Archive for May 2015

Chicago Athletic Association: Cindy’s, Shake Shack, Cherry Circle

Chicago Athletic Association: Cindy’s, Shake Shack, Cherry Circle
The historic Chicago Athletic Association is ready for its close-up. The totally restored 122 year old Venetian Gothic building originally designed by Henry Ives Cobb has done a magnificent job of preserving its past while adding a modern flair—combining the best of both worlds. The original eleven story building, located across from Millennium Park at... Read more »

Taste of Chicago: What's New for 2015

Taste of Chicago: What's New for 2015
The Taste of Chicago is shaking things up this year by offering a broad range of food and entertainment experiences for all tastes. At yesterday’s press preview at Alpana Singh’s Boarding House restaurant, an enthusiastic Mayor Emanuel praised the city’s food scene by calling Chicago the Culinary Capital of the World. This year’s Taste will... Read more »

Summer Festivals Chicago: New for 2015

Summer Festivals Chicago: New for 2015
Although festivals, where copious amounts of alcohol are consumed, were born in the Middle Ages before there even was a Chicago, it could be argued that newbie Chicago does the whole festival bit second to none. Windy City festivals emphasize musical entertainment, food and family fun while celebrating our many unique neighborhoods and attractions. It seems... Read more »
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Food Trends 2015: 10 Top Trends From NRA Show

Food Trends 2015: 10 Top Trends From NRA Show
There’s a lot to digest at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) 2015 Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place (through Tuesday, May 19). With over 2000 exhibitors, celebrity chefs, food professionals and others vying for attention, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. By taking a step back to see things in perspective, SMC was able to identify some... Read more »

Chicago Summer Events Calendar 2015: Top 10 Free Events

Chicago Summer Events Calendar 2015: Top 10 Free Events
Chicago’s Summer Calendar is overflowing with hundreds of FREE events and exhibitions, from May through September 2015.  Here are ten events that are sure to blow you away. 1. Downtown Sound Concert Series Get ready to rock:   This summer’s expanded Downtown Sound concert series promises to be bigger and louder than ever.  The city-sponsored... Read more »

Theater Review: Doubt at Writers Theatre

Theater Review: Doubt at Writers Theatre
Doubt: A Parable, currently running at Writers Theatre, utilizes a small cast and a site-specific installation to create maximum impact in its production by John Patrick Shanley and directed by William Brown at Glencoe Union Church. Shanley’s 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt: A Parable, tells its compelling story of possible child abuse by a priest from... Read more »
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Chicago's Historic Maxwell Street Market: Street Food, Events & More

Chicago's Historic Maxwell Street Market: Street Food, Events & More
Forget the Bean, the Pier, Sear’s Tower, and the Randolph St. Market.  It’s time to get down and dirty with a taste of the real Chicago at the Maxwell Street Market. The Maxwell Street Market’s storied past dates back nearly 100 years to 1917 when immigrants arriving from various countries set up shop on Maxwell... Read more »

Theater Review: The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre

Theater Review: The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre
“Children can be horribly ungrateful cunts,” …Carol Life isn’t always a walk in the park as we quickly discover when we drop by a three generation, family get-together in Oliver-award winning actor Rory Kinnear’s, smart comic drama,  The Herd, now making its U.S. premiere at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre. The comfortably middle-class family has gathered in... Read more »

Wrigley Field: New Budweiser Bleachers

Wrigley Field: New Budweiser Bleachers
The new Wrigley Field Budweiser Bleachers are almost ready for game time. The bleachers in left and center field are on schedule to open May 11th. The bleachers will open in phases, with the left and center field bleachers being phase one. Opening day for the right field bleachers is set for June 11th. Early... Read more »
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Obama Library Coming to Chicago: The Right Choice

Obama Library Coming to Chicago:  The Right Choice
Word leaked out yesterday that President Barack Obama is choosing the University of Chicago as the site for his Presidential Library and Museum. Even though his choice of the Chicago location is being widely reported by the media, officially, it’s still wait and see until the president comes to Chicago in mid-May to make the... Read more »