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Posts from November 2014

Keep Cozy With Chicago's Best Cold-Weather Cocktails

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Matt Kirouac

The bad news: beachy mai tais and daiquiris are done for the year. The good news: rich and warming cocktails are in. And frankly, cocktails infused with cider, chocolate, and warm tea are basically great enough to make us forget about summer entirely. Here's where to get your cozy buzz on in Chicago.

Shedd Aquarium

What do you get the person in your life who has everything for the holidays? Or the kid in your life who already has a toybox packed with toys? Consider gifting a unique Chicago experience! Here are seven meaningful gift ideas that will bring the best of Chicago into the life of your loved one. 

Holiday Shopping

It's the most wonderful time of the year! As soon as you're done digesting your Thanksgiving feasts, there's only one more thing to think about: holiday shopping.

Instead of standing in line at a big box retailer, support local business on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for all of your holiday needs (and maybe a few goodies for yourself).

Art Institute

Ring in the holiday season at the Art Institute of Chicago, our city's historic, world-class, and above all, beloved art museum. From watching the iconic lions get dressed in their seasonal best to making your own art-inspired gingerbread house, a visit to the Art Institute during the holidays is a must! Here are five special things to do at the Art Institute this holiday season, plus a few insider tips.  

Indian Boundary Park Meets England

Monday, November 24, 2014 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

Indian Boundary Park

As we come upon a day of thanks, we often look back to the Native Americans and their role in American history. We likely would not expect Chicago to have much physical evidence of its pre-European history left, and it doesn't. But West Ridge on the far North Side, has a small park called Indian Boundary Park. And a cluster of interesting buildings with hyper-Hollywood architecture encircle Indian Boundary Park, too.

Beth Melewski
Next Friday, the preview shows begin for Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You - a Second City/Goodman Theatre mash-up. Expect the unexpected but prepare for a good time and a new twist on the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. I spoke to Beth Melewski, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Present, about what rehearsal has been like so far and what we can expect. Here's what she had to say...

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