Archive for September 2010

Chicago Events for September 17 through 19: Viva! Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks Mad Dash, Fairs, Fests, Lake Forest Library Book Sale and more.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out this Weekend’s Wrap. Friday, September 17.     Oktoberfest Celebration. It’s the last day for the 25th Annual Berghoff Oktoberfest.  Enjoy German food, oompah music, costumes, dance and more at this Federal Plaza bash.  11a.m. to 9p.m. Adams and Dearborn. Free admission Halfway to St. Patrick’s... Read more »

Theater in Chicago Fall 2010: Porchlight's Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Stage 773.

Georges-Pierre Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte–1884-86, The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. Since its beginning, in 1983, when Sunday in the Park with George, first opened Off-Broadway with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters as the leads, this glorious production has been a hit with theatergoers everywhere. What better place... Read more »

Chicago's Best Burgers: 15 of Chicago's Top Chefs Compete in a Hamburger Showdown at Chicago Gourmet 2010.

The Great Hamburger Debate: Will we finally have a definitive answer? What makes a great burger?  Is it the meat–grass fed or grain feed? Is it the toppings–bacon, plums, gourmet cheeses? Is it the infusions–or lack there of?  In Chicago, what makes a great burger has been argued ad-nauseum.  Names keep popping up:  There’s the... Read more »
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Oktoberfest in Chicago: From Berghoff's to Zanetoberfest to Oktoberfest Chicago.

Hey Chicago, get ready to drink some beer.  The Windy City is pulling out all the stops with a brewery of Oktoberfest parties and celebrations.  The popular fall festival that began in Munich, Germany back in 1810 is now celebrated around the world and especially in Chicago.  The best part you don’t have to be... Read more »

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 2010/11: The Riccardo Muti Era with Yo-Yo Ma.

CSO: The World’s Best…Just Got a Little Better. While classical music may be struggling in some parts of the world, Chicago is riding a new wave of excitement by landing, the distinguished conductor Riccardo Muti as their tenth music director. Many including the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic were courting Muti but Chicago... Read more »

Theories of the Sun Opens at Chicago's Theater Wit.

Sideshow Theatre Company’s Midwest Premiere of Kathleen Akerley’s critically acclaimed Theories of the Sun is not for everyone. Although I was hooked from the beginning, my companion never really got into it.  Call me gullible, but I found myself being drawn into the surreal surroundings– believing the unbelievable–and enjoying the lyrical and poetic tempo of... Read more »
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Grandparents Day Chicago 2010...Some Last Minute Ideas.

Celebrate Grandparents Day…Sunday, September 12, 2010 Check out the slide show below for some family friendly events for celebrating the day.

Chicago Events for September 10 through 13: Wine, Art, Theater, Tiger, Da Bears, Parades and Stars of the Lyric Opera.

A Weekend of Fun. This weekend’s wrap highlights the subtle changes from summer to fall with the weekend fests hanging in but autumn sports, art, theater and opera coming on strong. Don’t forget Sunday is Grandparents Day.  If you’re thinking about taking the family out for breakfast check out Show Me Chicago’s list of hot... Read more »

Chicago's Richard Daley Mayor: Daleyisms.

"It's very hard, but I can't be answering all these questions because I don't know much about it. I don't know any specific knowledge."
Reflections on 40 Plus Years of Chicago Daley’s. See slide show below for some memorable Daley moments.
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Breakfast and Brunch in Chicago: 10 Spots That Say Chicago.

Everyone goes to Lou’s at least once. Narrowing the List.I take my breakfast seriously, so trying to determine Chicago’s 10 Best Go To breakfast spots has been both joyful and painful.   First,  I asked myself–what makes a great breakfast spot? Is it the tender corned beef cooked on the premises, the frothy hollandaise sauce, the... Read more »
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