Archive for February 2013

Harris Theater's Rising Stars Series Gives Local Youth Chance to Shine on Stage

Next week students from the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) will take the stage to perform a variety of dance and music pieces. But, it won’t be just any stage for these high school students. Thanks to the Rising Stars Spring Series, the students will be in the spotlight at the Harris Theater for Music... Read more »

Celebrating Dr. Seuss, his Messages and his Books on his Birthday

March 2 marks the birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to children everywhere as Dr. Seuss. And, the legacy of author, famous for writing witty, imaginative stories with a moral in mind, will be celebrated that day across the country – and right here in Chicago at Open Books. Bringing Important Messages... Read more »

Purim is Coming... Get Your Hamantaschen at Zelda's Sweet Shoppe

The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by the infamous Haman. And, it’s coming up soon on Sunday, February 24. As part of the holiday festivities, people dress up in masks and costumes, attend carnivals, give out baskets... Read more »

Celebrate Mardi Gras with French Crepes from these top Chicago Spots

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras. And, lucky for us, there is no shortage of indulgent ways to celebrate the holiday in grand, multicultural-style righthere in Chicago. In Polish communities, people enjoy paczki – Polish fried doughnuts stuffed with custard, fudge, strawberries and whipped cream, and even liqueur! But, there’s no need to only indulge with paczki…... Read more »

Celebrate Polish Paczki Day with Delightful Pastries in Chicago

Dobra Bielinski, pastry chef and co-owner of Delightful Pastries, keeps her three Chicago bakeries stocked with paczki (traditional Polish doughnuts) all year long. On any given day, you can choose strawberry and whipped cream, raspberry jelly or custard topped with chocolate fudge paczki. Or, you can sample “drunken” paczki in scrumptious varieties like vodka and... Read more »

Lost tooth tales from around the world

When my older son started losing his baby teeth, I learned that a missing tooth is indeed a status symbol for the younger set. They wear their toothy smiles with pride – much to the envy of other children yet to be so lucky as to lose their own baby teeth. And, they gladly eat... Read more »