Archive for November 2010

Chicago Christkindlmarket 2010: A Preview of the Best and Wurst of the Holiday Marketplace

A guide to the vendors.
A Holiday Tradition.One of the highlights of Chicago’s Holiday Season for the past 15 years has been the Christkindlmarket.  The authentic German Marketplace, located under the watchful eye of the Picasso on Daley Plaza features a unique place to shop and eat.   Over 50 vendors from Germany, other parts of Europe and around the globe... Read more »

A Civil War Christmas Makes its Chicago Premiere at Northlight Theatre.

Photo Credit, Liz Lauren. A Virtual History Lesson. There’s a whole lot going on at Northlight Theatre’s A Civil War Christmas Photo Credit, Liz Lauren. by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive, 1997).  With over 65 scenes, 20 actors and more than 100 characters, the show is a virtual history... Read more »

Art Institute Chicago: Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Wreathing of the Art Institute Lions.

Chicago, November 26.  The Art Institute celebrates a grand holiday tradition! Visitors of all ages are invited to watch as giant wreaths are placed on each of the famous Art Institute bronze lion to herald the start of the holiday season. Special wreaths combining the look of traditional North American Cranbeery Wreaths  with the hopeful... Read more »

Ten Holiday Events in Chicago: From the Tree Lighting and Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Christkindlmarket, Caroling and Ice Skating.

Blow, blow, thou winter wind you will not keep Chicagoans in. The weather outside may be brutal (or not) but that’s never a reason to stay inside with the amazing menu of Winter Events the Windy City is serving.  Here’s a checklist of 10 events to put on your holiday calendar. 1. Tree Lighting Ceremony.The... Read more »

Tradition Reigns with the Nutcracker on Horseback at the Noble Horse Theatre in Chicago.

The True Nutcracker.Looking for something different for a holiday outing? The Nutcracker, at the Noble Horse Theatre, is a holiday treat for the whole family.  The narrated story is performed live on horseback as it was done 175 years ago.  The show features the beloved Clara, The Mouse King, The Sugar Plum Fairy, Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music, trick riders... Read more »

Chicago Live! Draws Sellout Audience for Foodie Show with Chicago Celebrity Chefs and Michelin's Jean-Luc Naret

Some of the guests that were on stage at the November 18, 2010 Chicago Live! Chicago, November 19, 2010.  In six short weeks the Chicago Live! experiment by the Chicago Tribune and Second City has become one of the hottest tickets in town.  Staged on the “downstairs stage”, actually the  basement, of the Chicago Theatre,... Read more »

The MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2011: The Little Red Book Makes a Big Splash in the Windy City.

Mayor Daley, chef Gale Gand and Jean-Luc Naret at the Chicago Cultural Center Celebration of Chicago’s First MICHELIN Guide. Chicago, November 18, 2010.  The first ever MICHELIN Guide to Chicago Restaurants 2011 hits the market today.  It was celebrated at a party last night at the Chicago Cultural Center with local foodies, Mayor Daley, Michelin... Read more »

Marriott Theatre's The Music Man Picks a Little, Sings a Little to a Big Time Performance.

Bernie Yvon and Johnny Rabe. Johanna McKenzie Miller and Bernie Yvon. I don’t give stars, however if I were so inclined, I would be very generous with Marriott Theatre’s The Music Man. First off, let me say I am somewhat of a theatre snob–I am not a big fan of musicals, I tend to get... Read more »

Beaujolais Nouveau Release Day 2010: Grape Fun in Chicago and Around the World.

It's party time.
Let the Celebrations Begin! It has become traditional that the third Thursday in November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  The day kicks off the annual celebration of the casual light red wine produced from the gentle rolling hills and golden stone countryside of the Beaujolais region of France.  French law has decreed that the Beaujolais Nouveau... Read more »

Billy Elliot Chicago: Meet the Two Newest Billy's and See the Journey It Takes to Win the Role

Named by Time Magazine as the best musical of the decade, Billy Elliot: The Musical, the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true has taken London, Broadway and Australia by storm but for some reason not so much Chicago.  Sadly the sun will be setting on Billy Elliot at the... Read more »