Must see Monday: Christkindlmarket

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Feel the spirit of a German Christmas at Christkindlmarket
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Looking to try something different thing holiday season? Try a taste of German culture and visit Christkindlmarket, a German-themed holiday market.

This cultured attraction is inspired by real German Christmas markets, and has been a part of the holidays in Chicago since 1996, according to the Christkindlmarket website.

The festival features a variety of authentic German vendors. Guests can browse through clothing, Christmas ornaments and decorations, beer steins and more during their visit, the website states. And no trip to Christkindlmarket is complete without real German food! Try real German chocolate, sausage, marzipan, bratwurst and more for a little taste of Germany during your visit to Chicago. Continue reading


Must see Monday: McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

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Watch the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day
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Just three more days until Thanksgiving! If traveling to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a little too far, try attending the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago.

This Chicago tradition was started in 1934, according to the parade website, and has become a classic event to kick off the holiday season ever since. Over the years, incredible acts have taken part in the parade such as a circus act, which featured an elephant and 100 Santas that handed out over 10,000 balloons. In 2011, the parade closed with recreating a scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Dancers ran into the street to dance with Teddy Turkey to “Twist and Shout” from the well-known parade scene from the 80’s movie, the parade website states.

This  year’s festivities will start at 8 a.m. on State St. and will continue down Congress and Randolph St., according to the parade website.  Continue reading

Must see Monday: Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season on the Magnificent Mile
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The city of Chicago is gearing up for the holiday season, which means the annual Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival is just around the corner.

This festival is well-known in Chicago as a day of celebration before the Magnificent Mile is illuminated with lights to officially mark the start of the holiday season. This year’s festival will take place on Nov. 23, with the festivities beginning at 11 a.m.

Start the your day with with some special musical guests set to perform throughout the day. Popular names in the music industry such as Deborah Gibson, Megan Nicole, and Megan and Liz are scheduled to take the stage to get the crowd into the holiday spirit. All performances will be held at the BMO Harris Bank Stage on N. Michigan Ave., according to the festival website. Continue reading

Current events: Tornadoes, severe weather strike Chicago, central Illinois

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Servere storms forced Soldier Field to evacuate fans during Sunday’s Chicago Bears game.
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Please note that the following facts may change as more news becomes available.

Chicago really was the “Windy City” today when a surprise string of severe storms battered the city and produced multiple tornados which destroyed several central Illinois towns.

If you were watching football during today’s weather madness, you probably saw that the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field had been suspended due to massive storms approaching the Chicago area. The stands were then temporarily evacuated due to the severity of the incoming storm.

Weather conditions became so extreme that Bears’ game day blogger Larry Mayer said, “sheets of rain [were] coming down,” and “it [looked] like midnight instead of noon.”

This monstrous November storm spawned about 10 tornadoes throughout the state of Illinois, according to NBC Chicago. The Weather Channel expects this deadly storm to move east, putting cities such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland and Louisville, Ky. at risk. Continue reading

Feedback Friday: Ed Debevic’s

If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant in Chicago, try Ed Debevic’s, a 60’s themed diner on N. Wells St. This place is guaranteed to give you a dining experience you’ll never forget.

According to the restaurant website, Ed Debevic’s has been Chicago’s only retro-themed restaurant since 1984, setting it apart from the rest of the city’s dining options.

Walk into the diner and you’ll feel as if you’ve just set foot in the movie Grease. Jukeboxes blare oldies hits while servers dressed in 60’s outfits rush to their tables to take dinner orders. Take your pick of any of their delicious items on the menu, such as burgers, hot dogs, chili, fries, salads, ice cream and more. Continue reading

Must see Monday: Macy’s Holiday Windows on State Street

The holidays will be here before you know it, so if you’re in Chicago this holiday season, be sure to stop by Macy’s on State St. This massive Macy’s is the second largest department store in the world, and it is also a National Historic Landmark, according to Macy’s tourism department.

Sure, Macy’s is a great place to shop, but you’ll want to visit this store for its spectacular Holiday Window display. This display has been a tradition for 46 years, dating back to when the store was Marshall Field’s, the store name until Macy’s bought them out in 2006, Macy’s Chicago says. Continue reading

Feedback Friday: Portillo’s

When it comes to dining in a large city like Chicago, you might think of fancy five-star restaurants where you can’t even

Portillo's is known for their Italian beef sandwiches and hot dogs. Photo from

Portillo’s is known for their Italian beef sandwiches and hot dogs.
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pronounce half of the items on the menu. Luckily Chicago has a little bit of everything when it comes to food, so if you’re looking for simple, yet good food, try Portillo’s.

Portillo’s is a casual restaurant located throughout the Chicago area known for their hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. They also feature a variety of other sandwiches, as well as burgers and salads to satisfy everyone. Continue reading

Must see Monday: The Magnificent Mile

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The Magnificent Mile is home to some of Chicago’s most popular destinations.
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Looking for the best shopping and dining options Chicago has to offer? Then head over to the Magnificent Mile.

The Magnificent Mile is a “13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street to the north,” according to the official website. This Chicago hot-spot is home to over 460 stores, 275 restaurants and 60 hotels, the website also states.

As if the shopping and dining isn’t enough, the Magnificent Mile offers a variety of other attractions:

Feedback Friday: Harry Caray’s Restaurant

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Harry Caray is most known for being the announcer for the Chicago Cubs in the 1980’s.
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One of Chicago’s top dining destinations is Harry Caray’s, a restaurant dedicated to the legendary Chicago Cubs’ announcer. The late broadcaster was known for leading the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field, and his popular phrase, “Holy cow!”

If you’re looking for some good food, Harry Caray’s is the place to go, and also has three different locations around the city. This famous Chicago hot-spot has been named “Best Italian Steakhouse” by the Chicago Tribune Dining Poll, according to the restaurant website. There is a lunch and a dinner menu, each containing a wide variety of options: