Archive for February 2014

Paczki Day: Discover the Ten Secrets to Delightful Paczki

1. The winning combination is the mother-daughter team of Stasia Hawryszczuk  and Dobra Bielinski, partners who started the Delightful Pastries business 16 years ago and have been "on a roll" ever since. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago
The perfect paczki which will be on tables everywhere come Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday), March 4, are an indulgence worth pursuing.  First off, one must be aware that there are paczki (pronounced: “punch-key” or “poanch-key”) and then there are so-called paczki that are flat jelly-filled doughnut wannabes. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to learn about... Read more »

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday: Celebrations and Specials

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday: Celebrations and Specials
Let the Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday celebrations begin. Don your purple, green and gold, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, and head to some of the best celebrations this side of the Mississippi and north of Rio in Chicago. Did you know Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? Fat Tuesday, traditionally the last... Read more »

National Margarita Day: Celebrations and Specials

National Margarita Day:  Celebrations and Specials
No need to wait for Cinco de Mayo. It’s time to raise a glass…or a pitcher to National Margarita Day, coming Saturday, February 22. The celebrations actually kick off tonight at 5 p.m. at Nacional 27 in River North with an array of seven margaritas including: Piscorita, Mezcalrita, Grapefruit, Classic, Meyer Lemon, Passion Fruit, and... Read more »
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CitySwarm's Late Night Skate Event

CitySwarm's Late Night Skate Event
Can’t make it to Sochi…then how about Lincoln Square for CitySwarm’s Late Night Skate event this Saturday, February 22. The event kicks off with cocktails and appetizers at The Brownstone pub where you’ll gather with like-minded and fun-loving Chicagoans looking to meet people and have a good time. After enjoying a buffet including mini-burgers, tater... Read more »

Joffrey Ballet Announces its 2014-15 Season

Joffrey Ballet Announces its 2014-15 Season
Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet is on their toes with the line-up for the 2014-15, 20-anniversary, season, featuring  blockbuster programming that mixes company classics with exciting premieres. Some of the bright lights and highlights for new season include: the Chicago Premiere of a James Kudelka ballet, aptly named “The Men in Black” featuring the music of Johnny... Read more »

The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show: Escape Winter in a Tropical Paradise

The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show: Escape Winter in a Tropical Paradise
Orchids to the Chicago Botanic Garden for finding the perfect antidote to Chicago’s polar vortex with their “Escape to Paradise” Orchid Show. The month-long show (the first of its kind for the garden) opens this weekend. “Escape to Paradise” offers a welcome respite from the cold with its tropical setting featuring more than 10,000 orchids... Read more »
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Chicago Cubs New Ballpark in Mesa: No More Excuses

Chicago Cubs New Ballpark in Mesa: No More Excuses
“If we can’t get better here we can’t get better anywhere” was ‘the promise’ from the lips of Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein at yesterday’s dedication of the the Cubs new $99 million state-of-the-art ballpark and training facility in Mesa, Arizona. Others cheering on the team at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Cubs board members Tom... Read more »

Grant Park Music Festival Announces its 2014 Summer Season

Grant Park Music Festival Announces its 2014 Summer Season
A sure sign that there will be a summer, Grant Park Music Festival has just announced its summer season. Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell unveiled an adventurous schedule of programming filled with thirty spectacular concerts including two world premiere commissions for the Festival’s 80th... Read more »

Chicago Symphony for All: User Friendly Events Beyond Imagination

Chicago Symphony for All: User Friendly Events Beyond Imagination
If you haven’t considered adding the Chicago Symphony to your events calendar lately (or ever), you may want to change that this March. Under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti, the CSO is becoming very user friendly with events that are reasonably priced—sometimes even free—that appeal not just the highbrows but to the masses. In... Read more »
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Snow Days Chicago 2014: Snow Sculpting Teams from Around the World Compete

Snow Days Chicago 2014: Snow Sculpting Teams from Around the World Compete
Snow sculpting teams from around the world are working hard creating masterpieces that will be on display at this weekend’s Snow Days at Navy Pier. With 60″ of snow and counting this winter, Chicago is a winter wonderland.  The spectacular snow sculptures against the beautiful backdrop of Navy Pier’s Gateway Park and the lakefront create... Read more »
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