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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

Cover of "Robin and the Seven Hoods"

Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

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Richard J. Daley, mayor of Chicago, c. 1971

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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

But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

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Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

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Tribune Trivia for Happy Birthday Chicago

Windy City Chicago turns 175 years old

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March 4th was Chicago’s 178th birthday. Happy Birthday Chicago!!

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Here’s some interesting Chicago Trivia published in the Tribune

“The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed a pair of swans as its first animals in 1868 The Chicago Water Tower was erected in 1869 The team that would eventually become the Cubs won the National Leaugue’s first title in 1876 University of Chicago opened for classes in 1892 World’s Columbian Expostion was held in Chicago in 1893.

 

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L. Frank Baum wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at his Humbolt Park Home in 1899

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Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901.

White Sox beat Cubs in World Series in 1906. Cubs win the first World Series Title in 1907. The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was in 1929.

 

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Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion in 1931.

John Dillinger was shot and killed outside the Biograph Theater in 1934.

Pizzeria Uno opens and serves deep-dish pizza in 1943. Hugh Heffner launches the first issue of Playboy magazine from his Hyde Park apartment in 1953.English: Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley at the...

 

Mayor Richard J. Daley was elected mayor in 1955.

Second City opens on Wells Street in 1959.

Picasso Sculpture was installed in the Daley Plaza in 1967.

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Oprah Winfrey hosts A.M. Chicago in 1984.

Bears win the Super Bowl in 1986.

Richard M. Daley was elected Mayor in 1989.

 

Bulls won the first of 6 championships in 1991.English: Chicago White Sox Insignia

White Sox win the first World Series in 88 years in 2005.

Blackhawks repeatedly win the Stanley Cup.

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I love Gioco: An Italian Restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop Neighborhood

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Gioco is a charming restaurant  located in a turn-or the-century historic building built in 1890 in Chicago’s South Loop on Wabash. The restaurant opened in 1999.

The restaurant is packed with interesting photography and art. It is perfectly suited to appeal to the resident artists and Foodies in the South Loop near the Columbia College campus area. Here’s a video of some of Gioco’s incredibly cool art collection http://youtu.be/_SDPCQ9hGL4. Take time to tour the private rooms at Gioco.

After the passage of Prohibition, the 1920s brought international notoriety to Chicago.

The South Loop area had bootleggers and smugglers who brought in liquor from Canada and formed powerful gangs. The gang members generated lucrative profits by bringing liquor to speakeasies and private clients. A speakeasy (also called a blind pig or blind tiger) was an establishment that illegally sold alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the period known as Prohibition (1920–1933). The most notorious gangster in Chicago was Al Capone.

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Gioco has an  old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe. The safe is in the basement was used by some of the most notorious Chicago gangsters of the 20th century: Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George “Bugs” Moran and Earl “Hymie” Weiss.

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Gioco is located in one of the former gambling houses/Speakeasies that dominated the South Loop area in the early 1900s. One of the private rooms at Gioco is called The Speakeasy.  It has a secret passageway behind some bookshelves that lead to the back alley.

One of the paneled banquet rooms is called “The Ballroom.” The room is perfect for a private party. It’s filled with vintage photography; your guests can admire the old photo of Sophia Loren or Marilyn Monroe.


I like to sit at the bar and have a glass of Pinot noir and admire the place.

Here are some of my favorites: meat balls; the best mushroom wood-fired thin crust pizzas that I have ever had (infused with just the right amount of pesto); veal scalopini, Osso Buco and the outstanding homemade pastas. They also have a great Sunday Brunch.

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Cocktails and Capone in Chicago

Cocktails and Capone at the Chicago History Museum

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Al Capone. Mugshot information from Science and Society Picture Gallery: Al Capone (1899-1947), American gangster, 17 June 1931. ‘Al Capone sent to prison. This picture shows the Bertillon photographs of Capone made by the US Dept of Justice. His rogue’s gallery number is C 28169’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prohibition Propoganda

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Did you know that this is the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Deirdre Capone came to discuss her book “Uncle Al Capone” at the Chicago History Museum as they celebrated the end of Prohibition.

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There were complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the event. That’s why Chicago is a world-class Vino con Vista Destination!

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Top 5 Spooktacular Halloween Events 2012 in Chicago

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English: Marshall Field, Sr., residence at 1905 South Prairie Avenue in the Near South Side community area of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Halloween offers many exciting opportunities to explore Chicago’s neighborhoods looking for ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Check out some of these 2012 Spooktacular Events:

Halloween (2 be or Not 2 be)

1. Spooky Boo Spectacular at the Lincoln Park Zoo. For additional information please visit www.lpzoo.org

Edgar Allan Poe

Cover of Edgar Allan Poe

2. Prairie Avenue offers the 26th annual Edgar Allen Poe Readings at the Clarke House Museum on Saturday, October 27, 2012. For more information visit www.glessnerhouse.org

3. Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Prairie Avenue

on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012

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English: Pullman Residence on Prairie Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: United States Soccer Federation building in Near South Side, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more informationabout the Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue visit www.glessnerhouse.org

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Marshall Field

Marshall Field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Marshall Field, Sr., residence at 1905 South Prairie Avenue in the Near South Side community area of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Photo of Potter Palmer I (1826-1902)

English: Photo of Potter Palmer I (1826-1902) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Chicago’s Franken Plaza at the Daley Center. Hop on a hay ride or join the Monster Bash.

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Daley Plaza, Chicago, Illinois. Photographed from 41°53′1″N 87°37′47″W / °S °W / ; latd>90 (dms format) in latd latm lats longm longs looking north west. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Al Capone. Mugshot information from Science and Society Picture Gallery: Al Capone (1899-1947), American gangster, 17 June 1931. ‘Al Capone sent to prison. This picture shows the Bertillon photographs of Capone made by the US Dept of Justice. His rogue’s gallery number is C 28169’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Haunted Segway Tour through Fort Dearborn, the Iroquois Theater and Al Capone‘s haunted yacht.

For more information visit http://www.chicagosegway.com/halloween_tour.html

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English: Engraving showing Fort Dearcorn, Chicago, Illinois, as it appeared in 1831 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Visit Espanola Way in South Beach for Mediterranean Revival Style Architecture

Historic Spanish Village in South Beach

 

Walk in the footsteps of Desi Arnaz along Espanola Way between Washington Avenue and Drexel in South Beach to see Mediterranean Rivival Style architecture. Desi loved to party in this part of South Beach during the 1940s. He played his bongos and sang his Cuban songs along this charming street. This is where Desi Arnaz created the sultry rumba craze!

 

Desi Arnaz 

Barbara Capitman and her buddies at the Miami Design Preservaton League saved the structures on this alluring street. “The Historic Spanish Village” is modeled after the romantic Mediterranean villages found in France and Spain.

Cuban Cuisine in South Beach

 

 

Today it consists of art galleries, restaurants, and quirky shops. See a flamengo dance performance or tour the art galleries and little boutique shops.

Check out Havana 1957 for Cuban Cuisine; or the “Tapas & Tintos” Tapas Bar while you are in the neighborhood. Look into their Flamengo Schedule to see a live performance. Get a refreshing Mojito at the Mojito Lounge. Española Way runs from Collins Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Mojito Lounge in South Beach

Tapas Bar in South Beach

 

Espanola Way Street sign in South Beach

 

 

 

 

 

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Notorious mafia don Al Capone located his gambling ring at The Clay Hotel in the 1930’s. The Clay Hotel’s Old World ambiance is well-suited to the  tropical magic of South Beach.

Lobby of the Clay Hotel

 

The hotel dominates the corner of quaint Española Way.  The Clay Hotel is nestled in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach characterized by the distinctive 1930’s architecture.

 

 

Don Johnson, Sylvester Stallone and Elton John have all contributed to experienced the special atmosphere of The Clay Hotel. Movies and music videos have been shot at this hotel; including the pilot for Miami Vice and many episodes of the television show.

The Clay Hotel's Resident Flamingo

Spend the day at the beach or play tennis and racquetball at nearby Flamingo Park’s well maintained courts. Cool off in the olympic size swimming pool.

Top of the Cameo Theater

Over the past few years, the bars and restaurants in this area have increasingly become a gathering place for the large Italian community in Miami. There’s an excellent Italian Restaurant next to the Cameo Theater called Osteria del Teatro.

 

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Cameo Theater in South Beach

Osteria del Teatro Italian Ristorante across from the "Historic Village"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try some of their authentic Italian Cuisine

 

 

Buon Appetito!

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