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Under pressed copper ceilings in the Biggs Mansion carriage house, patrons dig into Southern-inspired Sunday brunch from Art Smith, who grew up on a family farm near the Florida-Georgia border before becoming Oprah’s personal chef. By Smith’s design, wild shrimp color stone-ground white corn grits, and barbecue pork accompanies Yukon-gold potato hash with scallions and bell peppers.

52 West Elm Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Though the flavors of Mexico are front and center at Taco Grill & Salsa Bar, the eatery's chefs also flirt with other cuisines. They pair Mexican favorites such as enchiladas in mole sauce with Cuban-style sandwiches and Tex-Mex tacos served with tomato, cheese, and sour cream. And every dish—from towering nachos to vegetarian burritos—benefits from a healthy dose of house-made salsas that vary from mild to burning hot.

31 N Broadway
Aurora,
IL
US

Property Location
Located in Rockford, Lexington Hotel Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort is close to Anderson Japanese Gardens and Burpee Museum of Natural History. This hotel is within the vicinity of Coronado Theatre and Jefferson Street Bridge.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 105 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and separate sitting areas, as well as direct-dial phones with free local calls.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a fitness facility, and bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.

700 W Riverside Blvd
Rockford,
IL
US

McBride's On 52 is a lot like its classic Blarney burger: at first glance, it conjures the history and tradition of the Emerald Isle, but inside, it's full of all-American favorites. The lettuce-, tomato-, and onion-topped Angus patty joins philly steak sandwiches, more than five styles of wings, and barbecue ribs to lend a taste of home as the neighborhood haven's big-screen TVs and video games forge a bustling atmosphere for drinking and dining. Both draft and bottled beer of the domestic and imported variety—including the essential Guinness stout—balance the hearty flavors, and special events and weekends usher in live bands that croon love songs to reticent bacon cheeseburgers.

2727 W Jefferson St
Joliet,
IL
US

“Calabria is one of the world's most peaceful and beautiful places,” muses Via Carducci owner Giovanni Scalzo about his childhood home in Italy. Not only does he carry the memory and spirit of Calabria with him, he shares it with Chicagoans at his Lincoln Park and Wicker Park locations. At the Lincoln Park location, Via Carducci, mouthwatering meals show off ingredients characteristic of rustic, southern Italian cuisine that earned the restaurant a nod in the Chicago Reader and an appearance on Check, Please!. The elegant yet cozy dining room's brick walls are accented by a hand-painted mural of Scalzo's childhood home in Calabria.

At the Wicker Park eatery, Via Carducci La Sorella, his chefs stuff bell peppers with seasoned rice and ground beef and toss linguini with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, and garlic-wine sauce, entrancing diners and delighting their seafood merchants with their shopping lists. The menu also boasts a hefty wine list replete with reds and whites from nearly every region in Italy.

1928 W Division St
Chicago,
IL
US

Patsy's Pub & Grill epitomizes the warmth of an old-school neighborhood eatery, drawing in regulars and passersby to belly up to its intimate polished wood bar for a drink and some friendly company. Amid the clicks, clacks, and occasional crotchety comments emanating from the stately antique cash register, bartenders—who make customers feel even more welcome by working to remember their names—pour 20 beers by the bottle and an impressive selection of bourbons. The comforting aromas of signature mac 'n' cheese or the house-smoked pork waft through the air to tease nostrils and pique appetites.

In between bites, guests keep an eye fixed on the Chicago games illuminating flat-screen TVs. When televised sports aren’t enough, guests can engage in in-house competitions with a game of metal-tipped darts, Nintendo Wii, or board games, or enjoy people watching on the outdoor patio. Patsy's also shows their neighborhood spirit by sponsoring local amateur sports teams as they vie to win a key to the city by beating the mayor in beach volleyball.

2825 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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