Monday, February 8, 2016

Here comes the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The nation’s largest and oldest auto show is back in the Windy City, February 13 – 21. This year marks the Chicago Auto Show’s 115th anniversary, boasting almost 1,000 different vehicles on display. The show held at McCormick Place each February, makes us forget about the cold temperatures outside. Inside we have the opportunity to view and sit behind the wheel of our dream cars.

For more information, including how you can purchase tickets, visit the Chicago Auto Show Web site. For a PDF map of the exhibit floor, click here.

Besides the new cars, the Chicago Auto Show also has many classics cars on display as well.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

South Loop Drinks - A Monthly Community Development Happy Hour by GSLA - Feb 10, 2016

Interested in the future of the South Loop? Want to share your thoughts on neighborhood development, learn from others, and provide input to elected officials, city staff and real estate developers? Just want to meet some fellow South Loopers and have a little fun? Then join us!

Starting in 2016 the Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) will host monthly happy hours - South Loop Drinks - for anyone wanting to meet up and be part of the neighborhood’s future. Each month will have a general topic, and we’ll invite relevant speakers to share some thoughts and be part of the dialogue. These sessions will also help the Greater South Loop Association fulfill its role as a conduit for neighborhood input on important community development issues.

There’s no charge to attend (of course, the bar is open!) but we ask that you register so we can have a sense of how many people will be in attendance. South Loop Drinks will be from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, the second Wednesday of the month. Here's the 2016 schedule (locations and topics subject to change):

W, Feb 10, Weather Mark Tavern (traffic) Register here
W, March 9, Vice District Brewing (real estate development)
W, April 13, Kroll’s (schooling)
W, May 11, Wabash Tap (real estate development)
W, June 8, Bureau Bar (major event management)
W, July 13, Flo and Santo’s (real estate development)
W, August 10, Spoke and Bird (pedestrian and cycling issues)
W, Sept. 14, Motor Row Brewing (real estate development)
W, Oct. 12, Square One (litter, stormwater, pests, and snow)
W, Nov. 9, Blackie’s South Loop (real estate development)
W, Dec. 14, Tapas Valencia (year in review, year ahead)

For more information on the Greater South Loop Association, go to, and for questions, contact GSLA Board member Josh Ellis, at

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mercat a la Planxa debuts new brunch menu

Mercat a la Planxa, the tapas restaurant and bar located in the Blackstone Hotel, 638 S. Michigan Ave., has a new brunch menu. According to The Local Tourist, some of the new items on the menu, include Shrimp and Grits, Setas al Horno (wild mushrooms, shallots, lemon, parsley), and Revuelto (soft scrambled eggs, poached lobster, spinach).

For a list of some more new items and the full review, click here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Already?

Jackie Walker
Guest post by Jackie Walker

Happy New Year! Yes, a little late, I know, but it is hard to believe that 2016 is already here. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season! We did and I want to share thoughts on one of my favorite gifts that I received from my children. It is a book called Worn Stories by Emily Spivack. I was captivated by the variety of memories that were attached to the items of clothing that each contributor relayed. Of course this appeals to me as I have dedicated my career and brand Closetology to the psychology of clothing. So in this “New Year” I want to share a story with you about an article of clothing that was so dear to my heart!

We lived in Philadelphia and my mother was working at the time. She worked every Saturday and that was the day my dad and I would take off and share a fun adventure. Being an only child and 9 years of age this was exciting.

This particular Saturday we shared lunch at a favorite restaurant and then went window
shopping. There we were standing in front of a very elegant children’s clothing store. In the window was the most beautiful coat I had ever seen. It was beige and a faux fur called Borgana. I pleaded with my dad to go in and just try it on. It was a challenge for the sales associate to remove it from the window and take it off the mannequin. I had it on and twirled in front of the mirror with a huge smile on my face. I pleaded and begged for my dad to purchase it for me. Dad asked the price and was told that it was $100.00!!!!! That was a fortune and at the time money was very tight and this was not possible. look at my smile and constant pleading the coat went home with us.

“Hide the coat and don't tell your Mother,” he cautioned. I stayed in my room loving my new treasure when I heard the words from downstairs! “You what?” My mother then asked me to come down and show her the coat. She smiled and I knew that I could keep this beautiful piece.

The coat was full length and through the years I wore it that way....then as a three quarter length piece ....and then as a much shorter jacket.

Many, many years later it hung proudly in my mother's hall closet and she wore it to walk the dog on cold mornings. When I lost my Mom it still hung proudly as a memory.

When I close my eyes I can still see the lush beige softness with the blue and silver stripe lining and I smile!

Now it is your turn! I would love to feature your clothing memory in my monthly newsletter. Please Closetology! These will be special edition Newsletters in addition to my regular Tips and Trends! Excited to hear!
email me a picture of the item and your memory. I will include your name or not depending on your preference. For the first ten people that submit a memory to I will send you a copy of my CD


Jackie Walker is the author of the best-selling book I Don't Have a Thing to Wear: The Psychology of Your Closet. Visit Jackie’s Web site by clicking here.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Are you ready for Stan’s Donuts?

The new Stan’s Donuts at 26 East Roosevelt Road is opening Saturday January 16 at 6:30 a.m. The first 100 customers who visit the store get a chance to win free donuts for life! The Stan’s Donuts is in the space formerly occupied by the short-lived Jersey Mike’s sub sandwich place. Ironically, Stan’s is next door to Dunkin’ Donuts at the Roosevelt train station.

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