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Where to Eat and What to do in Chicago

Where to Eat and What to do in Chicago

We love Chicago.

Yes, the winter sucks but like difficult things in life, it teaches you how to love, how to be patient, and how to strip away what's unnecessary. 

Check out our recommendations for

  • What to eat: Filipino food and all the amazing food this city and its residents have to offer!
  • Must-see cultural and historical sites
  • Where to GALLIVANT
  • Where to bring your kids
  • Where to check out sports - Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Fire, Chicago Sky
  • Where to pray, no matter what your denomination
  • Where to commune with nature

Questions? Ask us!

What Is Filipino Food?

What Is Filipino Food?

I met wonderful Filipinos and they filled me with their stories of determination, history, discipline, generosity, pride, passion, patience and love. They have become my family. That’s how I knew I left Chicago with more knowledge about Filipino food than ever before. I take home with me more stories, more passion, and more love for the Philippines. I take home with me more fuel to make more Filipino food.

Blooper Reel: Isang Araw, Part II

Blooper Reel: Isang Araw, Part II

Team Isang Araw touched down in Chicago and made a beeline for midnight diner food. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but not to worry, we were getting Doughnut Vault in the morning!

No we weren’t. They sold out. Still, Rick Bayless’s Xoco was nearby and a good backup plan.

Behind the Pop-Up: Bago

Behind the Pop-Up: Bago

“What are we calling this thing?” Chrissy asked, referring to the pop-up’s title.

“BAGO!!” Sarahlynn saw my blank stare and clarified, “That means ‘new’ in Tagalog.”

Something Gained: Chef Bryan Collante

Something Gained: Chef Bryan Collante

If in translation something is lost, can something new be gained, too? Photo essay from Chef Bryan Collante's Chicago pop-up dinner, "Lost in Translation," with Dinner Lab on February 4, 2016.

Kultura Festival: Filipino American AF

Kultura Festival: Filipino American AF

Kultura, a modern Filipino American food and arts festival, was meant to reimagine Filipino cuisine with those of us lucky enough to grow up with it and to introduce it to new audiences. We didn’t realize that we were creating our own space.

Nothing To Prove: Filipino American History Month at Sunda, Chicago

Nothing To Prove: Filipino American History Month at Sunda, Chicago

Our Filipino-ness is not something we switch on from October 1 to 31. It’s not a costume. Filipino is part of who we are, always. October is every month, and Filipino American History Month is a special time for us to celebrate and remember who we are. Chicago’s Sunda celebrates Filipino American History Month with weekly specials all October, culminating with a kamayan dinner on October 25. 

Chicago's Newest Popup is Oxtail Filipino Inspired

Chicago's Newest Popup is Oxtail Filipino Inspired

Oxtail Filipino Inspired is the latest arrival on Chicago’s Filipino food scene. The brainchild of Chef Rampelle Aguilar and his brother-in-law Chef Ben Sussman, Oxtail aims to put a contemporary twist on familiar Pinoy dishes.

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy's Dumpling House

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy's Dumpling House

If life were a giant dodgeball game and we get to choose sides, I'm on the side of the pinays (or Filipino ladies) from Chicago. Especially if those pinays were chefs. We'd been meaning to check out Chef Chrissy Camba's new popup project, Maddy's Dumpling House, now for weeks. Her Christmas Filipino Pork dinner on Monday, December 15, gave Natalia and me a wonderful excuse. This lady is a fighter.

Rice and Shine: Anatomy of a Pop-Up Brunch for Dinner

Rice and Shine: Anatomy of a Pop-Up Brunch for Dinner

Filipino Kitchen started in my kitchen -- a long time ago, on a different blog -- with a bowl of lugaw that became my most visited post. The idea of spinning off a Filipino food website that linked culture to cuisine to current events and history brewed and simmered in the long polar vortex-frequent winter of 2013-2014, as Natalia and I made dinners in, steeling against the cold. Although the starting point for Filipino Kitchen was a multimedia blog, the immediate satisfaction of working with our hands, cooking our food together and eating together as a celebration of our culture is where we really started. Natalia and I always had catering, popup dinners, farmers' markets and cooking classes in our broader vision. Though after only two weeks of publishing our first blog post, opportunity came a' Tweeting.