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The 62nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 in Chicago

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Fluorescein in the Chicago River on the St. Patrick’s Day (added for celebration, rather than tracing). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by night. On the right the new Trump Hotel towers the river, to the left the two level Wacker Drive can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. This picture was taken from the Columbus Drive bridge. The view faces west. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day, looking east from Michigan Avenue bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick‘s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day has been observed for more than 1000 years. It is observed on March 17th, the date of Patrick’s death. He is generally recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. Legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island and chasing them into the sea.

Chicago River is dyed Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

For a city that has been run by the Daley Dynasty for most of my lifetime, you have to understand the importance of the Parade to the residents of Chicago. It is so important, that we have two annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chicago.

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The Parade always occurs on a Saturday. If St. Patrick’s Day does not fall on a Saturday, the Parade is held the Saturday before. The Parade was held on, Saturday, March 11th 2017. The Parade always steps off at noon.

The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Dyeing the Chicago River is scheduled for 9:15 am. the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Everyone wears green. We even dye the river green, our fountains spew green water and we drink green beer.

Chicago’s Green Fountain for St. Patrick’s Day

We always crown a queen.  The St. Patrick’s Day Queen and her Court ride a majestic float the day of the parade.

This interesting tradition of  “the dyeing of the Chicago River a nearly radioactive looking Kelly green” has been around for 56 years. Here’s what happened:

“A couple of plumbers discovered the orange dye they used to detect leaks and illegal discharges of sewage into the Chicago River turned the water that Irish Kelly Green. They told the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 110 business manager Stephen Bailey, who then asked around and ultimately received permission to try and dye the river green.” Today, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 dyes the river.

“The Plumbers Local union is charged with dyeing the river green every year. They first used 100 pounds of the vegetable dye, which kept the river green for about a week. Today, 40 pounds of vegetable dye is mixed into the river using motorboats, which is enough to keep the river a Shamrock green for about four-to-five hours, after which the river reverts back to its murky, polluted green.”

The best place to view the green river spectacle is from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. When the river flows Kelly green, it’s time to start the parade.

 

WHERE: Columbus Drive from Balboa to Monroe

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a spectacular event attended by thousands of people and features a colorful array of floats. The parade proceeds north on Columbus Drive and ends up in front of Buckingham Fountain where the viewing stand awaits.  Everyone is encouraged to wear green to engender the luck of the Irish.

There’s plenty of parties at local bars after the parade. Here are some other interesting events that you may want to attend:

Forever Green Celebration with Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago

Forever Green is the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Chicago and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015! Join the fun with live bands, a silent auction, bagpipers, Irish dancers, a fiddle-off, and appearances by the Chicago Rose of Tralee, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, and South Side Irish Parade Queen. Ages 21 and up only

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Tickets: Included in museum admission (from $14-23, children 14 and under free)
One of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, the Art Institute of Chicago will kick off its newest exhibition “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day including a bagpiper!

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago

About a  week after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the city will host the Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle. This 8K race  kicks off the city’s running and racing season.

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This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. (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.

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Clarke House Museum Exterior

Clarke House Museum Exterior

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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

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Chicago’s Tallest Towers Offer Unique Observatories called Tilt and Ledge

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Chicago River @ night

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On March 4th, 2015, Chicago celebrated her 178th Birthday.

Chicago was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837 with a population of 4,170 and William B. Ogden was chosen as the first Mayor. Today Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, with around 2.7 million residents led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Grab your camera and meet me downtown.

When Chicago celebrates her  birthday, we painted the town blue!

Some of my favorite Chicago Landmarks are Chicago’s Tallest Towers:

Trump Tower in Chicago, under construction

Trump Tower in Chicago, under construction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willis Tower in Chicago, IL, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Willis Tower Turn Blue for Chicago’s Birthday

1. The Willis Tower at 233 S. Wacker where you can visit the Ledge.

The Ledge is a glass box extending away from the building that allows visitors to step onto a clear floor and look down.

2. John Hancock Center at 875 N. Michigan Ave has an observatory called 360 Chicago.

360 Chicago has a new attraction called Tilt where you step out on the 94th floor and are slowly tilted out at a 30 degree angle over the magnificent Chicago skyline. Here’s a video: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/05/07/lean-in-360-chicago-unveils-tilt-at-john-hancock-center/

 

3. The Merchandise Mart at 222. Merchandise Place

4. Union Station at 210 S. Canal

5. Trump Tower at 401 N. Wabash

6. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Building will say “175” in lights

Blue Cross Blue Shield Building for Chicago’s 175th Birthday

7. The buildilng at 150 N. Michigan will display “Chicago 176”.

 

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Chicago’s Gothic Revival Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue

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Nathan Hale statue outside the Chicago Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tribune Tower is a Gothic Revival It is listed as a Chicago Landmark and contributing to the Michigan–Wacker Historic District located at 435 North Michigan Avenue. It is the home of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company.

 

On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune hosted an international design competition for its new headquarters. They offered $100,000 in prize money with a $50,000 1st prize for “the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world”. More than 260 entries were received.

The winner was a neo-Gothic design by New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, with buttresses near the top.

 

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The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Prior to the building of the Tribune Tower, correspondents for the Chicago Tribune brought back rocks and bricks from a variety of historically important sites throughout the world at the request of Colonel McCormick. Many of these reliefs have been incorporated into the lowest levels of the building and are labeled with their location of origin. Stones included in the wall are from such sites as the Trondheim Cathedral, Taj Mahal, Clementine Hall, the Parthenon, Hagia Sophia, Corregidor Island, Palace of Westminster, petrified wood from the Redwood National and State Parks, the Great Pyramid, The Alamo, Notre-Dame, Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, the Great Wall of China, Independence Hall, Fort Santiago, the Berlin Wall, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei among others. There are 136 fragments in the building.

 

 

 

On April 11, 2006 the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum opened, occupying two stories of the building.

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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.

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.

Wrigley Building

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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.

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Christmas in Chicago: The Ten Most Spectacular Holiday Events 2014

There are plenty of glorious Holiday events in Chicago to keep you entertained this holiday season!

Add these Holiday Events to your Calendar:

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1. Winter Wonderland from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31st at the

WHERE: John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago

I love the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train at the Hancock building! They are celebrating over 40 years of festivities every weekend from 12-4pm.

2. Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

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3. Macy’s Christmas Displays at State Street, 111 N. State Street, Chicago

Macy's WIndows in Chicago 2012

Macy’s kicks off thPoinsetta Cocktail at Macy's in Chicagoe holiday season on the 7th floor in the Walnut Room with the annual Great Tree Lighting ceremony. Enjoy the spectacular Macy’s window displays.

Make a lunch reservation where you can have some pot pie and a “Poinsetta” cocktail with champagne and cranberry juice.

Tree at the Walnut Room at Macy's in Chicago

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4. Millennium Park Ice Skating

Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Chicago

Located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, the Millennium Park Ice Rink draws more than 100,000 skater annually. The rink is open to the public every day of the week and skating is free. Skate rentals are available.

5. Christmas Around the World

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Attend the 70th annual Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science & Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

The Museum Rotunda has a 45-foot tree with 30,000 lights and 1000 ornaments. The glorious halls will be decked-out with holiday singers and dancers. Fifty trees are beautifully decorated by members of Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent global cultures. Enjoy intermittent falling snow and bask in the glow of sparkling ornamentation at this year’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.

6. Visit the Christkindlmarket at the Daley Plaza at 59 W. Washington with more than 50 food and craft vendors from November 30-December 24, 2014. Get a collector boot when you purchase some hot mulled tea or wine.

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Ornaments at Christkindlmarket in Chicago

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 Louis Vuitton Purses7. Don’t miss the Louis Vuitton Window Display across from the Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue! Then hop on the Antique Coach and Carriage at 700 N. Michigan for a lovely tour of Chicago.

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The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Building can be clearly seen at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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8. There are plenty of places for an afternoon Holiday Tea in Chicago. These are my favorites:

I love the Drake at Christmas time! Listen to the harp as you enjoy High Tea at the Drake Hotel at 140 East Walton every afternoon form 1-5 pm (312-787-2200). Sometimes you can catch a fashion show!

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Fashion Show at the Drake during Holiday Tea

Fashion Show at the Drake during Holiday Tea

Head over to the Peninsula at 108 E. Superior and bask in the glow of the lavishly decorated Lobby Restaurant. The tree is magnificent! For reservations call 312-337-2888.

Here’s a video where you can see the holiday decor: http://digitalads.bostaging.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wf/chicagoFinal_1.mp4

Here’s the Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu:

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If you’re not in the mood for High Tea, I suggest a Lobster Cobb Salad or a Burger smothered with mushrooms, grilled onions and bacon. You can wash it down with a Cadillac Margarita. That’s equally festive to me.

9. Get tickets for some Holiday Performances in Chicago:

See Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Holiday Theater Production at the Goodman Theater at 170 N. Dearborn.

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Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival 2014

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Need to update your wardrobe? Want to score some deals at a designer trunk show in Chicago this weekend? Head over to the The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival.

Saturday, August 23, 1:00 PM

To kick off our weekend of “Pop-Up Shopping”, Southwest Airlines presents Andy Grammer, live in concert at the John Hancock Plaza (875 N. Michigan Avenue)! Following the concert, enjoy a meet-and-greet with the star (location TBD).

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Starting August 4th, Southwest Airlines will host a sweepstakes on southwest.com/magmile. Enter for your chance to win a trip for two to Chicago to see Andy Grammer perform at The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Presented by MasterCard, including roundtrip airfare, two-night hotel accommodations at the Talbott Hotel (20 E. Delaware Hotel), a $500 shopping certificate to Bloomingdale’s (900 N. Michigan Avenue) and a meet-and-greet with Andy Grammer.  Sweepstakes registrants will have the opportunity to download Andy Grammer’s new single, “Back Home,” after signing up for the sweepstakes.

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ShopFest

–> August 23 – 24
For the first time ever, North Michigan Avenue turns inside out as fashion takes to the streets! Join us for a weekend of unique “pop-up” displays that will line the sidewalks and fill John Hancock Plaza (835 N. Michigan Avenue). Popular brands and major attractions confirmed to participate include Macy’s, American Girl Place, 900 North Michigan Shops, GAP, H2O+, AT&T, Sunglass Hut and Art Institute of Chicago.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SPECIAL SHOPPING OFFERS,
HOTEL PACKAGES AND MORE!

For a full list of events, hotel packages and to purchase tickets for applicable events, visit themagnificentmile.com.

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrig...

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrigley Building, left; Tribune Tower, right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enjoy exclusive offers, shopping perks, designer meet-and-greets, celebrity appearances and special culinary events with live music entertainment and runway shows.

 

WHERE: The Magnificent Mile in Chicago on Michigan Avenue

Water Tower Place Michigan Ave Chicago, IL

Water Tower Place Michigan Ave Chicago, IL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Water Tower Place
Water Tower Place (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)
Westfield North Bridge

Westfield North Bridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Magnificent Taste 2014 on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago

The Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago Ri...

The Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get ready for A Magnificent Taste Culinary Event on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile during the Mag Mile Shopping Week!

 

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Celebrate Chicago’s Foodie Culture at “A Magnificent Taste”. There will be delicious bites from Chicago’s best restaurants and celebrity chefs.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Common Threads, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to educating children from low-income families on the importance of nutrition.

Tickets are on sale now or the return of “A Magnificent Taste”on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Book your tickets now for this event, space is limited!

Purchase VIP tickets through Priceless Chicago for an exclusive reception with celebrity guest Chef Sam Talbot, plus a specialty VIP gift bag!

To view photos from last year’s event, click here!

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrig...

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrigley Building, left; Tribune Tower, right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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

 

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I Love Chicago’s Iconic Water Tower

Chicago water tower

Chicago water tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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41.9224 -87.6565 ←↕→ -87.6039 41.8843 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago Water Tower Pumping Station along Magn...

Chicago Water Tower Pumping Station along Magnificent Mile Category:Images of Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago Water Tower

The renovated limestone castle-like Chicago Water Tower is located at 806 North Michigan Avenue along the Magnificent Mile shopping district.  It is housed in the  a small park called the Jane M. Byrne Plaza. The cherished crenellated tower was one of the magnificent structures that survived the Chicago Fire of 1871. It was the only public building in the zone to survive. Many people never bother to go inside.

The tower was constructed to house a large water pump in 1869, intended to draw water from Lake Michigan. It now serves as a Chicago Office of Tourism art gallery. The Chicago Water Tower is the second-oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky.

The pumping station is still operational and it is filled with gigantic water pipes. Some of the structure serves as one of the Chicago Office of Tourism’s Official Visitor’s Centers.

The Water Tower is an art gallery called The City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower. The exhibition space is dedicated to the work of Chicago artists and photographers. Stop in and enjoy the on-going exhibits.

Here’s a video of some of the Chicago Highlights around the Water Tower http://youtu.be/wlfh4jezIh0

A Lion in side the Chicago Water Tower

A Lion in side the Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

 

The neo-gothic Water Tower and the Pumping Station across the street on Michigan Avenue were completed  in 1869 and designed by architect William W. Boyington. He was one of Chicago’s most prolific architects of the mid-nineteeth century.

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

The Water Tower is 154 feet tall. It was created for Chicago’s municipal water system and originally housed a 138 foot iron standpipe used to regulate water pressure.

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

The Chicago Water Tower is the second-oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky.

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower from Hancock

English: Chicago Water Tower at Night

English: Chicago Water Tower at Night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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