Holiday markets are once again popping up throughout Chicago. With vintage items, handmade gifts, antiques and new treasures, there’s always something to cross off your list. Here are a few markets coming up to get your holiday shopping started.
If you’re in need of a little help this Thanksgiving, turn to some of these Chicago restaurants for Thanksgiving meals to go.
Franken Plaza takes over Daley Plaza this weekend in celebration of Halloween. Part of the City of Chicago’s, “Chicagoween Celebration,” Daley Plaza transforms into a haunted world of family-fun, October 25-27th. The three-day festival features performances by Midnight Circus, The Annual Monster Bash, free hayrides, trick-or-treating, crafts and more.
The worldwide celebration of beer, brats and our German and Bavarian ancestors comes home for a month long celebration across the city. Get out your steins and pretzels! Here are just a few of the many Oktoberfest events happening this month.
Chicago Gourmet is an annual festival devoted to the best of our city’s food and wine community. Guests can enjoy Chicago’s finest restaurants, chefs, wine, spirit makers and breweries. Located in Millennium Park, this weekend long fest is packed with something for every foodie in town.
As summer winds down in the city, there are still a number of festivals to check out this September. From art, food and music, there are plenty of fests to keep you entertained before fall.
Move over cupcake, there’s a new pastry trend in town. The elevated donut has chefs across the windy city cooking up clever ways to spin the classics. Firecakes, a new shop in River North, is serving up a lot more than your average glazed, chocolate and jelly. Another perk for the night owls out there, Firecakes is open until midnight on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here’s the low down on the tasty new shop.
For all the coffee lovers out there, there is a new kind of crawl, right up your alley (or Blue line in this case). Caffentures, has created the Blue Line Coffee crawl to give coffee loving professionals and casual drinkers alike the chance to learn more about the Logan Square/Wicker Park coffee scene. There are also crawls along the Red and Brown line for even more coffee tasting adventures.
With something for everyone, Wicker Park Fest is packed full of music, food and family activities. It’s a great way to explore the neighborhood and the variety of shops, restaurants and fashion unique to the area. Your $5 donation benefits Burr Elementary School and the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber Of Commerce. Check it out this weekend, July 27-28th.
Summer is here! It’s finally time to enjoy roof decks, sidewalk cafes, patios and any chair you can find outdoors. In true Chicago fashion, our bars and restaurants make a big deal out of the warmer months. New patios and outdoor bars have been popping up all over the city. Here are a few new ones to check out this summer.
The Taste Of River North kicks off July 19-21st in Ward Park. The festival features music, fun for kids and some of the best food in the city.
Gals, this one is for you (Fellas, these places are fun for you too!). Here are a few of my favorite spots in Chicago for a girl’s night out. From birthday parties, happy hour, bachelorettes or just a night out with friends, ladies don’t usually need an excuse to get together. The following places have fun drinks, good food and a perfect atmosphere for a great night out.
The producers of the Renegade Craft Fair, The Vintage Bazaar and The Hideout on Wabansia, team up for a weekend of art, food, music, shopping and more.
The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival takes place Memorial Day weekend. Kicking off summer in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the festival features music, food, drinks, crafts, shopping and artists. From Belmont to School Avenue, enjoy local artists, food, drinks and most importantly music. It is finally time to get summer fest season started.
From May 16 – May 26, take advantage of Craft Beer Week in Chicago. For eleven days you can enjoy craft beer events, tastings and special menus across the city at participating restaurants, bars and breweries.
Chicago celebrates Cinco de Mayo in style. Find out how you can have fun at these great celebrations…
Tax day is upon us! To celebrate all your hard work and number crunching, Chicago restaurants, hotels and bars are serving up some tax relief specials! Here’s a round up of a few deals around town to reward you for another tax year.
As a self-proclaimed bagel aficionado and carboholic, I’ve tried many bagels in Chicago, searching for the most authentic New York-style bagel/deli. New York Bagel & Bialy on Chicago’s north side is the best of the best. Low prices, fast service and fresh, boiled bagels are among the many reasons this gem is packed with locals and bagel lovers every weekend morning. To help convince you, here are my top 5 reasons why you should put it on your must-try list!
As one of Chicago’s top cultural attractions, the Shedd sees daily visitors from Chicago and all over the world. Whether you were there 5 years ago or 5 months ago, there’s always something new to see and explore.
The Chicago Public Library is celebrating Women’s History Month in March 2013 by offering a range of programs about past and present issues facing women and girls in our society. Programs across the city include lectures, storytelling, documentary film screenings, art exhibits and workshops, and adult book discussions. Girl power!