Here are a few of my favorite things and where to find them.
How do you find recipes?
I own a whole bunch of cookbooks, and suscribe to 8 or so food magazines. See the blogroll for my favorite food blogs, which I organize using Feedly. To keep track of all those recipes, I pay for an eatyourbooks.com membership. EYB catalogues cookbooks and magazines and websites, and allows you to search recipes across your whole collection.
I’m in Chicago. Where do I eat?
Try lthforum.com especially if authentic and hole-in-the-wall are your thing. The Chicago Reader has a great dining section. The Eater 38 and Heat Map are good lists to check out. My most recent favorites? GT Fish & Oyster, Longman and Eagle, and the Green City Farmers Market.