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  • Think green at this hotel pop-up geared toward Millennials

    The Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago’s Loop will present a pop-up hotel later this month geared toward Millennials. The theme is about what they miss most when not at home: green. Carey Malloy, director of brand marketing for Chicago-based Orbitz, says that plants are very important to this generation. Orbitz reached out to the Garfield Park Conservatory to curate the pop-up. The rooms are meant to resemble the conservatory experience. There will be five different rooms in the pop-up hotel […]

  • Become a Superfan at a Bears pop-up bar paying tribute to the classic SNL sketch

    “Da-Bears.” “Daaa-Bears!” We’ve all heard those words, and probably said them a few times too, from the classic series of Saturday Night Live sketches known as “Bill Swerski’s Superfans.” Now, you can become a superfan at Timothy O’Tooles Bar in River North. They’ve got a pop-up bar that that recreates the look along with a menu featuring food inspired by the sketches. They hope to keep the pop-up open through the football season and, if it is successful, there may […]

  • In a North Lawndale garden, there’s a 20 foot shipping container with a museum inside – Keep reading, we’ll explain

    Lawndale Pop-Up Spot is a hyper-local museum inside a shipping container in a garden. The first exhibit, called A Safe Place, was put together by high school students and focuses on positive news rather than the negative stories that often dominate coverage of the West Side.

  • Want to dig deep into deep dish pizza? Uno’s has classes to teach how to make the Chicago classic

    Uno's Pizza--known for its classic deep dish pizza--holds cooking classes at the restaurant before it opens. Assistant Manager David Weinberg says the class takes students through the entire process from start to finish.

  • It’s a big deal: The Maxwell Street Market, the oldest open air market in the country, is still going strong

    The Historic Maxwell Street Market is the oldest open air market in the country. It has moved several times in its history and is currently located just outside the Loop in the 800 block of South Desplaines. Mark Kelly, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Events, says the market is tied to Chicago’s immigrant population and says it has now morphed into a popular market for the Hispanic community.  On August 8th, the market will be holding their summer celebration called […]

  • Check it out: The Chicago Tool Library opens later this summer

    When you think of a library, you think of a place where you check out books, movies and a variety of other items. But, have you ever checked out a hammer from a library? You’ll be able to do just that when the Chicago Tool Library opens in Bridgeport later this summer. Co-founder Jim Benton says it is actually not a new concept. He also says, if you’re cleaning up your tool closet, they’re currently looking for donations of a […]

  • Tools of the Trade: A new exhibit features the typewriters used by iconic American writers

    The American Writers Museum has a new exhibit called Tools of the Trade. It’s a look back at the importance of the typewriter to the author, poet, journalist and playwright. Museum President Carey Cranston says the connection between  writers and their typewriters is  a special bond. You will get a first-hand  look at the typewriters that, when some famous names put their fingers to the keyboard, masterpieces were created. And, for the budding young writer who has never seen a […]

  • They’re buzzing over cider in Hermosa

    The husband-and-wife team behind Chicago-made Right Bee Cider have opened a tasting room. Kate Morgan and her husband Charlie met and got married all because of their love for cider. Charlie was a beer maker, Kate’s preference was cider, and the two launched Right Bee in 2014. Of course, when you have the word “bee” in your name, you have to make your own honey to go in a craft cider. But it takes more than good honey to make […]

  • From food desert to food incubator: The South Side’s first food hall opens in Pullman

    Pullman is now home to the South Side’s first food hall. Called One Eleven, it is located on East 111th Street and open for business. One Eleven has three food stalls with diverse choices. Ciere Boatright, Vice President of Real Estate and Inclusion at Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, calls One Eleven part of a holistic approach to developing the neighborhood and says she hopes it is just the beginning for the food scene on the South Side. For more information, visit […]

  • Couples married at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel wanted for July anniversary celebration

    Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement in Naperville is celebrating its Golden Anniversary. It has been 50 years since a group of volunteers rescued St.John’s Episcopal Church from demolition and moved it to its current location. To mark the date, Naper Settlement is looking for couples who have gotten married at the chapel. They’ll be invited to a special wedding celebration event Sunday, July 14, 1-4pm, including a group vow renewal ceremony and a photo booth for then and now […]

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