Things to Do
As we gear up for our winter season in Chicago, we are still keeping busy with events for you, everyday.
Mondays are night is Blues Bar Night at historic Kingston Mines. Guests meet in the lobby at 8:45pm, and we go together as a group to the famous venue. Included is FREE admission. A full bar and a great food menu and two stages that alternate some of the best live blues in Chicago. This is an ALL AGES event, and is always loads of fun!
Celebrate the tradition with us, this Thursday, November 28th at 4pm for $10.00. We will provide all the dishes to stuff you like a turkey!
Delicious Dishes Include the Following:
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Where can I get a good Chicago breakfast? We get that question a lot. We’ve compiled our favorite responses for seeking out the tastiest brunch creations.
2 words: Pork hash (pulled pork shank, brussels, potato, butternut squash, sage with two eggs and spicy hollandaise, served on toast). Bite Café will “wow” you with their excellent brunch options, try their take on “breakfast poutine” (french fries, bacon or mushroom gravy, cheese curds, poached eggs, pickled chiles), and they also impress with their vegetarian options like Korean-style ”Bi Bim Bop” with braised tofu. This terrific place is next store to the infamous Empty Bottle, a small music venue which proves to be one of the best live music hubs in all of Chicago. 1039 N Western Ave.
Here’s a few holiday ideas for your Chicago Itinerary….
*Join us for our traditional events!*
Our annual Pumpkin Carving is on Oct. 25th at 6pm in our cafeteria. We’ll provide the pumpkins and display the carved masterpieces and enjoy some roasted seeds! In addition, on Oct. 26th we host our Halloween Pub Crawl, costumes are definitely encouraged as we hit up the local bars, must be at least 21 years of age with a valid ID/passport.
Take a quick trip to some of these really cool bars, pubs, and lounges that offer a unique nightlife experience…
Pinball, old school & new school arcade games, and a full bar compromise Headquarters Beercade. An added bonus is the games are all FREE. Better yet, join us for our Saturday event where we take you there…just meet in our lobby on Saturday evenings at 8:45pm (must be at least 21 years of age with a valid ID/passport). Join us to play some classics from Pacman to The Simpsons all while sipping on some great beer and cocktails. 2833 N. Sheffield Ave.
Let’s stray off the beaten path and discover some unique stores to check out that are generally off the traveler’s itinerary, from bookstores to vintage shops, we got you covered…
Looking to score some new or used vinyl? How about browse a huge DVD selection? Definitely hit up the Chicago music enthusiast’s staple: Reckless Records. You can browse their online catalogue, but it’s way more fun to search their seemingly endless issues/ reissues and hard to find records, cds, books, & movies. Check out their close Lakeview location: 3126 N. Broadway Ave. nestled on a street with a ton of cool cafes, restaurants and stores.
The 2nd largest art museum in the United States, The Art Institute of Chicago offers more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more than 260,000 works of art. We have discounted tickets available for $21.00 (regularly $23.00). Also, our tickets come with the ability to skip lines and see all special exhibits!
Check out their new special exhibit: Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. The last stop on its world tour, the display explores the relationship between fashion and art during these pivotal years not only through the masterworks by Impressionists but also with paintings by fashion portraitists. It runs through September 29th. Further enriching the exhibit are fabrics and accessories—lace, silks, velvets, and satins found in hats, parasols, gloves, and shoes—recreating the sensory experience that made fashion an industry favorite and a serious subject among painters, writers, poets, and the popular press.
You already know Chicago is famous for a lot of things: Pizza, the Blackhawks, Hot Dogs, Skyscrapers, but there are some historic products of Chicago that you may not have known…
Not really found in too many other cities, giardiniera is a pickled & jarred topping that comes mild, spicy, and ridiculously hot. The addition of giardiniera is synonymous with Chicago fast food staples like Italian Sausage and Italian Beef Sandwiches, but Chicagoans also love to put in on pizza. Although Chicago did not invent it (Italy is the originator), Chicago has a very unique style: giardiniera flavor has to do with the small size of the vegetables, the oil they’re packed in, and, of course, it’s connection to Italian beef. Iconic Chicago food makers Vienna Beef as well as Al’s Beef create & bottle their own giardiniera. Here’s a recipe that takes about 4 days to make, if you’d like to try and replicate it.
Yet another reason our neighborhood of Lincoln Park is extremely traveler friendly: we have some excellent, yet affordable restaurant options….
Craving a burger or some pre-pub grub? Make Edzo’s Burger Shop a pit stop on your itinerary. Tasty griddled burgers come crisp and perfectly flat from the grill and you can order a single, double, or triple depending on your immediate need for grilled meat. But, Edzo’s doesn’t just stop at the burgers, their fries are hand cut fresh and are worth it every time. Also, grab a delicious hand-dipped milkshake in an assortment of flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Banana, Hot Fudge, Nutella, Oreo, Peanut Butter, Maple, Coffee, 2218 N. Lincoln Ave. Average: $7.00.
There’s quite a few excellent restaurants to grab a great Chicago dog, but it is also very easy to make yourself. The ingredients are easy, and the assembly is a breeze…
1. The Poppy Seed Bun: There’s something about the subtle effect of the poppy seeds on a fresh hot dog bun.