Z Bar: inspired alfresco rooftop destination opens at The Peninsula Chicago

Z Bar: inspired alfresco rooftop destination opens at The Peninsula Chicago
The new Z Bar that opens today at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago offers a luxury alfresco destination for those looking for something extra. The space evokes a James Bond  timeless sophistication and elegance, with iconic views, international cuisine and inspired drinks. Set above Chicago’s magical Michigan Avenue, Z Bar celebrates the city while guiding visitors on an immersive... Read more »

Chicago Museums: Top 5 must see exhibitions

JOHN SINGER SARGENT John Singer Sargent & Chicago’s Gilded Age will run at the Art Institute of Chicago from July 1 through September 30, 2018. The exhibition explores the art of American portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)–the most sought-after portraitist of his generation-–with a focus on his numerous Chicago connections.  Using the lens of Sargent’s work, the exhibition explores the... Read more »

Chicago Blues Fest features local and national artists including Mavis Staples

Chicago Blues Fest features local and national artists including Mavis Staples
The 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival comes to Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) June 8 through June 10. The Blues Festival will spotlight the great Chicago-born music tradition with live performances by the genre’s leading artists at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Headliners on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage will perform from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.... Read more »
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Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Lookingglass Theatre

Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Lookingglass Theatre
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” — Daniel  Burnham Lookingglass Theatre Company, known for making the impossible possible, has once again tackled what some might think the impossible by adapting Jules Verne’s science fiction... Read more »

Imperial Lamian: The Wok Up Window is now open for lunch

Imperial Lamian: The Wok Up Window is now open for lunch
Let’s Boba! What’s Boba, you ask? That depends upon who you ask. In Taiwan, BOBA is a slang term used for “big breast” or “big-breasted female”. In Chicago at Imperial Lamian (and the U.S, in general) it has taken on the meaning of tapioca ball due to its spherical shape. These bobas are typical of those you’ll... Read more »

Breaking news at the Field Museum: countdown to the debut of MAXIMO

Breaking news at the Field Museum: countdown to the debut of MAXIMO
If you’ve been following the progress of the new installations in the Field Museum’s iconic Stanley Field Hall surrounding MAXIMO, the Titanosaur (the world’s largest dinosaur)–here’s an update. Yesterday a flock of detailed, life-sized replicas of giant flying reptiles–also known as pterosaurs–arrived at the Field Museum. Move-in day was tricky with doors being removed in order to... Read more »
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Randolph Street Market kicks off 2018 outdoor season

Randolph Street Market kicks off 2018 outdoor season
Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest urban antiques market, kicks off its summer season this weekend (May 26 and 27) with a “garden party”  at their outdoor market/festival at 1340 W. Washington Street. Named USA Today’s “Top 10 American Flea Markets” and an “An authority on Stylish Living” by Sophisticated Living Magazine, the Randolph Street Market has been featured in... Read more »

A sneak peek and guide to Ravinia's new dining pavilion

Ravinia Dining Pavilion. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
The skies were gray, the winds were blowing but spirits were high at last Thursday’s Hard Hat preview of Ravinia’s new Dining Pavilion. Originally built in 2007, the Pavilion has undergone a major rejuvenation by architect Michael Barnes of Wight & Company with the interior design by Mark Knauer of Knauer Incorporated. The new Dining Pavilion, run by Levy Restaurants... Read more »

Chicago Riverwalk Opening Weekend Celebration: Pyrotechnic waterfalls, boat rides, tours, fishing and more

Chicago Riverwalk Opening Weekend Celebration: Pyrotechnic waterfalls, boat rides, tours, fishing and more
It’s party time on Chicago’s Riverwalk this weekend. The opening weekend celebration showcases all the exciting happenings and things to do along this magnificent 1.25 mile stretch that cuts through the heart of the city. “The three-day Chicago Riverwalk celebration (May 18-May 20) will offer an extravaganza of music, art, architecture, fireworks and more,” said Mark... Read more »
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Taste of Chicago: Food and restaurant line-up for 2018

Taste of Chicago: Food and restaurant line-up for 2018
Taste 2018 includes 26 NEW vendors representing a 63% increase from 2017 Sandwich King Jeff Mauro and Mayor Rahm Emanuel went one on one yesterday at the press conference announcing the lineup of restaurants and food trucks that will participate at the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago – the world’s largest free food festival – this July 11–15 in Grant... Read more »
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