River West

The small Chicago neighborhood of River West is an old industrial district turned artist community. It’s tucked between the Chicago River North Branch and the Kennedy Expressway, in an area once bustling with warehouse business and shipping traffic. The corridor is still peppered with storeroom buildings and industrial complexes, but development of condos, lofts and art studios have brought a healthy residential spin to the local culture.

At Windy City Smokeout everyone is a little but country... Rain, music and BBQ!

Pork hangover. Is that a thing? We found out for ourselves at the epic celebration of all things pig: Grand Cochon.

What is a girl to do when Veuve Clicquot Tour comes to town? Why, grab her purse and head out to toast with champagne, of course! Last weekend #ClicquotJourney rolled into Chicago, and we took full advantage. It is the champagne life, darlings! Someone had to do it!

The best in BBQ and country music converge on the banks of the Chicago river. Inhale the smoke, tipple a brew, eat whole hog and listen to live country music. Welcome to Windy City Smokeout. Stay a while, y'all.

Dine at Chicago river restaurants year-round with these riverside restaurants.

Federales, 180 N Morgan St, the new taco and tequila spot in the West Loop, is open for summer.

Mama Mia, now this is a fest we've been waiting for!

Chicago Festivals Weekend Roundup for July 10 - 12

Chicago's home to some amazing chefs and mixologists and you can try a whole buffet of them at one event. The 26th Annual Celebrity Chef Ball is featuring over 100 of the best of both.

Lately, it feels like every neighborhood bar I wander into is getting into the cocktail scene.