National Cheesecake Day 2021

National Cheesecake Day 2021
Calling all cheesecake lovers. How would you like to win FREE cheesecake for a year?Eli’s Cheesecake, a Chicago original for 41 years, is celebrating National Cheesecake Day with a citywide treasure hunt and free cheesecake.Mark you calendar for July 30–National Cheesecake Day. And Eli’s Cheesecakes 41st birthday.But the fun begins on July 26th.THE CONTESTWin a... Read more »

The Forester Hotel celebrates its Grand Opening in Lake Forest

The Forester Hotel celebrates its Grand Opening in Lake Forest
It’s been a long time coming but the North Shore suburb of Lake Forest (pop. 20,000) has its 2nd hotel in nearly a century. The Forester, A Hyatt Place Hotel, which celebrated its grand opening last night, officially opened its doors in April 2021 and has been doing just fine with a 70% occupancy rate in... Read more »

Windy City Smokeout 2021: It’s a wrap

Windy City Smokeout 2021: It’s a wrap
The first major festival since the pandemic, last weekend’s Windy City Smokeout, is history. If the huge crowds in United Centre’s parking lot C were any indication–Chicago is ready to party. Bands, beer, BBQ & more Country music fans were treated to some of the Nation’s top performers including Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jon... Read more »
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Blue Bottle opens its first Chicago café: More than just coffee

Blue Bottle opens its first Chicago café: More than just coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee, the Northern California-based specialty coffee company established in 2002, has become a global leader in environmentally-friendly specially coffee spawning cafés from California to Asia. Until now Chicagoan’s could only get the trendy brew by traveling to another city or by subscription–a popular option. Not surprisingly Chicago is Blue Bottle Coffee’s number one... Read more »

Head to State Street for summer fun at Sundays on State

Head to State Street for summer fun at Sundays on State
 Sundays on State (that great Street) kicks off tomorrow, Sunday, July 11 between 11am-8pm. The free admission summer festival will close the street to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays throughout the summer. The fest will resemble a giant community block party featuring food, performances, family activities and more than 70 on-street activations. In addition retail,... Read more »

Taste of Chicago To-Go: Who, what & when

Taste of Chicago To-Go: Who, what & when
Taste of Chicago To-Go offers food from over 40 eateries, music, dance and events in Chicago neighborhoods including Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, West Englewood and across the city Here’s what you need to know to go WHO: Taste of Chicago To-Go food vendors and food trucks; Chicago Band Roster musicians; author Marisel Vera; Taste of Chicago favorites Eli’s... Read more »
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Becoming Jane at the Field Museum explores the life and legacy of Jane Goodall

Becoming Jane at the Field Museum explores the life and legacy of Jane Goodall
Perhaps best known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees, Dr. Jane Goodall revolutionized the way scientists study the natural world challenging how people picture scientists, both in terms of research techniques and gender roles in the field. A special exhibit, Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, at the Field Museum explores her life... Read more »

Chicago Fireworks 2021: Chicago’s lakefront fireworks are on

Chicago Fireworks 2021: Chicago’s lakefront fireworks are on
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCES JULY 3RD FIREWORKS TO CELEBRATE CHICAGO’S REOPENING AND INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND  Fireworks will be visible from multiple locations along the lakefront In a last minute announcement yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot said the city will have have an Independence Weekend Fireworks Celebration on July 3rd. “Putting on a grandiose fireworks display to celebrate both... Read more »

Chicago Comics: MCA & Chicago Culture Center exhibits take a serious look at the funnies

Chicago Comics: MCA & Chicago Culture Center exhibits take a serious look at the funnies
Chicago’s major contributions to the comic industry are unparalleled.  The art form which through the ages has not always gotten the respect it deserves is finally being recognized the way it should be with two major exhibitions running concurrently in Chicago. The Exhibitions Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880–1960) at the Chicago Cultural Center... Read more »
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Chicago City Council votes to rename Lake Shore Drive

Chicago City Council votes to rename Lake Shore Drive
After months of back-and-forth haggling about changing the name of Chicago’s iconic Lake Shore Drive, City Council voted yesterday 33-15 to change the name. The divided council originally argued to change the name of Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive. After delaying and tabling the vote for months a comprise was suggest on Tuesday of... Read more »
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