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Posts from August 2017

Tea Time In Chicago

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:00 PM by Amber Gibson

Chicago has its fair share of excellent independent coffee houses and several excellent roasters, but tea lovers don't have to feel left out. These cafes and restaurants are taking tea to sophisticated new heights with these cocktails and non-alcoholic elixirs.

You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way towards Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in and of itself. At the end of August, American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet for the official debut of its newest BeForever character, Nanea Mitchell. 

Famed French artist Paul Gauguin is best noted for his brilliant use of color on canvas, but the Art Institute of Chicago's fascinating exhibit, "Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist", uncovers his radical experiments in wood-carving, ceramics and other applied arts that are more typically associated with artisans and craft makers. Through rarely seen pieces including furniture, stoneware and fans, visitors will discover Gauguin's talents beyond his iconic paintings.

Less than three weeks are left to see this exhibition, plan your visit today!

Once the summer sun arrives in Chicago, every restaurant, eatery and bar in the city pulls out the sidewalk dining paraphernalia. You can barely walk down the street, there are so many summer cafés filled with excited diners lining the streets. Yes, alfresco dining is popular in Chi-town, but don't be fooled into thinking that all the outdoor offerings are easy to spot. Some are hidden by cul-de-sacs, side streets and bike paths.

Soak in the last weeks of the season as you check out these three slightly hidden locations for excellent al fresco dining.

Ahhh . . . summer in Chicago, enjoy it while you can! It's time to dress up in your sweetest sundress and meet up with friends at a rooftop bar, hit Oak Street Beach in your teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikini and put your best face forward as you enjoy all the fun festivals, concerts and events left on the summertime menu. Get your ultimate summer glow on with these summer-focused treatments at five of Chicago's best spas.

Shore Club: Chicago's New Beachfront Restaurant

Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicagoans have yet another thing to look forward to this summer, with the opening of Shore Club, an upscale development concept that brings the best of dining and hospitality to Old Town and Lincoln Park. The new multimillion-dollar beach-front bar, restaurant and resort is located at a prime Lakeshore Drive address (1603 N. Lakeshore Drive), and features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the perfect sweeping views of Lake Michigan.

Have you ever dreamed of waddling with a penguin, sharing a tasty bite of kale with a giraffe, or kissing... a beluga? Three new animal experiences will give you the chance to do all of the above and more. Make all your wildest dreams come true with new animal encounters at Chicagoland's best zoos and stellar aquarium. 

The design competition for the Chicago Tribune Tower was one of the most celebrated international architectural competitions of the 20th century. On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune announced that they entries would be welcome from anywhere in the world. The prize? $50,000. Over the coming months, they received over 260 entries. In the end, the winning entry was a formidable design proffered by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.

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