Plus, the best hidden gardens to discover
Time Out No. #4 | Thu 20 August, 2020 
These 5 Chicago lakefront restaurants have reopened
We’re all still pining for a socially-distanced beach day on Lake Michigan, but in the meantime, a margarita on its glimmering shores isn’t a bad substitute. Though Chicago’s beaches are still closed to the public, a handful of lakefront restaurants have reopened, including Shore Club at North Avenue Beach and Reggie’s on the Beach at 63rd Street Beach.
8 jaw-droppingly beautiful gardens in Chicago
Chicago isn’t called the city in a garden for nothing. Home to more than 8,800 acres of green space, the city’s rich tradition of landscape architecture—pioneered by the likes of Daniel H. Burnham and Jens Jensen—provides pockets of nature even in the densest urban corridors. Whether you're an amateur naturalist or you're just looking to explore some new Chicago attractions, take a minute to unwind in these beautiful gardens throughout the city.
Garden of the
Tucked away between two lagoons on Jackson Park's Wooded Island, this serene escape is a traditional garden space dedicated to the U.S. and Japanese relationship.
Grant Park Rose Garden
This picturesque garden is lined with rows of pillowy roses and hedges backgrounded by the skyline, like a mini English estate transported right into downtown Chicago.
The weekend planner
Zach Long
Deputy editor
Head to Han Burger to sample a reimagining of a popular Chinese street food that sandwiches pork belly or brisket between handmade buns.
Pick up a four-pack of Women of the House from Goose Island Fulton, a tangy guava wheat pale ale that celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's voting rights.
Hop in a car with some friends and cruise over to Lakeshore Drive-In to watch Indiana folk-rockers Houndmouth perform on a stage in the Adler Planetarium parking lot.
The 18 most exciting new restaurants in Chicago
A list of brand-new restaurants opening in Chicago? Right now? We didn't believe it either, until we started tallying up all of the amazing new concepts that are debuting throughout the city despite the odds stacked against them. There’s a pair of new pizzerias, a buzzy food hall a posh rooftop bar and so much more. Support local when you dine out at the most exciting new restaurants in Chicago.
Local artists collaborated on
this Black Lives Matter street
mural in Uptown
It’s not Chicago’s first Black Lives Matter mural, but it may be its most colorful. Gracing the 4700 block of North Clifton Avenue in Uptown, this new work of art is a collaboration between 18 local artists. Learn more about how the mural came together and check out the artists who filled in each letter.
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Moments that give every
Chicagoan anxiety
1. When you learn e-scooters are coming back to your neighborhood.
Good luck dodging those 15mph human missiles.

2. Spending the entire month of October waiting for the temperature to drop.
Will it ever be warm again?

3. When you secretly love ketchup.
Don't you dare tell a soul.

4. Forgetting to move your car before street sweeping.
Nothing better than waking up to a $60 ticket.

5. Spotting the flash of a red light camera.
Hope you have an extra $100 in your bank account!

Can you relate?
We’ve got 19 more moments that give Chicagoans serious anxiety—right this way.
Before you go!
Open House Chicago is still on this year, with a host of new social-distancing–friendly programming that will examine stunning exterior architecture in more than 20 neighborhoods throughout the city. Lace up you walking shoes and read more.
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