Great American Lobster Festival 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago

 

WHEN: Labor Day Weekend

September 2nd and 3rd, 2016

Visit: http://www.americanlobsterfest.com/ to purchase tickets; all tickets are final!! Lobster pre-sales are available on-line until Wednesday, August 30th 3:00 pm central time.

In order to enter the 6000 person Grand Ballroom (where the headlining acts perform) you must purchase a ticket!!

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest Lobster Fest, returning again to Navy Pier in 2016. Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from Boston, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, and cold beverages. This festival also takes place during the legendary Chicago Air & Water Show; what’s not to love!? Discount meal tickets now on sale.

How will you lobster fest?
Lobster Meal Purchase/GA

VIP
Lobster Hero Feast (private table for 6)         


WHERE: Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier

The Festival site is at the iconic Navy Pier Grand Ballroom and East End Plaza, located at 600 E. Grand Avenue.

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38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Schedule 2016 for Labor Day Weekend

English: 2007 Chicago Jazz Festival at Petrill...

English: 2007 Chicago Jazz Festival at Petrillo Music Shell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I love the Chicago Jazz Festival!

WHEN: September 1-4, 2016

The Chicago Jazz Festival is Labor Day weekend at Millennium Park.

 where you can listen to trumpeter Orbert Davis and some of his 55 member Chicago Jazz Philhamonic at the Pritzker Pavillion.

Highlights from the WEBSITE:

  1. Soul Migration by Chicago trumpeter, composer and bandleader Orbert Davis that will headline opening night on Thursday, September 1. Commissioned by the Chicago Jazz Festival, Davis’ piece will trace the route of the people who made the trek northward with a suite that takes listeners on a moving journey of their own.

2. Friday, September 2nd, the evening will culminate with late bass legend Charlie Haden’s politically-charged Liberation Music Orchestra, entitled, Celebrating Charlie. The evening will also feature a performance by influential composer, arranger and saxophonist Benny Golson who is responsible for several of the most-played standards in jazz, including “I Remember Clifford,” “Killer Joe,” “Stablemates,” and “Along Came Betty.” He also helped pave the way for jazz composers in the world of film and television, spending years writing for shows like M*A*S*H and Mission: Impossible.

3. Saturday, September 3 headliners include Israeli-born saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen and her quartet, one of the most exciting bands in modern jazz. She’ll be followed by The Bad Plus with special guests, alto saxophonist Tim Berne, cornetist Ron Miles and soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome playing the music of recently departed jazz iconoclast, Ornette Coleman.

4. The final night will feature two concerts:

The first will be the quartet co-led by guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano.

The festival will conclude with what is sure to be an explosively festive set celebrating the milestone 95th birthday of legendary Cuban percussionist Candido Camero – better known as just Candido. The all-star celebration will feature a host of special guests including trombonist Steve Turre, flautist Nestor Torres, pianist Elio Villafranca, singer Frankie Figueroa, bassist Yunior Terry and percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

 No dogs. Free. For information visit: www.jazzinchicago.org

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Windy City Wine Festival 2016 in Chicago

English: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in ...

English: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago, photographed on August 27, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I love the annual Windy City Wine Festival 2016 which is held in Grant Park at the magnificent Buckingham Fountain!

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Sample from more than 300 wines at the outdoor Windy City Wine Festival; a sommelier extravaganza with plenty of food and live entertainment. There will be cooking demonstrations and wine seminars.

WHEN:  Friday, September 9, 2016=4:30 to 10

Saturday, September 10, 2016=2:30 to 8

http://windycitywinefestival.com/

Sample from more than 300 wines from around the world at the outdoor Windy City Wine Festival near Buckingham Fountain.

 

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park Chicago

English: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adult Wine Tasting Ticket
$35 in advance or $45 at the door.
This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, 12 tastings, one pint of any beer available at the festival, Food & Wine seminars, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount. Designated Driver Ticket
$10 online or at the door.
This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Food & Wine seminars, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.

WHERE: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

English: Buckingham Fountain

English: Buckingham Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain At Night

Gaze at Chicago’s incredible horizontal evening cityscape and watch the light-show at Buckingham Fountain for an incredible “Vino con Vista” experience.

 

Watch this YouTube video of the Windy City Wine Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qiWMpieX8M

 

What could possibly be better than going to Grant Park in September at dusk and sipping wine from all over the world while listening to live music?

 

Chicago Skyline at night from Grant Park

 

 

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago WIndy City Wine Festival 2011
Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Chicago Restaurants

 

Taste some of the delightful wines including the Cabernet Reserva from Cass Winery and the Spanish Rioja.

 

Some of the other wineries include: Chicago based Cooper’s Hawk and  Lynfred Winery, Wollersheim Winery, Reggae Wines and Fess Parker.

 

Here’s a link to the full list of wineries:

 

http://www.windycitywinefestival.com/windycity_wine.html

 

Lynfred Winery at the Windy City Wine Festival

 

 

Reggae Wines at the Chicago Wine Festival 2011

 

Chicago Windy City Wine Festival 2011
French Wines at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011

Foodies can flock to the food booths where local restaurants will offer their signature dishes. Here’s a list of the former participating restaurants:

 

10 Pin Bowling Lounge

 

Adobo Grill

 

Blue Agave Tequila Bar

 

Artisan Chocolate

 

Chubby Wieners

 

Davis Chocolate

 

Dinotto

 

Empanadus Restaurant

 

Forever Yogurt

 

Gourmet Blends

 

Guilty Pleasurez Cupcakes

 

Hearty Boys

 

Local Folks Foods/Ludwig Cheese

 

Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen

 

Olea Estates Olive Oil

 

Pure Prairie Cheese

 

Tea & Beyond

 

Zacalo/Taco Joint

 

Zapatista Cuisine of Mexico

 

Sullivan’s Steak Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll-YUM!
Sullivan’s Steakhouse at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011
Kendall College at the WIndy City WIne Festival in Chicago 2011

Last year, Kendall College sent some of their future chefs to the event. There will be cooking demonstrations by top chefs and samples from gourmet food companies. Take time to stroll through the lovely gardens at Grant Park. Our city planners attempted to make Grant Park a “Paris on the Prarie”. This is a great “Vino con Vista” Venue!

 

Grant Park Garden in Chicago
Fountains in Grant Park in Chicago
Live Entertainment at Chicago’s Windy City WIne Festival 2011

Here’s the Entertainment Schedule for 2013:

 

Friday, September 6

 

5:00 – 6:20 pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

 

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Mary Ross, Midwest Wine & Spirits

 

7:05 – 7:35 pm
Ron Breitstein, Kobrand

 

7:45 – 9:40 pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

 

Saturday, September 7

 

2:30 – 4:00pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

 

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Mary Ross, Midwest Wine & Spirits

 

5:00 – 5:30 pm
Ron Breitstein, Kobrand

 

5:45 – 7:45 pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino.con.vista.com

 

 

 

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My Spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend in Traverse City Michigan

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English: Downtown Traverse City, MI, USA, as viewed from West Grand Traverse Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love to savor the flavor of succulent cherries at The Annual National Cherry Festival on Lake Michigan’s picturesque

Traverse City, Michigan.

This annual festival is located along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. For a fabulous Cherry Vino con Vista, go to the top of the Park Place Hotel for a panoramic view of the Bay.Traverse City Michigan 2016 018

There are more than 150 events at the annual festival: Traverse City is headquarters to the “Largest Cherry Growing Region in the World!”

But there’s much more to Traverse City!

There are many outstanding food and wine tourism adventures waiting for you in and around Traverse City. The region has 2 distinct Wine Trails to indulge your passion for wine. The Leelanau Peninsula is divided into 3 mini trails. I love to visit the scenic wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Relax at the beach on the East Bay

Relax at the beach on the East Bay

I love the sun-drenched shores of Traverse City Michigan! After a day of water sports and sun bathing, Traverse City offers a plethora of dining options with more than 150 restaurants. Bon Appetit Magazine named it one of America’s top Foodie Towns. Traverse CIty has a vibrant Food Truck Scene called the Little Fleet. Here a list of the trucks and their operating hours:

Food Truck Hours:

Roaming Harvest: Wednesday thru Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Daily Blend: Monday thru Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm

White on Rice: Wednesday thru Saturday noon – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 7pm,

Happy’s Tacos: Tuesday thru Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Pigs Eating Ribs: Monday thru Sunday 11am – 9pm.

Pleasanton Pizza: Sunday thru Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm

Nitrology: Everyday 10am – 10pm

Anchor Station: Tuesday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm

The Big Squeeze: Tuesday thru Friday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 10pm.

The best restaurant in Traverse City is right across the street from the Little Fleet at 115 Wellington Street. Make a reservation well in advance if you want to dine at The Cook’s House. Serious foodies will adore the 7 Course Tasting menu and wine pairing.

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The chef and co-owner Eric Patterson is a former veteran of a Michelin restaurant in Las Vegas. Mario Battali spends his summers in Leelanau County and has helped put this place on the official national foodie map. This restaurant has also earned its place among Wine Spectator’s awards for its comprehensive Wine List.

The Cooks House for serious foodies in Traverse City

The Cooks House for serious foodies in Traverse City

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With more than 150 restaurants, there are also plenty of dining options in Traverse City:

Red Ginger’s Japanese cuisine, Amical’s French Fare, and Georgina’s Latin /Asian fusion restaurants are on Front Street. Check out The Grand Traverswe Pie Company. They will blow you away with the delicious pies! The Apache Trout Grill is a perennial favorite outside the historic downtown area. I also like Patisserie Amie for breakfast or lunch with avant-garde French cuisine.

I love the live music at the Top of the Park Place in Traverse City Michigan

Park Place Hotel in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival in Traverse City Michigan

Official logo of Traverse City, Michigan

Official logo of Traverse City, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

National Geographic once said “Traverse City is one of the best summer trips” The magazine calls it one of the “biggest little beach towns on the “Third Coast” with a gorgeous Great Lakes coastline.

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

State Theater - Traverse City

State Theater – Traverse City (Photo credit: ktylerconk)

State Theater in Traverse City during Traverse...

State Theater in Traverse City during Traverse City Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Walk up and down the main drag on historic Front Street in downtown Traverse City.  Check out the Traverse City State Theater while you’re there.

English: Inflatable movie screen at the Traver...

English: Inflatable movie screen at the Traverse City Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The renovated State Theatre was originally built in 1918. It’s the official home of the Traverse CIty FIlm Festival.

 

 

 

If you stay on the East Bay, rent a jet ski or a pontoon boat and cruise through the crystal clear water.

A day on the Pontoon in Traverse City

A day on the Pontoon in Traverse City

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You don’t have to drink wine, you can drink hard cider in Traverse City.

When you’re done crusing the bay, jump in your car and head 12 miles north of Traverse City on M-37 to the Old Mission Peninsula for some touring and tasting adventures.

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Traverse City WIne

Traverse City WIne

Wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City Michigan

Wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City Michigan

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Chateau Chantal is one of my favorites. Try some of their sparklling wines. I liked “Tonight.” Chateau Chantal, Chateau Grand Traverse and Black Star Farms in SuttonsBay offer interesting lodging options.

Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms

Old Mission Peninsula Wineries in Traverse City

Old Mission Peninsula Wineries in Traverse City

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While you’re in town, try your luck at the Turtle Creek Casino. Check with your hotel for the shuttle schedule to the casino.

Before you head home, check out Gallagher’s Farm Market

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Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Cherry Festival 2012 in Traverse City Michigan

Map of Michigan highlighting Grand Traverse Co...

Map of Michigan highlighting Grand Traverse County.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit:

http://www.cherryfestival.org

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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The Rebirth of the Swanky Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Michigan Avenue

There’s a swanky new hotel in town located at the Chicago Athletic Association Building and Annex at 12 S. Michigan and 71 E. Madison. The club’s Venetian-Gothic inspired building faces Michigan Avenue. and was designed by Henry Ives Cobb (completed in 1893). The Madison Avenue bulding was designed by  Schmidt, Garden & Martin and was completed in 1907 and doubled in size by 1926. The Chicago Athletic Association Building is within Chicago’s  “Historic Michigan Boulevard Landmark District.” I recently took an architecture tour and was amazed!

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There was a plan to demolition significant portions of the structure but keep the gorgeous facade when the elite private club closed in 2007. There has been a recent trend along the Michigan-Wabash corridor of constructing large-scale towers behind the façades of historic structures. Examples include: the Heritage Millennium, the Legacy at Millennium Park (within the Jewelers Row District), and the 80-story tower proposed as part of the YWCA building redevelopment at 830 S. Michigan Avenue.

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This magnificent Michigan Avenue historic landmark and annex was saved from the wrecking ball in 2012 by a partnertship between AJ Capital, Geolo Capital and Commune Hotels  + Resorts. Let’s thank the Pritzkers for this magnificent restoration of the Venetian Gothic tower designed by Henry Ives Cobb. The building has been lovingly restored to it’s 1893  grandeur. When you look at it from Michigan Avenue, it definitely resembles the Doge Palace in Venice.

 

Venetian Gothic 250 foot tower designed by Henry Ives Cobb

Venetian Gothic 250 foot tower designed by Henry Ives Cobb

In Chicago, Henri Ives Cobb and his partner Charles S. Frost designed many buildings:

1. Potter Palmer‘s mansion on Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago Federal Building that have been demolished

2. The Chicago Varnish Company Building—listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Chicago Landmark

3.  The Episcopal Church of the Atonement at 5749 North Kenmore Avenue—also on the National Register of Historic Places

4. The Newberry Library

The meticulous 2 year restoration saved the elaborate millwork, stained glass windows and magnificent mosaic tiles. Chicago Athletic Club 025Chicago Athletic Club 023Chicago Athletic Club 026Chicago Athletic Club 024

In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation cited this 11 story buiding as “one of the nation’s 11 most endangered places.” Architectural and structural updates were completed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and the interior design was completed by Roman and Williams from New York and the resulting 241 room hotel is jaw-dropping! There are five places to dine in the hotel incluging Shake Shack on the main floor.

The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase

Climb the grand staircase on the first floor and you can see “The Tank” which was originally 40 meters long. The pool became competitively obsolete when Olympic regulations changed to 50 meters.

The Tank is where the former swimming pool was located. It was covered during the 2012 restoration.

The Tank is where the former swimming pool was located. It was covered during the 2012 restoration.

I love 2nd floor lobby with magnificent millwork and carved fireplaces. The largest fireplace is crowned with bas-relief football players.

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The gorgeous Fireplace in the lobby is surmounted by bas-relief football players.

The gorgeous Fireplace in the lobby is surmounted by bas-relief football players.

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To restore the 1890’s German Millwork, it was removed and meticulously catalogued. New electrical wiring was installed and the antique fixtures shine brilliantly in the 2nd floor “Drawing Room.”

Book your room at www.ChicagoAthleticHotel.com

The 2 year restoration project involved building a rooftop restaurant and bar on this magnificent Chicago landmark. Make reservations for www.Cindysrooftop.com for the best Vino Con Vista in Chicago! Cindy’s includes a private dining room, where you can view the Andy Warhol portrait of her.  Cindy’s name is actually Marian; rumor has it that when she was young, her nickname was “Cinderella.”  When John Pritzker opened the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, he wanted to honor his mother by using her first name — Cindy.

Cindy Pritzker by Andy Warhol

Cindy Pritzker by Andy Warhol

The www.ChicagoAthleticHotel.com has an incredible rooftop restaurant and bar. It’s hard to find a better view from any other outdoor public rooftop in Chicago. It is my absolute favorite Vino con Vista Destination in Chicago! There are amazing panoramic views of Millenium Park, Maggie Daley Park and Lake Michigan from the top of the newly renovated 250 foot Venetian Gothic Tower on Michigan Avenue. Make reservations in advance for Cindy’s rooftop. It is difficult to get into the crown jewel of the hotel that John Pritzker named after his 92 year old mother.

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At Cindy’s, “Executive Chef Christian Ragano, creator of Glencoe’s much loved Guildhall, and former Chef de Cuisine at NoMi, joins forces with renowned Spirit Guide and alumni of The Violet Hour, Nandini Khaund” to enhance the avant-garde culinary adventure.

Cindy's Rooftop

Cindy’s Rooftop

After our architectural tour, we had a delightful lunch. We ordered the Tuna Crudo served over pickled cabbage as an appetizer, the spicy lobster roll with lemon-tobasco remoulade with some lemon meringue pie with white chocolate sorbet for dessert. Follow this link to make reservations at www.CindysRooftop.com. Try to book a table outside by the firepit if you can.

Outdoor seating on Cindy's Rooftop

Outdoor seating on Cindy’s Rooftop

 

Firepit on Cindy's Rooftop

Firepit on Cindy’s Rooftop

For more Vino con Vista Adventures check out www.vinoconvistablog.me

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Iconic Vino con Vista Destinations in Chicago

The Chicago River

The Chicago River

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It has a magnificent skyline and agorgeous lakefront. When tourists visit, they usually head to an observatory or the Signiture Lounge on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building for a majestic panoramic view of the Windy City.

I love Chicago!

I love Chicago!

I love Chicago!!

Even the dogs are cute in Chicago

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In Chicago, if you want a great view and an amazing Vino con Vista, there are 4 basic options: a rooftop, a waterfront, a skyscraper or a sidewalk café.

Find a Vino con Vista in Chicago

Find a Vino con Vista in Chicago

These options offer something interesting to look at like Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Rush Street or Chicago’s architectural gems like the Art Institute while you sip and savor a glass of wine. I call these options “Vino con Vista” destinations.

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If you are looking for a great place to dine or have drinks with iconic views of Chicago’s dramatic landscape there are plenty of options in “Foodie Nation” Chicago.

The Bean

The Bean

Chicago at night

Chicago at night

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson's on Rush Street

 

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain At Night

Here are my top choices for a Vino con Vista in Chicago. Put them on your bucket list.

1.  The Dec at the top of the Ritz Carlton at 160 E. Pearson http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/chicago/dining/the-dec-rooftop-lounge-bar

Perched above the Magnificent Mile, The Dec has glorious views from the 12th floor lobby at the top of the Water Tower Place.Chicago Loop 2015 Statues 052

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Chicago

THE dec is open daily from 12 p.m.- midnight, weather permitting

This summer THE dec offers the following weekday specials:

MONDAY – Movie Fan Monday
50% OFF Bottles & Glasses of Wine
With any mention of the last movie you have seen.

TUESDAY – $2 Tuesdays
$2 Glasses of Red & White Sangria

WEDNESDAY – Ice Night
Moet & Chandon Ice – $10 Glass/ $60 Bottle
Featured Bottled Selections

THURSDAY – Tacos & Tequila
Complimentary Taco Bar
Beer, Tequila & Margarita Features

Chicago from the Columbia Yacht Club

Chicago from the Columbia Yacht Club

2. Rooftop of the Wit Hotel at 201 N. State Street in the Loop www.roofonthewit.com/

Find a Vino con Vista

Find a Vino con Vista

 

Rush Street Chicago

3. Terrace at the Trump at 401 N. Wabash

Trump has joined the long list of successful Chicago businessmen.

Trump Tower in Chicago

Aaron Montgomery Ward

Aaron Montgomery Ward in Chicago

Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald in Chicago

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

4. Drumbar on top of the Raffaello Hotel at 201 E. Delaware Place www.drumbar.com

DrumBar in Chicago on Delaware

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Hotel Raffaello in Chicago

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5. Mile North Rooftop Bar on the 29th floor of the hotel with the same name at 166 E. Superior www.milenorthhotel.com

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

6. The J Parker has 55 seats on the 13th-floor vista at The Hotel Lincoln’s rooftop lounge at 1616 N. Clark Street www.jparkerchicago.com

7. Cindy’s Rooftop open air Terrace at the top of the historic Chicago Athletic Association (www.ChicagoAthleticHotel.com) is my absolute favorite Vino con Vista Destination in Chicago! There are amazing panoramic views of Millenium Park and Lake Michigan. The 250 foot Venetian Gothic Tower was completed in 1893. It was inspired by the Doge Palace in Venice and designed by Henry Ives Cobb. In 2012, a 2 year restoration project created the magnificent rebirth of this magnificent Chicago landmark. Make reservations for www.Cindysrooftop.com for the best Vino Con Vista in Chicago!

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

I love that Jay Pritzker named the rooftop bar and restaurant after his mother at the top of 12 S. Michigan. “Executive Chef Christian Ragano, creator of Glencoe’s much loved Guildhall, and former Chef de Cuisine at NoMi, joins forces with renowned Spirit Guide and alumni of The Violet Hour, Nandini Khaund, to bring classic comfort and culinary invention via large format style dining over cocktails and apothecaries.”

Cindy Pritzker by Andy Warhol

Cindy Pritzker by Andy Warhol

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8. For a fabulous river-front view check out Quay Restaurant and Bar at 465 E. Illinois http://www.quaychicago.com/docks.html

9. Chicago Cut at 300 N. LaSalle is another great river-front destination with award-winning steaks!

Chicago

Chicago

Scallops in Chicago at Aria

Scallops in Chicago at Aria

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Flat iron steak over blue cheese mashed potatoes

10. Howells and Hood sidewalk café at 435 N. Michigan www.howellsandhood.com

Foodie Nation Chicago

11. Tortoise Club at 350 N. State http://tortoiseclub.com/

12. Grab on of the 80 seats at Homestead on the Roof at 1924 W. Chicago Avenue  www.homesteadontheroof.com

 13. Vertigo Sky Lounge on the 26th Floor of the Boutique Hotel at 660 N. State has a year-round indoor/outdoor lounge with a fire-pit. www.vertigoskylounge.com

Club Lago Italian Restaurant in Chicago

14. The Shanghai Terrace at the Peninsula Hotel at 108 E. Superior was voted the number one “Chinese Restaurant in Chicago” by Zagat. Checkout the Cantonese cuisine on the 4th floor terrace. www.chicago.peninsula.com

Learn about French Impressionism at the Art Institute in Chicago

15. Terzo Piano in the Art Institute at 159 E. Monroe Street overlooks Millennium Park. www.terzopianochicago.com/

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places in Chicago

Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places in Chicago

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

16. I love the outdoor cafes at Tavern on Rush and Gibson’s, but who doesn’t?

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Fort Dearborn Chicago

Historic Fort Dearborn Chicago

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Magnificent Chicago

Magnificent Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Lobster Boil at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Lobster Boil at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Historic Chicago Bridge Relief on MIchigan Avenue

Historic Chicago Bridge Relief on MIchigan Avenue

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Bucktown Arts Fest 2016 in Chicago

BuckTown Arts Fest in Chicago

BuckTown Arts Fest in Chicago

At the Bucktown Arts Fest 2016 you will see the neighborhood children playing in the park amid the art displays. Click here for more information: http://bucktownartsfest.com/

Hula Hoop in Bucktown

There will be many types of interesting original art and entertainment the weekend of August 227-28, 2016 in Chicago’s trendy neighborhood.

Cool Mosaic Guitar

Cool Mosaic Guitar

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln

I always head over to the annual Bucktown Arts Fest  with over 170 exhibitors and plenty of great food and entertainment in Holstein Park at 2200 n. Oakley in CHicago

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Chicago

 

morning at holstein park pool

morning at holstein park pool (Photo credit: MacQ)

WHEN: Saturday August 27th-Sunday August 28th. 2018 from 11 am until 7 pm.

WHERE: Bucktown at Holstein Park between Western and Oakley at Lyndale in Chicago

It's Wine Time

Art in Chicago

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All Proceeds support arts and education programming at Holstein Park in Chicago.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Venetian Night Returns to Chicago in 2016 at Navy Pier

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English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Chicago Navy Pier from the Lake Guardian

Chicago Navy Pier from the Lake Guardian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Giant Wheel of Navy Pier

Giant Wheel of Navy Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

Venetian Night is a aquatic parade of illuminated boats with Broadway musical themes set to music and followed by fireworks at Navy Pier’s south dock. The first event wasresented in 1958 and became one of my favoriteannual summer traditions at Monroe Harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN: September 10, 2016

WHERE: 600 E. Grand

 

 

 

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English: Navy Pier seen from the top of the John Hancock Building. Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The pier was built in 1916 at a cost of $4.5 million. Navy Pier is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwestern United States and is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction.

 

 

 

 

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Taste of Greektown 2016 in Chicago

Map of Chicago's community areas, grouped by c...

Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taste of Greektown 2016

WHEN: August 27 – 28, 2016

Enjoy Hellenic traditions: Greek restaurant food, traditional music and dance, handcrafts, and children’s games at Taste of Greektown at 400 S Halsted Street. Free.

Celebrate tantalizing Greek food including pastitsio and loukomades. Listen to Greel folk music and dance!

While you’re in the neighborhood, visit the National Hellenic Museum at 801 W. Adams St.

 

For more information visit greektownchicago.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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UNESCO loves Lisbon Portugal

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English: Monument to the Portuguese discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), Lisbon. Detail of the eastern side, showing St Francis Xavier (right) and Afonso de Albuquerque (left) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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FADO (Photo credit: Jose Carlos Babo)

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If you want to visit a gorgeous city, head to Lisbon Portugal. I love the Monument to the Discoveries; it commemorates the Portuguese explorers who participated in the Age of Discovery of the 15th and 16th centuries. You will find this monument on the estuary of the Tagus river in the Belém parish of Lisbon.   (Photo credit below from Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The Monument to the...

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

View of Lisbon Castle in an illuminated manuscript

View of Lisbon Castle in an illuminated manuscript (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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On the left, their are the names of the navigators in the  Monument to the Portuguese discoveries:  Bartolomeu Dias, Diogo Cão and António Abreu raising a padrão (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: East side of the Monument to the Portuguese Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon, with labels of individuals represented. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Carlos do Carmo. 08 Novembro 2007, Pavilhão At...

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The Castle of São Jorge occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and the Tagus River beyond. The fortified citadel, which dates from medieval times, is located atop the highest hill in the historic center of the city. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic sites of Lisbon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The tomb of Vasco da Gama, in the Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon. Français : La tombe de Vasco de Gama, dans le monastère Saint Jérôme, à Lisbonne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cristo-Rei (Christ the King) is a Catholic mon...

Cristo-Rei (Christ the King) is a Catholic monument overlooking Lisbon, The monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus river, facing Lisbon on the other bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fabulous Vino con Vista City of Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Lisbon is endowed with a combination of historic quarters and a gorgeous scenic Tagus River-front view. There is a vibrant downtown area with plenty of shops and restaurants. The city is brimming with outstanding art and architecture.

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English: The Monastery of Jerónimos, Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. They were recently awarded a cultural UNESCO designation for Fado.

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English: The Tower of Belém, Lisbon, Portugal. View from Northeast. Français : La Tour de Belém, Lisbonne, Portugal, vue depuis le Nord est. Italiano: La Torre di Belém vista da nord-est, Lisbona, Portogallo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Português: Estátua do Cisto Rei em Almada.

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I love the Vasco de Gama Bridge and the monument to Christ the King. The Cristo Rei monument stands on the southern bank of the Tagus River, in Almada where Christ stands with open arms. This statue was inspired by the Corcovado Christ the Redeemer  monument in Rio de Janeiro.

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I also love the Monument to the Discoveries representing the the maritime Portuguese Explorers during the 15th and 16th centuries. Expeditions started in 1419  along West Africa’s coast under Prince Henry the NavigatorBartolomeu Dias got to the Cape of Good Hope and entered the Indian Ocean in 1488. In 1588, Vasco da Gama led the first fleet around Africa to India. Methodical Portuguese expeditions started in 1419.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos” (Monument to the Discoveries) is located on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary; where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient. This magnificent sculpture was conceived in 1939 by Portuguese architect José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo, and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida.

The Tower of Belem was designed to protect the Tagus Estuary from pirates, but it isn’t the only castle in Lisbon. When I was in Lisbon, I had an opportunity to attend a Fado concert at ST. GEORGE’S CASTLE. From the millennium-old walls of the castle of Sao Jorge, I had a panoramic Vino con Vista view of this historic city.

The castle of St George, Lisbon

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I basically won the Fado lottery on this Vino con Vista adventure because I was introduced to Fado by listening to Carlos do Carmo. He belted out some incredible tunes. Most of the members of his Portuguese audience in Lisbon were singing along. He is like the Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley of Fado.

 

Lisbon Castle

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The Castle of Sao Jorge was an outstanding concert venue. taking hilltop venue overlooking the city of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

Fado en las calles

Fado en las calles (Photo credit: machbel)

This was my first exposure to Fado. Many Fado lyrics are drawn from poetry. I liked the mournful music so much, that I bought a Carlos do Carmo CD at the concert. Watch this video to see him in concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66wB4aomvI&feature=related

The Fado, painting by Portuguese artist José M...

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Historians concur that Fado is a “multicultural blending of melodies by Portuguese  sailors, African slave songs and ancient Moorish ballads.” Fado songs are usually performed by a solo singer, male or female. The solo singer is traditionally accompanied by a wire-strung acoustic guitar and the Portuguese guitarra (a pear-shaped lute with twelve wire strings).

Verdes Anos fado group

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Portugal has numerous Fado venues where you can hear the soulful music. There is a Fado Museum in Lisbon.

Fado is Lisbon’s traditional music genre.  This “distinctive melancholic form of traditional singing, accompanied by  classical and Portuguese guitars has themes associated with passion, fate and regret.”

On November 27, 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage ListsUNESCO is interested in protecting cultural traditions; Intangible Cultural Heritage includes “traditions and skills passed on within cultures.”

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UNESCO describes Fado as the “urban popular song of Portugal”:

Fado (Lisboa - Portugal)

Fado (Lisboa – Portugal) (Photo credit: Patxi64)

“Fado is a performance genre incorporating music and poetry widely practised by various communities in Lisbon. It represents a Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, local traditional genres of song and dance, musical traditions from rural areas of the country brought by successive waves of internal immigration, and the cosmopolitan urban song patterns of the early nineteenth century.” (UNESCO) For more information visit UNESCO’s website here

Vasco da Gama - stone tomb in Jerónimos Monast...

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Furthermore, Lisbon won The Academy of Urbanism’s “European City of the Year 2012.”  The organization was impressed with “Lisbon’s development of the River Tagus waterfront (now home to the annual Festival dos Oceanos) and the revival of Mouraria, one of the city’s typical historic quarters. Lisbon has successfully managed to sustain its classical and modern architecture. There was a tremendous amout of rebuilding after the great earthquake of 1755.”

The Academy  of Urbanism is “an autonomous, politically independent organisation whose goals are the recognition, learning and promoting of best practices in urbanism.”

Here’s a great video to watch before you plan your trip to Portugal: http://youtu.be/qt-T6Zbry98

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Deutsch: Lissabon Fado

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