Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Family Fun In October

Midnight Circus in the Parks is touring 8 of Chicago's parks. It has been voted "Best Annual Family Event" by TimeOut Chicago. Midnight Circus has an old time European traveling circus feel, with acrobats, jugglers, hula hoop artists and aerialists. They engage, inspire, and empower the audience, while raising funds to rebuild the parks. For a list of the upcoming shows click --> here

Also coming up is the Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend from October 10-12. For twelve years now Andersonville has been celebrating the artists and designers in the neighborhood. On Friday there is the night of 100 parties where dozens of stores come alive with fabulous parties. Saturday and Sunday there is a self-guided art walk, where there is loads of amazing art on display. There are a variety of performances and other events going on as well. It's important to note that there is free admission to the Swedish American Museum all weekend!
Finally, the 10th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is at Holstein Park on October 19th. There are activities such as a crafts tent for kids, carnival games, and inflatable pony racing! Non-bakers can buy slices of pie, and all the proceeds for the event benefit the park.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tell Us About Breweries Near Rays! 
- only if you insist :)

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria has a New Haven style thin crust pizza, and 7 different house brews in a sports bar setting. They have live band karaoke every Saturday. Piece is located in Wicker Park at 1927 W. North Ave.  

Revolution Brewery is located just West of Rays in Logan Square. Revolution opened just a few years ago, and they produce over 50 amazing beers every year. They offer tours throughout the week that last 45 minutes and include a tasting. Walk over to 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave for the Revolution experience.

          Pipeworks microbrewery was voted Best New Brewery in the World its first year. They are known for their acclaimed collaboration beers like the Ninja vs. Unicorn double IPA, and Koval Whiskey Barrel-Aged Smoked Porter. Beer enthusiasts can find out more if they head over to 1675 N. Western Ave.

Fatpour Tap Works has a selection of over 200 beers. You will  be amazed to find that you can watch the tap system stream over 2 miles of beer overhead to the bar. They also have table taps that allow you to pour your own beer. Fatpour also serves food, and offers a patio during warmer weather. They are located just south of Rays at 2005 W. Division St. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Webster Street

Webster Street: The street that only runs from Lincoln Park Zoo to Rays doorstop! 

On a fine sunny day I suggest that you rent a Divvy bike and cruise down Webster Street.

On the way you will find the Oz Park- A Wizard of Oz themed playground and park. The park has basketball and tennis courts, a jogging path, and three baseball diamonds. There are numerous picnic tables and gardens. It's a great place to take the kids for a picnic. It's located at the Webster and Larrabee St intersection.

If you are tired and want to relax and watch a movie, check out the Regal Webster Place 11 theatre. It has seats rumored to be the best in town, with plenty of legroom,food trays and footrests.It's located at 1471 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 Located between Clybourn Ave and Dominick St.

At the end of the road is Lincoln Park Zoo. Founded in 1868, it is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. It has free admission, and the exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, and monkeys.
Kids can get a chance to experience a bit of country life with the farm exhibit. Visitors can pet goats, feed cows and roam vegetable gardens. The cows are milked at certain times, and there is always staff around to explain elements of farm life. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dead Trees Turned Alive

Sick and dying trees around Chicago are getting a second chance at life this summer thanks to the Chicago Tree Project. 10 Sculptors are working to draw attention to the large amounts of trees that are dying of invasive species, urban stress and disease. They are integrating art and nature by transforming the trees into vibrant public art. Tree's are important for cleaning the city air, and the dead trees also help the environment by harboring birds, animals, and insects that feed the birds. 
This tree was designed by Karl and Indira Johnson. The  overlapping Morse code and outstretched hands remind us of our reciprocal role in caring for the earth.
In nearby Humboldt Park, Mia Capodilupo made a "Honey Locust tree" to symbolize the linking of human and natural creation together.
Margot McMahon worked on an Elm tree, and she adorned it with a hand made flock of birds.

*To watch a brief video about the project click -->  here

*For a map of the trees in Chicago click --> here