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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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Chicago Bulls logo

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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.

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago

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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!

Chicago Architecture

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.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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A Taste of London Restaurant Festival 2012

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Calling all Foodies!! If you’re looking for a spectacular Food and Wine Festivial, go to the Taste of London in  London, England. Enjoy culinary specialties from around the world at one of biggest social events of the calendar.  Get your tickets at www.tastefestivals.com/london. Check out this video: http://www.londonrestaurantfestival.com/what-is-lrf/

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London collage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year’s Taste of London Restaurant Festival will celebrate the best of world class cuisine with a host of new international features and the most impressive line-up of Michelin starred restaurants and world renowned chefs in the show’s nine year history.

The event will be held in Regent’s Park in the north-western part of central London where you will find Regent’s College and the London Zoo.

WHEN: June 21 -24, 2012

WHERE: Regent’s Park, London

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Regent's Park London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wolfgang Puck at the 2010 Academy Awards

Wolfgang Puck at the 2010 Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the largest open air food and drink festival in London. It will host legendary international chefs including: Wolfgang Puck, Nuno Mendes, Bruno Loubet and David Chang to name just a few. “New food trends will be discovered as chefs from around the world take to the AEG Theatre to showcase international flavours, collaborating and going head to head with culinary masters from different cultures.”

Restaurants that will debut at the Taste of London debut include Jason Atherton’s award winning Pollen Street Social, Bar Boulud (Dean Yasharian), Whitechapel Gallery (Angela Hartnett), The Corner Room (Nuno Mendes), Massimo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar (Massimo Riccioli), Barbecoa (Jamie Oliver & Adam Perry Lang) and newly launched Iberica Canary Wharf (Cesar Garcia) and Cinnamon Soho (Vivek Singh).

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Celebrating London’s vibrant restaurant scene, Taste of London will help set the stage for a truly international summer, boasting a total of 11 Michelin stars with a line up including Le Gavroche, Gauthier Soho, Rhodes 24, Club Gascon, Petrus, Maze, Benares and Tamarind.

Over 50,000 visitors can expect to dine from 40 of the capital’s top restaurants, serving a mix of Asian, European and South American cuisine, enjoy international flavours from Malaysia, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean and pick up the latest ingredients from 200 quality food and drink producers.

Pre purchased Ticket Prices

Standard (entry only)                                                                             £24.00

Child (entry only)                                                                                   £12.00

Premium (entry + £20 of Crowns)                                                          £40.00

VIP (fast track entry + VIP area, glass of champagne & £20 of Crowns) £60.00 

Laurent-Perrier Masterclass (VIP benefits plus entry to one LP Masterclass) £80.00

Secret Garden (fast track entry + Secret Garden area, glass of champagne, £30 of Crowns, plus a host of Secret Garden VIP benefits) £90.00

Crowns are the official Taste of London currency used to purchase food and drink consumed at the event.

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

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