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Street food season is finally upon us here in Chicago, where most food trucks hibernated during the arctic winter. We roamed the city scouring for treats from sweet to salty, and here are three favorites we found:
Cupcake Gangsters: No need for a stick-up to make you love these decadent treats. Flavors like salty caramel, caramel coconut and pineapple upside down are pure bliss. Find them via Twitter @ccakegangsters.
Bruges Brothers: Pomme frites cooked to crispy perfection in beef and duck fat are the specialty here. There's no need rely on boring ketchup for dipping: Sauces include spicy tiger, fondue and Indian curry, among many others. Find them via Twitter @brugesbrothers.
The Fat Shallot: This much-touted truck offers some of the best sandwiches in Chicago. Standouts include Buffalo fried chicken strips on an egg bun with blue cheese sauce and a celery salad, and the smoked turkey breast on a pretzel bun with avocado, cucumber, arugula and basil aioli. Find them via Twitter @thefatshallot.
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It's not often that we find ourselves saying that we actually enjoy a U.S. air carrier's choices for an airport lounge. But our tune might be changing after experiencing first-hand how American Airlines is taking their #NewAmerican mantra seriously. On a recent flight out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, we were pretty impressed by the fresh design and approach behind the sliding door of American's Admirals Club. It's all part of the carrier's larger rebranding strategy, which has also included overhauled menus, refreshed cabins, a plan for new uniforms, and now some lounges that are comfy enough for any frequent flier.
On Thursday, April 23, a cemetery of sorts opened up in Chicago for the public to gawk at.
No Longer Art is the brainchild of Salvage Art Institute (SAI), a faux museum on the University of Chicago campus located at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Taken from the glossary of art insurance, the term “salvage art” refers to works of art that have been removed from circulation due to accidental damage. When artwork is classified in this manner, it is dubbed as a total loss (that’s a formal expression, by the way) and officially devoid of value.
Good news for Chicagoans hoping Crepe in the Park would return for its third season near Welles Park in Lincoln Square: the Parisian-inspired food stand at Lincoln and Sunnyside is back and better than ever. We're long-time fans and visited yesterday to do some taste-testing, opting for the sweet side of the menu which offers a choice of three ingredients such as fruit, chocolate and nuts topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar.
The "savory" side of the menu is more like a meal than dessert -- and everything on it is near perfection, particularly the chicken pesto with parmesan and the spinach, tomato and feta with olive tapenade. The chicken mole also tops our list. It's entertaining to watch the crepes being made, usually taking only a minute or two. Sweet crepes go for $4 while the savory ones are $6, which based on their size and quality is a bargain.
Crepe in the Park will be open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm with the exception of rainy days through October 1. This small operation can get crowded on weekends, especially when little league games are going on at the park. Hop in line -- it's worth the wait.
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🍀 Happy St Patrick's Day! 🍀 If you're still able to see straight, then check out this excellent time-lapse video, shot by YouTube user Frootis, of the Chicago River as it gets dyed green for the Irish holiday.
According to Chicagoist, forty pounds of green vegetable dye was released into the river on Saturday by the Plumbers Local union. That was enough to keep the river looking shockingly bright green for about five hours but today, it's calmed down into a murky green color. Below are a few shots of what it looked like this afternoon. Meh. Now as you were with your Guinness.
As you sit dreaming of cruising right out of winter weather, a voyage to Chicago probably hasn’t entered your mind. But starting in July, Great Lakes Cruise Company will begin offering itineraries from Montreal to Chicago with the inaugural trip leaving Montreal on July 5 and porting in Chicago on July 14.
With only 105 state rooms, the ship, the M.S. Saint Laurent, is teeny tiny compared to typical cruise vessels due to Great Lakes size limitations. But this vacation won’t come at a teeny tiny price. The company says the price for the trip will range from $4,199 to $7,999 per person. Ouch.
Anyone living in the snow-covered northern states knows that, among the many annoyances of winter, are the potholes that seem to pop up everywhere as snowplows wreck havoc on frozen streets.
But, for one Chicago street artist, what most people see as a nuisance, he's turned into the perfect canvas.
Jim Bachor began to fill Chicago’s potholes with original works of art in 2013. His mosaics, which feature flowers, flags, and other reminders that spring is right around the corner, are a bright spot in the often long and dreary winters.
To help people find his pothole pieces, Jim has created a map of the installations around Chicago. A good reminder that, if you want to see his street art, you shouldn't wait too long. As Chicago Now recently pointed out, Bachor’s pothole mosaics will likely, eventually, be covered over as the streets get patched up by the city.
It's the return of Dunkin' Donuts Alternatives!
We were recommended to this doughnut shop on a recent visit to the Windy City after we somehow missed the Doughnut Vault doughnut truck on the streets in the West Loop.
This Glazed & Infused location is just two blocks from The Riverwalk, making it oh-so-convenient to pick up "a whole lotta muscle" like an old-fashion doughnut or a hot chocolate snowball or a cranberry orange glazed (ranging from $2-$3) and drip coffee or a latte to take with you on your stroll (bonus: they have almond milk for your coffee. #wearelameweknow).
While this doughnut shop is located inside the Davanti Enoteca restaurant, Glazed & Infused also has doughnut window, which, let's face it, makes everything better. (It does have restricted hours though.)
Right now, Glazed and Infused has five locations in Chicago but they are at work on a sixth one for The Loop. So "Have you been glazed" yet? Also, Doughnut Vault, we are coming for you. Someday.
The United Terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport just got a little artsier.
“City Windows,” a permanent art installation has been unveiled near gate B19, It was created by Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang and it’s pretty awesome. So awesome, it might not make us so pissed off to fly United anymore.
The ancient art of Chinese paper cutting was used to create a panorama of iconic images from Chicago and Beijing. The images highlight landmarks like Navy Pier and the Willis Tower in Chicago, and Tiananmen Square and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The display symbolizes the deep friendship and cultural and business connections between Chicago and China, and can also be viewed from outside the airport when approaching the terminal.
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We see Nantucket in our future for 2015...
As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.
Kyle here—with the addition of a brand new baby suitcase in 2014 my plans for 2015 are just a little different. Sure far off stretches and exotic locations are still on the travel to-do list, but I think I will dream of some more realistic locations for 2015 in search of foodie finds, charming towns, and the great outdoors.
1. Nantucket! I have been before, but I can’t wait to go again. I was tipped off to the place’s awesomeness by our own fearless leader, and after visits a couple years in a row—I was hooked. Surfside Beach, Cisco Brewery, and the WAVE bus are all waiting for me this summer, and I can’t wait to share it all with my daughter.
2. For whatever reason I cannot get enough fun in the sun over in Hawaii. Whether it’s Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, or Oahu they all have their own treasures and treats. I think it might just be that I really enjoying swimming with the fish—like in the snorkeling way. Maybe this year will finally be the time I check out Molokai or Lanai, or try out scuba diving for the first time.
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If your electronics and mobile doodads aren’t behaving this holiday season there’s a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-O’Hare for the next few weeks.
When your phone just isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There you’ll find the Geek Squad, and that’s where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.
Perhaps to apologize for opening a hotel in Chicago in the middle of winter, Virgin Hotels is nuzzling up with Virgin America to help surprise flyers on the airline's routes to/from Chicago.
Last night, VX's Chicago flyers enjoyed a Virgin Hotels Social Hour, with free in-flight WiFi and a complimentary cocktail. These things may cost at 35,000-feet, but Virgin Hotels plans to offer them free to guests. One passenger on each flight also won roundtrip tickets and a 2-night stay at the Virgin Hotel Chicago (which opens January 15, 2015).
The onboard fun was also a prime time for Virgin Hotels to announce what perks Virgin America's frequent flyers will enjoy when on the ground and in bed:
All Virgin America Elevate members will receive 1,000 points per stay at Virgin Hotels. They will also get a special introduction offer of double bonus points for stays from January 15 to March 31, 2015.
Elevate Gold members will get complimentary breakfast and a room upgrade, based on availability. Silver members will also receive an upgrade, if available.