Archive for July 2014

Summer Festival Calendar for August 1-3: Spotlight on Highwood Craft Beer Festival 2014

Summer Festival Calendar for August 1-3: Spotlight on Highwood Craft Beer Festival 2014
The Highwood Craft Beer Festival is back for its second year. If you didn’t get a ticket to Lolla–or are just looking for an escape from city gridlock, try Highwood. Highwood, on Chicago’s North Shore, (but unlike other sleepy North Shore communities) rocks.  What it lacks in size (only one square mile) it makes up... Read more »

Win the Ultimate Milwaukee Road Trip Package on Show Me Chicago

Win the Ultimate Milwaukee Road Trip Package on Show Me Chicago
The contest is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to all for entering. This contest shows, once again, that there are some really strange sites across America—interestingly many from Wisconsin including a life-sized pink elephant wearing horn rimmed glasses. The contestant can’t remember exactly where she saw the pink elephant but was... Read more »

Italian Restaurants in Chicago: Lunch at The Florentine

Italian Restaurants in Chicago: Lunch at The Florentine
With over 6000 Italian restaurants in Chicago from the West Randolph, Bucktown, and River North neighborhoods to Wicker Park and Little Italy, Chicago’s Italian restaurant landscape is hot…and trending. There’s Bill and Giuliana’s, RPM Italian, Siena Tavern, Nellcote and Mario Batali’s Eataly—complete with 23 eateries—to name a few. The menus tout the likes of CONIGLIO... Read more »
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Newberry Library Book Fair 2014 and Bughouse Square Debates

Newberry Library Book Fair 2014 and Bughouse Square Debates
The 30th annual Newberry Library Book Fair kicks off tomorrow, Thursday July 24th at noon through Sunday, July 27th.  Chicago’s favorite book sale features more than 120,000 used books in over 70 categories from cookbooks to collectibles–most priced under $2.00. Some special finds this year include: Autographed titles by three Nobel Peace Prize winners (Barack... Read more »

Wisconsin Getaway: Destination Milwaukee

Check in: 2 p.m. The Iron Horse Hotel. The Iron Horse Hotel, complete with 300-year-old oak timber beams, soaring ceilings, cushy seating and ambient lighting, is set in an 100-year-old repurposed mattress factory. Dine outdoors in "the Yard" or indoors at Symth, their elegant bar area or the Library. The loft-style guest rooms with exposed brick walls and wood timbers are spacious and beautifully appointed. 500 W. Florida St. 414.374.4766. Photo credit: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
A Wisconsin getaway to Milwaukee from Chicago is easy. The ride is less than two hours from downtown Chicago to downtown Milwaukee–even shorter by Amtrak from Chicago’s Union Station (1 1/2 hours) or one hour from the Glenview Station. Why Milwaukee? Milwaukee, Chicago’s sometimes overlooked little sibling, may just surprise you. If you’re looking for... Read more »

Brigadoon Comes to Life in Chicago at Goodman Theatre Revival

Brigadoon Comes to Life in Chicago at Goodman Theatre Revival
Check your skepticism at the door before taking your seat for Chicago’s Goodman Theatre revival of “Brigadoon”—a song and dance fantasy that recreates an idyllic place unaffected by time. This legendary Lerner and Loewe musical from Broadway’s Golden age has been a stranger to the stage for many years. Not easy to produce and considered... Read more »
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Midsummer Checklist: Chicago Summer To Do List

Midsummer Checklist: Chicago Summer To Do List
Tomorrow is July 15, the mid-point of summer. The days are getting shorter, the angle of the sun is noticeably changing and the frenzy is picking up. In a month, or less, the start of school will be on the horizon with pumpkin lattes, wool sweaters and football games not far behind. Summer in Chicago... Read more »

Must Read Books 2014: Ten Hot Titles for Summer and Beyond

Must Read Books 2014: Ten Hot Titles for Summer and Beyond
It was during my formative years as an editor at Field Newspaper Syndicate where I worked with many famous authors as well as slushing my way through submissions from other not so famous authors, that I began my personal love affair with books. As an independent reader, an editor, a critic and a member of... Read more »

Lollapalooza Pop Up Shop: No Tickets Required

Lollapalooza Pop Up Shop: No Tickets Required
Whether you are going to Lollapalooza or just a ticketless wannago…Lolla fans can beat the crowds and get the “Lolla look” before the festival kicks off in Grant Park August 1-3 (9 a.m. – 11 p.m.) at the LollaShop—the official store for the festival located in block Thirty-Seven (108 N. State St.). The LollaShop which... Read more »
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