Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rainy Day Creativity

Getting sick and tired of all this GREY?!?  Us too.  But nothing stimulates the creative parts of your brain quite like a rainy day.  This would be a great time to pick up on that novel you started years ago.  Or start that painting you’ve been thinking about.  I decided to write a poem:

I love you Chicago with your wintery ways
your mind-snapping cold and your long cloudy days

I love you Chicago, all your potholes galore
your slush-covered sidewalks and frozen lakeshore

I love you Chicago, you’re windy, no doubt
my umbrella is broken, it’s all inside-out

I love you Chicago, and although you’re a pain
you’ll always be home, in sunshine or rain.

Eh? Eh?  The next Poe, no?  Ok, maybe not.  Perhaps more inspiration is in order?  Don’t forget to eat breakfast though!  It takes a lot of energy to be creative!  Maybe one of Ray’s famous breakfasts at Ray’s Bucktown B&B is in order!  We’ll get those creative juices (and coffees and pancakes and omelets) flowing!

Nothing inspires your artistic self more than this great Chicago establishment.  Go see some new stuff, or revisit the old.  $25.50 for adults, $19 for students and seniors.

Another Chicago tradition, the Museum of Contemporary art will have you tilting your head and furrowing your brow attempting to unlock the mystery of modern art.  $12 for adults, $7 for students, and children under 12 are free!  Closed on Mondays.

Are the walls in your home looking a little bare?  Do you need something to spruce up the place?  How about supporting some Chicago artists by heading over to the Leigh Gallery.  They sell art of all shapes, sizes, mediums and styles.  You’re sure to find something you can’t go home without.


Never have graphite and paper looked so good together.  Neither have the subjects of these drawings focusing on the theme of love.  Go warm up with some fuzzy feelings at the AdventureLand Gallery. 


Well, whaddaya know!  Ray’s has plenty of art too!  From pottery to paintings to pez dispensers, you’re sure to find enough art to keep you occupied for days.  And the best part?  You can stay in your pajamas. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Drink some wine while you whine.

Winter sucks.  It just does.  Or at least it does when you've gotten inundated with snow and sub-zero temperatures for what feels like the greater part of the past 4 months, and your dog can't walk around the block without you having to pick him up because his paws are cold.  It has officially lost it's allure. So what do you do?  Take advantage of warm, inside activities, that preferably encourage you to imbibe while you kill some time till spring.

Normally Chicago is known more for it's breweries and beer bars than wine tastings, but we've decided to single-handedly bring some wine-ing information to the great troves of public figures who read this blog religiously...

So here we go, some places to check out when it's cold:

Joe's Wine Cellar
Madison Vine Wines
Madison Vine Wines - Tastings every Thursday night from 6-8pm, and cordon the street is that it's free! Madison Vine has a really cool space and operates mainly as a wine market.  (They even have outdoor space for warmer weather.  Like that exists)  

Did we mention they are dog friendly and even have a pooch on staff? I kind of want to somehow run them out of business and make this into my supercoolurbanloft/personalwinecellar. Applications are being accepted for anyone who wants to share the rent.

Joe's Wine Cellar - They don't have tastings every week from what we can tell, but they are in the neighborhood(isn) which makes it worth a shot! (but hint hint - they've got a Rodenia Wine free tasting on Thursday Feb 20th - check out details here.) Located at 2108 W Division St.

Life's a Cabaret

Life's a Cabaret - Another choice close by to Ray's. Free tastings on Fridays from 6-9 and Saturdays from 3-6, but call ahead and make sure there's spots open - from what we can tell you may need to sign up ahead of time. 1937 W North Ave.

Since it's 6am, and writing about wine at 6am doesn't really make you too motivated to cook omelets for 15 hungry guests, I'll leave it at that.  So get out, trudge through the snow, and find somewhere to sip on some vino while you complain about the weather. We'll join you after our shift :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Who Doesn't Love a Slushy Chicago Valentines Day?

So you've decided to spend Valentine's Day in Chicago.  How romantic!  Just knock that snow off of your boots and stay warm and toasty with your sweetheart at some of these great Chicago establishments (and save some $$ for extra flowers and chocolates while you're at it).  We've compiled a list of places to wine and dine your Valentine (hey, that rhymes!).   Want to do more than just dinner? We've included Valentines Day events too!  Afterwards, come on back to Ray's Bucktown B&B for a good night's sleep and a breakfast for two.

Dining Room @ Club Lucky

Eat the most romantic food in the world at Club Lucky's!  Order awesome Italian food off the menu, or order one of the chef's "sexy specials" along with a "love inspired" cocktail.

"Seven Guitars" @ Court Theatre

To woo, or not to woo.  That is the question.  What better than a night at the theatre to make that Valentine's date extra special?  Chicago Theatre Week is February 11-16.  Check out the website for shows playing all over the city.  

Cupid's Undie Run

Cupid's Undie Run
Are you and your Valentine pretty athletic?  Do you like running around in your underwear?  Are you also impervious to cold weather?  If so, you might want to sign up for Cupid's Undie Run!  Go run in your most festive Valentine's undies and raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation!

Nothing says "I love you" quite like raw fish.  Show your Valentine how much you care with a romantic sushi dinner.  Coast will be offering special Valentine's Day rolls!   By reservation only.

O&E dining room

Owen & Enginge
Try the bubble and squeak.  Or maybe the scotch egg.  Definitely give the bangers and mash a whirl.  Indulge your tastebuds to a new vocabulary at Owen & Engine.  Valentine's Day specials available!


Grass Fed
If a big juicy steak is your idea of a romantic night out (and I must admit, that sounds pretty romantic to me), head over to Grass Fed for a Valentine's Day pre fixe dinner.