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Sweet Escapes Eats and Treats

Sweet Escapes Eats and Treats

I have found a place that you absolutely have to try.  It’s called Sweet Escapes Eats and Treats.  It’s located on 10402 South Kedzie Avenue across 103rd Street.   We are talking Gourmet Cupcakes, Gourmet!!!!  I think I would probably live there if they would let me.  If you have a taste for sweets, you cannot beat it.  They specialize in cherry cheesecake flavored cupcakes.  In addition, they have children’s parties where the kids can decorate their own cupcakes – how fun is that!!! Mom alert ….great place for a birthday party or a party just because.
If you are not into …read more

Adventures in Travel Expo

Adventures in Travel Expo

Looking for some fun in the sun of winter? Check out the Adventures in Travel Expo January 10-11 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center ( which was formerly the Rosemont). There will be exhibitors and activities to get you in the mood for your travel in 2009. Here are a few of the events:
· With camel rides, a scuba tank for kayak and scuba lessons, a Filipino chef and Hilot Massage session, there is plenty to do and see.
· On The Global Beats stage watch performers from around the world, featuring performers from the Philippines, Tanzania, Scotland and Hawaii.
· Hear …read more

New Year’s Eve at Dave and Busters

New Year’s Eve at Dave and Busters

Spend New Year’s Eve at Dave and Busters in Downtown Chicagofor extreme fun and games.  $50  per person gets you includes VIP access, a $20 Power Card that you use for the games you will play and an entry to the prizes and giveaways that will go on throughout the evening.
There will be of course food!  The buffet will have chicken wings, pizza bites and all types of goodies for you to partake of throughout the night. 
Reservations are required.  Email Kristen at  kristen_banks@daveandbusters.com  for more information.  Tell her the Chicago Traveler sent you there.

24th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk

24th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk

24th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk
Here is a great start to the new year, a healthy run to benefit yourself and others. Be a part of Chicago’s first run of the New Year. You will be in good company because they are expecting 1,500 runners and walkers. There will be winner trophies and other raffle prizes.
24th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk begins at 11am in Lincoln Park (Stockton Drive and LaSalle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lakeview Citizens Council which is a non-profit neighborhood organization.
The course route goes along the lakefront bike path to Diversey …read more

Explore Your Artsy Side

Explore Your Artsy Side

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  One may be to be more in touch with yourself and possibly explore your creativity.  I found a great place to do it.  It’s called the Harold Washington College’s Arts Playground for Adults at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts or Artscape Chicago.  Quite a long name as you can see, but they have some awesome classes there. 
Have you ever thought about making things with your hands?  The Artscape Chicago has an upcoming class called Intro into Clay complete with hand building and wheel throwing. If you have ever wanted to learn how …read more

Pub Crawl for a Good Cause

Pub Crawl for a Good Cause

Multiple Solutions will host a Pub Crawl on January 3, 2009 to benefit Multiple Sclerosis at Shubus Tavern 3159 North Southport Avenue, Chicago 60657.  Your $30 donation will go to a worthy cause and you will also receive a souvenir mug.  There will also be raffles throughout the night and special drink prices.

New Years Day Raw / Vegan Winterfestival

New Years Day Raw / Vegan Winterfestival

Start off 2009 with the Raw/Vegan Winterfestival.  It will be at the Garfield Park Conservatory 300 North Central Park and Lake Street from 11am-5pm.  Experience the raw foods and desserts.  Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to get down there to taste. 
Research on Raw foods has shown that it is one way to become healthier and loose weight.  What better way to begin the year than with healthy foods.
For more information send an email to thehealingcircle04@yahoo.com.  The event is planned by the Summer  Raw/Vegan Festival planners.

Plus Size Bride Event

Plus Size Bride Event

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Did Santa bring you everything you wanted including the ring? Now it is time to start planning for your special day. Good thing there is an event coming on Jan 23 and 24 at Macy’s on North State Street. What could be better? The ability to try on dresses before you buy, sweet.
In cooperation with Marimo USA and its Bara Luxe collection ( www.baraluxe.com ), bridal salons all over the country will be holding trunk shows specifically for the full figured bride. In addition, wedding expert Yvonne D. McClendon will be available at these …read more

Looking for a place to eat on Christmas Eve?

Looking for a place to eat on Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is typically a time where you spend the evening with family and friends.  But what if they are not available or you spending the week in the Windy City on Business?  Cafe des Architectes will be open from 5pm-9pm.  They are located at 20 East Chestnut Street 60611. 
Instead of their regular menu (which is outstanding) they will have a menu of Peking Duck confit with glazed quince and watercress salad; diver sea scallops with broccolini, roasted hazelnut and lemon sauce; white chocolate rum ice cream with cherry parfait and bittersweet chocolate cake – WOW!  Diver Sea Scallops are to …read more

Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

It’s cold outside, but you absolutely must make it to Christkindlmarket by the 24th.  This German American Festival is a tradition to visit.  Enjoy a drink of hot spiced wine called Glühwein in a mug shaped like someone’s boot.  The market has shops and merchants from around the world.
I love a good market and it’s a great place to get unique Christmas presents that you probably won’t see doubles of.  Do you have someone that is hard to buy for?  Get them something memorable from one of the craft merchants there.
Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and …read more

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