Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Around the South Loop

Construction is moving along with the DePaul Arena and the new Marriott Hotel. Below are some images taken from the west building of McCormick Place. The new construction will change the face of Cermak…we hope for the better.

The DePaul arena rises on S. Indiana and Cermak. 

The Marriott hotel rises just east of the arena.

The old American Book Company building will be connected to and part of the
new Marriott Marquis.

To the west of S. Indiana the view isn't as promising.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

South Loop Farmers Market returns tomorrow

The South Loop Farmers Market located at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. (parking lot of Second Presbyterian Church) returns May 16, 2016. The market will be open every Thursday from 4 – 8 p.m. through October.

The market will feature a selection of 25-40 vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods, meats, and some prepared foods. The market will also include weekly children’s activities and a monthly cultural performance program (education, literary, and music) in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

19th Annual Benefit: A Walk Through Time

Sunday, June 12, 2016
House Walk from 1:00-4:00pm
Reception & Silent Auction from 4:00-5:00pm

Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
$50 per person / $40 for members (coupon code required)

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. See beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble, and much more! Glessner House Museum is also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church with its landmarked Arts and Crafts interior and collection of Tiffany windows. Clarke House Museum will be open to the public for free that afternoon as well.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

Glessner House Museum
Preview auction items (new or 2016!) and place absentee bids.

Absentee bids will be accepted from 9:00am on Monday June 6, 2016 through 5:00pm on Friday June 10, 2016. Bidding re-opens at 12:30pm on Sunday June 12 and closes at 4:45pm.

Kimball House

To purchase tour tickets, click here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Free Financial Planning Seminar at Overflow Coffee Bar May 17, 2016

Are you interested in learning about how recent Social Security changes affect you? Or how alternative investments can work in diversifying your portfolio? What about how to invest in volatile market times, or how you may be able to use annuities and long-term care insurance? All of these will be covered on May 17th at Noon (a light lunch will be provided) and 6:30 pm (hot appetizers and desserts will be served) at Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 S. State St. Please join us as we cover these topics at this complimentary financial planning seminar.

Expect the event to run approximately 90 minutes. Just RSVP to Chris at 312-789-8010 or email chris@abacusfinancial.biz.

Chris Janota, Director of Investments & Financial Consultant, Abacus Financial
Chris Janota began in the financial services industry in 2005 and joined Abacus Financial as the Director of Investments in 2014. 

Laurie Ellis-McLeod, President & CEO AERIE Preferred Financial Group


Monday, April 25, 2016

Free summer workouts return to Millennium Park



Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., will once again offer Free Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s.

These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am on Saturdays, June 4 - September 3, 2016. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 1–August 31, Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am.

Full schedule below:

Wednesday Free Workout Schedule

WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 1–29:
Wednesday Yoga • 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga
WEDNESDAYS, JULY 6–27:
Wednesday Yoga • 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Trevor Dye
WEDNESDAYS, AUGUST 3–31:
Wednesday Yoga • 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Shakta Kaur, Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL)

Saturday Free Workout Schedule

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 (ONLY) – CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Yoga • 7 a.m.
Led by Marta Bailey from Dunamis Yoga
Cardio Workout • 8 a.m.
Led by LaTonya Ellis
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Gospel music during yoga and cardio workout
SATURDAYS, JUNE 11–25:
Tai Chi • 7 a.m.
Led by Christopher Zalek from the Great Lakes Tai Chi
Yoga • 8 a.m.
Led by Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by Leah Ousley, Skyy Level Group Fitness
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by DANCEYTUDE with Meagan Ponce
Music during yoga and Pilates by Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de Espana and Friends
Drumming during Zumba® by Crozier Percussion Collective
SATURDAYS, JULY 2–JULY 30:
Tai Chi • 7 a.m.
Led by Gilda’s Club Chicago with Deb Sitron and Martin Romero
Yoga • 8 a.m.
Led by Alie McManus
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by Emily Gross, At The Core
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by Iris T. London, ITL Fitness
Music during yoga and Pilates by Bill Mackay
Drumming during Zumba® by The Rhythm Revolution Drummers
SATURDAYS, AUGUST 6–SEPTEMBER 3:
Tai Chi • 7 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Yoga • 8 a.m.
Led by Chicago Park District/Park Family Wellness
Pilates • 9 a.m.
Led by East Bank Club
Zumba® • 10 a.m.
Led by Janice Lofton
Music during yoga and Pilates by DJ John Simmons

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gioco Announces New Executive Chef and New Menu

Gioco announces new Executive Chef, Jim Kilberg and his new menu. Chef Kilberg is back at Gioco, where he spent three years as a Sous Chef before traveling back to Italy to immerse himself in Italian culture and cuisine and returned to Chicago as Gioco’s Chef de Cuisine and later as Executive Chef.

Menu highlights include:

  • Grilled Baby Octopus
  • Braised Duck with House Made Pappardelle 
  • Wood-Fire Grilled Veal Chop
  • Whole Roasted Branzino with Tomato, Olive and Caper
  • Linguini with Clams, Shrimp and Calamari


Chicago restaurateurs Jerry Kleiner and Howard Davis opened Gioco in 1999 and pioneered the retail development in the South Loop and inspired future restaurant groups and Chicago's culinary scene. Kleiner and Davis opened Vivo, Marche and Red Light on West Randolph before today's popular Restaurant Row in the West Loop, where Kleiner had a knack for creating the next hot spot.


“We are delighted to have Chef Kilberg back at Gioco,” says Howard Davis, Owner. “Chef Kilberg’s love for Italian cuisine and culture provides our guests with one of the best authentic Italian dining experiences in Chicago set in a warm rustic space in an historic building in the South Loop.”

For reservations to taste the new menu, call 312.939.3870.

About Gioco
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the South Loop neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located at 1312 S. Wabash in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Gioco Restaurant was designed to retain these old world elements and to feature them in a modernized space. For more information, visit http://www.giocochicago.com.

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