Category: the Chicago Loop

Buck's is a five-star in my book

Buck's is a five-star in my book
I will never forget the day I decided to look over the beer menu at Buck’s Four Star Grill. During that initial visit, I knew I would be a fan for life. I’m not one to hang out in the touristy areas of downtown; however, I will never outgrow Buckingham Fountain. Here are the reasons... Read more »

Pendry brings artists to neighborhoods

Pendry brings artists to neighborhoods
I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Pendry Chicago. Pendry partnered with five local artists to paint live at locations throughout the city. The goal was to allow the community to take part, and the finished pieces will be on display at Pendry in June. This is what Chicago needs more of!... Read more »

Wabash Arts Corridor wants your vote!

“China Truborn” by Louise Jones I have some exciting news and I hope you will share my enthusiasm. Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) has been nominated for USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 Award for best arts district. I have been a fan of WAC for years and tickled pink for their well-deserved nomination. Who is... Read more »
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Buckingham Fountain is closed, but Buck's Four Star Grill is serving

I have imbibed at home for so long I almost forgot how to do it in public. The first place I decided to get acclimated to society was Buck’s Four Star Grill at Buckingham Fountain. I’m only willing to publicly indulge my favorite beverage outside, and the outdoor seating areas at Buck’s are well-suited to... Read more »

Colorful Passports in the South Loop

If you live or work in the South Loop, you may have noticed it has become more eye-catching with some new door art known as “Corri-doors.” While large-scale murals have hung around for some time, the artsy doors are a new project by Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) in partnership with Columbia College. I have always had... Read more »

Hop on Board the Booze Caboose

I occasionally hit the French Market for unique, quick sustenance when I’m in the neighborhood. I was grabbing a bite from RAW when I laid eyes on the Booze Caboose. How on earth did I not know this is located right outside the French Market? I blame it on always being in a hurry. What is... Read more »
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Activate Your Summer in the Loop

You know summer has materialized after attending the first Activate, hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance. I’m more thrilled over these pop-up events than the season itself. In my own words, Activate is about locating a secret alley, partying with strangers who are as excited as you, jamming to live music, and being mesmerized by... Read more »

Frietkoten Took Me Back to Brussels

I have been patronizing the Chicago French Market for years, yet just recently learned about Frietkoten. This quaint little Belgian bar tucked inside the market had me reminiscing about drinking a 12 (quadruple by Westvleteren) at Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels. HOW TO ORDER I arrived upon opening to beat the lunch crowd. The staff was... Read more »

Stand-up Bartenders at Ironside Bar & Galley

I continue to be drawn to Ironside Bar & Galley due to the rare, tempting beers on draft. It also doesn’t hurt that the bar is centrally located in the River North “hood.” I recently discovered one of the venue’s greatest assets, bartender Alex Peters. He had me in stitches while serving up some remarkable... Read more »
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Getting Green at City Winery Riverwalk

Just about everything was coming up green this weekend if you were hanging out on the Riverwalk. I arrived bright and early on Sunday to ensure I would get a prime seat at City Winery Riverwalk for their St. Paddy’s event. The venue kicked off the 2019 season over the holiday weekend. What better place to ogle... Read more »