Archive for September 2010

What Happened to Tradition: New Looks for Oktoberfest.

The traditional dirndl, a full-skirted dress with a tight bodice and low neck, is undergoing some changes. A controversy is brewing among brat-lovers and beer-lovers at Oktoberfest celebrations around the world but especially in Munich, the home of the original Oktoberfest where tradition plays an important part in the Bavarian culture.  It seems for many... Read more »

Theater in Chicago: Daddy Long Legs at Northlight Theatre.

Photo credit, Jeanne Tanner. Photo credit, Jeanne Tanner. The new world premiere production of “Daddy Long Legs” which opened September 25, 2010 at Northlight Theatre has good bones.  Penned and adapted by John Caird, co-creator of Broadway’s Tony award-winning “Les Miserables,” the old-fashioned feel-good story tugs at your heartstrings. The tale has delighted readers and... Read more »

Chicago's Best Burger at Hamburger Hop: The Winner is...

Chef LaRoche shows his "800" Burger at a past hop. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Gentleman (and ladies) Start Your Grills. It was a little before 6p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010, the Hamburger Hop showdown on the rooftop of Chicago’s Harris Theater was about to begin.  The grills were heating up as was the competition with 15 of Chicago’s top chefs putting their culinary skills to the test in... Read more »

Chicago Events for September 24-26: Chicago Gourmet, Horror Film Festival, Nicole Mitchell and more.

Show Me Chicago’s Weekend Wrap. No matter what you do this weekend you won’t go hungry.  Chicago is cooking up a large number of food-centric events. Check out some of the best in the Weekend Wrap for the first weekend of Fall 2010. Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 24 through September 26, 2010. The Chicago Horror... Read more »

The Chicago Food Film Festival 2010: Taste and Drink What You See on the Screen.

Cheese Curds, Anyone? While Chicago Gourmet 2010 is bringing fine cuisine and culture to Millennium Park, another food event will be taking place at the MCA Warehouse at 1747 W. Hubbard. After four years and 20,000 guests served, filmmaker George Motz and the team behind the New York City Food Film Festival is bringing The... Read more »

Bedbug Summit Meets in Chicago: 10 Things You Should Know About Bedbugs.

Sleep tight--and don't let the bedbugs bite.
Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite. The First BedBug University North American Summit featuring 14 of the nation’s leading bedbug experts is meeting outside of Chicago in Rosemont, IL.  The growing scourge of bedbugs has scientists and entomologists scratching their heads about what to do.  The sold out two-day summit, September 21 and 22, 2010 offers... Read more »

Theater in Chicago: Detroit at Steppenwolf Defines the New Reality.

Ensemble members Kate Arrington, Ian Barford, Kevin Anderson and Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Michael Brosilow. Ensemble members Laurie Metcalf, Kate Arrington and Kevin Anderson. Photo by Michael Brosilow. The Steppenwolf Theatre World Premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit can be viewed at various levels.  On the surface, it can be enjoyed for it’s witty dialogue, superb... Read more »

Chicago Gourmet 2010: Calling all Foodies for a Three-day Celebration of Food and Wine in Chicago's Millennium Park.

Chicago has come a long way in the last 100 years from “Hog Butcher to the World” (Carl Sandburg, 1916) to “one of the world’s greatest cities for fine cuisine and culture” (Mayor Richard M. Daley, 2010). Chicago Gourmet 2010. The Third Annual Chicago Gourmet, sponsored by Bon Appetit magazine, will take place from Friday,... Read more »

Help Support the Cause at Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2010 Drinking Events in Chicago.

Drinking for a Cure.  PINK YOUR DRINK. Phil Stefanis 437 Rush will be donating $1 from each signature pink cocktail sold at all Stefani Restaurants to Bright Pink. Drinks include: Chambord Pink-Tini (Chambord, Vodka, Pineapple Juice; $10), Rasberry Mojito (Rum, Chambord Raspberry, Mint, Lime, Sugar, Club Soda; $10), Pink Martini (Vodka, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice; $10) and... Read more »

Chicago Celebrates it's New Maestro Riccardo Muti at Festa Muti and a Free "Concert for Chicago."

Let the Music Begin. Don’t get confused if you are driving or walking down South Michigan Avenue in the vicinity of Orchestra Hall when you see banners flying high above on light poles proclaiming this section of Michigan Avenue to be the MUTI MILE.  It is just the Windy City’s way of opening their arms... Read more »