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Daniel Burnham’s Vision for Chicago: Paris on the Prairie

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White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Administration Building, seen from the Agr...

The Administration Building, seen from the Agricultural Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building...

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The Republic in Jackson Park, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston, IL home. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Source: http://www.chicagob2b.net/links/pages/CitySeal1.gif This image is a copy of the official seal of the City of Chicago, Illinois, as designed and adopted by the City in 1905. As such, it is a work authored before 1922, and is therefore in the public domain. A 1895 edition of the seal can be seen here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Millennium Park from the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in 2007, before Legacy Tower was built. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in the park are clearly visible, as well as part of Lurie Garden at right and the McDonald Cycle Center in the left hand corner. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is behind Millennium Park, both are part of the larger Grant Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Cen...

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Chicago, United States from the 340 on the Park skyscraper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) was a leading architect and forward thinking urban-planner. He wanted Chicago to become Paris on the Prairie.


Burnham and Root were the architects of one of the first American skyscrapers: the Masonic Temple Building in Chicago. It was Measuring 21 stories high at 302 feet. It was torn down in 1939.

Burnham and Root played an integral role in why Chicago looks the way it does today. They accepted the responsibility of overseeing and constructing the Exposition of 1893  to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ famous voyage.

After Root’s sudden death, the plans were radically changed into a Classical Revival style in Jackson Park on the south lake font in Chicago.

Burnham became the Director of Works, and ultimately led the design and construction of  the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Considered the first example of  comprehensive planning  in the nation, the fairground was complete with grand boulevards, classical building facades, and lush gardens. Often called the “White City”, it “popularized neoclassical architecture in a monumental and rational Beaux-Arts plan.” Much of his work was based on the classical style from Rome and Greece.

In 1909 he declared “The Lakefront belongs to the People” and laid out the Burnham plan; his vision for Grant Park that still guides the Park’s evolution.

Initiated in 1906 and published in 1909, Burnham and his co-author Edward H. Bennett prepared “The Plan of Chicago“, which laid out plans for the future of the city. The plan included ambitious proposals for the lakefront and river and declared that every citizen should be within walking distance of a park.

Many plans and conceptual designs of the south lakefront from the Columbian Exposition came in handy. He envisioned Chicago as a “Paris on the Prairie”. French-inspired public works projects, fountains, and boulevards radiating from a central domed municipal building became Chicago’s new backdrop. Burnham is famously quoted as saying, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” This slogan has been taken to capture the essence of Burnham’s spirit.

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You can walk “The View Path” that highlights his plan in a new exhibit at Millennium Park. If you want to stay at a nice hotel in Chicago that was designed by Burnham and Root, head over to The Reliance Building  at 1 W. Washington Street in the Loop. The first floor and basement were designed by John Root of the Burnham and Root architectural firm in 1890, with the rest of the building completed by Charles B. Atwood in 1895. It is the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up the majority of its surface area. The Reliance Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970; and on January 7, 1976, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Stay at the lovely the 122-room Hotel Burnham and dine at the Atwood Cafe.

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The path includes following sites:


Lurie Garden

Nichols Bridge

Art Institute of Chicago

South Garden

Railway Exchange

Congress Plaza

Congress Parkway Bridge

North President’s Court

Lincoln Statue

Buckingham Fountain

Outdoor Rooms

Lower Hutchinson Field

Lake Michigan Shoreline

Museum Campus

“Burnham View” a new permanent landmark sculpture with a spectacular view of the city and the park

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The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Bu...

The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Building on left, Mines and Mining Building on right.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burnham also designed several notable buildings and skyscrapers in Chicago including:



 He died in Heidelberg, Germany and the successor firm to Burnham’s practice was Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, which continued in some form until 2006. There is a tribute to Burnham in Burnham Park and Daniel Burnham Court in Chicago.
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Cloud Gate from east with East Randolph Street...

Cloud Gate from east with East Randolph Street skyscrapers in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground with one of the Prudential Buildings at the far left and the AON Center (the tallest building) in the background. The top of the John Hancock Center is also visible (the one with two antennae at the top). I took this photo 11 Jul 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)












A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall.

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, se...

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, seen from the southwest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midway Plaisance, Chicago.

Midway Plaisance, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of John Wellborn Root

Portrait of John Wellborn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Loire Valley Wine Tasting in Chicago at the W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive

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What a great day for the Loire Valley French Wine Tasting on the 33rd floor of W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. It was definitely a Vino con Vista opportunity with plenty of French wine and wine-makers. The central part of the  Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire in France was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List  in  2000.


The Loire is the longest river in France and it is characterized by elegant historic chateaux and 300 miles of distinctive terroir that supports numerous vineyards along the river banks. This region is the leading producer of white French wines. The region is cloaked  with lovely vineyards and microclimates that produce distinctive varietals and wine styles. It is one of the most diverse wine regions in France with 69 appelations that include red, white, elegant sparkling wines and refreshing rose wines. There are distinct climates and a variety of soil types that divide the Loire Valley into 5 distinct regions.

The first vines were probably planted during Roman occupation 2000 years ago. Afterwards, the Augustinian and Benedictine Brothers enhanced the wine-making practices in this region.

I tasted some interesting Rose wines and plenty of earthy 100% Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is one of the world’s major red grape varieties and was introduced to the region in the 11th century. It  is frequently blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to produce a Bordeaux style wine. In the Loire region, it is  not blended with other grapes so it is lighter in color than Bordeaux blends. It is used in the development of Chinon and certain roses in the Touraine appelation.

Today I spoke to Philippe Porche, a charming wine-maker from the Saumur-Champigny region in Parnay located on the south bank of the Loire River decreed an AOC in 1957.  Cabernet Franc is the predominant grape in the area.  He and his viticulturist wife founded the estate in 2005 and produce some interesting Cabernet Franc wines. I favored the garnet-colored full-bodied and velvety  “Le Fou du Roi” that was aged in oak.  This lovely couple is looking for an importer @ www.domainederocheville.fr. Feel free to contact them if you are interested in importing  luscious wines from this region. Tell them that Vino con Vista sent you.

There is a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and Chicago’s Landmark high rises from the former “Pinnacle Room” of the hotel where I spent my Senior Prom.Chicago Illinois It’s always exciting to re-live your youth.

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Domaine de Roche Ville Winery

Lake Michigan

It was such a beautiful spring day that I decided to stroll down Ontario Street heading westbound after the wine-tasting. I longingly gazed at the wide array of restaurants on Ontario Street that I patronize. They run the gamut from divine to sublime. Here’s a sampling of my “Chicago Foodie Nation” favorites:

Les Nomades is an outstanding French Restaurant that offers a Prix Fixe menu of four courses for $115 in a swanky turn-of-the-century brownstones mansion on Ontario Street. It is the perfect place to enjoy French cuisine after a Loire Valley wine-tasting event at the W Hotel down the street.

Chicago Restaurants

Chicago French Restaurants

Another one of my favorites is the Capital Grille Steakhouse where I can’t stop eating the crunchy potato chips at the bar. I love the grilled salmon served over a bed of  veggies with a side of creamed spinach. They have an extensive wine list and have won numerous awards for their outstanding burgers!

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Italian Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago Italian Restaurants

Across the street from the Capital Grille, I enjoy dining on the outdoor patio of the Coco Pazzo Cafe when the weather is nice. They have an outstanding lunch menu and recently won an award from the Italian government for their “Authentic” Italian cuisine. Quartino was another “Authentic” Italian-award winning restaurant. I took cooking lessons with the chef and he taught me to add some water from the pasta to my sauce–what a novel idea!! The Red Head Piano Bar is another one of my favorites night spots. They have great wine-tasintg events.

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There are plenty of famous classic Chicago  “Steak-Houses” on Ontario. Lawry’s serves an incredible Prime Rib and I love the “Aged Filet Mignon” and mushrooms at David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel. The Chicago Chop House has a wide array of delicious “sizzlin steaks.”

You will never be hungry or thirsty on Ontairo Street in Chicago. This city is a haven for Foodies!

Chicago is a Haven for Foodies

Chicago Steak HouseDavid Burke's Primehouse

Stop in at the the Hard Rock Cafe if you’re up for some live music. There are also some landmark fast food joints on Ontario including “Rock and Roll” McDonalds with a Rock and Roll Museum filled with memorabilia that my guitar-playing son adores.

Portillo’s has a great Italian Beef sandwich and classic Chicago hot dog and the drive-thru is always packed. Make sure you try the decadent chocolate cake . Chicago DestinationsM Burger is another fast food option that people are raving about.

Chicago Hot Dogs and Beef Sandwiches

Burgers in Chicago

Plan a trip to the Loire Valley and explore some of the majestic castles with spectacular medieval architecture: Chambord, Cheverny, Villandry and Chenonceau.


1. Villandry was built by the same man that designed much of Chambord (François I Finance Minister Jean Le Breton). Villandry is actually most renowned for what is outside of the castle. However, while Chambord remains Le Breton’s main achievement in construction, it is Villandry where he used all of the Renaissance gardening tricks he had picked up while working as an ambassador in Italy. The castle remained in the Le Breton family until the early 20th century, when it was purchased by Joachim Carvallo, who spent a whole of time, money and devotion to rebuilding, expanding and repairing the beautiful gardens. Today the gardens at Villandry are considered one of the best examples of Renaissance style gardens in the world and boasts a water garden, flower gardens and vegetable gardens laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges—making it a must-see on any castle tour of the Loire.

2. Chambord is one of France’s most recognizable castles known for its distinct French Renaissance architecture, which blends late French Gothic and newer Italian Renaissance motifs. Chambord is also the largest castle in the Loire. Chambord was first built by King Francois I as a hunting lodge (I know you picture a hunting lodge as being more of a log cabin than a magnificent model of French Renaissance architecture, but it was a KING’S hunting lodge, after all).  Chambord has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases. It is most known for its façade, which through more than 800 sculpted columns was designed to look like the skyline of Constantinople, with 11 kinds of different towers and different types of chimneys. Chambord also has a double-helix staircase that serves as the centerpiece to the castle and was rumored to have been designed (or inspired) by Leonardo da Vinci during his time at nearby Clos de Luce.

4. Chenonceau is one of my favorite castles in the Loire Valley. Chennonceau was built in 1513 by Catherine Briçonnet and later embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici, the Chateau de Chenonceau contains exquisite interiors and has idyllic gardens that look over River Cher.

Originally a small castle along the banks of the River Cher, the castle got its current design in the 16th century when it was seized by the crown for unpaid debts. In 1547, King Henri II offered the castle to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. and she had Chenonceau’s  arched bridge built. It spans the river. She is also responsible for the gorgeous flower and vegetable gardens set in buttressed stone terraces.

Upon King Henri II’s death in 1559, his clearly bitter widow and regent Catherine de Medici had Poitiers expelled from the castle and she moved into the scenic spot herself, adding even more extensive gardens. Since then the castle was privately owned for years and even used as a make-shift hospital for soldiers during WWII; its gallery bridge’s southern door provided access to the unoccupied Free Zone while the castle’s main entrance was in the Nazi occupied zone. Chenonceau today is one of the most visited and popular of the Loire castles and its Renaissance architecture and well-lit gallery and beautiful gardens.

5. Amboise is perched up on a strategic point along the Loire River and was originally built as a fort. In 1434, the castle was seized by King Charles VII after its owner (from which the castle got its name), Louis Amboise, was convicted and killed for supposedly plotting against the King. In the 15th century that the castle was lavishly rebuilt and added onto, starting with its late French Gothic architecture, until Italian builders were brought in and the castle’s style changed to Renaissance.While the castle became a favorite retreat for many French Kings (King François I was raised primarily at the castle), Amboise’s most famous guest was Leonardo da Vinci, who came to the castle in 1515 as a guest of the King and stayed in nearby Clos de Luce. What is most notable about Amboise, however, is known for its unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and large formal garden.

6. Blois was always a favorite getaway town for French kings; the castle in this quaint little Loire town is best known as the birthplace of King Louis XII as well as the primary residence for Henri IV’s exiled wife Marie de Medici, and later for the Duke of Orléans (brother of Louis XIII and uncle of Louis XIV). However, the castle has a long and prominent history and its Renaissance architecture and picturesque spot along the banks of the Loire make it a definite worthwhile stop on your Loire castle tour. In fact, the castle was the main resort for the French court during the 16th century and was also the location for the famed States General meetings held by Henri III in 1576 and 1588, where several prominent nobles were sentenced to death. The castle also plays a role in the famous Three Musketeers series by Alexandre Dumas as an important retreat for some of France’s most famous and powerful kings.

7. Cheverny was also given to Diane de Poitiers by her lover, King Henri II. Chenonceau was her favorite and primary residence. Poitiers sold Château de Cheverny to the former owner’s son who had originally built the castle between 1624 and 1630. The castle passed between owners until 1914, when the owner made it the first castle to be opened to the public; the family still owns and operates the castle to this day. The castle is renowned for its beautiful interiors and collection of furniture, tapestries and rare objects d’art. There is also a pack of about 70 dogs that are kept on the grounds and taken out for hunts twice weekly.


8. Clos Lucé is not really a  “Château de la Loire”; it is a large mansion located just 500 meters from  the Château d’Amboise by way of an underground passageway and is notable mostly for its most famous resident, Leonardo da Vinci. In 1515, King François I invited the Italian painter and inventor to Amboise and offered him the manor to use as a home and studio. When Da Vinci arrived in 1516 he came with three paintings, including the famed Mona Lisa, and lived in the mansion for the last three years of his life. Visitors to Amboise should not hesitate to hop on over to Clos Lucé, where you can peruse a museum that includes forty models of various machines designed by Leonardo.

9. Langeais is a perfect example of Medieval French architecture. It is located near the Brittany frontier and had a significant role in the battle between the French and English. The structure dates back to the 10th century and was built on a cliff which offered a strategic location overlooking the Loire River. The castle was actually fortified and expanded under the rule of Richard I of England (when English kings ruled this region of France) until King Philippe II of France recaptured the castle in 1206. The castle was also where Anne of Brittany and King Charles VIII wed, thus uniting France and Brittany. Today, the dark and ominous looking castle is replete with a great collection of Medieval tapestries.

Château de Langeais



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Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala 2017 Make No Small Plans

The Harold Washington Library in downtown Chic...

The Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. Taken by Douglas Kaye, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


John J. Glessner House, Chicago, Illinois (1885)

John J. Glessner House, Chicago, Illinois (1885) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get Tickets for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2017 GALA

No Small Plans

“CAF is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters.

“The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) was founded in 1966 to save the historic Glessner House. Since then, CAF has grown to become one of the largest cultural organizations in Chicago. For more than 50 years, our 450 volunteer docents and our educators have shared the stories of Chicago architecture with millions of Chicagoans and visitors. In 2016, CAF served more than 670,000 people.”

Glessner House in 1887 as construction is bein...

Glessner House in 1887 as construction is being completed. Original photo from Cornell University Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Visit CAF at 224 S. Michigan Ave. to view the 1,000-building scale model of Chicago, shop in our award-winning store, or participate in a fun family event in our ArcelorMittal Design Studio. Or choose from 85 tours by boat, walking, bus, or even L train. Tours depart daily and are led by CAF’s expert docents. Every October, check out CAF’s free annual Open House Chicago festival.”

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Palmette motifs from A handbook of Ornament by Franz Meyer (1898) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The 2017 Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, No Small Plans, will take place on Thursday, April 6, at Morgan MFG in the West Loop. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CAF’s education initiatives for Chicago students.

April 6, 2017
6:00 pm
$500 Individual Ticket
$5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships


What is a acroteria?

The pedestal and sculpture at the top and lower sides of a triangular pediment; originally found in ancient Classical buildings.

In this case, the


Harold Washington Library

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Graceland Cemetery in Chicago

English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ry...

English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ryerson Tomb (1889). This Egyptian Revival style mausoleum is located in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Graceland Cemetery is a large, beautifully landscaped cemetery located at 4001 N. Clark Street at Irving in Chicago. It was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan when he purchased the original 80 acres. Graceland is one of three notable 19th century cemeteries which were previously well outside the city limits; the other two being Rosehill and Oak Woods (South of Hyde Park) which includes a major monument to Confederate civil war dead.

Graceland is considered the “Cemetery of Architects” with notables like:

Daniel H. Burnham, William Holabird, John Wellborn Root, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Louis Sullivan, David Adler, George Elmslie, William Le Baron Jenney, Father of the American skyscraper and Bruce Graham, architect of John Hancock building and Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Prior to the 1871 Chicago Fire, Lincoln Park was the city’s cemetery. The edge of the pond around Daniel Burnham‘s burial island, was lined with broken headstones after the fire.

Lincoln Park became a recreational area, with a single mausoleum remaining, the “Couch tomb”, containing the remains of Ira Couch. The Couch Tomb is one of oldest structures in the City that wasn’t destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire.

For more information visit: www.gracelandcemetery.org

The cemetery’s walls are topped off with wrought iron spear point fencing. Many of the cemetery’s tombs are of great architectural or artistic interest, including the Getty Tomb, the Martin Ryerson Mausoleum (both designed by architect Louis Sullivan), and the Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum. The industrialist George Pullman was buried at night, in a lead-lined coffin within an elaborately reinforced steel-and-concrete vault, to prevent his body from being exhumed and desecrated by labor activists.

Visit the mausoleum of Potter Palmer and Bertha Honoré Palmer. There are two incredible statues by sculptor Lorado Taft, Eternal Silence for the Graves family plot and The Crusader that marks Victor Lawson‘s final resting place.

The cemetery is also the final resting place of Marshall Field, businessman, retailer, whose memorial was designed by Henry Bacon, with sculpture by Daniel Chester French and several victims of the tragic Iroquois Theater fire in which more than 600 people died.




English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ry...

English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ryerson Tomb (1889). This Egyptian Revival style mausoleum is located in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Spring Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival and Charity Wine Tasting 2017

Get tickets for the Spring Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival and Charity Wine Tasting 2017

WHEN: April 22 & 23, 2017

Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Featuring the finest in Artisan Chocolate, Artisanal Foods and Wine, with demonstrations and more.
The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival supports 

Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium
in Plumbers Hall

1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 (click for map)

In the West Loop’s historic Randolph Street Market District. Enter from Randolph Street or Washington Boulevard.

For Tickets visit:


Check out the vendors:


Patricia’s Chocolate

Grand Haven, MI

Sulpice Chocolat

Barrington, IL

Sotiros Foods, Inc.

Alsip, IL

Mayana Chocolate

Chicago, IL

Let Them Eat Candles

Glencoe, IL

Melt Chocolates

New Berlin, WI

Amy’s Candy Bar

Chicago, IL

Polli Wogs

Appleton, WI

Birmingham Chocolate

Birmingham, MI

Chutney Devis

Chicago, IL

Grown Up Kid Stuff

Chicago, IL

The Paleo Cookie Company

Chicago, IL

The Mighty Truffle

Vashon Island, WA

The Cocoa Cabana

West Dundee, IL

Artisanne Chocolatier

Bay City, MI

Sweet P’s Pantry

Oconomowoc, WI

Tatewick Treats

Chicago, IL

Kakao Chocolate

Clayton, MO

Puna Chocolate


Liveat Chocolate

Vancouver, WA

Terry’s Toffee

Chicago, IL

Barcacao Chocolat

Naperville, IL


Sonoma, CA

Uptown Brownie

Chicago, IL

Give Back Kitchen

Highland Park, IL

Art of Tea

Los Angeles, CA

OMG Olive Oils

Seattle, WA

Alliance Patisserie
& Alliance BakeryChicago, IL
Tea Gschwendner

Chicago, IL

Gigi’s Cupcakes Chicago

Wilmette, IL

Sparkling Ice

Preston, WA

Lemaster Family Kitchen

Chicago, IL


Chicago, IL

Dip’n Good Dips

Rockford, IL

Smitty Bee Honey

Defiance, IA

Twisted Eggroll

Chicago, IL

Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Chicago, IL

Glazed & Infused

Chicago, IL

Krave Jerky

Sonoma, CA

Umami Gourmet Coffee & Exotic Tea

Richmond, VA

Boisset Wine Living

St. Helena, CA

Deloach Vineyards

Santa Rosa, CA

Raymond Vinyards

St. Helena, CA

Nectar of the GodsChicago, IL
Wattle Creek

San Francisco, CA


Carrollton, TX

Mozart Chocolate Liqueur

Salzburg, Austria

JCB Wines

St. Helena, CA

Buena Vista Winery

Sonoma, CA



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There are Many Architecture Touring Options in Chicago

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Foodies Can Enjoy the “Localicious” Good Food Festival in Chicago 2014

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UIC Forum (Photo credit: opacity)

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English: White House chefs, directed by Executive Chef Henry Haller, prepare for a state dinner honoring Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. The chefs are working in the White House kitchen; the dinner occured in 1981, during the administration of Ronald Reagan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Come and mingle with other local food enthusiasts at Localicious! The party pairs family farmers with chef-driven restaurants for a sampling of homegrown cuisine and local libations to wash it all down. Celebrate the farmers who grow our food and the chefs who transform it!

March 16-18, 2017 to learn, network, eat, shop and expand Good Food!



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Where: The Good Food Festvial & Conference, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt
When: Friday, March 16-18,2017

Celebrate Good Food with us at the Good Food Festival – Saturday General Admission is FREE with registration!Once again, on Saturday we will throw open the doors of the UIC Forum and welcome the general public to our Good Food Festival — our big, family-friendly celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement.


Here are just some of the best reasons to attend the Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Free Admission: Let’s start with the breaking news… for the first time, admission to the Good Food Festival is free! All you have to do is register on the Ticket page on this website. Donations will be welcome, of course, but in keeping with our motto of Good Food on Every Table, we want to make sure everyone with an interest in better eating can attend.
  • Good Food Chef of the Year: FamilyFarmed will present its 2017 Good Food Chef of the Year award to Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken, whose delicious food — much of it locally and sustainably sourced — comes with a large side of social conscience. Christine and Josh will conduct a chef demo on our Chefs at Play stage after a brief awards ceremony.
  • And More Great Chef Demos: As always, our Chefs at Play stage will feature some of Chicago’s biggest culinary stars. Along with the Honey Butter Fried Chicken chefs, the lineup includes Rick Bayless of the Frontera restaurant group, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year; Rob Levitt, the award-winning head butcher at The Butcher & Larder at Local FoodsPaula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company; and Aaron Lirette of Green River. And there will be an amazing demo by the Artisan Grain Collaborative on growing and milling artisan grain — and then baking the flour into delicious, locally sourced sourdough bread.
  • Food and Health: With the medical community taking bigger steps to integrate food and nutrition into their thinking on health care, we will present great panel on Good Food is Good Medicine and Mood and Food.
  • Family-Friendly Fun: We always encourage parents to bring their children, and accommodate them with kid-friendly programming. Purple Asparagus will do a presentation on the Chefs at Play stage, with Chef Tom Van Lente, on its efforts to bring fun food programs to classrooms, followed by a panel on Good Food Programs in Schools.
  • Urban Farm Bus Tour: For a ticket charge, you can go offsite and visit three new cutting-edge urban farms. This year’s tour will be led by Breanne Heath, certified organic farm owner, certified horticulturist, Edible Garden educator and garden manager.
  • The Organic Valley Good Food CommonsCultivate your curiosity and learn new skills at informal, 20-minute micro-workshops.
  • The Exhibit Hall! And spend some leisurely time with the dozens of vendors, many of whom will be sampling their delicious foods — and will


Click here to download the full three-day schedule.

Learn the techniques of garden design and implementation using nature’s design, presented by respected permaculture instructor, Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. Includes access to all Saturday events.


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Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2017 at Navy Pier

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The Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced back as far as 1847. Originally, it was a flower and fruit exposition presented by the Chicago Horticultural Society (CHS). Back then, gardeners where looking for horticulture tips and techniques.

About the Show
Date, Location & Times:
March 18 – 26, 2017 | Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611

Sunday-Wednesday 10AM-6PM Thursday-Saturday 10AM-8PM

You can enroll in a Potting Party

Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
$20 fee per session. Register on-site at the How-to Garden—classes fill quickly!

“Time to roll up your sleeves and get gardening! A beloved tradition of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Potting Parties combine color and creativity into a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. Create your own mixed container of plants with the help of Official Potting Parties Instructor Keith Davis! Keith will share how you can create your own spectacular, take-home compositions. Each participant receives a take-home apron courtesy of Subaru.”

Adult Anytime
17.00 USD


One-Day Pass
Thursday-Sunday Access

Discounted tickets
8/1/16 – 8/31/16: $14
9/1/16 – 12/31/16: $16
1/1/17 – 3/17/17: $17
3/18/17 – 3/26/17: $19

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Adult Weekday
15.00 USD


One-Day Pass
Monday-Friday Access

Discounted tickets
8/1/16 – 8/31/16: $12
9/1/16 – 12/31/16: $14
1/1/17 – 3/17/17: $15
3/18/17 – 3/26/17: $17

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Adult Evening Pass
March 23-25, 5-8 pm

Available Online
and at the
Navy Pier Box Office

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5.00 USD


Valid for Ages 4-12
One-Day Pass

Available Online
and at the
Navy Pier

“On June 16, 1847, the CHS held its first Exhibition of Fruits and Flowers, where it showcased ornamental plants and displays of prized fruits and flowers. The exposition was a surprise hit. Enthusiastically received by both tradesmen and the general public, the success of this event established the growing role of horticulture in the city’s footprint—a role that continues to flourish to this day.” (website)


The event is held at the Festival Halls in Navy Pier. Attendees can walk through life-sized gardens, participate in DIY workshops, learn from educational seminars, enjoy garden-to-table cooking presentations and more.


WHERE: Navy Pier in Chicago


“Evening in Bloom” is a Preview Benefit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. It will provide an exclusive first look at “Hort Couture,” the theme for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.  

In the past, models were strolling around wearing innovative designs creations by local young designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator.

Evening in Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Friday, March 17, 2017.  Our Charity Preview Benefit is reinventing itself as part of the 2017 Show theme “CHICAGO’S BLOOMING” – with new experiences aligning flowers, food and fashion.

An experience like no other… Upwards of 1,000 VIP attendees will behold the Midwest’s iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur the evening before it opens to the public. Guests will also be treated to extraordinary culinary presentations in collaboration with Pilot Light and the Illinois Restaurant Association Education Foundation and a special fashion show presentation of FLEUROTICA, with Honorary Chairs Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, in collaboration with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

“The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility. Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Don’t forget to visit the 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens during the summer!

Although the Garfield Park Conservatory was first built in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance did not form until nearly a century later, in 1998, when a winter storm nearly shut the facility down.  Formed by a group of people in the Garfield Park community, the Alliance is a non-profit organization that works closely with the Chicago Park District to provide educational programming, events and resources to Conservatory visitors.

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance changes lives through the power of nature. We inspire, educate and provoke exploration through innovative programs and experiences in one of the nation’s largest and finest historic conservatories.”


Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com


The Preview Event will benefit these organizations:

When ordering your tickets you may specify the charity of your choice, or split proceeds between both.


Chicago Gateway Green

Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 on the belief that beauty and sustainability go hand in hand.  Since then, Chicago Gateway Green and its partners have helped to improve both the local environment and the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and visitors.

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green improves Chicago’s communities through three key programs: the Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership Program, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms vacant land into tree-filled green spaces.



Friends of the Parks

Friends of the Parks (FOTP) is a 501(c)(3) designated park advocacy organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago’s parks and forest preserves for all citizens. Since 1975, FOTP has increase private and public commitment to Chicago’s parks through establishing park advisory councils, developing new parks, renovating play lots, and presenting public workshops and lectures to create and informed citizenry.  Our mission is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of Chicago parks, forest preserves and recreational areas for the benefit of all neighborhoods and citizens.


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The Chicago History Museum

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Pioneer, Chicago’s first railroad locomotive, on display at the Chicago History Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Chicago’s 175th Birthday Party at the Chicago History Museum

The Ferris Wheel

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English: 1932 Building of the Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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South Side Elevated Railroad car 1, built 1892. On display at the Chicago History Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On display in Chicago History Museum.

On display in Chicago History Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I love the Chicago History Museum at 1601 N. Clark Street, The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. See Lincoln Treasures, manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address and explore Lincoln’s views on slavery, the Union and his posthumous role as an American icon. 

I loved the Rahm Emanuel Birthday hat with the Chicago Flag

Live music to celebrate Chicago’s Birthday

Chicago’s 175th Birthday Cake






Make sure you visit some of the interesting exhibits at the museum.

The Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago’s history. The museum celebrates Chicago’s history every day with special exhibits.

Check out the Model Water Tower.

A model of Chicago’s Water Tower

There’s an interesting “Gangland Chicago” exhibit with pictures of Bugs Moran, Dion O’Banion, Hymie Weiss and Vincent “Schemer” Drucci:

Dion o”Banion on the left

Bugie Moran on the Left

There’s a horse from Riverview’s Carousel

I loved the Riverview Amusement Park

You will find Interesting Sports Memorabilia and information about Chicago as a leaders in the meat industry.

Chicago is hog butcher for the world

Chicago Bulls Pippen Jersey

Chicago Blackhawks

Plenty of information about Chicago’s famous architects, the Ferris Wheel and the Columbian Expositon

Burnham in Chicago

A Playboy Exhibit, celebrating the magazine’s humble beginnings in Hyde Park.

VIntage Playboy Magazine

In honor of Chicago’s Birthday Celebration, you should understand why the 1917 Chicago Flag has four stars:

Story of the Chicago Flag

The Chicago Flag

Every star on the flag represents an important event in Chicago History

The lights in Chicago’s landmark buildings are shining blue this weekend to represent the stripes on the Chicago Flag!


Birthday Chicago!!!!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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The 62nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 in Chicago

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Fluorescein in the Chicago River on the St. Patrick’s Day (added for celebration, rather than tracing). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by night. On the right the new Trump Hotel towers the river, to the left the two level Wacker Drive can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. This picture was taken from the Columbus Drive bridge. The view faces west. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day, looking east from Michigan Avenue bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick‘s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day has been observed for more than 1000 years. It is observed on March 17th, the date of Patrick’s death. He is generally recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. Legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island and chasing them into the sea.

Chicago River is dyed Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

For a city that has been run by the Daley Dynasty for most of my lifetime, you have to understand the importance of the Parade to the residents of Chicago. It is so important, that we have two annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chicago.


The Parade always occurs on a Saturday. If St. Patrick’s Day does not fall on a Saturday, the Parade is held the Saturday before. The Parade was held on, Saturday, March 11th 2017. The Parade always steps off at noon.

The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Dyeing the Chicago River is scheduled for 9:15 am. the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Everyone wears green. We even dye the river green, our fountains spew green water and we drink green beer.

Chicago’s Green Fountain for St. Patrick’s Day

We always crown a queen.  The St. Patrick’s Day Queen and her Court ride a majestic float the day of the parade.

This interesting tradition of  “the dyeing of the Chicago River a nearly radioactive looking Kelly green” has been around for 56 years. Here’s what happened:

“A couple of plumbers discovered the orange dye they used to detect leaks and illegal discharges of sewage into the Chicago River turned the water that Irish Kelly Green. They told the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 110 business manager Stephen Bailey, who then asked around and ultimately received permission to try and dye the river green.” Today, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 dyes the river.

“The Plumbers Local union is charged with dyeing the river green every year. They first used 100 pounds of the vegetable dye, which kept the river green for about a week. Today, 40 pounds of vegetable dye is mixed into the river using motorboats, which is enough to keep the river a Shamrock green for about four-to-five hours, after which the river reverts back to its murky, polluted green.”

The best place to view the green river spectacle is from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. When the river flows Kelly green, it’s time to start the parade.


WHERE: Columbus Drive from Balboa to Monroe

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a spectacular event attended by thousands of people and features a colorful array of floats. The parade proceeds north on Columbus Drive and ends up in front of Buckingham Fountain where the viewing stand awaits.  Everyone is encouraged to wear green to engender the luck of the Irish.

There’s plenty of parties at local bars after the parade. Here are some other interesting events that you may want to attend:

Forever Green Celebration with Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago

Forever Green is the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Chicago and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015! Join the fun with live bands, a silent auction, bagpipers, Irish dancers, a fiddle-off, and appearances by the Chicago Rose of Tralee, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, and South Side Irish Parade Queen. Ages 21 and up only

Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

  • Location: Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Tickets: Included in museum admission (from $14-23, children 14 and under free)
One of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, the Art Institute of Chicago will kick off its newest exhibition “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day including a bagpiper!

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago

About a  week after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the city will host the Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle. This 8K race  kicks off the city’s running and racing season.

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed...

This is a photograph of the Chicago River dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On the left is Wacker Drive, where it changes from three to two levels. Crossing the river is Michigan Avenue’s double-decker bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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