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Warm Up With This Round Up of Bands Hitting Chicago this Weekend

Posted on September 30th, 2015 by


A  late-’90s favorite and two  contemporary songstresses visit Chicago this weekend to help you warm up.


Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
Oct. 1
Tickets from $39.50

Nu metal saw a meteoric rise in the late ’90s and early 2000s and Korn was definitely one of the genre leaders. Fans should go to this concert to jam out as hard as possible and fail miserably at reproducing the beat box breakdown of “Freak on a Leash.”


Lianne La Havas

Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.
Oct. 4
Tickets from $29.50

There’s always those once-in-a-generation voices and British folk soul singer Lianne La Havas is one of those voices, but you don’t have to take it from you can just ask Prince who has collaborated with the young singer-songwriter. Lianne La Havas will blow up soon and this is your chance to say you saw her when.

Ariana Grande

United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.
Oct. 2
Tickets from $39.50

It’s too late to see Ariana Grande before she blew up, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check out the tiny diva with a powerful voice. She’s on your radio and television constantly and has some strong pipes, so why not check if she’s the real deal at the monolithic United Center?

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Pinstripes Unveils New Fall Menu

Posted on September 30th, 2015 by


Pinstripes offers so much in between their bowling and bocce that it can be easy to forget that they serve mouthwatering Italian food on par with many of the city’s great bistros. With the new additions to their fall menu you’ll never forget about the food again.

Some of the changes on the menu are more nuanced like replacing the polenta that was on their Caesar salad with black sesame crostini and Parmesan with Pecorino Grand Cru. However, they did add purple kale to the salad that gives the dish a much-needed bite.


You’ll find more noticeable changes in the pastas with the additions of ratatouille and ravioli. The ratatouille is always great for fall as every bite of campanelle, sauteed vegetables, spicy tomato-herb broth, and pecorino gran cru is more comforting than the last. The ravioli of housemade lamb sausage, mozzarella, brown butter, sage, and sun dried tomato is unlike any other ravioli I’ve ever had. Not only is the lamb sausage wonderfully savory, but the way chef Cesar Gutierrez layers it in the ravioli with the mozzarella in the middle adds a different structure to traditional ravioli.

The favorite maple glazed salmon stays on the menu but with a new twist with the addition of eggplant caponata and a red pepper sauce to the organic quinoa that gives it a nice kick. If you somehow have enough room for dessert it would be a crime not to have the pistachio profiteroles consisting of housemade pastry, pistachio gelato, hot fudge, caramel.

Pistachio Profiteroles

Of course, having Italian food without wine is probably illegal, so make sure to try one of the bottles from their excellent collection. For those who typically turn down white wines, like myself, don’t ignore the Blindfold white blend from The Prisoner Wine Company out of California that will make you rethink your wine preferences all together.

Pinstripes is located at 435 E. Illinois St.  For more information visit


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Deals, Discounts, Displays, and More Await at Chicago Museum Week

Posted on September 30th, 2015 by


Chicago is the best city in the country for museums for two simple reasons: We have the best and most creative curators, and we need something to do when it’s cold outside. With the temperature starting to drop, Chicago Museum Week is the perfect time to take advantage and see the number one museum in the world, the first museum with two full-size planetarium dome theaters, a museum housed in the only remaining building from the1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and much more.

Below you’ll find a list of the 12 participating museums with highlights of must-see exhibits, special presentations, and discounts.

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Free admission for Illinois residents Oct. 5 – 7
Make sure to take part in their Rocket Science Workshop Monday, Oct. 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. where you can build your own rocket ship with everyday materials.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave.
Free admision for Illinois residents Oct. 1 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the first large-scale exhibit of the internationally recognized architect David Adjaye, “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye”

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.
$4 off admission
20% off at the cafe and museum store
Unwind and learn more about Chicago at After hours at CHM with a refreshing drink at the cafe and a flash tour Oct. 6 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tickets to After Hours are $5 for adults.

Dusable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Pl.
Two-for-one admission
10% off store
With so much history make sure to take advantage of the special guided tours and don’t miss their exhibit “Freedom Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality.”


The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Free admission for Illinois Residents Oct. 4
If you take advantage of the free admision on Oct. 4 then don’t miss the “Vikings” exhibit, which closes that day. Marvel’s “Thor” has nothing on this exhibit with artifacts that have never been seen outside of Scandinavia.

Lincoln Park Zoo

2400 N. Cannon Dr.
Free admission all year
Fall Fest, Oct. 2 – 4, is a great way to welcome the season with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay ride, and more seasonal fun. While you’re there don’t miss all the new arrivals at the zoo like the adorable red panda cub, which might still be growing in the behind-the-scenes den.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Free admission for Illinois Residents Oct. 6
Bring a receipt from another museum you visited during Chicago Museum Week and receive 50% off an adult admission
Exploring this museum begins before you even enter the museum with their ongoing Plaza Project series, which now features Alexander da Cunha.

Museum of Science and Industry

Free admission for Illinois Residents Oct. 5 – 6
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
The Museum of Science and Industry is always looking into the future and no exhibits demonstrates this more than “Robot Revolution” where you’ll seeing everything from drones to the da Vinci® medical robot.

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St.
Free admission all year
The most anticipated exhibit every year from this museum is the one dedicated to the Day of the Dead. With 116 art pieces and 90 artists from both the U.S. and Mexico, this year is no different with “La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead.”


The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

3015 W. Division St.
Free admission all year
Tour with artist Oscar Luis Martinez through the museum’s latest exhibit “Metamorfosis of Divine Entanglements” during the Wine and Cheese Tour on Oct. 7 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Free admission for Illinois Residents Oct. 1
From Oct. 2 – 7 bring a receipt from your visit to another museum during Museum Week and get $5 off a paid adult admission ticket
10% off the entire gift shop
With the new “Peanuts” movie coming out kids are going to love the “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibit that explores the way Charles M. Schulz touched on nature in his comic strips.

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Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Free admission for Illinois Residents Oct. 5 – 6 or discounted upgraded admission
Visiting during Chicago Museum Week is the perfect time to do the Behind-the-Scenes Tour where you can view all the aquariums and animals from the perspective of the staff for 50 minutes at a 50-percent discount.

Chicago Museum Week takes place Oct. 1 – 7. For more information on the special deals and attractions the museums are offering visit

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Tailgate with the 1985 ‘Shufflin’ Crew’ at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier

Posted on September 30th, 2015 by

1985 Chicago Bears at Navy PierLooking to avoid Sunday’s pre- and post-Bears’ game traffic hassles near Soldier Field? Want to regale in memories of the 1985 World Champion Bears? Well, thanks to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier, now you can do both.

Before every Chicago home football game (through Nov. 22, weather permitting), you can get up-close and personal with players from the 1985 team at their Harry Caray’s Park, Tailgate and Cruise tailgate parties. In addition to the offerings, detailed below, players will be posing for photos with fans and signing autographs. The lineup includes Keith Van Horne (Oct. 4), Mike Richardson (Nov. 1), and Jim Morrissey (Nov. 22).

The festivities begin before game time at Harry’s. On Chicago football Sunday regular season home games, a selection of brunch items, including Steak and Eggs and Chilaquiles, will be available between 9 a.m. and noon alongside a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar and other all day drink specials.

Following the tailgate, guests can enjoy a 15 minute cruise to the Museum Campus. The Shoreline Water Taxi will board directly in front of Harry Caray’s Tavern and will be discounted for guests of Harry Caray’s ($14/adult (a $2 savings), $7/children 12 and under (a $1 savings), children 2 and under ride free). The roundtrip water taxi ride includes a choice of beverage to enjoy on the trip (Budweiser, Bud Light, Pepsi product or bottled water). Following the game, ride the water taxi back to Harry’s for a post-game tailgate to keep the party going.

Additional information is available here.

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Fall Favorite: Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by

Ambrose Akinmusire

Ambrose Akinmusire

Chicago’s favorite jazz festival is back this weekend and will feature hundreds of fine jazz musicians—ranging from world-class headliners to local emerging artists—in addition to fun extras like an outdoor dance floor, artisan vendors, and so much more.

In its ninth year, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival will feature more than 35 performances and programs on 14 unique stages throughout the neighborhood. The performing artists featured are some of the finest in Chicago and on the national and international scene. They are exploring a broad spectrum of the music, from traditional to free jazz to dance music to experimental composition. Many of them are presenting in new or rarely heard configurations, adding to the uniqueness of the festival.  Featured performers include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and Regina Carter, the foremost jazz violinist of her generation

At the center of the performances this year is a major commissioning initiative based on the festival’s Story Share project, which invites anyone to audio record a personal story about jazz at our booth on the Midway Festival grounds. In partnership with the Rebuild Foundation and with support from the Chicago Community Trust, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival has commissioned local artists Tomeka Reid and Mikel Patrick Avery to create new compositions based on stories collected.

This year’s festival will take place September 26-27 in Hyde Park. The festival is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Hours for the fest are Saturday from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 7p.m. on Sunday. The full schedule is downloadable here.

Southern Comfort EPK from Julian Peterson on Vimeo.

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Say #FerrWell to a Signature Chicago Icon

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by

NavyPierFerrisWheelHead to Navy Pier this weekend and say “FerrWell” to the iconic Ferris wheel as it takes its final spin and find out what’s in store—including a new wheel in summer of 2016—as part of the Pier’s centennial celebration.

In addition to bidding FerrWell to the wheel, experience Navy Pier’s new and existing restaurants with complimentary samplings of their respective signature items. On Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept.27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., select restaurants set up in a tented area near the Ferris wheel will be handing out samples to visitors.

Those who visit the Ferris wheel on Saturday and Sunday from 10 p.m. to 9:45 a.m. get to take one last ride—for free. A fireworks display at 8 p.m. on Sunday will conclude the sendoff.

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A Hooley of a Time

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by

The Gene Siskel Film Center and Hibernian Transmedia have teamed up and will present the First Annual Irish American Movie Hooley Sept. 25-27 as a way to showcase Irish American films, directors, and emerging talent with Irish or Irish-American roots.

Filmmakers across the country were encourages to submit their films to the “Hooley” last March and the top three films will premiere at the festival this weekend.  The films include:


Name Your Poison

Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.
This documentary spins a rip-roaring yarn of a Depression-era murder plot hatched in a speakeasy and perpetrated on a doddering drunk by the name of Mike Malloy, now legendary as “Iron Mike” and the “Rasputin of the Bronx.” In 1933, five down-and-out bar pals plan to kill the homeless man in an insurance scam, but the tough old Irishman doesn’t succumb to vast quantities of poisoned drink or even a sandwich of nails, causing his would-be killers to resort to more desperate measures. Director Hayes follows Donegal football champion Anthony Molloy on a trek in search of the convoluted story behind the legend. DCP digital. Director Paddy Hayes will be present for audience discussion.


On Broadway

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
A death in the family spurs Boston carpenter Jack O’Toole (McIntyre) to write a play based on the rituals, rivalries, good times and sorrows of his big Irish American clan. Writing is one thing, but bringing his new passion to life is a challenge met by dark looks from his estranged dad and trepidation by the rest of the family. With a little help from the local pub, his savvy priest brother, a stage-struck undertaker, and assorted cousins, friends and drinking buddies, Jack embarks on a comically rocky road to show biz. Memorable cameo appearances by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. DCP digital. Director Dave McLaughlin will be present for audience discussion.


After the Dance

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.
A family secret takes on a new life when filmmaker Asquith and her mother Pat track the mystery of Pat’s unknown birth father from County Clare to Manhattan and back again. Born out of wedlock to a village girl from the remote west coast of Ireland and raised by adoptive parents, Pat’s adult efforts to bond with her eight half-siblings are met with hostility. When two eccentric rural cousins turn up, the barriers of shame, guilt and old-style Catholic morality begin to tumble in the face of an adventure in amateur sleuthing. DCP digital.

Tickets and Info

All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the Art Institute of Chicago. General admission is $11. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website. There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 2- 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2-5:30 p.m.  on Sunday.

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Get Into Art at Intuit’s Collect-O-Rama

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by

"Undercover Popular",  one of the many pieces that will be for sale this year.

“Undercover Popular”, one of the many pieces that will be for sale this year.

Stop by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art on Sept. 25-26 to enjoy funky art, collectibles, and antiques from various artists and collectors at Collect-O-Rama.

At the event, you can browse some of Chicago’s most interesting collections of handmade pieces including sculptures, paintings, rugs, accessories, furniture, and more.

Collect-O-Rama brings together individuals and Chicagoland studios to showcase their collection or personal works. The annual event provides an opportunity for Intuit members and friends to be able to discover new artists and art, to purchase rare and unique collectibles, and to make art in various workshops led by the center’s creative partners.

Workshops hosted by CodeCreate Technology Education, Project Onward, Social Fabricm, and Intuit’s own IntuiTeens include the cardboard switching challenge, recycled fabric horse-making, puppet- and costume-making, and a team of artists willing to draw a portrait on the spot of guests or their loved ones.

This event helps support outsider artists in the Chicago area and organizations associated with those artists. Collect-O-Rama runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26.

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EXPO CHICAGO Back at Navy Pier for Fourth Year

Posted on September 16th, 2015 by


Photo by James Prinz

The fall art season doesn’t officially start until EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier starts.

EXPO is a four-day art event featuring more than 140 leading international galleries and offering diverse programming including /Dialogues, panel discussions; IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside, a selection of site specific projects; EXPO VIDEO, a selection of new media works; and much more. EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant destination for arts and culture helping to define the contemporary art community in Chicago while inspiring the city’s collector base.

Vernissage, the opening night preview hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, takes place on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $100. General Admission to the exposition is Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Tickets to the exposition are $20 for one day or $30 for three days. Northern Trust is the Presenting Sponsor.

For more information about EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (Monday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 20), visit

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Celebrate 30 Years of The Berghoff’s Oktoberfest in Chicago

Posted on September 15th, 2015 by


Celebrate 30 years of Oktoberfest in Chicago with authentic food, drinks, and entertainment from The Berghoff.

Since 1985, The Berghoff has been hosting their Oktoberfest. The three-day outdoor celebration includes food, beer, and live music. Don’t worry about the short celebration as the party continues inside The Berghoff restaurant through October.

The Berghoff tries to keep it as authentic as possible with dishes like bratwurst, barbecue chicken, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, Bavarian soft pretzels, and apple strudel. However, vegans and those who eat gluten-free will have options too like quinoa and grilled vegetable salad and German pork stew. Of course you can’t forget The Berghoff’s private-label Oktoberfest beer, which tends to be the star. Last year, they went through 35,000 beers, 12,000 brats, and 7,000 pretzels.

Being that it’s the 30th anniversary, there will be an Eighties Night on Thursday, Sept. 17 where you are encouraged to break out your ’80s gear and rock out to some retro tunes. In addition, make sure you pay attention to The Berghoff’s Facebook page as they are having and Eighties Trivia Challenge where you get a chance to win one of their 30-year commemorative gift bags. Make sure to also buy a 30th Anniversary Beer Stein as proceeds from those sales will go to the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

For some authentic German sounds you can enjoy Alpine Thunder daily at the festival. However, there will be some American tunes as well provided by Spoken Four, Sixteen Candles, and Semple.

The Berghoff Oktoberfest kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Friday, Sept. 18 at Federal Plaza located at Adams St. and Dearborn St. Berghoff Restaurant, where month-long celebrations will take place, is located at 17 West Adams. For more information visit

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