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Taste of Chicago 2017

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Taste of Chicago

English: Taste of Chicago

Since I live in Chicago, I always go to the annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. I have been doing this for too many years to mention. When my sons were babies, I brought them to the Taste of Chicago in their double stroller. Now that my older son is married, he can walk to the Taste of Chicago with his new wife.

 

WHEN: The Legendary Taste is held from July 5-9, 2017 in Grant Park

 

Check out the FOOD TRUCKS


American Glory **NEW**

Auntie Vee’s

Aztec Dave’s Food Truck **NEW**

Beavers Coffee + Donuts

Bop Bar Truck **NEW**

Bruges Brothers

The Cajun Connoisseur **NEW**

Cheesie’s Pub and Grub **NEW**

Da Lobsta

El Patron **NEW**

The Fat Shallot

Giordano’s

Harold’s Chicken

The Lifeway Kefir Shop

Incredible food and top-notch musical talents combine at the annual Taste of Chicago. With 5 days to fill up on both, plan ahead by checking out the restaurant menus and concert schedules.

Taste of Chicago is free and open to the public. Headlining performances at the Petrillo Music Shell are free admission for lawn seats. General seating tickets are $22 and for premium views right in front of the stage, ticketed pavilion seats are available $50 online.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

4:30 pm concert start  

Maurice Jackson’s Independents
The O’Jays

Headlining Performers

With chart topping hits including “Love Train,” “Used To Be My Girl,” “Brandy” and “For The Love of Money,” The O’Jays connect with an era and a sound that provided the soundtrack for generations of R&B and soul fans. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for more than 50 years.

Maurice Jackson’s Independents will tap into the singer-songwriter’s career of recorded music as both a solo artist and as a member of the groups The Independents and Silk during the 70s and early 80s. The Independents, formed in the early 70s, released 8 singles, each of which rose on the billboard R&B charts. Their record “Leaving me” was a number one R&B hit.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Cornucopia of Music!

11:00 am Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats (Kids Music)
12:00 pm Tovi Khali (Blues/Funk)
  1:20 pm Aleph Beatz (Afropop/Dance music)
  2:40 pm Shuba (Pop/R&B) ChicagoMade A&R Winner
  4:00 pm The Rad Trads (Jazzy/Rockin’ Soul)
  5:20 pm Linsey Alexander (Blues)
  6:40 pm The Waco Brothers (Alt Country)

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

4:30 pm concert start

The Kickback
Passion Pit

Headlining Performers

Passion Pit is an American indie electronica band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, formed in 2007. The band consists solely of Michael Angelakoson on lead vocals and keyboards, joined live by Chris Hartz on drums, Aaron Harrison Folb on bass and synthesizers, Giuliano Pizzulo on guitar and synthesizers and Ray Suen on guitar and synthesizers. Recent releases include Kindred with the hit single “Lifted Up (1985)” and a 2016 Christmas Album featuring the single “Stained Glass Windows” from Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields.

The Kickback immediately enters the front ranks of contemporary rock-n-roll with the 2017 release of Weddings & Funerals from Jullian Records. The album is a furious, exhilarating and deeply emotional collection from the Chicago based band with lead singer Billy Yost, guitarist Jonny Ifergan, and bassist Daniel Leu. In 2016, the band performed at Taste of Chicago on the Bud Light Stage.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Rock the Taste!

 11:00 am Steve Ramone & The Pensioners
12:00 pm Blood Red Boots
 1:20 pm Ocean Over Airplanes
 2:40 pm Aeraco
 4:00 pm The Gold Web
 5:20 pm Bailiff
 6:40 pm Split Single

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

5:30 pm concert start  

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Twin Peaks

Headlining Performers

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals came together in 1999 to record the album Born to Shine which showcased Harper’s rock side, and he turns to the group whenever he wants to underscore his funky, fuzz-guitar talents. They have played together off and on over the years and in 2016 they collaborated once again on Call It What It Is. Ben Harper is a three-time GRAMMY® Award winner and is known for his skills on the guitar, along with vocals and live performances and his eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock.

Opening the show is Chicago-based Twin Peaks. As their fans know well, these dudes like to rock and most certainly love to roll. Band members include Cadien Lake James (vocals, guitar), Clay Frankel (vocals, guitar), Jack Dolan (vocals, bass), Colin Croom (keys, vocals, guitar) and Connor Brodner (drums).

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Folk and Country Day

12:00 pm Michael Riser Band
1:20 pm Clique James ChicagoMade A&R Winner
 2:40 pm Swingabilly Slim
 4:00 pm Jonas Friddle & The Majority
 5:20 pm The Railway Gamblers
   6:40 pm Jeff Givens & The Mugshot Saints

Incredible food and top-notch musical talents combine at the annual Taste of Chicago. With 5 days to fill up on both, plan ahead by checking out the restaurant menus and concert schedules.

Taste of Chicago is free and open to the public. Headlining performances at the Petrillo Music Shell are free admission for lawn seats. General seating tickets are $22 and for premium views right in front of the stage, ticketed pavilion seats are available $50 online.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

5:30 pm concert start  

¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá
Café Tacvba

Headlining Performers

 

Café Tacvba, is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and one of the most influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America. With a blend of rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music, their album Re was named the “Number One Latin Rock Album of All Time” in 2013 by Rolling Stone. Even after 25 years of music together, the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning group continues to expand its already massive audience of devoted fans throughout the Americas, Europe and beyond.

¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá opens the show at 5 p.m. After performing on the Bud Light stage at last year’s Taste of Chicago, ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat will now bring their roots- rock-inspired dance music to the Petrillo stage. Los Vicios de Papá is a high energy Latin ska fusion band with an intoxicating mix of Cumbia, dancehall, Huapachon, hip hop, reggae and ska that will send fans into a dance frenzy. Los Vicios de Papá will also perform at the Bud Light Stage earlier in the day at noon.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Latin Music Day

12:00 pm Los Vicios de Papá
 1:20 pm Vivian Garcia
 2:40 pm The Luna Blues Machine
 4:00 pm Mariachi Monumental
  5:20 pm Contrabanda Live
 6:40 pm Afinca’o

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

5:30 pm concert start  

Eryn Allen Kane
Alessia Cara

Headlining Performers

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alessia Cara has been topping charts and swaying hearts since her 2015 hit single “Here” debuted to critical acclaim, showcasing her song-writing skills as well as her larger than life voice. In 2016, “Scars to Your Beautiful” reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit #1 on the US pop radio charts. Cara’s single “How Far I’ll Go”, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana, has been a runaway hit since its release. Her latest single “Stay” featuring a collaboration with producer and DJ, Zedd, is the summer jam of 2017.

Chicago-based songstress Eryn Allen Kane will open the evening with an electrifying performance. In November 2015, the budding superstar released her solo debut Aviary: Act I. The stunning 4-track effort featured both of Eryn’s breakout singles “Have Mercy” and “Slipping,” as well as new fan favorite “Piano Song” (featured on BET’s Being Mary Jane) which catapulted to #5 on Spotify’s “Global Top 50 Charts.” “How Many Times,” the hit single from her 2016 Aviary: Act II EP is a testament of her momentum as a star on the rise.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

R&B/Hip Hop Day

12:00 pm Dej Monae
1:20 pm Maurice Jackson’s Independents
2:40 pm ShowYouSuck
4:00 pm Pinqy Ring
  5:20 pm The Boy Illinois ChicagoMade A&R Winner
6:40 pm Justin Ruff ChicagoMade A&R Winner

 

 

Beavers Coffee + Donuts

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Sat; E. Jackson – Fri, Sun

    • Mini Donuts (9)
      (Flavors: Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate, S’mores, Strawberry Bella, Turtle)
  • Mini Donuts (15)

(Flavors: Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate, S’mores, Strawberry Bella, Turtle)

  • Mini Donuts (35)

(Flavors: Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate)Taste of:

    • Mini S’mores Donuts (4)
    • Mini Strawberry Bella Donuts (4)

Bruges Brothers (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Papas Bravas
  • Braised Oxtail Poutine
  • Duck Fat Frites and Sauce

Taste of:

  • Papas Bravas
  • Duck Fat Frites

Chicago Cupcake

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Sat; S. Columbus – Fri, Sun

  • Créme Brulee Cupcake
  • Birthday Cake Cupcake
  • Chocolate Cupcake
  • Salted Caramel Cupcake

Taste of:

  • Créme Brulee Mini Cupcake
  • Birthday Cake Mini Cupcake

Chicago Lunchbox

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Vietnamese Pork Tacos
  • Korean Beef Tacos

Taste of:

  • Vietnamese Pork Mini Taco
  • Firecracker Rangoons

Gino’s Steaks Truck

E. Jackson – Wed, Sun; S. Columbus – Th, Fri, Sat

  • Steak & Cheese Sandwich
  • Chicken & Cheese Sandwich
  • Vegetable & Cheese Sandwich

Taste of:

  • Steak & Cheese Sandwich Mini
  • Chicken & Cheese Sandwich Mini

Giordano’s

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Sat; S. Columbus – Fri, Sun

  • 6″ Stuffed Cheese Pizza
  • 6″ Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza
  • 6″ Stuffed Sausage Pizza

Taste of:

  • Slice of Stuffed Cheese Pizza
  • Slice of Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza

Harold’s Chicken

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Fri; E. Jackson – Sat, Sun

  • Wings (3) w/ Sauce
  • Fries
  • Okra

Taste of:

  • Wing (1) w/ Sauce
  • Wing (1) w/ Okra

Jack’s Fork in the Road (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Sun; E. Jackson – Th, Fri

  • Roast Pork Tenderloin Sandwich w/ Fig Jam, Prosciutto, and Apple Slaw
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich w/ Blue Cheese Slaw, Onion Rings, and Truckmade Fire Sauce
  • Fries w/ Sriracha Mayo

Taste of:

  • Roast Pork Tenderloin Slider
  • Buffalo Chicken Slider

Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Jerk Fries
  • Festival (Cornbread)
  • Jerk Chicken

Taste of:

  • Jerk Fries
  • Festival (Cornbread)

La Cocinita (New)

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Fri; S. Columbus – Sun

  • Pork Patacon (Crispy Plantain “Sandwich” w/ Pulled Pork, Queso Fresco & Spicy Guava Sauce)
  • Chicken Tacos w/ Cheese & Chipotle Crema
  • Black Bean & Cheese Arepa w/ Venezuelan Guacamole

Taste of:

  • Pork Pataconcito (mini, open-faced)
  • Chicken Taco w/ Cheese & Chipotle Crema

Little Tittle’s Cupcakes

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Sat; E. Jackson – Fri, Sun

  • Red Velvet Cupcake
  • Turtle Cupcake
  • Lemon ZestCupcake
  • Butter Cookies (5)

Taste of:

  • Red Velvet Cupcake Mini
  • Butter Cookies (2)

Starfruit Café

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Sat; S. Columbus – Fri, Sun

  • Original Frozen Kefir w/ Fresh Blueberries
  • Mango Frozen Kefir w/ Granola

Taste of:

  • Original Frozen Kefir
  • Mango Frozen Kefir

The Crave Bar (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Sat

  • Handcrafted Pretzel Ice Cream Bar (Flavors: Dark Chocolate Decadence, Milk Chocolate Madness, Salted Caramel-licious, or Peanut Butter Bash)

Taste of:

  • Handcrafted Pretzel Ice Cream Bite (Flavors: Dark Chocolate Decadence or Milk Chocolate Madness)

The Fat Shallot

S. Columbus – Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Grilled Cheese w/ Muenster Cheese, Caramelized Onions, & Salted Spinach on Rustic Sourdough
  • Truffle Fries (House Fries Topped w/ Truffle Aioli)
  • Spicy Sesame Fries (House Fries Topped w/ Spicy Sesame Aioli)

Taste of:

  • Grilled Cheese w/ Muenster Cheese, Caramelized Onions, & Salted Spinach on Rustic Sourdough
  • Truffle Fries (House Fries Topped w/ Truffle Aioli)

Yum Dum (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Th; E. Jackson – Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Baowiches (2) (Pork Belly, Korean Chili Chicken, Crispy Shrimp, or Crispy Fish)
  • Steamed Dumplings (8) (Pork & Chive, Thai Chicken Basil, or Veggie)
  • Kimchessy Rice Balls (4)

Taste of:

  • Mini Boawich (1)
  • Kimcheesy Rice Balls (2)

 

For more information visit www.tasteofchicago.us

Check out the Pop-Up Restaurants:

In addition to the rows and rows of restaurant vendors setting up daily for the 5-day festival, you’ll find a lineup of Pop-Up Restaurants that mix up the offerings. Go on a culinary adventure to India or Belize, snack on cream puffs or donuts, or fill up on favorites like tacos or fried chicken.

Each Pop-Up is at the Taste of Chicago for only one or two days so get to them while you can!

 

Here are some of the POP-UP RESTAURANTS

 


Brightwok Kitchen – 21 E. Adams  **NEW**

 

Broken English – 75 E. Lake St.  **NEW**

Dinky Donuts, Inc. – Located at Markets throughout Chicago

Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize – 2518 W. 63rd St.

Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls – 1251 W. Fullerton Ave.  **NEW**

 

 

Pop-Up Restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Park was named after  Ulysses S. Grant,  the United States President and Civil War General.

 

 

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Loire Valley Wine Tasting in Chicago at the W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive

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What a great day for the Loire Valley French Wine Tasting on the 33rd floor of W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. It was definitely a Vino con Vista opportunity with plenty of French wine and wine-makers. The central part of the  Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire in France was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List  in  2000.

 

The Loire is the longest river in France and it is characterized by elegant historic chateaux and 300 miles of distinctive terroir that supports numerous vineyards along the river banks. This region is the leading producer of white French wines. The region is cloaked  with lovely vineyards and microclimates that produce distinctive varietals and wine styles. It is one of the most diverse wine regions in France with 69 appelations that include red, white, elegant sparkling wines and refreshing rose wines. There are distinct climates and a variety of soil types that divide the Loire Valley into 5 distinct regions.

The first vines were probably planted during Roman occupation 2000 years ago. Afterwards, the Augustinian and Benedictine Brothers enhanced the wine-making practices in this region.

I tasted some interesting Rose wines and plenty of earthy 100% Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is one of the world’s major red grape varieties and was introduced to the region in the 11th century. It  is frequently blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to produce a Bordeaux style wine. In the Loire region, it is  not blended with other grapes so it is lighter in color than Bordeaux blends. It is used in the development of Chinon and certain roses in the Touraine appelation.

Today I spoke to Philippe Porche, a charming wine-maker from the Saumur-Champigny region in Parnay located on the south bank of the Loire River decreed an AOC in 1957.  Cabernet Franc is the predominant grape in the area.  He and his viticulturist wife founded the estate in 2005 and produce some interesting Cabernet Franc wines. I favored the garnet-colored full-bodied and velvety  “Le Fou du Roi” that was aged in oak.  This lovely couple is looking for an importer @ www.domainederocheville.fr. Feel free to contact them if you are interested in importing  luscious wines from this region. Tell them that Vino con Vista sent you.

There is a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and Chicago’s Landmark high rises from the former “Pinnacle Room” of the hotel where I spent my Senior Prom.Chicago Illinois It’s always exciting to re-live your youth.

Chicago Architecture

Domaine de Roche Ville Winery

Lake Michigan

It was such a beautiful spring day that I decided to stroll down Ontario Street heading westbound after the wine-tasting. I longingly gazed at the wide array of restaurants on Ontario Street that I patronize. They run the gamut from divine to sublime. Here’s a sampling of my “Chicago Foodie Nation” favorites:

Les Nomades is an outstanding French Restaurant that offers a Prix Fixe menu of four courses for $115 in a swanky turn-of-the-century brownstones mansion on Ontario Street. It is the perfect place to enjoy French cuisine after a Loire Valley wine-tasting event at the W Hotel down the street.

Chicago Restaurants

Chicago French Restaurants

Another one of my favorites is the Capital Grille Steakhouse where I can’t stop eating the crunchy potato chips at the bar. I love the grilled salmon served over a bed of  veggies with a side of creamed spinach. They have an extensive wine list and have won numerous awards for their outstanding burgers!

Chicago RestaurantsOntario and St. Clair in Chicago

Capital Grille ChicagoChicago Restaurants

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Italian Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago Italian Restaurants

Across the street from the Capital Grille, I enjoy dining on the outdoor patio of the Coco Pazzo Cafe when the weather is nice. They have an outstanding lunch menu and recently won an award from the Italian government for their “Authentic” Italian cuisine. Quartino was another “Authentic” Italian-award winning restaurant. I took cooking lessons with the chef and he taught me to add some water from the pasta to my sauce–what a novel idea!! The Red Head Piano Bar is another one of my favorites night spots. They have great wine-tasintg events.

Authentic Italian Restaurants in ChicagoRestaurants in Chicago

There are plenty of famous classic Chicago  “Steak-Houses” on Ontario. Lawry’s serves an incredible Prime Rib and I love the “Aged Filet Mignon” and mushrooms at David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel. The Chicago Chop House has a wide array of delicious “sizzlin steaks.”

You will never be hungry or thirsty on Ontairo Street in Chicago. This city is a haven for Foodies!

Chicago is a Haven for Foodies

Chicago Steak HouseDavid Burke's Primehouse

Stop in at the the Hard Rock Cafe if you’re up for some live music. There are also some landmark fast food joints on Ontario including “Rock and Roll” McDonalds with a Rock and Roll Museum filled with memorabilia that my guitar-playing son adores.

Portillo’s has a great Italian Beef sandwich and classic Chicago hot dog and the drive-thru is always packed. Make sure you try the decadent chocolate cake . Chicago DestinationsM Burger is another fast food option that people are raving about.

Chicago Hot Dogs and Beef Sandwiches

Burgers in Chicago

Plan a trip to the Loire Valley and explore some of the majestic castles with spectacular medieval architecture: Chambord, Cheverny, Villandry and Chenonceau.

 

1. Villandry was built by the same man that designed much of Chambord (François I Finance Minister Jean Le Breton). Villandry is actually most renowned for what is outside of the castle. However, while Chambord remains Le Breton’s main achievement in construction, it is Villandry where he used all of the Renaissance gardening tricks he had picked up while working as an ambassador in Italy. The castle remained in the Le Breton family until the early 20th century, when it was purchased by Joachim Carvallo, who spent a whole of time, money and devotion to rebuilding, expanding and repairing the beautiful gardens. Today the gardens at Villandry are considered one of the best examples of Renaissance style gardens in the world and boasts a water garden, flower gardens and vegetable gardens laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges—making it a must-see on any castle tour of the Loire.

2. Chambord is one of France’s most recognizable castles known for its distinct French Renaissance architecture, which blends late French Gothic and newer Italian Renaissance motifs. Chambord is also the largest castle in the Loire. Chambord was first built by King Francois I as a hunting lodge (I know you picture a hunting lodge as being more of a log cabin than a magnificent model of French Renaissance architecture, but it was a KING’S hunting lodge, after all).  Chambord has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases. It is most known for its façade, which through more than 800 sculpted columns was designed to look like the skyline of Constantinople, with 11 kinds of different towers and different types of chimneys. Chambord also has a double-helix staircase that serves as the centerpiece to the castle and was rumored to have been designed (or inspired) by Leonardo da Vinci during his time at nearby Clos de Luce.

4. Chenonceau is one of my favorite castles in the Loire Valley. Chennonceau was built in 1513 by Catherine Briçonnet and later embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici, the Chateau de Chenonceau contains exquisite interiors and has idyllic gardens that look over River Cher.

Originally a small castle along the banks of the River Cher, the castle got its current design in the 16th century when it was seized by the crown for unpaid debts. In 1547, King Henri II offered the castle to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. and she had Chenonceau’s  arched bridge built. It spans the river. She is also responsible for the gorgeous flower and vegetable gardens set in buttressed stone terraces.

Upon King Henri II’s death in 1559, his clearly bitter widow and regent Catherine de Medici had Poitiers expelled from the castle and she moved into the scenic spot herself, adding even more extensive gardens. Since then the castle was privately owned for years and even used as a make-shift hospital for soldiers during WWII; its gallery bridge’s southern door provided access to the unoccupied Free Zone while the castle’s main entrance was in the Nazi occupied zone. Chenonceau today is one of the most visited and popular of the Loire castles and its Renaissance architecture and well-lit gallery and beautiful gardens.

5. Amboise is perched up on a strategic point along the Loire River and was originally built as a fort. In 1434, the castle was seized by King Charles VII after its owner (from which the castle got its name), Louis Amboise, was convicted and killed for supposedly plotting against the King. In the 15th century that the castle was lavishly rebuilt and added onto, starting with its late French Gothic architecture, until Italian builders were brought in and the castle’s style changed to Renaissance.While the castle became a favorite retreat for many French Kings (King François I was raised primarily at the castle), Amboise’s most famous guest was Leonardo da Vinci, who came to the castle in 1515 as a guest of the King and stayed in nearby Clos de Luce. What is most notable about Amboise, however, is known for its unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and large formal garden.

6. Blois was always a favorite getaway town for French kings; the castle in this quaint little Loire town is best known as the birthplace of King Louis XII as well as the primary residence for Henri IV’s exiled wife Marie de Medici, and later for the Duke of Orléans (brother of Louis XIII and uncle of Louis XIV). However, the castle has a long and prominent history and its Renaissance architecture and picturesque spot along the banks of the Loire make it a definite worthwhile stop on your Loire castle tour. In fact, the castle was the main resort for the French court during the 16th century and was also the location for the famed States General meetings held by Henri III in 1576 and 1588, where several prominent nobles were sentenced to death. The castle also plays a role in the famous Three Musketeers series by Alexandre Dumas as an important retreat for some of France’s most famous and powerful kings.

7. Cheverny was also given to Diane de Poitiers by her lover, King Henri II. Chenonceau was her favorite and primary residence. Poitiers sold Château de Cheverny to the former owner’s son who had originally built the castle between 1624 and 1630. The castle passed between owners until 1914, when the owner made it the first castle to be opened to the public; the family still owns and operates the castle to this day. The castle is renowned for its beautiful interiors and collection of furniture, tapestries and rare objects d’art. There is also a pack of about 70 dogs that are kept on the grounds and taken out for hunts twice weekly.

 

8. Clos Lucé is not really a  “Château de la Loire”; it is a large mansion located just 500 meters from  the Château d’Amboise by way of an underground passageway and is notable mostly for its most famous resident, Leonardo da Vinci. In 1515, King François I invited the Italian painter and inventor to Amboise and offered him the manor to use as a home and studio. When Da Vinci arrived in 1516 he came with three paintings, including the famed Mona Lisa, and lived in the mansion for the last three years of his life. Visitors to Amboise should not hesitate to hop on over to Clos Lucé, where you can peruse a museum that includes forty models of various machines designed by Leonardo.

9. Langeais is a perfect example of Medieval French architecture. It is located near the Brittany frontier and had a significant role in the battle between the French and English. The structure dates back to the 10th century and was built on a cliff which offered a strategic location overlooking the Loire River. The castle was actually fortified and expanded under the rule of Richard I of England (when English kings ruled this region of France) until King Philippe II of France recaptured the castle in 1206. The castle was also where Anne of Brittany and King Charles VIII wed, thus uniting France and Brittany. Today, the dark and ominous looking castle is replete with a great collection of Medieval tapestries.

Château de Langeais

 

 

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The Spring Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival and Charity Wine Tasting 2017

Get tickets for the Spring Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival and Charity Wine Tasting 2017

WHEN: April 22 & 23, 2017

Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Featuring the finest in Artisan Chocolate, Artisanal Foods and Wine, with demonstrations and more.
The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival supports 
BEAR NECESSITIES PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION.

Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium
in Plumbers Hall

1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 (click for map)

In the West Loop’s historic Randolph Street Market District. Enter from Randolph Street or Washington Boulevard.

For Tickets visit:

http://www.fineartisanevents.com/choc/

Check out the vendors:

 

CHOCOLATIERS
Patricia’s Chocolate

Grand Haven, MI
_______


Sulpice Chocolat

Barrington, IL
_______

Sotiros Foods, Inc.

Alsip, IL
_______

Mayana Chocolate

Chicago, IL
_______

Let Them Eat Candles

Glencoe, IL
_______

Melt Chocolates

New Berlin, WI
_______

Amy’s Candy Bar

Chicago, IL
_______

Polli Wogs

Appleton, WI
_______

Birmingham Chocolate

Birmingham, MI
_______

Chutney Devis

Chicago, IL
_______

Grown Up Kid Stuff

Chicago, IL
_______

The Paleo Cookie Company

Chicago, IL
_______

The Mighty Truffle

Vashon Island, WA
_______

The Cocoa Cabana

West Dundee, IL
_______

Artisanne Chocolatier

Bay City, MI
_______

Sweet P’s Pantry

Oconomowoc, WI
_______

Tatewick Treats

Chicago, IL
_______

Kakao Chocolate

Clayton, MO
_______

Puna Chocolate

Hawaii
_______

Liveat Chocolate

Vancouver, WA
_______

Terry’s Toffee

Chicago, IL
_______

Barcacao Chocolat

Naperville, IL
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barkTHINS

Sonoma, CA
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Uptown Brownie

Chicago, IL
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ARTISANAL FOODS
Give Back Kitchen

Highland Park, IL
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Art of Tea

Los Angeles, CA
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OMG Olive Oils

Seattle, WA
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Alliance Patisserie
& Alliance BakeryChicago, IL
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Tea Gschwendner

Chicago, IL
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Gigi’s Cupcakes Chicago

Wilmette, IL
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Sparkling Ice

Preston, WA
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Lemaster Family Kitchen

Chicago, IL
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Spicemode

Chicago, IL
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Dip’n Good Dips

Rockford, IL
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Smitty Bee Honey

Defiance, IA
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Twisted Eggroll

Chicago, IL
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Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Chicago, IL
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Glazed & Infused

Chicago, IL
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Krave Jerky

Sonoma, CA
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Umami Gourmet Coffee & Exotic Tea

Richmond, VA
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WINES & LIQUEURS
Boisset Wine Living

St. Helena, CA
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Deloach Vineyards

Santa Rosa, CA
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Raymond Vinyards

St. Helena, CA
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SOMRUS
Nectar of the GodsChicago, IL
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Wattle Creek

San Francisco, CA
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BuzzBallz

Carrollton, TX
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Mozart Chocolate Liqueur

Salzburg, Austria
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CHAMPAGNE METHOD SPARKLING
JCB Wines

St. Helena, CA
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Buena Vista Winery

Sonoma, CA
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SPONSORS

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Pediatric Cancer Foundation
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2017 at Navy Pier

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The Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced back as far as 1847. Originally, it was a flower and fruit exposition presented by the Chicago Horticultural Society (CHS). Back then, gardeners where looking for horticulture tips and techniques.

About the Show
Date, Location & Times:
March 18 – 26, 2017 | Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611

Sunday-Wednesday 10AM-6PM Thursday-Saturday 10AM-8PM

You can enroll in a Potting Party

Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
$20 fee per session. Register on-site at the How-to Garden—classes fill quickly!

“Time to roll up your sleeves and get gardening! A beloved tradition of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Potting Parties combine color and creativity into a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. Create your own mixed container of plants with the help of Official Potting Parties Instructor Keith Davis! Keith will share how you can create your own spectacular, take-home compositions. Each participant receives a take-home apron courtesy of Subaru.”

Adult Anytime
17.00 USD

$17.00


One-Day Pass
Thursday-Sunday Access


Discounted tickets
8/1/16 – 8/31/16: $14
9/1/16 – 12/31/16: $16
1/1/17 – 3/17/17: $17
3/18/17 – 3/26/17: $19

Book Now

Adult Weekday
15.00 USD

$15.00


One-Day Pass
Monday-Friday Access


Discounted tickets
8/1/16 – 8/31/16: $12
9/1/16 – 12/31/16: $14
1/1/17 – 3/17/17: $15
3/18/17 – 3/26/17: $17

Book Now

Spring
Fling
Free

$10.00


Adult Evening Pass
March 23-25, 5-8 pm


 
Available Online
and at the
Navy Pier Box Office
 

Book Now

Child
Anytime
5.00 USD

$5.00


Valid for Ages 4-12
One-Day Pass


 
Available Online
and at the
Navy Pier

“On June 16, 1847, the CHS held its first Exhibition of Fruits and Flowers, where it showcased ornamental plants and displays of prized fruits and flowers. The exposition was a surprise hit. Enthusiastically received by both tradesmen and the general public, the success of this event established the growing role of horticulture in the city’s footprint—a role that continues to flourish to this day.” (website)

 

The event is held at the Festival Halls in Navy Pier. Attendees can walk through life-sized gardens, participate in DIY workshops, learn from educational seminars, enjoy garden-to-table cooking presentations and more.

 

WHERE: Navy Pier in Chicago

http://chicagoflower.com/charity-event/

“Evening in Bloom” is a Preview Benefit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. It will provide an exclusive first look at “Hort Couture,” the theme for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.  

In the past, models were strolling around wearing innovative designs creations by local young designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator.

Evening in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Friday, March 17, 2017.  Our Charity Preview Benefit is reinventing itself as part of the 2017 Show theme “CHICAGO’S BLOOMING” – with new experiences aligning flowers, food and fashion.

An experience like no other… Upwards of 1,000 VIP attendees will behold the Midwest’s iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur the evening before it opens to the public. Guests will also be treated to extraordinary culinary presentations in collaboration with Pilot Light and the Illinois Restaurant Association Education Foundation and a special fashion show presentation of FLEUROTICA, with Honorary Chairs Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, in collaboration with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

“The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility. Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Don’t forget to visit the 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens during the summer!

Although the Garfield Park Conservatory was first built in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance did not form until nearly a century later, in 1998, when a winter storm nearly shut the facility down.  Formed by a group of people in the Garfield Park community, the Alliance is a non-profit organization that works closely with the Chicago Park District to provide educational programming, events and resources to Conservatory visitors.

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance changes lives through the power of nature. We inspire, educate and provoke exploration through innovative programs and experiences in one of the nation’s largest and finest historic conservatories.”

 

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

 

The Preview Event will benefit these organizations:

When ordering your tickets you may specify the charity of your choice, or split proceeds between both.

 

Chicago Gateway Green

Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 on the belief that beauty and sustainability go hand in hand.  Since then, Chicago Gateway Green and its partners have helped to improve both the local environment and the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and visitors.

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green improves Chicago’s communities through three key programs: the Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership Program, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms vacant land into tree-filled green spaces.

 

 

Friends of the Parks

Friends of the Parks (FOTP) is a 501(c)(3) designated park advocacy organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago’s parks and forest preserves for all citizens. Since 1975, FOTP has increase private and public commitment to Chicago’s parks through establishing park advisory councils, developing new parks, renovating play lots, and presenting public workshops and lectures to create and informed citizenry.  Our mission is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of Chicago parks, forest preserves and recreational areas for the benefit of all neighborhoods and citizens.

 

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Halloween Happenings at Chicago’s Glessner House Museum Historic Prairie Avenue

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Prairie Avenue has always been influential in Chicago’s History with grand mansions and influential residents. During the late 19th century, Chicago’s most prestigious residential street was Prairie Avenue.

William W. Kimball Home on Chicago's Prairie District

William W. Kimball Home on Chicago’s Prairie Street Historic District

Prairie Avenue is located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The Prairie Avenue District is a Chicago Landmark district and was added to the National Register of Historic Places. During the Columbian Exposition, Prairie Street was considered a “Must See” destination. I love the chateaux style residence at 1802 S. Prairie, formerly owned by the owner of the Kimball Piano and Organ Company. It was designed by the architect Solon S. Beman. Today, it serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Halloween Happenings:

Tour:  Shadows on the Street – Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, 2015

Tours at 7:00 and 8:15pm

Tours begin at the Glessner House Museum Vistors Center

$10 per person / $8 for members

Pre-paid reservations suggested to 312.326.1480

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark!

Performance:  29th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings

Saturday October 31, 2015

Readings at 5:00 and 8:00pm

Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Avenue

$25 per person / $22 for members

Pre-paid reservations required to 312.326.1480

Squirm in your seat as actors from Lifeline Theatre present staged readings of Poe’s terrifying stories and poetry.  A holiday favorite now in its 29th year!

Another one of my favorites is the brown sandstone Joseph G. Coleman House by the architects Cobb & Frost at 1811 S. Prairie.

Joseph G. Coleman House at 1811 S. Prairie in Chicago

Joseph G. Coleman House at 1811 S. Prairie in Chicago

Several of  Chicago’s most notable families and  important historical figures have lived in the South Loop Prairie Avenue District. Today the street is full of new construction that blends into the style of the existing historic landmarks.

Empire style Elbridge G. Keith House at 1900 S. Prairie

Empire style Elbridge G. Keith House at 1900 S. Prairie

Many wealthy Chicago “Movers and Shakers” moved to Prairie Street after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some of the prominent families that lived here included: the Pullmans, the Fields, the Armours and the Kimballs. When Philip Armour joined Field and Pullman on Prairie Street in 1875, Chicago’s three wealthiest citizens lived within a four block stretch of this historic neighborhood. These prominent Chicago legends influenced the  political history, the architecture, the culture, the economy, as well as the law and government of Chicago. Prairie Street lost some of its luster as the neighborhood became more industrialized and the demographics of Chicago changed over time. The Gold Coast and the North Shore became the more desirable areas for Chicago’s wealthy residents.

Although most of the houses have been demolished, you can still tour the 17,000 square foot Glessner House at 1800 S. Prairie.  It was designed in 1885-1886 by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in late 1887. The granite fortress-like exterior conceals a large central courtyard.

Original Front Door of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue in Chicago

Original Front Door of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue in Chicago

The property was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 14, 1970. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1970 and as a National Historic Landmark on January 7, 1976. It’s possible to have a wedding at this historic residence in the lovely courtyard.

The Glessner House Courtyard on Prairie Avenue

The Glessner House Courtyard on Prairie Avenue

Many newlyweds like to have their pictures taken at the “G” Door. If you turn the entrance to the staircase around, it forms the letter “G”.

The G Door of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue

The G Door of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue

John Glessner was one of the original founders of International Harvester, which became the fourth largest corporation in the country. Glessner was appointed vice president and continued in that capacity until his death in 1936 at the age of 92.

The G Door of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue

The G Door of the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue

When Frances and  John J. Glessner and his family needed a winter house in Chicago, Mr. Glessner decided to build a home for his family on Prairie Avenue and 18th Street. He chose one of the nation’s foremost architects, H. H. Richardson.

H. H. Richardson

H. H. Richardson note to Mr. Glessner

Henry Hobson Richardson (September 29, 1838 – April 27, 1886) was born in Louisiana and became a prominent American architect. His portrait hangs in the foyer of the Glessner House, surrounded by oak walls and a stately fireplace.

H. H. Richardson

H. H. Richardson

Richardson’s work had an impact on Boston, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Albany, and Chicago. The style that Richardson developed over time was medieval and fortress-like. His contributions are called Richardsonian Romanesque. He inspired Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.

H. H. Richardson

H. H. Richardson

Richardson studied at Harvard College and Tulane University. Initially he was interested in civil engineering, but eventually shifted to architecture. His passion led him to Paris in 1860 where he attended the famed École des Beaux Arts in the atelier of Louis-Jules André. He was the second US citizen to attend the École des Beaux Arts. Richard Morris Hunt was the first American student. The French School played an increasingly important role in training American architects. Trinity Church in Boston built in 1872, is Richardson’s most acclaimed early work. This church solidified his reputation and provided major commissions for him for the remainder of his life.

The Glessner House interior on Prairie Avenue

The Glessner House interior on Prairie Avenue

Take a guided tour of the elegant interior of the house that Richardson designed. It  was rescued from demolition in 1966. It has been lovingly restored and is furnished with many of the original “Arts and Crafts” period furniture and an extraordinary collection of pottery and decorative arts.

Glessner House restored Parlor with pottery

Glessner House restored Parlor with pottery

Glessner House pottery

Glessner House pottery

I love the elaborate tiles on the fireplaces in this house and the piano that was returned to the house from the President of Harvard University.

Glessner House restored fireplace

Glessner House restored fireplace

Glessner House original Parlor Piano

Glessner House original Parlor Piano

The Eastlake style furniture was designed by Isaac Elwood Scott. The lavish parlor of the Glessner House Museum was restored recently with generous gifts from patrons including the Bunny J. Selig Memorial fund and the Aileen Mandel Memorial Fund. The dedication ceremony was held on October 14, 2011.

Afterwards, architect and historian John H. Waters presented a lecture on the contirbutions of William Pretyman. Pretyman produced the original wallcovering in the Glessner parlor.

Glessner House restored Parlor

Glessner House restored Parlor

Glessner House restored Parlor

Glessner House restored Parlor

The Museum offers a variety of programs to the public including lectures on Chicago history and musical programs. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Lecture Series will cover “The Architecture of Howard Van Doren Shaw.” For more information visit www.glessnerhouse.org.

Prairie Street has been re-developed with into a vibrant neighborhood with upscale modern housing, but her landmark buildings continue to be the backbone of this historic district.

There are other historical and architectural gems in the area between South Prairie Avenue and South Indiana Avenue. These residences were built from 1870 to 1900. Many important and notable families who were residents of Prairie, influenced the evolution of Chicago. They played a prominent national and international role in Chicago’s rise to a world-class city.

Recently, developments have extended the street north to accommodate new high-rise condominiums, such as One Museum Park, along Roosevelt Road (12th Street). The redevelopment has extended the street so that it has prominent buildings bordering Grant Park with Prairie Avenue addresses.

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

High rises near Chicago's Prarie District in the South Loop

High rises near Chicago’s Prarie District in the South Loop

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Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade 2015

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Attend the annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago. The parade celebrates the historic 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus as well as Italian-American Culture. Columbus is from Genoa Italy. Here’s a Genoa Video for all my Italian friends on Columbus Day http://youtu.be/wujacerrsp8

The annual Columbus Day Parade celebrates Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage to America and Italian-American culture. The parade will be on State Street from Wacker to Van Buren.

 

When: October 15, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.

 

Columbus Before the Queen.

Columbus Before the Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Statue of "Christopher Columbus" fir...

Statue of “Christopher Columbus” first dispalyed-published 1933. Grant Park, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Christopher Columbus ( 1451 –1506) was an explorer, colonizer  and navigator. He was born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy.

English: The routes of the four voyages of Col...

English: The routes of the four voyages of Columbus. Español: Rutas seguidas por Colón en sus cuatro viajes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Columbus_1892_Issue-$5.jpg Christophe...

English: Columbus_1892_Issue-$5.jpg Christopher columbus” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States. It is celebrated in many countries around the world: Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America; Discovery Day in the Bahamas; Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay.

Christoper Columbus arrives in America

Christoper Columbus arrives in America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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Halloween Happenings at The Clarke Museum on Prairie Street in Chicago

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The Clarke House Museum in the Historic Prairie District  is the oldest surviving domestic structure in the city of Chicago. The Greek Revival Clarke House at 1827 S. Indiana St. has a colorful history. It has survived two fires and has been moved twice.

Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum

It was designed by an unknown architect in 1836. It is characterized by a large portico supported by tall Greek Doric columns and a pediment. The Italianate finial and cupola were added in the 1850s. It opened as a museum in 1982 with period  furnishings provided by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. I loved the horse-hair upholstery.

Clarke House Museum Exterior

Clarke House Museum Exterior

Clarke House Museum Exterior

Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum Cupola

Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum Interior

Clarke House Museum Exterior

Clarke House Museum Exterior

 

Henry and Caroline Clarke built their house on 20 acres of land at 16th and Michigan Avenue in 1836, a year before the city was officially incorporated. In 1872, the Clarke children sold the house to John Chrimes who moved it to Wabash and 45th Street. In 1941, his grand daughters sold the house to Bishop Louis Henry Ford and the Saint Paul Church of God in Christ used the house as their parish hall until 1977.

The city of Chicago bought the house and moved it to the present location on Prairie Street on December 4, 1977. The house had to be lifted over the “L” Tracks and was set on a new foundation on Prairie Street. The Clarke House Museum is open for tours and is nestled in the beautiful grounds of the Women’s Park and Gardens.

Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum Gardens

Clarke House Women's Park and Gardens

Clarke House Women’s Park and Gardens

The park celebrates the contributions of women who built Chicago.   There are beautiful “Helping Hands” sculptures by Louise Bourgeois that serve as a memorial to  Jane Addams. For more information visit www.clarkehousemuseum.org.

Chicago's Prairie District

Chicago’s Prairie District Women’s Park

Chicago's Prairie District South Loop

Clarke House Museum Grounds and Gardens

Helping Hands in Chicago by Louise Bourgeois

Helping Hands in Chicago by Louise Bourgeois

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance has an annual Fall historic street fair called “The Festival on Prairie Avenue.” The annual event takes place at Prairie and 18th Street. The event features many exciting attractions including: a main stage with entertainment, a menagerie of exotic animals, pony rides, a War of 1812 encampment, period fashions, a pie eating contest, food & tours of the Landmark Glessner and Clarke Houses. Artists feature a number of historic crafts and interactive art demonstrations. Exhibits include: Pottery, Ceramics, Candles, Knitting, Weaving, Glass Making, Textiles, Painting and Jewelry.

ANNUAL EDGAR ALLAN POE READINGS: If you prefer to take in Prairie Avenue’s Halloween ambience from the inside, the Clarke House Museum teams up with Lifeline Theatre for an evening of tales to tremble by from America’s master of horror. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 25; Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Ave.; $25 at 312-326-1480 or glessnerhouse.org

Tour:  Shadows on the Street – Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue

Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, 2015

Tours at 7:00 and 8:15pm

Tours begin at the Glessner House Museum Vistors Center

$10 per person / $8 for members

Pre-paid reservations suggested to 312.326.1480

Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark!

Performance:  29th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings

Saturday October 31, 2015

Readings at 5:00 and 8:00pm

Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Avenue

$25 per person / $22 for members

Pre-paid reservations required to 312.326.1480

Squirm in your seat as actors from Lifeline Theatre present staged readings of Poe’s terrifying stories and poetry.  A holiday favorite now in its 29th year!

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

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Shake Your Groove Thing at Chicago’s Green Tie Ball 2015 at Venue One

English: Screenshot of Alice from the trailer ...

English: Screenshot of Alice from the trailer for the film Alice in Wonderland (1951). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year’s GREEN TIE BALL will be held at Venue One on Randolph.

Green Tie Ball 2015 by Gateway green

http://www.gatewaygreen.org/event/green-tie-ball/

Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel, 1865 Deutsc...

Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel, 1865 Deutsch: Von John Tenniel stammende Illustration aus Lewis Carrolls Alice im Wunderland. Polski: Alicja z powieści pt. Alicja w Krainie Czarów autorstwa Lewisa Carrolla (ilustrator: John Tenniel). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Cheshire Cat from Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is a figure Beckjord has used for illustrating his ideas regarding Bigfoot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct0ber 10, 2015

WHERE: Venue One

Times: 7:00PM Entry Time for VIP Tickets, 8:00PM Entry Time for General Admission Tickets. Event continues until 12am with after parties at Underground and Bar Siena.

Tickets: $250 VIP Tickets, $175 General Admission, VIP Lounges $3,500 (includes 10 tickets for each lounge pod)

Special Presale Prices: $125 Aug 3-Aug 23, $150 Aug 24-Sept 13, $175 Sept 14-Oct 10 and at the Door. –Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/greentieball24

One year I stepped into my Ruby Slippers and joined Dorothy, the Tin Man and her little dog Toto in the Emerald City at the Finkl Foundon Southport. This year I’ll don my disco wear and step into Studio 54.

Cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the trailer for the film The Wizard of Oz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Proceeds beautify the City of Chicago’s public spaces including the expressway.

Summary: Green Tie Ball XXIV raises money for “CGG’s Expressway Partnership Program, which creates and maintains beautiful, sustainable landscapes along Chicago’s major expressways thereby reducing air and noise pollution and adorning the gateways into the City’s communities.”

The gala attracts Chicago’s prominent movers and shakers.

 

This year’s gala will include dozens of Chicago’s top restaurants, premium open bars, eclectic entertainment such as special guest performance by Matt LeGrand, DJ appearances, the Dr. Bombay band, experiential silent auction packages and charitable gaming from River’s Casino

After parties:

-Underground (56 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654)

-Bar Siena (832 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607)

 

The “Supreme Lobster Chef Challenge” featured the final round of the Chicago Summer Chef Challenge Series at the Green Tie Ball. Chicago’s Food Trucks offered plenty of goodies to the elegantly dressed guests at Finkl Foundry’s Emerald City on Southport.

The Emerald City’s bartenders were pouring super-premium Wizard of Oz cocktails.

The Green Tie Ball is also offered a silent auction, gaming and multiple stages of live entertainment.

Tickets are available  @ www.gatewaygreen.org.

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

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I Love the Oenology Wine Room in the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago

From the California wine producer in the Centr...

From the California wine producer in the Central Coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

If you feel like a wine-tasting event but you can’t find one, here’s a solution. I suggest that you check out the Oenology Wine Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This incredible Hotel was the former home of the Medinah Athletic Club in Chicago. Like the Medinah Temple in Chicago, it was commissioned by the Shrine Organization. The building was designed by the architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. The cornerstone of the Medinah Athletic Club was laid on November 5, 1928. After your wine flight, take a tour of this gorgeous building.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

One of the professionally-trained sommeliers at the Wine Spectator, award-winning Eno Wine Room at 505 N. Michigan Avenue will pamper you. They will offer a wine flight paired with the appropriate cheese and chocolate combination.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

Since I like Pinot Noir, I opted for the “Pinot Envy” flight with a nice Oregon Pinot Noir. My flight included a 2008 Brandborg Bench Lands Pinot Noir from the Umpqua Valley in Oregon. I also had an opportunity to taste the 2009 Yamhill Valley Vineyard Pinot Blanc from Oregon and the 2008 Kenneth Volk Pinot St. George from the Calleri Vineyard in San Benito California.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Wine Flight

Once you have selected a wine flight, you can select your cheese selection to accompany your wine. My sommelier suggested the Challerhocker from Switzerland with an edible rind, a dense Ocooch Mountain sheep cheese from Wisconsin and the Barely Buzzed Cheddar from Utah rubbed with coffee grounds and lavender.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Cheese Flight

Now, it’s time to select your decadent chocolate desserts. Once again, just go with the recommendation of your professionally trained server and you won’t be disappointed. Have a Black Truffle Sea Salt, Macadamia Praline and Salted Chocolate Caramel. Now this is living!

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Chocolates

Of course, you can just select wine or cheese from the menu without opting for a personal “Pinot Envy” tasting party. Have a selection of cheese for $12 or just order a glass of wine.

Try a glass of red Amarone or Barbera D’Alba  from Italy. Those are 2 of my personal favorites from Italy.

If you want to learn more about wine pairing, here’s an informative video: http://www.restonsunocosubway.com/Reston-Sunoco-Wine-and-Beer-cellar.htm.

Wine tasting and wine pairing are interesting topics. Some of my favorite events in Chicago are wine dinners held at my favorite restaurants. I loved the Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner!

Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Wine Dinner

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

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Chicago’s Creative Design Harvest Festival 2015 in West Town

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

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

Chicago’s 2015 Design Harvest Festival is sponsored by the West Town Chamber of Commerce.

WHEN:

Design festival

September 26 – 27, 2015

Grand Art & Design Festival (formerly Design Harvest) has local furniture and accessory makers, live music, a square dance, food trucks, hayrides, and pumpkin painting on Grand Ave. at Wood. Donation.

The live musical entertainment area is programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. There is usually a big square dance in the street!

Beer sponsor Blue Moon will feature their Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with Crispin Cider and Coors Light.

FESTIVAL & SURROUNDING GRAND AVENUE DESIGN DISTRICT MAP

1. Creative Claythings / 2. State Street Salvage / 3. Artemesia / 4. Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden Center / 5. European Furniture Warehouse / 6. Modern Times / 7. Space 1858 / 8. Martyn George / 9. Urban Remains / 10. Design Inc. / 11. SG Grand / 12. Buckingham Interiors / 13. The Find / 14. The Painted Lady / 15. Urban Remains / 16. Salvage One

Come and check out the Food Trucks http://youtu.be/igyjbER5hqA.

There’s live music, food, wine and beer.

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Design Harvest 2011 in Chicago on Grand at Damen

Design Harvest 2011 in Chicago on Grand at Damen

The new festival features Chicago’s best local home decorating stores and designers like Room Service and The Painted Lady.

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Quilt from Chicago’s Painted Lady on Grand Ave. in Chicago

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Chicago’s Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Interesting artwork fro Room Service in Chicago

There will be furniture and home accessories, vintage goods, antiques and  design retailers located in Chicago’s Design District on Grand Avenue.

Chicago Design District

Chicago Design District

Chicago Design District

Chicago Design District

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Harvest Design Festival 2011

Get your creative mojo working this weekend with great food and music from The Hideout. The Naked Grape Winery is offering wine tastings.

Live Music at Harvest Design Festival 2011

Live Music at Harvest Design Festival 2011

 Harvest Design Festival 2011

The Hideout at Harvest Design Festival 2011

Live Music provided by The Hideout at Harvest Design Festival 2011

The Naked Grape Winery at Havest Design Festival

The Naked Grape Winery at Havest Design Festival

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

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