Category Archives: Adventure Seekers

Chicago OUtdoor Heated Dining Options

(We do not own the above photograph and I could not find out who does own it.)


I guess Covid did one thing for Chicago…it  gave us more outdoor dining options in the Fall and  Winter!

Bubble domes, igloos, tents and more! Restaurateurs have gotten very creative!

Eater Chicago just posted 18  restaurants and bars where diners and drinkers can hang out all year long.

From Downtown to Lakeview and everywhere in between, restaurants are hanging on by a thread and need our support!

CBS CHICAGO also did a piece called  Heated Eats. Mapping out places with heated patio’s and/or other forms of cold weather outdoor dining.

Chicago Polar Plunge March 1st 2020

March 1, 2020 at North Avenue Beach  celebrates the 20th anniversary of this Chicago winter tradition.

This fundraiser is extremely important to the 7,500+ Special Olympics Chicago athletes that the Chicago Polar Plunge benefits. You are what makes this day possible, so thank you! We are expecting 4,000+ of you to take the plunge and thousands of spectators on top of that.

We want to make sure you are properly prepared. Below are some helpful reminders to get you ready!

Itinerary March 1, 2020:

8:00 AM Beach & Registration Opens

9:45 AM Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM Meltdown Tent Opens

10:30 AM–11:15 AM Plunge Waves


North Avenue Beach

1601 N. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60611


We encourage public transportation/carpooling/rideshare. If driving, the parking lot at Lincoln Park Zoo is free for the Plunge. The lot is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive, 2400 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614.

Check in process:
We recommend checking in ahead of time during one of the sessions below. (listed below) prior to Sunday, March 1 to pick up your t-shirt, wristbands and turn in any offline donations. Groups of 20 or more will be required to pick up their team’s materials prior to March 1.

Early pickup dates:

Friday, February 28, from 3:00–6:30 PM

Saturday, February 29, from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, from 8:00–10:00 AM

What to Bring

Please bring your bags and dry items with you as you enter the warming tents. As far as what to wear into the water, less is better. Shoes are REQUIRED to take the plunge. Don’t forget about the costume contest!

Please bring a bag with the following:

  • Shoes (required to plunge)
  • A warm change of clothing

Extra items you might want to bring include

  • An extra towel
  • A waterproof phone case (available for $5 at our souvenir tent)

What to do with your Belongings

One great thing about bringing friends to watch is that they can hold your bag while you plunge. But don’t worry. If you want to keep your gear handy, just take it with you into the heating tents before you plunge. Our volunteers will direct you to leave your bags on a tarp before heading into the water as a “Gear Check”. After you take the plunge and exit the water, volunteers will hand you a souvenir towel and will direct you to your bag right where you left it on the dry tarp.

The boathouse has restrooms available to all Plungers before and after the event, as well as changing rooms throughout the beach.

Please note: Special Olympics Chicago is not responsible for lost or stolen personal belongings. Please leave all items at your own risk. We do have a lost and found on site.

Play it safe! Remember there is no diving allowed!

Meltdown Party and Olympic Village:

Following the Plunge, come enjoy our meltdown party. Featuring food, a cash bar, music and most importantly, HEATERS! On your way there, check out Olympic Village! You can take photos at our selfie stations, check out athlete artwork from Envisions artists, buy sweet treats from Misericordia, or buttons from Easterseals!

You should expect to have an absolute blast! Also, expect a very large crowd filled with tons of energy. The actual plunge is short and sweet, but you may have to wait in line before you jump in the water. You can listen to music, buy Polar Plunge merchandise, food, and/or drinks while mingling with thousands of fellow Plungers and spectators.

See you soon, Plungers!

Award Winning Mariachi Feb 8th

Award-winning Mariachi ensemble to perform at Moraine Valley

Mariachi Herencia De México will perform its award-winning traditional Mexican music on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.

Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors, and free for children and students with ID. Those who qualify for free admission must acquire a ticket to reserve a seat.

This ensemble of students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios started in 2014 as a music education program for Chicago Public school students. The group has earned a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album category, and its latest album, “Herencia de la Tierra Mia,” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Latin Album sales chart.

Mariachi Herencia de México has performed alongside major artists, Lila Downs, Aida Cuevas, Los Lobos, Pedro Fernández, as well as some of the most respected mariachi groups from both sides of the border, including Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Los Camperos, Sol de Mexico, Cobre, and the all-female group Reyna de Los Angeles.


For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or visit

Mega Starbucks Chicago Open For Business – If You Can Get In!

With a  1,000 person capacity, the new 35,000 square foot 4-story Starbucks Reserve on Mag Mile is  at  capacity almost every day, every hour, since they opened  last week!  There is always a line  of a few hundred people (or more), waiting to get in!

The Chicago location is the company’s sixth roastery. Other locations include Tokyo, New York and Milan. Each roastery is much larger than a typical cafe and is designed to pay homage to the culture and history of the city.

Starbucks spokeswoman Maggie Jantzen said that the average Roastery customers spends three to four times more money than at a typical Starbucks cafe. Roasteries, on average, can see more than 8,000 visitors per day.



Navy Pier Hotel

Navy Pier gets a hotel!

Chicago is defined by its relationship to Lake Michigan, but because of the Burnham Plan, a hotel on Navy Pier would be the only location that would have the opportunity to provide the experience of looking back at the postcard view of the Chicago skyline. Because of this unique opportunity, KOO  Architecture started with a window box as the organizing principle for the design of the facade of this 200 guestroom hotel on our “third coast”. Each gues­troom has been provided with a window seat from which to connect with the City. The angled surface orienta­tion creates a textured exterior that subtly reflects the ever-changing range of light, shadow, and color of the Lake.

The highly anticipated property, scheduled to open spring 2020, will operate under the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, which includes more than 50 remarkable independent hotels around the world.

Guest rooms will feature floor to ceiling windows that showcase breathtaking views of the city’s famed skyline, Lake Michigan and the Pier. Guests will also enjoy a high-energy first floor restaurant, a state of the art fitness center and an unparalleled 30,000-square-foot rooftop restaurant, bar and event space.

What is the Midwest?

Running  now  thru Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Trienens Galleries / Newberry  Library


Often called “the Heartland” or “flyover country,” the Midwest tends to be characterized as a homogeneous, barren space between the American coasts. This exhibition challenges the assumptions, stereotypes, and persistent narratives about the Midwest, exploring the confluence of peoples and environmental conditions that has defined the region and made it unique.

Spanning roughly 400 years—from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first—the exhibition tells a multitude of stories using various Newberry collections, including maps, art, promotional ephemera, archival photos and videos, and personal letters and diaries.

Free docent-led tours of the exhibition will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 2 pm and Tuesdays at 11 am.

What Is the Midwest? is generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A series of public programs and a set of digital resources will also explore the major themes of this exhibition in the fall of 2019.

The Newberry Library is located on the lands of American Indians, who have persisted longer than the United States has been a nation. We acknowledge that Potawatomi, Odawa, Sauk, Ojibwe, Illinois, Kickapoo (Kiikaapoi), Miami (Myaamia), Mascouten, Wea, Delaware, Winnebago, Menominee, and Mesquakie villages resided and traded along Lake Michigan’s shoreline from precontact through the nineteenth century. The Newberry honors and respects Chicago’s diverse American Indian community.

  • The Newberry
  • 60 West Walton Street,  Chicago, Illinois 60610
  • (312) 943-9090

Chicago Aids Run Walk October 5 2019

“Live True. Be You” at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago


On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual event encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and 27 CommunityDirect partners. The proceeds benefit programs and services improving the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS and other chronic conditions.


The event attracts thousands of participants annually, who gather at one of Chicago’s most iconic locations for the 5K walk and 5K and 10K runs. Participants travel a scenic route along Lake Michigan and finish at Soldier Field. This vibrant event will mobilize the community under the theme “Live true. Be you.”


“The theme this year continues to be “Live True. Be You”, as living each day authentically is a crucial part of embracing who we are as a community and showing how we can make a difference for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS,” said Dustin Erikstrup, AFC’s Senior Manager of Special Events. “It is important to live true and openly each day in this unpredictable climate. AIDS Run & Walk Chicago provides this safe space where people can express themselves.”


In addition to AFC, 27 community organizations serving Chicago’s HIV and AIDS population are also beneficiaries of the funds raised at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago as part of the CommunityDirect program. Participating CommunityDirect organizations kick off the event’s fundraising efforts by registering their own team for the 5K walk, 5K or 10K runs. Many of this year’s community partners have been involved in the event for years, providing opportunities for other organizations to participate and support its fundraising efforts.


AFC recently joined forces with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and other statewide partners to launch Getting to Zero Illinois. This is a state-wide initiative to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030 with the help of community-based organizations, health care providers, local government agencies and local members of Illinois’ HIV community. The initiative focuses on increasing the current rates of PrEP (a daily prevention pill that is up to 99 percent effective when taken consistently and correctly) and other HIV treatments to attain fewer than 100 new HIV cases per year.


In Illinois, an estimated 45,000 people live with HIV or AIDS. AFC, along with community organizations and other partners, are working tirelessly to get this number down to zero through their advocacy and fundraising efforts. The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago provides the ideal opportunity to raise money and awareness for and the groups and individuals who are working to combat the epidemic in Illinois.


Since its establishment in 2001, the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has raised more than $6 million to battle the epidemic. For more information or to participate, visit or call 312-334-0946.


2019 CommunityDirect Partners

Michael Reese Care Program at Mercy

Chicago Recovery Alliance

Lurie SID

The Night Ministry

Agape Missions

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Center on Halsted

Chicago House and Social Service Agency

AMITA Health Housing & Health Alliance

Legal Beagles (Legal Council for Health Justice)

Season of Concern

Open Door

Howard Brown

Sinai/Holy Cross Strolling Bones

SWOP – Chicago (Sex Workers Outreach Project)

CCHE (Chicago Center for HIV Elimination

Pride Action Tank

Men and Women in Prison Ministries

Catholic Charities

Mother and Child Alliance

Team CCHIP (Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center)


Erie Family Health Centers

Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus

Team Loyola

New Ages Services Corporation

Team HAI (Heartland Alliance International)

About AFC

About the AIDS Foundation of Chicago: AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. AFC aspires to create a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. More at:

Bloomingdales Chicago now has Hästens Handmade Mattresses from Sweden

Bloomingdales Now Proudly Representing Hästens Handmade Mattresses from Sweden


Hästens has a rich history running back through six generations and the journey to where they are now is one filled with passion, skill and the pursuit of making the best handcrafted beds in the world. The bond that ties all of Hästens together is their Spirit of Excellence, a way of working and thinking that brings you the best sleep you’ll ever have.

Hästens was born in Sweden in 1852 and from the day they made their first bed, natural materials have always played a fundamental role. In 1852 cotton, horsetail hair, wool and flax were superior to other materials and, surprisingly, even today… that remains the case. And, then as it is now, the best way to craft using these materials is by hand. This tradition of hand craftsmanship gives their bed makers a deeply rooted understanding and mastery of both their art, and the natural materials that are so crucial to its consolidation.


Bloomingdales is so proud to now be representing Hästens in our Mattress Gallery located in our Medinah Home Store at 600 North Wabash Avenue. Please feel free to come in and feel for yourself what all the buzz is about! My name is Derrick Sorles, a Furniture and Mattress Specialist at Bloomingdales, please reach out and make an appointment and I am happy to showcase how Hästens Sleep Systems can change your life!

33rd Annual Day of the Dead exhibition

The 33rd Annual Day of the Dead exhibition opens this week!
Join us on Friday, September 20th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the opening reception for Día de Muertos • A Matter of Life.
Come enjoy the unique installations of traditional and contemporary ofrendas to the dead! Among the numerous installations this year will be a display from Mexico’s Black Towns in the Costa Chica and a special ofrenda dedicated to three generations of Árbol de la Vida artisans from Izúcar de Matamoros, Puebla by Veronica Castillo Salas.
The Museum’s 33rd Day of the Dead Exhibition is dedicated to those who tragically lost their lives in El Paso, Texas, where Mexicans and immigrants were targeted in the August 3rd hate crime.
Curated by Cesareo Moreno
The Día de Muertos exhibition will continue through December 8th. Additional information about the exhibition can be found here.
All audiences are welcome to join us. The National Museum of Mexican Art is wheelchair accessible. Please note that doors open for the reception at 6:00 pm on September 20th, and the exhibition will not be open prior to that time.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Fogo de Chao Caipirinhas Day Sept 13th

Caipirinhas are the official cocktail of Brazil, and feature cachaça (the native spirit of Brazil, distilled from pure cane sugar), freshly muddled limes and sugar.

(A recipe for the beverage can be found HERE.)

Celebrate National Caipirinha Day on Friday, Sept. 13 with $5 caipirinhas all day long at Fogo (available on the Patio or in Bar Fogo, and the bar area at Fogo de Chão; not valid in the main dining room).

    Stop by after work and check it out!

Fogo de Chão is a fine dining, full-service Brazilian steakhouse or churrascaria, serving rodízio style, featuring roving waiters serving barbecued meats from large skewers directly onto the seated diners’ plates.

Weekday Happy Hour at Bar Fogo, featuring $4 Brazilian Bites & Beers, $6 South American Wines and $8 Brazilian-Inspired Cocktails.

661 N LaSalle, River North