Mothers Day in Chicago with Mexican Flair

This May 13th, treat Mom to something you know will make both of you smile: a delightful brunch or dinner with you!

Mothers Day Mimosa Brunch
Bottomless Mimosas & An Entree from our Brunch Menu are Included.
Every mother receives a complimentary vanilla bean flan or churros as a way to help say “Thanks!” to all the great mothers out there!
Walk ins are accepted, reservations are recommended!

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

3906 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60613

Phone: 773-549-2932 / Website: www.elmariachitequilabar.com

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

3443 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893 / Website: www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

Healthy Cooking with Chef Tong

My Private Chef’s Cooking Demonstration Designed to Inspire People to Eat Well and Stay Healthy at Gilda’s Club Chicago 

The popular appearances of Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef continue with some wonderful menu ideas emphasizing healthy eating so essential to Gilda’s Club members and their families. People living with cancer know that healthy eating is important for the body and the spirit. The meals are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve beautiful food and stay healthy.

Chef Chris will prepare and serve delicious tastes of:
Tunisian Tomato Soup with Lentils and Garbanzo Beans. The dish is filled with cancer fighting ingredients including cooked tomatoes.

The healthy cooking demonstration is on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6pm at Gilda’s Club Chicago. The club is located at 537 North Wells Street, Chicago.

Gilda’s Club provides a place where men, women and children with cancer, and families and friends, join with others to build social and emotional support in addition to medical care. Gilda’s Club is named in honor of the late comedian Gilda Radner.

My Private Chef has been a strong supporter of Gilda’s Club by providing cooking demonstrations and conversations with Chef Tong.

 

For more information about this event, contact Gilda’s Club Chicago at 312.464.9900 or visit www.gildasclubchicago.org

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.
Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling the audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”For information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our website at www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

All the Best,

The Staff at My Private Chef

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Looking for an Apartment in Chicago

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Mentalist Joshua Kane April 7

Can he read your mind?

Discover your inner superhero in Mentalist Joshua Kane’s amazing interactive performance. Entire audiences experience simultaneous
telepathy, and witness dazzling feats of lie detection and what must be psychic phenomena.

 

Borders of the Mind is for everyone who wishes that they had gotten a letter from Hogwarts, that what was odd and strange about themselves as teenagers would turn out to be a latent superpower, or that someone would point a finger at them and say “You are the one!” People of all ages leap to participate in the strange happenings at the Borders of the Mind.

joshuakane.com/onstage/borders-mind-psychic-show-whole-family

“A voice that mesmerizes…”
– NY Daily News

 

Raised in an illegal boarding house and obsessed from an early age with books, magic, spoken word, fire-eating and the theatre, Joshua Kane was destined for a career on the stage, or as an international spy.

Kane is classically trained actor who has studied with Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and Marcel Marceau. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Kane has toured internationally. His work as a voiceover actor can be heard every day on radio and television in spots for clients ranging from Pillsbury to the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Borders of the Mind blew me away!”

Thomas Weidemann
Clemens Center, Elmira, NY

“You had everyone in the palm of your hand from beginning to end.”

Lillian Harder
Clemson University, SC

“Borders of the Mind exceeded even my high expectations, selling out all three performances on Super Bowl weekend …; garnering enthusiastic audience response…; and attracting great press.”

Deborah Sommers
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT

Isaiah Grass Holiday Music and Giving Back

Chicago’s  Isaiah Grass is an American Singer & Song Writer who is quickly gaining recognition as “the one to watch” as his fan base and music career continues to grow both locally, nationally, and overseas.

His interest in music began at childhood. At the age of 7 he started singing in his church choir, where it didn’t take long to be noticed by his unusual powerful vocal range and from that moment on he began to sing at charity events, school assemblies, talent competitions and many other venues.

Graduating from a performing arts academy, Isaiah was then scouted by modeling agencies in NYC, who encouraged him to pursue a career in the fashion industry. In 2010, Isaiah was scouted by LEDOM MODEL in Chicago, who signed Isaiah to their agency, and in return launched his music career to the public in 2011.

His debut single, “I’m a Freak”, was released worldwide on 01/11/11, becoming an internet hit with nearly 100,000 views in less than a month. Due to the phenomenal acceptance Isaiah received since the launching of his career as a singer, he released his debut album titled “Expect The Unexpected” on 12.12.12. This album contains 13 songs written by Isaiah, full of pop, dance, and acoustic songs which helped introduce his music to a wide range of diverse listeners demographically located around the world

Isaiah is currently ranked No.1 on the Chicago Reverbnation Pop Charts, and has over 300K followers combined on his social media (Twitter, Instagram, FB) and 2 million views on his YouTube channel.

If you haven’t gotten a copy of his CD “Christmas with You” get it TODAY!  He is  donating part of the proceeds to The Salvation Army.  Remember, this is A Christmas Song To Celebrate The Spirit of Giving. Get it at: shop.isaiahgrass.com

 

Follow him on Facebook!

 

111 Cool Places in Chicago

When ever I travel anywhere,  I see a  few of the big tourist  things  but then  I ask  around, talk to locals,  about  what they like  to do.  So I love books like this!

111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in …. That You Must Not Miss)

    • The ultimate insider’s guide to Chicago, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs!

Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides!

This book is great  for locals and tourists!

Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. What started off as a small fur-trading settlement is today a bustling metropolis. Once considered the “hog butcher of the world, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler”, Chicago’s colorful past remains hidden in the nooks and crannies of this wonderful windy city.

Adventures await, from the glamorous to the gritty. Sip dirty martinis in an elegant, underground, 1920’s bank vault. Paddle a kayak down the infamous Bubbly Creek of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. While away an afternoon in a salt cave, or smoke a classic cigar in the oldest family-run tobacco shop in the U.S. Snorkel a 32-acre, limestone sheet shoal, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Midwest. Dine outdoors in a 23rd floor Beaux-Arts cupola overlooking the Chicago River.

Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a diehard Chicago dweller who thinks you’ve seen it all, these 111 hidden places are waiting for you to discover them.

Author: Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri is a freelance writer specializing in family fun and travel, a Chicago public schools world language teacher, and an avid reader. She lives with her two kids – a tween boy and a toddler girl – in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Follow Amy and her adventures in Chicago and beyond on her personal blog, AmyWrites312.com.

Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL – Ice Show

Cirque du Soleil Fuses Excitement, Breathtaking Artistry and

Unique Creativity with Ice in     Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience

 

Opening in Chicago on Thursday, November 16, 2017- 4 Days ONLY!

 

Chicago (October 4, 2017) – Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to venture into uncharted territory with its brand-new creation, Crystal by Cirque du Soleil, exploring the artistic attributes of ice for the very first time. Specifically created for arenas, the state-of-the-art production will create a fresh innovative experience, pushing the boundaries once again by combining outstanding skating and sliding, remarkable aesthetics and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Crystal will perform at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL in six performances only, November 16-19, 2017. Tickets for Crystal start at $30.00.

 

Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered.

 

Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out on thin ice.

 

Show Schedule: November 16 – 19, 2017

  • Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m.and 5 p.m.

 

Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

 

Forsythe Technology is the Official Sponsor of Crystal in the United States

 

Tickets                      cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.

 

Social Media          Facebook:           facebook.com/CrystalbyCirqueduSoleil

                                    Twitter:                @Cirque, #CRYSTAL

Instagram:          @cirquedusoleil, #CRYSTAL

 

Video                        https://youtu.be/HXHyPLXEYB4

SOFA Art and Design November 2-5, 2017

 

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events company.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago’s major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending. Sales at the fair are estimated at 15-20 million dollars per show.

With a strong educational emphasis, SOFA CHICAGO includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world. A VIP program includes exclusive events tailored to high-profile gallery clients and collector/museum groups.

SOFA has evolved into a dynamic international marketplace and community – a confluence of perspectives where art, design and people intersect.   BUY TICKETS ONLINE!

Antonio Estrada Lakeview Businessman Passes

Chicago lost a great business man recently, Antonio Estrada, founder of  El Mariachi and Revolucion restaurants.

1996. On a quiet section of North Broadway in Chicago, Antonio Estrada opened a cozy, 10-table Mexican restaurant he called El Mariachi. It was, he admits, a risk: the area, several blocks from Wrigley Field in East Lakeview, was then a not-so-nice section of the city.

“The neighborhood wasn’t yet gentrified…three years after I opened, they found dead bodies in a nearby hotel!” Estrada once told me.

Mexican food is a staple in most communities today. But back in 1996, the cuisine was in its infancy in the United States—even in a food-savvy town like Chicago. At first,  customers didn’t really comprehend what El Mariachi’s concept—fresh, authentic Mexican food that went beyond tacos and burritos—was all about.

Times have certainly changed—and so has the Estrada family’s business, now comprised of three restaurants under the Mariachi Hospitality Group banner.

Anchored by the flagship El Mariachi Restaurant, still in the original small storefront, the enterprise also includes El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill and Revolución Mexican Steakhouse—all within a five-block stretch of North Broadway populated by restaurants, bars, boutiques and upscale grocery stores.

 

A native of San Juan Jalisco, near Guadalajara, Antonio Estrada emigrated to the U.S. in 1969. Then just 15 years old, with no restaurant experience under his belt, he landed a part-time job as a bus boy, and then server, at Chicago’s M&M Club. He moved on to the Hilton Hotel, where he was a member of the dining room staff for 20 years. Then, he decided, it was time to venture out on his own with El Mariachi.

“I had to learn to cook—but that was pretty easy for me,” Antonio recalls. The formula was fairly simple: he made recipes; the ones he liked became part of the menu.

Antonio built a reputation for serving authentic Mexican dishes including but not limited to tacos—offerings like carne asada suiza and grilled chicken breast dressed in mole poblano—all presented in a warm, intimate setting where high-quality ingredients and friendly, personal service proved a formula for success.

That formula is at the heart of all  Mariachi Hospitality Group operates today.

His sons Jorge (Tony) and Adrian, who were raised in Lakeview and grew up in the business, are key figures in the family enterprise.  “How long have I worked in the restaurants? All my life,” Tony laughs. “I was 11 when I was officially added to the schedule.” – and the brothers have been working in the business ever since!

Antonio Estrada was a hard working  man and his businesses have made a great impact in Lakeview. He always made time to spend with his family.  He always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him! His  favorite quote was, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life it’s about what you INSPIRE others to do.”

He will be greatly missed.

Thanks to writer Kathleen Furore. Her full article can be seen here.

* When El Maricahi Tequila Bar & Restaurant opened in 2004, the painters put an image of Antonio in the ceiling, by the bar, shining down thru the clouds. Next time you stop by, have a Margarita  and  Salute this awesome man!

Chicago Food Marathon October 8th

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

As the  Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. –  I  HOWEVER  WILL NOT BE THERE!  I hate  big  crowds!

Instead,  I will be in East Lakeview  at  Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse  for  Brunch!

Join Us for a $24     Bottomless Mimosas Brunch   8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Their superb Mimosa Brunch is enjoyed by both individuals and family groups.  Bottomless Mimosa Brunch includes unlimited Mimosas and an entree from their brunch menu. They have an extensive Brunch menu which includes chilaquiles, skillets, omelettes and lots of Mexican favorites.  All Breakfast items are made to order and freshly prepared.

 

Revolucion, also in the neighborhood,  is simply perfect for any occasion.

So bring over all  of the runners after an exhausting  run for mimosas & brunch.

 

Walk-ins are welcomed, reservations are appreciated.

773-661-9893

To Reserve Click Here 

 

***AFTER  BRUNCH –  head  over to the  West Town Food Truck  Social.  It’s  going to be a gorgeous afternoon  weather  wise.  What better way to eat and drink all day.

Noble & Chicago Avenue
Held in conjunction with the West Town Art Walk, this food fest brings together some of the city’s finest culinary vehicular traffic including 5411 Empanadas, Happy Lobster, Jerk, and Pierogi Wagon.
Cost: $20 for six-truck sampler ticket

***MORE  FOOD  AND  DEMOS –  Taste  Talks Chicago –  till  10pm.  Various locations

Chef talks and cooking demonstrations, plus a “fam-to-table” dinner at Fulton Market Kitchen, plus an outdoor cookout at Palmer Square, plus cool opening and closing parties equal your weekend done right.
Cost: $49-$299