Archive for July 2010

CHICAGO EVENTS: Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Wicker Park Fest, Chicago Luxury Ice Cream Festival, July 30 to August 1 in the Weekend Wrap

Friday, July 30. Cool idea for a hot summer weekend.  The Chicago Luxury Ice Cream Festival brings sweet treats by gourmet artisans, live demonstrations, workshops and more to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 2430 N. Cannon Drive.  $25, 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Through tomorrow.  847 609 4660. FIESTA DEL SOL rocks the Pilsen area with live... Read more »

CHICAGO RESTAURANT SCENE: OPENING THIS WEEK URBAN BURGER BAR, RACINE PLUMBING AND JUST OPENED EPIC SKY AND JAM.

SKY HIGH.  EPIC SKY is this summer’s answer to the vibe that begin last season on the Roof at the Wit Hotel.  Four stories up, with a decent view of the Chicago skyline, this full service restaurant and bar is the place to be on a beautiful summer eve.  You’ll think you’re in South Beach... Read more »

NEWBERRY LIBRARY BOOK FAIR 2010 FEATURES OVER 120,000 BOOKS FROM COLLECTORS TO BARGAIN BOOKS AND JUST GOOD READS.

IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER.The highly-anticipated 26th annual Newberry Library Book Fair is expected to draw over 100,000 book lovers and collectors to the hallowed halls of this treasured Chicago institution, designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb, and built in 1893. For the Library, the Fair is the most important fund-raising event of the year. ... Read more »
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CHICAGO GARDENS: TAKE A PEAK INSIDE PRIVATE ESTATES, UP ON THE ROOFTOPS, PUBLIC SPOTS AND MORE.

Daisies say it all in this private North Shore backyard garden.
CHICAGO IN BLOOM. Private garden on Chicago’s North Shore. GARDEN VARIETY. From a single pot with a bright red geranium to acres of exotic blooms from green rooftops to community gardens, Chicago is home to a variety of gardens that are at their peak of perfection at this time of the year.  Take a look... Read more »

MAYNE STAGE CHICAGO: A NEW CHICAGO VENUE...WORTH CHECKING OUT.

THE NEW FACE OF ROGERS PARK. The Old Morse Theater in Rogers Park has undergone a very expensive facelift and a name change.  The newly created Mayne Stage, which opened July 4 to a sellout crowd with Ann Hampton Callaway performing, is an inviting space both inside and outside.  It’s location at 1328 Morse Avenue... Read more »

CHICAGO EVENTS JULY 23-JULY 25: TASTE OF LINCOLN AVENUE, VINCE VAUGHN, MR. SOMETHING, SOMETHING,THE RAT PACK AND MORE IN THE WEEKEND WRAP.

Friday, July 23. VINCE VAUGHN plus Kevin James bring an evening of laughs to Park West with “Vince Vaughn and friends taking a break at the Weiner’s Circle. Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.” The show, hosted by Vaughn and James features stand-up comics Richie Minervina, Steve Byrne and Bill Burr.  Doors: 7:30p.m. The St. Louis... Read more »
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THEATER SEASON 2010-2011 IN CHICAGO: FIVE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED OPENINGS.

Although theater is year-round in Chicago, fall signals a busy flurry of renewed activity.  Once again Chicago theater-goers can expect to see a season of innovative premieres and inventive revivals.  With over 200 producing theater companies in our midst, the question is where to start? FIVE SHOWS TO START THE SEASON. 1. ROMEO AND JULIET... Read more »

CHICAGO CUBS SEARCH FOR A NEW MANAGER HEATS UP: GIRARDI VS. SANDBERG...7 REASONS WHY THE CUBS NEED JOE.

Joe Girardi DRAMA AT CLARK AND ADDISON. Ryne Sandberg. Being a theater critic, I love drama.  The newest drama that is keeping the city on the edge of its collective seat, started Tuesday when Lou Piniella announced his retirement to the media in the Friendly Confines before what turned out to be one of the... Read more »

CHICAGO'S BEACHES, POOLS,WATER PLAYGROUNDS AND MORE: TEN COOL IDEAS ON WHERE TO BEAT THE HEAT IN CHICAGO.

 CHICAGO'S BEACHES, POOLS,WATER PLAYGROUNDS AND MORE:  TEN COOL IDEAS ON WHERE TO BEAT THE HEAT IN CHICAGO.
ESCAPE THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER IN CHICAGO’S BACKYARD. HOT TIMES SUMMER IN THE CITY. LeBron James may have chosen Miami but it looks like the HEAT has chosen Chicago. If things are heating up a little too much for you, don’t leave town.  Instead check out 10 cool ways to beat the heat right... Read more »
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Chicago Hot Dogs: Celebrate National Hot Dog Day With Your Favorite Chicago Dog.

THE CHICAGO DOG.One of the many reasons to live in Chicago revolves around the Chicago Hot Dog. Make a date sometime today to treat yourself to your fav or try one or all of the big five listed below.  If you don’t do it today, National Hot Dog month continues through July 31. However, we... Read more »
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