November 27, 2013 |
Ugly sweater parties, peppermint mochas and those slightly addicting holiday tunes creeping on the radio are all pretty good indicators that it's about time you started cracking on your holiday gift list. Regardless of where you're shopping this holiday season, one thing that is for sure is that you're going to work an appetite doing it. Friends don't let friends shop with low bloody sugar, so make time to stop and recharge at these bars and restaurants in five of the city's most popular shopping districts.
November 22, 2013 |
No boot for you. Chicago's Christkindlmarket revealed the 2013 mug that will hold hot gluhwein this year, and the souvenir cup isn't shaped like a boot. "Switching it up with the 2013 Souvenir Mug," the market wrote on their Facebook page Tuesday. "Like in past years, this year is a tall, thin 'flute' shape. " Not everyone is rejoicing, however. Since 2005, the mug wine drinkers get to keep at the German market has been shaped like a boot, except in 2008 when it was hat shaped. "Bring back the boot!"
June 13, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) We're all so busy, says master sommelier candidate Ian Cauble, “How often do you [stop] and smell something?” Um, there's a reason Ferris Bueller emphasized looking around, not smelling. Who wants more free time so they can appreciate the aroma of the bus? In “Somm,” Cauble--who later claims a wine “had tannins that ripped my face off”--and other wine aficionados study feverishly for a three-part exam that fewer than 200 people in the world have passed in the past 40-some years.
June 4, 2013 |
During the summer, I like to be ready for all sorts of spontaneous weekend hangouts. I wear biking-appropriate footwear, always pack an umbrella, and - humble brag - I'm sort of a master of transporting booze to Millennium Park 's Downtown Sound concerts. Normally, beer growlers or six-packs are my go-to, but recently, portable wine packages have caught my eye. They're glass-free, so there's no need to worry about them breaking in my purse or backpack, and since they don't require a corkscrew, they're easy to bring to parties and picnics.
May 14, 2013
*** = Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Wednesday Fun, Delta Spirit, Wednesday, July 10 ($25, all ages) at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell. Neon Trees, The Mowgli's, Sunday, July 14 ($25, all ages) at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell. ***Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters, The Lone Below, Friday, July 12 ($25, all ages) at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell. Jill Scott, Maxi Priest, Saturday, July 13 ($25, all ages) at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell.
January 29, 2013 |
Not everyone has been on a great date, but we've all definitely been on bad ones. This is a story about one of those dates. I met this guy through a good friend and we went out a few times. I liked him, which was rare for me, because I'm super picky. Anyway, I lost a bet we made on a Cubs series, so I had to plan the next date. I decided to take him to this charity event with the Cubs, since he was a fan. It was a casino night (fun) and an open bar (even more fun). So we get all dressed up and go, and it's a blast.