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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

Best Plumbers in Chicago That We have Found


BEST  GAY CHICAGO  RECOMMENDS….

A  few  months  ago we needed  a  plumber ~ UGH, big sigh, we hate having to find contractors for anything… the drama, the unknown expense and the crazy service charges and fees when you don’t know the lingo and whether or not you’re simply being ripped off. It’s hard to find good honest mechanics and contractors.
 
We needed and wanted   a new  kitchen sink  installed  to replace  a really old one we hated and timely enough, our aging toilet was acting up and we decided to replace it as well and  we were going to be  “green”  and get a dual-flush, environmentally-friendly  low  water usage toilet as a replacement.

We were flooded with memories… unfortunately, BAD MEMORIES of plumbers past!  About 10 years ago,  we had to hire a plumber to replace a hot water tank in our home. The guy   had given us “an estimate”  that seemed reasonable compared to 2 other plumbing contractors, but afterward, the job then allegedly “took longer” than he thought, so the final bill was  $250  more than the original estimate. 

Plus he was messy and we are sort of clean freaks!  I had to do some major clean up after he left. Neat and tidy are not two words that are often associated with plumbers, or any contractor for that matter. In fact, many drive trucks up on your driveway leaking oil, leave  supply packaging lying around your house, and drag who knows what into your home on their shoes! And can I just say, although it is so stereotypical, most of the time, I really do not care to see a service workers butt crack hanging out of their pants.

Fast forward back to present. Late last summer we had met the  Michael J. Goode,the owner  from Goode Plumbing at an LGBT Business Expo at The Center on Halsted.  Thank goodness we had tossed Mike’s business card in one of our business card piles and easily found it! 

We remembered Mike and his colleague, Jeff looked real professional in their uniforms (dark blue oxfords with company logo and khaki pants), were extremely friendly and seemed very knowledgeable in the few minutes we had chatted. So we had Goode Plumbing came out to our condo, give us a price quote, not an estimate, and again they seemed  very professional and the type of contractors you could trust and were worth hiring.  My partner wanted to get a second estimate, just for comparison, and so we did. The Goode Plumbing quote was better, and  we hired them to do the work.

 

Mike Goode  says, “We are really committed to providing the highest quality service in the industry. All of our work is done to a standard that we are consistently raising.

 

We make sure all of our technicians are polite, educated and complete extensive in-house training.  Service and quality are so important. I promise to do my absolute best to ensure that  a client’s  experience with us is excellent. We don’t just promise you the best – I truly want to deliver that for a client.

Our claim of striving to be the best and to give you the best service in the industry is backed by our commitment to on going training, and by giving  the best warranty in the business-if it fails because of the way we installed it, we’ll take care of it for as long as the building we put it in is standing.

We will sell and install only excellent quality parts, products and materials.
We believe in the products that we sell by backing them not only by their own warranty , but ours as well: labor is covered too (not just the parts!) and for a minimum of two years.”

 

They treat your home and property as if it were their own, leaving nothing behind but an outstanding plumbing job and your complete satisfaction. They even wear shoe covers/footies  in your home.

I can honestly bestow the Best Gay Chicago 5 Pink Crowns Award to Goode Plumbing!

 

 My other concern when hiring “contractors” are that  many are no more than  “handy-men”. They are not specialists or have  limited knowledge in specific areas. 

Goode Plumbing  is not one of these  “fix-it”  guys who  was  “handy”  and got into  plumbing.  Owner Mike Goode has 17 years  experience and Mike has completed an apprenticeship under a service plumber who owned a plumbing company and had 30 years of experience.

With all the talk about the environment and GREEN,  Goode plumbing is a leader in those new technologies and products and Mike is currently going through a state certification process to be licensed as a GREEN  plumber here in Illinois.

“At Goode Plumbing, we are continuously working to make our company more ecologically friendly. We have available, and encourage clients to ask about our high efficiency water heaters, on-demand water heaters, on-demand water faucets and dual flush toilets. We now use VOX chemicals, including PVC cement and primer. We recycle all cardboard and plastic packaging and all metals. And, our Sprinter diesel vans and restored Volkswagen Vans (modified with emissions controls!) average 20-25 mpg vs. the typical plumbing truck which averages 8-12 mpg. We  continue to make changes to our company that aid in the protection and preservation of the environment.

We offer Rinnai tankless water heaters,  Eternal Hybrid water heaters, A.O. Smith Vertex water condensing water heaters, and Bradford White storage water heaters. There are a number of alternatives to large, inefficient units that can save you money, give you more floor space, and cause less damage to the earth. There are also a number of rebates and credits available for the selection of some energy  efficient units.”

So next time you need a plumber – Don’t  Panic! 
Take our advice  and  call  GOODE PLUMBING!
They also have an outstanding history of happy customers,
and very high ratings  with Angies List!

       GOODE PLUMBING     and   
 GOODE PLUMBING TIPS      

Best Gay Chicago

 

UBER New Chicago Black Car Service Taxi

Going to a nice party and you’re all dressed up…and you have to crawl into a dirty smelly yellow cab? ICK!

What about fighting for a cab on a busy Saturday night? How fun is that? Especially if it is freezing cold outside?!

 Personal car service has arrived in Chicago!  UBER.  Everyone’s private driver. A black car service, on demand, from your phone!  What could be easier? While most black car or executive car services require a 24 hour advanced notice, this is on demand.

For years I have used black car services in New York City. But still, you usually need to give some kind of advance notice.

Now you can request a car from any mobile phone—text message, iPhone and Android apps. Uber will send the nearest driver to pick you up, and text message you an estimated arrival time. Cars usually arrive within 5-10 minutes. You can even track your driver right from  your phone.

Your licensed professional driver will park curbside in a sleek black car. Uber will text you again when the car arrives. Hop in the car, tell the driver your destination and you’ll be on your way.

The fee’s are automatically charged to your credit card on file, and  tip is included.  No fuss with money and change. It is the law in Chicago, a cab driver MUST take your credit card. But how many times do they grumble or say their machine is broken?!

We’re changing the way people are getting around by offering a convenient, cashless, and stylish on demand car request service from your mobile phone.”

Sign up with Uber.com and download the app. It’s that easy!

Sign up at UBER  or by downloading the app and inputting “BESTGAY”. These special promo codes for our readers will get your $10 off your first ride.

Sure it’s a few dollars more than a cab. But it’s worth it to arrive in style and comfort. For me, I found it most economical to ride from Boystown to downtown for events, via Lake Shore Drive.  If the cars have to cut  through the city,and zig zag in traffic, the bill can get a little higher. But it’s about convenience. And a luxury ride.

 Uber takes GPS data from your ride and charges for distance or time depending on your speed. When your Uber is traveling over 11mph, they charge a distance fee. When your Uber is traveling at or below 11mph, they charge a time fee. There is never  extra charges for late night rides, weekend rides, extra passengers, or luggage fees, it’s always the same rate.

“We carefully select which fleet partners we work with and ensure that they have all the proper licensing. We’ve also implemented a rating system for drivers. If his or her rating goes beneath a certain level, we will no longer do business with them. We’re careful to maintain a standard of only doing business with quality, licensed drivers.

When Uber was started it was a service used by us and our friends. We will never allow our friends to be put into an uncomfortable or dangerous situation because of our service.  One of the most important points about Uber service is to get away from those types of situations when looking for transportation around the city.

   
Currently “UBER – Your Private Driver” in 7 cities:
San Francisco, NYC, Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC, Paris   and now  Chicago!

Chicago House Champagne Wrapture 2012 at Willis Tower

SAVE THE DATE!    January  26th, 2012

Chicago House and Veuve Clicquot bring CHAMPAGNE WRAPTURE 2012 to WILLIS TOWER!

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Time: 6pm

Where: The SkyDeck, Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

The  top winter event has finally reached the
highest high! On the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, high flying
treats and bubbly drinks await you!  

Soar to new heights and join Veuve Clicquot and Co-Chairs David
Kaufman, Tom Segal, Matthew Harvat, Dennis Remer, Scott Silverman, and
Christopher Hubbard for Champagne Wrapture 2012: Clicquot in the
Sky.

 

New this year, when you purchase the VIP Ticket for
Champagne Wrapture receive a VIP Gift Pack that includes surprises from
Garrett Popcorn, Terry’s Toffees and Sweet Miss Giving’s Bakery. Plus,
you will receive a commemorative SkyDeck photo taken on The Ledge!

 Tickets  $99  and  $130.  Get yours now – this party is always a hit!

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El Mariachi Chicago Celebrates New Years Eve and New Years Day

Our FAVORITE Mexican restaurant,
 El Mariachi Tequila Bar,

3906 N. Broadway,
is celebrating with New Years Eve
& New Years Day Specials!

New Years Eve –
enjoy a fabulous 3 course prix-fixe dinner   
The menu will include a glass if champagne, soup or
salad, a choice of entree (Surf&Turf, Chicken, or their famous Tilapia)  and a dessert.  $29.99
(regular menu will also be available)

 

There will be 3 seatings on New Years Eve:

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
     7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
          9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.     Reservations are recomended (773) 549-2932
 

NEW YEARS  DAY –  

$20 FREE FLOWING MIMOSA BRUNCH NEW YEARS  DAY SUNDAY   11:00A.M. TO 3:00P.M.


Ambra Salon and European Spa Voted Best in Chicago!


 


40.  There!  

I said it.
 I turned  40, so what?!

 


Isn’t 40 the new 30?!


Most gay men are vain. Admit it. You know who you are. We are obsessed with body image, good looks  and a youthful appearance. Luckily my mother always preached Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!  And I did. Plus I worked in Skin Care for Neiman Marcus for 2 years, so I know there are many products out there that can in fact slow down the hands of time.



 


The attitude that skin care is a feminine pursuit has changed. More and more men are becoming concerned with good grooming and health on appearance. Straight men included.


Men need to care for their skin no less than women do. They tend to work under harsher conditions and to get greater exposure to pollution.


 I have one word for you….PREVENTION.   I am not a novice when it comes to facials and skincare. I’ve been diligent in taking care of myself for more than 10 years. I am  glad when people comment on how clear, luminous and smooth my complexion is. When it comes to skincare, I don’t go for a bargain. I go for quality. I learned that in this country, bargain and quality almost never coincide. So, for me, when I pay for quality, I am making an investment that is going to translate into great value later on.


When I go for a facial, I look for precision in removing all of the junk out of my face in a manner that is clean and gentle. What matters is that my skin remains clear of blemishes, luminous, well hydrated and firm.  When I leave my facial, I want to be able to go about my business without being red from inflammation.


 



 A few months ago I discovered Ambra Salon and European Spa downtown. 8000 sq. ft. facility with  7 spa treatment rooms, 1 couples treatment room, 14 styling stations, 9 manicure stations, 6 pedicure stations and a spray tan room.


Thirteen years ago I had a special plan in mind—to provide clients with a refuge from stresses of everyday life.” says owner Marie Bartkova, who is originally from Prague. “We opened in 1998 on N. Rush St. with 2 manicure stations, 3 facial rooms, 2 massage rooms and 2 portable pedicure stations.


In October 2008, during a tough economy, we were growing and needed to expand to accommodate Ambra’s overwhelming demand. We moved to 1 W. Superior St above Roy’s restaurant. The move allowed us to expand our service menu by incorporating a full hair salon and total spa department.”


 



 


-Ambra currently offers a full service menu for salon and spa treatments including specialty treatments such as:Different types of Massages,  Laser Hair Removal, Hair Extensions, Full Salon Services, Waxing, manicures, pedicures,  and Facials.


-Designed to naturally improve the condition of the skin and enhance its appearance. Each skin type is treated individually according to personalized needs and desires.Including  24K Gold and Caviar Facials.


-Medical cosmetics such as Botox and Juvederm are available.


-Ambra carries exclusive product lines such as: Biodroga, Pevonia, Rene Furterer, Prive, Schwarzkopf, Goldwell and Biosculpture.




We provide a full menu of body treatments, hair styling, nail services and basic chiropractic care. Both men and women can opt for single treatments or a daylong pampering session featuring massage, nail care, facial and a catered lunch.”  says  Marie.

My staff and I are dedicated to bringing you back to balance with our expertise in hair care and spa services. So whether you’re looking for a quick “pick me up” over lunch or a full day of self indulgence, I invite you to experience Ambra Salon & European Spa.”


Everyone is SO friendly here. The atmosphere is very pleasant, with a very modern decor  and it has a nice calm vibe. The space is immaculate, ALL OF THE TIME! Tabatha Coffey would be proud!


 
“There are moments when the mind surrenders to the soul, when time stands still and the body travels into a state of relaxation and well being. In today’s fast-paced world these moments are difficult to discover.”

At Ambra Salon and European Spa, these moments happen every day. Come see why their clients say they are  the best in Chicago!


  VOTED   5  PINK  CROWNS!


Preventative Chiropractic Care Can Save You Back and Neck Pains

No matter what causes back pain, the fact is it HURTS! Back aches are the number 2 cause of all doctors’ visits. Headaches are number 1. And sometimes the two go together! 


Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. Common back pain causes include nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Many people find relief from symptoms of back pain with pain medication or pain killers.

Some will see a Chiropractor. Like I did recently!  And Dr. Dale Zuehlke at Greater Chicago Chiropractic gave me an education! After several visits he was able to re-balance  my spine through chiropractic adjustments,  restoring my  movement and proprioception, but I learned that if I keep my body in proper alignment, by way of regular visits, I could avoid pain altogether.  You know the saying, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Now I see him about 4-6 weeks, to keep my body “tuned up”.


From its very beginnings, chiropractic has been concerned with improving people’s quality of life by helping strive towards optimum wellness.


Wellness care or preventative care (also written as preventive care) is designed to promote health based on the whole person’s optimal functioning and thereby minimize the future occurrences of impairment or illness.

Preventative chiropractic care or maintenance care is designed to help an already healthy and problem-free patient maintain an optimally healthy state whilst helping to prevent any acute or chronic problem from appearing at all.


Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their life. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms. – THE SECRET is to prevent it, with Chriropractic Care!

We highly recommend  Greater Chicago Chiropractic

Dr. Dale  Zuehlke    
561 W Diversey Pkwy, Suite 221
Chicago, IL  60614         P: (773) 871-7766

Absolutely the Best Segway Tours in Chicago

  SUMMER IS  IN FULL SWING  – AND THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GORGEOUS (for the most part) here in Chicago!  And what better way to see the city than on a SEGWAY?!

Did you know?? You can cover about 7-8 MILES of the city, sightseeing in about 2 hours?

Riding the Segway  feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced because there’s never been anything like it. Step on and your instinct will be to steady yourself, as you would on anything with two wheels.

Almost immediately you’ll realize that the Segway  is balancing for you, almost like it has become an extension of you. Just lean forward a little and you’ll see that the Segway  isn’t moving you on its own; it’s moving in response to you and what you tell it to do. It all feels natural and really cool.





The Segway  uses LeanSteer™ Technology to move you from Point A to B. Gently move the LeanSteer frame and handlebar left or right in the direction you want to travel and feel the machine respond almost instantly.


The Segway  balances by using five micro-machined angular rate sensors and two accelerometers that sense the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.

But enough about the mechanics.  I have rode on several tours with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours   And it was  a great tour and experience!




The owners of the company have over 50 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry, having owned and operated some of the most successful, recognized and reputable restaurants and companies in the Chicagoland area. When starting Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours it was clear that they wanted to create that same memorable service, and to leave visitors with a wonderful impression of Chicago. 

Whether you have lived here all of your life – or just moved here –  riding and touring a Segway in Chicago, you learn SO MUCH!   The Segway itself is only one part of the total touring experience. “We believe that your tour guide will have the biggest impact on your experience. At the risk of bragging, we have the best guides in the business, bar none. That’s because we only hire the best. They have undergone extensive Segway certification training. They have to be professional, courteous, and articulate. So whether the group is comprised of teens, grandmas, or corporate execs, our guides can connect with everyone.” says owner Timmie McGuire Cortina.

They offer several different tours and those can change with the season, and the weather. We recently took the 8 mile / 2 hour Museum Campus tour. Before you can go on a tour, you have to watch a short safety film, then there is a short “class” learning session. But it’s real easy.

With Summer reaching the half way point, get your butt out there and check it out! It’s a fantastic fun time!!


Absolutely Chicago Segways  is located right near Millenium Park at 337 E. Randolph.
If you drive downtown and tour with them, you can park with them for $10 for the day.
Call 312-552-5100 to make your reservations
Tell them Best Gay Chicago.com  sent you!




HELP WANTED –  By the way, they are looking for  Spanish Speaking/Bi-lingual guides. What a job?!  Get outside and enjoy the summer weather, while touring the city and sharing your love of Chicago, with others!  Send a resume  to  Absolutely Chicago Segways !

Beyond the Civil Union License…Celebrate Your Union with a Party

 “It has been a long journey here, and for all of you entering into civil unions today, you have a long and fruitful journey ahead,”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the crowd yesterday as the first cermonies began being held!.

Illinois is the sixth state to allow civil unions or their equivalent, which provide same-sex or opposite-sex couples the same state-level rights as married couples. Wednesday was the first day couples could get civil union licenses and, as with marriage, there is a one-day waiting period before a ceremony can be held.


“This is indeed a historic day, a special day that all of us in the land of Lincoln can celebrate,” Governor Quinn said. “There are all kinds of families in Illinois, but we are all the family of Illinois.”

So you want to have a Civil Union?!


Step One –  register with Cook County
                                 And then  you have a judge Civil Union-ize you.


Step Two – Do you want more of a formal
                                      ceremony for family and friends?

You will need an officiant. Meet Reverend Vito Anthony!  “My role as celebrant is to offer a non-judgmental, non-denominational, spiritual ceremony for you and your loved ones, for any variety of momentous occasions in your life. As the pages turn with every new chapter in your life-whether it be one of joy or sorrow-it is equally important to mark your new chapters with a dignified ceremony. It is my goal to provide you with a ceremony that will not only fit your exact needs, but also to conduct a unique and memorable ceremony to help you begin your journey, whether in grief or happiness. –  I am VERY EXCITED that the State of Illinois is offering Civil Unions to the LGBT Community!”   

Rev. Vito Anthony   
1-800-436-9085





Every wedding or party HAS TO HAVE A CAKE! 

OAK MILL BAKERIES has 6 locations in Chicago, are a family-owned retail and wholesale specialty Bakery committed to providing only the freshest and finest European style baked goods. The BEST I have ever seen or tasted!

 Specializing in high-end cakes, superior pastries, tortes, sweet table displays, and baked goods made from scratch and fresh from their  ovens daily. Their gourmet products are made from natural ingredients using only fresh fruits & purees, natural butter, fresh eggs, fresh whipping cream and parve (kosher) chocolate imported directly from Europe. Their products are guaranteed to make your special event delicious, and we invite you to stop by one of our stores to sample  their daily selections.

 Born of Polish heritage, Bogna Iwanowska-Solak came to the United States in 1981 with plans extending only to a short vacation. She ended up staying and launching a successful bakery business. With quality and freshness at the forefront, Oak Mill Bakery still imports some of its ingredients directly from Poland staying true to its roots. This combination of European and natural ingredients along with attention to detail has created what many consider to be a source of pastry perfection.

Oak Mill Bakeries
   1-847-318-6400




   
What About Flowers?   
FLOWERS  CHANGE  EVERYTHING!


Andrea North at FlowerPetal says, “We have earned the trust of many couples  by delivering on the promise of providing the same high level of service to each and every one of our customers. We know you have a choice, and we encourage you to shop around and find the best fit for your wedding or ceremony. When you decide on FlowerPetal for your wedding, you will know you’ve made the right choice.

And we are very excited to be working with the LGBT community of Chicagoland!  This is an exciting time!


Many wedding vendors hear the word “wedding”  and automatically raise the prices!  “We don’t charge a “Wedding Tax”.  Many florists automatically double or triple their prices when they hear you are shopping for a wedding. FlowerPetal  charges the same prices regardless of the event type, and allows each customer  to decide for themselves  how much time they  needs with our wedding consultant and our professional florist. We automatically include 2 hours with our wedding  consultant to ensure everything is tailored to your specifications.”

Andrea North at FlowerPetal    1-800-893-5719  ext 103 








 What else do you need?  Invitations?  A hotel and/or honeymoon package?  A caterer?  Decorations?? Many people do not realize how invaluable a planner can be to them.

Take a deep breathe,  ADH EVENTS can help.  Whether you’re planning your ceremony locally or internationally, ADH Meetings & Events  can  help. From an intimate wedding, buying out a small boutique hotel which allows for all the guests to get to know each other over a few days, or planning a wedding on a grand scale, ADH assists in provide the right balance. According to Alexander deHilster “your wedding might not seem a destination wedding to you when you’re planning it in your home town, for many of your guests who are traveling from afar it would be. Often the guests’ experience seems to get lost in the process of planning the perfect day.”


ADH  Events can assist with any of the needs for your special day from locating the perfect wedding/reception venue to arranging hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests, a dedicated phone line for your guests to book air travel , to assisting in menu, floral, entertainment, transportation and decor selection all while staying within your budget. Their  dedicated coordinators will plan every detail to make sure everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy your day.

Additionally, “The time spent to plan a gay or lesbian ceremony are just as involved as planning a conventional wedding, but for gay and lesbian couples there are a few important details to consider.”  says owner Alexander deHilster. ” With constant changes in rules and regulations in cities, states and countries around the globe, and depending in which part of the world you’re planning to commit to your life partner, the names run from commitment ceremonies, civil unions and weddings, we at ADH  Events are here to help you.” 

“Some places only allows for you two to commit legally if one of the partners is either a residence or a national, other locations requires you’re both residents while at others there are no residency requirements at all.” ADH  will make the entire planning experience a smooth one and helps you to find the perfect location to make this day a very special one! From Buenos Aires, Mexico City or Hawaii to Chicago, Paris or Amsterdam –  they can  help!

ADH  EVENTS   312-265-9759



Now Go Get Hitched!


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Best Bike Tours in Chicago! Bobbys Bike Hike

 



Since the advent of the bicycle in the 1860s, Chicago has been distinguished as one of the premier cycling locations in the United States, with such public cycling destinations as Grant Park, Burnham Park and the Chicago Park District’s Lakefront Trail.

Chicago has been  named a cycling capital of the United States by several magazines. The City of Chicago has achieved this goal by investing in bicycling infrastructure and promoting education, awareness and advocacy.

 


Bicycles arrived in Chicago in the 1860s. By 1900, there were 54 bicycle clubs with more than 10,000 members, and it has been growing every year.


 



Mayor Richard J. Daley, was a huge supporter of bicycling. When he was inaugurated, the city had a limited number of bike paths. By the 1970s, Daley’s administration had built a large network of lakefront bike paths, bicycle lanes on the road, a 34-mile (55 km) bicycle route and rush-hour bicycle lanes on Clark Street and Dearborn Street.


Chicago currently has more than 110 miles of on-street bike lanes, more than 30 miles of marked shared lanes, many miles of off-street paths (including the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail), more than 12,000 bike racks, and sheltered, high-capacity, bike parking areas at many CTA rail stations. Daley has said, “My goal is to make the City of Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S.”



 
Since the summer of 2002,
Bobby’s Bike Hike has offered a unique perspective on the sights and attractions of Chicago, incorporating quality information, group interaction, and most of all, fun.

“We provide you a cool, cruiser style bicycle and riders of all ages and fitness levels will find our relaxed-pace tours enjoyable. Bobby’s hand-selected guides make brief stops at Chicago’s most popular sights, providing light-hearted commentary that will keep you entertained and “in the know.”

Whether you live here – or are visiting, Bobbys tours offer something for everyone.


Lakefront Neighborhood tours


 Rated the best Chicago sightseeing tour of 2010 by Tripadvisor, Most organized bike ride of Chicago by the Chicago Reader, and Best Chicago Tour by Citysearch! This tour is what made Bobby famous, taking you off the tourist beat and onto the quiet neighborhood streets, city parks, and packed beaches of the North Side of Chicago, giving you a glimpse as to how Chicagoans enjoy their beautiful city. Highlights include the Gold Coast Mansions, Oprah’s House, the Playboy Mansion, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town Historic District, North Avenue Beach, and the Lakefront. 
 
 City Lights at Night –   Bike through Chicago’s most attractive hotspots at night! Like a party on wheels, we’ll cruise through downtown to see brand new Millennium Park, Museum Campus, and Buckingham Fountain, with its world-renowned light show. You’ll see our favorite jaw-dropping vantage points of the scintillating skyline.



 
And NEW THIS YEAR – the  Bikes, Bites  Brew  tour – Working up an appetite won’t be a problem on this tour! We’ll be sampling from each of Chicago’s four favorite food groups — pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and beer. You’ll learn the history behind the foods and also get a taste for some of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods as we cruise through Wrigleyville, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview and Lincoln Park.




Bobby’s Bike Hike continues to set the standard in sightseeing bicycle tours of Chicago.
So come join in the fun – Bobby’s will  be the highlight of your day!
 


Bobbys Bike Hike    (312) 915-0995

Best Underwear and Swimsuits for Men in Chicago is at EGOIST



The beaches in Chicago officially open this weekend…but I am not sure if the weather is going to cooperate! This is Chicago, after all.  Regardless, beach season is upon us and do you have a fabulous new swimsuit to wear to Hollywood beach??

EGOIST Underwear has ALL OF MY FAVORITE brands of underwear  and now  has lots of hot new styles of swimsuits in stock!




Egoist Underwear offers you the finest, coolest premium male underwear from all over the world. MANY BRANDS you will find NOWHERE else!  And it’s more than underwear.  Cool tanks and t’s plus an amazing collection of swimsuits making it THE BEST of GAY CHICAGO!


We think that underwear says a lot about the owner’s personality. That is why on our shelves you will find a great selection of one tone classic underwear as well as a large range of colorful, sexy prints with edgy graphics and eye-catching styles. Egoist Underwear gives you the opportunity to touch and see the products yourself instead of having to choose from a picture only. After all, this is your package we are talking about!


Egoist Underwear offers a wide selection of men’s underwear (bikini, brief, pouch, boxer brief, long boxer brief, g-string, jock strap, thong and mesh), men’s enhancing underwear, men’s swimwear (board shorts, boy shorts, square cuts, bikinis, euro cut trunks and Brazilian cut trunks) as well as short and long sleeve t-shirts, v-necks, tank tops, shorts, designer sleepwear and accessories. We specialize in brands that cannot be found at department stores and shopping malls. At our boutique, you will find eco-friendly products, like underwear by Obviously, and exclusive brands that you will not find anywhere else in Chicago, like Cocksox and 2eros (Australia), Skmpeez (Canada), Gigo (Colombia) or XTG (Spain). “

 


Personally, I have never been a fan of the knee length board shorts!  I wanna see what he’s got, OK?  And at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this year they actually discussed fashion trends in mens swimsuits for this year. I know what you’re thinking: there are no fashion trends in men’s swimsuits. But this year, there is ONE; Men will show more leg this year.


Aside from a strong showing of retro-looking swim trunks,  board shorts are rising to volleyball short length (according to that old adage about hemlines and the economy, this should herald a recovery from The Great Recession).

The fashion-forward customer will quickly embrace the thigh-grazing looks as soon as they hit store shelves this month. Already slimmer silhouettes  are quietly replacing the baggier below-the-knee styles in retail…well, on-the-trend retail.

Also look for: Americana plaids; solids with color blocking; neon hues; glossy finishes and vintage prints.

SYLVESTER, the owner of EGOIST says, “we’ve been selling lots of square cuts and trunks and right now selection of those is the biggest in my store. Hot this season are the Brazilian style trunks with no pouch – Skmpeez offers them too. Plaid is big, as usual.  As far as brands go, Skmpeez and Pistol Pete rule!”




When it comes to gay men’s underwear and swimwear – there are only two requirements–they have to look great and they have to make you look great. Today’s fashion undergarments come in more styles, colors and patterns than you can possibly imagine, and that’s exactly what you need to show off your stuff. There’s a lot of competition on the gay scene, and you can’t afford to let your goods fade into the background.

Egoist Underwear
 is located at 3706 N Halsted St, Chicago IL 60613.
You can also shop and buy online.

From Australia to Chicago!  Only at Egoist.


Male premium underwear & swimwear in Chicago. Andrew Christian, Timoteo, Cocksox, Pistol Pete, 2(x)ist, XTG, N2N, Gigo, Mundo Unico, 2eros, Joe Snyder, Obviously, Baskit, Ajaxx63, LASC and Good Devil. Sizes XS to 3XL.


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Big Gay Brunch Club Chicago Takes Over Dana Hotel Rooftop May 15th

Chicago’s BIG GAY BRUNCH CLUB
takes over the Dana Hotel Rooftop
this weekend! 
Sunday  May 15th 12pm-2pm.
  

This could be their BIGGEST BRUNCH to date!  Over the last 2 years, Troy Karnoff has grown  BGBC into quite a monthly event!  The club was even profiled in PASSPORT Magazine this month!

Troy and a  small group of friends were looking to get together over brunch at somewhere new and different. So this monthly roving brunch club was launched, and this weekend, over 120 people have RSVPd! –  You don’t have to RSVP  –  just show up at noon.  The cost is $30 –  cash –  but it helps if you  RSVP for head counts, obviously.  But I know there are still one or two of you out there, who refuse to join Facebook!

 Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel & Spa.
2 W. ERIE STREET

Come see some spectacular views of the city at one of the most elite spot downtown. The usual $30 inclusive price tag covering the tax, gratuity and of course, unlimited mimosas and bloody mary’s.

“We will be served sliced riped market fruits, cinnamon rolls, croissants, pancakes with hot maple syrup, freshly prepared scrambled eggs, nueske’s smoked apple bacon, crispy potatoes and country breakfast sausage. Come check out the view and network with some new friends for the May BGBC!”









Rooftop lounge is perched above the 26 floors of the ultra chic Dana Hotel & Spa… fire pits, champagne, food, and fun people!  With  an unbeatable view of Chicago’s skyline. Rest amongst the highest of Chicago’s skyscrapers while relaxing with the rest of Chicago’s most fabulous!

Big Gay Brunch Club



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Cocktail Bar Chicago Celebrates 15 years! And Patio Opening

 FINALLY, Spring has Sprung!

The temps are on the rise and
patios across the city are opening! 

There is nothing like sitting outside dining
and sipping cocktails in Chicago summer!

Cocktail introduced us to The Gardens at the end of last season, and even though we could dine in all winter, it is with great anticipation they bring back their beautiful outdoor space, in just a couple weeks!

The gardens are lined with lush green box hedges, furnished by Chicago’s own Orange Skin you will find our Jasper Morrison Furniture as comfortable as Air! Plenty of golden shaded seating under the posh cover of our distinctive Veuve Clicquot umbrellas.


Join your host geNo & the Cocktail Family as they celebrate 15 years!

The Return of the gardens! Outside Dinning.

DJ’s
Freddie Bain, Uncle Milty, Sadie Woods, Psycho Bitch & Carla Starla


Plus Sexy Go Go Boys Dancing up a Storm.




Cocktail Bar and the gardens        Cocktail on Facebook


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Eat Right Get Fit with the Trainers from World Gym Chicago



Many gay men are obsessed with their body image.

American men spend over-

•$4 billion a year on exercise equipment and health club memberships
•$3 billion on grooming aids and fragrances
•$800 million on hair transplants


•$1 BILLION on male cosmetic surgery procedures, procedures such as pectoral implants, chin surgery, and penis enlargement and procedures such as liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

A Playgirl centerfold model of 1976 would need to shed 12 lbs of fat and gain 27 lbs of muscle to be a centerfold of today!   OK- we get –  many of us are obsessed!

But if you have a desire for a great body –  what are you doing about it? And do you know what you are doing?




Are you eating sensible and healthy??

I can’t tell you how many guys I see at the gym, spending as much as 2 hours a pop working out –  then eating garbage food.

Or my favorite, the guy who is on a treadmill with his coffee in one hand and his cell phone in the other!

You have to eat right. It’s about learning to control caloric intake throughout the year, in addition to working out. It is a lifestyle adaption, and many people don’t follow through or don’t  have the knowledge to make the right decisions.

We could write pages and pages of nutritional tips – and that’s what well do in coming months, so this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the trainers at World Gym of Chicago  on Montrose shared their thoughts and expertise and a few tips.

I like World Gym because of its comfortable atmosphere. The owner says, “World Gym is not a “health club”, but a gym dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of our members’ health and fitness.

Our philosophy is not to enroll hundreds of new members, induced to sign up by an endless string of “special offers”…but to build a strong base of loyal members and work hard to earn that loyalty in continuum. We have found that this philosophy has created an environment where men and women of all ages, from the “just getting started” to the “top athlete,” all exercise in a comfortable, non-frantic atmosphere. We are a result producing, not stress producing, gym.”

      So here we go –  5 quick tips and pointers –


BASIC RULE #1: Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day.


In basic terms, you can not eat more than you expend.  OR you must burn more than eat.  And you have to make healthy choices when you eat. You can’t consume buckets of sugar and fat and expect to get lean and build muscle.

When it comes to Protein;  Drink whey protein 20 minutes before a meal. The Minnesota Applied Research Center in Minneapolis found that the protein consumption caused a much greater loss in body fat than the placebo. The whey protein maintains blood sugar levels, which decreases appetite. And, the protein provides the building blocks your body needs to recover from your exercise program.

You can have TOO MUCH protein. The next time you urinate, take a gander into the toilet bowl. I’m serious.
Now tell me if your urine is bubbly and has a frothy consistency. Like beer.

If you’ve been supplementing your diet with protein in line with a bodybuilding routine, I’m going to bet you that chances are, you have bubbly urine. Now what does bubbly urine imply? proteinuria.

Proteinuria is a medical condition whereby too much protein is ingested for the body to utilize. The kidneys then work overtime to filter out this excess protein, and out it goes through your urine. Excess protein = bubbly urine.



 
2. Go nutty for nuts. Nuts are high in calories and fat – so it might seem strange that they’re a great weight release food. But they are. Researchers from Purdue University found that nuts are high in nutrients and antioxidants, that they help prevent degenerative diseases and that they are linked to reduced body fat. Nuts prevent hunger (consume a handful before going out to eat!), and they take a long time – and lots of energy – to digest. This research is providing new support for the caveman diet – which holds that we should eat nuts, berries, vegetables, lean meats, etc. – just like our ancestors.

3. Green tea is a fat loss miracle. Research from Maastricht University in Holland is making me a green tea believer. Green tea promotes weight release, weight maintenance, improved blood sugar regulation and even decreases abdominal fat! Of course, green tea doesn’t do it alone – you need to combine it with a comprehensive exercise and nutrition program.





 4. SUGAR. Eat foods that are low on the gylcemic indexThe glycemic index  measures how fast certain foods increase blood sugars. Foods like white bread are very high on the index, and foods like whole grains are ranked much lower. Those foods that are high on the index seem to trigger fat storage – though researchers aren’t quite sure why. Here’s a list of how some of the most common foods rank .

5. SLEEP. Poor sleep = increased abdominal fat. Researchers from Wake Forest embarked on a multi-year study and found that too little – or too much – sleep led to increased risk of obesity and abdominal fat. 6 – 7 hours a night was found to be ideal.




THANKS  to the trainers  at
World Gym of Chicago

With 7 locations!







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Tim Weber and Restoration Hair Salons….What Makes Them One of The Best in Chicago?


While there is no shortage of hairs salons in the Chicago area, there is definitely a clear distinction between high quality professional salons, and other average haircut salons.

WHAT MAKES A
GREAT SALON?

Without customers there would not be a hair salon. Therefore, amazing customer service must be a priority. However, it is surprising how many salons forget how import this is.


Customer service is not just about being cordial and providing the minimum service requirements. Hairdressing salons are in an extremely competitive market. Therefore, hair stylists must go above and beyond to create a great experience for you. Doing all the little things (Ensuring you know the cut a person wants, being friendly, and giving customers your undivided attention) will go a long way to be a great hair salon.

And you want to feel comfortable –  not intimidated. And at Tim Weber’s  RESTORATION salons , they make you feel comfortable, and deliver a great experoence.



Tim opened the original Restoration salon open in Chicago’s historic Lincoln park district in 1993… starting out as a tanning salon.  Restoration has since grown into the established salon it is today. With the success of the first salon,   Weber then had a vision to open a second salon in the quaint and up-and-coming Andersonville neighborhood.  This dream came to fruition in December of 2008.

Our focus is on hair. Our goal is to restore. Our desire idea is to make you happy.  Our commitment is to the needs of our clients. We really do strive to bring you a relaxed yet professional environment. 0ur salons are comfortable, stylish and reflect the creativity of our staff.”  says owner Tim Weber.

How do you find a great staff to ensure a good fit with a salon? 

Weber reveals, “To ensure the highest quality of cosmetologisty, Restoration sets up an “audition”  instead of a traditional interview process. The audition assesses personal style, professionalism, cut and color technique, versatility and personality.  We  want to make sure you get great service and a high-quality experience that will leave you feeling relaxed rejuvenated and restored!”



Customers RAVE about RESTORATION!

“I always look forward to my appointments at Restoration Salon which boast a clean, comfortable and relaxed setting.”

“Most salons make you feel like your being evaluated and judged from the minute you walk in, all the stylist are friendly and fun they have a work dynamic that allows everyone to sit back, relax and truley enjoy themselves, which is more then I can say for”

“Restoration Salon is lovely and the staff are always fun and friendly.”

“Tim Weber and his team know how to have fun, provide great service, and offer a full complement of hair treatments at affordable prices.”

We don’t know ANY OTHER SALON in Chicagoland that gets perfect scores, across the board.

Amazing reviews on MetroMix!
A perfect score on City Search !
Rave reviews at YELP !



Restoration Hair Salons

5349 N Clark St 
(between Summerdale Ave & Balmoral Ave)  (773) 769-3237
2151 N. Sheffield Ave    (south of Webster)  (773)327-2151


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The Finest Prime Steak and Service in Chicago at Flemings

I love a great steak now and then. And GREAT food, doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive. 

Celebrating 3 years in downtown Chicago is FLEMINGS STEAKHOUSE  , 25 East Ohio. (Just 2 blocks from Michigan Ave.) Fleming’s Chicago is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine, featuring the finest prime steak and an award-winning wine list.

Since the first Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opened in 1998, they have raised the standard of excellence for steakhouses to a whole new level, winning awards all over the country for outstanding food, wine and service.

Who say’s it’s great? Well, not just me.

Distinctions include :
– Special listing recognition in the
Michelin Guide
, Chicago, 2011



  • Award of Excellence – Wine Spectator, 2008 – 2010

  • Award of Excellence – Wine Spectator, July 2008

  • Award of Distinction – Wine Enthusiast, 2009

 


Stylish, contemporary dining is the hallmark of Fleming’s. The finest in prime beef, augmented by a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders and indulgent desserts. Their celebrated wine list, known as the Fleming’s 100, boasts some of the finest wines in the world, all available by the glass. I love that!  I like to try a few different wines and don’t always want one bottle of one flavor.



 


There’s no better cure for the winter blues than a bold and flavorful meal, accompanied by a spirited wine AT A GREAT PRICE

Their Winter Prix Fixe 3 course Menu brings one flavorful course after another to your table, for just $39.95. (per person, plus your drinks). Taste and toast your winter blues away!  Available thru March 29th!

They also offer a great  “5 for $6 ’til 7”  Bar Menu. 5 different cocktails, 5 different wines and 5 select appetizers, each priced at  $6  each,  5pm – 7pm daily. It’s great for an after work meeting or perhaps the starter to an evening out!

Want something lighter than a full meal? The Prime Burger Bar. Experience 5 variations of burger perfection – each one made with the highest quality ingredients and the greatest flavor combinations ever shared on a bun.

SLICED FILET MIGNON BURGER  w/ Sautéed Mushrooms, Béarnaise Sauce
JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKE BURGER  w/ Creamy Mustard Sauce
AHI TUNA BURGER  w/ Soy Ginger Sauce
PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM BURGER  w/Sautéed Spinach, Creamy Goat Cheese
FLEMING’S PRIME BURGER  w/Cheddar Cheese, Peppered Bacon


All served with a Mini Wedge and Fleming’s Signature Onion Rings



FLEMINGS was founded on the premise that a steakhouse can be sophisticated yet comfortable and not overpriced.

Fleming’s offers an engaging ambiance (with small and intimate dining rooms)  and lively environment, where one can enjoy great food and a broad selection of fine wine, which is further complemented by attentive and knowledgeable service.

They use USDA Prime beef, aged to perfection and hand-cut. The restaurant offers a wide selection of sizes
and cuts, ranging from the smallest number 8-ounce Petite Filet Mignon to the 40- ounce Porterhouse for two guests. All steaks are seared at extremely high
temperatures on gas broilers to seal in the beef’s natural juices and flavors. –  and they have amazing seafood and other non-meat selections.

Stop by and check them out!

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El Mariachi Unviels New Menu and Promotions

Dining Deals,
a new menu and
Special Valentines Promotion!

 
Join El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill on Valentine’s Day weekend! 

In addition to their full menu, they have a  fantastic  3 course menu for two for $40 Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Valentine’s Day weekend.  

On Monday February 14th they will also be serving  a complementary chocolate fountain for  diners. PLUS, get half price margaritas on Monday!



Established in 1996,
a father and his 2 sons opened a small 10-table restaurant in the Boystown/East Lakeview community.(which is still there!)  El Mariachi has gradually grown over the years by following a strict policy of only serving top quality, authentic dishes and Awesome margaritas.

The restaurant steadily grew in popularity with the support of loyal patrons who loved the families recipes of authentic food.

At the newest location, El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill, they offer 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!

And the owners pay strict attention to what diners like.  Next week,  they will unveil their  NEW menu. Don’t worry, all of your favorites will still be there. “We keep track of what is the biggest hits on our daily specials,” says Tony, one of the two brothers in charge at the restaurant. “And we took all of those new favorites that customers really liked and added them to the menu.”





Adrian the  other brother, prides himself on quality management. “We pride ourselves  on selecting quality ingredients and not skimping to save a few pennies, like some restaurants might do. And we watch the restaurant very closely and listen to what the customers tell us for feedback.”

BE THEIR  FRIEND/FAN ON FACEBOOK
AND GET THE SPECIAL SCOOP ON PROMOTIONS ONLY FOR THEIR FACEBOOK FANS !


AND CHECK THIS OUT!  Go to Restaurant.com  and get a deal!
 $10 Gift Certificate for   $5    or a  $25 Gift Certificate  for $17.50 



El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill   3906 N Broadway   Ph. 773.549.2932
Mon-Thurs. 5:00pm-11:00, Fri. 5:00pm-12am, Sat. 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun.11:00-10:00pm

El Mariachi Restaurant – Original    3420 N Broadway      
Ph. 773.549.7020  open  11-11  daily

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The Perfect Valentines Gift….Merlot & Massage Yacht Cruise in Chicago

 



Ah, February in Chicago.

What can we say?


Seems like every February
we get a snow storm!
But this year, WOW!

Snow or no snow,
Valentines Day is just
about a week away!

 


What are you going to give this year that is not ordinary?

Want something new and different and unexpected? We  have good news! We’re here to save you grief and worry this year as you wonder what special treats you can come up with for your Valentine.



 


This is different….and fun….and something you probably haven’t given before. Plus, it’s affordable and will work for almost anyone, as a great gift idea.


 
Instead of the usual candy, flowers, jewelry (OK, jewelry is ALWAYS good), this year  give your special someone  a yacht cruise. Not just any cruise… but a Merlot & Massage Cruise.

2-1/2 hours of pure bliss aboard a  private luxury yacht, cruising Lake Michigan. Scrumptious light buffet. (Sample of Captain’s Delight Menu: Spirit Ciabattini Sandwich Platter  with a gourmet assortment of chilled sliced tenderloin, smoked turkey and ham steak, plus  Gazpacho Salad, Sun-Kissed Grape Salad and Chips),  Lush wines (there will be a selection of red and white wines, as well as beer and sodas), and  Sinfully soothing massages.
 
We discovered these cruises last year, and people talked about them for months.


 



 


The spacious and newly renovated 70 foot Free Spirit luxury yacht accommodates up to 120 people. Custom-designed for your relaxation and comfort, inside and out, you’ll enjoy our beautiful Chicago skyline as you cruise on Lake Michigan.


Free Spririt Cruises is offering 2 Merlot and Massage dates this year.
 
Tuesday, May 24th  5:30pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, June 21st  5:30pm – 8:00pm
 
Pick one…. or both. At $50 per person , you can’t go wrong. Just don’t wait too long cause they fill up fast!
 
Buy gift certificates online:  Merlot & Massage Cruise .
 
Chair, hand and foot massages provided by Lincoln Park Massage Spa , one of Chicago’s top-rated spas.   They deliver comfort, serenity and balance.

Book a reservation now and surprise your Valentine with something special this year!

World Gym Uptown – Ranked Best Gym in North Chicago

The Number One
New Year’s Resolution….

lose weight and/or
get body in better shape!
 

Ok, it’s February. 
What have you done about it?

There is no excuse. If you don’t belong to gym or are considering changing gyms, NOW IS THE TIME.

This is the BEST promotion for fitness you will find in Chicago!


Wednesday February 9th.
Fitness Party Promotion  @  World Gym in Uptown
909 W. Montrose    773-348-1212
5am – 11pm (so don’t say you have to work, and can’t make it!)





World Gym is not a health club, but a gym dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of our members’ health and fitness.

“Our philosophy is not to enroll hundreds of new members, induced to sign up by an endless string of “special offers”…but to build a strong base of loyal members and work hard to earn that loyalty in continuum,” says Al, who opened this gym in 1992, but has been in the business a LIFETIME!


“We have found that this philosophy has created an environment where men and women of all ages, from the “just getting started” to the “top athlete,” all exercise in a comfortable, non-frantic atmosphere. We are a result producing, not stress producing, gym.”

World Gym has been voted one of the BEST GYMS IN CHICAGO!  and THE BEST GYM IN NORTH CHICAGO. I have been a member at World Gym for about 8 years now. I can honestly say, it is super clean and constantly updated with the newest equipment and free classes that are always changing and evolving.

On Wednesday February 9th, ALL DAY, World Gym is offering unbeatable promotions!

* 50% OFF on new enrollments, if you mention this article

* 50% OFF memberships, if you mention this article

* Complimentary food, cocktails, and nutritional supplements

So if you have been thinking about a new gym or maybe you just moved here, WORLD GYM has the best facilities, the best prices, and the best perks in Chicago!

Make sure you tell them we sent you!

And watch for   FITNESS TIPS  coming soon from the trainers of World Gym !


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Chicago’s Best Segway Tours With a Holiday Discount!

Got someone on your
list that is hard to buy for? 

Want to give someone an
ABSOLUTELY wonderful and unique gift? 

How about  a  Segway Tour?!

You have read about them here !

Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours  is  highly recommended!  They offer a  great tour and experience of downtown Chicago!

Riding a Segway  feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced because there’s never been anything like it. Step on and your instinct will be to steady yourself, as you would on anything with two wheels. But almost immediately you’ll realize that the Segway  is balancing for you, almost like it has become an extension of you. Just lean forward a little and you’ll see that the Segway  isn’t moving you on its own; it’s moving in response to you and what you tell it to do. It all feels natural and really cool.



Why not buy someone a gift certificate this year for a Segway Tour? 

Plus get a discount. Right now,  gift certificates are 10% off!!  A Segway tour of Chicago is the perfect and unique gift for that special someone that is hard to buy for. If you don’t want to glide in this cold weather, the gift certificates can be used on our Spring and Summer tours.

Contact them  at 312 552-5100 for more information!



Added Bonus – BE THEIR FRIEND ON FACEBOOK  and find out about all kinds of cool promotions like FREE tickets to shows and other cool stuff! Tell them you read about them here!


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Best Downtown City Views at Boutique Hotel 71

HOLIDAYS IN CHICAGO!
Such a magical time!

Parades, festivals, lights, shoppers and holiday festivities! Whether you’re a tourist coming to town – or if you live here and family that needs a place to stay, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND  Hotel 71, in the heart of downtown. Located at 71 East Wacker, Hotel 71 has amazing views of the city!

Hotel 71  is a modern urban boutique hotel experience, perfectly located on the Chicago River at Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue – the famous “Magnificent Mile”. The hotel’s fresh style, large rooms  and suites , beautifully appointed meeting spaces, friendly service and an unrivalled location at the epicenter of downtown Chicago, make it the best luxury hotel for both business and leisure travelers. My family recently stayed here and the view they had was stunning!

The breathtaking view of Chicago from Hotel 71’s 40-story tower overlooking the Chicago River is magnificent. Whether traveling for business or pleasure – this is the perfect location while visiting the central city. Hotel 71 offers  spacious suites, complimentary high speed internet access, deluxe terry and 300 count linens.

The hotel is currently undergoing a $15 MILLION renovation which is to be completed ny March 2011. Their new restaurant HOYT’S will be unveiled in the Spring showcasing a locally inspired menu.

Hotel 71 offers Chicago’s most spacious guest rooms and suites. There are 454 guest rooms and suites, many with spectacular views of the Chicago River.

Hotel 71 features a restaurant, bar, room service, valet parking,  24-hour business center, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, 2 dedicated executive boardrooms, and  24-hour fitness room.

(State Street Holiday artwork by Joey Kikke ) 

Their 3 room Premiere Suites can range from $325-$500  and they also offer wonderful Deluxe Junior Suites that  can range from $150-$250.

This hotel consistently gets raves reviews from tourists who come to Chicago from around the world.

An excellent hotel in the centre of all the amenities that Chicago has on offer. Our first impression when we checked into our splendid hotel room on the 36th floor was “Heaven”. We were in awe with the view of the Chicago River outside that snakes it’s way passed Hotel 71.” – Ireland

“I couldn’t recommend this hotel more highly. Walking distance to lots of great shops and attractions. Beautiful and clean, and the staff could not have been more helpful. The bed was wonderful!  The hotel also offers free internet in its business center, which impresses me. Room had a spectacular view and I can’t wait to come back!” – Australia

Choose from a  selection of affordable deals and  offers, as well as unique packages .  Experience an unforgettable getaway at a great rate.-  In the heart of Chicago! 
HOTEL 71
71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601      Tel: 1.312.346.7100

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One of the Best Brunches in Boystown Chicago – with Live Entertainment

 Where else can you have
Brunch on a Sunday afternoon in
Chicago AND get treated to
live vocal stylings and
top-notch entertainment?! 

The Madam X Brunch on Sundays at KIT KAT LOUNGE will WOW YOU! Often voted  Best Martini Bar in Chicago and Best Entertainment, the creative team behind the Kit Kat Lounge  re-launched their Sunday Brunch earlier this year, with the help of Kit Kat veteran  Madam X.

“We used to do brunch a long time ago and stopped. But  this past summer, Edward and Ramesh decided to bring brunch back and I host every Sunday!  It’s  a  DIVA-LICIOUS Brunch,  Sundays 11am-3pm. !”

You can choose the 2-course $25  gourmet  brunch which includes free flowing Bloody Marys and Mimosa’s or Select a delicious Big Brunch item and get unlimited Bloody Marys or Mimosa’s for just $10 more.  PLUS, martini’s are half-off.

Everything here is BIG – so come hungry!  Big Fat Greek Wedding  ($12) is an Omelette with feta cheese, spinach and grilled chicken.  Big Daddy ($12) is  Eggs Florentine topped with smoked ham and a spicy bernaise sauce. My favorite is  BIG  BUSINESS!  ($18)  Butter poached Maine Lobster with fresh avocado and Applewood smoked bacon!  YUM!  See the whole menu online .  

YOUR HOSTESS  Madam X is a critically acclaimed entertainer based in Chicago and has been a Kit Kat Diva since 2000. Known for her dazzling costumes, she has graced numerous entertainment venues showcasing her live vocal stylings of past and present female icons with her own special twist.

“I was 6 years old when I first sang in public.” says  Madam X. “I was born in the Philippines and performed in a church full of Methodists! I ended up moving to Iowa and went to school there. During college, I came to Chicago and studied the city, for one of my classes. I always  liked it here, but never thought I would end up living here.”

“I love it here. I love Chicago and I love the Kit Kat Lounge. We are a family here. I support them and they support me, and all that I do!  I am so excited to be hosting the Diva-Licious Brunch again!”

For HALLOWEEN , Sunday October 31st, Madam X and the Kit Kat Lounge serve up a special Rocky Horror Brunch from 11am-3pm!

Kit Kat Lounge    3700 N. Halsted   Chicago  773-525-1111

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Absolutely The Best Segway Tours in Chicago!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of going on my first Segway Tour. Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours  had been highly recommended to me, so that is who we chose. And it was  a great tour and experience!

The owners of the company have over 50 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry, having owned and operated some of the most successful, recognized and reputable restaurants and companies in the Chicagoland area. When starting Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours it was clear that they wanted to create that same memorable service, and to leave visitors with a wonderful impression of Chicago.

The Segway itself is only one part of the total touring experience. “We believe that your tour guide will have the biggest impact on your experience. At the risk of bragging, we have the best guides in the business, bar none. That’s because we only hire the best. They have undergone extensive Segway certification training. They have to be professional, courteous, and articulate. So whether the group is comprised of teens, grandmas, or corporate execs, our guides can connect with everyone.” says owner Timmie McGuire Cortina.

They offer several different tours and those can change with the season, and the weather. We took the 8 mile / 2 hour Museum Campus tour. Before you can go on a tour, you have to watch a short safety film, then there is a short “class” learning session. Many people think you jump and go, and control your speed and braking with your hands and handlebar. This is not true.

Riding the Segway  feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced because there’s never been anything like it. Step on and your instinct will be to steady yourself, as you would on anything with two wheels. But almost immediately you’ll realize that the Segway  is balancing for you, almost like it has become an extension of you. Just lean forward a little and you’ll see that the Segway  isn’t moving you on its own; it’s moving in response to you and what you tell it to do. It all feels natural and really cool.

The Segway  uses LeanSteer™ Technology to move you from Point A to B. Gently move the LeanSteer frame and handlebar left or right in the direction you want to travel and feel the machine respond almost instantly.

The Segway  balances by using five micro-machined angular rate sensors and two accelerometers that sense the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.

For HALLOWEEN  SEASON: There is the  Chicago Haunted Tour!  The first of its kind in Chicago. “Our Guides will be your ghost hunters on this guided segway tour. They will escort you to the most mysteriously haunted locations in Downtown Chicago while relating the stories of Chicago’s Haunted Hotels, houses, ghosts, murders, and gruesome disasters. Eerily we will creep through the shadows and darkness of the park to the sites that have claimed the lives of many tortured souls, places where paranormal experiences have been shared, where lingering spirits have appeared in the air.

This extraordinary Chicago Ghost Tour will visit the sites of Haunted Fort Dearborn, the Iroquois Theatre disaster, the Morgue on State, the Dead Alley, and the past home of Al Capone’s haunted yacht. Some say that the sounds of screaming can still be heard. We have more haunted places and stories to share, so come along and glide with us … if you dare!”

HAUNTED  DISCOUNT!  Get a group together of 4 or more for the 9:15 Wednesdays or Thursdays Haunted Tours and each person gets a $10 discount!   or  Get a  $5  discount on Friday or Saturday tours IF YOU MENTION THIS ARTICLE !

Most tours are about $60-$65 – and well worth it! Explore Chicago by day or night on this picturesque Lakefront tour of Chi-Town. We travel along fragrant garden paths while viewing the famous Chicago attractions of Grant and Millennium Parks, Soldier Field, Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus. Our evening tours provide views of Chicago’s fabulous skyline at dusk.

Absolutely Chicago Segways  is located right near Millenium Park at 337 E. Randolph.
If you drive downtown and tour with them, you can park with them for $10 for the day.
Call 312-552-5100 to make your reservations
Tell them Best Gay Chicago.com  sent you!

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Cocktail and the gardens Bring More Swank to Boystown and Halsted

 The recently rehabbed Cocktail
is the original swanky chill lounge of Halsted in Boystown. It is one of the most inviting  bars in Lakeview, appealing to a broad-based clientele that is short on attitude and long on fun. 

Its two attractive bars (cocktail & new garden bar) feature chic black crystal chandeliers, gorgeous onyx-lit bar tops (imported from Greece) and a swank sidewalk café, known as the gardens. Cocktail is the perfect place to sip libations, enjoy great food and converse with friends, both old and new. –  Plus, new room is great for private parties!

The city dragged their feet in signing off on final approval and permits. So unless we get an Indian Summer, you’ll have to wait to enjoy the gardens @ cocktail…a lush  1,192 square foot sidewalk cafe is a breathtaking addition to the corner of Halsted and Roscoe.

the gardens will be open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting) until  November 1st 2010, and will re-open in the spring of 2011. 

The gardens are lined with lush green box hedge, with Jasper Morrison “Air Chair” furnishings from Italy, and plenty of golden shaded seating under the posh cover of our distinctive Vueve Cliquot umbrellas. It feels like a swank New York hotspot!


FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!
  ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Cocktail serves up their new menu with all the style you’ve come to expect! The new expansion brings a whole new Cocktail, now serving brunch from 11a-4p daily, and the  full menu daily till 10pm.

Erin Baker is the food director and events coordinator. I HIGHLY recommend the Artichoke Terrine! Very Delicious! And for brunch I have tried the Breakfast Tacos and the Benedict. Bot very good. The table next to me was eating BBQ Chicken wrap and gave it high props.

When the lights go down, the scene gets a bit more lively thanks in large part to a stage area that hosts the “Spank Go Go Boys” five nights a week.

Dubbed the “home of house music on Halsted Street”, Cocktail boasts an impressive line-up of resident DJs that includes Michael Serafini, Tracy Tobey, Freddie Bain, Carla Starla, Timmy Loop, DJ Dhanna, Miss Michaela, and Pete Augusta.

Coming soon, Psycho Bitch and Heather Doble. Mixing the latest dance grooves from Chicago and around the world as well as presenting some of the hottest dancers in the city, Cocktail consistently serves up a fun atmosphere with an amazingly diverse crowd.

Whether you want a Pink Pussy or a Salty Dog – this is the spot to check out. Delicious music, go-go boys, and now food!

Cocktail Bar Chicago

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The New Pie Hole Pizza Joint is Open for Business on Broadway in Boystown

FINALLY, The Hole is OPEN once again serving up the tastiest sausage, delicious pizza creations and the best 10″ you can find at 2am! The new PIE HOLE PIZZA JOINT is located at 3477 Broadway @ Cornelia just 1 block over from Halsted.

Formerly located at the heart of the Boystown  epicenter on Halsted and Roscoe, Pie Hole used to offer contemporary pizza in a charming atmosphere with stunning views of the 7-11 parking lot. Now they offer the same great pizza’a (or create your own)  with stunning views of the Treasure Island parking lot on Broadway and Cornelia!

Owner Doug Brandt says, “The original Hole served its purpose: We offered a place to eat for people coming out of bars,” said Brandt. “They would be drunk and belligerent, and it gave them a chance to put something in their stomach and go home a little more safely.”

After looking around in a few other Chicago neighborhoods, Brandt said he decided to keep Pie Hole in Boystown because of the established clientele. But with the decision to open earlier, Brandt hopes to cater more of a dinner rather than a late-night crowd.

While the late-night pizza spot will retain features like its hours, the décor and the specialty pizza-by-the-slice, Brandt said he wasn’t sure if the former late-night clientele will follow. He said the after-hours crowd can be “fickle” and added that their new location is further from the bars on Halsted. Pie Hole’s early morning hours will be experimental at first.

 

“We’re going to stay open until 3 in the morning. If people come then, we’re going to capture the business,” said Brandt. “If nobody comes, we aren’t going to kill ourselves to stay open so late.”

 

Pie Hole will still offer pizza by the slice until 3 a.m. It will now also be open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. Pizza prices will remain the same, starting at $3.50. And customers will be able to customize their pizza, select their toppings and watch their slice being cooked.

Diners can also choose from a menu of 15 pizzas like the WHITE PARTY, BUFF CHICK and CHER AND CHER  ALIKE. Pizza sticks, Cheese Sticks, Salads and finger-licking Toffee Pie are available as well. And the new location is  BYOB friendly.

Brandt said Pie Hole was known for its specialty pizza of the month. Past favorites included the “after-school special” with sausage and marshmallow, and the “Thanksgiving” pizza with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.

The same oven, the same dough – but on a recent visit,  somehow it even tasted BETTER than before!

Pie Hole Pizza Joint   773-528-8888   

Pie Hole on Facebook     Pie Hole on Twitter

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Andersonville Dental – Serving Chicago’s Gay LGBT Community Since 1997

 

Finding a good dentist
or doctor is like finding a good mechanic or any other service professional.

I read a poll recently with the question: Do you trust your mechanic?” And I was surprised to see that 46% of those who responded said “No”, they don’t. This got me to thinking, if you don’t trust your mechanic, why do you bring your car back to them?

If you didn’t trust your doctor, you would find another doctor. Your mechanic is very much like your/a doctor. They have to diagnose and treat your car. In fact, if you want to take it a step further, your mechanic has to be better than your doctor because your car can’t tell them where it hurts!

When I hire service professional, whether it be a mechanic, a plumber, a doctor or dentist, I want someone I can trust, someone who’s advice I value, and someone who will charge me a fair price for services provided and not rob me or overcharge me for things I don’t need.

When we first moved to the Chicago area from Michigan, we needed to find a new dentist, and new doctor. Some newly made friends gave us referrals for both. I had recently chipped a crown so I went to the dentist, I won’t say his name, and upon examining my mouth he told me I was in need in 5 crowns!  WHAT?  How could that be?  I had seen my previous dentist just 9 months prior and had no big issues! I felt this dentist just wanted  my  $6000  to fund his next vacation! I think there is a difference between a dentist who has an aggressive strategy and those that just seek monetary gain, based on a client’s lack of knowledge. Let’s face it – overtreatment and even unnecessary treatment does exist. The vast majority of dentists probably strive to provide the best treatment possible. But like any profession, dentistry has its bad apples.

I quickly fired him and went to another referral, Andersonville Dental and Dr. Anita Shahin.  She examined my mouth and recommended  one filling and 1  “watch” for a possible crown down the road. Nothing in need of immediate replacement.  WHEW!  What a relief.  An  honest  dentist!  It’s like finding a good  mechanic.  Someone you can trust and feel comfortable with.

That was 7 years ago and my partner and I are still clients of Andersonville Dental and tell everyone we know about Anita Shahin.  I am extremely confident in recommending Anita as one of the Best Dentists in Chicago. She provides affordable, honest & friendly dentistry. She does not try to sell you things you don’t need, she explains ALL options very well and is very conscientious of cost factors, insurance vs. no insurance, and above all, the client’s needs.

 

“I am an old school dentist most would say. I believe in restoring function to one’s mouth first and foremost, not cosmetic appearance initially. Many dentists look at cosmetic appearance first. There are a lot of dentists who try to persuade clients into getting things to make their smile better. Sure, I offer all of those services, but I am not going to try to sell them to you, if you don’t want them or  need them. If you come in with a toothache, we diagnose and fix that problem.” says Dr. Shahin.

“I take a lot of pride in what I do and it is important to me to be able to do a good job at a fair price. I want to do the job right the first time. This makes me happy and most important it makes my customers happy.”

Remember that it is your mouth and your health.
You are ultimately responsible for making the right choices for you.

Your dentist should act as an expert advisor about the past, present and future health and goals of your mouth to help you make the right choices, not a salesperson.

Your dentist should be willing and happy to explain to you:

•Why they are suggesting the particular treatment
•What the treatment is and how it works
•What alternatives and choices exist (including potential consequences of not having the treatment)
•What the pros and cons of available treatment options are
•What treatment they would choose for themselves if it was their mouth!

Your dentist needs to explain and discuss things with you, in a language you can understand and be very clear on the out-of-pocket expenses. Only then can the two of you reach a joint treatment decision based on an informed win-win consent.

 

What others say about Dr. Anita Shahin and her Andersonville Dental Practice-

“Dr. Shahin has such a “mom” mentality, she’s great at soothing you through something uncomfortable and gently chides you when you’re doing things wrong.”

The night before my Birthday, I broke part of my tooth off and I went in the first thing to get it fixed and they got me right in.  She saw how panicked I was, made me feel comfortable and then asked me if I ate yet.  I told her no, and actually my BF was making me a Birthday Breakfast. She told me to go eat and come back and enjoy my breakfast.  So I ate, came back an hour later and she fit me into her schedule like I was important or something.. I love it!  She won my heart over with her generosity and her passion to make her patients feel as comfortable as possible.”

“The prices are very reasonable, $75 for a cleaning, and she will do her best to work with you and keep costs down for more elaborate procedures if you need.  I also really appreciate the fact that she does the cleanings herself and does not have a hygienist do it.”

“I have been going to Anita for over 10 years, and she is with out a doubt the most  thorough, kind and  conservative dentist you will find in the city.   You definitely will not find yourself a victim of un-needed xrays and costly procedures. Dr. Shanin keeps your teeth healthy and intact with regular cleanings and exams. Her office and equipment are clean, and her employees are friendly and helpful. She takes most insurance plans. I   highly recommend  her to all my friends, and many have become regular patients.”

Andersonville Dental ~  Anita Shahin, D.D.S.     1700 W. Foster,  (773) 334-4200

Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Bonding, Veneers, Crowns, Implants, Dentures, Extraction, Root Canals, In-house Laser Bleaching or at home Bleaching

Proudly and Honestly Serving the  LGBT Community since 1997
Most Insurances Accepted

Mention Best  Gay Chicago.com to receive a
15% NEW PATIENT DISCOUNT (For patients with no insurance)
Includes Free Consultation and Initial X-Ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumers Research Council of America  gave Dr. Anita Shahin their America’s Top Dentists Excellence Award. Consumers Research Council of America  compiled an accurate list of Top Dentists throughout the United States by utilizing a point value system. This method uses a point value for criteria that they deemed valuable in determining the Top Dentists.

Dr. Anita Shahin is also a member of the
American Dental Association  and the Illinois State Dental Society .

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Jacks on Halsted – Boystown Chicago Bistro and Brunch Spot

 

Jack’s on Halsted,
 owned by chef Jack Jones,
 

was selected as best new restaurant  by Chicago Magazine, when they opened. And since then, have won numerous awards and recently reinvented themselves with a fresh new menu.

A contemporary, American restaurant, Jack’s features global cuisine incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and New World making it a true American blend.

For the past ten years Jack’s has been serving distinctive, skillfully prepared, high quality food for all to enjoy. “We strive to use only the finest and freshest ingredients available. We are passionate about two things, serving healthful, excellent food and being sensible about our prices. Jack’s on Halsted is commited to offering the best food value possible.” – says Chef Jack Jones , who has worked at some of Chicago’s finest dining establishments including  Yoshi’s Café, Printer’s Row, Terczak’s and Spiaggia.

  Located in Boystown on the corner of Halsted and Belmont in Lakeview, Jack’s is in the most diverse and exciting neighborhood in all of Chicago. With Blue Man Theater just steps away and some of Chicago’s most unique shops, not to mention clubs, bars and restaurants, Lakeview is a happening spot. Jack’s is the place to start or end your night out, be sure to ask for a table at the window! 

 

Along with the new menu came some other new improvements. Drew Johnson, a longtime employee of Jack’s, recently became Jack’s business partner and managing partner.  The restaurant is now open 7 days  for dinner plus a hip Sunday brunch with  DJ  Gerry and guest bartenders who serve up $2 Mimosas, $3 Bloody Marys and $5 Special Brunch Martinis. Food at brunch  ranges from Omletes and Classic Eggs Benedict to Orange Flavored French Toast and Steak and Eggs.

ALSO  NEW,  a  charming  patio out back, away from the street noise. Plus,  Late Night Food!  Wednesday thru Saturday food is now available till  1am.  In these economic challenging times Jacks is also offering  $6  Martinis  everyday,  and Tuesdays  half-price bottles  of wine. There is also a 3-course Dinner menu available for just $25.95 that offers a great selection of starters, entrees and a dessert!

 You will find everything from steak to seafood to brugers here in a wide selction of prices. Jones’s “pork tasting” pulls out all the stops by offering a three-way sampling of thyme- and shallot-infused grilled pork tenderloin, smoky Memphis-style pulled pork, and succulent, fall-off-the-bone baby backs. We generally prefer our ribs to put up a fight but the Asian spices and juicy texture more than compensate. Maple-sparked mashed sweet potatoes offer extra allure to this hog triptych!

 

 

 Pat Bruno, Chicago Sun-Times  said,
The cuisine style at Jack’s on Halsted is essentially contemporary American. However, within the broad interpretation of that style of cooking, there is a definite license to wheel and deal those meals. …(Read full review )

Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune
…Jack’s is a moderately priced American bistro whose menu presents familiar dishes tweaked with Jones’ personal touch. “It’s like Woody Allen’s second and third movies,” quips Jones. “Different, but the underlying neuroses are the same.” …(Read full review )

 

 
We  give it our  5  PINK CROWNS!

Follow  JACKS  on FACEBOOK and keep up with current  news, info and specials!

 

 

 

 

BestGay Chicago Recommends ZED451 – Best Gourmet Dinner Experience in Downtown Chicago




Last week we told you about an  amazing wine tasting experience we enjoyed downtown at ZED451.
We had to get back there for dinner!  So  a  few  nights ago we did just that.



WOW! What amazing food and what a fantastic dining experience! ZED 451, while based on the concept of the Brazilian Steak Houses, takes dining to a new level. They pay the utmost attention to their ever changing menu’s fresh and seasonal food flavors and ingredients, as well as customer care and comfort. When dining at ZED451, expect a relaxed atmosphere where you are not rushed through your meal at all, matter of fact, quite the opposite. This restaurant is not concerned about how many times it can turn a table in an evening. They are concerned, however, that you stay and have an amazingly good time! What other restaurant do you know of that does that?!  And if you make arrangements ahead of time, ZED451 will even drive to your Chicago location and pick you up in their private shuttle!  And take you to your final destination when you are finished! 

 


ZED451 started right here in Chicago two years ago. They opened in the suburbs first but the concept was not what suburbanites were looking for. So they brought the concept to downtown Chicago and the urban foodies  LOVE IT!  They have since opened in Boca Raton and are preparing a site in Boston for later this year.

ZED451 is a revolutionary restaurant concept featuring original cuisine and delivery, service intelligence and unprecedented design. The name, ZED451, is simply the end and the beginning. ZED, the last letter of the British alphabet, represents the culmination of all our restaurant experiences (the end) and 451, the degrees Fahrenheit that fire starts, represents the beginning.

Interior designer Julia Roth and Architect  Chris Smith from CMS Design in New York took the original restaurant space which  is over 125 years old (and actually still has a speakeasy window in it!), and kept much of the original steel and brick to keep an old, rustic Chicago look. Natural elements and lots of wood were used throughout the restaurant to provide a rich, organic, comfortable feel. From the design of the floors to the design of the menus, no detail has went overlooked.  Soaring ceilings, dark wooden floors, glass walls and an eclectic mix of  music give ZED451 a  relaxing lounge feel. Even the restrooms have state-of-the-art Dyson bladeless super-fast hand dryers!





Before the meal experience even starts, you may want to try a seasonal sangria or mojito on the secluded rooftop when open!   Or maybe a wine flight at the wine bar. Every juice used is fresh squeezed. If you order a  drink “up”, expect to get freshly chipped, triple-filtered ice in your drink. House-Infused Spirits are available.  Every detail is thought about here. Take your time and savor the comfortable surroundings! It’s all about dining in the same comfort you feel in a friend’s home. But with the full service, culinary offerings and ambiance of a fine dining restaurant.

THE CONCEPT is all about  FRESH and SEASONAL.  $44 for a full dinner. At the fresh harvest tables you find things like seasonal soups, well over 15 composed salads like Strawberry Rhubarb and Spinach Salad, Roasted Pineapple  “Madagascar” with Orange Yogurt Dressing, and Sautéed Wild Mushrooms with Feta Dressing. 

 



 Plus an assortment of hummus,cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives, peppers,  pepperoni, prosciutto,  various artisan cheeses  and breads. EVERYTHING is hand picked and hand selected by the staff.  And it changes all the time. Feel free to graze and try as much as you want…but don’t forget, dinner is still to come!

 Once you are ready to begin your main courses, the chefs are  alerted and start to bring you their nightly offerings. Modern upscale grilling of  fire grilled steaks, ribs, poultry, seafoods, wild game, served along your choice of comfort foods like smoked gouda mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, roasted corn with bacon or cheddar jalapeno potatoes.

Imagine being on the set of the Food Network and you want to try EVERYTHING!  Everything smells and looks amazing. So just take a taste, a bite of everything, so that you don’t find yourself overeating and can taste as many flavors as possible~then go back for more of your personal favorites!

Unlike many Brazilian steak houses, it’s not all about the meat at ZED451. There are plenty of seafoods and other things to try as well.  The evening we were dining, there was a delicious salmon entrée and a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth  Mahi-Mahi dish.

You MUST save room for dessert. FAMOUS for their Butterscotch Bread Pudding and  S’mores Pie.  WOW! Not to mention Chocolate Strawberry Soufflé Cake and  Vanilla Malted Creme Brulee’.

Tired of the same old brunch with Omelette’s and Eggs Benedict?  This is the BEST BRUNCH IN CHICAGO and only $24!  In typical Z fashion, a lavish gourmet brunch is presented every Sunday. Lavish abundance.




Chefs offer a variety of traditional and exotic dishes tableside while the Harvest Tables are transformed into a sea of fresh fruits, seasonal desserts and specialty items. Corned Beef Hash and Spinach and Egg, Italian Panettone French Toast with lemon curd, vanilla whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup. And of course, fresh fired meats and delicious fish. Their  Maple Cajun Bacon is THE BEST!  

This will be a fabulous place to spend  Easter  Sunday!  And what about  Mothers Day  May 9th.  MOM’s  DINE  FREE! That’s right! ZED451 believes mom should be treated like a queen  and therefore should not have to pay on her special day!

This restaurant has it all.  Whether you want to dine alone as a party of 1  or  bring a group of 101, the restaurant has many floor plans and options for everyone to create the most memorable gourmet dining experience.
 
Pre-theatre drinks and snacks (like amazing $6 beer batter pearl onions and Lumpy Crabmeat Cajun sliders you won’t believe!);   Rooftop  cocktails;  Romantic dinner for  2; After-Work networking event for 20; Sunday Wedding for  100. Tell them what you want and they will deliver. EVEN YOU!  I mentioned earlier, call ahead and they will even pick up and deliver you! How is that for service?

INSIDERS NOTE: For those foodies who want to be close to the grilling action, there is a chefs seating area / counter in the grilling area that accommodates about 8 people. Reserve ahead if you wish to sit there.



        


 
* Best  Gourmet Dining Experience in downtown Chicago
* Best  Brunch in downtown Chicago
* Best  Pick up and Delivery Service in Chicago
* Best  Space to plan a party in downtown Chicago
* Best  Wine and Cheese Tastings in downtown Chicago






 
ZED451, 739 North Clark Street, Corner of Clark and Superior.
  Chicago, IL 60654  (312) 266-6691   We  pick up and  deliver!



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BestGay Chicago Recommends ZED451 – Best Gourmet Dinner Experience in Downtown Chicago




Last week we told you about an  amazing wine tasting experience we enjoyed downtown at ZED451.
We had to get back there for dinner!  So  a  few  nights ago we did just that.



WOW! What amazing food and what a fantastic dining experience! ZED 451, while based on the concept of the Brazilian Steak Houses, takes dining to a new level. They pay the utmost attention to their ever changing menu’s fresh and seasonal food flavors and ingredients, as well as customer care and comfort. When dining at ZED451, expect a relaxed atmosphere where you are not rushed through your meal at all, matter of fact, quite the opposite. This restaurant is not concerned about how many times it can turn a table in an evening. They are concerned, however, that you stay and have an amazingly good time! What other restaurant do you know of that does that?!  And if you make arrangements ahead of time, ZED451 will even drive to your Chicago location and pick you up in their private shuttle!  And take you to your final destination when you are finished! 

 


ZED451 started right here in Chicago two years ago. They opened in the suburbs first but the concept was not what suburbanites were looking for. So they brought the concept to downtown Chicago and the urban foodies  LOVE IT!  They have since opened in Boca Raton and are preparing a site in Boston for later this year.

ZED451 is a revolutionary restaurant concept featuring original cuisine and delivery, service intelligence and unprecedented design. The name, ZED451, is simply the end and the beginning. ZED, the last letter of the British alphabet, represents the culmination of all our restaurant experiences (the end) and 451, the degrees Fahrenheit that fire starts, represents the beginning.

Interior designer Julia Roth and Architect  Chris Smith from CMS Design in New York took the original restaurant space which  is over 125 years old (and actually still has a speakeasy window in it!), and kept much of the original steel and brick to keep an old, rustic Chicago look. Natural elements and lots of wood were used throughout the restaurant to provide a rich, organic, comfortable feel. From the design of the floors to the design of the menus, no detail has went overlooked.  Soaring ceilings, dark wooden floors, glass walls and an eclectic mix of  music give ZED451 a  relaxing lounge feel. Even the restrooms have state-of-the-art Dyson bladeless super-fast hand dryers!





Before the meal experience even starts, you may want to try a seasonal sangria or mojito on the secluded rooftop when open!   Or maybe a wine flight at the wine bar. Every juice used is fresh squeezed. If you order a  drink “up”, expect to get freshly chipped, triple-filtered ice in your drink. House-Infused Spirits are available.  Every detail is thought about here. Take your time and savor the comfortable surroundings! It’s all about dining in the same comfort you feel in a friend’s home. But with the full service, culinary offerings and ambiance of a fine dining restaurant.

THE CONCEPT is all about  FRESH and SEASONAL.  $44 for a full dinner. At the fresh harvest tables you find things like seasonal soups, well over 15 composed salads like Strawberry Rhubarb and Spinach Salad, Roasted Pineapple  “Madagascar” with Orange Yogurt Dressing, and Sautéed Wild Mushrooms with Feta Dressing. 

 



 Plus an assortment of hummus,cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives, peppers,  pepperoni, prosciutto,  various artisan cheeses  and breads. EVERYTHING is hand picked and hand selected by the staff.  And it changes all the time. Feel free to graze and try as much as you want…but don’t forget, dinner is still to come!

 Once you are ready to begin your main courses, the chefs are  alerted and start to bring you their nightly offerings. Modern upscale grilling of  fire grilled steaks, ribs, poultry, seafoods, wild game, served along your choice of comfort foods like smoked gouda mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, roasted corn with bacon or cheddar jalapeno potatoes.

Imagine being on the set of the Food Network and you want to try EVERYTHING!  Everything smells and looks amazing. So just take a taste, a bite of everything, so that you don’t find yourself overeating and can taste as many flavors as possible~then go back for more of your personal favorites!

Unlike many Brazilian steak houses, it’s not all about the meat at ZED451. There are plenty of seafoods and other things to try as well.  The evening we were dining, there was a delicious salmon entrée and a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth  Mahi-Mahi dish.

You MUST save room for dessert. FAMOUS for their Butterscotch Bread Pudding and  S’mores Pie.  WOW! Not to mention Chocolate Strawberry Soufflé Cake and  Vanilla Malted Creme Brulee’.

Tired of the same old brunch with Omelette’s and Eggs Benedict?  This is the BEST BRUNCH IN CHICAGO and only $24!  In typical Z fashion, a lavish gourmet brunch is presented every Sunday. Lavish abundance.




Chefs offer a variety of traditional and exotic dishes tableside while the Harvest Tables are transformed into a sea of fresh fruits, seasonal desserts and specialty items. Corned Beef Hash and Spinach and Egg, Italian Panettone French Toast with lemon curd, vanilla whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup. And of course, fresh fired meats and delicious fish. Their  Maple Cajun Bacon is THE BEST!  

This will be a fabulous place to spend  Easter  Sunday!  And what about  Mothers Day  May 9th.  MOM’s  DINE  FREE! That’s right! ZED451 believes mom should be treated like a queen  and therefore should not have to pay on her special day!

This restaurant has it all.  Whether you want to dine alone as a party of 1  or  bring a group of 101, the restaurant has many floor plans and options for everyone to create the most memorable gourmet dining experience.
 
Pre-theatre drinks and snacks (like amazing $6 beer batter pearl onions and Lumpy Crabmeat Cajun sliders you won’t believe!);   Rooftop  cocktails;  Romantic dinner for  2; After-Work networking event for 20; Sunday Wedding for  100. Tell them what you want and they will deliver. EVEN YOU!  I mentioned earlier, call ahead and they will even pick up and deliver you! How is that for service?

INSIDERS NOTE: For those foodies who want to be close to the grilling action, there is a chefs seating area / counter in the grilling area that accommodates about 8 people. Reserve ahead if you wish to sit there.



        


 
* Best  Gourmet Dining Experience in downtown Chicago
* Best  Brunch in downtown Chicago
* Best  Pick up and Delivery Service in Chicago
* Best  Space to plan a party in downtown Chicago
* Best  Wine and Cheese Tastings in downtown Chicago






 
ZED451, 739 North Clark Street, Corner of Clark and Superior.
  Chicago, IL 60654  (312) 266-6691   We  pick up and  deliver!



The Best of Gay Chicago

 

Best Gay Chicago Best Wine Tasting Experience in the City!



Last week a dear friend calls us and asks if we want to “come over to his place for a wine tasting experience?”

Sure! We love wine, why not?!    There was three of us, plus our friend, who was playing host. We all get to his house  at a designated time and I don’t see any wine! He said “Don’t take off your coat, we’re taking right off.”

What the heck? We all go down his lobby and there is cute little shuttle bus waiting for us! We’re asking all kinds of questions and he is stiff-lipped. “It’s a surprise,” he says!

We get on Lake Shore Drive and leave Boystown and end up downtown at Clark and Superior in front of ZED 451! I had never been there, but heard it was quite fabulous!

So we go inside and check our coats and the walk us into this glass enclosed wine room.  4 bottles of wine are set out with a beautiful tray of cheeses and crackers.  Patrick, one of the chef’s comes in to greet us.  He explains our four different wines. Then he gives these amazing description and stories about the cheeses. Every cheese was selected for a reason to not only pair with the wine, but the cheese itself was selected for the restaurant based on taste and quality. It was very clear, a LOT OF THOUGHT went into this restaurant.



So after the chef was done, he leaves the room and we   all sample wines and cheeses and chat about things, just  as if you were at home in someone’s living room!  It was just delightful! It was laid back, it was relaxing and just an amazing time. We were there about 90 minutes.

A private wine and cheese pairing in the wine room can be reserved at any time.  ZED 451 can set up a  four or five flight wine and cheese pairing for guests, or guests are welcome to select their own bottles of wine from the extensive international wine list.  With either arrangement, the only cost to guests is for the bottles of wine they drink. All of the cheese, fruit and nut pairings are complementary as part of the “wine room experience”.  That means guests can choose to open a $32 bottle of wine or a $300 bottle of wine and get the same personal custom experience! PLUS, the restaurant  will  gladly shuttle you down to the restaurant and back home on the Zed 451 complimentary shuttle.  Even if you want to have dinner with them!  Just  plan and call ahead and save $40 in cab fares!

4 bottles of wine at  ZED 451: $169.00
Complimentary cheese pairings: FREE
Complimentary shuttle service: FREE
Zed 451 Wine and Cheese Tasting Experience with Friends: PRICELESS!


Zed451   739 N. Clark St. Chicago  312.266.6691