See & Plays

A Loaded Staycation with Loews Chicago

A Loaded Staycation with Loews Chicago

Playing tourist in my own city has always kept our family busy, especially in the downtown area. There’s always a lot of things to do and places to discover and rediscover so we take full advantage of it whenever we get a chance to roam around. Luckily, my teen son’s birthday also fell on the […]

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Chicago Scholars Opened Up a Big New Space to Facilitate Growth in Program

Chicago Scholars Opened Up a Big New Space to Facilitate Growth in Program

CNN Money recently reported that “The massive gap in college graduation rates between rich and poor is growing even wider.” I don’t think anyone is any less surprised about this, but it is still troubling to hear. Thanks to Chicago Scholars, they are here to identify those deserving students and advocate for them. “Our 7-year success […]

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Spring Ahead and Shake off Winter for Good with Millennium Dance Complex

Spring Ahead and Shake off Winter for Good with Millennium Dance Complex

Lucky for us here in Chicago, the famous Millennium Dance Complex has arrived from Hollywood and has set its ground in the West Loop neighborhood. Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and Britney Spears are just among the A-list clients that trained with MDC and famed celebrity choreographers/instructors will be kicking off some hip-hop classes on March 21 […]

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Eats & Sips

Ice The Cake and Eat It Too!

Ice The Cake and Eat It Too!

Magnolia Bakery is launching a new series of monthly cake and cupcake icing classes and of course we had to be there to check it out. Magnolia’s expert decorator was on hand to demonstrate and guide us into making our own cupcake designs. You can check out Magnolia’s schedule here to join in on one of […]

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Check Out the New Seven Lions Restaurant [pics]

Check Out the New Seven Lions Restaurant [pics]

Right across from the Art Institute of Chicago that houses masterpieces from world-renown artists is a new restaurant called Seven Lions by Master Sommelier and former Check, Please! TV Show Host, Alpana Singh. This is Singh’s second restaurant in Chicago and the expectations are high due to the success of her Boarding House restaurant. We […]

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Sharing the Warmth of Hot Pot in Chinatown

Sharing the Warmth of Hot Pot in Chinatown

Spring is here but it will take some time for us to thaw out after the long cold winter. Much like the ice and snow in our Chicago streets that are still slowly melting away. Well, I’ve got a quick remedy for us Chicagoans: Hot Pot in Chinatown! Never heard of it? You will soon! […]

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Shops & Services

Bet you can hear them now! Verizon is opening a Destination Store in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Bet you can hear them now! Verizon is opening a Destination Store in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Verizon’s General Manager Frank DiBetta is settling in Chicago from New Jersey to open up the new and exciting Verizon Destination Store and we were just there this morning for a media sneak peek of their new place before they officially open tomorrow. The store front is still covered up with red curtains but I […]

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Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Park Opening Celebration [pics]

Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Park Opening Celebration [pics]

The new Williams-Sonoma store in Lincoln Park held a private event to celebrate its new store location and Chicago cooking school. The event was hosted by the new WTTW Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio, Andrew Kaplan, and Nina Mariano. Local restaurants like Spiaggia, RPM Italian, and Perennial Virant, provided the food.

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Kick-off The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard with Water Tower Place

Kick-off The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard with Water Tower Place

This outstanding festival will once again take over downtown Chicago’s famed shopping Avenue for 12 fun-filled days of fashionable events. From Thursday, August 22, through Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), Water Tower Place, along with the city’s top restaurants, retailers and hotels, will combine fashion, food, fitness and fun for an experience you won’t want […]

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Art & Leisure

Chicago Scholars Opened Up a Big New Space to Facilitate Growth in Program

Chicago Scholars Opened Up a Big New Space to Facilitate Growth in Program

CNN Money recently reported that “The massive gap in college graduation rates between rich and poor is growing even wider.” I don’t think anyone is any less surprised about this, but it is still troubling to hear. Thanks to Chicago Scholars, they are here to identify those deserving students and advocate for them. “Our 7-year success […]

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Sharing the Warmth of Hot Pot in Chinatown

Sharing the Warmth of Hot Pot in Chinatown

Spring is here but it will take some time for us to thaw out after the long cold winter. Much like the ice and snow in our Chicago streets that are still slowly melting away. Well, I’ve got a quick remedy for us Chicagoans: Hot Pot in Chinatown! Never heard of it? You will soon! […]

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#InMyShoes – A Twitter Chat All Parents with Teens Should Know About!

#InMyShoes – A Twitter Chat All Parents with Teens Should Know About!

Just when new parents think they’re done with milk & diapers, parents suddenly get an unexpected smack in the face dealing with a budding young adult!  Almost instantly – long gone are the days when these new parents-of-teens can decide what, where, and why their young ones should, eat, and sleep. These newly teenaged creatures […]

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Chicago Welcomed Coast-to-Coast Social Influencers to Create Awareness for #RedNoseDay with Walgreens

Chicago Welcomed Coast-to-Coast Social Influencers to Create Awareness for #RedNoseDay with Walgreens

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

My, What Big Nose You Have! It’s better to poke fun at you, my dear! Yea, that’s right – FUN is the magic word here! The #RedNose Day is coming to America after it first launched in Britain in 1988. This “National Day of Comedy” has caught on years of success in the UK raising money […]

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A Loaded Staycation with Loews Chicago

A Loaded Staycation with Loews Chicago

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Playing tourist in my own city has always kept our family busy, especially in the downtown area. There’s always a lot of things to do and places to discover and rediscover so we take full advantage of it whenever we get a chance to roam around. Luckily, my teen son’s birthday also fell on the […]

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Ice The Cake and Eat It Too!

Ice The Cake and Eat It Too!

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Magnolia Bakery is launching a new series of monthly cake and cupcake icing classes and of course we had to be there to check it out. Magnolia’s expert decorator was on hand to demonstrate and guide us into making our own cupcake designs. You can check out Magnolia’s schedule here to join in on one of […]

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