Entertaining friends and family for the holidays can be challenging and exhausting. With dietary restrictions and so many glasses and plates to wash, it is easy to start to feel like a restaurant in your own home. Read more


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Are you looking for new, quirky and festive things to do in Chicago this holiday season? Bet you won't find anything quite like this... Read more

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Many of Chicago's bars and restaurants are offering specialty themed cocktails to toast the holiday season. Read more

Boodles Proper British Gin hosted A Proper Christmas Dinner in a few select U.S. cities to showcase their Mulberry Gin. Read more

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If you are dreading the forced togetherness of the holidays, the lifestyle interrogations, or just the annoying aunts, I’m here to help. Here are the top five @Bigkidproblems approved ways to survive the holidays. Read more

If you're more on the entertaining than the sipping side of things, there's a Chicago-based startup that can help you offer quality libations minus the assistance of a bartender. Read more

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Budgeting for holiday vacations can be hard, especially in addition to holiday gifts. Don't worry about costly hotels with the new HomeExchange program. Read more


With holidays upon us, there is no better time to brush up on our bubbly. Here are 5 things you should know about champagne from the expert himself, Jay Schuster of RM Champagne Salon. Read more

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Lush Wine & Spirits owner Mitch Einhorn shares his top five go-to uses for brandy that will last you through New Year's and beyond. Read more

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Check out our ideas for saving time and setting the mood during this busy holiday season! Read more

Janet Footlik put off the idea of starting her own business for a long time until a conversation with friends spurred her to put her idea into action. Her new online venture, The Gifting Bunch, seeks to revive the art of gift-giving. Read more

How She Did It

FW: Chicago asked fitness expert Stephanie Mansour for tips on staying fit and confident through the holidays. Read more

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Chicago-based relationship expert Bela Gandhi shares some advice on how to survive the season, when you don’t have a “plus one” for that New Year’s Eve party. Read more

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Stay healthy during the holidays and try these tips from Equinox Group Fitness Manager Julie Bells and keep off the couch and the trans-fat. Read more