Head to Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods this weekend as over 100 local musicians will perform pop-up gigs at over 30 locations at the first annual ChillFest on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This free event’s participants include local shops, restaurants, and other unique venues, who will stage four musicians in a dedicated portion of their space. Each of the artists will play an acoustic 20- or 60-minute set for the public to enjoy. A full list of venues is available here and the lineup of artists can be seen here.
Bobby Gonzalez, concierge at the Hotel Palomar – A Kimpton Hotel, dishes on his top picks for what to do around town. From Peruvian fare and oysters on the half shell to DryHop Brewers up in Lakeview, it’s all here in this short video clip.
Kaitlyn Lawlor, concierge at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, shares her top things to do around town this week. From delving into delectable fare at Dillman’s and polka-ing at Berghoff’s annual Oktoberfest celebration in the Loop to Riot Fest in Humboldt Park, it’s all here in this short video clip.
Cure your post-Labor Day blues by making the most of the warm, sunny weather this week at the LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier.
Open until October, Chicago visitors (and locals!) can indulge in a vast variety of food and beverages, and hear live local music while taking in the breathtaking views of the city skyline.
Located at the East End of Navy Pier, the beer garden is a great place for guests to relax, unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront.
For those over 21, the LandShark Beer Garden is The. Place. To. Be. The beverage menu features imports, microbrews and domestic beers in addition to its signature drink: the LandShark Lager. Despite its designation as a Beer Garden, this Navy Pier locale is definitely family friendly, with various menu items ideal for youngsters and plenty of beverages of the non-alcoholic variety.
So grab your friends and grab a beer at the LandShark Beer Garden, and savor the remaining and an unbeatable view of the city. The LandShark Beer Garden is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This Saturday, Chipotle will be taking Chicagoans under its wing, by sharing the secrets of how they cultivate and cook the freshest, tastiest fast casual Mexican fare at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival.
This one-day festival, which will be held on September 7th (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) in Lincoln Park, aims to educate participants on how food can be raised responsibly, by allowing participants to interact with farmers, local artisans, and top chefs. The best part? This fun, foodie event is FREE for everyone!
Onsite cooking demonstrations by all-star Chicago chefs will serve as some of the Festival’s primary entertainment. These top-tier Chicago chefs will include Carla Hall from ABC’s “The Chew”, Paul Kahan of Avec and The Publican, Graham Elliot, Tony Mantuano of Terzo Piano and Spiaggia, and many more. But the real fun is reserved for when you get to get in on the preparations, as six interactive experiences will also be part of the event, giving participants a chance for a little hands-on learning.
Additional festival entertainment will include a line-up of live music, a selection of Chicago’s local craft beer and wine – including local brewery 5 Rabbit’s one-of-a-kind “Cultivate Farmhouse Ale,” served only at the festival – samples of local artisan fare, a Kid Zone with games and activities, and most importantly, a special festival menu, made up of favorites from Chipotle, and ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, Chipotle’s Asian concept. These tasty, health conscious options will include items like a grilled flatbread gordita, a jasmine rice bowl with pork and chicken meatballs, and chicken and Sofritas tacos.
Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival returns to Chicago for a third year, after holding its inaugural event here in 2011. Chipotle Mexican Grill was created with the goal of reinventing how we think about fast food by offering what they’ve termed Food With Integrity – a range of healthier, properly raised and prepared ingredients – while still catering to those looking for a quick bite. As we all know, the Chipotle concept has been an enormous success, beginning with a single restaurant in 1993, and now spanning across the country with over 1,500 locations. Today, Chipotle continues to provide a distinctive atmosphere and a distinctive taste, with a menu of tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and that will satisfy appetites of all sizes.
Last fall’s festival in Chicago’s Lincoln Park was a huge success with over 25,000 attendees—one of the largest Chicagoland food festivals, and the first of its kind to combine food, music and sustainability.
Oysters, beer and great music? Sign us up! Guinness Oyster Fest returns for its 15th year on Saturday, Sept. 7, to the 2000 block of W. Roscoe St.
An eclectic music lineup (including many Irish favorites), arts & crafts, a kid’s area (pony rides and inflatables), oysters and, of course, plenty of Guinness are on the bill for the annual Roscoe Village neighborhood happening.
Raw and cooked oysters will be sold by the Village Tap Bar & Grill and this year’s lineup of
entertainment includes Pittsburgh, Pa., alt-rockers Rusted Root, acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Tommy Malone (from lauded New Orleans root rockers The Subdudes), Celtic-punk act The Tossers, Irish folk-rockers The Chancey Brothers, and the Identity Irish Dance Company.
Guinness Oyster Fest hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Gate donation of $7 benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, visit the Event Page online or call 773-868-3010.
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival™ presented by MasterCard® returns to Chicago this week, running from August 22 to September 2, 2013.
The Festival provides the perfect excuse to start shopping for the Fall/Winter season, with a variety of offers and a non-stop calendar of festivities, many of which are free to the public. Special events include standout fashion shows, culinary celebrations, live outdoor concerts and more.
Highlights of the 2013 Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival include:
Big-name and high-end retailers, award-winning restaurants and iconic attractions through The Magnificent Mile district also present unique in-store experiences as well as elegant evenings to remember. A sampling of events includes:
The West Loop and it’s edging with the Chicago River become the warm, white-capped shores of the Mediterranean for one weekend on August 24-25th where the Greek community will go all out with the annual Taste of Greektown festival.
Formerly called Taste of Greece, this one-of-a-kind Hellenic experience is back for a commendable 24th year! Experience fresh fruits, cheeses and vinaigrettes for starters then do some side-stepping to live music. Get your togas and brown sandals (I know they are on-hand somewhere) out because it’s a party in Chicago. “Gia Sas!” or “Cheers!” friends this is the time to eat, drink and laugh.
Under all blues and whites of the Greek flags that will line the streets will be delicious traditional food. Baked fish with lemons, Arni (lamb) and octopus are just some of the eats you can expect. Neighborhood eateries included with the showing will be Artopolis, Greek Islands, Athena and the Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna. Each have a different take on the Greek dishes, so why not sample all of them?
Admission is free to the Taste of Greektown, but generous donations will go to the Chicago Greektown Chamber of Commerce. The Fest runs from noon to 11 p.m. both days at the 400 block of South Halsted Street.
The drinks will be cool, the music will be loud, and it will all be happening at Navy Pier for its first-ever street party on the dock! On Friday, July 26th, join the party as Bacardi presents “Mix it ‘til Midnight” for a perfect summer night featuring live DJs and cool cocktails.
Party-goers will have four DJs to choose from to keep the party rocking—whether that means country, alternative, top 40 or electronic music—who will all be stationed at bars and restaurants along the Pier, each offering $6 Bacardi drink specials. Be sure not to miss the Landshark Beer Garden on Navy Pier’s east end which will also be featuring a live cover band.
The festivities will begin at 9 p.m. and run until midnight. A portion of the proceeds from the Bacardi drink specials will benefit the Roseland Hospital Foundation. For more information visit Navy Pier’s website.
Philippe Gills, concierge at the newest luxury hotel – The Langham Chicago – weighs in with his top picks for what to do around town this week.
The annual Taste of Chicago returns and while the food delights, for Philippe, it’s all about the music. He suggests checking out the local talent that will be gracing the Bud Light Stage starting at noon on July 12. His top pick? Harp/harmonica god Omar Coleman who will be playing at 1:20 p.m.
What else is on his list? He’s partial to the wonderfully enchanting Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago and snagging a seat on the outdoor patio at Pazzo’s for their free pizza happy hour deal happening every Thursday and Friday.
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