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, with its historic homes and cobblestone streets and flowering trees that make a walk on a spring day all the more enjoyable. Much to my surprise I stumbled upon a new addition to Old Town’s storefront:...
April 28th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: bakery, Chicago, Delightful Pastries, dessert, dining, food, old town, restaurant

Celebrate National Pilates Day in Chicago

Celebrate National Pilates Day in Chicago
... 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 several complimentary events to help give you a sense of how Pilates, acupuncture, and a new workout called ActivCore FEX can improve your health and fitness. Events throughout the day at Body Endeavors will include: - Pilates Apparatus Sessions...
April 28th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, exercise, National Pilates Day, Pilates

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 free walking tours of Old Town. The tours are coordinated by the Chicago Office of Tourism and will start from Second City (1616 North Wells St.; map it). Every Saturday from May 29 through...
April 28th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: Chicago, old town, walking tours

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 for such iconic Chicago summer hotspots such as North Avenue Beach. Thanks to CHEW Chicago Inc. (which stands for Complete Health Education & Wellness) getting in shape this year can be easier...
April 27th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Chicago, Health & Fitness, nutrition counseling, weight loss

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. A host of events will be happening throughout Chicago to encourage people to take better care of themselves and their homes and communities. Some of Chicago’s top Earth Day events include: Celebrate...
April 21st, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Last-Minute Easter Brunch Ideas in the Windy City

Last-Minute Easter Brunch Ideas in the Windy City
... serving Puerto Rican-style lasagna, roasted pork and coconut oatmeal. $17.99 ($6.99 for kids under 12); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Photo credit: SXC Tags: Chicago, easter brunch, featuredarticle ...
March 31st, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Best Spots for Easter Brunch in Chicago

Best Spots for Easter Brunch in Chicago
... that roll out the white linens, to more neighborhood establishments that offer ala carte entrees and homemade desserts, come Sunday, April 4, Chicago will be buzzing at brunch time. Here’s a list of some of the city’s best brunch spots to enjoy the Easter holiday at with your friends and family. Chef Scott Walton of MARKETHOUSE (611 N. Fairbanks Ct.; map it) will prepare a “farm fresh” Easter buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $45 per adult and $20 per child under the age of 10....
March 26th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: brunch, Chicago, Easter

Pamper Your Skin with Chicago’s Best Facial

Pamper Your Skin with Chicago’s Best Facial
Looking to do something nice for yourself?  How about treating yourself to one of Chicago’s best facials? Elina Skincare, which recently moved to a new location at 46 Oak St. (map it; 877-384-8300), is one of the top places in the Windy City for a facial. Part of the success behind the spa’s facials are the products used in them, which are created and hand-made by the spa’s owner Elina Fedotova who has an impressive resume: cosmetic chemist, herbalist, and aesthetician. Fedotova’s products...
February 25th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, day spa, facial, featuredarticle

Enjoy Dining Out During Chicago’s Annual Restaurant Week

Enjoy Dining Out During Chicago’s Annual Restaurant Week
If you are a foodie and are in Chicago this week, you’re in luck. Major luck. This week (through February 28) is the third annual Restaurant Week in the Windy City with over 160 establishments showcasing their best dishes and spirits with three-course lunches ($22) and dinners ($32).(According to the City of Chicago, “participating restaurants offer lunch, dinner, or both at their discretion.”) Where to Find Participating Restaurants The city’s list of participating restaurants is alphabetical...
February 24th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 1
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Enjoy “Free February” at Chicago’s Art Institute

Enjoy “Free February” at Chicago’s Art Institute
One of Chicago’s famous landmarks, the Art Institute (111 South Michigan Ave.; map it), is celebrating winter with its “Free February” promotion giving free admission to its art galleries, including its new Modern Wing, every day this month. Current exhibitions at the Art Institute include “Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books”; “Four Followers of Caravaggio”; and “500 Ways of Looking at Modern.” On Permanent Display The institute’s permanent collections...
February 24th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: art-institute, Chicago, dinner, featuredarticle, free-admission, ice skating, lunch, Millennium Park

Chicago’s Equinox Gyms Add New Classes to Their Exercise Rosters

Chicago’s Equinox Gyms Add New Classes to Their Exercise Rosters
Still working on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape?  It’s not too late thanks to one of Chicago’s top gyms, Equinox, which this spring is launching two new heart-pumping, calorie-burning classes: Tabata 2010 and Whipped!. Exclusive to Equinox, Tabata 2010 is described as a “courageous, dynamic, group fitness class that’s scientifically proven to enhance overall physical strength, challenge tenacity, and dramatically transform the body in weeks.” The class is made up of several...
February 22nd, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, Equinox gyms, exercise classes, fitness

Pamper Yourself with These Chocolate Spa Treatments

Pamper Yourself with These Chocolate Spa Treatments
... wraps, chocolate can be moisturizing for the skin and also a good source of antioxidants, which give your skin that healthy glow. The Four Seasons Chicago (120 East Delaware Place; map it) has several chocolate-inspired treatments this month, including: - Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub ($135) with mint- and chocolate-infused massage oils and a sugar exfoliant. - Deep Chocolate Massage ($140) with macadamia nut and cocoa-infused massage oil. - Swiss Chocolate and Carmel Wrap ($185) with chocolate truffle-infused...
February 11th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, chocolate spa therapies, chocolate spa treatments, featuredarticle

Show Your Love This Valentine’s Season by Volunteering

Show Your Love This Valentine’s Season by Volunteering
... work together to serve meals to the homeless; walk a dog; or help build a home through Habitat for Humanity. Here’s a list of volunteer ideas in Chicago, good any time of the year. PAWS Chicago (1997 N. Clybourn Ave.; map it; 773-935-PAWS) – the city’s largest no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. Volunteer opportunities include walking dogs and taking care of the cats. You can also be a Humane Education Presenter to schools and large adult groups and can volunteer at community outreach events. Habitat...
February 10th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
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One of Chicago’s Most Talented Chefs Launches a New Cookbook

One of Chicago’s Most Talented Chefs Launches a New Cookbook
... with new dessert creations, this is news you don’t want to miss. Considered to be one of the world’s top “sugar artists,” the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Executive Pastry Chef, Chef Alain Roby, has launched his first cookbook, Roby’s American Classics: Casual and Elegant Desserts ($22.95). The book features photographs and recipes of many of Chef Roby’s  favorite desserts including: - Key Lime Pie with a chocolate cookie crust. - Chocolate Mousse Truffle with sea salt and olive oil. The...
February 6th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chef Alain Roby, Chicago, cookbook, desserts, featuredarticle, Hyatt Regency Chicago, pastries

Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas in Chicago

Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas in Chicago
... Day almost a week away. If you’re still looking for a great place to wine and dine your sweetheart, check out this list of restaurants in Chicago that will make for a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner. aja (660 N. State St.; map it; 312-202-6050) … Known for seasonal Asian cuisine, the chefs at aja have created a Valentine’s Day “Dim Sum for Two” tasting menu on February 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Items on the Dim Sum for Two menu will include spare ribs, rangoon, and crispy taro cakes...
February 4th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, featuredarticle, Restaurants, valentine's day

Get a Free Facial or Massage with Exhale Spa’s Buddha Bootcamp

Get a Free Facial or Massage with Exhale Spa’s Buddha Bootcamp
... staying on track with your resolutions? If fitness and weight loss were at the top of your New Year Commitments list, then check out this deal from Chicago’s Exhale Spa (945 North State St.; map it) that will reward you for staying in shape. Called the Budddha Bootcamp, between February 1 and March 31, 2010, Exhale Spa will tally the number of their Core Fusion and Core Fusion Sports classes you take and will reward you based on the average of classes attended each week. By averaging it, if say,...
January 31st, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, Core Fusion, Exhale Spa, featuredarticle, fitness, weight loss

Dine Cheaply at Some of Chicago’s Tastiest Restaurants

Dine Cheaply at Some of Chicago’s Tastiest Restaurants
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money, then you’ve come to the right place. Chicago’s dining scene is one of the best in the country and it can also be one of the cheapest, if you know where to go. Some of the top “eat on the cheap” restaurants in the Windy City include: Pollo Volador (3402 Montrose; map it) – This northside BYOB is known, as it names implies, for chicken. Inspired by the cuisine of Columbia, Pollo Volador makes an unforgettable roasted chicken dish...
January 31st, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cheap eats, Chicago, dining, Restaurants

Top French Restaurant in Chicago Offers Half-Priced Entrees

Top French Restaurant in Chicago Offers Half-Priced Entrees
With Restaurant Week coming up in Chicago, I thought I’d give you a tip on one of my favorite restaurants that offers an incredible deal on Tuesday nights. If you like French food, then you’ll want to add Sweets & Savories (1534 W. Fullerton; map it) to your dining list. This Lakeview eatery (open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner starting at 5 p.m.) is small and cozy but packs a punch when it comes to flavorful foods. Plus, on Tuesday nights, all menu items, including entrees, are half...
January 31st, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: BYOB, Chicago, french food, meal deals, restaurant

Attention Chocolate Lovers: Chicago’s Best Chocolate Shops

Attention Chocolate Lovers: Chicago’s Best Chocolate Shops
... time than Valentine’s Day to spoil your significant other (or even yourself) with homemade truffles and other assorted chocolate masterpieces. Chicago is Bon Bon City and is home to several famous “chocolate shops”  including: Fannie Mae Candies (343 North Michigan Ave.; map it) – Order heart-shaped boxes of Fannie Mae’s bestsellers including Pixies,  Buttercreams, and Mint Meltaways. (One of my favorite Fannie Mae “assortments” is the Colonial Box with toffees, Pixies, Trinidads,...
January 30th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 5
Filed under: Chicago, chocolate shops, chocolates, featuredarticle, valentine's day

See a Play This Weekend at Chicago’s Millennium Park

See a Play This Weekend at Chicago’s Millennium Park
When summer comes to Chicago, Millennium Park (map it) is the place to be with its outdoor (and free) concerts, events, and even group yoga and Pilates workouts on Saturdays. Believe it or not, it is also the place be in the winter. Through January 30, the park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion is offering Moby Dick as part of its new theater lab series called In the Works. The In The Works series gives people a chance to sit on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, experiencing “works in development”...
January 29th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, Millennium Park, Moby Dick, play, theater