Author: Lisa Davis

Chicago’s Outdoor Neighborhood Street Festivals 2010

Chicago’s Outdoor Neighborhood Street Festivals 2010
While the canceling of the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival is heartbreaking for many, there is still lots to celebrate this summer when Chicago’s outdoor neighborhood street festivals begin this month. Almost every weekend this summer in Chicago, there is some sort of neighborhood festival, from music...
May 25th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago’s SummerDance 2010 Begins June 17

Chicago’s SummerDance 2010 Begins June 17
With summer around the corner, its soon time for one of Chicago’s most popular summer pastimes: SummerDance. SummerDance begins June 17 and is every Thursday through Sunday until August 29. (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m.) SummerDance...
May 21st, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

New Restaurant Opens on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

New Restaurant Opens on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
One of Chicago’s newest restaurants opened this May on the city’s famous Michigan Avenue: deca RESTAURANT + BAR at the Ritz-Carlton (160 East Pearson Street).  The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago is managed by Four Seasons. The restaurant was designed by BraytonHuges Design Studios and is described as serving...
May 17th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago’s Trump Hotel Opens its Outdoor Terrace

Chicago’s Trump Hotel Opens its Outdoor Terrace
One of Chicago’s best outdoor dining spots  is about to open for the summer season: The Terrace at Trump (on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago; 401 N. Wabash Avenue, map) known for its views of the Chicago River (and its famous bridges), Lake Michigan, and iconic...
May 15th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Sex and the City Chicago Style

Sex and the City Chicago Style
Grab all of your Sex and the City gal pals, throw on your high heels, and check out the Wildfire Chicago & Skyy Vodka “pre-movie premiere” event Thursday, May 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wildfire Chicago (159 West Erie St.; 312-787-9000; map). May 27 is the date for the new Sex and the...
May 13th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago Gets a New Smoothie Sommelier

Chicago Gets a New Smoothie Sommelier
I’ve written about one of the Chicagoland area’s newest “green” restaurants prasino (map) because I’ve found it to live up to its promises of locally-sustainable, organic fare that is both healthy and tasty. prasino is back on my radar with its new Smoothie Sommelier. Yes, you read that correctly...
May 8th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Summer Events at the Morton Arboretum

Summer Events at the Morton Arboretum
Chicago’s summer music series is about to heat up in June when weekly concerts came to Millennium Park. What you may not know is that the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL near Chicago (map) also puts on an impressive summer concert series, including Huey Lewis and The News and the Indigo Girls. One nice attribute...
May 8th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Show Your Pink Pride at These Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Show Your Pink Pride at These Breast Cancer Awareness Events
With May being one of the National Breast Cancer Awareness months, it’s a good time to show your “pink pride” in Chicago and support research for finding a cure.  Several events are going on in Chicago this May and June in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness. Top events include: Facials...
May 7th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago Hosts Several Kentucky Derby Parties

Chicago Hosts Several Kentucky Derby Parties
This year’s Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 1, at 5 p.m. CST. The Derby is a great time to get together with friends, enjoy Kentucky-inspired mint juleps and cheer on your favorite horse during the 136th running of the “Run for the Roses.” Several bars in Chicago are hosting Derby...
April 30th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago’s Rogers Park Gets a New Restaurant

Chicago’s Rogers Park Gets a New Restaurant
This May, Rogers Park on Chicago’s north side will get a new addition to its dining scene: Act One Café (1330 W. Morse Ave.; 773.381.4550). The 100-seat restaurant officially opens its doors on May 21 and will have what it calls a menu of “comfort foods” (that feature sustainable ingredients)...
April 29th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago Dishes Up Delicious Mother’s Day Brunches

Chicago Dishes Up Delicious Mother’s Day Brunches
Why not impress mom this Mother’s Day with a great and memorable brunch. Check out these brunch hotspots in Chicago that will roll out the red carpet for your mother on Mother’s Day (May 9). Balsan at the Elysian Hotel (11 E. Walton St.; map it) will have a three-course brunch that includes goat-cheese...
April 29th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago’s Best Facial Will Give You That Red Carpet Glow

Chicago’s Best Facial Will Give You That Red Carpet Glow
I’d consider myself a spa expert. I have been reporting on and writing about spas for over a decade. I’ve been fortunate enough to be have been pampered in India, Thailand, China, Ireland, Brazil, and Italy, to name a few places, and in almost every state of the U.S. Even with all these world...
April 28th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Delightful Pastries is a Delicious Addition to Chicago’s Old Town Area

Delightful Pastries is a Delicious Addition to Chicago’s Old Town Area
I recently posted a column on a new walking tour of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. After finishing the column, I decided to venture back to Old Town and revisit some of my favorite haunts. Old Town is also one of the more beautiful parts of Chicago, reminiscent of a quaint European town,...
April 28th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Celebrate National Pilates Day in Chicago

Celebrate National Pilates Day in Chicago
Pilates has become one of the hottest workouts, gaining star power with Hollywood elites who take to the mat to tone their core, legs, and back. This Saturday is National Pilates Day and one of Chicago’s top Pilates studios, Body Endeavors, (1528 N Halsted St.; map it), is celebrating the day with...
April 28th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Tour Chicago’s Historic Old Town Area

Tour Chicago’s Historic Old Town Area
One of the best ways to experience Chicago is by foot. The city is incredibly accommodating to walkers, with its lakefront path and sidewalks that wind through it’s iconic neighborhoods. This summer, Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood will have a new Old Town InstaGreeter program where volunteers give...
April 28th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Get in Shape for a Chicago-Style Summer

Get in Shape for a Chicago-Style Summer
Have the cold, dark days of Chicago’s winter left you feeling a little pudgy and out-of-shape? Have you been spending too much time on the couch lately watching the Blackhawks in the playoffs? Well, fear not. Even with summer just around the corner, it’s not too late to get in shape and get bikini-ready...
April 27th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago’s Eco-Friendly Hotels, Attractions, and Activities

Chicago’s Eco-Friendly Hotels, Attractions, and Activities
With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day happening this moth, “being green” seems to be the “topic de jour.” This is especially true in Chicago, which is one of the more “green friendly” cities in the U.S. and is leading the green movement with several environmentally-friendly hotels, attractions,...
April 25th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Celebrate Earth Day in Chicago with These Fun Events

Celebrate Earth Day in Chicago with These Fun Events
There’s much to celebrate in Chicago during the spring: baseball; good-bye to Old Man Winter and hello to 70-degree days; al fresco dining; boating on Lake Michigan; and Earth Day, a day devoted to helping make our planet cleaner, healthier and greener. This year Earth Day is on Thursday, April 22....
April 21st, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Tips for Great Mother’s Day Brunches in Chicago

Tips for Great Mother’s Day Brunches in Chicago
Looking for a place to wine and dine mom this Mother’s Day? Here are  tips on some of Chicago’s hottest places for brunch to celebrate the moms in your life. (Reminder: Mother’s Day is May 9 this year.) Zest (505 N. Michigan Ave.; map it) is honoring mom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Mediterranean-inspired...
April 19th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More

Chicago-Style Gift Ideas for Mom

Chicago-Style Gift Ideas for Mom
Now that spring has officially arrived in Chicago, it’s a great time to get outside and shop, especially along streets like Armitage, which has some of the city’s best boutque shops. It’s also a great time to look for a Mother’s Day present because it’s never too early to shop for mom, right? Starting...
April 16th, 2010 | Chicago | Read More