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Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, aka the last day before Lent, and a time to fill your bellies in the spirit of final excess. For anyone of Polish heritage, however, the last Tuesday before these few weeks of going without is considered Paçzki Day. This holiday celebrates deep-fried goodness filled with fruit preserves (traditionally: prune, apricot, raspberry, cheese or custard) and topped with powdered sugar or glazed.
The traditional reason for making paçzki (pronounced: poonch-key) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, since those were forbidden to consume during Lent. What better way to empty the house of the food you can't eat but to use it all to make a delicious little doughnut? Traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday), the treat has since taken over Mardi Gras.
If we've enticed you enough to sniff out the doughy goodness, here are some of the best bakeries to score a taste of an iconic Polish treat;
Not to be outdone, it seems like Chicago, or at least someone in Chicago, didn't like the fact they lost the title for "home of the tallest building in the US." If all goes to plan, the honor may head back to Chi-Town from NYC's One World Trade Center. That's if the city's newest addition, the Chicago Spire, actually gets off the ground.
For the past ten years, the project to permanently change the iconic skyline of our third largest city has had its ups and downs. Ground was broken at 400 N Lake Shore Drive in the Summer of 2007 and, once the financial crisis hit in 2008, the project went bankrupt along with the many investors attached to the building. For almost six years, nothing but a giant hole in the ground occupied the site, giving little hope for a reemergence of the project.
We've said this before, and we mean it: When visiting a new place, getting a bird's eye view -- preferably at the forefront of the trip -- is high on our priority list. This is especially true of cities, when getting to the top of the canopy can help you a) develop a perspective and orientation you can't get from street level and b) appreciate the beautiful views that in turn help you appreciate the size and stature of modern day cities.
Last time we were in Chicago, we took a helicopter ride, but for those who want to stay on a budget, there are more affordable ways to get a glimpse from above. The Willis (Sears) Tower might have the Windy City's tallest observation deck, but only the one found at the city's 4th tallest building offers panoramic views.
It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in Chicago to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
The Second City knows how to ring in the New Year, and with the lakefront as a backdrop it’s a great spot to launch some fireworks into the sky. Navy Pier is where you'll want to be at midnight, but we’d probably recommend getting there a little bit earlier than that—of course you need time to scope out the best spot.
Christmas is coming early this year for fans of Chicago's annual Riot Fest.
The festival has announced a limited number of three-day early bird tickets for 2014 will go on sale tomorrow, Nov. 27, at 12:00 PM CT.
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Big news out of Chicago-O’Hare, as the rumor is that the airport will no longer face any delays. Okay—you caught us—we’re exaggerating a little bit, but there is some news out of the airport that should make things run a little bit smoother on your next trip through the area.
Late last week the airport’s new runway opened up for business, after over a billion dollars was spent to get things constructed. Initially airport officials were quick to point out the runway’s merits, as the claimed that typical delays due to the weather—it was overcast—just weren’t happening thanks to the new piece of asphalt.
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Sweet Home Chicago!
More than half of the population of Illinois calls Chicago home and with it being a world class city, millions of travelers either come to walk the Magnificent Mile or spy on the city from one of two rooftop sky-decks. Whichever category you fall into, you can't help but to be awe-inspired with this video.
Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, Windy City Nights is a beautifully shot time-lapse video that showcases everything that makes the Second City awesome. Max Wilson is the film-maker and spent about 2 years traipsing around Chicago to nab the perfect shot as the rest of the world whizzes by. Spoiler alert: his hard work paid off.
Tickets are now on sale for one of our favorite film festivals, the Chicago Film Food Festival, taking place Nov. 21 - 23, 2013.
The Food Film Fest, which also takes place annually in NYC and Charleston, is the only festival where attendees watch food films, then eat the food from the films.
The festival will take place at Kendall College and will be hosted by Travel Channel’s George Motz. Highlights of this year's CFFF are the opening night feature film about Michel Chapoutier and his wines, Food Porn star Larry Cauldwell's fondue film, and Matt Timms and his "Sugar Takedown."
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If you didn't make it to this past weekend's Open House New York festival and are salivating over your friends' (or our own) cool shots of some hidden gems, don't fret. All is not lost. NYC is not the only city to swing open its doors and invite the public into spaces that usually never see the light of day, or at least the flash of cameras.
Open House Worldwide is a project that started in London in 1992 by Open-City to profile the effect that excellent design, planning and regeneration of the contemporary city can have on the quality of people's lives. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the program has expanded toyou've guessed it21 cities across the globe.
Here's what Open House events are coming up next:
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are capping off a busy summer with a trip to China.
After spending most of the spring and early summer in London, the couple moved to Chicago where Mila continued filming her upcoming movie Jupiter Ascending. Whether they were hanging out at the Taste of Chicago, shopping at the Chicago Premium Outlets Mall, or having dinner at Hub 51, the couple seemed to fit right into the Windy City.
We know that airport parking can get expensive. Even if you plan ahead and park in a remote lot, just a few days can make quite the negative dent in your bank account. But after hearing one traveler's total bill to pull her car out of an airport parking lot, be thankful that you only pay as much as you do.
After having her car parked in a lot at Chicago's O'Hare for three years, one Chicago resident was socked with a parking bill for $106,000. The car owner, Jennifer Fitzgerald, actually didn't park her car in the lot; it was her then O'Hare-employee boyfriend who abandoned the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in November of 2009 in an employee lot.
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Have you ever wanted to walk on a major airport runway? Hopefully you never have to because of emergency circumstances (see an example of that here), but there is a legal (and safe) way to take a stroll on one of Chicago-O'Hare's runways, and that's by registering for the 5K/10K On The Runway.
Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged race, but the highlight is without a doubt the ability to run down an actual runway and, when you've finished and caught your breath, visit a United plane for a photo op. United is one of the sponsors of the event alongside the Chicago Department of Aviation and WLS Radio, and they've brought a 747 for the photo op in the past. Fingers crossed the 787 makes an appearance this year, but it's best just to focus on finishing the race for now.