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Staff Picks: What's Your Favorite BYOB Restaurant in Chicago?

I always think of a BYOB restaurant as a dare. Sure, I could use the occasion as an excuse to load up on frosty cans of cheap booze, thus saving real money on the final bill. But does the beverage honestly pair well with the food? And now with more fine dining BYOB options, isn't it my duty to buy a better bottle of wine with the money I'd otherwise spend? (Because, let's face it, I would have spent that money.) More

Staff Picks: The Best Meals in Chicago for Under $5

If you're like me, then your favorite cheap meal is kind of a guilty thing thing to admit. I'm not talking about the quick fast food burger, or the frozen meal that gets the job done. Instead, I'm after the soul-satisfying dinner that just happens to be $5 or less. If it were a dollar more, you probably wouldn't care, but the fact that it costs so little makes it all the more rewarding. Check out our staff picks for the best meals for $5 or less in Chicago. More

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