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Monday
Aug082011

fat cat bar

In Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, check out Fat Cat Bar. Stop in soon so you don’t miss their refreshing summer cocktails—especially the Uptown Lemonade and Hi-Hat.

Beyond cocktails, wine and beer, they serve appetizers, brunch and dinner—think corn doggys, reuben balls, mancakes, a Thanksgiving Day sandwich—and don’t go home at 3am on a Saturday night without some of their homemade spicey vinegar.

Thanks to seth, lincoln park sales, for this submission.

Friday
Sep102010

our neighborhoods: lincoln park

photo courtesy of: egotechnique.photo courtesy of: southie3

The neighborhood of Lincoln Park was once native, mid-western prairielands scattered with Indian settlements. When Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, CB2 Lincoln Park may have been just out of bounds at 800 W. North Avenue—on the northside of the boundary street.

Illinois being the birthplace and ‘Land of Lincoln’, the park was named in his honor not long after his assassination. Framed by Diversey Parkway and North Avenue on the north and south, and the Chicago River and Lake Michigan to the west and east, the area still includes acres of parklands—Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

In the 1920’s and 30s, Chicago acquired its gangster reputation since the notorious Al Capone and John Dillinger called it home. For the filming of “Public Enemies” in 2008, the Biograph Theater—where Dillinger watched “Manhattan Melodrama” the night he was shot—and a stretch of Lincoln Avenue were brought back in time for the true to life shoot-out finale between Johnny Depp and Christian Bale with Marion Cottilard in the wings. Long gone were the midnight runs of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a costumed audience waiting to participate.

In 1974, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company—whose name came from a book one of the founders read—performed their first plays in a northern suburb. In 1991, its current home was built in the backyard of CB2 and they often use our furniture on stage. Known for its thought-provoking scripts, many of the nine original members—including Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich—are still involved and sometimes perform with the company.

The Second City—where Blues Brothers Dan Akryod and John Belushi performed improv—is where many comedians got their start, including Jim Belushi, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, John Candy, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Dan Castellaneta, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch…

Farther east, just before Lake Shore Drive and the North Avenue Beaches, is the Chicago Historical Museum. It’s a treasure trove of historical information, home to sports jerseys worn by Michael Jordan and Ernie Banks, and features objects that aren’t just about Chicago—they’re items that originated here which later became classic national brands. Including the Veg-O-Matic (1961), Rock-Ola juke box (1950), Lava Lites (1970), and—invented by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright—Lincoln Logs (1955).

photo courtesy of: (nutmeg)photo courtesy of: whgrad

Friday
Jun252010

pride parades, 2010

photo courtesy of: terry6082booksWhat: Chicago Annual Pride Parade 2010
When: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
Where
: north on Halsted from Belmont to Irving Park, then south on Broadway to Diversey

What: New York City Pride Parade 2010
When
: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
Where
: south on 5th from 36th to 9th street, then southwest to Greenwich Street

What: San Francisco Pride Parade 2010
When
: 10:30 am, Sunday, June 27th
Where
: southwest on Market Street from Beale to 8th Street

CB2 Lincoln ParkWhether you’re staking a claim for a front row seat or in the lineup to show support, break out the SPF 30 for nationwide Pride Parades this Sunday, June 27th!

Chicago’s theme for 2010—suggested by InterPride, the international Pride organization—is “One Heart, One World, One Pride” while San Francisco’s theme is “Forty and Fabulous!” marking the 40th anniversary of their parade.

New York’s theme is closer to home: “Paint the Town Ruby—Stonewall 40”. This being the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and rubies being the gemstone of a fortieth anniversary— not to mention the signature shoes of Judy Garland who passed soon after the riots—it’s a match made in Pride heaven.

Since 2000, June’s been declared Pride Month, so celebrate diversity and March On!

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