Tag: downtown Chicago

Chicago Joins Roses Against Violence

Photo courtesy Bradd Bambo I bet most women have experienced violence at some point in their life, verbal or physical, or at least know someone who has. I am no exception. This is why I became involved with the Roses Against Violence project. I like that it’s presented in a beautiful, artistic way using crocheted... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

The Magic of Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket is a holiday tradition that makes me giddy while temporarily embracing winter. Mind you, winter is my least favorite season – always has been and always will be; however, there is something magical about Christkindlmarket. I don’t even mind the overbearing crowds while excitedly trying to order a Gluhwein in the latest collectible mug.... Read more »
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Catch a Flight at The Florentine

There are so many breweries and craft beer bars in Chicago that it’s easy to overlook a venue tucked away inside a hotel. I’m ecstatic to have discovered The Florentine, located inside JW Marriott Chicago, thanks to the Activate events hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance. The Florentine is sophisticated, open, and inviting with a... Read more »