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Celebrating the wonder and innocence of childhood, this charming children's boutique, located in the heart of the Chicago-Dempster Shopping District, is known for its selection of distinctive clothing, toys, books and gifts for boys and girls (newborn-10).
An exceptional neighborhood cocktail bar. A menu of creative craft cocktails, unique wines and local beers is accentuated by a menu of small plates. Also offering retail sales, private event planning, and wine and spirits tasting classes.
Creating beautiful fresh flower arrangements as well as blooming plants and European gardens. Work with our design team to create exquisite custom floral for weddings, parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and other special events.
Giordano's Oakbrook Terrace
Pioneer of the famous stuffed and equally renowned thin-crust pizza! Pastas, sandwiches and assorted fresh salads. Dine-in, delivery, carryout, catering and full service bar.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
The classic story of Wendy, John and Michael who meet Peter Pan in their nursery. Intrigued by tales of a place filled with pirates, mermaids, fairies and the Lost Boys, they set off for Never Land in the adventure of a lifetime. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tour de Cure
Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone: occasional riders, families and experienced cyclists. Route distances range from 10, 20, 35, 62, or 100 miles and every route is supported with rest stops, food to fuel the journey, and fans to cheer on riders who are supporting the American Diabetes Association.
Boasting one of the best views of Wrigley Field, this rooftop places you just beyond right-center field. The rooftop offers stadium-style seating and covered outdoor areas as well as an interior climate-controlled clubroom that offers barstool seating and views of the game on plenty of HDTVs, including one in the floor.
Koi Chinese and Sushi
Located right in the heart of charming Evanston's restaurant row, Koi brings the bold flavors of the eight different regions of authentic Chinese Cuisine and fresh sushi to every dining experience. The menu brings owner Sandy Chens' love for traditional Chinese cooking to the forefront.
We specialize in rare, exceptional antiques, estate items, vintage and marcasite jewelry. We also feature furniture, fine art, oil paintings, porcelain, clocks, sterling, glassware and more.
CITY: St. Charles
Midtown Kitchen & Bar
Midtown is a contemporary American restaurant offering a unique dining experience. Within steps of Michigan Ave., the Theatre District and Business District, Midtown is centrally located in the heart of Chicago. Daily 11am-10pm.
Wrigley View Rooftops
Located just left of the third-base line, this rooftop offers a unique view of Wrigley Field. Your vantage point gives you a clear site line to home plate and a sweeping view of the bleachers and historic scoreboard in centerfield. Guests have access to four areas of this facility: Wrigley View Lounge, Stadium Club, Stadium Buffet and the outdoor Sky Deck where you’re rewarded with panoramic views of not just Wrigley Field, but also the city.
Among the North Shore's finest Italian restaurants. Located inside the historic Margarita European Inn, the look here is decidedly Italy in the 1920's. The menu is seasonally inspired with an extensive wine list featuring a nice variety of reasonably priced Italian wines. During the summer, dining is available in the garden terrace.
Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located in The Glen Town Center and recognized as one of the North Shore's most popular eateries, Flight's urban chic ambiance, extensive wine list and innovative menu (best described as American Contemporary Comfort food) will take your senses to greater heights. Customer favorites include the Duck Mac and Cheese, Pan Seared Scallops, Beef Tenderloin, Skirt Steak Flatbread, the Flight Burger and Herb Fries. Save room for dessert...the Chocolate Fondue paired with a Ruby Port is a must!
Phillips Park Zoo & Sunken Garden
Established in 1915, the zoo is open daily, 9am – 5pm, year round (closed on Thanksgiving day/Christmas day/New Year’s day). Exhibits include primarily North American wildlife as well as a reptile house, which includes alligators as well as several species of snakes/turtles and tortoises.
Murphy’s Rooftop offers the most intimate setting among the Wrigley Field rooftops. You may recognize it as the rooftop adorned with the Harry Caray lighted sign. The rooftop holds just 75 guests and is perfectly situated just beyond the bleachers, giving you a ballpark vibe without the big crowds and long lines. Plenty of food and beer are just a few steps away. And as a bonus, Murphy’s Bleachers is located right below—a Wrigleyville institution that’s been a favorite hangout not just for Cubs fans, but also for many Cubs players over the years.
Skybox on Sheffield
Catch a Cubs game from one of the original Wrigley rooftops. Skybox on Sheffield is perched just inside Wrigley Field’s right field foul pole and offers spectacular views of the field just across the street. Renovated in 2011, Skybox on Sheffield offers four luxurious levels, including a three-tier outdoor roof deck, a lavish indoor clubhouse and 150 stadium seats. Guests will also enjoy a three-course menu served with an extensive beer selection from Goose Island.
Down the Line Rooftop
Down the Line Rooftop is perched along the first base line in right field, just 448 from home plate. You’ll have a stunning view of Wrigley Field and can mill about between two different levels that are home to bars, large-screen TVs and climate-controlled spaces. Picture windows in the bar just below the rooftop give you floor-to-ceiling views of Wrigley Field.
Ivy League Baseball Club
This brand-new Wrigley rooftop was built from the ground up in 2010 to take advantage of the stunning views while also offering guests unparalleled comfort during the game. Five levels, the most of any Wrigley rooftop, provide many different ways to enjoy the game—from outdoor stadium-style seating atop the rooftop to three levels of indoor lounges. Each one is accessible by elevator and features its own restrooms, full-service bars with premium draft beers and wine, as well as their own food service.
This property has 35 guest rooms and 3 suites. Other amenities include free parking, Wi-Fi access and non-smoking rooms.
CITY: Oak Forest
Earth Day Celebration
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of nature-themed activities, crafts, and educational displays. Free admittance.
CITY: Palos Heights
A perfect spot to enjoy excellent Italian cuisine in downtown Skokie. Brothers Ruben and Oscar serve all dishes made to order and the wine options combine perfectly with each dish. Pastas as well as meat and fish dishes round out a full range of entree options. Desserts should not be missed with the cannoli made fresh on site. Serving lunch and dinner.
Motorcycle Sunday 2014
14th Annual Motorcycle Rally, bike blessing, 60-mile ride, blues and rock bands, food and bike accessory vendors, pro bike photos and more.
The folks at Brixen Ivy pride themselves on catering to your group as you catch the Cubs game across the street. Their rooftop facility was built from the ground up specifically with group events in mind. The result is a state-of-the-art facility that offers your group a chance to watch the game, socialize in a climate-controlled bar or on private decks—all while taking in the game outside, through soaring windows, or on one of the many big-screen TVs.
Eataly is an original “marketplace” model inviting consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they shop, taste and savor high quality traditional Italian food products and beverages along with local produce and artisanal products; a multifunctional marketplace that includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center, and a diverse slate of seven boutique eateries.
With a moniker like Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium, how could you go wrong with a trip to Hot Doug’s? Well you can’t. Hot Doug’s, located in Chicago is the hot spot for hot dog enthusiasts, with an adventurous side. At Hot Doug’s you’ll find a variety of game meats, exciting toppings, and on Friday and Saturday only, duck fat fries. Don’t let the line outside turn you away, that’s simply the sign of a great food experience waiting for you to try.
360 Chicago - TILT
360 Chicago's (formerly John Hancock Observatory) epic new attraction that will forever change the way visitors see Chicago. TILT debuts in the spring of 2014, providing the ultimate window to the Windy City. A one-of-a-kind experience, TILT is an enclosed, glass and steel moveable platform that holds up to eight visitors per cycle. Once safely situated inside, the platform slowly tilts outward to an adventurous angle, generating downward-facing views of Chicago – from one thousand feet above The Magnificent Mile®. TILT gives thrill-seekers an exciting and safe way to take in unsurpassable views of the city, from a never-before-seen angle. Check website for opening dates and hours.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
The Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College features a variety of earth and sky shows, children's shows, laser light shows, earth and space exhibits, a membership program and the Star Store gift shop. Visit our website for more information on events and hours.
CITY: River Grove
Otter Cove Aquatic Park
Splash park features interactive children's water play area with safety surface.Lazy River, tube and body slides, lap pool, zero-depth entry pool, toddler pool, diving boards, concessions, sand play area.
CITY: St. Charles
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Welcome to the Two Brothers Roundhouse. Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
Slurping Turtle strives to recreate for guests Chef Takashi's childhood culinary experiences in Japan, and the essence of Japanese Comfort Food. The turtle is a symbol of longevity in Japan. Come and slurp to your hearts content.
At Paradise Pup. in Des Plaines, the "big mess of a burger" is traditional Chicago fast food the way it should be. Folks line up outside the 800-square-foot joint for the one-and-only Char Cheddar burger. As for the Italian beef sandwich, it’s "oh, so good."
CITY: Des Plaines
Lady - A Women's Expo
This one day event will feature dozens of booths offer health tips and screening, fashion and beauty, food, home decor, shopping and more.
CITY: Tinley Park
Au Cheval is not your typical greasy spoon diner. It's house-made foods, creative interpretations on classic dishes and a comfortable, easy-going atmosphere - it's big cozy eats. Playful takes on old-school favorites like a fried bologna sandwich, or a pork porterhouse; all made to order right before your eyes in the open kitchen. At the bar, 30+ international beers are on tap, specialty cocktails and a rockin' wine list make Au Cheval an inviting place to kick back.
Q- BBQ is an award-winning BBQ restaurant with regional inspirations – from the backwoods of the Carolinas, to the meat markets of Texas and the hole-in-the-wall joints of Memphis.
CITY: La Grange
Miami Motel - Oak Lawn
New look, low rates, friendly service, great location! Lots of restaurants in the surrounding area.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Billy Goat Tavern - The Original
There are few things as identifiable to Illinois and Chicago as the Billy Goat Tavern. Made popular by the SNL; the Billy Goat Tavern serves up no nonsense fare: Burgers, cheeseburgers, no fries, just chips – and definitely no Pepsi, just Coke. However, if you want something stronger to drink they also have a full bar. Don’t worry Billy Goat Tavern has much more to their menu, but why miss out on the food that made them famous.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Held in Ellis Park, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.
Macks Golden Pheasant
Mack's Golden Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge has been serving fine food and cocktails since they were established in 1948. Situated in Elmhurst, Mack’s Golden Pheasant is a very original restaurant. Many favor the lodge like atmosphere, and the food of course, which is particularly good. Visit and enjoy their history and unique ambiance.
Paul Virant offers his seasonal contemporary American cuisine at this establishment nestled into the Chicago suburb of Western Springs. The chef’s mentor’s range from Alice Waters to Jacques Pépin, while his inspiration is drawn from the rustic Illinois farms that surround him to pickling techniques passed down from both his grandmothers.
CITY: Western Springs
Enjoy live music, animals, and up-cycled art at the Children's Eco-Village under the oak trees. Shop at the Community Trade Show, featuring over 85 exhibitors demonstrating innovative solutions in action.
Budget Inn - Burbank
This property has 30 guest rooms as well as 1 suite. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, Wi-Fi access, microwave and refrigerator availability, rollaway beds and a spa/sauna. This is a non-smoking facility.
Smoque (smok) BBQ is a neighborhood kind of place that cooks up BBQ good enough to make it a true destination. The natural flavors of the meat. The savory flavor of hardwood smoke. The spiciness of the rub. The sweetness or pungency of the sauce. When these elements are in balance, you have found BBQ Heaven. And you can find them all coexisting at Smoque.
Top Notch Beefburgers
Freshly ground round beef burgers are the signature of this friendly, casual and kind-hearted joint. Since 1954, owner Diran Soulian has been behind this grill, forming a huge following and a legendary burger. With a top-notch reputation in the neighborhood for fresh burgers and fries, and a worldwide following; Top-Notch is at the head of its class for great tasting burgers.
Pizano's Pizza & Pasta - State Street
From the son of Lou Malnati’s, Rudy brings you Pizano’s; a traditional Italian eatery featuring Chicago deep dish pizza – the way his dad made, hearty two-handed sandwiches, fresh salads and good times.
Cumin restaurant: modern Nepalese and Indian cuisine, has taken on the task of bringing you the absolute best tastes of the Indian sub-continent as well as the Himalayas of Nepal. Located in the heart of Chicago's Wicker Park they offer various services such as lunch buffet, dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering.
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. The facility is located in the Historic Pullman District in Chicago Illinois. The facility is named after men who made history - Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters, the men who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union. Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the BSCP, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement. Under Randolph's leadership, the Pullman Porters fought a valiant battle for employment equality with the corporate giant, the Pullman Rail Car Company.
Nabuki is a contemporary Japanese restaurant and sushi bar located in historic downtown Hinsdale offering a variety of traditional and innovative dishes.
Kama Indian Bistro
In an unassuming storefront in downtown La Grange lies a sleek, sexy Indian restaurant that’s far from ordinary. Sink back into comfortable cushions with relaxing upbeat music; enjoy the romantic atmosphere and escape from the everyday with food, drink and good friends in this Michelin recognized restaurant.
CITY: La Grange
Autre Monde Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant celebrating all things Mediterranean with a fresh, seasonal menu, old world focused wine list showcasing the best organic & artisan producers as well as cocktail program inspired by small batch spirits, fresh juices and old school techniques.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
You can argue what makes Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder so popular is its location across the street from the famed St. Valentine’s Day massacre, but ask anyone who has ever eaten here and they will tell it’s the pot pie pizza, or perhaps the made from scratch salad dressings or the comfortable environment. Either way, with its famous history, and fantastic food; Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is a true original.
Lao Sze Chuan
Opened in 1998, Lao Sze Chuan has become the most beloved Chinese restaurant for Chicagoans, and gradually gained its reputation by providing the authentic Sichuan cuisine with high quality materials and ingredients. In 1999, Lao Sze Chuan was recognized by Chicago Tribune as "One of the Best" and received a "three fork" ranking, which was a very high award for Chinese restaurants at that time. " At the present, Lao Sze Chuan has many special Grade A chefs who are from Sze Chuan China, to provide customers the most authentic tasting food. As the best representation of Chinese food, Lao Sze Chuan has been named the Best Chinese Restaurant in Chicago by the mainstream food columns and won “Bib Gourmand” award from Michelin Guide for year 2012 & 2013.
Paramount Room features a unique, dual level space loaded with urban charm and contemporary design elements. A Michelin Bib Gourmand rated chef-driven menu of elevated pub standards, and internationally inspired dishes of skillfully prepared but unpretentious and acclaimed cuisine, complements a full liquor bar overseen by Beverage Director Dan Marunowski.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Visit the Victorian home where Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 and spent his early life.
CITY: Oak Park
Oak Park Visitors Center
Visit us for maps, books, souvenirs and unique gifts. Tickets are available for Hemingway's Birthplace Home and Museum, Historic Pleasant Home and The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest. Purchase other seasonal special events tickets here.
CITY: Oak Park
Yolo Mexican Eatery
Family owned and operated Yolo offers a menu that changes often and caters to a wide variety of tastes. Traditional Mexican food at its finest and a recent Bib Gourmand 2014 winner.
Located in the urban Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Antique Tacos serves up new adventurous flavors in tacos among a rustic environment surrounded by the history of old antiques.
Get the feel of a classic drive-in in the city of Chicago. Superdawg will take you back to another day and time but their food has kept up with the times. Everything at Superdawg has been created with the same attention and care, as it was when they first opened in 1948. And when you visit don’t forget to say hi to Mr. and Mrs. Superdawg adorning the top of the restaurant for all to see.
At Ada St. in Chicago award winning Chef Zoe Schor blends classical and contemporary cooking methods that are rooted in her experiences working in some of America’s most iconic restaurant kitchens. Through Chef Schor’s collaboration with Chef-Partner Michael Kornick, Ada Street's menu celebrates the seasons with beautiful ingredients, passion and love.
Updated traditional feeds the urban dweller at this award winning innovative sushi and Japanese kitchen spot. Enjoy high quality sushi in their peaceful, natural, garden like atmosphere.
Mixteco Grill in Chicago has been labeled as both “Interesting and flavorful", two things you want from an award-winning restaurant serving up delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. The colorful modest space is decorated with framed art, giving it a homey environment.
Grant Park Music Festival
The Grant Park Music Festival celebrates its 80th season June 11-August 16 in Millennium Park. Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for the Festival’s 80th Anniversary Season opener, featuring the dazzling young piano sensation Natasha Paremski performing one of Tchaikovsky’s keyboard gems. Audiences can watch as the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and guest artists rehearse upcoming performances. Rehearsals take place Tuesday-Friday afternoons all Season long. During breaks in rehearsals, Festival docents lead informal talks about the music, composers, and the history of classical music. For a full schedule, see the Festival website.
Located on over 325 acres, popular attractions include the Mastodon Gallery, the gorgeous Sunken Garden, an 18-hole golf course/driving range, the zoo, a 28-acre fishing lake with a one-mile multiple use trail, war memorials and the Winter Recreation Area.
Bridgeview Inn Motel
This property has 60 guest rooms as well as 2 suites. Other amenities include a business center, data ports (in rooms), entertainment, fitness center, free parking, hair dryers (in rooms), Wi-Fi, interior corridors, microwave and refrigerator availability, handicapped accessibility and rollaway beds. This is a non-smoking facility.
The Aviary in Chicago, with its award winning bar program, is where cocktails and service are given the same attention to detail as a four-star restaurant; where bartenders are trained as chefs; where the produce and herbs are carefully sourced and procured fresh daily; where the name and branding of the spirit mixed is less important than its actual flavor; where innovation and tradition are both honored. The Aviary is owned and operated by chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, and is open from Wednesday to Sunday starting at 6PM
Naha has been winning accolades and collecting awards for years, and why not. With a menu that is Mediterranean mixed with West Coast flair coupled with a Midwest backbone, Chef Carrie Nahabedian’s NAHA will be collecting applause and awards for years to come.
Andy's Thai Kitchen takes pride in its unique approach to preparing authentic cuisine without withholding any of Thailand's powerful bold flavors. Taste the flavors of Thailand for this award-winning restaurant.
Gilt Bar in Chicago lists itself as a hand crafted cocktails, farm friendly cuisine and a value driven wine list kind of place, but what it forgets to tell you is the food is amazing, the ambiance is dark and intimate and the drinks are out of this world. Don’t walk, run to this Rive North establishment.
Jin Thai Cuisine
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Edgewater, in Chicago, Jin Thai takes the authentic cuisine to another level. Stop into this award-winning restaurant and savor the bright colors and flavors of Southeast Asian dishes.
Nightwood located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago is a farm-to-table restaurant. Their menu is handwritten daily, inspired by the seasonal, local and artisanal ingredients. They work hand in hand with the best farmers in the Midwest to bring you bold simple dishes with care.
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria was inspired by the authentic aroma, taste, and craft of pizza found on the streets and in the pizzerias in Naples. It is the intention that everything at Spacca Napoli is faithful to tradition, from the high quality of the food to the way it is served: The oven was built by third- and fourth-generation artisans from Napoli; the dough mixer also comes from Italy. The decor is reminiscent of classic Italian pizzerias, yet is contemporary and filled with light. Spacca Napoli strives to be a neighborhood place but it is also a destination for anyone who wants to taste genuine Neapolitan style pizza.
Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago is a classic American steakhouse that offers USDA Prime Steaks, fresh seafood, huge portions, sides large enough to share, impressively enormous desserts and famously large martinis.
Merichka's has been family owned and operated since April 18, 1933. Known for World Famous Poorboys, they also provide a fine dining selection at reasonable prices.
CITY: Crest Hill
Family Fishing Day
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of catch and release fishing and no fishing license required, casting lessons, prizes and trophies.
CITY: Palos Heights
3 Redneck Tenors
BRAVISSIMO, Y’ALL! The 3 Redneck Tenors are a multiple-NASCAR pileup of highbrow and lowbrow, combining the chicken-fried culture of the Deep South with the virtuoso vocalizations of classical music and opera. Billy Joe, Billy Bob and Billy Billee may just be a trio of good ol’ boys, but they can hit the high notes as easily as they can chug down a six pack of lite beer. You’ll follow their adventures from the family hog pen to Carnegie Hall, as the whole world discovers the amazing voices within the muddy overalls.
16th Street Theater
Winner of the Broadway in Chicago 2013 Emerging Theater Award and named Chicago Magazine's Best Emerging Theater of 2013, 16th Street Theater presents award-winning new plays at affordable prices. A nationally-recognized professional Equity theater, 16th Street is a program of the North Berwyn Park District and operates year round out of the Berwyn Cultural Center just 9 miles west of downtown Chicago. Come engage with us!
Irazu Costa Rican Dining
Serving flavorful Costa Rican meals, Irazu located in Chicago is a family-owned restaurant that has been dishing up traditional Costa Rican food since 1990; a must try for anyone who is a lover of food and this Central American cuisine.
Bacchanalia, located in the Little Italy section of Chicago, has been a family-owned business for over 34 years. In fact, it’s the longest single-family owned Italian restaurant in the city. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with recipes that go back to the Old Country, look no further than Bacchanalia.
Dining at Moto in Chicago is like actively engaging in a multi-sensory dining experience unlike any other in the world. The Moto kitchen serves as a state of the art canvas for Chef Cantu and his gifted team to combine high-tech equipment and intricate techniques with exotic, sustainable and seasonally conscious ingredients from around the world.
Dinner at Schwa will fully engage your senses. Awaiting you is a fluid of vivid courses, crater by a crew of culinary artists under the tutelage of Chef Michael Carlson. These craftsmen work to their own rhythm to re-imagine the possibilities of global, seasonal ingredients. It’s a kitchen where every ingredient is respected and every choice intentionally delicious.
Senza offers an elegant yet casual fine dining experience that features innovative modern American cuisine by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Taking familiar ingredients and integrating both avant-garde and classic techniques, chef Sandoval creates composed as well as approachable four or nine-course tasting menus that reflect a range of flavors and textures.
Maude's Liquor Bar
The menu at Maude’s Liquor Bar starts with the rich culinary history and high standards of coastal French cuisine and adds fresh, American ingenuity. From the heights of their raw towers of fresh shrimp, oysters and Maine lobster, to the foie-gras torchon served with toast and jam, the food at Maude’s is straightforward and sexy with playful twinges.
Smak-Tak is a quaint Polish restaurant that has been located on the north side of Chicago for the past ten years. Guests just love the old world ambiance and the traditional Polish kitchen flavors. With appetizing dishes specially prepared to your liking.
Though noodles are the focus at Urban Belly, this is no ramen-only spot: Look for choices such as somen noodles with mussels, Chinese black beans and coconut broth and soba noodles with bay scallops, king oyster mushrooms and a blue crab broth. Dumpling fans can choose from options such as lamb with brandy or duck with pho spices. Fried rice dishes and sides such as kimchi round out the menu.
Burgers so large they come with their own zip code, coupled with tasty ales and a side order of heavy metal music best describes this burger haven, or Heaven depending on your love for the handheld meal – although you will definitely need two hands to hold these monsters. In Chicago, Kuma’s has two locations that comes with a long line of burger-lovers waiting for their chance to dig in. What are you waiting for?
Nothing screams culinary quite like a food experience at Next, a creation of Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas. Next blends the art of food and entertainment, creating appetizing cuisine that evokes rapture for all the senses. Their themes change often allowing those who are lucky enough to get a seat at this ticket only restaurant a chance to try something new every time. Good luck and good eating.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Experience NASCAR racing firsthand at Chicagoland Speedway in an “adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime.” Suit up and get behind the wheel of a real stock car as you drive 155 mph around the track, or ride shotgun and feel the rumble of 600 horses as you motor down the same asphalt driven by NASCAR drivers. In 2014, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be at Chicagoland Speedway May16-18,July 25-27, and September 19-21. See their site for more details.
This is old school Italian. It could be very romantic, or you can bring your mama. Sabatinos has been in Chicago for 25 years; serving traditional Italian cuisine including warm crusty loaves and addictive pizza bread that comes to the table in a blink of an eye. With dimly lit flowers on every table, tuxedo-clad hosts and strolling musicians, this Italian-American restaurant is everything you’ve come to expect, and more.
Offering progressive French cuisine at its finest, Tru delivers fresh ingredients, bold creativity and artistic presentation. The menu will consist of a prix fixe three-course section and pre-set “collections” or tasting menus, ranging from six to nine courses.
Located in the heart of Chicago's thriving Little Italy neighborhood, County is an authentic BBQ joint that pays homage to the best BBQ hubs across the country. Chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams have carefully crafted an impressive menu based on their culinary travels and love of great BBQ. Highlights include St. Louis Spare Ribs, Kansas City Burnt Ends, Veal Breast, Chicago Rib Tips and The Bacon Bar, which features items like slow-cooked strips of bacon, BLT sliders and Bacon-Deviled Eggs. An impressive list of delicious side dishes and desserts include Corn Pudding, Collard Greens, Fried Green Tomatoes, Blackened Cauliflower, Candy Bar Sundaes and much more. County is proud to feature a carefully curated selection of American craft beers and fine whiskeys as well as small list of specialty cocktails, which will rotate from time to time.
Decolores shows its true colors in this Chicago favorite. Known for its unique blend of family recipes and traditional Mexican cuisine, it brings eaters from near and far to this Pilsen eatery.
Sol de Mexico
Sol de Mexico strides to deliver the authentic taste of Mexican gastronomy every time you come in, which is why they only use fresh ingredients and every meal is cooked to order. All their food reflects a love, respect and passion for Mexico’s Cuisine & Culture.
Al's Italian Beef
Al's Beef is dedicated to preserving what this country has come to recognize as a true food icon. When the History Channel produced their 2-hour "History of Food in America" documentary, Al's Beef was the only Chicago restaurant featured. When Gourmet magazine decided to do a story on the Italian beef sensation, it was Al's Beef that was featured in a 4-page spread. And when Travel and Leisure magazine ran their "Top 10 Sandwiches in America"… you guessed it, it was Al's Beef that was picked. In March of 2008, Esquire Magazine named the Al’s Italian Beef sandwich as one of “the Best Sandwiches in America.” What more could you want, besides a juicy Al’s Italian Beef.
World Music Festival Chicago
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.
Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a landmark Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park! It is a national architectural treasure, designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School architecture and is the finest surviving example of Maher's work.
CITY: Oak Park
Browntrout in Chicago is an award-winning restaurant with its emphasis on using sustainable ingredients without sacrificing quality. With regular menu changes to allow for only the freshest seasonal ingredients, Browntrout is a flavorful dining option.
Jaipur's food is a representation of the many and varied regional cuisines of India.
Jam, one of the nation’s most celebrated brunch restaurants, is located in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Jeffrey Mauro, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and North Pond, Jam treats breakfast & lunch with the same level of reverence and devotion to culinary craftsmanship, all the while, maintaining a commitment to affordability.
Lao Hunan is Chef Tony's Hu’s 5th restaurant in Chicago. It focuses on famous gourmet Hunan cuisine, which is characterized by fresh spice and lingering taste of food. The chef is from Hunan and has over 30 years experience specializing in Hunan cuisine. For exotic flavors, spices and dishes stop by and bring an appetite for an exciting culinary experience.
Mott Street serves a menu inspired by the post-service cravings of a hungry Ruxbin team. Partners Chef Edward Kim, Jennifer Kim, Vicki Kim and Nate Chung are proud to share feel-good comforts, spanning poached chicken breast with salt & pepper to eggs in hangtown fry form. Mott St is family style dining and straightforward cuisine paired with a pointed beverage selection.
Opart Thai House Restaurant
Opart Thai House Restaurant has been serving the Chicago area for many years. Providing great traditional Thai cuisine with an extensive menu of many different kinds of dishes.
Most recently chef de partie at Alinea Restaurant and formerly of Home Bistro and Zealous, brings years of experience and culinary innovation to the Wood kitchen. Chef Aubin strongly believes that using only the freshest, most locally available ingredients not only produces better tasting meals, but also builds a sense of collective community and responsibility. The proof is in the plates: foodies and casual diners alike will remember his dishes for their exceptional flavor, quality, and execution.