Archive for August 2012

Don't waste what's left of summer! Enjoy these Labor Day events.

Don't waste what's left of summer! Enjoy these Labor Day events.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I hate Labor Day. Sure, the long weekend is awesome, but that means the end of summer. Time to get in those last few weeks of Chicago activities. Strangely, there isn’t a ton going on this weekend – I guess the magic event people figure everyone’s barbecuing – but here are a few highlights.... Read more »

Tonight: fancy hat event with a side of Chicago history

Tonight: fancy hat event with a side of Chicago history
As you may know, it’s The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival. Now, I wouldn’t usually recommend this, but there’s a fun hat event paired with Chicago history happening tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Hotel Monaco is hosting a hat party in its Paris Ballroom with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a Goorin Hat trunk show. (I love... Read more »

Chicago's best haunted house is holding auditions

Chicago's best haunted house is holding auditions
Happy weekend! I haven’t been feeling so hot and can’t seem to come up with a witty weekend event guide introduction. Here are some events you should check out….because: Fall fashions are in full swing, crafty stores are already showing pumpkin decor, it’s time to face the music: fall is coming. Normally I would be... Read more »
Advertisement:

Don't miss the Food Truck Social this weekend!

Don't miss the Food Truck Social this weekend!
I have professed my love for food trucks time and time again, so it’s no surprise that I’m super excited about the Food Truck Social. This is the second year for this gathering, and it was so popular last year that it was expanded to the entire weekend. Each day will feature 14+ food trucks,... Read more »

I'm from Chicago, not Illinois

I'm from Chicago, not Illinois
I’m not from Illinois, I’m from Chicago. When visiting another city/state/country, I would never say I’m from Illinois. That generally inspires images of cows and corn. Chicago is a major city, filled with culture and sophistication. I’m an Illinoisan who is prejudiced against Illinois. I had a conversation about this with some friends of mine,... Read more »

An awesome event at Blockbuster....yes, I said Blockbuster

An awesome event at Blockbuster....yes, I said Blockbuster
I completely forgot that it was Air & Water Show weekend until I was scared half to death by jets buzzing over the downtown area. Since lining the Lake is not an option for the Quirk – I don’t like to be mowed down by double-wide strollers and mini vans – I’ll have to find... Read more »
Advertisement:

A piece of Chicago's jazz history

A piece of Chicago's jazz history
Since my post last week regarding the history of Dearborn station, I’ve received several requests for a blog about the Jazz Showcase inside of the station. And again, I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised. I guess I wasn’t as unobservant as I thought; the club has only been there since 2008. The Jazz Showcase was founded in 1947... Read more »

Celebrate Chicago street food

Celebrate Chicago street food
This weekend should be celebrated in every corner of the city! The world, in fact! Why? IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Chicago Quirk turns 28 on Sunday. But since giving thanks for my existence won’t take up your entire weekend, here are a few activities to check out in your free time. Ribs = delicious. Ergo, you... Read more »

Have you visited the Cupcake ATM?

Have you visited the Cupcake ATM?
I thought I was over the whole cupcake craze. (Bring on the doughnuts!!!) That is, until I found out there was a Cupcake ATM out there. Naturally, I had to run over there and try it out. The Cupcake ATM is attached to the very popular Sprinkles Cupcakes on Walton. You’ll know you’re there when... Read more »
Advertisement:

You should know about this hidden jazz club in an old train station

You should know about this hidden jazz club in an old train station
I’m so embarrassed. I lived across the street from Dearborn Station for two years, and I never knew there was an amazing jazz club inside! I went to a tap jam for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and I couldn’t figure out just where it was supposed to be. That is, until I asked the security... Read more »