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Freedom Fest at Navy Pier 2017 in Chicago

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Freedom Fest 2017 at Navy Pier
Tickets from $39 · 600 E. Grand Ave.

The 4th Annual Freedom Fest is a July 4th event like no other. You are going to celebrate this national holiday on the Navy Pier’s 27,000 square foot rooftop all night long. This event is good for all ages so make sure you bring along the family to really enjoy the night! Enjoy amazing views of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and all of Chicago’s best sights from the Navy Pier’s rooftop. This event is going to feature delicious BBQ food items to satisfy your July 4th cravings. As you view Chicago with your loved ones, you are going to enjoy this year’s top hits provided by your live DJ. Dance and celebrate all night long to your live DJ as you celebrate the most memorable Chicago July 4th night.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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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Top Ten Places to Watch Chicago’s 57th Annual Air and Water Show 2015

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English: Vapor cone/Prandtl–Glauert singularity. Taken at the 2011 Chicago Air and Water Show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make plans to attend The 57th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show.

FREE Admission • North Ave. BeachChicago Air and Water Show slideshow

Aug. 15 & 16, 2015 • 10 am – 3 pm Both Days

 

Chicago Air and Water Show Performers

Performers

This year’s performers include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (pictured), the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more.

About the Show

About the Show

Find out more information about the Chicago Air & Water Show.

 

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There are some interesting places to watch the show at North Avenue Beach. Try the Castaways Bar and Grill or Sand Bar Beer Garden.

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WHEN: August  from 10:00 am – 3 pm.

Here’s the official website:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html

1. Go to Belmont Harbor

2. Diversey Harbor

3. Oak Street beach

4. Navy Pier

5. Get tickets for one of the

Spectacular Chicago-area Boat Tours including:

http://www.seadogcruises.com/Chicago/home

http://www.cruisechicago.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com/Chicago/air-water-cruises-navypier

http://www.odysseycruises.com/Chicago/chicago-air-show-cruises

http://www.odysseycruises.com

http://www.spiritofchicago.com/Chicago/air-water-show-cruises

http://www.wendellaboats.com
6. Watch the action from the 94th floor

of the Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan Ave.

7. Go to the John Hancock Observatory

while enjoying a drink at the Lavazza Espression Café.

The John Hancock Observatory provides a 360° view

of the city, up to four states and over 80 miles.

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

8. One of my favorite Vino con Vista Spots is on the 95th floor at the Signature Room. When the building was completed in 1968 it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. “It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the sixth-tallest in the United States, after the Willis Tower, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower, the Trump Tower Chicago and the Aon Center.”

9. Check out the rooftop terrace at the J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln or the WET Deck at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel.

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Buildi...

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

10. Your best bet is to hound one of your Chicago high-rise dwelling buddies with a Lake Michigan view to invite you over. Promise to bring plenty of champagne, wine and appetizers. That always works for me.

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English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. Česky: Pět nejvyšších mrakordapů v Chicagu – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago from across Lake Michigan.

Chicago from across Lake Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Chicago Air And Water Show is one of the largest free air shows in the United States.”The Chicago Air And Water Show is an annual event that began in 1959 and attracts over2 Million aviation spectators every year.The annual event takes place over Chicago’s Lake Michiganand features various aviation acts raging from military aircraftto corporate sponsored aerobatic teams.

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A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton, Ohio (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is also a water-skiing and boat-jumping element to the annual event. You don’t have to be an aviation guru to enjoy the show. The Chicago lakefront offers plenty of fun events during this annual beach-front extravaganza.

 

Chicago Air Show.com is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 You can watch the show from the beach or attend a Yacht Party.
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English: Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2004) – The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the “Blue Angels,” delta formation performs the loop break crossover maneuver over Lake Michigan during the Chicago Air and Water Show. The Blue Angels fly the F/A-18A Hornet, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration lasting over an hour. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan J. Courtade (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht

Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht

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View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears Tower. The tall, black building in the center of the image is the John Hancock Center, and Lake Michigan is in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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Get Tickets for Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park 2015 before they Sell Out

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Illinois, US, and originally intended to celebrate the second millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a 24.5-acre (99,000 m2) section of northwestern Grant Park. The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots.[1] The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction.[2] In 2015, the park became the location of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting.

Planning of the park began in October 1997. Construction began in October 1998, and Millennium Park was opened in a ceremony on July 16, 2004, four years behind schedule. The three-day opening celebrations were attended by some 300,000 people and included an inaugural concert by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. The park has received awards for its accessibility and green design.[3] Millennium Park has free admission,[4] and features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions. The park is connected by the BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway to other parts of Grant Park. Because the park sits atop a parking garage and the commuter rail Millennium Station, it is considered the world’s largest rooftop garden.

Some observers consider Millennium Park to be the city’s most important project since the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.[4][5] It far exceeded its originally proposed budget of $150 million. The final cost of $475 million was borne by Chicago taxpayers and private donors. The city paid $270 million; private donors paid the rest,[6] and assumed roughly half of the financial responsibility for the cost overruns.[7] The construction delays and cost overruns were attributed to poor planning, many design changes, and cronyism. Many critics have praised the completed park.

Features

Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park, with Daley Bicentennial Plaza behind, seen from Willis Tower in 2007

Millennium Park is a portion of the 319-acre (1.3 km2) Grant Park, known as the “front lawn” of downtown Chicago,[9] and has four major artistic highlights: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden.[38] Millennium Park is successful as a public art venue in part due to the grand scale of each piece and the open spaces for display.[39] A showcase for postmodern architecture, it also features the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the BP Pedestrian Bridge, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Wrigley Square, the McDonald’s Cycle Center, the Exelon Pavilions, the AT&T Plaza, the Boeing Galleries, the Chase Promenade, and the Nichols Bridgeway.[40]

Millennium Park is considered one of the largest green roofs in the world, having been constructed on top of a railroad yard and large parking garages.[41] The park, which is known for being user friendly, has a very rigorous cleaning schedule with many areas being swept, wiped down or cleaned multiple times a day.[42][43] Although the park was unveiled in July 2004, some features opened earlier, and upgrades continued for some time afterwards.[44] Along with the cultural features above ground (described below) the park has its own 2218-space parking garage.[7]

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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English: Millennium Park location in Chicago Loop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pelago Ristorante in Chicago

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English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Frank Gehry – Pritzker, from across Michigan Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park, Chicago(Illinois), USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get tickets for Chicago’s Premier culinary event!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-gourmet-2015-presented-by-bon-appetit-tickets-14325033561

This weekend epicurean affair showcases more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs,  renowned wineries, spirit makers and premium breweries. It also features dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.

Chicago Gourmet

September 25 – 27, 2015

Chicago Gourmet is a premium food and wine event with 100 chefs, cooking demonstrations, beer and food pavilions, and wine tastings in Millennium Park.

Specific questions regarding ticket sales may be directed to info@chicagogourmet.org.

Chicago Gourmet
September 25-27, 2015

CHEFS

Rodelio Aglibot, Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor
Louie Alexakis, Avli Estiatorio
Jimmy Bannos, Heaven On Seven/The Purple Pig
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig
Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO
Duncan Biddulph, Kinmont
Greg Biggers, Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Robert Blanchard, Norman’s Bistro
Mark Brand, 720 Bar & Grill
Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Aaron Browning, Tavernita
Karyn Calabrese, Karyn’s Fresh Corner/ Karyn’s Cooked/ Karyn’s on Green
Niall Campbell, Firefly Grill
Homaro Cantu, Moto/iNG Restaurant
Billy Caruso, III Forks
Arturo Carvallo, Hash House a Go Go
Edgar Castaneda, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina
Tony Castillo, Longitud 315
Kostas Chaidaropoulos, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi
Sandy Chen, Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
John Chiakulas, Beatrix
Steve Chiappetti, J. Rocco Italian Table and Bar
Christine Cikowski, Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Peter Coenen, The Gage
John Coletta, Quartino
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice
Shaun Connelly, LUXBAR
Judy Contino, Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe
Fernando Coppola, IPO
Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago
Abel Cortes, e.leaven Food Company
Timothy Cottini, FORK
Chris Cubberely, Cité
Thai Dang, Embeya
Jess DeGuzman, Sunda New Asian
Peter DeRuvo, Francesca’s Restaurant
Frederick Despres, Arami
Rohini Dey, Vermilion
Adam Dittmer, Bistro Campagne
Lamont Donley, Uncommon Ground on Clark
Joseph Doppes, Bistro Margot
Puje Dorlig, Jellyfish
Amanda Downing, Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar
Stephen Dunne, Paramount Room
David Dworshak, Takito Kitchen
Mitch Einhorn, Twisted Spoke/Lush Wine & Spirits
Graham Elliot, graham elliot/g.e.b.
Gregory Ellis, 2 Sparrows
Nelson Erazo, Adamus
Jaysen Euler, Davanti Enoteca
Sophie Evanoff, Vanille Patisserie
Joe Farina, Rosebud Restaurants/Rosebud Steakhouse/Joe Fish
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
Dirk Flanigan, Il Coniglio
Jonathan Fox, Firecakes
Jo-Marie Frigo, Nonna Santi’s Biscotti
Dirk and Terry Fucik, Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop
John Gatsos, Tavern on Rush
Chris Gawronski, Henri
Carlos Gaytan, Mexique
Tim Graham, Travelle
Mark Grosz, Oceanique
Mike Hernandez, ZED451
Sandra Holl, Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Tony Hu, Lao Sze Chuan
Riley Huddleston, I|O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Stephanie Izard, Girl & The Goat/Little Goat
Eric Jorgensen, Little Market Brasserie
Paul Katz, Old Town Pour House
Tom Kenny, Mike Ditka’s Chicago
Brian Key, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago
Jeremy Kiens, Nana
Ryan Kikkert, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Shigeru Kitano, SUSHISAMBA rio
Michael Kornick, MK The Restaurant/Ada Street/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar
Josh Kulp, Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Thomas Lents, Sixteen
Chris Macchia, The Florentine
Eric Mansavage, Farmhouse Craft Tavern
Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast
Joshua Marrelli, The CHOP SHOP
Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King
Shawn McClain, Green Zebra/ Sage Restaurant
Steve McDonagh, Spritz Burger
Michael McDonald, Mercadito Hospitality/Tavernita
Terese McDonald, Candyality
Charlie McKenna, Lillie’s Q
Kevin McMullen, Brixton
Gray McNally, The Tortoise Club
Masaharu Morimoto, Japonais by Morimoto
Cory Morris, Mercat a la planxa
Sam Netter, Real Urban Barbecue
Megan Neubeck, Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago
Victor Newgren, SideDoor
Martial Noguier, Bistronomic/Troquet River North/Brasserie by LM
Mitsu Nozaki, Henri/ The Gage
Leigh Omilinsky, Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Terry Opalek and Michael Frontier, Terry’s Toffee
Oscar Ornelas, Cité
Dan Pancake, Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Beth Partridge, Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Donald Penza, MUNICIPAL BAR + DINING CO.
Ryan Pitts, RL Restaurant
Tony Priolo, Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due
Doug Psaltis, Bub City/Three Dots and a Dash
Adam Puskorius, Eddie V’s
Devon Quinn, Paramount Events Chicago
Jose Ramirez, Kinzie Chophouse
Tigist Reda, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Kennon Reed, Cantina Laredo
Cardel Reid, The Signature Room at the 95th
Michael Dean Reynolds, Bread & Wine
Mark Rimkus, Flo & Santos
Matt Riordan, Saigon Sisters
Evan Rondeau, Uncommon Ground on Devon
Joseph Rose, Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
Patrick Russ, The Dawson
Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun’s Thai Restaurant
Patricio Sandoval, Mercadito/Mercadito Counter
Jonathon Sawyer, Trentina
Zoë Schor, Ada Street
Tony Scruggs, Old Crow Smokehouse
Nathan Sears, The Radler
Mindy Segal, HotChocolate
Tommy Sheean, The Drawing Room
Michael Sheerin, CICCHETTI
Patrick Sheerin, Trenchermen
Bruce Sherman, North Pond
Dan Smith, Spritz Burger
Joaquin Soler, Smalls. Smoke Shack & More
Jose Sosa, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville
Travis Strickland, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Kristine Subido, Pecking Order
Michael Tsonton, MH Fish House
Jared Van Camp, Nellcôte/Old Town Social/Leghorn
Tom Van Lente, TWO Restaurant & Bar
Chico Vilchez, Nacional 27
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant/Vie
Randy Waidner, Gibsons Restaurant Group
Scott Walton, Howells & Hood
John Wayne Formica, E + O Food and Drink
Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen
Christine Welch, The Coffeecake Connection Co.
Jared Wentworth, Longman & Eagle/Dusek’s Board & Beer/Punch House
Justin White, SmallBar Division
Erick Williams, MK The Restaurant/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar
Marc Wuenschel, Hutch
Alvaro Zamudio, Kinzie Chophouse
Jose Zetina, Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia
Bob Zrenner, Hubbard Inn

 

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the ...

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

 

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

WHEN: Chicago Gourmet 2014 will be hosted in Millennium Park, Sept 26-28, 2014

For more information visit:

http://www.ChicagoGourmet.org
http://www.twitter.com/chicago_gourmet
http://www.youtube.com/CHIGourmet

English: Harris Theater (left) and The Heritag...

English: Harris Theater (left) and The Heritage at Millennium Park (right) from Randolph Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nomi chef

312 Chicago's Chef Luca Corazzina

312 Chicago’s Chef Luca Corazzina

Quartino Restaurant in Chicago

Quartino Restaurant’s Chef in Chicago

Chicago is an international culinary mecca for foodies. There are many rising stars like Jimmy Bannos Jr. , a third generation Chicago restaurant owner and Chef. Here’s a video of the 2011 Chicago Gourmet Festival http://youtu.be/LiB0O2Y_A_g

Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago

I love the Millennium Park venue that was dedicated by Mayor Richard Daley in July of 2004 as a gift to the people of Chicago. We take every opportunity to use this incredible open-air facility!

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The extraordinary event promotes Chicago’s impressive world-class food and wine community. Last year there was a Grand Cru Wine event at the Harris Theater Rooftop.

Chicago Gourmet 2011 Grand Cru Event

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Forget about dieting during the weekend event or between August 20th until the event begins. There will be 140 chefs participating in the three-day event with plenty of wine-tasting opportunities; as well as a “Dine Around” promotion. Some of the restaurants in my “Rush Street” video  participate in “Chicago Gourmet“.

Here’s a short Video of some of my favorite restaurants on Rush Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT858R6N2gw.

Some of the participating movers and shakers include Chicago’s culinary gurus, Chicago chefs, master sommeliers and extraordinary wine makers.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The Chicago Gourmet Event “aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent”.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Chicago’s Michelin Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2011

I LOVE Dine around!!

Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around

The Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From Tuesday, August 20, 2013 through Friday, September 20, 2013, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.
Please check back for more information about 2013 redemption instructions.

Earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet

From August 20th through September 20th, dine in five participating restaurants, save your receipts, and redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet ticket at registration. Enjoy the special prix-fixe meal, or dine from the regular menu; either receipt is valid toward the free ticket if the meal total is a minimum of $35.
Rules and detailed redemption information are coming soon. This offer is NOT applicable to the Hamburger Hop.

2013 participating Dine Around restaurants:

2 Sparrows Restaurant

312 Chicago Allium at The Four Seasons

Argent Restaurant

Autre Monde Cafe

Avli Estiatorio

Balena

Big Jones

Bistronomic

Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Browntrout

Bull & Bear

Café des Architects at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Courtright’s Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca

Deca Restaurant & Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago

E+O Food and Drink

Embeya Epic

Firecakes

Firefly Grill

Francesca’s Restaurant

Frontier Green Zebra

Harry Caray’s Restaurant Hearty

Henri

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville

Ill Forks

Keefer’s Restaurant

Kinzie Chophouse

Lao Sze Chuan

Le Colonial

Level 2 Restaurant at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Little Market Brasserie LM Restaurant Group

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar

Markethouse Restaurant & Bar
May St. Cafe
Mercadito
Mercat a la Planxa
Mexique
Nacional 27
Nellcôte
NoMI Kitchen
Oceanique Restaurant
Old Town Social
Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana
Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
Piccolo Sogno
Piccolo Sogno Due

Prasino – Wicker Park
Prosecco
Public House
Q-BBQ
Quartino
Quay Restaurant & Bar
Real Urban Barbecue
Rickshaw Republic
RL Restaurant
Rushing Waters Fisheries & Trout House
Saigon Sisters
Siena Tavern
South Water Kitchen
Tavern on Rush
Telegraph
The Berghoff
The Bristol
The Florentine
The Gage
The Grill on the Alley
The Metropolitan Club
Uncommon Ground on Clark
Uncommon Ground on Devon
Untitled
Zocalo

The Bon Appétitand Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From August 20th to September 20th, 2013, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Go get your special receipt folder and and start “Dining Around” today. Dine in 5 participating restaurants from the list and save your receipts in your special folder. The folder has a list of all participating restaurants. Then redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet Ticket at the “Dine Around Redemption” Registration Booth on the day of the event.

This offer is not applicable to the Hamburger Hop. Last year, we started our Dine Around Journey at Gibson’s on Rush and ordered the Salmon and Filet. We love dining outside at this popular Rush Street Restaurant.

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson's on Rush in Chicago

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson’s on Rush in Chicago

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

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

We also went to Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush and ordered the incredible antipasto platter with some linguini with clam and an order of ravioli with pesto sauce. I had a margarita that was out of this world. Then we had a bottle of Frog’s Leap wine. I am never disappointed at this restaurant!

Linguini at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Antipasto at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Frog's Leap Cab at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Frog’s Leap Cab at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Excellent WIne List at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Chicago Gourmet Map 2011

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

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Chicago Festivals 2015

English: A view of Navy Pier from the shorelin...

English: A view of Navy Pier from the shoreline in Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Randolph Street eastward from Daley C...

English: Randolph Street eastward from Daley Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the ...

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

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

MAY 2015


 

Chicago Dance Month
Through May 1

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 2

James Beard Foundation Awards *new event*
May 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Spring Festival
May 7 – 23

Chicago Zine Fest
May 8 – 9

Chicago Craft Beer Week
May 14 – 24

Mayfest
May 15 – 17

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents Wright Plus Housewalk
May 16

Chicago Memorial Day Parade
May 23

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
May 23 – September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Randolph Street Market Festival
May 23 – 24

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
May 23 – 24

Bike the Drive
May 24

Maifest
May 28 – 31

Millennium Art Festival
May 29 – 31

Chicago Gospel Music Festival *30th annual*
May 29 – 31

Pivot Arts Festival
May 28 – June 7

Do Division
May 29 – 31

Lincoln Park Wine Festival
May 30 – 31

 

Art in Chicago

Art in Chicago

2015


 

JUNE 2015


 

Pivot Arts Festival
Through June 7

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Millennium Park Music Series
June 1 – August 27

Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico
June 5 – 7

57th Street Art Fair
June 6 – 7

Pilsen Food Truck Social

June 6 – 7

Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair 
June 6 – 7

Andersonville Midsommarfest
June 12 – 14

Ribfest Chicago
June 12 – 14

Chicago Blues Festival
June 12 – 14

Spring Awakening Music Festival
June 12 – 14

Grant Park Music Festival
June 17 – August 22

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival
June 17 – 21

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas & Puerto Rican People’s Parade
June 18 – 21

Taste of Randolph
June 19 – 21

Windy City Lake Shake
June 19 – 21

Six Corners BBQ Fest
June 20 – 21

Chicago Pride Fest

June 20 – 21

Gold Coast Art Fair
June 20 – 21

Green Music Fest
June 20 – 21

Dew Tour at Grant Park Skate Park
June 20-21

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
June 23 – August 25: Tuesdays

Chicago SummerDance
June 26 – September 13

Chinatown Dragon Boat Race
June 27

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party
June 27

Randolph Street Market Festival
June 27 – 28

June 27 – 28

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest
June 27 – 28

The Dog Dayz of Summer
June 27-28

Chicago Pride Parade
June 28

Street Food in Chicago

Taco

 

JULY 2015


Chicago Pizza Fest 2012

Chicago Pizza Fest 2012

4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

Patriotic Wrigley Building in Chicago

Patriotic Wrigley Building in Chicago

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 27

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 22

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25: Tuesdays

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
July 3 – 5

Windy City RibFest in Uptown
July 3 – 5

Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier
July 4

Chosen Few Picnic: House Music Festival *25th annual*
July 4

Taste of Chicago *35th annual*
July 8 – 12

Windy City Smokeout
July 10 – 12

Square Roots Festival
July 10 – 12

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
July 11

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
July 11 – 12

West Fest
July 11 – 12

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 17 – 19

Summer on Southport
July 18 – 19

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk
July 18 – 19

Chicago Craft Beer Festival
July 18 – 19

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival
July 18 – 19

Chinatown Summer Fair
July 19

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
July 25 – 26

Randolph Street Market Festival
July 25 – 26

Wicker Park Fest
July 25 – 26

Fiesta del Sol
July 30 – August 2

Lollapalooza
July 31 – August 2

16 Candles Band at Edge Fest 2012 in Chicago

16 Candles Band at Edge Fest in Chicago

 

AUGUST 2015


 

Lollapalooza
Through August 2

Fiesta del Sol
Through August 2

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 22

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25: Tuesdays

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 27

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

Taste of Latin America
August 1 – 2

Edge Fest
August 1 – 2

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
August 7 – 9

Ginza Festival Chicago
August 7 – 9

Retro on Roscoe
August 7 – 9

Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic
August 8

Wrigleyville SummerFest
August 8 – 9

Northalsted Market Days
August 8 – 9

Festa Italiana
August 13 – 16

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
August 14 – 16

Chicago Air & Water Show
August 15 – 16

Great American Lobster Fest
August 15 – 16

Reggae Fest Chicago
August 15 – 16

Albany Park World Fest
August 22 – 23

Chicago Food Social
August 22 – 23

Taste of Greektown
August 22 – 23

Chicago Dancing Festival
August 25 – 29

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
August 28 – 30

SausageFest Chicago
August 28 – 30

Bucktown Arts Festival *30th annual*
August 29 – 30

Chicago Fashion Fest
August 29 – 30

Randolph Street Market Festival
August 29 – 30

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
August 30

 

SEPTEMBER 2015


 

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

Chicago Jazz Festival
September 3 – 6

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
September 3 – 7

Chicago Fringe Festival
September 3 – 13

Shock Top Oyster Fest
September 11 – 12

Riot Fest & Carnival
September 11 – 13

German Day Festival & Von Steuben Parade
September 11 – 13

World Music Festival Chicago
September 11 – 22

Venetian Night at Navy Pier
September 12

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
September 12 – 13

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final *new event*
September 15 – 20

Fifth Star Awards
September 16

EXPO Chicago
September 17 – 20

Renegade Craft Fair
September 19 – 20

Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest
September 19 – 20

Chicago Gourmet
September 25 – 27

Oktoberfest Chicago
September 25 – 27

Design Harvest
September 26 – 27

Randolph Street Market Festival
September 26 – 27

 

OCTOBER 2015


 

Chicago Artists Month *20th annual*
October 1 – 31

Chicago Architecture Biennial *new event*
October 1 – January 3, 2016

West Town Art Walk
October 2 – 3

Chicago Marathon
October 11

Columbus Day Parade
October 12

Chicago International Film Festival
October 15 – 29

Randolph Street Market Festival
October 17 – 19

Open House Chicago presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation
October 17 – 18

 

NOVEMBER 2015


 

Chicago Architecture Biennial
Through January 3, 2016

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Chicago “Pinot Days” 2015: A Pinot Noir Festival at Navy Pier

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association s...

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association sign @ Shiloh Hill Vineyard (Photo credit: northbaywanderer)

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domai...

Assortment of wines from Oregon producer Domaine Drouhin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bottle and glass of California Pinot noir wi...

A bottle and glass of California Pinot noir wine made in Mendocino county (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Esterlina Tasting Room in Mendocino C...

From the Esterlina Tasting Room in Mendocino County California, an assortment of Pinot noir wines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russian River

Russian River (Photo credit: SSShupe)

Do you love Pinot Noir? Get tickets for the 8th annual Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier.

“The Grand Tasting will showcase 65 acclaimed pinot producers across the country (from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands and beyond), with more than 100 pinots to taste.”

Each wine is poured by its winemaker!

When & Where:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015.
From 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chicago Navy Pier
Lakeview Terrace Room,
600 E Grand Ave # 115

Chicago, IL 60611

Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. Pinot Noir winemakers will be pouring hundreds of exceptional pinots that are stylistically diverse regions like California’s Russian River Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Pinot Days  Principle

“Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. It has to be; pinot noir is exceptionally stylistically diverse, and our aim is to give every pinot lover a place to “go deep” within the style you love. And, if you’re open to venturing outside of your comfort zone, you can learn about, and quite possibly love, other styles as well. To this end we gather hundreds of pinot noir winemakers to pour hundreds of pinots that range from the picture of elegance to forward and “wow.” You can’t try them all – don’t try – it’s not the point! The point is to follow your palate like a North Star, and experience this beautiful little grape in as many forms and styles as compel you. It is an endless pursuit of knowledge. So, ignore the critics; ask folks in the crowd, “Who have you tried? What do you like?” Pinot noir is way more than a grape variety – it’s an art form. It is an endlessly fascinating intellectual and aesthetic pursuit for people who want to savor the good things in life. So we invite the world to Pinot Days, because pinot noir can change the world, one pretty, little, thin-skinned grape at a time.” www.pinotdays

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer...

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer Hanzell winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Participating Exhibitors-

Aberrant Cellars, Ancient Oak Cellars, August
West, Benziger Family Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Cartograph,
Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, Davis Bynum Wines, Davis Family Vineyards,
DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, EIEIO & Company, Fess Parker
Winery & Vineyard, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hahn Estate,
Hilliard Bruce Winery, Inman Family Wines, J Vineyards & Winery,
Katherine Anne Confections, Keller Estate, Kendric Vineyards,
Kessler-Haak Wines, Landmark Vineyards, MacPhail Family Wines,
Mansfield-Dunne Wines, Martinelli Winery, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, Mystic
Shire, New Zealand Winegrowers, Omero Cellars, On the Avenue Marketing,
Pali Wine Company, Ritual, RTV, Saintsbury, Sojourn Cellars, Stoller
Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Trombetta Family Wines, Van Duzer
Vineyards, Willakenzie Estate Winery, Wren Hop Vineyards, Yelp

Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards

Oregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tickets:  www.pinotdays.com

Try some Pinot Noir from the Oregon ure 10 Oregon pinot producers in a specially designated area. This will be the largest presence of Oregon pinot producers ever gathered at a California wine festival.

The alluring aroma and seductive color and texture of Pinot Noir makes it one of my favorite wines. This elegant and complex wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes that thrive in a very specific micro-climate with sunny, warm days and cool foggy nights.

These California vines prosper in the well-drained slope of Goldridge loam soil and  enjoy a long Indian summer in the Russian River Valley. The grapes are harvested in the cool pre-dawn darkness to conserve grape flavor and acidity.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the predominant varietals grown in about a 200 square-mile prestigious American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Sonoma County, California called the Russian River Valley. The area is shaded by majestic redwood trees. For more information visit www.pinotdays.com.

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Vineyards in the California wine region of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sample over 100 pinot noir wines from every important region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, Oregon to the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Come to Navy Pier to taste these highly acclaimed wines, meet the gifted and charming winemakers who create them, and experience the passion and romance that the pinot noir industry continues to embody. We call it Serious Fun. Come see for yourself.”

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

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Oktoberfest Beer Brats and Boats 2014 in Chicago at Navy Pier

 

Paulina Market, Shoreline Sightseeing's partner in the Oktoberfest Cruise

 

 

English: A view of Navy Pier from the shorelin...

English: A view of Navy Pier from the shoreline in Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get your tickets for Paulina Market’s Brew Cruise 2013 in Chicago.

WHEN:  September 26, 2014

Chicago Navy Pier from the Lake Guardian

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

WHERE: The cruise will depart from Navy Pier

Attend the Oktoberfest Brew Cruise 2014.

Shoreline Sightseeing will partner with Paulina Market to host their third

Beer, Brats and Boats Oktoberfest Cruise

Tickets are $49, and include dinner and a drink in a souvenir Oktoberfest mug. Passengers must be 21 or older. A cash bar will be available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 312-222-9328 or visit their website.

Have a German-style celebration with Oktoberfest favorites.

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011

Indulge in some Bratwurst and sauerkraut or potato pancakes. For dessert try some Apfelstrudel, Bienenstich and Pflaumenkuchen.

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011

To get your bearings, consider where you are in respect to the rest of the world.

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011

Look for the folks wearing lederhosen and German hats. You can dance to the live music.

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011

There will be plenty of ladies wearing dirdls that will be delighted to serve you Spaten Brau Muchen German beer.

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011

Enjoy the German cuisine, live music  and German beer. Take home a cool beer stein or a Black Forest clock.

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest

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

Navy Pier October Fest 2011
Navy Pier October Fest 2011
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Celebrate the 4th of July 2017 in Chicago

Magnificent Chicago

Magnificent Chicago

Map of the location of Magnificent Mile

Map of the location of Magnificent Mile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Birthday America! Today is your day to be patriotic so celebrate the 241sh birthday of the United States in Chicago.

A great place to watch the festivities for America’s birthday is Washington, D.C. but if you happen to be in Chicago, check out these events.

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

 

English: George Gershwin in his youth on a shi...

English: George Gershwin in his youth on a ship’s deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago

Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

On America’s Birthday, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which occurred on July 4, 1776.  

For this Fourth of July,  Chicago celebrates with plenty of events that salute the birth of our nation’s independence and honor its history.

There are spectacular fireworks at Navy Pier that illuminate the lakefront with a fantastic concert in Millennium Park. Attend a baseball game or the annual Ribfest.

Here are some of the events in Chicago:

 

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4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

Check out the fireworks at Navy Pier

Fireworks at Navy Pier
FREE · 600 E. Grand Ave.

Enjoy a spectacular show of pyrotechnics with a special holiday fireworks display along the downtown lakefront. At Navy Pier beginning at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, July 4, colorful fireworks will light up the sky with a mix of patriotic music in the background. Don’t forget, also at Navy Pier all summer long, catch the free fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

PLEASE NOTE: Navy Pier expects to see some of its biggest crowds and at certain points, may reach capacity and close its gates to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests. Plan your visit accordingly and arrive early if you have advance tickets/reservations for performances, dinner or cruises.

 

Freedom Fest 2017 at Navy Pier
Tickets from $39 · 600 E. Grand Ave.

The 4th Annual Freedom Fest is a July 4th event like no other. You are going to celebrate this national holiday on the Navy Pier’s 27,000 square foot rooftop all night long. This event is good for all ages so make sure you bring along the family to really enjoy the night! Enjoy amazing views of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and all of Chicago’s best sights from the Navy Pier’s rooftop. This event is going to feature delicious BBQ food items to satisfy your July 4th cravings. As you view Chicago with your loved ones, you are going to enjoy this year’s top hits provided by your live DJ. Dance and celebrate all night long to your live DJ as you celebrate the most memorable Chicago July 4th night.

Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Salute
FREE · Millennium Park · 201 E. Randolph St.

On Tuesday, July 4 from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Grant Park Music Festival presents its annual holiday concert. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the Fourth of July under the stars in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with an evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more. An encore performance will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

There are more events in and around Chicago:

Here’s a list of suburban fireworks HERE.

 

 

 

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

Carousel, one of many amusement options at Nav...

Carousel, one of many amusement options at Navy Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Magnificent Mile Chicago 041

Old Republic Building Facade on Magnificent Mile Chicago

Old Republic Building Facade on Magnificent Mile Chicago

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SOFA Chicago 2013 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall

Navy Pier

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Attend the 19th annual SOFA CHICAGO 2012, the critically acclaimed International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair in Chicago at historic Navy Pier  at 600 E. Grand Avenue.  SOFA CHICAGO is the largest and longest continually running art fair in Chicago.

Urban Expositions Presents 20th Annual SOFA CHICAGO Nov 1–3, 2013

SOFA Presents Strong International Roster
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CONNECT Student Design Exhibition and Competition Makes Debut

New U.S. and International Galleries Join Longtime SOFA Exhibitors for Extraordinary Presentations at the 2013 Fair

CHICAGO – Urban Expositions presents the 20th annual SOFA CHICAGO, the world’s foremost fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design, at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall from Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3. The three-day event kicks off with an Opening Night Preview on Thursday, October 31, from 5–9 pm, celebrating SOFA CHICAGO’s landmark 20 years with a first look at art and design presented by nearly 70 galleries from across the U.S. and around the world.

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WHEN: November 1-3,2013.

 

SOFA Chicago

SOFA Chicago (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

Navy Pier as seen from a sight-seeing boat

Navy Pier as seen from a sight-seeing boat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit www.sofaexpo.com

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

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