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How To Sell Off a City

Most privatization deals fail every public policy test. There’s little record of successful competition between concessionaires to deliver services …

Budget Deficit

How to Buy Groceries: Supermarket Shopping 101

We take you from the front door to the checkout aisle of the typical supermarket to help you buy (and not buy) food the right way<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discussed how supermarkets try to get you to spend</i> …

Personal Finance

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Columbia University

National Geographic Travel

British Town Of Berkhamsted Unintentionally Releases Tourist Map Shaped Like A Penis

You know what they say about places with big maps...<p>Travelers were abuzz this week after realizing that a new tourist map of Berkhamsted, a historic town in England, is shaped almost exactly "like a willy."<p>The waterfront village really can't help it -- their castle, moor and Grand Canal just happen …

A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston

How many times has this happened to you? You're taking out-of-town visitors around the Loop or another popular neighborhood, and they point to a building you've seen thousands of times before and ask "What's that?" You hem and haw while your credibility as a civic booster takes a dive.<p>There's an …

Visiting Chicago? Where to Drink Near Chicago Landmarks and Tourist Attractions

Just because you're in a strange city doesn't mean you should be forced to wile away the evenings in your hotel bar. Even if you didn't spend weeks doing research on obscure cocktail joints before your travels, you still deserve a good drink. And while Chicago has plenty of great bars in …

This Infographic of Chicago Neighborhood Stereotypes Nailed It

Let's face it, neighborhood <b>stereotyping</b> has always been a "thing" in Chicago, considering there are <b>77 unique neighborhoods</b> in the city that offer residents very different experiences. Last week we took a look at a rather crude map that labeled Chicago's neighborhoods with their often-offensive …

10 Reasons to Go Eat in Brooklyn

From crabs in Red Hook to pizza in Bushwick, there are plenty of great eateries all over Brooklyn. Check out our list below of some of the best restaurants in the borough from Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema, where you can enjoy dinner and a movie at the same time, to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which now …

Food Trucks

Chicago Drinking Guide: The Best Spots for Cocktails Right Now

GalleryChicago Drinking Guide: The Best Spots for Cocktails Right Now<p>Looking at the pedigree of Chicago's newest craft cocktail bars is like playing a quick game of Six Degrees of Separation. Many of the new school bars are helmed by alumni of the city's original classics, like the Drawing Room, …

The Serious Eats Chicago Cold Weather Survival Guide

Complaining about Chicago's brutal winters is a proud civic tradition (right up there with discussing the latest political scandal), but today is different for one important reason: it's really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really cold. …

The Secret Formula Behind Dozens of Classic Cocktails

Learn the one recipe that makes dozens of famous drinks. For full recipes and more ideas, visit Liquor.com/sour.<p>Follow Liquor.com on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Liquor

Recipes

What's Your Favorite Restaurant in the West Loop?

"Where should I eat in the West Loop?" We get asked this all the time, and while it's never been an especially easy question to answer, it's only gotten harder over the past year. Whenever we think the West Loop has reached its restaurant saturation point, all we have to do is take a drive down …

Chicago's 10 Hottest Bar Openings of 2013

Video: Chicago Barbecue

Take a look at our video all about the Chicago barbecue tradition. It's an introduction to the rib tips, hot links, and aquarium smokers that make the style unique, from our own Ed Levine.<p>There are more videos where this one came from; <b>check out the map to see all of the videos, learn about the</b> …

Where to Eat and Drink in Chicago's Logan Square Neighborhood

Logan Square, where gutsy cooking and the next generation of cocktail bars are luring them in, is the new culinary (and nightlife) center of Chicago<p><b>Logan Square</b> has long been the domain of bike messengers, musicians, and the dive bars they hole up in. But there’s been a shift: Now people in Logan, …

Cheese

The 78 Brand

Zagat

Stir Fried Noodles Worth Your Time at Siam Noodle & Rice

According to Leela of She Simmers, <b>Siam Noodle & Rice</b> is one of the most underrated Thai restaurants in Chicago. I guess it's not hard to see why. The nondescript spot, located on a dusty stretch of Sheridan, is a little further north and out of the way than all the other oft-heralded heavy hitters …

10 Neighborhood Gems Around Chicago

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by Scott Christianson. From The Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod

Infographics are cool (and trending) but you know what is cool? 100 most important diagrams that changed the human history, Scott Christianson decide to compile the most awesome diagrams in this book: you think that prismatic circle that you see on photoshop is a creation from Adobe, well Moses Harris did it in 1766, do you remember Dante’s Inferno, well there’s a diagram for that, phases of the moon? Yeah Galileo did it, and of course Da Vinci Vitruvian Man is there too.

Zagat

Top Ten Chicago Restaurants

Chicago is a food town that has an almost allergic reaction to pretension. Restaurants that make it here can't rely solely on brand name decorators, media hype or reality-TV chefs. They have to be the real deal, serving great food, or they don't stay in business. Here are 10 of Chicago's best …

Reality TV

What $4,000/Month Can Rent You Around Chicago

<i>Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Chicago neighborhoods. Today's price: $4,000/month, expressed solely in single-family home rentals. You heard right, now dig in!</i><p>? The listing agent must be a party hound, considering the odd …

Dinner Tonight: Bone-In Pork Chop Sandwich

More<p>Sandwiches<p>Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at home.<p>Chicago has its fair share of iconic dishes, from deep dish to the Chicago-style hot dog, but not all of these unique eats are well known outside of the city limits. Allow me to introduce one of the strangest: the bone-in pork …

Zagat

What Not to Do in Chicago

Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons of different things to do and places to see. But what they likely will not say is what you should not do while visiting the Windy City.<p>Do not put ketchup on your hot dog.<p>Photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao on Flickr.<p>Just …

Hot Dogs