Get Ready for Chicago Gourmet 2010

Are you a foodie? If you are (actually, even if you’re not) you should thing about getting to Chicago’s Millennium Park September 24-26 for Chicago Gourmet 2010. You’ll be able to enjoy the city of Chicago's extraordinary flavors and share your interest in food and wine with renowned chefs, top restaurateurs, and well versed sommeliers. Food celebrities Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot Bowles, Cat Cora, Gale Gand, Stephanie Izard, Tony Mantuano, Carrie Nahabedian, Art Smith, and many, many others will be applying their skills to this spectacular celebration of food and wine. There are currently  95 chefs lined up to participate in demonstrations, educational seminars, book signings, and more. You can enjoy exclusive wine tastings and presentations with top sommeliers Frederick Dame, … [Read more...]

Where Did Sears Tower Go? It’s Now the Willis Tower!

“I can’t find Sears Tower.” It may sound crazy to say about one of the tallest buildings in the world, but we’ve been hearing it a lot. People go looking for it on the web and come to the conclusion that it’s gone. Rest assured the building is still there. It’s still extremely tall. It’s arguably better than ever. But it has a different name. No, the building formerly known as Sears Tower has not changed its name to an unpronounceable symbol. It is now known as the Willis Tower. Willis, a large reinsurance firm, bought the naming rights to the building and not surprisingly changed the name. Just to make things slightly more complicated, the observation deck has its own name: Skydeck Chicago. Originally completed in 1973, the then Sears Tower was the tallest building … [Read more...]

Mammoths and Mastodons Take The Field Museum

Illustration by Velizar Simeonovski © The Field Museum Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age is a special exhibition coming to The Field Museum. Visitors will step back to the time of these fascinating animals with a series of exhibits and interactive opportunities. The highlight is Lyuba, a 42,000 year old baby woolly mammoth. Lyuba made headlines when she was discovered because she is the most complete mammoth ever discovered. You'll learn how she and her kind lived and survived in a world populated with saber-tooth tigers and short-faced bears. Other exhibits include the opportunity to try your hand at cave art, to touch mastodon teeth, and even feel mammoth fur. Mammoths and Mastodons runs from March 5 through September 6, 2010. A Go Chicago Card can be used for … [Read more...]

New Modern Wing Opens at Art Institiute of Chicago

 The Art Institute of Chicago. Griffin Court, Photo credit: Charles G. Young, Interactive Design Architects The Art Institute of Chicago just got bigger. A lot bigger. With the May 16th opening of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing, the museum is now over a million square feet. The new wing is dedicated to the display of the Institutes's collection of 20th and 21st century works. The area devoted to modern European painting and sculpture features works by Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky, and Picasso to name a few, while the Contemporary Galleries boast works from Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, and Ellsworth Kelly as well as many others. In addition, the museum's architecture and design collection has been given a vastly expanded space and the wing's displays of modern and contemporary … [Read more...]