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THE LARK opens in Boystown Chicago!

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LKH Management (LKH), the group behind Andersonville’s recently opened Replay and Elixir, announced that its eighth property, Lark, will officially open to the public Thursday, June 16.

The first 50 people through the bar and restaurant’s doors that day, beginning at 5 pm, will receive a voucher for one free pizza, available for redemption by July 31, 2016. Between 5 pm and 2 am, everyone who visits the new venue will be eligible to enter to win free pizza for a year*.

Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark will offer an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

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Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville, will helm the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs will incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, will curate drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

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“We can’t wait for everyone to join us and enjoy a taste of something they won’t find elsewhere in the neighborhood,” said Chef Bernardo. “We’re thrilled to share all the special features of the new oven, and to create delicious dishes beyond pizza, incorporating wood-fired items throughout the menu.”

Exposed brick and handcrafted wooden details will line the walls of the new venue. DJs will play 80s and 90s records Thursday through Sunday nights from 10 pm to close.

Lark will be open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am.  Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

*One winner will receive one free pizza per week for one year (52 total pizzas) starting Monday, June 20, 2016. Limitations will apply.

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Chicago Personal Trainer Fitness Tips

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Right Fit for You

Chicago Trainer Pat Charette will be a  new fitness contributor to BestGayChicago.com  with tips  to keep you fit!

For Pat Charette, healthy living is a passion and lifestyle. He helps promote and educate this lifestyle through sports nutrition, training, strength and conditioning, flexibility/mobility, and safe/effective supplementation. In college, Pat earned a degree in Sports Medicine which taught him how to train athletes as well as the general public.

He loves the fitness industry and looks at it as prevention, not treatment. Let Pat help you fully optimize your life! 

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THIS WEEK   on YouTube  he talks  about BURNING  BODY  FAT!  

7 Steps to help with Fat Loss!  of course – it takes  will power  too –  be  he  reveals  some tips  that you may not be doing…..  WATCH

 

The Client/Trainer relationship is very intimate. Personal Trainers not only help their clients get into tip-top shape, but many of them become a client’s friend and someone they confide in and trust. If you aren’t comfortable and can’t truly be yourself with your Personal Trainer, chances are you will not reach your full potential.

“Right Fit for You wasn’t solely created because of a fear of running into a close minded Personal Trainer, but because I wanted to provide the LGBT community with an online marketplace of Personal Trainers that the LGBT community can relate to– no questions asked, no insecurities. At the end of the day, Right Fit for You is all about ensuring a comfortable personal training atmosphere for the LGBT community from beginning to end. Every certified Personal Trainer profiled on Right Fit for You will not only will help you get into shape, but will also identify as LGBT or as a straight ally to the community.”  says  founder  Sam  Provenzano

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Cuddle and Touch for Emotional and Physical Needs

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We all want love, acceptance and connection with other people. We’re social beings, and this connection with others is part of our emotional, physical and spiritual DNA.

Touch plays an important role in building these connections, increasing scientific evidence clearly shows a connection that lack of touch can lead to depression, anxiety and a myriad of heath issues, and an inability to connect with others.

Most of us don’t get enough touch in our lives.

We’re touch-deprived, and most of us don’t even know it consciously. All we know is that there’s loneliness and stress and a deep sense of missing out. We feel this because there’s a biochemical yearning for something that is missing in our lives. And there is something missing: touch and the connection with others that it fosters.

“That’s why we started Cuddlist,”  says  Adam Lippin, Co-founder and  CEO  of  CUDDLIST. Safe, non-sexual, consensual touch fills a need that’s badly neglected in our society. Cuddling relaxes us and reduces stress at the very least, and on the deeper level it nourishes our soul and helps us get in touch with our higher self. Much like yoga and meditation, non-sexual touch is healing and transformative.”

Cuddlist brings together those who need touch (and that would be just about all of us!) with Certified, professional cuddlers who are experienced, safe, well-versed in cuddling techniques and follow a code of conduct that set the conditions for a great session. There  have been  LOTS  of press on this group  over the last year – check it out  HERE.


 

  THE   CHICAGO  NETWORK  IS  GROWING!

Become a certified CUDDLIST or  FIND a CUDDLIST in Chicago


 

While any two people can cuddle, of course, what sets Cuddlist apart is that we are  creating the marketplace for transformative cuddling, and we bring the professionalism and best practices that make it work; Cuddlist training is overseen by my co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, and she both has years of experience as a full-time Cuddlist and knowledge of what works in practice.

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While Cuddlist is something special, and fills an important gap in our world, I also want to share what it means to me personally.

“I’ve been a yoga and meditation practitioner for more than 20 years. Yoga has been an animating principle in my life that has seen me through college, drug addiction, the corporate world in New York, loss and death, and the birth of my son and my relationship with my amazing  spouse. I’m also a touchy-feely “hugger,” and when I go to shake someone’s hand I’m keenly aware how restricted touch is in our society.”

Most would agree that touch is therapeutic, and the rush of oxytocin we produce when we cuddle is great, but in my experience cuddling also can be something deeper.

American Buddhist Jack Kornfield, in his book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, talks about how the simple act of being present can be a deeply spiritual practice. I think cuddling, if non-sexual and approached without expected outcomes in mind, can help us be present and raise our spiritual awareness.

So while I’m a “hugger,” and I immediately see the value that cuddling can play as a corrective in our society, I also think it contains a deeply spiritual component.

Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi said we must be the change we want to see in the world, and I want to play my part by encouraging non-sexual touch and the emergence of what might be called cuddle yoga.

“Touch is important, and we don’t get enough of it. I want to change that, and that’s why I, along with my Co-Founder, started Cuddlist.  Will you join us?”

 

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of nurturing touch?

Book a therapeutic, non-sexual, cuddle session with a Certified Cuddlist today.

Find out more at CUDDLIST. Learn more;   FIND  a  CUDDLIST  and/or  become a CUDDLIST!

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Chef Christopher Tong @ Bloomingdales

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SOUP FOR A WINTER’S DAY WITH

CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF
AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE STORE

AT MEDINAH TEMPLE
One of Bloomingdale’s favorite chefs returns to present a delicious Winter soup cooking demonstration.

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef
will give tips about ingredients, then prepare and serve a variety of fabulous soups.

Chef Tong will help us shake off the winter blues with three hot soup creations that will delight your family and friends. It’s a great way to face February in Chicago!

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Demo Kitchen on 1.

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort:

Roasted Cailiflower soup with Cumin
Tunisian Tomato with Chickpeas and Lentils topped with Yogurt and Fresh Mint
Tangy Greek Avgolemono Chicken soup (Egg-Lemon)

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact 312.324.7678.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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Valentine’s Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

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Pretty In Pink Valentine’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat
 

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Brat Pack Classic

 

Sunday, February 14     

11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 

 

 

Calling all “Brat Pack” fans! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic love triangle between Andie, Duckie and Blane at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. On Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14), Kit Kat will hold a Pretty in Pink themed brunch party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the midday soiree, Madam X will perform ’80s love songs while the beloved John Hughes film plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens. Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherel’s savvy brunch fare, while sipping half-priced martinis, including Kit Kat’s list of “Valentinis” ($7 each; see below). 
 
Don your shoulder pads and rat out your hair, as the dining guest with the best ’80s style will win brunch for two (bonus points go to those who made their own clothes).  DON’T  WAIT!!!  For reservations, call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111
DRINKS!    “Valentinis”       $7 each on 2/14


Fool in Love
Cruzan pineapple, Cruzan coconut, pineapple juice, passion fruit juice, Nerds candies 
 
Love Game
Pinnacle citrus, Le Fleur Elderflower liqueur, lychee liqueur, passion fruit juice, lemonade, lychee garnish
 
Hello, It’s Me
Pinnacle orange, grape pucker, splash of sprite, garnished with a sugar rim and a rubber ducky
 
Red Hot Desire
Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire, Apple Pucker, splash of cranberry, heart sucker garnish 
 
First Kiss
Pinnacle Vanilla, Creme de Cacao, strawberry puree, splash of cream, chocolate dusted rim
 
Love Spell 
Jim Beam Fire, RumChata, cinnamon dusted rim 


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

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Chicago Jeweler Gregg Helfer

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The clock is ticking!  Just a few days till Hanukkah  and a couple weeks  till Christmas!  Is your shopping  done?   Gregg Helfer Jewelers located in downtown Chicago,  has lots of things that sparkle  to make your holidays bright! Maybe you are planning a wedding for 2016?  It’s  not too early  to look at  rings.

The Helfer family has been importing diamonds and making jewelry for three generations starting with Gregg’s Grandfather David Helfer. A proud supporter of the gay community for many years, in 2000, after working in the jewelry industry on his own for over 12 years, Gregg continued the family tradition by opening a private office in the historic Maller’s building on Chicago’s Jewelers Row.

 

Gregg and his brother Michael work with clients to find the perfect product at the perfect price for them. Outstanding customer service  and  great prices make Gregg Helfer Jewelers  the  go-to jewelers, for all of your wants and needs.  Whether you’re an experienced online shopper, or need some additional assistance with custom design or special order, we’re confident you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. They are available six days a week to help you find the piece of jewelry of your dreams.

  • 5 S. Wabash, 17th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603
  • 312-265-3364

 

 

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Day of Wedding Coordinator

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Business booms in Chicago’s NW suburbs, where Rev Pam announces the expansion of her already successful wedding chapel business, which she operates out of her home. The sister business will be called Day-of Coordinator for Weddings & Social Events, and will be overseen by Rev Pam. The business will reach out through the Chicagoland area to assist couples who have planned their own weddings and need day-of management during the wedding and reception, while the couple is obviously “busy”.

Rev Pam will also make her custom florist services available, making most of the bridal bouquets and bridal party flowers herself.

The new website:http://Day-OfCoordination.com launched October 15, 2015. The home-office for the business will be located at Pine Manor 401 S Pine St in Mt Prospect, IL where the officiant has been providing in-home style wedding ceremonies in her 1920’s Dutch Colonial and backyard garden since 2011.

The expansion of her wedding business to include the new company’s day-of coordination services seemed like a natural progression from the wedding planning and day-off coordination she already has done for years in her home, Pine Manor Chicago Weddings.  “It’s time I shared my experience and discount wedding partners outside my Pine Manor clientele.
Rev Pam has made strategics partnerships with what she feels are the best wedding vendors in Chicagoloand. Discounts are available to her couples for everything to complete their wedding planning like, venue for up to 300 people, brides maid dresses, bridal gowns and accessories, sweets table, wedding rings, cake, photography, video, live violin, dinner / after party location, overnight stay, even wedding dress restoration. Couple’s can go down the list and plan their entire wedding from this one page.

Over the past 30 years, Rev Pam has seen it all. A certified wedding officiant, and retired Chicago advertising producer, Pam Magnuson plans and manages day-of for hundreds of weddings, and social events every year. She comes highly recommended with dozens upon dozens of 5 Star reviews and has won awards for her service and attention to detail. She’s quick on her feet, and without even a mention to the couple, any hiccup will be managed and solved. It’s this the kind of person you want to implement the plans you have worked so hard on? The public is invited to RSVP a tour time to meet Rev Pam and see her home, Pine Manor. Couples can RSVP by calling 847-873-7463
Pine Manor Walk-through event Sunday, December 6th

Couples interested in holding their ceremony at PineManorChicago.com or contracting The Rev for day-of coordination can schedule a walk through at the manor and meet Rev Pam. Once a month she holds a special “walk through day” Scheduled for Thursday, December 6th, 2015 8-8pm. This special event includes delicious baked goods from her wedding cake partner CentralContinentalBakery.com in Mount Prospect, IL Couples must call and RSVP a walk-through Time

847-873-Pine (7463)

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Winter Get Away Deals

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Chicago men LOVE INNdulge!  and today  is their 20th anniversary! Plan your winter get away  today!

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are bringing back our 2 FOR 1 SPECIAL!!
Stay one night and get the second night FREE!
This offer is available December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
and June 15, 2016 – September 15, 2016.
(not valid for weekends or holidays)
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LGBT Friendly Personal Trainers

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The gym I go to is about 10%  gay.

And out of 10 trainers, I know one male trainer is gay.

I know that only because someone who trained with him, told me! Some of the other trainers at my gym might be LGBT friendly….but how does one know?  I don’t want to work with some obnoxious testosterone filled male jock who has a thing against gay people.

If you’re going to invest time, money, and trust in a person to guide you in the right direction, then you need to make the right choice. If you want to find the perfect person to help you, then you’re right to be picky. Choose a trainer who will cater to your personal needs and learning preferences. While some people want to be pushed to their limits by a drill sergeant type, others are going to work better with positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Your trainer should fit your personality and motivation style.

Chicago entrepreneur Sam Provenzano launched Right Fit For You (RightFitForYou.com). He says, “I just really felt that there was a need for Right Fit for You. The client/trainer relationship is very intimate. Personal Trainers not only help their clients get into tip-top shape, but many of them become a client’s friend and someone they confide in and trust. If you aren’t comfortable and can’t truly be yourself with your Personal Trainer, chances are you will not reach your full potential.”

 

Right Fit for You, is the premiere LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer Referral Service!

 

Right Fit for You wasn’t solely created because of a fear of running into a close minded Personal Trainer, but because I wanted to provide the LGBT community with an online marketplace of Personal Trainers that the LGBT community can relate to– no questions asked, no insecurities. At the end of the day, Right Fit for You is all about ensuring a comfortable personal training atmosphere for the LGBT community from beginning to end. Every certified Personal Trainer profiled on Right Fit for You will not only will help you get into shape, but will also identify as LGBT or as a straight ally to the community.

Although our focus is primarily geared toward the LGBT community — anyone is welcome to utilize Right Fit for You as a means to find the right Personal Trainer who will fit all of their needs and budget. So whether you are just starting to work out or looking to gain some muscle or lose a few pounds, Right Fit For You can help!

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Step 1: Search through their Personal Trainer database

Search their personal trainer database at no cost! All of the trainers are hand-screened and confirmed to be currently certified. All you have to do is enter your zip code and radius, and browse through the database. You  should read the trainer bio’s and pick the Right Fit For You!

Step 2: Contact Trainer

Send your goals and contact information directly from the site to your desired trainer. If he/she has their contact information listed, give them a call or send them an email to schedule a consultation with your personal trainer and get started on achieving your fitness goals. Tell them you found them through Right Fit for You!

Step 3: Tell your friends about Right Fit for You!

 

It’s  easy  and FREE!    Check it out today!   RIGHT FIT FOR YOU.

*If you are a personal trainer, looking to join Right Fit For You, here is the link with more information.

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The Gay Gayme – Drinking and Fun

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A gay boy, a kickstarter campaign and an idea! Last year Matt Sauve had an idea for an innovative party game for gays and allies that will have you laughing, drinking, and doing random yoga poses.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED  THEM  AT  MARKET DAYS – The Gayme is an innovative party game that consolidates the gay lifestyle and coming-of-age experience into hundreds of stimulating cards. The best part is anyone can play! LGBT or ally, it doesn’t matter.

There are 500 unique cards, each crafted to promote bonding, story-telling, and maybe a bit of intoxication. Unlike traditional games, The Gayme changes each time you play. You can play with 2 players or 20, it’s versatile. You can play in your kitchen, in your bed, at your mom’s house, in a bar: all you need is a surface, drinks, and people!

Created by Matt Sauve ( 3rd guy to the right in picture), 2-20 players can play and a game runs around 60-90 minutes. Matt and his partner live here in Chicago.

  • All players have a beverage
  • Each player takes a turn picking a card, reading it out loud, & doing what it says
  • Most cards are normal All Play without a title, meaning anytime that a card applies to you, you play.
  • All Play cards with a title include: Question, Categories, Storytime
  • Individual & Rule cards refer to the person reading the card
  • Trivia cards are for the person sitting directly across from you

Matt invented The Gayme in 2012 when he discovered a lack of “social lubrication” at a party he was hosting. Originally hand-written on colored notecards, The Gayme’s popularity at college parties encouraged Matt to start his own company. He spends his spare time entertaining his friends and constantly conjuring new Gayme cards. Each card has been carefully crafted to promote bonding, story-telling, and laughter.

It’s clever, cute and fun! ORDER today for $25!

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Kit Kat Madonna Brunch Aug 16th

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Madonna Birthday Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

Midday Soiree in Celebration of the Material Girl’s Birthday

Sunday, August 16

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

In honor of Madonna’s 57th birthday, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will celebrate with a Madge-themed brunch party on Sunday, August 16.  Throughout the afternoon, Madonna impersonator Diva Madam X will perform live, as Madonna’s movies, music videos and concerts play on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens.

 

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu will be offered, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Steak Quesadillas and more. In addition to half-priced martinis, guests may add a build-your-own beverage package ($14.95) that includes mimosas, bellinis, sangria, and “Bitch, I’m Madonna” cocktails with Stoli Oranji, fresh squeezed orange juice and champagne float. Lucky participants will win gift bags full of Madonna goodies and Stoli vodka products. 
 
For table reservations, please contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club 
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613 
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com
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Best Chicago Hotel Pools

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We love the site THRILLIST!  They  are  obsessed with everything that’s worth caring about in food, drink, and travel.

In a recent article, they visited 14 top hotel pools around Chicago to see which were easily diveable and which were just plain impenetrable.  You would be surprised how easy it is to get into  some of the pool areas  for FREE!

Check these out!

 

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Memorial Day brunch Mexican Style

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              BONUS BRUNCH DAY! 

MONDAY,  Memorial Day ! Brunch & $5 House Margaritas

Experience some of the hottest brunch spots in the

East Lakeview neighborhood.  

 

Great places to enjoy with family & friends.  An amazing expansive brunch menu.     Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

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Serving Brunch From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dinner from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill   (773) 549-2932

www.elmariachitequilabar.com

and –

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse  (773) 661-9893

www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

***THURSDAY  COOKING/EATING CLASS – ALMOST SOLD OUT!

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BEST Cinco De Mayo Deals!

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5 Days of Parties!      2 Locations!

El Mariachi  and  Revolution!!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has gained huge popularity!

Come celebrate in Lakeview   at  El mariachi  or  Revolucion…or  BOTH!

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Best Hair Replacement Techniques in Chicago

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Many men and women are very self-conscious about thinning hair and hair loss.

While aging may be the most obvious culprit,  many doctors  suggest  that various factors may be to blame — ranging from a thyroid issue to disease to even  stress.

Dr. Yates Hair Science Group is a premier hair restoration practice located in Vernon Hills, Illinois led by Dr. William Yates. Dr. Yates, MD is the top hair loss doctor and hair replacement surgeon for the Midwest. He is a leader in new technologies and is  passionate about hair restoration.

He specializes in several hair restoration procedures and will work with clients to find the right method for their needs. “We are committed to the best technologies, products, and methods to complete and assist your hair regrowth or hair replacement goals,” says Dr. Yates. (All   of products to assist your hair regrowth goals can be easily shipped to your door).

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Many people wonder what it is going to cost?

The cost of your hair transplantation depends on the amount of hair being transplanted and is generally considered plastic surgery, therefore is not covered by medical insurance. However, Dr. Yates understands the important investment in your future, life, and self-confidence and offers great financing options, from interest-free financing to longer term options. You can call their office to see if you qualify for a financing option.

I have personally seen some of the results in person – and YES, it looks totally natural!

When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results. Dr. Yates prefers the advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure that involves harvesting individual follicles for the best results.

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Dr. Yates is a published writer and international lecturer and teacher. His office offers state-of-art techniques and he is constantly working on ways to improve results. HE IS THE BEST!

 

“As a medical doctor I am trained to not make excuses but get the best results. I want hairloss not to be a burden but something we can conquer together.” – Dr. William D. Yates, MD

 

Board Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery
    • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
    • Critical Care/Trauma Surgery

Medical Memberships

      • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
      • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
      • American Medical Society

Call their office @ 866.810.6402  and send them a note through their site, to start the conversation on how they can help you!

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Mothers Day Brunch at Kit Kat

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Don’t be left without a reservation!  Mothers  Day  May 10th, 2015.

“Mamma Mia!” Mother’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Midday Meal with Mom, Music, Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, May 10        11 a.m.-4 p.m.               $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Mother’s Day meal at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and music from Mamma Mia! On Sunday, May 10, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis and bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will performance hits from Mamma Mia! while the film version of the musical plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Mother’s Day Menu

$39.95 per person       includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis or bloody martinis

First Course
House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of:   Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course 

choice of:    Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:
Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake
Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street     Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111           KitKatChicago.com

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Easter Brunch April 5th

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It always amazes me when people show up for Brunch in Chicago, WITHOUT a reservation.  I hate to wait! And sometimes a restaurant is totally full  with no tables in sight.

EASTER is in 1 week!   Don’t be left outside without  a table!

Taverna 750 is giving away free carrot cake to all brunch goers making it 3 Course, 2 Martinis + Mimosas for $27!

See you there!

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Easter Brunch April 5th Boystown

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Easter Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

 

Midday Meal with Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, April 5          11 a.m.-4 p.m.          $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Easter brunch at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and build-your-own cocktails. On Sunday, April 5, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria or bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will entertain brunch guests with live performances all day.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Easter Menu

First Course

House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of:

Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course 

choice of:
Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, Parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:

Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

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Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon

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With (FUE) Follicular Unit Extraction And Surgical Robotic Technology

 

International lecturer and teacher, Dr. William Yates, M.D., Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon, breaks through the old stereotypes of hair loss and hair transplant and brings Chicago’s North Shore the very latest cutting edge technological advancements in the field, offering patients an array of state-of-the-art facial and hair restoration services. He is a world-renowned expert in Follicular Unit Extraction.

He is so passionate and confident the Follicular Unit Extraction technique is superior to traditional methods; he only performs this highly skilled technique for hair transplantation.

Dr. Yates specialized skills make him one of the elite surgeons to educate and train other physicians to perform this specialized technique both locally and internationally.

ARTAS-hair replacement machine

What is FUE?

While performed under local anesthesia, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area in the hands of Dr. Yates using whatever instrument is best for his patient to obtain optimal results. He utilizes the most advanced ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System or various manual, hand-held instruments to delicately punch out each individual hair follicle.

The camera system and algorithms in place with the robot or Dr. Yates skilled eyes and hands, choose the most robust hairs to remove for transplantation. With the traditional strip method for hair transplantation, not only do you have to take all hairs (even weak hair), the patient also incurs a painful cut, stitches and scar that they have to live with and conceal the rest of their lives.

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Dr. Yates utilizes state of the art biological solutions such as Hypothermosol and ATPv (adenosine triphosphate) to store, protect and ensure optimal survival of these valuable grafts while awaiting transplant into the balding areas of the scalp for both men and women.

The finishing touch is completed by Dr. Yates artistic ability to create a natural hairline and hair density in his patient’s areas of thinning throughout the scalp. He uses micro-incisions to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will grow into a natural, undetectable pattern over the next year.

The results – – Phenomenal, Natural, Permanent Hair that patients can style anyway they desire without a scar in the back of the scalp. It’s cutting edge methodology like this that separates Dr. Yates’ concierge practice from the cookie cutter competition, who still rely on the antiquated guesswork with a scalpel from when they started 30 years ago.

 

“It’s permanent and not many people can do it right,” says Dr. Yates. “This is the investment that lasts.”
WITH FUE THERE ARE NO TRANVERSE VISIBLE SCARS ACROSS THE BACK OF THE HEAD

If someone is unable to shave the back of his or her scalp for FUE, he also has an answer for this. Dr. Yates is able to creatively trim the hair so that the donor area is completely concealed and you can return to work immediately without any visible signs of a procedure.
Dr. Yates is also very skilled at restoring facial hair such as beards, mustaches, goatees and eyebrows.

He also performs recovery and repair work on patients who have had multiple, visible scars; old-fashioned and undesirable plug procedures; and creative body hair (beard, chest, back hair) harvesting for transplantation for individuals who are “tapped out” of donor hair in the back of their scalp.

 

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State of the Art

        Non-Surgical Options…

 

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
This therapy has been FDA approved and utilized for over 30 years for advanced wound healing. Now, we are seeing exciting results with PRP for hair growth. A patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration effective for hair growth. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. This process stimulates the body’s own growth factors and stem cells to slow hair loss, reverse miniaturized hair to produce a strong, visible hair again, and if used at the time of a hair transplant, it encourages faster graft growth. This has been very effective for both men and women.

Stromal Vascular Fraction or Stem Cell Therapy with Fat Transfer
Adult stem cells are most concentrated in our bodies in bone marrow and even more so in fat tissue or adipose. Dr. Yates is able to harvest these fat cells and concentrate and purify them in a centrifuge system. He then combines the fat cells with PRP to inject into the scalp to stimulate hair growth and stabilize further hair loss. This process offers even more benefits than just PRP alone by replacing the lost layer of subcutaneous fat in the scalp where the hair follicle thrives.

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP)
With SMP, pigment is used on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas and covering unsightly scars. This advanced solution for hair loss replicates real shaven hair follicles on the scalp. The appearance is so realistic that it actually looks like you have hair. We know how the hair should look when pigmented, because that’s all we do everyday – HAIR! If someone has limited donor hair and has been told they were not a good candidate for a hair transplant procedure, they now have a great option! This is perfect for those who wear a very closely cropped hairstyle!

Hair Styling for Thinning Hair

Since hair loss affects so many people and everyone’s self-esteem, Dr. Yates even offers an onsite Licensed Cosmetologist with over 17 years of experience. She studied in Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, New York, Miami and Chicago. She specializes in styling and educating patients to look their best if they suffer with hair loss.

 

Someone doesn’t have to be bald to feel the confidence shaking reality of hair loss. For many, it can appear as a lack of volume and expanding thinness. Slowly, their scalp becomes more apparent through the diminishing volume of their hair. Dr. Yates can stop that hair loss in its tracks and reduce the appearance of thinning hair for men and women using the most advanced treatments available in the industry.

 

When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results.

The team at Yates Hair Science Group delivers the best care and quality everyday and are recognized leaders in the field.

213 N Stetson Ave,  Chicago IL  60601

PHONE: 312-261-0872 or visit them online at dryateshairscience.com

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New Years Eve in Chicago

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Our top picks for New Years Eve  include:

Scarlet bar. Scarlet New Years Eve 2015
4th Annual Mustaches and Bowlers Party!   $5 Cover Charge

$199 Belvedere and Moet table package
Includes:Bottle of Belvedere, Bottle of MoetNo Cover For Table Guests

email party@scarletbarchicago.com
DJ Joey Luna and DJ Scotty T
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Looking to ring in the New Year with some class this year? Come join ELIXIR  for a night of sinful cocktails and fun! Seating is limited, so email chad@elixirchicago.com for table reservations!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1029758

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HYDRATE ….Join them as they lift the veil on a slew of treats and fantasies that are sure to tempt you throughout the night. Peek inside a world where excess is the norm, where inhibitions cease to exist, where the new year brings a clean slate to sin all over again.

Intoxicate your mind with the pulsating sounds of DJ Dan De León (Los Angeles) at the turntables until 4 a.m. His unique brand of body-shaking House rhythms will deliver a crowd experience that will tear up the dance floor and will live on long after the night has ended.

Hot gogo dancers will be at hand providing sinful visual stimulation within a totally immersive black, white and red experience unlike anything Hydrate has seen before.

Dress code is not enforced, but black, white and Sin City red are highly recommended.

No cover before 11 p.m.

Limited $35 VIP Tickets available, which include NO LINE/NO WAIT privileges as well as IN/OUTs all night long.

Champagne toast and party favors at midnight.
Opening set by DJ NMF

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Ring in the New Year in style at the Kit Kat Lounge!

On December 31st, we’ll be hosting a FABULOUS NYE party featuring world famous Kit Kat diva, Kinley Preston, AND amazing  specials!

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. bar package/$45 advance/$50 door: includes martinis, cocktails, wine, beer & party favors. For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

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The sexiest womens NYE is at HALSTEDS! All VIP are sold-out and now very limited General Admission remain …..$35.00

Doors Open at 9pm – General Admission
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
DJ’s
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Breakfast Buffet After Midnight
Black and White Party Favors

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and at REPLAY, enjoy free arcade games, no cover all night, champagne toast at Midnight!

 

STAY IN THE HEART OF BOYSTOWN!  (2 night stay required).

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City Suites        Willows         Majestic

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!~

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Best Mexican Food in Chicago for Cinco de Mayo

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In 1996, a father and his two sons opened a very small 10-table Mexican restaurant in the Boystown/East Lakeview community located at 3420 N. Broadway. Thankfully for us all, El Mariachi grew increasingly in popularity with the locals by following a strict policy of only serving top-quality, authentic Mexican dishes and stellar margaritas.

The original 10 table restaurant is still thriving today, but several years ago they opened a ginormous, second restaurant at 3906 N. Broadway, just 2 blocks past the northern Boystown border. The newest location, El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill, has the space to offer a full-bar area complete with stools and cocktail tables and two spacious, multi-level, separate dining rooms.

The décor and ambiance is very tastefully done. Traditional Mexican paintings, fountains, faux painted, near 2-story walls and even a hand painted, vaulted ceiling complete with an image over the front door of the restaurants Founder and Patriarch! In warm weather, they have an intimate, outdoor, courtyard patio where you can dine al fresco and pretend you’re vacationing just about anywhere!

The family went on to open Revolución (3443 N. Broadway), a new Mexican steakhouse  and  to my knowledge this is Chicago’s FIRST Mexican Steakhouse.

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse is a rustic hideaway of juicy Steaks, Chops, Seafood with a Mexican flare. And price ranges for everyone.whether you want a lite snack, or maybe a burger,  brunch or a full 2-3 course meal. It’s all here.

 

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CINCO DE MAYO!

El Mariachi Tequila Bar 5 de Mayo
3906 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60613 | 773.549.2932 | www.elmariachitequilabar.com

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Weekend at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
Make a weekend of it, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your Amigos at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill!

Friday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. the Cointreau Girls will be giving away complimentary drink samples to kick off the fiesta! Keep the celebration going with a $21 Bottomless Mimosa Brunch to be enjoyed out in the private patio on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 2pm, and get really festive with our $18 Rio Grande Margarita (60oz Margarita) on Sunday!


 

REVOLUCION MEXICAN STEAKHOUSE
3443 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.661.9183 | www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Weekend at Revolucion Steakhouse!
Friday, May 2- Monday, May 5, 2014 Open late!

Make a weekend of it, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Revloucion!

Friday and Saturday 6:30-8:30pm, the Milagro Tequila Girls will be giving away complimentary drink samples to kick off the fiesta! Keep the celebration going with brunch on the patio on Saturday & Sunday ($3 mimosas & bloody marys), and enjoy a $3 Pacifico on Monday- the real Cinco de Mayo! Take a few photo bombs with friends in sombreros & mustaches & join the Facebook Photo Contest in order to vaguely remember your Cinco Weekend.
Make sure to grab a friend and join a photo Facebook contest with sombreros & mustaches to commemorate (and remember) your Cinco de Mayo weekend!


 

Tutto Fresco Trattoria 5 de Mayo
3829 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60613 | 773.281.1844 | www.tuttofrescochicago.com

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Tutto Fresco Trattoria!

Monday: $30.00 Prix Fixe Menu

First Course: Ground Beef Sopes
Second Course: Carne en Su Jugo
Third Course: Choice of Camarones Rancheros or Pollo en Salsa Verde
Fourth Course: Coffee 3 Leches Cake
*Includes a Margarita de la Casa!

TRY ALL THREE Restaurants!

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Audio Archaeology offers Vintage Records, Nostalgia and Vinyl Lifestyle

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This place is way cool! If you like nostalgia, vinyl, cool bar sets, consoles, vintage furniture and  some local artwork, this store is a treasure  at 1324 W. Devon.

Repurpose. Refurbish. Revinylize.

Records represent more than just a superior sound; they’re a little bit of nostalgia – in the richness of the music, the style of the album design, even the smell of the vinyl. It’s the tangible feel as you stack albums on a changer, and pause to flip to the B-side.”  explains owner John Arnsdorff  of his new store Audio Archaeology.

As a child, I combed thrift shops for 78 records, and took tube radios apart so see how they worked. Audio Archaeology is the culmination of a lifetime of collecting, decorating and tinkering.

If you have an idea for a unique system, or if you’re looking for something classic, we can help. From Mid-Century Modern consoles or Bakelite Portable Record Players to Contemporarily-styled Systems and Component Turntables, we have something for every purpose. We offer a full line of Crosley record players, for a new take on classic styles.”

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Owner Arnsdorff, with friend and Marketing Director Nick Kuttin ( aka Nikutn ) have created something very special here.

“I’ve been an antique collector pretty much my whole life and I’ve always had a thing for archaic technology and also for music and really started getting back into vinyl the last few years,” said Arnsdorff. “I love the sound, especially of the older systems. The things they’re making today, there are some you can find that are high-end audiophile, but most of it’s kind of pedestrian. I’ve enjoyed finding things, fixing them up, refurbishing them.” – (Taken from Windy City interview  HERE).

PLUS they plan to feature an artist every month. This months event takes place this Saturday, March 22nd   from 7-11pm.  Sean Walker.

There’s more to a ‘vinyl lifestyle’ than just music! Check out the awesome home accessories and gifts, sure to compliment a modern, classic style.

SHOP LOCAL!

 

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Leghorn Chicken is Cooking up Socially Responsible Chicken

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CHEF JARED VAN CAMP, CHEF SIEGER BAYER & ELEMENT COLLECTIVE OPEN LEGHORN, A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS CHICKEN SHOP IN CHICAGO

~Socially Conscious Chicken Sandwiches~

BYOB, Small, fast casual neighborhood concept. Local farm raised chicken, butchered daily.

We are open all day Sunday.
We proudly and enthusiastically champion gay rights; 2% of our gross profit is donated to organizations that support gay rights.
We solely support local and sustainable farmers and artisans. Duh.
We abhor corporate bullshit.
We offer Leghorn branded birth control free at the counter. (condoms)
We are emphatically uninterested in your organized religion, secular religion, agnosticism, atheism or nontheism….whatever tickles your pickle.

That’s the message behind Leghorn Chicken,the socially-conscious BYOB chicken shack by Chef Jared Van Camp, Chef Sieger Bayer & Element Collective (Kinmont, Old Town Social, Nellcote, RM Champagne Salon, Owen + Alchemy, Quality Social, Ampersand) which opened doors to the public and sold out 600 sandwiches in just 90 minutes on Thursday, March 6th.

Leghorn, which is located at 959 N. Western in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village is open every day of the week starting at 11am and wraps up shop when the chicken runs out. Leghorn supports local and sustainable farmers & artisans and proudly and enthusiastically champions gay rights, with a percentage of their gross profits donated to organizations to support the cause.

Menu Details: A BYOB, Fast-Casual Chicken Sandwich Shop

*Fried Chicken Sandwiches by Chef Jared Van Camp & Chef Sieger Bayer

-Pickle Brined or Nashville Hot
-bun or biscuit
-breast or thigh
-served with house made dill pickles

*Rotating Daily Specials: Fried Chicken Skins, Chicken Fried Fries (yes, we said Chicken Fried Fries), Fried Chicken Nuggets

*Grilled Chicken Bowls, Fresh Sides, Fried Chicken Tenders until we run out. (each breast of chicken only has one tender on it–so every chicken we butcher yields two actual tenders)

*Fresh Lemon Shake-ups

…….COME AND GET IT!  And Screw Chick Fil A!

Leghorn Location: 959 N. Western in Ukrainian Village

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Best Gay Dining in Chicago Boystown @ Taverna 750

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If you live here, I am sure you  know all about Taverna 750. For the LGBT visitor, sometimes you need to venture off Halsted to find our hidden gems. Some of our  favorite, neighborhood hotspots are  tucked away, just slightly off the gay-beaten path.  

Taverna 750 is one of the newest, brightest and now busiest restaurants in Boystown. After a near tear-down renovation of the property at 750 West Cornelia, a true gem of an establishment emerged just a stone throws away from the main gay drag. Since it’s opening in 2011, critics have consistently voted Taverna750 such accolades as Best Italian Restaurant, Best Hidden Gem, Best Date Restaurant, Best Brunch and Best Sidewalk Café in Boystown Chicago.  Taverna 750 is a blend of old-school, family recipes and Italian hospitality perfectly mixed with a today’s metropolitan flair and understanding of distinctive cuisine, crafted cocktails, décor and ambiance.

Owner Paul D. Cannella credits much of his inspiration to his Grandfather and Uncle’s classic Italian restaurant. Chicagoan’s enjoyed the downtown spot on Grand Avenue for several decades.  Paul and his talented team tweak family recipes to a new culinary perfection and locals agree the tastes and flavors are spot on.  Cannella does not prefer labeling Taverna750 as a tapas restaurant. It quickly becomes clear as plates arrive that the portions served are larger than one usually receives at many small plate eateries.  The plate sharing and placing dishes in the center of the table has been encouraged by staff and embraced by guests. “I think because everyone wants to sample and try as much as possible, and that’s a good thing, plenty of sharing goes on here!” says Cannela.

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Expect delicious, fresh and unexpected nightly food and drink temptations.  Regular house staples and crafted cocktails change seasonally.  Don’t expect food, wine and cocktail prices to break the bank! A meal enjoyed here is as affordable as memorable.  Saturday and Sunday offer weekend Champagne and Martini Brunch packages for $24-$27 that are hugely popular. The Martini Brunch includes two delicious courses, two 750 Specialty Martinis and LOTS of Champagne!  Brunch is served Saturday 11am-2pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. Dinner is served nightly from 6pm-11pm, Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  Reservations are always highly suggested.

Everyone seems to agree, the food, the drinks, the decor and the staff are terrific. Check out all the positive YELP! reviews and be sure to add Taverna750 as a must-visit restaurant when in Boystown.  TAVERNA   750

Pssst….Patio Season is just around the corner and Taverna has one the most lush patios,  perfect for al fresco dining!

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Best Tax Service Chicago Still Working with Clients to Meet the April 17th Deadline

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You have not done taxes yet? 

 

We found an amazing financial group this year to do our taxes, they love working with  the gay community and they specialize in small businesses   AND  couples who have had a civil union in Illinois.

And they can help you file State and Federal taxes for about $99  for our readers!! 

Much lower than H&R and all the others.
Call them TODAY!

Provident Light Advisors LLC 866-256-9621

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Cold Chicago Weather Could Mean Plumbing Issues

It’s  Here!

The arrival of the winter season and cold weather  = potential plumbing problems in our homes and apartments. Whether you rent or own, you can have Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by  winter weather.

Fortunately there are things that you can do to prevent or minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. 
    Preventing Clogged Drains: Once a week, treat your sink and bathtub drains to this quick, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning process. Make up a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour equal amounts into your various drains and follow it with 2 cups of boiling water for each drain. Or buy something like Bio Clean. It’s a blend of bacteria and enzymes.Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria
begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides
and top of the drain pipe. Cool!
    Pipe Insulation: This is more for home owners of condo owners in small buildings. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape to guard your pipes (both hot water and cold water) against freezing. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be kept warm with space heaters (lamps) from a safe distance. Every few days, check out pipes in basements or little used areas of the house to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating or cracks developing.
    Running Water: Be sure to run water from every valve in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter.  This will prevent freezing.
    Be Careful with Holiday Cooking: Cooking grease and oils put a real strain on drains, pipes and garbage disposals.  Grease and oil are more likely to collect and clog when your plumbing is colder, so do your best NOT pour down the drain. Also, refrain from putting hard to grind objects or stringy substances down into the disposal. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use. Be sure to turn the disposal on before filling it with food debris.
    Spread Showers Throughout the Day: At least 10 minute intervals between showers is optimal to maintain hot water and proper pressure. You may also want to turn up the water heater during the cold season as well; to prevent burns, do not put it above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Indoor Faucets Freeze:
    Leave the cabinet doors under the faucets open so that they can get more heat.
    If it gets intensely cold, run a little bit of water from each valve in the house each day. Let the water trickle very slowly into the sink.
    Heat every room of your home, not just a few rooms. Allow warm air to circulate freely throughout your house.

Brought to you by the plumbing experts  GOODE PLUMBING.
                                                 1-800-662-1875

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Ramsey Jay Prince, Chicago’s event, interior and floral designer, opens boutique and studio in Lakeview

Chicago’s top interior designer and event planner sets up permanent shop in Lakeview!
Ramsey Jay Prince, Chicago ’s premier event, interior and floral designer known for his over the top designs, will open his first boutique and studio in Lakeview.
 J Prince Studio will become the outpost for Prince’s design and event firm where clients can meet with Prince and his team, plan their dream event or space and have their events come to life while viewing inspiring vignettes. In addition, the 675 square foot boutique will offer Prince’s handmade florals, hair hide and leather messenger bags, exotic textiles, floor coverings, lighting, furniture designs, and a round up of custom furniture and decorative accessories. 
Also featuring couture pieces from Chicago ’s indie designers like Boris Powell Handbags and Purses, knits from LV Jordan and jewelry from Prince’s new collection. The boutique is a beautiful mélange of Prince’s trademark, luxurious style with carefully selected one of a kind vintage and salvaged pieces with seasonal couture items also for sale. 
This is the urban Fashionista’s one stop shop for their home, fashions, and gifts. 
Ramsey Prince, a Baltimore native, moved to Chicago six years ago to bring his innovative designs and unique style to Chicagoans. Ramsey has been designing and planning events for more 20 years and has a natural ability to create, design and produce experiential events that leave a lasting impression. With a diverse background that spans from intimate garden parties to large scale weddings, Ramsey is able to translate his client’s ideas and vision into reality.
 Boutique and Studio Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm 
                                               Sunday + Monday,  by Appointment Only 
                                                   3744 N Broadway Chicago , IL 60613 
312-547-0958 For more information on Ramsey Jay Prince designs, please visit www.jprincestudio.com

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Memorial Day brunch at Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

 

 

 

 

 

Join Us This 

Memorial Day 

For Brunch & $4 House Mimosas & Bloody Marys  

Business Hours

10:00 am-12:00 am

Come and experience one of the hottest up and coming brunch spots in the boys town/east Lakeview neighborhoods.  

Great place to enjoy with family & friends.  An amazing expansive brunch menu.  

Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

We Wil Be Serving Brunch From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

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Boystown and Gay-borhood Happenings New Year’s Eve Chicago 2012

“What Are You Doing  New Year’s Eve?”

Undisputedly, no other holiday evening offers more event happening choices than New Year’s Eve!  Whether you’re a lover or a hater or just indifferent, fact is New Year’s Eve returns every December 31st.

For Michael and I, unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, our choices of who and where we spend New Year’s Eve with is not based on traditions (other than consuming an exorbitant amount of alcohol), but instead, what were going to do that night to celebrate is based on random criteria each year.

Today, we are still uncommitted to where exactly you’ll find us throughout the night, but we have narrowed or choices and want to share our recommended options with you (below list in alphabetical order).



Bonjonos Pizzeria: Sometimes the best New Year’s Eve simply requires having an amazing thin crust pizza and some buffalo wings, and staying in to watch the ball drop!   Our favorite in Chicago, delivered to your doorstop and you can wash your edible indulgence down with plenty of your favorite elixir(s) of choice while ringing in the New Year.  

Bonjono’s Pizza opened in 1996 at 4185 North Clarendon and Buena Avenue with a plan to make the best pizza, pasta and sandwiches in the neighborhood.  The idea was to make everything as fresh as possible, crusts made by hand on site daily, sausage, pasta sauces, salad dressings and soup are also made from scratch. Owner Craig says “We think our customers appreciate our extra efforts and while not all menu items can be made in house, you can be assured that we only buy top quality ingredients and add our own special touches to them.”

Trust us as loyal customers of 13 years, they’ve stayed true to their original plan since opening.  Our standing order with Bonjono’s is: a large, thin crust Margherita pizza with fresh tomato, basil and grilled chicken added with a couple side orders of buffalo wings with both ranch and blue cheese dressing sides-delicious!  HEAVEN!

Bojono’s Pizzeria    4185 North Clarendon    773.404.9700

Delivery: from Bryn Mawr to Webster; from the lake west to Ashland.
Open daily from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM
last pizza order 9:45,  last delivery order 9:45



Cocktail
3359 North Halsted Street.  Cocktail is one of the sexiest, most inviting, playful upscale bars and restaurants on the Boystown strip, less any attitude! Cocktail’s two gorgeous bars feature black crystal chandeliers, onyx-lit bar tops and pay homage to our favorite French Champagne, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s Brut Yellow Label available by the glass or a full or 1/2 bottle everyday!

Cocktail is the perfect place to sip sinful libations, especially near the front window to enjoy all the familiar and friendly faces passing by Halsted and Roscoe, enjoy great food and converse with friends old and new, or groove to the DJ’s beats while drooling over their world-class go-go boys bumping and grinding!

As you can see on New Year’s Eve at Cocktail expect doors open at 7pm with Hostess Cyon Flare, sexy sounds of REDUX, champagne toast at midnight and of course sexy go-go boys dancing up a storm!


Downtown Bar – 440 S. State Street. We’re so glad this place re-opened. Once the Gentry, then a straight bar for a short time, Downtown Bar and Lounge is now here to stay!   I love the layout , because there nooks and crannies and want private space with somesome or you can join the gang downstairs or up at the big bar.  Brian has recently done remodeling and repainting to create even more lounge spaces.

$6 stoli cocktails all night and NO COVER.

elixir Lounge 3452 North Halsted Street.  For someone who “less is more” when it comes to sports bars, it was so refreshing to learn that when Elixir opened it was not a sports bar!!!

More and more, Michael and I actually prefer to go into and enjoy a place with no TV’s at all! When were out and about town were looking to get caught up with friends and make new ones. Not watch TV. Nothing more annoying than music too loud or so many TV’s its a struggle to talk to the person next to you.

I would definitely describe Elixir as upscale and friendly, the kind of place were proud to take our parents visiting us this week and sit and visit over a nice stiff cocktail! Be prepared, their specialty cocktail list, along with prohibition era classics, might put a little hair on Mama’s chest New Year’s Eve at elixir Lounge we think is a great deal (they would definitely lose money on us) $50 is all that is asked for an open Premium bar and light hor d’oeuvres from 10pm -1am. As you can imagine, it is an extremely smaller space than many, so tickets very limited, not a bad thing at all, so contact an elixir staff member and get your ticket!

HYDRATE – 3458 North Halsted Street.  NYE 2013 at Hydrate! PREMIUM OPEN BAR!The Ultimate NYE Dance Party is here!

Don’t delay! Buy your tickets today! This event sells out every year!

NYE at Hydrate includes a premium hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres from 8pm
to 11pm, champagne toast at Midnight, and party favors for every
guest!!!

General Admission Tickets are only $30 before 12.15.2012!! $35 if purchased before 12.31.2012!

$50 VIP Tickets include all of the above plus in and out privileges all night long!!! Don’t get stuck out in the cold!

DJ Laura B spins from 8 till midnight
Greg Drescher finished out the night till 4 AM…

Hosted by Sorraya Dash!!



NEXT STOP:  Established in 1996 by a father and his two sons, the original El Mariachi at 3420 North Broadway and Roscoe (still in business today) is a quaint, but small 10-table restaurant! Again, I’m sure it was the first Mexican restaurant Michael and I ate at when we first moved to Chicago in 2001.

El Mariachi grew in popularity over the years due to their commitment to only serving top quality, authentic, mostly family recipes, traditional dishes and the best margaritas made with fresh squeezed lime juice.

At the newest location opened in 2010, El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill at 3906 North Broaway and West Sheridan, you’ll find everything you came to love and expect at their original restaurant plus SO MUCH MORE!

No longer prohibited by lack of space, the new restaurant has a much bigger menu, fresh tableside guacamole that is made to order and an extensive selection of over 175 tequilas! (all 100% Blue Agave). This makes it the biggest tequila bar in Chicago!

 

In October of this year, their newest endeavor opened to rave reviews: Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse. 3443 N. Broadway.   So take your pick or mix and match.  
EL MARIACHI will have  2 seatings for a  fabulous 3 course pre-fix menu ($30.00 per person)  ( regular menu will also be available on new years eve) * 6 pm and 8 pm seatings available.  773-549-2932

After Party At Revolucion Steakhouse...$60 Drink package from 11:00 pm to 2:00 a.m. which includes: Unlimited margaritas, sangria, house wine, selected beer, appertizer buffet
served through out the evening with party favors and champagne toast at midnight  Reservations are HIGHLY recommended 773-661-9894. 



Roscoe’s Tavern  3356  N. Hasted . A boystown favorite! I love this place. As always, never disappointed in the music. Crowd is always friendly. I always meet new people here. Great dance floor. And fantastic pitchers of unlimited flavors of  specialty drinks.


NYE2012 – New Year – New Tune – Presented by Absolut Tune
– a sparkling fusion of vodka and Sauvignon Blanc


$25 General Admission
   Hors d’ouevres, Champagne Toast and $1000 Balloon Drop


$75 VIP Advanced Purchase*
-Dedicated Separate Entrance with Express Entry
-Unlimited In & Out Privileges
-Gift Bag
-Complimentary Coat Check
-5 Premium Cocktails
*Limited Quantity Available


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Thinning Hair …and Rene Furterer Treatment at Ambra Spa in Chicago

I was getting my hair cut a few weeks ago and my stylist, who has cut my hair for a couple years, mentioned how thin my hair was getting on top. I guess I hadn’t noticed. I am 6’3″  and don’t really see the top of my head in the mirror.

So I called Ambra Salon and Spa – where I had went  last year for an amazing facial  and the BEST eyebrow shaping in Chicago (by Didi Ayala) I have ever had!

Back to my hair. I knew they had a great salon and wonderful European skin and hair products. So I called and talked with Vicki, a specialist who was trained in Paris under the guidance of the Rene Furterer company.  She booked me an appointment to come in.

“It’s never too late to start treating your hair
,” she explained. “In France, they have young children, boys and girls start treating their hair at about 8-9 years old! But as long as you have some hair, you can definitely slow down the loss process and possibly still stimulate new growth.”

She analyzed my hair then proceeded to give me a scalp massage and treatment using this amazing  Complexe 5, made for thinning hair. The Furterer company  use a lot of plant extracts and essential oils. These  help stimulate hair growth.  It smells and feels amazing! Then I sat under heat for about 10 minutes, and was washed out using Furterer’s  Forticea Stimulating Shampoo. More essential oils and plant peptides to help restore hair.

Treatments can be done at home. Of course, it’s not quite the same.  But  I purchased both the the Complexe 5 oil and Forticea Shampoo- and have been doing the process about once a week.  My hair feels  amazing afterwords! I have only been using it about 3 weeks- so it is too early to see results. But I am confident – the Furterer company has been around for 50 years. They are known all over Europe for their hair and scalp products. (*sidenote- when my  75 year old Mother was in town for the holidays, I got her hooked on the products and purchased at set also from Ambra.)

Ambra Salon and European Spa has several great product lines from Europe that are hard to find here in Chicago.  It’s a cosmetic shoppers paradise!  Next on my list to try is Biodroga skin care. From Baden-Baden, Germany, Biodroga has been around since the 1950’s. They have everything from repair formulas to fix skin, to anti time formulas to slow down the aging process. They have a complete line for men and everything is made in Baden-Baden, known for their amazing thermal baths.

A trip to Ambra Salon and European Spa  downtown is a MUST!
One West Superior, Second Floor      312.337.5055

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