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Chicago’s Action-Packed Rush Street is a Mecca for Foodies and Fashionistas

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English: Rush Street State Street sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Bentley Gold Coast Showroom on Rush Street Category:Images of Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who can resist sitting outside at one of the charming outdoor cafes on Rush Street in Chicago’s wealthiest and most prominent Gold Coast neighborhood?

Here’s a short video of some of my favorite Rush Street Destinations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT858R6N2gw.

The neighborhood has a Bentley dealership as well as a Lamborghini Dealership. There are also plenty of upscale retailers.

Gold Coast Lamborghini on Rush Street in Chicago

The street was named after Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the gentlemen that signed the Declaration of Independence. The neighborhood is packed with gorgeous architecture, outstanding restaurants and  five-star hotels.  Two whole blocks of Astor Street, from Schiller Street to North Avenue, are listed on the National Register of Historical Places with many landmarked properties everywhere.

Some very prominent Chicagoans have lived in the tony Gold Coast: The Palmer House Palmers,  the Tribune McCormicks and the archbishop of Chicago. Pope John Paul II stayed at Cardinal John Cody’s fabulous residence in 1in the Gold Coast in 1979.

Remember, Chicago was designed as a “Paris on the Prarie”. Maxim’s at 24 E. Goethe St allows you to visit the “Golden Age” of Paris. The art nouveau décor is an exact replica of the famous Paris restaurant “Maxim’s de Paris.” There is an elegant spiral staircase and has been featured in films like Quentin Tarantino‘s “Inglorious Basterds” and Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris“.

The Alliance Française at 810 N. Dearborn  is the home of the French cultural center. They offer French language classes, cooking classes, art shows and lectures. There are plenty of interesting things to do and outstanding dining options in the Gold Coast.

Morton’s on Rush Street

Carmine’s on Rush Street in Chicago

When the sun sets in Chicago, the night-life on the north end of Rush Street unfolds. There are so many restaurants, bars and live entertainment opportunities that it has been the favorite “Vino con Vista” destination for generations of local party-animals, tourists and fashionistas.

Live jazz at the Back Room

Hermes on Rush Street

Hugo’s Frog Bar on Rush Street in Chicago

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Rush Street (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush Street (Chicago)

Rush Street (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have some spinach stuffed pizza on Rush Street and then shuffle over to Rosebud for some delicious Italian food.

Map of Rush St. in Chicago

Map of Rush St. in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush Street starts at the Chicago River between Wabash and State Streets and runs directly north to Chicago Avenue. It curves and continues to Cedar and State Street. This entertainment mecca is only about a  mile long.

English: Rush Street Sinatra Way Crossing

English: Rush Street Sinatra Way Crossing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

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

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

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

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

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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Chicago’s 2012 Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus in Lakeview


Friday – Sunday; September 28-30, 2012  


Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm  


St. Alphonsus Church at Southport & Lincoln in Chicago  

If you follow my posts, you know that I can’t pass up a Chicago Festival. Since I truly believe that autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Chicago, I try to hit as many of the Fall Festivals as possible.

Oktoberfest 2011

As a Chicago native, I know that when the fall season ends the possibilities of glorious outdoor festivals evaporate. The dreadful winter weather in Chicago isn’t conducive to outdoor festivals, unless you’re a reindeer or Santa.

Oktoberfest 2011 in Chicago

Saint Alphonsus Parish in Chicago

 Attend the 11th annual festival at St. Aphonsus Church; one of the most highly regarded Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago at 1429 W. Wellington on September 28-30, 2112

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

In 1900, one in every five Chicago residents was German. These Deutshischers brought their beer-making practices and oom-pah-pah music with them to Chicago. Their beer-making adhered to the principles of Reinheitsgebot; German Purity law. The “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law”  was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. The law has since been repealed but many German and American beers, for marketing purposes, continue to claim to abide by the rule.

Octoberfest in Chicago 2011

I always wonder how the out-of -state college graduates  know exactly what neighborhood to move into when they come to Chicago? Is there some Social Media fraternity/sorority news bulletin? The newly minted college graduates in Chicago love Lakeview!

St. Alphonsus in Lakeview in Chicago

Grab your lederhosen and Grampa’s beer stein and attend one of Chicago’s favorite Germanic  festivals.


There will be plenty of beer, brats, pretzels,  music and dancing. On Sunday afternoon, the “Kinderfest” celebration (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ) will feature games and  activities for children.

German Festival Costume

Saint Alphonsus Liguori was a doctor of the Church, known for his contribution to moral theology and his great kindness. He was born in 1696 in Naples. The original St. Alphonsus church was built at this location when the neighborhood was predominantly German. The existing church was built in 1897 and is located at 1429 W. Wellington www.stalphonsuschgo.org.

Octoberfest celebrations are modeled after the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. This 16-18 day celebration in Munich began as a wedding celebration for the royal couple. We owe it all to Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

There will be two stages: a Main Stage and a German Stage. 

Sixteen Candles at Oktoberfest 2011

Here’s the entertainment line-up:


5:00pm – The Polkaholics
6:30pm – Hip Hugger
8:30pm – Hi Infidelity

11:00am – Die Musikmeisters German Band
1:45pm – Radio Live
3:45pm – The Bratwurst Brothers
5:30pm – He Said, She Said
8:00pm – 16 Candles

Sixteen Candles Band at Oktoberfest 2011

Sixteen Candles at Oktoberfest 2011


7:00pm – The Polkaholics
9:00pm – The Bratwurst Brothers

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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Chicago’s Harvest Jam 2013 at Queen of Angels Parish in Lincoln Square

Chicago‘s Queen of Angels parish is hosting a 2013. The Harvest Jam homecoming festival is a school fund-raiser. There’s always plenty of outstanding entertainment and food at this annual two-day festival.

Harvest Jam logoQueen of Angels Harvest Jam, our community fall festival will be September 20 and 21, 2013! Highlights of the event include great live music, delicious food, family games, inflatables, Euro-bungee, arts and crafts and the crowd-pleasing chili, BBQ and pie baking contests!

WHEN: Friday, September 20 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Queen of Angels Church

Queen of Angels Church

This family oriented event features carnival games, choral performances, food, drinks and outstanding live music. The kids had a fun and peaceful “Hay Market Riot” frolicking in the bails of hay. They even auctioned off their Halloween art projects. www.harvestjam.com . I love the Chili Cook-Off!

Harvest Jam 2011

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Chicago’s North Side Summerfest 2012 on Lincoln Avenue at Irving

OK, I admit it, I am a Festival Junkie. One of summer’s greatest pleasures is dragging my lawn chair with the cup holder around to different historic neighborhoods in Chicago for street food and live music. I have lost count of how many times I have heard 16 Candles perform at a street festival.

Chicago’s North Side Summerfest 2012 on Lincoln Avenue at Irving is one of my favorites! If you like hot dogs, this is the fest for you! There will be great bands, arts and crafts and a mouth-watering array of  HOT DOGS.

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WHERE: 4000 N. Lincoln Avenue at Irving Park in Chicago

WHEN: August 17-19, 2012

Fri: 5-10 PM, Sat: 12-10 PM, Sun: 12-9 PM

Here’s a short video of the North Side Summerfest 2011 in Chicago


Many of Chicago’s charming neighborhoods have interesting landmark properties with incredible architectural detail. Many of the neighborhoods that host the festivals have been gentrified.  An active Chamber of Commerce and involved residents are willing to go the extra mile to make the event a success.

All around Chicago there are weekend summer festivals with plenty of Vino con Vista opportunities.

I love the  live music and the artsy atmosphere. Last year, The Gap had a food truck with great steak tacos!

There were vendors selling lots of unique art and merchandise.

They will have a Chicago-Style Hot Dog Contest.

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

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