Articles By: Tessa McLean

Tessa McLean
There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

Au Cheval (Restaurant, West Loop)

Location: 800 W. Randolph St. Phone: (312) 929-4580 Website: http://aucheval.tumblr.com/ Cuisine: Diner Reservations: Not Taken Walking into Au Cheval on a Friday [...]

Won Kow (Restaurant, Chinatown)

Walking down the main stretch of Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown, the large green sign for Won Kow is recognizable from blocks away.

Chicago Street Festivals: May

There is a different Chicago Street Festival every weekend of the summer, if not more than one! Check out our guide to May’s festival’s to kick off the summer.

UPchicago Sweepstakes: Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card to Metropolis Coffee!

UPchicago Sweepstakes: Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card to Metropolis Coffee!

Do you love coffee? (Who are we kidding, you need it to get through your day…) Do you love buying local? Do you love free swag? We thought so. Enter for a chance to win!

Slurping Turtle (Restaurant, River North)

Location: 116 W. Hubbard Phone: (312) 464-0466 Website: http://slurpingturtle.com/home.php Cuisine: Noodles Reservations: Not Taken Slurping turtle was an answer to my prayers. [...]

Publican Quality Meats (Restaurant/Market, West Loop)

My first thought after one minute of browsing Publican Quality Meats was simply “how did it take this long for a place like this to exist?”

Smoke Daddy (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

When thinking of great BBQ in Chicago, Smoke Daddy is one of the first places that comes to my mind.

Merry Christmas from UPchicago.com!

Merry Christmas!

5 Kickass… Streets for Holiday Shopping in Chicago

5 Kickass… Streets for Holiday Shopping in Chicago

Don’t know where to snag the best gifts for everyone on your list this year? Here are our 5 kickass ways to get through your holiday shopping in Chicago — sans malls! Hint: they’re our favorite shopping streets in the city…

CTA Holiday Train

So you’re waiting for the L on your way to work; it’s freezing, you missed your alarm and woke up late, this is gonna be a bad day. But, wait! It’s Santa… on the L? Yep, it’s the CTA holiday train, and it’s coming to a station near you!

Burton Place (Bar, Old Town)

This small 4am dive bar is the perfect way to end an evening in Old Town.

Chicago Area Haunted Houses

For many Chicagoans, visiting a haunted house is a must during October, even making city die-hards travel to the suburbs for the most terrifying haunted homes and graveyards.

The Purple Pig (Restaurant, River North)

The Purple Pig’s slogan sums up the experience perfectly: “Cheese, Swine & Wine.” This Magnificent Mile restaurant is for the adventurous meat lover who enjoys sharing a great meal with friends over many bottles of wine. Sound up your alley? Yeah, we thought so.

Milk and Honey Cafe (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

This quaint cafe on Division street serves up great breakfast, brunch, and light lunch everyday of the week.