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  • 1950’s Throwback: Blues Heaven Foundation

    In 1950, Leonard and Phil Chess found no-name musicians playing around town. Little did they know that their record company Chess Records would end up having names like Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Etta James and Muddy Waters on their label. Today, Chess Records is now the home of Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation.  Tour the recording studio that these blue legends first put their voices to vinyl. In the Summer and Fall, blues artists perform at the Willie Dixon Blues […]

  • 1950’s Throwback: May I Have This Dance

    The 1950s was the peak of social dancing. May I Have This Dance has kept that sentiment alive with their warm and fun environment. Meet new people. Get moving. Add something special to your life with private, group or social dancing events. They really know how to swing! May I Have This Dance – 5246 N. Elston – Jefferson Park – (773) 635-3000

  • Green Space Activities: Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park

    Get lost in the two miles of walkways & bike trails of the Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park. With over 60+ sculptures of all types along the trails. Annually the park also hosts the Art In The Park event. It’s a chance for families to expand their minds and create or build something with everyday objects. Then you can go home with an original piece of art to share. Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park – McCormick Blvd. – Skokie – (847) 679-4265

  • Green Space Activities: Humboldt Park

    National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is the only self-standing museum in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and cultural exhibitions year-round. It’s highlights local Chicago artist. Traveling artists from Puerto Rico. The museum is also giving back to the victims of Hurricane Maria through the merchandise sales in their gift shop. Did I mention it’s located in Humboldt Park!!! National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture – 3015 West Division Street – Humboldt Park – (773) […]

  • Green Space Activities: Columbus Park

    After a round of golf at Columbus Park, check out the Line Dancers. They really know how to shake and step. This over 55 senior program put the youth to shame. Three hours of high energy dancing. The group is welcoming and a great time. Columbus Park – 500 S. Central Ave. – Austin – (773) 287-7641

  • Green Space Activities: Northerly Island

    Recreate memories fishing with Dad, Mom and Grandparents with your own kids. Family Fishing events are held 8a to 11a Saturday mornings at Northerly Island. The instructors provide the poles and bait for you to be successful. It’s a beautiful park to spend the day. After fishing, go to the 12th street beach or take a walk to our lagoon. Northerly Island – 1521 S. Linn White Dr. – Northerly Island – (312) 745-2910

  • IL Originals: Optimo Hatmakers

    The Fedora, the Porkpie, the Homburg, the Top Hat and the Derby. If you have no idea what those are, then you need to get yourself into Optimo. It’s an old-school shop known for its takes on old-Hollywood-style men’s hats, both pre-made & tailor-made. Once you get a hat from Optimo, you won’t be able to go anywhere else. Optimo Hatmakers – 51 W Jackson Blvd – Loop –  (312) 922-2999

  • IL Originals: Transit Tees

    Transit Tees…it’s so much more than transit and tees. Inspired by Chicago’s transit system and the beautiful landscape of the city, Owner Tim decided to turn what he saw into original artwork on magnets, t-shirts, notebooks, pillows, etc. There is nothing like the brilliant and innovative designs Transit Tees’ artists have created. If you are looking for something to show off your Chicago Pride, Transit is it! Transit Tees – 5226 N. Clark St. – Andersonville – (773) 227-1810 Transit Tees […]

  • IL Originals: Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery

    With more than 30 years of winemaking experience, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery is the first winery in Chicago and the only producer of mead on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. Being a mead producer, at Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery we raise our own bees and collect our own honey. For more than two decades, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery has been a fixture in Chicago, creating wine and mead using locally produced ingredients.  The meads produced at Wild […]

  • IL Originals: Urban Billy

    American Made Awesomeness! It’s their slogan and they are sticking to it.  Handcrafted headboards, beds, chairs, tables & furniture for urban and rural living Barn wood, industrial, remade and repurposed style. Pick out a headboard and they can customize it to fit the space you have. The designs are genius. The original personality and grain is not lost during the handmade process which you can see at Urban Billy. Urban Billy – 4015 N Rockwell St – Horner Park – (312) 971-7121