Each week, HC compiles a list of hot stories to know in our Trends of the Week feature. Enjoy!

HC Chicago Hot List.

As the weather gets above freezing, Chicago slowly creaks back to life. With more outdoor patios and street festivals, the warmer months give Chicagoans a ton of excuses to get outside. Here are the best ways to take advantage of spring in Chicago.


[Serious Eats]

Voted Best Brunch by the Chicago Tribune’s Reader’s Choice Dining Awards, Lula Café is one of Logan Square’s earliest pioneers. A standard bearer of farm-to-table cuisine, Lula still leads the charge with its veg-friendly offerings and a brunch that’s worth waiting for. Its menu includes everything from lemon brioche French toast to chicken and biscuits. More than a decade old, it’s easy to see why people flock to Lula Café for its creative, delicious and locally-sourced menu. Expect wait times at brunch and dinner, but weekday breakfasts are quiet and cozy.



Finding discounted margaritas during happy hour in Chicago is not difficult, but the quality is often questionable. At Dos Urban Cantina, you can sit comfortably in the lounge while sipping one of the best margaritas in town for an astonishing $4.50, making the Logan Square gem this week’s top pick. That’s not to mention its selection of half-priced beers and bar snacks, including chipotle-glazed chicken wings and tamale tots.


[The New York Times]

From Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Allesandrini, Spamilton is a parody of the musical Hamilton and follows its source material from New York to Chicago. The satire replaces central character Alexander Hamilton with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda himself as he grapples with ubiquitous fame and Disney dollars. It’s a goofy, mostly affectionate treat for Hamilton’s devout fans and a worthy showcase for its crack Chicago cast, not to mention an easier ticket to score than its cousin downtown. Playing now through May 28, 2017. Buy tickets here.

Tech Tidbit.

Snapchat just introduced the ability for users to search over 1 million different stories within the app. Snapchat’s move to diversify itself from its social competitors comes by way of taking a page from YouTube’s search functionality. Users will be able to search anything from their favorite food to an ongoing sporting event. There will also be functionality to search for new accounts to follow. The content will be curated automatically by a machine learning-system that will identify stories based on text, time and location — a stark contrast to the previous “Discover” section. As for what to expect, this feature should help users find appealing content that suits their needs while allowing for an increase in user stickiness. Searches could also create new opportunities down the line for advertiser targeting promoted stories based on search queries.



Campaigns We Love.

Bryzzo Souvenir Co. is expanding just in time for the start of the MLB season. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo teamed up for MLB’s latest TV spot with help from their teammates, Eddie Vedder and former Cub David Ross, who is spending his retirement as Bryzzo’s newest intern.

Quote of the Week.

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Arts & Entertainment

Our read of the week comes from Ariel Levy, a staff writer at The New Yorker whose memoir takes readers through her stages of overwhelming loss and eventual reinvention. “The Rules Do Not Apply” boasts a refreshingly honest look at resilience and encompasses a generational desire to resist traditional rules about work, love and womanhood.



HC Trends of the Week
HC Trends of the Week