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All Hail the Mighty Sausage!

Posted on June 12th, 2013 by

SausageFest Chicago 2013Looking for a fun distraction that takes you away from the already photographed skyscrapers of Chicago’s downtown? If so then find time to head over to SausageFest Chicago in the Lake View neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday (June 15th and 16th), where a catalog of macho meats await.

Returning for its third year, SausageFest Chicago hosts an arrangement of exclusive vendors that continue to display their craftsmanship in an open market setup. Masters in every sense of the word, these retailers will best any stomach.

Known by its association with the historic Wrigleyville area, SausageFest Chicago is accessible by taking the Red Line to the “Addison” stop on the CTA’s “L” system. Hopeful attendees/commuters will find themselves enticed by the hints of smoke coming from West Addison Street. Live entertainment is also included, providing a backdrop to the sizzling grills. These sights and sounds, coupled with some tickets to the exciting matchup between the Cubs and Mets this weekend, make for a unique evening in Wrigleyville.

For those feeling a bit more masculine than the rest of us, the title for “Sausage King of Chicago” is up for grabs and is fit with an entire crowning ceremony. The title encourages at both times boasting and appreciation among only the most serious of meat lovers. In some respects it has the ability to rival even the most deserving of awards.

Let it all go once in a while. This weekend allow yourself to indulge in the likes of kielbasa, polish sausages, BBQ pork, hot dogs, roasted duck and the rest that are sure to be as hearty as you are faithful in being a carnivore. The ridiculousness that is sure to ensue and the comfort of taking it easy for a day in Wrigleyville make SausageFest Chicago worthwhile. Running from noon to 10 p.m. the festivities should be convenient and rewarding for families, friends and even the occasional passerby.

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Winter Warm Up at Harry Caray’s Tavern

Posted on January 7th, 2013 by

Woody's Winter Warm Up at Harry Caray's Tavern Navy PierTickets for the second annual Woody’s Winter Warm Up, to be held on Jan. 18th at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier, are now on sale.

This charity event enables guests to mix and mingle with Kerry Wood, the 2013 Cubs lineup, Cubs past players and legends, and a variety of Chicago celebrities, as they get behind the bar to serve you and compete for tips!

100% of ticket proceeds and tips will benefit the Wood Family Foundation.

In 2011, former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, founded the Wood Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for Chicagoland children by raising awareness and funds for children’s charities and programs.

This fantastic charity event at Harry Caray’s Tavern features VIP guests, delicious food and drinks, and a silent auction! Guests will be treated to the great bar service of Kerry Wood, other former and current Cubs players, and local celebrities as they mix up drinks and compete for tips to benefit the Wood Family Foundation.

A limited number of tickets are being sold for $150. For more information, visit here.

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Take Me Out to a Tour of Historic Wrigley Field!

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by

Bottom of the 9th. Bases are loaded. A stadium full of fans waits motionless, hot dogs in hand, as you step out of the very dugout where legends and their legends once stood. The weight of history on your shoulders and generations of Cubs fans at your back, you step to the plate…

Take in a part of Chicago history with a tour of the famous Wrigley Field. Step inside the visitors’ clubhouse where every great in baseball history has gotten suited up, see the Cubs clubhouse where your favorite players on today’s lineup get geared up to play, sit in the press box next to where legendary announcer Harry Caray sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” every 7th inning stretch for 16 years, and step from the Cubs dugout onto the field like you’re one of the greats yourself.

Informed tour guides lead you through the park with stories and anecdotes for every step you take. See the ivy-covered wall and learn how long it took to hang. Hear why “Quick Rick”, the scoreboard operator, is so impossibly quick. Find out for yourself what makes a baseball field the icon of a city.

Choose your tour at the Cubs’ website. Tickets sell out fast so don’t miss your chance!

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Father’s Day at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier

Posted on June 11th, 2012 by

Harry Carays Tavern Navy PierFather’s Day is just around the corner, so get ready for some family fun, food and baseball at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier.

The Chicago Cubs will be taking on the Boston Red Sox in the most highly anticipated series of the season on Father’s Day. Not only is it Father’s Day weekend, but the series will mark Cubs President Theo Epstein’s first match up against his former team—the Boston Red Sox. Celebrate Father’s Day and the rivalry between two of the most storied teams in baseball!

Catch the action by watching the game on Harry Caray’s huge flat screens and indulging in their food specials (available June 15-17):

HARRY’S CHICAGO STYLE HOT DOG $11.95
Colossal Half-Pound All-Beef Hot Dog topped with Yellow Mustard, White Onions, Sweet Pickle Relish, Dill Pickle Spear, Tomatoes, Pickled Sport Peppers and a dash of Celery Salt on a Poppy Seed Bun with Choice of French Fries or Vinegar Slaw

BOSTON LOBSTER ROLL $19.95
Chunks of Tender Lobster mixed with Chives, Parsley and Mayonnaise on a Buttery Toasted New England Style Bun with Choice of French Fries or Vinegar Slaw

Featured beers for Father’s Day weekend include:

CHICAGO: Half Acre Daisy Cutter ($6.50), Argus Jarrett Payton’s All-American Wheat ($6), and Goose Island Honker’s Ale ($6).

BOSTON: Clown Shoes Clementine (22oz; $16), Sam Adams Wee Heavy ($8), and Sam Adams Boston Lager ($6).

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Cub-Friendly Confines for Opening Day

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by

Cubs Opening Day 2012Get ready for the first pitch of the season on the North Side on Thursday, April 5, as the Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals at the Friendly Confines. Whether you’re looking to pre-game, post-game or just kick back a while watching outside the ballpark, here’s a roundup of local spots that bleed Cubbie blue.

The Cubby Bear: This venue, located right across the street from Wrigley Field, is a great spot to hang out or have a post-game party. Enjoy live music or watch the game on one of their five projection screen TVs or 75 plasma TVs throughout the bar. It’s ensured that you won’t miss any part of the action. And, hey, you’re just a long foul ball’s distance from the ballpark; so the atmosphere can’t be beat.

The Sports Corner: This tavern and grill has been a neighborhood favorite since opening 1976. Enjoy a nice draft and a burger fresh off of the grill while you take in 9-innings and welcome the spring/summer season!

Vines on Clark: For a more intimate spot to watch the game, head up to Vines on Clark. They have an outside patio and a spacious dining room dotted with flat screen TVs, this offers up a less pub-like game-watching experience.

Casey Moran’s: They guarantee no bad seat in the house – sounds like a reason to take in the game to me! Watch the game on their 30, 52-inch plasma TVs throughout the entire bar and even out on their garden café. Hungry? Casey Moran’s offers up juicy burgers, cold salads, and even sushi!

Rebel: If you’re feeling rebellious and want a great nightlife experience after the game, this is the place to be. Rebel Bar and Grill is a year-round destination that features daily food and drink specials, private party rooms, and excellent service! Head there after the game to loosen up and dance!

Wrigleyville is the place to be during these games, but sometimes, nearby venues are crowded and it’s hard to snag a seat. If that happens, there are several other outstanding Chicago bars that offer an equally- satisfying, game-watching experience!

Benchmark: Located in Old Town, this chic tavern is Chicago’s “first convertible beer garden”, meaning that the highlight of this venue is its fully-retractable roof. There are 46 TVs, so you won’t miss any of Dempster’s pitches!

Kirkwood: This is a one-of-a-kind bar offering plenty of seating on their expansive patio (complete with TVs) and cozy, shady spots courtesy of their trees and umbrellas. If you’re with a group of friends, you’re in luck! Kirkwood has sharable drinks and dishes like fishbowls and skillet cookies!

Schoolyard Bar: Head to Lakeview for upscale bar food and catch the game inside or out in this cozy, small bar. Got the kids in tow? No worries! This is a family-friendly destination, so bring them along!

Don’t forget, you can get an inside look at Chicago’s beloved Wrigley Field with the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field Tours.

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Rockit Wrigley Transforms into Rockit Burger Bar

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by

Rockit Burger Bar's MacDaddy Burger Thank you North Side patrons, media enthusiasts, and restaurant reviewers! It’s finally the time where we can all settle our cravings and have more quality burger selections at affordable prices!

Rockit Ranch Productions recently announced the transformation of Rockit Wrigley to Rockit Burger Bar, taking place on the Chicago Cubs Opening Day on April 5.

It’s also perfect timing for the expansion of Rockit’s burger selection, having recently received best burger praise from “Good Morning America”, among others. Chef Amanda Downing welcomes the new season—and new menu—by indulging patrons with mouth-watering gourmet burgers of all kinds!

Sink your teeth into creative burgers like Downing’s “The Hottie” made with breaded, cream cheese-stuffed peppers on top of a patty with pepper jack cheese and ghost pepper aioli or the “Johnny Apple Burger” featuring gala apples, melted brie, apple wood-smoked bacon and pecan aiolito.

Rockit Burger Bar’s hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and Sunday from 10:10 a.m. to close. Weekend brunch will be available Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rockit Burger Bar will also open two hours prior to every Cubs home game.

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Wrigley Field Tours are a Big League Experience

Posted on September 9th, 2011 by

While it seems that other Major League teams are moving into a new stadium every few decades, the Chicago Cubs have been playing ball at Wrigley Field since 1916. Unlike the other sterile, brand new, state-of-the-art ballparks, Wrigley has an inordinate amount of charm and history.

And you can take it all in with a behind-the-scenes tour.

Wrigley Field Tours will be running through the end of October, virtually every day. Tours are held rain or shine, and whether or not the Cubs have a home game that day. On most September days, sessions mainly occur every hour from around 9 or 10 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. October is a little different, as there will only be two or three tours per weekday, mostly in the afternoons. Weekends will still have hourly tours most days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full schedule is available on Cubs.com.

For $25 (or less, if you attend with a group of 20 or more), you will get to see everything that makes Wrigley special. The 75-minute session lets fans see the Cubs clubhouse, visiting clubhouse, press box, bleachers, dugouts, on-deck circles and a part of the field. Wearing a Cubs jersey and reliving dreams of being Ryne Sandberg is optional.

Wrigley Field Tours: The Experience

The tours are a hit (no pun intended). Visitors love stepping on the field, and, as Samantha Morris, the Coordinator of Tour Experiences says, “being able to sit in the same dugout where Ernie Banks did, stepping in the same on-deck circle just like Aramis Ramirez and taking in Wrigley from the best vantage point around is usually a once in a lifetime experience.”

Ironically, the most unique part of the tour is going into the visitors’ clubhouse, where the likes of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, Paul McCartney and Elton John have prepared for their baseball game, football game, or concert.

In fact, it’s not impossible for some real major leaguers to be present on game day. Tour groups may see broadcasters getting ready on game days, and you just may see players getting their cuts in the batting cage before the first pitch.

Planning Your Wrigley Field Tour

The tour involves a good deal of walking (1.5 miles) with parts of it outdoors, so dress accordingly. Cameras and video cameras are acceptable for personal use.

Guests are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance, and one can do that by ordering from Cubs.com, calling 800-THE-CUBS, or visiting the Wrigley Field Box Office at the ballpark.

Complementary parking is available for tour guests on non-game days in the purple lot on the southeast corner of Clark Street and Waveland Avenue. The best way to get to the park by public transportation is to take the Red Line to the Addison stop, or the Brown Line to the Southport stop and walk a few blocks northeast to the park.

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Lakeview Baseball Club for Father’s Day

Posted on June 14th, 2010 by

Sure, you can take Dad out for brunch (and there are plenty of good options out there), but let’s face it; chances are he’d rather be sitting in front of the tube watching the game. This Father’s Day you can have the best of both worlds and chances are, the rest of the fam won’t be complaining.

Give Dad the gift of exclusive rooftop tickets to the Cubs vs. LA Angels on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. Forget the couch, watch the game in style on one of Lakeview Baseball Club’s three levels of space, including an air conditioned third-floor Club Room, rooftop bleacher seating for 100, and outdoor seating on two levels.  And with two beer and wine bars and game-day buffets, brunches of Father’s Day past will be a distant memory.  Special Father’s Day pricing is only $74.99 per person.

Lakeview Baseball Club is located at 3633 North Sheffield and boasts spectacular views over right field. RSVP by calling Heather at 773-935-1880 and mention “Father’s Day” promotion.

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The Cubs, Sox and a Couple of Victoria’s Secret Models

Posted on June 7th, 2010 by

This may be the one time in history where Cubs and Sox fans are on the same team – figuratively speaking, that is. Victoria’s Secret PINK is coming to Chicago for the upcoming White Sox and Cubs series and no matter what side you’re on,  you’ll want to stop by the VS PINK event at the Michigan Avenue store on Friday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m (after the game) hosted by supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo. But this isn’t just about the love of the sport.  They’ll be celebrating the launch of the new VS PINK Major League Baseball (MLB) collection with special guests, White Sox Infielder Gordon Beckham and Cubs Pitcher Randy Wells.

The collection is perfect for the gal who wants to have team spirit – but not necessarily look like “one of the boys.”  VS PINK’s highly recognizable brand iconography features the names and logos of some of the biggest teams in baseball on items such as tees, shorts, hats, hoodies, and sweats.

The first 100 people in line will be able to pose for photos with the group and receive a free VS PINK White Sox or Cubs tee with any PINK purchase.

If you can’t make the post-game soiree, you can catch Candice and Behati at the PINK/MLB pop up shop outside of Rockit Wrigleyville and at Wrigley Field for the 1:05pm game.

To learn more information about the exclusive VS PINK MLB or Collegiate Collection, visit www.vspink.com

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Opening of Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier is a Home Run!

Posted on April 16th, 2010 by

Harry Caray’s celebrated the opening of their newest location earlier this week in grand fashion. The VIP-only, red carpet event at their new Navy Pier location was quite the scene. All of Chicago’s major sports teams and media were represented, including, as you might guess, plenty of Cubs. Current Cubs Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto attended as well as “Mr. Cub” Earnie Banks and General Manager Jim Hendry. Also in attendance was former White Sox player Ron Kittle, Blackhawk Bobby Hull, and former Bears players Richard Dent and Kevin Butler.

Harry Caray’s Managing Partner Grant Deporter and his team have done a wonderful job with the new space. They’ve successfully captured the energy and atmosphere that make their other locations thrive. The food and drinks are fantastic – exactly what you would expect given their previous successes. The menu features great burger choices, including the “Ricketts’ High Plains Bison Burger,” as a tip of the hat to the new Cubs owners. Check out the full menu!

What makes the new Harry Caray’s Navy Pier location unique is not only the impressive sports museum display featuring famous Chicago sports memorabilia, but they’ve set up a beer garden on the pier so that when you aren’t cheering on the Cubbies to another win on one of the many televisions, you have an unmatched view overlooking Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago.

Harry Carary's VIP PartyFormer Harry Caray’s waiter and current Desperate Housewives star James Denton attended the event and enjoyed the company of Eric and Kathy from 101.9fm, the Mix.

In case the view from the beer garden, the expansive museum, and the atmosphere doesn’t impress you enough, there’s a good chance that you’ll see a celebrity or two during your time as there are a number of celebrity owners that have invested in the new Harry Caray’s location.

Jim Gilligan and Tim O’Malley (Concierge Preferred), Marilynn Gardner (Navy Pier), Tim Smithe (Walter E. Smithe) and Grant Deporter (Harry Caray’s) enjoyed the event earlier this week.

For more information, check out the Harry Caray’s Navy Pier website.

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