toros Taqueria, has landed in the Chicago Loop with $1 Burrito Day on Monday, August 28.


Turn Up the Heat: The Loop’s Best Spicy Dishes

These spicy dishes are sure to delight your senses and your sinuses.


Best Brunch Spots in the Chicago Loop

Scrambling to make brunch plans? We’ve got your guide to the best French toasts, eggs Benedict and bottomless mimosas in the Chicago Loop.


Introducing Little Things Wine

While it’s easy to focus on the fantastic live music, art exhibitions, and general lively atmosphere of ACTIVATE, an important supplement to any night of entertainment is a high class wine provided at all ACTIVATE events by Negociants Wine Importer’s Little Things brand.


Welcoming The Fresh Tastes Of CH Distillery

For the remainder of the year, CH Distillery of 564 West Randolph Street will be offering specialty cocktails at Chicago Loop Alliance sponsored ACTIVATE events. What better way to soak in live art, music, and more than with a specially crafted drink in your hand?


Get Caffeinated: The Chicago Loop's Best Coffee Shops

Whether you’re running to work with a coffee in-hand or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, these Loop coffee spots will ensure you stay caffeinated all day long. 


Spice Up Your Taste of Chicago Experience with These New Offerings

Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest free food festival, is back for its 37th year!  While deep dish pizza, ribs, and cheesecake never get old, if you’re an avid Taste-goer you are probably looking for ways to spice up your experience.  Explore the sixteen new restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks coming to Taste of Chicago this July 5-9 in Grant Park.


The Best Donuts in the Chicago Loop

Happy National Donut Day! We’ve rounded up the best donuts in the Loop to celebrate this sweet holiday.


6 Lunches under $6 in the Chicago Loop

While we love exploring the Loop’s endless lunch options, eating out can get expensive. That’s why we put together a list of cheap eats that will make your wallet and stomach happy.   


The Chicago Loop's Best Tacos

Let’s taco’bout the Loop’s great taco spots! While tacos may not be the Loop’s signature cuisine (move over, deep dish pizza), downtown is home to some pretty impressive tacos.


Your Guide to the Best Rooftop Bars in the Loop

Take your weekend plans to a whole new level (literally) at one of the Loop’s newest rooftop bars. These alfresco dining options boast perfectly crafted cocktails, award-winning dining, and some of the best views of the city. So what are you waiting for? Get out and enjoy these outdoor oases while you still can!


What to do on Wabash Avenue

Between State Street and Michigan Avenue you can find a street full of restaurants and bars, places to stay, and places to shop. Check out everything Wabash Avenue has to offer!


What to do This Weekend in the Loop

It’s the weekend, which means time to get out and explore the Loop! Whether you’re a fan of art, food, music, or just getting out and having a good time, the Loop has something for you!


Farmers Markets in the Loop

Chicago is home to a plethora of delicious food options, but we’re not just taking about hotdogs and pizza. These food options include locally grown fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and prepared food items from Farmers Markets right here in the Loop. Check out their locations and stop by to pick something up for your next meal!


New This Year at the Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is back July 6 – 10 in Grant Park, and it’s bringing some new eats with it. From food, to activities to music, this festival has it all. There will be five-day restaurants and 11 new Pop-up restaurants. There will also be six new food trucks that will be packed with deliciousness. Check out what each one has to offer, and be sure to come hungry!


Sharpen Your Cooking Skills at Macy's Culinary Studio

Location: Macy's

Located on the seventh floor of Macy’s State Street is a beautiful 4,200 square-foot, state-of-the-art culinary studio. Until recently, the space was reserved for private events, but cooking classes are now open to the public. Learn how to create everything from decadent salads to salsa while sharpening your cooking skills in the process. 


The Ultimate Guide to Chicago Restaurant Week in the Loop!

Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! The ninth annual Chicago Restaurant Week kicks-off today and continues through February 4, 2016. This year’s culinary celebration is bigger and better than ever, featuring over 350 restaurants throughout Chicago.  Enjoy special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner.


How to Spice Up Your Taste of Chicago Experience

Taste of Chicago is celebrating 35 years! While deep dish pizza, ribs, and cheesecake never get old, it may be time to expand your palate. If you are an avid Taste-goer, this year’s new offerings are the perfect way to spice up your Taste of Chicago experience. Take a closer look at this year’s new restaurants, pop-ups, and food trucks.


Where to Watch the Blackhawks in the Loop

With 3 games left to take the Stanley Cup, we Chicagoans need to get out and support our Blackhawks. For those who like watching with friends, over a beer and food, or do not have a television, we’ve got you covered with Blackhawks fan-friendly restaurants and bars in the Loop!


Celebrate National Donut Day in the Loop

Treat yourself. It's National Donut Day! The Loop is full of savory donut spots to help you celebrate.


Then and Now: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

In our latest Then & Now post we take a look at the history of the Chicago Athletic Association and its journey to becoming a hotel.


The James Beard Awards Bring Special Menu Items to the Loop

It has been a busy past few weeks for the Chicago Loop! Just as the NFL Draft wraps up, the James Beard Awards roll into town. The country’s top culinary professionals will gather at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday for what has been called, “the Oscars of the food world.”


Restaurant Roundup: The Loop's Newest Eats

You won’t find a shortage of great food in Chicago, but these three new spaces in the Loop will have you drooling.


World of Beer Coming to Chicago – The Top 5 Reasons Why We Couldn’t Be More Excited

World of Beer is headed to the Loop! The craft beer restaurant, whose menu boasts more than 550 beers from around the world, will occupy the ground floor of 15-19 S. Wabash Ave.


A New Type of Food Court is Coming to the Loop this Fall – The Marketplace

Foodies rejoice!  The ground floor of 125 S. Clark St. in the Loop will soon be home to an experimental new type of lunch spot—The Marketplace.


Here's The Dish: Where to Eat In the Loop During Restaurant Week

Chicago’s annual Restaurant Week is upon us, with more than 250 local eateries providing lunch and dinner prix fixe menus at accessible prices.


Virgin Hotel opens its doors in the Loop

Location: Virgin Hotels Chicago

The world's first Virgin Hotel opened its doors on January 15 in the Old Dearborn Bank building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. The 26-story Art Deco building, a Chicago landmark, includes 250 guest rooms, 40 one-bedroom suites and two penthouse suites.


New Food In The Loop

In a city like Chicago, where new neighborhoods burst with restaurant and bar openings, the Loop’s ever-growing food scene continues to stand out for people who work, live or spend time in the area. I've identified 5 recently opened or forthcoming food joints that make my mouth water and are sure to feed the appetite of any windy-city citizen.


Loop List: Taste of Chicago 2014

Taste of Chicago is upon us for its 34th year. For seasoned Taste-goers it may feel like going to one is going to them all, but that's hardly the case thanks to new food offerings and a concert lineup that the Chicago Tribune says has "never been stronger." If you’re looking for some incentives to get you to Grant Park for this year’s festival, we’ve got a few!


A Guide to Chicago Craft Beer Week in The Loop

For beer geeks like myself, springtime in Chicago brings the best of craft beer. Dark Lord Day comes in late April, American Beer Classic takes over Soldier Field, and Chicago Craft Beer Week transforms the entire city into a veritable tasting room for enthusiasts and brew newbs alike. Here are the events that made my cut, and where you can find CLA staff stimulating the vibrant downtown economy after work.

If you want to see a full listing of the Chicago Craft Beer Week events, check them out here. And remember: we're in Chicago, guys, beer is taken seriously here.


Chicago Community Trust to host "On the Table" dinners to celebrate historic centennial

The Chicago Community Trust—one of the top three longest-serving community foundations in the nation—will be celebrating its Centennial in May 2015. Chicago Loop Alliance is proud to announce our support and partnership in the anniversary celebration.


Rejoice! The Nosh returns to Block Thirty Seven

Location: Block Thirty Seven

It takes more than a polar vortex to keep one of Chicago's favorite food festivals from serving up a unique experience.

Once confined to the warmer months, The Nosh returns to Block Thirty Seven this February and March, with food served every Thursday and Friday from 11 am - 2 pm. The event, which gathers "food lovers" of all types, features manageable portions from an eclectic mix of local restaurants, encouraging attendees to try something new.


Southern-style Cooking Coming to the Loop

“Yonder,” a spinoff from Wishbone's Guy Nickson, is Chicago’s newest Southern picnic cafeteria, and it’s opening October 7 for breakfast and lunch in the Loop.

The cafeteria-style restaurant, located on the third floor of 5 S Wabash Avenue, will seat 70, but that will be on only about a dozen communal tables. Patrons will choose their meals from digital “chalkboards” and then sit to enjoy a Southern, community-style meal.

“The idea is the bring community together and have the serendipity of dining together,” said Mr. Nickson to Crain’s Ari Bendersky.

Items on the menu will be familiar already to Wishbone patrons: pancakes, corn cakes, omelets, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy for breakfast; collard greens, sweet potatoes, catfish, chicken, a carving station and barbecue brisket at lunch.

According to their website, the concept and naming “is a rendering of that break in the trees where the work stops and life turns festive over corn bread, BBQ, catfish and greens.”

Yum. Chicago Loop Alliance welcomes Mr. Nickson and Yonder to the Loop, and we wish him all the best!


Farm -- to city -- to table

There are many perks to working in the Loop, but one has to be the variety of things to do during your lunch break. From shopping on State Street to picnicking in Millennium Park, the Loop offers a ton of ways to escape from the office. One of our favorites is hitting up the farmers market. There are two markets a week offered in the Loop: Tuesdays at Federal Plaza and Thursdays at Daley Plaza. If you have never been one of the farmers markets in the Loop, you absolutely must check out this chance to see rural meet urban. Where else can you see heirloom tomatoes reflected in a modernist glass and steel skyscraper? And, how often do you see a man in a suit and tie selecting ears of corn? The variety of produce is really amazing. Peaches, peppers, blueberries, green beans, watermelons, potatoes, herbs, cucumbers, squash, onions -- you name it, they’re growing, and selling, it.  

Freshii comes to the Palmer House

Known for their delicious and healthy meals on the go, Freshii has opened its newest location in the Palmer House at 17 E. Monroe.


Bring your own Ferrari

If you don't have a Ferrari, don't fret: you can sill enjoy Italian specialties, including beer and wine, at the 15th annual "Ferraris in the Loop," presented by Chicago Loop Alliance longtime members and supporters, The Italian Village Restaurants. (Me, I'm wearing my vintage Ferrari sunglasses.) As important, the event benefits great organizations. 


August 2012 Loop List

Ten suggestions for making the last month of summer one to remember. Our August Loop List is full of great ideas all around the city of Chicago!