How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board

Nationally renowned cheese expert Nat Caputo of Caputo Cheese Market has been in the family business for 35 years. This year, his 150 employees will sell nearly 30 million pounds of cheese retail and wholesale. The man knows his fromage — and so do his well-trained cheesemongers, who wrangle more than 1,000 different cheeses from […]

Best of 2018: Celebrations

In a city as vibrant as Chicago, making everyday decisions — where to order dinner, get a haircut, push your kids on the swings — can feel downright dizzying. Enter our (eighth annual!) Best Of awards: You shared your favorite spaces and places, we tallied the votes, and together we’ll celebrate all that makes our […]

Chicago’s Coolest Venues for Private Parties

No matter the celebration, it’s always especially memorable when the event takes place at a unique venue. These Chicago and North Shore locations are hidden gems, perfect for your next wedding, anniversary party, shower, bar mitzvah or birthday bash. Greenhouse Loft Located in the Platinum LEED-certified Green Exchange building, Greenhouse Loft is Chicago’s most sustainable […]

5 Entertaining Trends to Try Now!

Burlap table runners, cupcakes, flowers in mason jars, food trucks—trends in entertaining come and go, just like trends in fashion. We asked some of the best local event planners for the inside scoop on this year’s hottest entertaining trends. Here’s what the in-the-know hostesses will be doing at their parties this season. Trend #1: Drop-Off […]

How to Throw the Perfect Dinner Party

There’s something so special about gathering good friends and family around your dinner table. Good food, candlelight, the right music, stimulating conversation and plenty of laughter—those are the ingredients for a great dinner party. To make your next soiree really memorable (and enjoyable for you!), we asked a few gracious hostesses around the world for […]

8 Awesome Birthday Parties for Kids

An inconvenient truth about birthday parties is that they seem to come around every year…for your kids and for all of their friends. Given that reality, how do you make your kid’s bash stand out amidst all the typical bowling/pizza/movie/goodie bag boredom? Create a new level of awesomeness with one of these out-of-the-ordinary birthday party ideas that […]