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Posts from September 2012

Brunch at a Neighborhood Gem: Glenn's Diner

Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 AM by Tammy Green


Brunch spots seldom achieve that magical balance between the almost-breakfast and not-quite-lunch definition that rules Sunday mornings in Chicago. One of the few that can easily swing between those two meals plus queue up the taste buds for dinner is Glenn's Diner (1820 West Montrose Avenue). I like this neighborhood spot because it's an easily accessible mid-way spot between Northside friends and downtown city dwellers. Plus, it's only a few, convenient steps from the Montrose Brown Line station. 

Purple Crayon - Blog

Chicago offers an amazing array of kid and adult friendly theater. And theater in Chicago is surprisingly affordable, too. It costs little more to see a fresh, live play than the latest snore-inducing Hollywood kid's flick. So at least once a month, our family catches a performance by a local kid's theater company.  

Beer, Brats and Ooompah: Cheers to Oktoberfest!

Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 AM by Tammy Green


If your need for beer, brats and bands has not been satisfied this festival season, then makes plans to attend the St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest, near the church at the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport. This celebration of German heritage runs starts today and goes through the weekend. Hours are 5pm-11pm on Friday, 11am - 11pm on Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sunday. 

Weekend Alert: September 28-30

Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 AM by Sean Evans

Chicago Gourmet - Blog

This is your last weekend in September to do something awesome - don't blow it! Ben Folds Five has a concert at the Chicago Theatre on Sunday night (9/30). If you're a piano loving-drowning slowly-child of the ‘90s, you don't want to miss that one. Charlie Murphy (of Chappelle Show fame) has a stand-up gig at the UP Comedy Club Friday night (9/28). And the White Sox play a make-or-break season series against the Rays. Here's what else is going on this week:

3 Must-See Shows at iO Theatre

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:00 AM by Marc Muszynski

Improvised Shakespeare Company

The iO Theatre (formerly ImprovOlympic) has long been the champion of improv for improv's sake. While other venues (like The Second City) use off-the-cuff flow as a training methodology, the iO Theatre is all about on-the-spot hilarity. Quick does anyone have an idea for how I should write this story? Go ahead, shout it out! I heard "on the computer."


The Chicago Blackhawks were supposed to begin their 2012-13 season with a training camp festival on Sept. 22. To be clear, both the league and players are hopeful that a NHL season will proceed without games lost. But just in case your burning for hockey, there are still a number of great opportunities in Chicago.

Sixteen: Enjoy Dinner for Ooh

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:00 AM by Tammy Green

Sixteen - Blog

The Trump Tower's sixteenth floor restaurant, Sixteen (401 North Wabash Avenue) was chosen for the spectacular and unusual perspective on one of the city's architectural icons -- The Wrigley Building. The view is a favorite of mine and I love to share it with visitors because the reach-out-and-touch-it closeness never fails to impress. This week, Executive Chef Thomas Lents achieved the remarkable. He made me avert my eyes from my direct view of the Wrigley Clock Tower and become equally enchanted with the scrumptious and quirky meal laid before me. 

Chicago's Very Own Barrel of Monkeys

Monday, September 24, 2012 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri


The opening lines of the introductory song of the long-running Monday night "That's Weird, Grandma" sum up perfectly the aim of Chicago's very own Barrel of Monkeys:

"Every story that you see as written by a child (uh huh). And every child was taught by the Barrel of Monkeys (well well). First we take the stories and perform them in the schools. Afterwards we share them with the world (you are the world)."

New Venue Alert: City Winery

Monday, September 24, 2012 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

City Winery

Music that goes well with wine,” is a phrase City Winery general manager, Greg Kitowicz, uses several times during our conversation. His recently opened restaurant/winery/concert venue in the West Loop is abuzz but, at first glance, I can’t seem wrap my head around it. My musical tastes were birthed in the dingy club scene where a tall can of PBR takes overwhelming preference to a glass of sauvignon blanc. It’s not until Kitowicz—who was transplanted from City Winery’s original location in New York—gives me the grand tour that I start to "get it." It's a venue that's rich and hearty, like a housemade red. Very clever, Mr. Kitowicz. 

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