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Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002. It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are being seen by the public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history. It is committed to the apolitical presentation of the history of espionage in order to provide visitors with unbiased, accurate information.

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.

Michael Schulson’s Sampan

Chef Michael Schulson’s Sampan (124 South 13th Street) is an oasis of contemporary Asian small plates located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia’s hot Midtown Village neighborhood. A dramatic back-lit wall mural sets the scene for Chef Schulson’s artful food, emerging from the restaurant’s centrally located open kitchen. while a carefully curated selection of wine, beer, sake and cocktails complement guests’ experiences. The restaurant is also home to Graffiti Bar, a private all-weather patio.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar also features vitrines curated by Murray Moss of Manhattan’s (and West Hollywood’s) hyper-design shop Moss, and if you see something you’ve just got to have — a fabulously expensive Nymphemburg porcelain tchotchke, a gilded piglet piggy bank, a vintage model powerboat, a fetching pair of gentleman’s shoes or, my favorite, a set of finger puppets depicting five or six notables (including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) — why, by all means break out that platinum credit card. The rest of us will just goggle.

The Bazaar has some of the same theatricality, but it’s more accessible. And more fun. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a serious restaurant (serious in the sense that each dish is a revelation) that was as engaging and playful. Yet each dish has a kind of laser precision, especially the more contemporary ones from the Blanca side of the menu.

Brina Beads & Range Clothing

Range Clothing Boutique in Buckhead, GA. Opened in September 2007 in the same space as it’s in-store bead and jewelry shop, the wildly popular Brina Beads, beckons gawkers to the minimalist boutique, where every four to six weeks she curates a tightly-edited combo of dresses, tops and Ts that can take you from you from work to weekends to a night out on the town in utmost style. Featuring mostly Los Angeles-based designers intermixed with select collections from around the world, Davis hand-picks each and every piece of clothing in store and has used her California style of dressing to influence Atlanta’s most savvy shoppers.

With Range serving as an exclusive carrier of the majority of the labels on its racks, and with limited quantities of each item, Brina Beads & Range Clothing is the go-to-shop for finding original ensembles that won’t break the Balenciaga. The pricing is just as upfront as the staff (nothing is marked higher than $250), with intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces that are impossibly affordable. But perhaps the best part about Range? While a lot of the clothing is figure flattering and not too fitted, Range Clothing brings sexy back for Fall with dresses that go from day to evening with just a change of accessories. Click here for more information.

City Hall Nightclub

City Hall is the premier live music venue that everyone is raving about in Denver. This music venue has hosted some of the best musical acts in the industry today. From The Game to Katy Perry, City Hall covers all musical genres. With a historical look and feel, this spacious venue makes room for some great music to bounce from open wall to open wall.

Grimaldi’s

If you’re searching for THE best coal-fired brick oven, New York-style thin crust pizza in the world, look no further. Grimaldi’s offers over 100 years of pizza-making traditions and the tantalizing aroma of pizza and calzones baked to perfection in the signature coal burning oven. Why coal-fired ovens? It gives our pizza and calzones a unique flavor and a crisp crust that is just not possible from gas, convection or wood burning ovens.

Zocalo Cocina Mexicana

Zocalo Cocian Mexicana is a fast and friendly neighborhood restaurant. They feature authentic and delicious Mexican food based on the culinary traditions of Oaxaca and Veracruz. They prepare each dish individually, using only the freshest available produce. Visit zocalobackbay.com for more information.

9/11 Memorial

Honoring the lives of those who were lost is at the heart of our mission. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools. The 9/11 Memorial Museum will include a memorial exhibition dedicated to commemorating the unique life of each victim. Learn more about the exhibition and how you can contribute photos and remembrances of your loved one. Visit 911memorial.org for more information.

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Wempe

One of the first European watch shops to sell Rolexes, this German emporium now carries timepieces from more than 20 upscale brands. For every sporty number from Swiss company TAG Heuer, there’s a recherché model from Teutonic firm A. Lange & Söhne to please all types of watch lovers. If you’d rather splurge on jewelry than chronographs, you can ogle exquisite woven gold bangles and diamond rings.

City Lobster

City Lobster

Given City Lobster and Steak’s convenient location between Times Square and Rockefeller, we are the perfect stop before or after Broadway shows for the freshest seafood and highest quality steak!

At City Lobster and Steak, we specialize in delicacies such as Live North Atlantic Lobsters, fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs, and authentic Maryland Lump Crab Cakes.

We also feature a full raw bar with an assortment of oysters from the East and West coasts. In addition, our a la carte menu offers the finest contemporary New England seafood and Prime Angus Steaks!

Come early enough to enjoy happy hour with ½ dozen oysters and a pint of beer for only $12! Or our ongoing 99¢ Oysters special at our 45 foot bar and lounge! The 4700 square foot space is vibrant with live lobsters welcoming you at the entrance, a raw oyster bar beckoning your taste buds, and the lively wait staff ready to make your City Lobster & Steak experience an enjoyable one.

Visit citylobster.com for more information.

Music lovers rejoyce! Dave’s Records: Vinyl utopia with NO CDs!

The sign on the door says it all- NO CD’s!! Never had ‘em!! Never Will!! Dave’s Records is totally devoted to vinyl.

Dave’s Records carry all speeds (33,45,even 78), all formats (7”, 10”, 12” single, EP , LP), and all styles (rock, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, house, disco, reggae, blues, folk, country, vocal, soundtracks, showdaves_recordstunes, classical, indie/alternative and every sub-genre you can imagine). If it’s on vinyl, it’s here now or it’s passed through the doors and in to someone’s crate. On any given day, there are at least 40,000 titles to choose from. Every day new titles freshen the racks. Dave’s Records sell both new and used. You’ll find both import and domestic new vinyl. You’ll find a wide assortment of new reissued vinyl. You’ll find out of print used vinyl that you’d thought was long gone. No matter what it is, you’re likely to find it in their bins. If you come to Chicago, check them out.

 

Untitled

In the heart of River North, hidden behind large unmarked doors at 111 W. Kinzie, lies a restaurant and lounge like no other. Untitled invites you on a journey of discovery and surprise on many levels. Come experience intimate spaces and grand see-and-be seen rooms. Craft cocktails, beer and wine and bubbly from around the world complement Chef Joseph Heppe’s delicious yet approachable cuisine. Untitled pays homage to the vibrancy of supper club and speakeasy establishments of the Prohibition Era. The food, drink and entertainment you find at Untitled entices you to have a taste, tap your feet and wet your whistle.

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Fine and Dandy

The store’s expansive selection of bowties, ascots, and spats. The shop is decorated with a combination of product and vintage paraphenalia, like the ‘Dress well and succeed’ poster (photo below). Much of the merchandise is the same as is on the website. But it is always nice to see something before purchasing it. However, there are additions to the sites repertoire, like some of the hats.

A.Turen

In mid-2008, Ashley Turen innocently applied paint to a vintage leather jacket in a hot summer’s day fit of wardrobe revamping. Friends and family began to request more and more of her hand-painted designs, and soon the Tisch graduate opened her eponymous downtown boutique. Turen can also customize pieces. Equipped with a large book displaying all sorts of possible embellishments, she guides clients through a collaborative process to create one-of-a-kind garments.

Birdland

Ever since most of Chicago’s top musicians moved to New York in the mid-to-late 1920s, New York City has been the Jazz Mecca. Nearly every major jazz style of the past seventy years has been initiated in the Big Apple.

The new Birdland offers top-flight jazz in a world class setting, good sight lines and acoustics, elbow room, and an award-winning menu featuring American cuisine with a Cajun flair.

Since the reemergence of the club, midtown Manhattan has been treated to some of the best jazz on the planet, including memorable sets by such musicians as Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Michel Legrand, Dave Brubeck, Pat Martino, Tony Williams, Hank Jones, Michel Petrucciani, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Marian McPartland, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Jon Hendricks, George Shearing, James Moody, Yellowjackets, John Scofield, Phoebe Snow, Dave Holland, and Tito Puente, as well as the big bands of Chico O’Farrill, Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Maria Schneider. In addition, Birdland is home to such popular musical events as the Umbria Jazz Festival in NYC and the Annual Django.

Make Every Day Even Sweeter with Tache Chocolate

A great activity for any special occasion is taking a chocolate making class. It is a perfect opportunity to make custom chocolate gifts for all your friends & family or purchase a class as a gift! Whatever the case maybe, Tache’s got plenty of chocolate to go around. Custom gift packaging and gift certificates are available upon request, too!

Spend your hour and a half lesson in Tache’s chocolate factory learning everything from cultivating, tempering, tasting, coating to decorating your own delicious chocolate delicacies. Make popular treats like chocolate mustache lollipops, caramel kisses, chocolate bars, mendients, grignotines (french chocolate clusters of dried fruit & nuts), or even invent your own!

Principle teacher, chocolatier and owner, Aditi Malhotra, is a graduate of Switzerland’s Glion Institute, the French Culinary Institute and named by Zagat as one of their top “30 Under 30” chefs.

Supernatural Chicago

In every performance of Supernatural Chicago, Neil Tobin, Necromancer introduces theatergoers to some of Chicago’s most well documented paranormal events, brought to life through spooky stories combined with interactive demonstrations of mind-reading, magic and other phenomena that involve the audience in memorable ways. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic. And as one of the top Chicago attractions, it’s always a great start to the weekend.

FUN AHOY! Kid’s imaginations run wild at Building Blocks Toy Store!

Building Blocks has been providing specialty toys to Chicagoland for over a decade and although they may be a small shop, they have big ideas to help you find the perfect gift for any child. They pride themselves in offering a variety of toys that encourage childhood development mentally, physically and socially.
They also hope to provide an alternative to the plastic, batteries, and video games by carrying classic wooden toys, board games and puzzles. There are arts and crafts for your child’s self expression as well as toys to allow them to explore their imagination.

Nellcote

Nestled on Randolph Street, Nellcôte has an ambiance that fits the bill; the chic space, a nod to a mansion in France once occupied by the Rolling Stones, drips with luxe details. Chef-shaken “kitchen cocktails”and well crafted Belgian beers also keep the pace hopping. The pillowy wood-fired pizzas, crafted with house-milled wheat flour, and the myriad small plates. Pastas and desserts leave you wanting more and more and more.

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Little Bucharest Bistro

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With a history spanning over three decades, Little Bucharest Bistro has opened with a new face in Chicago’s Old Irving Park area. Originally opened in 1970 and closed in 2004, the new Little Bucharest, which translates to “Little Paris of the East”, blends a touch of Romanian heritage with American contemporary fare in a vibrant and modern atmosphere.
“I wanted to bring the signature high-energy vibe of the old Little Bucharest into a new setting,” says owner Branko Podrumedic. “The bistro will present Romanian flavors in an approachable way to appeal to more of a mainstream audience.”

Visit littlebucharestbistro.com for more information.

Comfort Me

Comfort Me is a boutique in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago that was founded in 2011 by a mother and her two daughters. The idea for the concept of Comfort Me emerged a number of years ago from Melanie Thomas – the mother of the trio – a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose job and passion is to promote comfort, connection and health. She dreamed of a one-stop shop that could provide wonderful items of comfort for the mind and body. After several years her dream became a reality and, with the help of her daughters Alyssa and Bethany, Comfort Me boutique was born.

Sons of Essex

The Sons of Essex menu is a reflection of the diverse melting pot of cultures that has gentrified the Lower East Side. The old school ‘Bowery Boys’ atmosphere and ‘Gangs of New York’ vibe pays homage to the history of the Lower East Side, fusing a traditional American comfort food menu with the spices of Lower East Side immigrants past with the use of local ingredients and Essex Street Market fruits & vegetables. Yupp, that’s how we roll.

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

Bobby Van opened his first restaurant in Bridgehampton, New York, in the summer of 1969, where he tended bar and played piano. The restaurant quickly became famous with local musicians, writers, poets, and artists. Bobby Van’s legacy of quality food, service, and atmosphere quickly grew into a thriving year round restaurant in the Hamptons. Eventually after 20 years, Bobby would lose interest in running a restaurant and he sold his business to four Manhattan restaurateurs; Joseph Smith, Joe Phair, Rick Passarelli, and Joe Hickey. The new operators soon opened a second location in the Helmsley building on Park Avenue. Considered by many the “Original” because it was the first official steakhouse of the Bobby Van’s group, the Park Avenue Bobby Van’s is unmatched for location, food, and service among steakhouses in New York.

Lexington Candy Shop

Once in the luncheonette, notice the 1940 vintage Hamilton Beach milk shake mixer next to the 1948 vintage coffee urns. They date from a time when sodas and ice cream drinks were and are still made by hand with the skillful touch of the “Soda Jerk”.

When seated, take a moment to enjoy the decor’s authenticity painstakingly maintained. An original menu, original photos of the store in 1925, and pictures of our founders are on display. The staff will answer any questions you have about the menu or their long history. Picture taking is, of course, welcome.

Sit back (unless you’re on a stool) and enjoy our timeless food and beverages.

As you enjoy your meal and beverage, you will understand why their industry trade paper; The Restaurant News, calls us “A David among Goliaths in Gotham City, the LCS is like a page in food service history bringing to life the energy and attentiveness of a bygone era”.

The Met Islamic Wing

The Museum’s collection of Islamic art ranges in date from the seventh to the nineteenth century. Its nearly twelve thousand objects reflect the great diversity and range of the cultural traditions of Islam, with works from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia and India. Comprising sacred and secular objects, the collection reveals the mutual influence of artistic practices such as calligraphy, and the exchange of motifs such as vegetal ornament (the arabesque) and geometric patterning in both realms.

Emporium Arcade Bar

This Wicker Park newcomer features 30 arcade games and pinball machines from the ’80s and ’90s, including Pacman, Donkey Kong, NBA Jam, Streetfighter and Smash TV. There is no cover charge, and tokens cost 25 cents for one play. Games line the walls of the space and there are adjacent shelves to hold your drink while you play.

The Publican

Featuring pork and fish/seafood preparations, the menu is best described by Kahan and Huston as “pristine product, simply prepared,” an approach to food Kahan has long espoused in all of his kitchens. The Publican boasts the simplest cuisine of all three properties, each dish stripped of adornment and containing only essential ingredients. The menu is presented in sections: Fish, Meat and Vegetables, each laid out from lightest to heaviest fare.

Pristinely fresh oysters, hand-selected for the restaurant from purveyors with whom the culinary team has formed partnerships over the past year, anchor the fish portion of the menu. From classic Belgian-style mussels to seafood stew to wood-roasted whole fish, the seafood is simple and straightforward yet eclectic in presentation.

Meat dishes center upon pork, all certified organic and sourced from Dyersville, Iowa. Anchored by a wide selection of housemade terrines and charcuteries, the menu changes daily to reflect the seasonal availability of products. Other hearty dishes, again, presented simply and stripped of adornment, include such seasonal items as black and white sausage, steak tartare, pork shoulder and pot-au-feu. Kahan and Huston plan to make the wood-roasted chicken a signature, “… with the best frites in town,” boasts Kahan.

A selection of vegetables rounds out the menu, including such seasonal items as daily aïoli, roasted broccoli, pine nuts and Italian buratta and cauliflower sformato with Marcona almond romesco.

Strong architectural lines dominate the space, which is large, airy and awash in earthy colors. Guests enter The Publican through a glass-enclosed vestibule, its 10-foot-high ceiling offering a glimpse of the restaurant’s 13.6-foot ceiling. Inside, the spacious interior is dominated by a large walnut communal table designed to recall 16th Century European banquets. Set up in racetrack fashion, the banquet table seats upwards of 100 people, side by side.

At the center of the banquet table stands eight English pub-style three-tiered cocktail tables where guests can stand, leaning comfortably on one level, with their beer and food resting on the other tiers. This interior space is large enough for guests who are waiting for tables or visiting the restaurant just for a beer and a bite. Against the east wall stand a series of four-top walnut banquette tables set up on platforms and privatized by table-height swinging doors.

The walls and ceiling are wrapped in a material reminiscent of antique pressed tin. Across the front of the space, 10-foot cafe-style doors open out onto the street. At the back of the restaurant, a partially open kitchen offers a view to the culinary action.

Ed Debevics

Orchestrated ’50s mayhem recalls the diner in the old television series “Happy Days.” Ed’s is jam-packed with action: period decor and memorabilia, deejays spinning gems from the ’50s-’70s (“Tutti Frutti,” “The Twist”) and gum-cracking waitstaff, who shtick it up by dishing out rude comments to all — don’t worry; the sass is all in good fun and part of the joint’s appeal . The “”Route 66″ is available for private parties of up to 35 people, the “Elvis Room” handles groups of up to 40. The bustling corps of valet parkers outside are an amusement in itself. Ed’s is one of the city’s best bets for visiting families.

Balena

The Bristol and Boka Restaurant Group have teamed up for this rustic Italian restaurant in the Landmark space in Lincoln Park, where a wood-burning grill and roasting spits work hard to turn out dishes such as cherry and duck bruschetta, whole grilled fish, pizza and panzanella.

Harry Caray’s Restaurant

Located near the main entrance to Navy Pier, Harry Caray’s Tavern waterfront location, family friendly menu, and Chicago’s premier sports museum combine to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience for guests of all ages. The extensive menu includes flavorful sandwiches and wraps, pastas, fresh salads, and homemade pizzas. The Chicago Sports Museum, featuring beautifully crafted display cabinets, highlights a rotating collection of museum-quality sports memorabilia, including an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs, and vintage newspapers celebrating Chicago sports legends, past and present. Harry’s extensive patio offers the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan and the excitement of Navy Pier. Click here for more information.

Trencherman

Trenchermen is headed up by Chef Mike Sheerin, the former Chef de Cuisine of Blackbird, and his brother Patrick Sheerin, the former executive Chef of the Signature Room. They teamed up with designer Kevin Heisner and restaurateur Matt Eisler. On their website, they define “Trencherman” as “a person who enjoys food; a hearty eater and drinker.” You can’t help but be a trencherman when you eat at this establishment.

Epic Burger

Epic Burger features a limited menu of fresh chuck, all natural beef Epic Burger, a tasty turkey Burger, all-natural chicken breast sandwich, and the very veggie portabella sandwich, all cooked fresh to order and topped with Epic-sauce-lettuce-tomato-pickle-grilled or raw onion.

Epic Burger give a whole new meaning to ‘burger joint’. Simplistic and fantastic are the only words to describe Epic Burger.

Wolfbait & B-girls

Wolfbait & B-girls is not only where Chicago shops, but where Chicago sells. Showcasing the wares of over 170 local artisans as well as Chicago-based fair-trade companies, Wolfbait highlights our city’s local talent.

Wolfbait & B-girls is a female-owned and operated independent business, fashioned by two native designers, Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler. Their respective collections, Bruiser and Brazen judy, are executed in-house from concept to consumer. This, along with customer-oriented workshops, and featured, artist trunk shows, creates an intimate environment for a unique shopping experience. Wolfbait just so happens to be a one-stop shop for unique and practical clothing, playful accessories, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures. See something you like? Call us to order by phone if you can’t make it in person!

The name Wolfbait & B-girls is a nod to historic Chicago. The 1950’s guidebook Chicago Confidential defines wolfbait as girls who moved to the city looking for success, and b-girls as what they sometimes turn into. Think B-movie, B-side, bad girl, Bruiser and Brazen judy. Wolfbait is not only for the shopper, but also for the artisan.

The Underground

The Underground, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has elevated the Chicago nightlife to unprecedented heights and is Chicago’s premiere, upscale, cutting-edge nightclub where every guest is a VIP. Among the congregation of Chicago’s brightest and most talented you will always find a rotating whose who of celebrities, international DJs, and other bold-faced names.

The Underground’s interior is an avant-garde recreation of a top-secret, military hideaway complete with artillery cases as cocktail tables, illuminated world maps and lighting as soft and complimentary as it is dramatic. Upscale American cuisine complements the venue with a mouth-watering menu of late night bites to pair with our cocktail and Champagne list.

The Architectural Revolution

The Architectural Revolution’s goal is to create a store like no other right at the corner of Clark and Belmont in Chicago. With items ranging from spiritual to macabre we are dedicated to bringing you the strange and interesting, spiritual and mystical. The owner travels all over the world to bring unique items to you, our customer! He literally travels over 100,000 miles a year between visiting vendors, tradeshows, and every where else in between, worldwide.
An entire quarter of our store is dedicated just to incense and incense accessories from all around the globe.

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“People always say to us, ‘I haven’t seen this anywhere else.’ That’s because at Hubba-Hubba we put outfits together that seem to give our boutique a unique ambience.” So says Julie Cohen, owner of Hubba-Hubba.

Hubba-Hubba has built a large loyal customer base due to its unique inventory, exceptional sales team and clever promotional ideas like the birthday discount, Hubba-Hubba Loyalty Card and their fabulous Girls Night Out events.

At Hubba-Hubba customers can find items they won’t see everywhere else as well as awesome designs from Michael Stars tees & !iT Jeans, and a great jewelry selection. There is truly something for every girl! Visit hubbahubbachicago.com for more information.

The Alley

The legendary Alley Chicago store has become an infamous “landmark” destination for generations of the counter-culture.
The Alley Chicago through years of dedication and determination has become the Midwest’s premier one stop shop for bikers, punks, goths, rockers, and all other alternative lifestyles. The Owner, Mark Thomas, often states, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” This holds true for our core customer base and our store philosophy. Faces change, trends change, but who we are and who our core customer is will always remain the same.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is a stimulating and innovative forum for the collection, creation, and examination of contemporary imagemaking in its camera tradition and in its expanded vocabulary of digital processes. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum considers all elements of our mission to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and political implication of the image in our world today, within the context of public service and responsibility to the community and museum profession.

The Museum is committed to broadening the visual arts by constantly searching for new national and international talent to exhibit rather than simply following suit established by larger institutions. To this end, the museum’s programming guides the public to a greater understanding of thought-provoking contemporary photography as well as an appreciation for traditional work that has not yet received critical acclaim.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium is unique among Chicago museums in the variety of immersive theater programs it offers to visitors. From the Big Bang to the stars overhead tonight, the Adler’s theaters draw the audience into the experience.

Visitors at the Adler Planetarium will be transported to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe evolved over 13.7 billion years – from the Big Bang to modern day. The Solar System is much more than a star and eight planets; it is home to a set of diverse and amazing objects that we are only beginning to understand. Explore the many worlds — planets, moons, dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids — that orbit the Sun.

Explore the Majestic Agora (in Grant Park)

Located along the southwest side of Grant Park, Agora is one of Chicago’s most recent and important sculptural installations. Comprised of 106 nine-foot tall headless torsos made of cast iron, the artwork derives it name from the Greek word for meeting place. The figures are posed walking in groups in various directions or standing still. Internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz donated the sculptural group along with the Polish Ministry of Culture, a Polish cultural foundation, and other private donors. Born into an aristocratic family just outside of Warsaw, Abakanowicz (b. 1930) was deeply affected by World War II and the forty-five years of Soviet domination that followed. In her journals, she writes that she has lived “…in times which were extraordinary by their various forms of collective hate and collective adulation. Marches and parades worshipped leaders, great and good, who soon turned out to be mass murderers. I was obsessed by the image of the crowd… I suspected that under the human skull, instincts and emotions overpower the intellect without us being aware of it.” The sculptor began creating large headless figures in the 1970s. Initially working in burlap and resin, she went on to use bronze, steel, and iron. Although Abakanowicz has frequently exhibited in museums and public spaces throughout the world, Agora is her largest permanent installation.

Museum of Science & Industry: Science Storms Exhibit

Science Storms reveals the science behind seven natural phenomena—lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. Investigate the basic scientific principles behind nature’s power as you try more than 50 amazing experiments that take two floors and 26,000 square feet to contain … barely. It’s a perfect storm of physics, chemistry and curiosity.

This permanent exhibit is included in Museum general admission, and does not require a separate timed-entry ticket. Join us on an adventure to discover science inspired by the spectacle of nature!

Jinna Yang tips her har to ‘Top Hat’

As the name suggests, this design-driven LES shop of oddities, set in a former Chinese bakery, gives a retail performance worth applauding; proprietress Nina Allen sells items from her wholesale company, Sweet Bella, a hodgepodge of gift-worthy gizmos like French bird callers, German mechanical pens, whimsically patterned Japanese masking tape and Venetian change purses, all laid out in old-school desks and display cases.

Dahesh Museum

The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe’s academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dahesh serves a diverse audience by placing these artists in the broader context of 19th-century visual culture, and by offering a fresh appraisal of the role academies played in reinvigorating the classical ideals of beauty, humanism, and skill.

Thomas Farley on The Slipper Room

The Slipper Room is the brain child of performer and producer James Habacker. When it opened in 1999 neo-burlesque was in its infancy. Before that time there had been some random shows in lofts and bars around the city, but the Slipper Room was the first venue built specifically to showcase the work of this burgeoning new collective. It was an art project in itself, an artist run venue designed to nurture emerging talent, and push performers to reach their true potential.

For eleven years, the Slipper Room presented Variety shows most every night of the week, on other nights you never knew what you might find, a kabuki dance troupe, a full orchestra, a play, a famous musician doing a secret show. The theatre also created its own touring company and began taking its show on the road around the US and Europe, spreading the word, and planting the seeds that led to so many scenes springing up in towns all over.

Yusho

Street food is the great equalizer—no glamour required. Yakitori, when well-executed, is about the simple flavors of authentic street food. A hot grill provides intense flavors from seasonal proteins and vegetables, grilled to order over a chattering, hissing fire.

Beer, wine and sake selections compliment the fresh-grilled flavors. Craft cocktails, wines and spirits are chosen for customized meal pairings. Experiment and discover!

Ben and Jack’s

Ben and Jack, long-time waiters of Peter Luger’s Steakhouse, have opened a beautiful restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. They offer prime, dry aged porterhouse steaks and a dazzling assortment of steakhouse favorites.
This is the brainchild of a group of former Peter Luger waiters who decided to try to recreate the magic of the legendary Brooklyn restaurant in Manhattan. They have succeeded and offer some of the most delicious steaks and seafood in town. Everything is mouthwateringly good, and here you can use your credit card!

Abracadabra

The popular haunt of Halloween revelers, magicians and pranksters who like to play dress-up, this super-cool Flatiron supply shop is filled to the rafters with plenty of tricks, props, clown gear, magic supplies, masks, wigs, scarily realistic costumes and other ghoulish goodies – as well as that odd or outlandish accessory you’ve always wanted; if neat freaks are spooked by the cramped quarters, the spellbound shrug it’s all part of the “horror museum” experience.

Grubkit

GrubKit was founded by Max & Barb, a husband-and-wife duo with a huge passion for all things food and drink. They we’re excited to share some of their favorite recipes and ingredients with you.
Their mission is to inspire you to cook more at home and make it effortless by delivering pre-measured specialty ingredients to your door.
Their recipe kits come with just the right amount of pre-measured ingredients that are hand-selected with a focus on healthy and organic choices. No need to run around town trying to find all the different spices for your Indian curry dish or buying a quart of Thai fish sauce that you’ll only use once a year.

Each GrubKit is loaded with delicious and often hard-to-find specialty ingredients. Ingredients are sealed and pre-measured helping you prepare gourmet dishes in no time. Kits include detailed recipe cards along with a handy shopping list for fresh ingredients. We use biodegradable packing peanuts and ingredients are sealed in compostable cello bags.

Murray’s Cheese Bar

Murray’s flagship store on Bleecker Street features a rotating selection of 300 cheeses from all over the world. Take a peak into the subterranean cheese caves where we age and ripen our growing collection. Bleecker Street is also home to Murray’s Melts, our grilled cheese counter.

Thomas Farley on Hotel Chantelle “We Love Bingo”

Every Monday join New York’s favorite Bingo couple: ladylike Linda Simpson & good-time guy Murray Hill as they put a riotous spin on America’s favorite (& easiest) game of chance! The gender-bending, number-calling, award-winning duo puts on the most thrilling and hilarious game in town! Come and see why Monday Night Bingo is a downtown institution!

Bingo- 7:30-10pm No cover! $2 Cards

Sfuzzi

Twenty five years ago, on this very street, Robert Colombo’s original Sfuzzi opened in Uptown Dallas. Known for it’s fresh, innovative italian foods, and lively social setting, Sfuzzi became a McKinney Avenue landmark for over 10 years. Even today it is remembered as one of Dallas’s most innovative and successful restaurants.
Now, Sfuzzi is back. The new Sfuzzi harkens back to the roots of an old New York City pizzeria, centered on our commitment to serving fresh pizzas and pasta, wonderful wine and beverages, and, oh yes, a dash of great music. Musically, you will hear everything from 80s dance songs, sing-a-longs of the 70’s, jazz and blues, current top 40 hits and classic rock of artists such as Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.

Sfuzzi’s wrap-around patio rekindles beautiful memories of the original Sfuzzi patio scene, which set the social standard for McKinney Avenue. Equipped with flat screen panels, pulsating music, glass-enclosed fireplace, and fabulous food and drink, the patio at the newly evolved Sfuzzi will rival those of Miami’s luxury venues and the family oriented venues of the Grand Caymans.

JJ’s Cafe

Fair warning right here – if you do venture to East Dallas and stumble into this place for breakfast, do not be alarmed by the utterly terrible interior. I am talking industrial carpeted floors, wood-grain paneling, tacky items from the likes of Hobby Lobby. It’s as if I walked onto the set of Rosanne. It’s stuck in a mid 90’s sitcom, except the only joke is at this restaurant’s expense. Just don’t be scared, because the food is actually pretty tasty.

It’s saving grace is the food and the clientele. I was not only the youngest person in the dining room, but the youngest by maybe 60 years. How can you dislike a place that is frequented by the elderly? Their sweet demeanor and just simple happiness of being there makes you want to call your grandparents up to tell them you love them. So, it’s no shock that visited JJ’s today with my grandmother, Mammy (or also known as the world’s cutest and most awesome lady, ever!). The waitress knew her name, cracked a few jokes, and was constantly warming my coffee cup – already good in my book at that point!

I ordered the Southwestern Chicken omelet with swiss cheese and a corn tortilla melted on top of the thick egg fold over stuffed with bell peppers, onions, and tasty chicken. The side potatoes had a zesty flavor and that perfect amount of crunch I look for in potatoes. As I looked around the table, everyone else seemed to be enjoying their meal as well. But the biggest shocker of all they offer a Yelp check-in discount. Looks like old-people a thing or two about technology after all.

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime is the culmination of a creative exercise we started in 2006 to define the best in culinary, beverage, service and atmosphere. Their team wanted to pair a great steakhouse with a great seafood restaurant. We imagined a place where our guests are greeted by name and partner with us in adventures of great food, wine and libation.

Ocean Prime was not developed overnight. Their executive chef teams traveled, tasted and compared notes to refine a menu that would ignite curiosity and surpass expectations. Their operations teams sourced the finest and the freshest ingredients to elevate every plate that leaves our kitchen. They curated a Wine Spectator-honored wine list for perfect pairings. And they poured energy with a fresh twist into the creation of our signature cocktails, expertly prepared by our well-trained bar chefs.

Twisted Root

Three chefs, sick of eating frozen, tiny, and under-seasoned burgers, opened a real burger joint to make it the way they do at home. Fresh and seasoned meat, hand battered buttermilk fried stuff, fresh cut sweet potatoes, homemade pickles, Root Beer, ice cream and even condiments… It’s like eating at our kitchen table!

The Standard Pour

Inspired by 1920’s nouveau nostalgia & outfitted with the proper balance of comfort at your favorite greasy spoon & the timeless class of a silver one; The Cocktail Den & Cravings Kitchen combine to form an experience as refreshingly familiar as the concoctions it features.

Arriving on McKinney Avenue circa 2012 courtesy of the noteworthy La Reve Consultants, TSP bucks the trend of loud lounges and boisterous bars making it the ideal setting for conversation. Whether dining alongside old friends at our inviting brick backed bar or enjoying drinks on the noticeable patio with new ones, frequenters of TSP can be certain they have found the premier place to be seen & heard in Dallas, Texas.

Nora

Nora Restaurant and Bar, opened in the summer of 2012, is the third restaurant by restaurateur and chef Matt Pikar. Matt began his culinary career in Washington, D.C. in 2001 when he opened Afghan Grill. His clientele included many senators, congressmen and diplomats.

After rave reviews and success in D.C., Matt moved to Texas in 2007 and opened the well regarded Afghan Grill in North Dallas. Determined to make Afghan food better known, he decided to open a new venture closer to Dallas proper.

Nora’s namesake, Nora Pikar was just three months old when construction of the restaurant began. She and her older sister Stella were along every step of the way from construction to decoration and opening. The goal of Nora Restaurant and Bar is to introduce Greenville Avenue to a type of food it has yet to experience. With our friendly service and atmosphere, we strive to be an exotic spot that feels like home.

JD’s Chippery

Come in and see why this family-owned business has become a part of life for generations of Park Cities families and SMU students. All products at JD’s Chippery are made “from scratch” and baked fresh throughout the day. We bake in small quantities to ensure freshness and superior quality. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for. They have that crispy crunch on the outside but the inside is so buttery soft and almost doughy that makes this cookie just melt in your mouth.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

At DEBC, they like hops, but they like American hops most of all. Here they use some of our absolute favorites. However, they might not be used like you may expect, by using varieties with high alpha acid contents (which means more potential for bitterness) and using them in ways that emphasize the flavor and aroma they can render a rather bitter ale with over the top tropical fruit, citrus, pine, floral and more hop derived aroma and flavor.

Three Lions Food Truck

When Cameron Bonfield came to Texas, he did not anticipate starting and running a food truck concept in the emerging food truck scene of Dallas, but fate dealt him a hand he had to play. Joined by his brother Scott in in the fall of 2011, the two worked hard to bring flavorful tacos with a bit of South African spice to the DFW Metroplex. They were able to create a cult following, but something always bugged them. The food they were serving was great, but it didn’t say anything about who they were. Tacos? Englishmen? What is the connection? They began to serve some more traditional English fare along with the tacos and saw demand for the food quickly grow. So, early in 2012 they made the decision to start over and Three Lions food truck was born. A concept that was wholly about their heritage and a higher calling to represent English cuisine in a positive way to the DFW Metroplex. They now run and operate the Three Lions food truck bringing fast, delicious English fare to America.

Blake Scotland

We’re obsessed with the Lower East Side and for the last year have taken pleasure in dressing her friends, neighbors, and strangers from New York and cities and countries abroad.
Every line carried in the boutique is hand chosen for its high quality, unique design, and perfect attention to detail. If we wouldn’t wear it we are not going to sell it. Consistently influenced by this neighborhood, each piece reflects its cutting edge sensibility – comfort clothing for the wild child who’s just a little rough around the edges.
The boutique itself maintains an emphasis on making passionate hard work fun. This ethos is reflected through every facet of Blake Scotland: The hot, clever staff, boyfriends smoking on the bench out front, creative excuses to host events – albeit increasingly fashion focused. There’s no I in team. We aren’t shy about pooling our resources. We boast a family of friends who turn ideas and dreams into reality.

Ereka Vetrini on Parm NYC: The ONLY place to get chicken parm.

No need to travel to Italy for the perfect Parm, just head down to 248 Mulberry Street and taste the goods! Classic chicken parm sandwiches with a little downtown new york twist. All of the ingredients they use are locally grown which is part of their Italian motto. Each piece of chicken parm comes with a side of lasagna which is hands down the best lasagna in all of the city. Their secret for making awesome lasagna? Easy: they toast each side of the lasagna so that every bite provides the necessary crunch.

Four Points by Sheraton Midtown keeps you close to the NYC action!

Get everything you’re looking for with style and service you want, all at a great price. We have what matters most to you like stylish rooms, comfortable beds, delicious breakfast and fresh coffee. Plus lots of other extras you’ll love like free bottled water in your room, free internet access, and great local beer with Best Brews™.

The Cast NYC

Established in 2004, The Cast is a downtown New York based Men’s/Women’s clothing label and retail shop specializing in leather, denim, vintage, records, and other rock ‘n’ roll necessities. Known for their custom leather creations all made in New York City, customers have come from as far as Japan to create their own distinctive leather piece. The Cast is the go-to destination offering amazing fits and buttery soft leather of unparalleled quality. The Cast allows customers to personalize the details from color and texture to buttons, zippers, buckles and belts. Each can all be handpicked and made to order.

Barry’s Bootcamp Saturday Night Dance Party

Why can’t you be healthy working out and partying at the same time? Oh yeah, YOU CAN! Velvet ropes, LIVE DJ, Barry’s Bootcamp GOGO Dancers, non alcoholic antioxidant shots and a Disco Ball are all apart of this unique workout!

On the actual class:

Three switch-offs between treadmill and floor – we didn’t lose much time on the transitions because the floor sections used minimal equipment.
Lots of lunging and tons of multi-tasking exercises. Some up-and-down step work.
We did a few partner exercises – which were super fun and set a great tone for the class. On the treadmills, we took turns sprinting with our neighbor – the resting partner cheered for the sprinting partner. On the floor, we pushed our partner’s legs to the ground repeatedly for an old-school abs sesh.

Party favors:

Disco ball
Velvet ropes
Streamers
Live DJ
Glow bracelets
Joey, Alicia, Noah, and some other guy dressed in silly 80s workout garb
Shots – mid class they brought in a tray of acai antioxidant shots. They were yummy and I forgot water, so any cold liquid was a blessing.

Hotel Wales

Surround yourself with old world charm and new world comfort in a hidden gem among Upper East Side luxury hotels. Located in lovely Carnegie Hill, Hotel Wales is a sophisticated Manhattan boutique hotel situated in a classic historic building on the Upper East Side.

Hotel Wales features comfortably luxurious hotel rooms and suites, a sprawling second floor Carnegie Lounge, scenic rooftop garden, fitness center, elegant meeting space, and more. Guests are invited to delight in delicious dining at Paola’s, an elegant neighborhood Italian restaurant, or order room service from Sarabeth’s, the cozy comfort-food restaurant located on the hotel’s ground floor.

During your stay, experience the affluent Upper East Side neighborhood that Hotel Wales calls home. Surrounded by one-of-a-kind shops, great restaurants, New York’s best museums, endless businesses, Central Park and more, our Museum Mile hotel is perfectly located for vacationing visitors.

Business travelers, alumni and medical professionals also appreciate our close proximity to Mount Sinai Hospital, NY Academy of Medicine, Parsons, and Hunter College.

Store B Vintage

Store B Vintage in Wicker Park contains some of the most sought after and luxurious vintage attire and accessories found anywhere in the city of Chicago. Since 2002, this trendy, upscale boutique has been satisfying customers with its eclectic mix of wearable fine quality vintage women’s and men’s clothing from the 1930s thru the 1970s.

Located at 1472 North Milwaukee Avenue, owner David Ginople, successful entrepreneur and owner of Findables, also in Wicker Park, originally brought together more than 2,000 articles of clothing and accessories from the estate of a prominent socialite when the store first opened. Since then, he has expanded the vintage clothing in this one-of-a-kind boutique to also feature vintage handbags, millinery, shoes, costume jewelry and decorative home accessories.

Kayak Chicago

Kayak Chicago is Chicago’s premier full service outfitter, offering the highest quality instruction and trips, with our fully certified instuctors and guides. We pride ourselves in giving you the best customer service, instruction and on-water experience. We love kayaking and want to share the fun and knowledge with you. Let us teach you the skills and techniques so you can get out on the water and explore life.

Thomas Farley on Top Hops Beer Shop

Lower east side NYC. Just a few blocks from NY food and beer institutions, New Beer, Whole Foods Bowery, and Katz’s Deli. This is a new place that has it all…multiple growler fill taps, 100’s of bottles (kept in growler units without lights to preserve the integrity of the beer), artisanal foods available while you enjoy a tasty draft at the bar…1/2 bar, 1/2 growler fill station..is the this the new model for craft beer distribution spots? Not sure but this is a well worth checking out location…Craft is appreciated and celebrated, mid sized spot, with a sleek and comfortable arching bar, friendly, gracious and knowledgeable owner adds to the experience…go check it out..places like this are the future and deserve to be supported.

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach in Miami is the hidden jewel of South Beach, located at One Ocean Drive along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean amid swaying palms trees and warm sunny breezes. Nikki Beach Miami has established itself as the landmark nightclub and venue for ultimate private parties, large celebrations, and always lives up to its reputation as a South Beach Miami party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests and visitors alike.

The Hamilton

Strange and amazing, unlikely and enviable, the life of Alexander Hamilton could be a blueprint for the evolution of Washington, DC. This is a man who started off an orphan and ended up a lawyer, banker and founding father before dying famously in a duel with the Vice President of the United States. First built to house the federal government, DC is now a city where polish and sophistication have been charmed by a bohemian spirit yielding a new, thriving, artistic underground. Located just two blocks from the White House, the District’s newest destination for envelope-pushing, visionary music and talent defies convention, much like Hamilton himself. Visit thehamiltondc.com for more information.

Bond No. 9

Perfumery has always been about head-turning. Now, perfumes have been turned on their head. For the first time in fragrance history, a major, full-blown fragrance collection was launched as an homage to a great city. The name of this fragrance collection is Bond No. 9 (which is also the address of its headquarters boutique at 9 Bond Street, in NoHo). The city it celebrates is none other than — could be no other than — New York.

The Bond No. 9 collection of women’s, men’s, and unisex eaux de parfum — has a dual mission: To restore artistry to perfumery, and to mark every New York neighborhood with a scent of its own. Each fragrance represents a specific downtown, midtown, or uptown locale or a city-wide sensibility. With new introductions in the coming seasons, Bond No. 9 infuses the island of Manhattan with scents.

Billie’s Black

Besides being known for their amazing food (and let’s be clear: Billie’s Black serves food that is not just good; it is delicious), Billie’s also has gained respect from the city’s independent music scene. If an artist wants to do a show in Harlem, Billie’s is either first on their list or close to the top.

And so, suddenly, Adriane finds herself owning the exact business she expected. Part restaurant, part lounge, part family reunion, Billie’s Black has grown from a dream into a reality.

BB Kings Blues Club

Lucille’s Bar & Grill is a separate bar/restaurant located inside B.B. King’s and is named for B.B. King’s guitar. Lucille’s is open daily from 11am-1am on weekdays, 11am-3am on Friday & Saturdays for lunch, dinner & drinks. There is free live music nightly in Lucilles!

Christine Cameron on Screaming Mimi’s

Long a favorite of designers and wardrobe stylists, Screaming Mimi’s is one of the funkiest downtown destinations for affordable, well-preserved vintage clothing. With innovative window displays and a bright, colorful interior, owner Laura Wills’ boutique could almost be mistaken for a smaller, slightly twisted branch of Barney’s Coop. Attentive, smartly-dressed sales associates help shoppers navigate the racks to find a Quiana shirt to go with their Saturday Night Fever leisure suit, or try on some kicky, kitten heels for a vintage prom dress. Most of the store’s items are classic casual wear from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, although a back balcony area displays collector’s designer pieces from names like Courreges, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga

Perrin Paris

The Perrin house, dating back to 1893, continues its longstanding heritage by offering an elegant and contemporary array of handbags, gloves and leather accessories. Modern in design and timeless in appeal, the Perrin collection embodies refinement, integrating the finest quality leather with first-rate craftsmanship and dedication to absolute perfection.

Devoted to an expertise passed on from one generation to the next, the Perrin house remains attentive to the quality and excellence of its products, controlling every step of the leather making process. The house has recently invested in its own manufacturing plant built according to the latest standards, and in full compliance with environmental codes.

“We wish to offer women a luxurious product, no matter the lifestyle” explains Michel Perrin, the fourth generation representative of the marque. “Our handbags and gloves are appreciated by a woman who knows her style, what is unique about it…and about herself. They reveal a woman’s’ attitude while enhancing her natural elegance.”

Christine Cameron – New York’s most Stylish Insider!

I am a personal stylist, wardrobe consultant, blogger and magazine editor in New York.

Christine Cameron is fascinated by all things style and the many forms it comes in. She is constantly inspired by individuality and people’s sense of self as they strut the streets everyday in individually crafted outfits.

“When it comes to fashion, I love capturing and creating personal style from and for those around me. Helping someone create their own personal look and allowing them to come into their own, to feel confident in what they put on in the morning—and often all with the items they already have in their closet—is what I love the most.”

Seven’s Turkish Grill

Seven’s Turkish Grill uses the freshest Ingredients. They do not use processed or frozen food. Everything here is made fresh.The food was outstanding, probably the best Turkish food I’ve had in the last few months, and the service was very efficient as well.

You can get a mixed kebab platter with any 2 kebabs you want for about $18 and it comes with salad, roasted vegetables, rice, and bread. It’s really a huge meal. We decided to get 2 of them to sample 4 kinds of kebab (Doner, Adana, Shish, and Beyti) and we also got the Ezme salad (much like a Turkish salsa) to boot. The flavors were spot on. Everything had that ‘right off the grill’ flavor, was succulent, and extremely juicy. We also got a knafe for dessert which was hot, fresh, and delicious.

Ninja NY

At Ninja NY’s Japanese-French-American fusion fare, guests are whisked into the subterranean space by elevator, led to the dining area via a secret path (peopled by live “ninjas” poised to scare the living daylights out of you), then brought to the recesses of a feudal castle where each dungeonlike chamber houses a single table. Chopped conch in garlic-butter sauce explodes in flames after its fuse is lit; and the meteorite pot—a clam-and-soy-milk soup over greens and pork loin sliced tableside—is cooked to blandness by 800-degree rocks. After some too-beautiful-to-eat dessert, like a tiramisu bonsai tree made of green-tea leaves, puff-pastry wood, and cookie-crumb dirt, the meal concludes with a lengthy magic show from yet another ninja, this time armed with a deck of cards.

HeritageBicycles

Heritage Bicycles

HeritageBicycles

Heritage Bicycles General Store was an idea, and it would have stayed that way if owner Michael Salvatore didn’t take the leap into entrepreneurship. After spending three years helping establish Bowery Lane Bicycles (BLB) in New York City with partners Sean Naughton and Patrick Benard, Michael wanted to bring these beautiful bikes to his home town, Chicago. As a fifth-generation Chicagoan, he decided to not only bring BLB’s Breukelen and Broncks line to the Windy City, but to also add Daisy, the first offering from the Heritage line. Visit heritagebicycles.com for more information.

Millennium Park

Many observers consider Millennium Park to be the city’s most important project since the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. It far exceeded its originally proposed budget of $150 million. The final cost of $475 million was borne by Chicago taxpayers and private donors. The city paid $270 million; private donors paid the rest, and assumed roughly half of the financial responsibility for the cost overruns. The construction delays and cost overruns were attributed to poor planning, many design changes, and cronyism. Many critics have praised the completed park.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry provides 20 million people a year (60,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The ferry is the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan. NYC DOT operates and maintains the nine vessel fleet as well as the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, the City Island and Hart Island Facilities, The Battery Maritime Building and all floating dock building equipment. The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it “One of the world’s greatest (and shortest) water voyages.” From the deck of the ferry you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You’ll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return. A typical weekday schedule involves the use of five boats to transport approximately 60,000 passengers daily (109 daily trips). During the day, between rush hours, boats are regularly fueled and maintenance work is performed. Terminals are cleaned around the clock and routine terminal maintenance is performed on the day shift. On weekends, three boats are used (75 trips each Saturday and 68 trips each Sunday). Over 35,000 trips are made annually.

Lion King

The Serengeti comes to life as never before through the extraordinary vision that is The Lion King. More than 50 million people have felt the thrill of this Tony Award winner for Best Musical, which tells the classic journey of young royal heir Simba. Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap in a dazzling panorama that overwhelms the sense and inspires you with the wonder of life. This is The Lion King. Imagination Untamed.

Gagosian Gallery

Larry Gagosian’s gallery—a massive, maze-like layout of beautifully lit rooms—is considered by many to be the cornerstone of the art scene in Chelsea. His gallery shows often gather as much attention as any show at a major modern art museum, and they have included installations from Richard Serra, John Currin, De Kooning and the always-shocking but extremely relevant works of Damien Hirst.

Ereka Vetrini on Tortaria

Tortaria is a Mexican-style sandwich shop and tequila bar that specializes in tortas, taquitos, and tequila. We offer the widest selection of tortas in all of New York City and prepare them from scratch each morning with authentic Mexican ingredients. And we don’t stop there. We are also proud to offer made-to-order guacamole, hand-pressed corn Masa tortillas, and fresh fruit-squeezed margaritas.

Sweet Samba Spa

Sweet Samba is a hip lifestyle boutique & spa with an authentic vibe and most importantly a clean, professional environment where you can relax and unwind while enjoying the highest quality spa services. Whether you enjoy shopping the boutique, enjoying a signature Organic Facial or experiencing our award winning Brazilian waxing, Sweet Samba offers an innovative and rejuvenating experience.

Sweet Samba Spa has four locations:

Athens: 121 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601, Telephone: 706.543.0099

Buckhead: 3167 Peachtree Road Ste. E. Atlanta, GA 30305, Telephone: 404.869.8888

Vinings: 4600 West Village Place Suite 3001 Smyrna, GA 30080, Telephone: 770.435.5505

Midtown: 884 Monroe Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30308, Telephone: 404.347.5211

Visit sweetsamba.com for more information.

Sweetwater Brewery

Grab a few friends and join us at the brewery. Tours run about thirty minutes beginning after the doors open so that leaves plenty of time for sampling and merch shopping – just be 21 and able to prove it. A designated driver is always the smartest bet. See you there!!
The tours are free, but $10 gets you a souvenir SweetWater pint glass, with 6 sample tickets for 5.5oz samples of SweetWater’s brews.

Tex’s Tacos

Affectionately dubbed the ‘Antonio Banderas’ of food trucks, Tex’s Tacos is nothing short of suavé – a fully equipped kitchen & restaurant on wheels. Serving-up a delicious array of ‘Nueva Texicana’ eats with style and grace, we keep the good times rolling…literally. Spice up your day and embark on a friendly adventure to our taco trough. What’s there not to love about eating deliciously fresh tacos, quesadillas, & lime fries out of a truck!?!? See texstacos.com for more information and locations.

The Beehive

The beehive is a boutique collective comprised of independent designers with a focus on the local entrepreneur. Their product selection includes apparel, housewares, accessories and jewelry for everyone.

Designer owned and run, Beehive strives to provide a platform whereby new and established designers and artists may increase their brand visibility through sales, community outreach, and the ability to engage with a network of like-minded entrepreneurs.

Introducing stylish, locally designed products in a chic modern boutique setting. The beehive boasts the area’s best handmade goods, and provides customers the opportunity to directly interact and engage with the artists who made their products. Visit thebeehiveatl.com for more information.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock is a 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of Rockefeller Centre (the upper decks 260 m above the street level you get an unobstructed, 360 degree view of New York City). Enter on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.
Once up to the viewing decks, the first two levels have a low wall with large Glass screens which enable you to get great views and photographs, there are reasonable sized gaps between the screens to enable cameras to get clear shots.
The top viewing deck has no screens, just the wall and a fantastic view of Manhattan .

Bowlmor Lanes Times Square with Thomas Farley

Looking for new and fun places to hang with your friends? Or maybe you’re looking for a place to relax at with your co-workers, or bring the family for some quality time. Well, Bowlmor Lanes in Time Square solves all those problems. Bowlmor Lanes is the hippest bowling alley you will ever find! They have multiple themed lounges decorated to represent the different boroughs of New York City. So you will feel like you are bowling in China Town, or Time Square, or even Central Park! (Yes grass is included between the lanes). Don’t let your night end up in a gutter, make sure you check out Bowlmor Lanes. That is if you can spare the time.

Salt Factory

Salt Factory is an impressive and refreshing contender in the gastro pub circuit. Though once inside you forget you are in suburbia, Salt Factory definitely gives some trendy relief to the famous Canton Street in Roswell. Burly servers discuss the merits of Belgian beer and the difference between a British pint and an American pint (Brits beat us in ounces), and while the list is selective, it isn’t as, er, stout as it could be. Be as adventurous as possible and stick with the interesting imports and save the Stella for a Buckhead bar. Split up a meat and cheese plate with the table or grab a bleu burger for yourself. Visit saltfactorypub.com for more information.

Red Door Tavern

Come to Roswell’s neighborhood friendly bar, perfect for any occassion. Offering a large beer selection and a great pub menu, Red Door has a weekly happy hour and nightly drink specials. We are open late every night. Perfect for after work, a singles meet and greet or your weekend spot to watch television sports, visit Red Door Tavern today.

Gems of Africa

You don’t have to travel to Africa to view authentic African art.

A family business owned and operated by Keith Washington and Wallene Jones since 1981. Originally located in New York, we have been in business in Atlanta since 1997.

The staff at the Gems of Africa Gallery is dedicated to presenting you the best of African Art. To ensure the quality of their merchandise and to keep abreast of new artists and artifacts available, they travel to Africa twice a year and hand pick all of the items for the gallery. Many of the artists that they deal with are not interested in the marketing aspect of the business, so they provide the marketing expertise for them.

They are Atlanta’s leading resource in contemporary African art. Featuring original paintings, Shona sculptures, Tribal masks, South African pottery, Ngwenya Glass and many other items which are all hand crafted in Africa. Although they carry art from many countries in Africa, we specialize in original art and sculpture from South Africa and Zimbabwe. Although the actual retail gallery closed at the end of May, the online gallery is free for you to view at gemsofafricagallery.com. Feel free to contact Keith or Wallene at 404-876-8200.

Kai Lin Art Gallery

Kai Lin Art is a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta that focuses on local, emerging artists. The gallery runs on an accelerated exhibition calendar with a new opening every eight weeks.

Our gallery includes all mediums of art from works on canvas to photography, sculptures to handcrafted pieces. The gallery is available for event rental and the state-of-the-art facility is host to many monthly community events from fundraisers and fashion shows to workshops and art classes.

Midtown Tavern

Established in 2005, Midtown Tavern, nestled in the heart of Atlanta’s SoNo District (south of North Ave.), is a neighborhood gathering spot that offers a hearty, yet innovative “from scratch” American style menu, a seasonal beer list, and a warm environment in an urban loft setting.
With a diverse American menu derived through a “from scratch” philosophy, our chef Hunter Keels uses all-natural ingredients to create unique cuisines that can still be enjoyed in a tavern-style atmosphere. Visit midtowntavern.net for more information.

B.Oyama

To say B.Oyama clothes are eye-catching is an understatement. The fine suits and shirts you find here you can find nowhere else. The collars are a quarter to half-inch wider than normal. From his shirts to his ties, to his cufflings and suit jackets, one might wonder if his collection is inspired by delicious cakes. If your not sure of what look you want, you can enlist the assistance of Oyama’s image consulting program, which sends an advisor to their wardrobe to figure out the best items for their desired style.

Sugar Bar

The Sugar Bar Restaurant & Lounge is owned by the legendary singer/songwriting team Ashford & Simpson. Open from Tuesday thru Saturday for dinner and nightly entertainment. For great food and a good time, theres no place like it. Dont forget about “Open Mic” Every Thursday, where all the stars come out to play. Open for nine years now, the Sugar Bar is known for both its delectable menu and its spectacular live performances.

Miss Lily’s

Miss Lily’s, a laid-back eatery on an unassuming corner of SoHo, claims to be New York City’s most authentic Jamaican experience. It’s also an instant scene, given the folks behind it are experts in luring culture vultures: Binn and Genc Jakupi of 1Oak and The Box, Serge Becker of La Esquina and Café Select, and Paul Salmon of the Rock house Hotel in Jamaica.

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Harlem- 125th Street

125th Street in Manhattan has received a much anticipated facelift, and not a moment too soon. 125th Street is poised to become a new center piece attraction to anyone wishing to celebrate Black History Month. The new Arts and Cultural hub offers some of the most historical sites, not only beloved by the Black community, but around the World. Apollo Theater for instance, is just one of the familiar sites that has stood the test of time and still gives back to the community, though it’s weekly amateur nights. Got what it takes for super stardom? Than start there.

Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe is a gold mine of African American intellectual pursuits, literature, and the coffee’s not too shabby, either. Known of its extensive list of guests authors, we were lucky to catch a glimpse of non other than Bill Cosby! With guests like that, you’re wondering just who’ll show up next.

Just down the street, stands the magnificent Abyssinian Baptist Church. From its halls every Sunday, a thunderous, praiseworthy procession of gospels sung by the in house choir. Just, heavenly.

Studio Museum should be the next stop on you’re Black History tour. The space is a showcase for Black artists, like Kira Lynn Harris. Last, but certainly not least, after you’ve worked up an appetite with all that site seeing, Visit Sylvia’s where the food not only fills the belly, but feeds the soul. It’s the taste of Harlem, featuring authentic southern style soul food.

125th Street is chuck full of history, artistic pursuit, journeys for the mind and for the soul. A definite must-visit for any and all.

Have a romantic dinner at Canoe

Overlooking a tranquil garden setting on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe draws even the most dedicated city-dwellers to charming Vinings for big flavors in a relaxed atmosphere. The dining room may have the feel of a country lodge, but the food is generous, sophisticated and unforgettable. With a focus on game meats, Canoe’s seasonal menu features unique offerings like ostrich and rabbit, as well as classic steak and seafood dishes for the less-adventurous diner. This spot books up quickly for holidays and special occasions, with a reputation for top-notch service, reasonable prices and creating an all-around evening to remember.

Denver Art museum

The Denver Art Museum is a private, non-profit, educational resource for Colorado. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents through the acquisition, preservation, and presentation of art works in both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by supporting these works with exemplary educational and scholarly programs.

Since its beginnings in the 1890s as the Denver Artists’ Club, the Denver Art Museum has had a number of temporary homes, from the public library and a downtown mansion to a portion of the Denver City and County Building.

Barbareeba

Babareeba Store Denver gets a good name at this stylish Highland shop featuring trendy togs and jewelry and classic vintage wear. Approximately 70 percent of clothing and shoes reflect modern fashions from well-known stores like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, as well as designer brands from hip boutiques. The rest is high-quality vintage like Jackie O-style St. John knits that lend themselves to current tastes.

Ted Baker

From the beginning Ted has had a very clear, unswerving, focus on quality, attention to detail and a quirky sense of humour, so much so in fact that the first stores used to provide a laundry service for every shirt purchased – something that gained the quickly growing brand the title of ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Everything produced under the Ted Baker name has his personality woven into its very heart.

As you would expect from Ted, the approach to marketing the brand remains the same as it was from day one … primarily by word of mouth and out of the ordinary marketing. What other brand would give away Paxo stuffing at Christmas, a can of chocolate bunny hotpot for Easter, or even special world-cup 2006 football cards, Roy of the Rovers style? Ted remains one of the only brands to be built into an international designer label without an advertising campaign.

The Grill

On January 31, 1984, The Grill on the Alley, located steps from Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, opened its doors and became an instant hit. Its continued success has earned The Grill an international reputation for quality and consistency. The three founders developed a concept that still draws fans worldwide. The Grill today continues its legendary traditions in major United States cities by offering an extensive selection of superior quality classic American food served by dedicated professionals in a sophisticated, yet warm and unpretentious atmosphere.

The Grill (as it is sometimes known) was modeled after the great grills of New York and San Francisco; the founders seeking to maintain the tradition of those fine, old establishments by offering first-rate fare, attentive service, and a familiar, dignified atmosphere. The response was tremendous, as The Grill evolved into one of the Los Angeles area’s best known, “must-do” places.

The Grill’s second location was opened in May, 1998, at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

The Grill on the Alley in Chicago opened on downtown Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” in June 2000, and is just steps from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Field’s, Water Tower Place, and

The fourth The Grill – known as The Grill on Hollywood – opened in Hollywood’s Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex in November 2001. This bustling center is home to the Kodak Theater which hosts The Academy Awards year after year, and attracts locals and tourists alike.

The Grill on the Alley in Dallas, Texas opened in July 2006, and is part of the Galleria Dallas, the busiest upscale shopping destination in the city. The sixth The Grill on the Alley is located at The Promenade at Westlake, a Mediterranean-styled outdoor shopping and entertainment center featuring some of the most well respected merchants in the world. And the most recent addition is The Grill on the Alley Aventura. Located in the Aventura Mall, which is ranked as the number one shopping destination among international visitors.

Living Room

The Living Room is located at 1055 Broadway in Denver (between 10th & 11th, next to Arby’s), and opened in August of 2009, with a fabulous wine and beer list, and a menu of mouth-watering small dishes along with an Enomatic wine sampling system allowing customers the ability to taste 24 varying wines by the ounce simply with the swipe of a card and a touch of a button.

Along with exceptional, friendly service The Living Room offers a warm, seductive yet

casual ambiance in this comfortable and stylish setting complete with high backed booths, hanging retro bubble chairs, low lights, great sounds, gathering bar, urban patio and just the right touch of downtown aire, all in a unpretentious setting that takes the intimidation out of wine tasting.

The Abbey

The Abbey’s most recent 4,000 square-foot expansion (the fifth in 12 years), included the addition of a brand new bar and lounge, now dubbed the Effen Smooth Bar, bringing its total size to approximately 16,000 square feet. Both AOL CityGuide and Zagat Survey rank The Abbey as THE hot spot in L.A. Such popularity and critical acclaim are a testament to Cooley’s drive and entrepreneurial spirit.

Osteria La Buca

Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the outskirts of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. We represent handmade, whole beast, long braise, and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.

La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits (or Rancho La Brea Tar Pits) are a cluster of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in the urban heart of Los Angeles. Asphaltum or tar (brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with water. Over many centuries, animals that came to drink the water fell in, sank in the tar, and were preserved as bones. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are now a registered National Natural Landmark.

Tar pits form when crude oil seeps to the surface through fissures in the Earth’s crust; the light fraction of the oil evaporates, leaving behind the heavy tar, or asphalt, in sticky pools. Tar from the La Brea tar pits was used for thousands of years by local native Americans, as a glue and as waterproof caulking for baskets and canoes. After the arrival of Westerners, the tar from these pits was mined and used for roofing by the inhabitants of the nearby town of Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles.

Lola’s Coastal Mexican

Named one of the top five establishments to drink tequila in America by Food and Wine Magazine, LoLa has also become one of Denver’s most acclaimed dining destinations, serving cuisine inspired by Mexico’s coastal regions. 5280 Magazine’s Chef of the Year and LoLa owner, Jamey Fader, mixes up Denver’s best regional Mexican cuisine with his ever changing, seasonally inspired menus.

LoLa now occupies what was the original home to the Ollinger Mortuary and the 1926 winter resting place of Wild Bill Cody in what is now our downstairs tequila bar, BeLoLa. With over 150 selections of tequila Lola has a sleek and sexy space that is conducive to an evening of serious study with Mixologist Jimmy Zanon. Denver’s very best brunch starts early and ends late with live music on Sundays.

Black America West Museum

While famous for telling the story of Black cowboys, they are broader than this with interests in the stories of all those early Blacks who came west and performed as miners, soldiers, homesteaders, ranchers, blacksmiths, schoolteachers, lawmen, and every other profession needed to build up the West. In fact, the Museum itself is in the home of Dr. Justina Ford, Colorado’s first Black woman doctor!

The Museum is broken into many diverse exhibits such as our homestead exhibit. There is an exhibit primarily dedicated to the town of Dearfield, Colorado. Dearfield was a Black pioneer town founded by O.T. Jackson in 1910 just east of Greeley, Colorado. It was a bustling town of approximately 500 residents founded on the principles of Booker T. Washington. It was successful until the 1930s when depression, drought and dust storms forced most of the residents back to the cities. In the early 1940s, the town dwindled to about a dozen full time residents and finally ended shortly thereafter. The town is now a ghost town and the Museum owns many of the city lots. Click here for more information.

Red O

A collaborative effort between Mike Dobson and Rick Teasta of Ma’Kai Lounge and Mexican maestro chef Rick Bayless. From top dishes representative of classic Mexican flavors, Pollo en Mole Poblano – grilled chicken, mole poblano, black beans, watercress salad — to the Carne Asada Brava – green chile-marinated Creekstone Natural ribeye, roasty salsa huevona, sweet corn tamales and grilled knob onions, the food here is amazing. The atmosphere is outstanding. Elegant, and modern, not over the top but enough to make you notice. Nothing is sparred here at Red O.

Georgia Dome

Atlanta’s Georgia Dome is a familiar name to sports fans. Not only is the Georgia Dome the home stadium for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons football team, the Georgia Dome has hosted some of the sporting world’s most exciting athletic events since opening in 1992.

The roster of Georgia Dome sporting events features the 1996 Olympic Games (basketball and gymnastics), the Super Bowl (1994 and 2000), professional wrestling and bull riding and the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball Tournament, which was here in 2007 as well. Annual events held at the Atlanta Georgia Dome include the SEC Football Championship, the Atlanta Football Classic, Honda’s Battle of the Bands and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

In addition to being a world-class sports arena, the Georgia Dome has been the setting for concerts by such artists as the Rolling Stones and the Backstreet Boys. Atlanta’s Georgia Dome has also hosted religious gatherings with Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes.

The Georgia Dome’s illustrious résumé is matched only by its vital statistics. Atlanta’s Georgia Dome covers 8.9 acres, stands as tall as a 27-story building and is the world’s largest cable-supported domed stadium. Its athletic field measures 102,000 square feet. Seating at the Georgia Dome totals 71,250 permanent seats, with 203 executive suites, 4,600 club suites and a penthouse suite.

Visit gadome.com for schedules and information.

Kidrobot

The products sold at Kidrobot are the centerpieces of a global movement that exemplifies the cutting edge of both pop art and mass culture. Many Kidrobot toys, such as Dunny, MUNNY, and Frank Kozik’s Labbits and Mongers, attract huge followings. Artists that work with Kidrobot have gained celebrity status-these include USA artists Frank Kozik, Tim Biskup, Huck Gee, Joe Ledbetter, Tristan Eaton, Paul Budnitz, and Tara McPherson; the German design collective eBoy; Japan’s Devilrobots & Mad Barbarians; French street artists Tilt & Mist; the UK’s TADO and ilovedust; Australia’s Nathan Jurevicius; Argentina’s DOMA; and many, many others.

Kidrobot also regularly collaborates with many of the world’s top brands to create unique limited editions products. Past collaborations include Marc Jacobs, Visionaire Magazine, Barneys New York, The Standard Hotels, Playboy, Burton, Nike, Lacoste, Nooka, Matt Groening & more.

A blend of sculpture and popular art, many of Kidrobot’s exclusive toys are extremely rare and collectible. Artists often create a series of only a few hundred to a few thousand pieces, so once a toy is sold out, it’s sold out forever. Kidrobot toys retail anywhere from $5 to $25,000, and many appreciate in value over time.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA) acquired 13 Kidrobot toys in late 2007, adding these iconic pieces to the museum’s collection.

In 2006, Kidrobot launched its exclusive apparel line. Vibrant, distinctive, and produced in limited runs, Kidrobot apparel draws from the company’s unique pop art aesthetic.

The Wrecking Bar Brew Pub

As a 20th-century Victorian-style home, a Methodist Protestant church, a dance school and most recently as the Wrecking Bar architectural antiques store, the journey to bring you an ever-changing selection of specialty beers brewed on site and craft pub food has been defined by fond memories made by notable Atlanta families. On June 19, 2011, Bob and Kristine Sandage began a new legacy, as the basement of the charismatic Victor H. Kriegshaber House was christened as the Wrecking Bar Brewpub!

Vowing to boldly go where no other brewpub has gone before, the Sandages warmly open their doors, inviting the neighborhood to enjoy this artisanal gathering spot for the community that took the support of a community to build.

The brew pub is located at 292 Moreland Ave. NE
Atlanta GA. Click here for more information.

Georgia World Congress Center

Welcome to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority — which includes the 3.9 million square foot convention center, the 71,250-seat Georgia Dome and 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park — ranks among the top five largest convention destinations in the country as well as one of the best sports and entertainment campuses in the world.

The State of Georgia established the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to develop and operate the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and related facilities.

These facilities exist for the primary purpose of promoting and facilitating events and activities that generate economic benefits to the citizens of the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.

Visit gwcc.com for more information.

Strip Restaurant

Strip Steaks and Sushi is located at Atlantic Station. Strip is Atlanta’s place to be when you are craving both style and substance. This multilevel steak house with lively bars and patios on each level takes on a new meaning in the world of steak houses. Strip allows diners the option of enjoying a great steak in a super hip environment. The in-house DJ plays the hottest tunes nightly; guests are welcome to step out on to the dance area at any time. Also enjoy the open air rooftop deck on level 3. Meet your friends after work at STRIP to see and be seen at Atlanta’s hottest place to MEAT, DRINK and EAT!

Philips Arena

Philips Arena opened in downtown Atlanta in 1999 and is considered one of the best dual-sport, multi-purpose facilities in the world where sports fans and music-lovers alike can enjoy major-league entertainment.

Home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, Philips Arena brings the excitement of major league basketball to Atlanta, and hosts close to 2 million fans and 200 events annually. Philips Arena was ranked the #1 concert and events venue in the United States by Pollstar magazine in July 2009, and is consistently ranked among the world’s top arenas based on attendance.

Philips Arena hosts some of the top musical acts and performers in the world today. Entertainers who have appeared at Atlanta’s Philips Arena include Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. Atlanta, GA’s Philips Arena also showcases the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney On Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus every year.

Visit philipsarena.com for more information.

Havana Club

The new Havana Club location pays tribute to its forefather, but also offers amenities and an unparalleled design that guests are bound to remember. The venue boasts 15,000 square feet of warm, rich decadence and with three distinct rooms, each complete with its own unique ambiance. Let the smooth music of Stage, uplifting energy of Studio and creative ingenuity of Gallery carry you away on an exotic escape to Havana.

The Havana Club has been a fixture on the Buckhead nightlife scene since it’s opening in March of 1996. Founded by seasoned entrepreneurs, The Havana Club has garnered a steady following and remained an influence on Buckhead Ave. in Buckhead until it’s closing in late August 2007 for the Streets of Buckhead project. The revamped Havana Club reopened to the public in December 2009.

The new, 15,000 square-ft venue boasts a custom-designed lighting and sound system, satellite television throughout, cedar-wood humidor stocking rare and exotic cigars, and on-site parking. Recommended by the Buckhead Coalition for three consecutive years: 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Dress Code:

No white t-shirts, No tennis shoes, No flip-flops, No work boots, No athletic gear, No excessively baggy clothing, No baseball caps, No shorts, No Polos,

Hours of Operation:

8:30pm to 3:00am

Visit havanaclubatl.com for more information.

Legal Seafood

See fish. Eat fish. Legal Sea Foods is located in downtown Atlanta’s Hilton Garden Inn, across from the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. Our two-story restaurant is double the fun for Atlantans who love seafood.

The buzz-worthy Oyster Bar is our street level lounge. Its close proximity to the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena makes it a popular lure on game days. Our second floor dining room features panoramic windows overlooking Centennial Olympic Park and Atlanta’s skyline, a balcony with outdoor seating and a wine room for semi-private parties. Guests can make waves in our Oyster Bar or restaurant or even in the two additional on-premise private dining spaces we utilize. 19 signature cocktails, 28 wines by the glass and countless varieties of fresh fish and shellfish will get you hooked.

Click here for more information.

Georgia Grille

Drawing inspiration from the famous Southwestern painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Georgia Grille intermingles the flavors of the Southwest with the hospitality of the South.

For over 17 years, Karen Hilliard and her staff have been serving her unique interpretation of Southwestern fare in a casual, kicked-back style.

From the aroma of her famous Lobster Enchiladas, to the old wormwood bar where top shelf margaritas and a thoughtful wine selection are poured, to the signature Coca Cola cooler, you know exactly where you are when you step into the Georgia Grille, and you can’t help but smile… and stay awhile.

Visit georgiagrille.com for more information.

McNally Jackson Books

McNally Jackson is an independent bookstore in New York City. They aspire to be the center of Manhattan’s literary culture: Witness their events, their two floors of books, their engaged staff. Not to mention their bustling café, because what, after all, is reading without coffee? Yes, they arrange our literature by nation, but they’ll be glad to help if you find yourself lost amongst the Europeans.

In 2010, you can’t be the center of any kind of culture without being online. Whatever your bookish preference—e- or otherwise—you can now shop McNally Jackson from home. Start searching at the top of your screen, or have a look at what they recommend. They deliver throughout Manhattan and will happily ship anywhere in the country.

Animal Kingdom

Not too far from Philly!

Animal Kingdom boasts one of the most extensive wild animal collections in New Jersey. Many of their animals are endangered species, which is why the zoo is so important. Their mission is to educate visitors about the importance of preserving the environment and, as a result, the animals that live there. Animal Kingdom’s large collection of animals, some free roaming and others caged, have traveled from six continents to make their home at Animal Kingdom.

Unparalleled Primate Collection

Animal Kingdom boasts one of the largest collections of primates in the United States. Among their honored guests, they have the Mandrill Baboon with its stunning blue face, exotic Japanese Snow Macaques, three species of lemurs and fifteen other species of primates.

Giraffes in New Jersey

At Animal Kingdom, they have several giraffes, many of which are babies born right there in New Jersey.

Tapir Fun

Animal Kingdom has Tapirs!. Their Tapirs are from South America and are cousin to the horse.

One hump or two?

…The camels at Animal Kingdom have one! Did you know that the camel’s hump is used to store fat, not water? Camels are from Asia and are at home in the desert. There isn’t any desert here at Animal Kingdom but we give them a large pile of sand in the summer to lay on.

Mooncake Foods

Mooncake Foods is home-cooked Asian comfort food, as interpreted by a food lover who grew up influenced by the yummy foods of his Spanish Brooklyn neighborhood and the addictive cooking of his Chinese Mom. They try to create a new kind of Asian restaurant. Mooncake Foods breaks all traditions – no woks, no unhealthy fryers, no processed meat entrees, and no heavy heart-clogging sauces. What you’ll find on their menu is innovatively grilled, steamed, or roasted plates, salads, and sandwiches.

They use premium quality natural ingredients, organic when possible, and always fresh every day. They work hard and make their dishes from scratch to ensure our quality. For example, they juice their own limes for the base of our sauces, roast their own bell peppers for our sandwiches, make their own chicken stock for the soups, and hand mix and roll every wonton and dumpling.

Danny Meyer’s Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Danny Meyer’s newest venture, a cafe for the Whitney called Untitled, takes the coffee shop of the ’60s as its inspiration but manages to incorporate what’s best about most of Meyer’s operations: locally sourced, seasonally fresh fare, prepared by talented hands (Executive Chef Chris Bradley, formerly of Gramercy Tavern) and offered at reasonable prices.

The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch during the week (with both menus offered all day), and for dinner on weekends; we stopped in for a late breakfast on a quiet Tuesday, when the kitchen is open despite the galleries being closed to the public, and started our day with a chocolate egg cream ($5)–chocolate syrup, seltzer, and milk. However, a more traditional start is also available, with coffee from (who else?) Stumptown roasters, or a selection of housemade juices.

The restaurant’s suppliers are proudly listed on a chalkboard over the bar: Milk from Battenkill Creamery in Salem, Oats & Grains from Cayuga Pure Organics in Ithaca, and Apple Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn–just to name a few. The inspiration may be coffee-shop classics, but the quality results seem anything but.
Untitled

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10021 (map)

Noche

Noche is a tapas staple on the Atlanta scene. Though I wouldn’t say it has the best small plates in town, the price to portion size ratio makes Noche a winner in my book. Most of their plates are a good size, making it easy to get a good deal on dinner, as opposed to some other tapas restaurants where the small $6-$9 plates add up very quickly to a hefty tab.

The Highlands location is cozy and often crowded. The new Vinings outpost is larger, with a big patio to match, and is quickly becoming a popular hot spot. Both locations have a colorful, festive atmosphere and reasonably good service. Other Noche locations are in Johns Creek and Brookhaven.

Noche is the perfect atmosphere for a group gathering and is often a popular destination for casual birthdays or celebrations. The small plate service encourages sharing and conversation. The Highlands location is especially intimate indoors and I’ve always noticed how full of life and laughter the dining room seems to be.

Bonus tip: Monday night all-you-can-eat tapas at Noche Virginia Highlands is one of the best deals in town. For $10 per person, you get about 10 different tapas from a limited menu and once you’ve tried them all, you can keep on ordering your favorites until you’re full! This is a great way to try new items you’d normally not choose for yourself.

Here are the locations:

Brookhaven – 705 Town Blvd NE Atlanta, GA 30319, Phone 404.364.9448
Highlands – 1000 Virginia Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30306, Phone 404.815.9155
Johns Creek – 3719 Old Alabama Rd Johns Creek, GA 30022, Phone 770.777.9555
Vinings – 2850 Paces Ferry Rd SE Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone 770.432.3277

Showplace Icon Movie Theater

Modern design and delectable dining converge with state-of-the-art cinematic technology for a feast of the senses. ShowPlace ICON Theatre is an entirely new technology for a feast of the senses. Relax and have a drink and a bite before, after, or even during the movie.*

*Guest can bring their cocktails and food into the VIP Premium Reserved section and enjoy their fare throughout the movie.

Lincoln Center Tully Hall

Alice Tully Hall is a concert hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Tully Hall is located within the Juilliard Building, a Brutalist structure, which was designed by renowned architect Pietro Belluschi, and completed and opened in 1969. Since its opening, it has hosted numerous performances and events, including the New York Film Festival. Tully Hall seats 1,086 patrons. You can rent this space out for parties, events, or just go there to have a fantastic lunch!

Ladurée

These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”. The pastry chefs measure out very precisely the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, before adding one final ingredient, a pinch of unique “know-how”, essential to the making of such a delicacy. Once cooked and filled, the macaroons are put to one side for 2 days before going on sale, the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavour.

With each new season, Ladurée pays tribute to its most famous creation by creating a new flavour.
The existing range of macarons is always the starting point when a new one is created, as the variety of colours is as important as the range of flavours and a vital part of their appeal.

Edit Boutique NYC

Edit co-founder and creative director Alissa Emerson has spent two decades in fashion retail. For sixteen years she owned and managed TuesdaysChild, her multi-brand boutique in Scarsdale, New York, where she carried the Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Derek Lam–as well as Alexander Wang’s debut collection. Although she’s blessed with an eye for young talent, Alissa’s insistence on refinement and quality over flash-in-the-pan trendiness has earned her a loyal clientele. With the birth of her daughter, Annabelle, she recently became a first-time mother.

Edit co-founder and head of operations Valerie Feigen grew up on New York’s Upper East Side. After graduating from Columbia Law School, she worked for many years as an analyst in the apparel sector for JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers, where she specialized in luxury brands. Now a mother of three and an active member in several New York charities, Valerie has an intimate understanding of the needs of the modern woman.

Diego Rocha

Diego Rocha is a Brazilian born handbag designer. He began his career in the finance field in Sao Paulo before making the transition to designer. Fortunately for Diego, fashion is in his genes. His mother was a pattern-maker so he grew up surounded by colorful clothes, needles and scissors. Watching his mother work not only inspired him but also gave him the necessary background to pursue his dream. He uses many textures and prints which are influenced by his native Brazil, a country known for its extensive wildlife.

Before settling in Chicago in 2005, Diego lived in New York City where he was able to perfect his skills. Although his equipment was unsuitable, he locked himself in his apartment for six months, experimenting with materials and teaching himself the techniques necessary to crystallize his vision. It is this devotion to his craft that shines through in every Diego Rocha design.

Each Diego Rocha design is carefully hand constructed to deliver sophistication and style to any occasion. Diego personally handpicks the raw materials, exclusive patterns and exquisite colors while handcrafting each detail every step of the way. This personal attention to detail and craftsmanship is what makes each handbag unique and a one of a kind piece of art.

Brooklyn Boulders

Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym, and one of the East Coast’s largest. Since opening our doors in September of 2009, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing a fun and challenging climbing experience for people of all ages and experience levels. With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, we can offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner. BKB is proud to offer a variety of training classes for those seeking to increase their rock climbing skills and knowledge, as well as daily yoga classes and a slackline.

The gym is also available for birthday parties and special events. Most importantly, Brooklyn Boulders strives to maintain an open and friendly climbing community. So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for.

Cellar 56

Cellar 56 features a delectable menu created to complement the flavorful selection of wines. We work with local farms and dairies to bring the best and freshest ingredients to the table. Every palate is accommodated with small plate choices like the Grilled Flat Iron with chimichurri, and the Macaroni and Cheese with green chiles and prosciutto. Plates range from $5 to $7.

Wine is an obvious focus for Cellar 56, as the name comes from its 56+ options. Of these selections, many are sourced from boutique wineries on small allocation to bring Spectator rated 90+ wines to the consumer starting at an amazing $24 a bottle and by the glass at $3 half and $6 full. The remaining wine choices are available by the bottle and include many favorites at various pricing. Visit cellar56.com for more information.

WEEKLY EVENTS:
Mondays: $16 Bottles of Any Wine Carried by the Glass
Two for Tuesdays: Buy One, Get One Free Small Plates
Wednesdays: $12 for 4 Half Glasses of Wine from Three Flight Option

CNN Center

Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action! The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the Global Headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action! The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the Global Headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.

Admission Prices
Inside CNN Studio Tour

Adult $15
Senior (65+): $14
Student: $14 (13 – 18, or with valid college ID)
Child: $12 (ages 4 – 12)
Group $13 (per person with 20+ people)
Youth Group $9 (per person, ages 4 – 12, 20+ people)
Military Free with Active Duty ID

Tour operators call 404.827.2300 for pricing information.

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Specialty Tours

Inside CNN VIP Tour $35 Purchase Tickets
Morning Express Tour $49 Purchase Tickets

Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by calling 404.827.2300 or toll free at 1.877.4CNNTOUR. Buy Tickets

Tour pricing and availability subject to change without notice.

Eclipse di Luna

Eclipse di Luna, opened in January of 1997, is a funky and festive restaurant and tapas bar which features Spanish influenced cuisine served in an artsy warehouse setting. Live latin music fills the restaurant and patio every evening. The restaurant has two locations. One is at the end of the Miami Circle antique and design district off peidmont road in Buckhead at 764 Miami Circle, Atlanta GA 30324. Phone is 404-846-0449. The other is in Park Place at 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA 30346. Phone is 678-205-5862.

Prime Steakhouse

Only one steakhouse in Atlanta features the cuisine of an Internationally renowned chef and a traditional sushi bar. Prime pairs the finest steaks available with sophisticated sushi in an elegant and modern atmosphere. When hosting business meetings, private functions or intimate occasions, Prime’s private dining room, known as our New Castle Room, is available for lease. The Private Dining Room seats up to 22 guests. It is separate from the main dining room, offering the privacy and seclusion that certain gatherings may require. Prime’s Atrium Court, located adjacent to the restaurant, is the perfect venue for large party dining and cocktail receptions. It is available to lease in half or in its entirety. Seating capacities for lunch or dinner are up to 30 guests for half the Atrium area and up to 55 guests for the entire Atrium. The Atrium can also accommodate up to 100 guests for reception style events. Click here for more information.

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, Fogo® began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 15 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service.
We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list. Click here for more information.

Prohibition

Prohibition is probably the closest Atlanta comes to the current style and substance of “speakeasies” in other big cities. Located below Stout Irish Pub in the funhouse labyrinth of Andrews Square, the atmosphere is clubby and classy. There’s oak paneling, a burnished honey-colored onyx bar top, a glowing hand-painted drop ceiling, and vintage ’20s decorations. Leather sofas and a fireplace create cozy seating nooks. But the bar is where the action is.

Owner/ bartender Steve De Haan calls his cocktails “prescriptions,” offering them up with a steady stream of barkeep banter. De Haan compounds drinks with giddy precision, using historical recipes and old-school techniques, top-shelf liquors, fresh-squeezed juices and garnishes, while chipping ice off a 300-pound block. Smoking is not only permitted, but celebrated, with a house humidor room filled with fine cigars. A concise food menu includes snacks such as lamb lollipops.

How do you find the secret number? That’s a really good question. But during a recent visit, several friendly bystanders were eager to share. Visit prohibitionatl.com for more information.

Prohibtion is located at 56 East Andrews Drive in Andrews Square.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Orchid Daze

Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty delights with surprising juxtapositions of fanciful flowers and playful objects inspired by surrealist imagination. Experience a funhouse gallery frolicking with the fantastic forms of “Dancing ladies”, Persian Violets, slipper orchids and more! The Atlanta Botanical Garden is at 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. Orchid Daze runs from February 9 – April 14. Visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org for more information.

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Gift New York at The Room Mate Grace Hotel

New York City winters can be the pits. How about going for a swim? That’s right. Gift New York is just about as hot as it gets in the winter. Gift not only features a pool, but a swim up bar. Water games in the winter just got a little more interesting.

Eric Sanchez, Director of Gift New York, says he combined the concepts of a pool bar/lounge, to become the only one of its kind in New York City. Not only is there a pool and drinks, there’s a sauna and steam room, adding to the luxurious spa atmosphere. Djs add to the hip, cool, and polished interior of Gift. And on Tuesdays, watch out! A crazy good deal of three drinks for the price of one is running. You don’t want to miss that, do you? Gift typically opens at 5p.m. and closes at 12a.m.

Looking for something different to do in the dead of winter? You need only to accept the “Gift” and all of what’s inside.

Swim with sharks at Adventure Aquarium

So you think you’ve got guts? Well, come on down and go for a swim in Adventure Aquarium’s Shark Realm. They will brief you on what to expect, teach you about the animals you will encounter and give you a quick snorkeling lesson. Once you’ve gotten your nerves under control, you’ll enter the Shark Realm where you’ll come within inches of sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and barracuda. Once you’ve gone around the perimeter of the Shark Realm, you’ll enter the Stingray Lagoon where you can swim with and feed dozens of stingrays. You can even have your picture taken to prove to everyone that you actually did it. In addition, you’ll receive admission to the Aquarium, an adventure t-shirt, souvenir snorkel and mask, and memories to last a lifetime. (All gear except bathing suits, towels, water shoes and toiletries will be provided.)

Jon Lovitz Comedy Club

The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club features live stand-up comedy by some of the hottest national headlining comedians. The club’s 3 floors open to a perfect view of the stage and the casual tropical décor makes visitors feel as if they’re on an island vacation. In addition, the club also boasts a state-of-the-art sound and video system, as well as a full bar and gourmet menu.

Hard Rock LA

Hard Rock is a haven for fans of music, food, and great times. Whether you are down for a Legendary Burger, live music, a Classic Tee, a Rock Star Suite, or the latest collectible pin, there’s something for everyone. Every Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel & Casino, or Live around the world serves up authentic experiences that rock. Since its establishment in 1971, Hard Rock has also been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities. Love All – Serve All.

Gladstones

LA’s most popular restaurant’s newest location is in the heart of Long Beach’s new waterfront development, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor. It’s located between the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific. Gladstone’s Long Beach is right on the waterfront, with magnificent views of The Queen Mary and the rest of the harbor. It’s just minutes away from CityPlace and the Camden Harbour View Apartments, as well as the upscale Hyatt, Westin and Renaissance hotels.

Gladstone’s Long Beach seats 425 guests in its 9,000 square feet of dining space. The restaurant is divided into several intimate areas and offers an expansive bar and outside patio. Its large menu offers the kind of food that has made Gladstone’s the number one restaurant in Southern California, featuring large portions of fresh seafood, grilled steaks and chops, healthy salads, and eye-opening desserts.

Cleo

The menu is mostly small plates, but instead of an annoying sprawl of platters that don’t fit on the table, the delicious spreads and dips are presented in small bowls. Who wouldn’t swoon over the slurry of piquillo peppers with feta or the thick Lebanese yogurt with olive oil, lemon and dried oregano? They’re wonderful spread on warm, freshly baked flatbread.

The menu is fresh and appealing, the flavors big and rustic. I love the artichoke leaves, charred at the edges from cooking in the wood-burning oven. Cauliflower florets come perfumed with vaudovan (a French curry powder) and dotted with cashew nuts. And instead of the ubiquitous pizza, Cleo is serving Mediterranean flatbreads.

Buckingham Fountain

The fountain was commisioned in 1927 by Kate Buckingham to honor her late brother Clarence. She had frequently traveled to Europe, where she admired the huge public fountains and wanted to bring some of Europe’s monumentality to Chicago.

One of the largest fountains in the world, the Buckingham Fountain measures 85m/280ft in diameter. It features 134 jets powered by 3 pumps.

The fountain’s hourly 20 minute water display starts with small sprays. While the basins are filled, more and more jets are activated until it reaches its climax when the central jet pushes water up to a height of 46m/150ft. The animation is best seen at dusk – after 8 pm – when it is accompanied with music and beautifully animated with a now computerized choreography of color spotlights.

National Museum of Mexican History

For more than two decades, the Museum has presented a vast range of educational exhibitions that have continued to offer a vibrant and comprehensive picture of Mexico’s art and history, and of Mexican communities in the U.S. Our understanding that Mexican culture is “sin fronteras” (without borders) guides our exhibition schedule and permits us to display artistic expressions from both sides of the border. From ancient Mesoamerican civilizations to contemporary artistic movements, the Visual Arts Department has a longstanding history of producing original exhibitions with first-voice scholarship. Fifteen of the exhibitions organized by the Museum have traveled across the U.S. and Mexico to other museums. All of the exhibitions we have presented over the years have interpreted our history and culture in order to preserve the knowledge and stimulate appreciation of the Mexican culture.

T- Shirt Deli

With gleaming white deli cases, rolls of perfectly waxed butcher paper, brightly colored stickers, and open-air wicker baskets, these are the ingredients in displaying our freshest selection of tees. They selected homegrown American Apparel brand shirts and started to stock as many font choices and colors as cheeses in a New York deli.

The city of Chicago is buzzing with the news of a t-shirt store with a whole new flavor. The T-Shirt Deli was picked as a “best one of a kind shop” by Frommer’s Guide to Chicago and has been featured in O Magazine.

Moo Shoes

MooShoes, Inc. is a vegan-owned business that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories. MooShoes offers its services through an online store as well as in its lovely retail store in New York City, the first cruelty-free store of its kind in NYC. We’re open 7 days a week for your shopping pleasure. Here are our store hours.

Founded in 2001 by sisters and Queens natives, Erica and Sara Kubersky, MooShoes was originally located near the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan in a defunct butcher shop. After a brief period on Allen Street, MooShoes re-located to its current location at 78 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s an amazing neighborhood, especially for vegans, and there’s a ton to do in the area.

MooShoes is also home to a slew of rescued cats who were adopted from some of our favorite local organizations, many of whom hold adoptions days at our store from time to time. We’ve been lucky enough to hold many events at the store for many talented, genrous individuals and organizations in the vegan community.

MooShoes is run by one of the greatest staffs ever. Don’t believe us? Meet our staff and see for yourself. Still want to know more? Check out our FAQ section.

Kara Ross

Kara Ross’ love of fine jewelry began at the age of 13 when she designed her first ring. The New York-based designer and certified gemologist went on to launch her eponymous accessories line in 2003, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that are as dramatic as they are wearable. Invest in embellished cuffs and dazzling drop earrings.

Pizzeria Stella

Steeelllllllaaaaaa! No, not talking streetcars here, just exclaiming the love Philadelphia has for the new hotspot, Pizzeria Stella. Pizzeria Stella is the newest Stephen Starr gem with a boisterous and family-friendly atmosphere. The menu is limited, but if you’re in search of seriously yummy thiPicture 7n-crust pizzas with a nice house red wine, you’re in luck.

The pizza bar is a fantastic place to sit with two or three people and watch the chefs do their work. When visiting with four or more, grab a table and order family style, because there is no way to choose which toppings you’d like.

The margherita pizza, loaded with fresh basil and just the right amount of cheese, is a fantastic place to start. More adventurous diners should try their feature “tartufo” pizza, made with black truffles, fontina, parmesan, and topped with a fried egg. End your meal with the secret family recipe house-made gelato, everything from olive oil to chocolate, and presto, you’re good to go!

Rebecca Taylor

The Premier choice for girls in New York City for her flirty and girly designs. This season Taylor did not disappoint and filled her catwalk with an array of beautiful dresses with a touch of Bohemian rhapsody. The sheer pink dress with little motifs stood out from the collection and will be a breath of fresh air to Fall’s subdued palette. Here are some of our favorite looks from the collection.
With her feminine lines and sophisticated simplicity, Rebbeca Taylor has a captive audience at her flagship store in New York’s trendy Nolita district. Known for her feminine frocks, the New Zealand-born designer dresses A-list Hollywood stars such as Cameron Diaz and Ashley Judd.

5 and Diamond Restaurant with Ereka Vetrini

This Harlem Restaurant is upscale casual with large windows, sexy lighting, vibrant floral arrangements and soft jazzy music in the background. Dine alone at the intimate bar, or enjoy a drink or meal while watching your favorite sports event. Come with friends and family to celebrate, or have a romantic dinner for two. Just remember to leave enough room for the decadent desserts, all made in-house.

Capital Grille is the Capital Steakhouse of NYC!

The Capital Grille. Known for delicious dry aged steaks, chops and fresh seafood. An award-winning wine list. A relaxed, elegant atmosphere. And, to top it all off, it’s in the Trylon Towers of the exquisite Chrysler Center. Rich African mahogany paneling and warm lighting from one-of-a-kind art deco chandeliers set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening (unless it’s a lively, social atmosphere you seek, in which case our sophisticated bar might be your destination). Their impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier.

Lillie’s Q

The decor is both urban and southern at the same time (no easy feat). The tables have bottles of sauces already on them ranging from smoky, hot smoky, one called carolina and one called ivory. The idea is to pour as much as you want on your meat and fill your mouth with saucy goodness. Lillie’s BBQ is beyond phenominal, and when your in Chicago, wishing you were even more down south, than stop on over at Lillie Q’s.

Inside Tip: Order the fried pickles! Enough said.

White House Black Market

The brand’s significant focus is on creating a comfortable, inviting, and hospitable atmosphere for customers. Seating is available in store with water available. During special events, food and refreshments and catering are occasionally offered. Customers who are members of WHBM’s loyalty program “Black Book” are entitled to 5% off upon achieving permanent member status. Other perks include catalogues, double discount days, and “Girls Night Out” where the store will close for a private party.

The Chicago Water Tower

Visit the Chicago Water Tower and enjoy the tangibility to American history. Originally built in 1869, this limestone building was named the first American water landmark. This historic building sits in the middle of downtown Chicago between a bunch of modern skyscrapers reminding natives and visitors alike of our rich history. The Chicago Water Tower also has a photo gallery that rotates exhibits throughout the year.

Historic Landmark: The Chicago Water Tower is among the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 due to its limestone construction.

Free Admission:
Admission to the Water Tower Chicago photo gallery is always free!
INSIDER TIP: The photo gallery is a hidden gem within the Chicago Water Tower. Come on in and explore!

Grom with Ereka Vetrini

Grom is a high quality gelateria
The idea is to apply to the artisanal gelato production, a principle common to all the best restaurants in the world: the purchase of absolute top quality raw materials.
With this purpose in mind, at the end of 2002, Guido Martinetti and Federico Grom set out to search the best that agriculture has to offer, from the Langhe to Sicily and Central America. The standards are strict: only fresh seasonal fruit, coming from the best consortia in Italy and from our farm Mura Mura no colorings or artificial additives, Lurisia mountain water for the sorbets and high-quality whole milk for the creams, organic eggs and a selection of the best cocoas and coffees from central America.

In 2007, Grom opens its first shop abroad, in New York City, with lines of over 30 meters forming immediately. In the same year, we finally realize one of our most ambitious projects: the purchase of 8 hectares of land in Costigliole d’Asti to start our farm Mura Mura, where old cultivar varieties of peaches, apricots, pears, figs, strawberries and melons are planted. The goal is once again to obtain the best fruit possible, cultivated organically and in compliance with the times dictated by nature and the environment. In 2008, we open in Paris (with great reviews by Le Monde) and in 2009 we open the first store in Tokyo, Japan; at the same time, we start an important green project “Grom Loves World” Grom loves World motivated by the respect of the environment and the eco-sustainability…all plastic (spoons, retail and garbage bags) is therefore replaced by Materbi, an extraordinary material derived from corn starch and vegetable oils that is completely biodegradable, and all paper is replaced by Fsc certified paper, a prominent international entity caring for responsible forest management and the life conditions of the indigenous populations; all this complemented by eco-friendly waste management and the acquisitions of new low emission trucks for the logistic.

No you’re not in New York, but San Fran. also has a Broadway!

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Settled by Italian immigrants, the area offers outstanding Italian food and charming, old world cafes. The effects of subsequent immigrants makes this neighborhood a fascinating melange of history and cuisine. And talk about nightlife!

Seven’s Mediterranean Turkish Grill

150 West 72nd St.

Your one stop destination for all cuisine Turkish! Seven’s is a traditional Turkish restaurant, family owned, and renowned for its fresh but orthodox culinary prowess. One of the Co-Owners teaches us in the ways of Turkish dining by sharing what ingredients he says, makes for a good Turkish meal. Seafood, salad (lots of it), Appetizers, lamb, and beef, are combined in uniquely exotic ways and are the cornerstones of many Turkish meals.

Seven’s has been in business for over 35 years, run by the Brother’s Seven. And on each morning, ever marinade is made fresh, ingredients are gathered daily and are the freshest around. You can tell how much pride the Brother’s put not only into their business, but into their delicious food.

Take a ride on PCH that you will never forget

The first thing to know about this drive is that locals never call it Pacific Coast Highway; it’s PCH. A sun-drenched road hugging the coastline, this is LA’s signature drive — the one people envision when they think of LA. Look to one side and you’ll see beaches full of pickup volleyball games, sun worshippers and surfers waiting for the next set. Turn to the other side and you’ll see multimillion dollar homes from the pages of People magazine set atop rugged mountains. This is one drive that’s beautiful any time of day, from sunrise to sunset. You don’t need a map to navigate; just head north from Santa Monica and then head back the way you came.

Star Party At Griffith Park Observatory

Star Party At Griffith Park Observatory:
There’s nothing more romantic—or quintessentially Old School Hollywood—than an evening at the Griffith Observatory. Not only is this gorgeous building the backdrop of one of the most memorable scenes of James Dean’s Rebel Without A Cause, but it’s also it’s the perfect place to stargaze with your better-half on a clear L.A. night. Make plans to go to the Observatory on February 16 when they will be hosting a free Star Party, where sidewalk astronomers will be sharing their telescopes on the beautiful front lawn. Visit http://www.griffithobservatory.org/ for more information.

Dallas Blooms

March 2 – April 7: Dallas Blooms

The largest floral festival in the south with over 500,000 blooming plants. Say goodbye to record snowfalls and welcome the spring by visiting the Arboretum. Make a play date for Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays with interactive outdoor activities. See schedule for petting zoos, face painting, photos and Rain Plan indoor activities.

March 2 through April 7, 2013

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500

Cattle Drives in a Texas Winter

Cattle drives? In the Winter?!

Yes, you read correctly. Sometimes, winter activities are about remembering it’s winter. Go to the Fort Worth Stockyards in downtown Fort Worth to see the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. The cattle are driven almost every day at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm by real Texas cowhands! When the cows have been wrangled, warm up at the award-winning Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and dine on chef/owner, native Texan, and Iron Chef America winner Tim Love’s “urban western cuisine.” If you’re a vegetarian, this may not be the restaurant for you, but carnivores will be treated to a modern flavor of the wild west
The best place to watch the drive is in front of the Stockyards Visitor’s Center at 130 East Exchange Avenue

Phone: (817) 625-9744

Check out Dallas’ CenterPark

CenterPark Garden, NorthPark’s 1.4-acre landscaped garden, doubles as a serene, urban retreat and an exciting venue for free community events. Relax and dine amid world-class sculptures, canopies of trees and green expanses of lawn. The collection includes Corridor pin blue – a larger than life safety pin, by Claes Oldenburg and Coosie van Bruggen among others. The collection carries on NorthPark’s tradition of showcasing major works by world-renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Jonathan Borofsky.
Where: North Central Expressway at Northwest Highway; complimentary shuttle to/from Park Lane DART Light Rail Station.
When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays (department store, restaurant, theater, spa and holiday hours vary)
Phone: 214-361-6345

Longwood Gardens

When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

Encounter a new vista at each turn: the Italian Water Garden, Flower Garden Walk, aquatic display gardens and many others. Amble through Peirce’s Woods, eight outdoor “rooms” of distinct woodland habitats.

Inside the Conservatory is a lush world of exotic flowers, cacti, bromeliads, ferns and bonsai. Each season brings a different pleasure: spring magnolias and azaleas; summer roses and water lilies; fall foliage and chrysanthemums; and winter camellias, orchids and palms.

On land Quaker settler George Peirce purchased from William Penn, Peirce’s grandsons planted an impressive arboretum. The presence of a sawmill on the property prompted industrialist Pierre Samuel du Pont to buy the land in 1906 to save the trees.

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Hear the famous drum circle at Meridian Park

Feel the beat of a local tradition: head to Meridian Hill Park on Sundays (weather-permitting) between 3 and 9 p.m. to hear the famous drum circle, a fixture in the park for more than 40 years that brings together people together from all different backgrounds to hear drum beats and watch African dancing. For a hands-on experience, bring your own drum to join in.

Take a jog around the Washington monuments during sunrise

Experience the serenity of the monuments at sunrise. Start with the sun behind you at the Grant Memorial (just in front of the U.S. Capitol), and jog the 2 miles down to the Lincoln Memorial, passing the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial along the way.

Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo

If you’re looking for an opportunity to snuggle up with your sweetie, then take a trip to the Dallas Zoo. The temperature has dropped and so has the price of admission to only $5 for the January and February. So make like a penguin and enjoy the cooler temps.

The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours

Banjo Billy’s gives history tours of Boulder and Denver, Colorado from an old school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack. Hear ghost tales, crime stories, and history while sitting on a couch, recliner or saddle as the bus rolls through the core of the cities. You won’t forget this bus tour!

Although the bus follows the same route every time, no two tours are alike. Passengers get to vote at multiple stops for what they want to hear about – whether it’s a ghost story, a bizarre tall tale, or historical facts. The tour is 90 minutes long, but we guess you’ll be hoping for more. Click here for more information.

Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Viernes Culturales / Cultural FridaysWHAT:
Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) is a free, monthly showcase of artists, sculptors, and musicians. The event consists of outdoor musical performances, outdoor art exhibits, visits to art galleries and cultural centers, cuisine tasting at participating restaurants, and other exhibits at the historic Tower Theatre. Free walking tours of Little Havana also take place during the festival. Click here for more information.

WHEN:
Viernes Culturales is held on the last Friday of every month from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

Relax in the Osaka Japanese Gardens

Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, the Osaka Japanese Garden was built for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. Complete with a Phoenix Temple the gardens include a waterfall, bridge and a carefully landscaped oasis. The Gardens are located within Jackson Park which is behind the Museum of Science and Industry at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive.

Tired of seeing GOOD art? Then check out BAD art!

The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.

MOBA was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA’s collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.

Initially, MOBA was housed in the basement of a private home in Boston. This meager exhibition space limited the museum to being a regional cultural resource for the New England area. Click here for more information.

Sam Adams Brewery offers tours

Sam Adams Brewery offers tours on:

Tuesday-Thursday 10am-3pm

Fridays 10am-5:30pm

Saturdays 10-3pm

**Tours not available on certain holidays, check in advance.**

Tours depart about every 45 minutes, and last about an hour. This includes 21oz of beer to taste if you are of proper age, remember to bring your ID. The tour is free but a $2 donation to local Boston charities is encouraged.

If you’re riding on the T, take the orange line to the Stony Brook stop, take a left and follow the brewery signs.

Walk Boston’s Movie Mile

The Movie Mile Walking Tour takes visitors on a stroll through the most filmed part of Boston. See the bench where Matt Damon and Robin Williams sat in “Good Will Hunting,” grab a drink at the bar used in “Cheers,” and discover the law offices of “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal.”

The 1½-hour guided tour meets at the Boston Common Visitor Center (147 Tremont St.). Tickets are $21 for adults, $11 for children, and $18 for senior/teens/students, and can be purchased online at www.bostonmovietours.net.

The Fruit & Spice Park

The Fruit & Spice Park is the only garden of its kind in the United States, a 30-acre park exhibiting over 500 varieties of fruits, veggies, spices, herbs, nuts and exotic edibles. An old schoolhouse and coral rock building chart Florida’s pioneer life. Another throwback to the fruit farming of old is Robert is Here, which started life in 1959 when the shop’s namesake, then six, began selling the family’s cucumbers from a small stall. Since then, it has grown into an exotic emporium of fruit and veg. In the lovely setting you can drink fruity milkshakes and buy sweet gifts.

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Dad’s Garage

Dad’s Garage Theatre You’ve always been told two’s company and three’s a crowd, but at Dad’s Garage, threesomes are encouraged. In a variety show full of themed sketches, improv, songs and some hot onstage action, Garage a Trois is the place to be, especially since you can bring a second date for only 3 bucks. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $3-$25. 280 Elizabeth St. N.E. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.

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Music To Your Mouth

Palmetto Bluff
1 Village Park Square
Bluffton, SC
866.316.5262

At Palmetto Bluff’s annual Music To Your Mouth festival, this is the big show, the icing on the cake, the cherry on top. The Culinary Festival is a gathering of culinarians, winemakers, growers, and artisans, brought together to accentuate the abundance of ingredients from our surrounding waters, woods and local farms. They showcase their finest nibbles and nectars and take our guests on a sensory experience that can only be called Music to Your Mouth. Bravo TV’s Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will host the festivities.

http://www.musictoyourmouth.com

POP!

Be bold on a budget at POP, a trendy clothing boutique in Brooklyn. The color coded inventory of POP will make your dive into the unique “in” style wares much easier. Whether your style is bold and colorful or muted and chic, POP has all fashion types under the Sun. Even if you don’t know exactly what it is your looking for, the talented staff there, will offer personalized consultations on what style suits you best. Owner, Sheila Sharman, is the fiercely fabulous head of operations, whose love and passion led her to the founding and opening of POP.

POP is located at 310 Grand St. Brooklyn. Why don’t you POP in!

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

The David Rubenstein Atrium, a vibrant public visitors’ and ticketing facility on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets is open daily with an array of services for local residents, the general public, and the thousands of people who visit Lincoln Center and the surrounding community every day.

Come to the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets and explore:

* A vibrant community gathering place to linger in and enjoy, with plenty of places to sit
* A venue for free weekly performances as part of Target Free Thursdays
* A resource for day-of discount tickets to available Lincoln Center performances
* Food service from Chef Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft café
* A staffed Information Desk
* Restrooms
* A destination for free Wi-Fi access

Savvy Snoot

Making consignment shopping cool, Savvy Snoot presents an ever-revolving inventory of designer furniture and accessories at their two hip, relaxed and easy to shop Atlanta locations. Picking only the best of the best from local consigners, Savvy Snoot is a spectrum of design styles featuring photo worthy vignettes that pair turn-of-the-century bookcases with traditional sofas, modern lamps, and original art by local artists. The urban-eclectic mix of consigned goods is fused with found objects from national shopping trips and custom furniture pieces that capture the Savvy Snoot “collected look”.

Never knowing what you’ll find behind the doors, Savvy Snoot transforms cast-off pieces into trendsetting must haves making the wildly popular locale the perfect spot to find one-of-a-kind pieces to complete a design or become the inspiration to the decor of a room.

Savvy Snoot has three locations:

Midtown at 1080 Brady Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404.355.1399
Historic Alpharetta at 30 North Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga.30009, 770.442.1315
East Cobb Merchant’s Walk at 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite 540, Marietta, GA 30068, 770.977.1339

Visit savvysnoot.com for more information.

Azul

Chef Clay Conley is at the helm of Azul. His diverse cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean flavors with Asian influences. The rising star chef honed his culinary reputation at Todd English’s acclaimed Olives restaurant, where he served as executive chef and culinary director.

At the focus of Azul, a magnificent white marble open kitchen and raw bar vie for your attention with the floor to ceiling windows that showcase the picturesque bay views. Once the food arrives however, your attention is sure to be captured by the dishes themselves – like Grilled Chop and Loin of Colorado Lamb with Harrisa, Charred Eggplant, Braised Shank Bastila and Feta and “A Study in Tuna Roll,” Raw Tuna, Tempura Avocado, Asian Sauces with Ossetra Caviar.

Azul’s wine program, designed by sommelier Cynthia Betancourt, features more than 700 world-class wines. The award-winning wine list encompasses a mix of current releases, to classic vintages from the finest producers, with the latest boutique wineries worldwide.

Laurel Hill Cemetery for ’Til Death Do Us Part: The Love Stories of Laurel Hill

Gravesites don’t usually come to mind on the most romantic day of the year, but couples looking for an out-of-this-world Valentine’s Day can head to Laurel Hill Cemetery for ’Til Death Do Us Part: The Love Stories of Laurel Hill. Red wine and snacks follow the hauntingly romantic tour. February 12. 3822 Ridge Avenue, (215) 228-8200, thelaurelhillcemetery.org

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 11AM-4PM

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 11AM-4PM Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s greatest traditions. On this day, everyone is Irish! The annual procession marches up past Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street.

The first parade in NYC took place in 1766 when Irishmen from the evolutionary War brought the tradition to our New World. The military units continued to march each year until after the War of 1812 when local Irish fraternal and beneficial societies began sponsoring it.

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The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show 135th Annual Dog Show will take place February 14-15, 2011 at MSG

The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show
135th Annual Dog Show will take place February 14-15, 2011 at MSG

* The Westminster Dog Show is a ticketed event. Tickets cost $20-145 each.
* Entry is limited to 2500 dogs.
* 170 breeds and varieties are judged during the two-day event

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New York City Restaurant Week Winter 2011 NYC Winter Restaurant Week runs January 24-February 6, 2011

Twice a year, in January/February and June/July, there is a unique opportunity to experience some of New York City’s finest restaurants for a fraction of the usual price. Throughout the city, restaurants participate in “Restaurant Week” where they offer a three-course lunch for $24.07 (& some even offer dinner for $35). Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out a restaurant that may usually be out of your budget, or test some new restaurants with a little less financial risk. Check out my tips for enjoying Restaurant Week.

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New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center The Fall 2011 Collections at New York Fashion Week

The fashion industry’s finest, and the celebrities who love them, are descending on Lincoln Center once again for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week from February 9-17, 2011.

All of the hottest designers are showing their Fall 2011 collections to celebs and fashionistas in the tents at Lincoln Center this year.

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Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival

Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival

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Sip, savor and jam is the motto at the Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival. They’ll be vinos from around the world, recognition of Atlanta’s top sommeliers and grape gurus. They’ll be tasty treats, shopping courtesy of local vendors, and live jazz and local entertainment. Sipping starts Feb 20th at 2:00pm at the Georgia Freight Depot. Cheers!

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Salsa Atlanta

Salsa Atlanta

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Salsa your worries away at Salsa Atlanta. $15 drop-in classes every Sunday will keep you on your toes. The 3rd Saturday of every month is Salsa bootcamp! Created in 1999 by Julian Mejia, SALSAtlanta has been promoting Cuban music and dances and teaching Rueda de Casino and Casino dance, also known as “Cuban Salsa” or “Salsa Casino” in Atlanta and Athens GA.

As part of their efforts to promote Cuban culture and its dances, SALSAtlanta has produced and sponsor many events during the years and hosted classes and dance workshops that embrace Cuban and Latin culture in the South.

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Best of Atlanta Party

Best of Atlanta Party

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On Monday, February 28, you can sample selections from dozens of restaurants voted best by Atlanta magazine’s editors, including Rathbun’s, Bocado, the Porter Beer Bar, the Cookie Studio, and many more!
Wash it all down with drinks from one of the 15 open bars. And all that noshing is for a good cause! The proceeds benefit Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for Georgia’s children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges.

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Southeastern Flower Show

Southeastern Flower Show

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Put some spring in your winter this season with the Southeastern Flower Show, celebrating 25 years this February. The show is Feb 25-27 at The Cobb Galleria Centre. There will be demos, gardens and competitions for novices and experts! Whether your talents lie in floral arranging, photography, horticulture or container gardening or just taking in the sights, there’s something for you!

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Charro Days Feb. 24 – March 3, 2013

Staged each February since 1938, Brownsville’s Charro Days is a weeklong, traditional Mexican “pachanga,” with parades, dances and a variety of fun events for the entire family. The 2013 edition is set for Feb. 24 – March 3.

Feb. 24 – March 3, 2013 will mark the 75th anniversary of Charro Days, the hugely popular “fiesta” staged in the border town of Brownsville each year. Although Charro Days has been around in its current format since 1938, it is rumored that the first “unofficial” Charro Days took place in the early to mid-1800s, when citizens of Brownsville and Matamoros, just across the Rio Grande River in Mexico, came together to celebrate a cooperative climate between the two nations.

The traditions of this “two-nation fiesta” continue today. Those in attendance at this year’s festival will have plenty of opportunity to “baile” as dances are scheduled for both weekends of the event. In addition, there will be a flour tortilla eating contest, folkloric dancing, a golf tournament, parades, and more.

In short, Charro Days is an festival that provides fun for the whole family. And, while you’re in town, don’t miss the chance to stop by the world famous Gladys Porter Zoo, tour historic Port Isabel, or hop over to sunny South Padre Island. But, be warned, once you get a taste of what South Texas has to offer, you may not want to leave.

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Dallas International Boat Show February 4-6 and 9-13

Dallas International Boat Show Overview:

The Dallas Boat Show kicks off the first weekend of February. Running from February 4-6 and 9-13, the Dallas Boat Show features an impressive display of boats, accessories, personal watercraft and fishing tackle, as well as informative seminars.

Being the largest boat show in North Texas, the Dallas Boat Show features an impressive display of boats, accessories, personal watercraft and fishing tackle, as well as informative seminars. The Dallas Boat Show covers a total of eight days – Friday through Sunday the first weekend of February and Wednesday through Sunday the second week of February.

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Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show March 5 – 13, 2011

Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show 2011 – March 5 – 13, 2011: For those of you with a green thumb (which is so not me), definitely plan on heading over to the Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. The show features over 100 exhibitors offering gardening products and services as well as numerous gardening seminars.

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Chicago Restaurant Week February 18 – 27, 2011

Chicago Restaurant Week is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of fine dining without breaking the bank, as over 130 restaurants throughout Chicago offer a 3-course prix-fixe meal at the same price.

Over 130 Chicago restaurants will be offering a 3-course prix-fixe meal for the same price — $22 for lunch, and $33/$44 for dinner. Beverages, tax, and tip not included. (subject to change)

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Wednesdays through the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25

Don’t just drink wine…learn to taste it. With the help of an expert, savor a new selection from a featured winery each month. Join us in Bravo on the last Wednesday of every month for Winesdays.

$25 per person
Includes hors d’oeuvres and tasting of featured wines.

No reservations necessary.

For more information, please call Bravo at 617-369-3474.

A Festival of One-Act Plays February 10-13

A Festival of One-Act Plays
February 10-13
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall

Free to Wellesley, Babson, and Olin students with ID cards
$5 general admission
For times call the Upstage Box Office at 781-283-2220

Wellesley College Theatre:
Under the direction of the Department of Theatre Studies, performances feature cast members from the Wellesley College, Olin College, Babson College, and Boston theatre community.

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The Department of Theatre Studies at Wellesley College provides students with the opportunity to explore the history and literature of the theatre, and then bring their knowledge from the classroom to a hands-on application of the craft.

The Department of Theatre Studies is delighted to welcome audiences to the newly renovated Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall for the 20102011 season.

http://eventful.com/wellesleyhills/events/festival-oneact-plays-/E0-001-036405812-4

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Newseum

Newseum Blends High-Tech With Historical.

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.

The exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by can watch the museum fulfill its mission of educating the public about the value of a free press in a free society and telling the stories of the world’s important events in unique and engaging ways.

The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museumgoers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. Click here for more information.

Ten Pin Alley

Don’t let the winter blues get you down this season. Instead stay active knocking down the pins at 10 Pin Alley on 19th street in Atlanta. There’s a vintage Americana vibe at the high-end bowling alley that features private entrances, library-like walls, and living room style seating. Maybe you’ll have a celebrity sighting as Ten Pin is part of the restaurant group backed by Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderama. There’s a lounge, three billiard’s rooms and food and to knock your socks off, but don’t worry, you’ll get complimentary ones with your bowling shoes. Be sure to try the signature cocktails like the Ten Pin Up, a combo of Stoli Razz & Peach, triple sec, Cranberry, Pineapple and Champagne, but don’t overindulge or your pins might start moving!

http://www.dolcegroup.com/

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Holidays at Atlantic Station

Atlanta’s Atlantic station might be the place to meet with friends or family this season, but it’s also a great place to cross some things off of your to-do list while basking in some holiday cheer. The open-air holiday shops at Atlantic station offer everything from stocking stuffers like jewelry and handcrafted soaps to fine art for your home. There are wine tastings, lunch specials, happy hours, and DJs among the festivities. Stay for the snowfall, weekdays at 7:30 and weekends 6-9 hourly. If you’re lucky you might even get a photo op with Santa any weekend through Dec.24th.

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New Year’s Fireworks on the Delaware River

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Celebrate the end of 2010 with not one, but two firework shows on the Delaware River with shows at 6p.m. and midnight at Penn’s Landing. Conveniently located within a short walk of Old City, Society Hill and South Street, Penn’s Landing becomes a festive party with revelers of all ages delighting in a breathtaking fireworks display.

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Macy’s Dickens Village& Holiday Light Show

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Macy’s carries on a Philadelphia tradition with a life-size recreation of Victorian London, where you can walk through and imagine yourself in A Christmas Carol. It is on the 3rd floor of the new Macy’s downtown store which is located in the old John Wanamaker building at 1300 Market Street. The the 6,000-square-foot exhibit has remained a popular holiday attraction with more than 100,000 visitors each holiday season with 10,000 on Black Friday alone.

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A Victorian Christmas

http://www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/victorian-christmas-open-house-at-pennypacker-mills/

Head out to Philadelphia’s beautiful countryside for a free guided tour of Pennypacker Mills, the 18th-century mansion used by General George Washington as temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War. You will discover an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas as you’re guided through the beautifully decorated mansion, which was once the residence of Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, the twenty-fifth Governor of Pennsylvania. Share in the holiday spirit with your family and friends as you enjoy the warm glow of oil lamps, festive decorations and a candy-making demonstration.And you should prepare your Christmas wish list beforehand — Santa will pay a visit to Pennypacker Mills to join in the holiday cheer!

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Holiday Cruises

Toast to the holidays on the high seas this year with December Holiday Cruises aboard the spirit of Philadelphia. There’s a festive atmosphere, harbor view, a buffet, holiday music for dancing and even four different levels of holiday spirit to choose from.

http://spiritofphiladelphia.com/Philadelphia/december-holiday-cruises

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Wine Tasting in San Francisco

Wine Tasting in San Francisco

Visit the Winery Collective is the first multi-winery tasting room in San Francisco focused on boutique wineries. This unique experience allowing you to taste wines from dozens of small wineries across California right in San Francisco without having to travel to each of the wine regions. Daily from 12-9pm.
Click here for more information

Reindeer Romp San Francisco

There’s just something about seeing reindeer in real life that will kick your holiday spirit into high gear! From now until January 1, you can see reindeer at the San Francisco Zoo. The four reindeer — Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle — will be on display during normal zoo hours. I’m not sure if they will prance, but they will certainly graze on holiday-themed treats and entertain zoo visitors with their large antlers. Free with admission to the zoo.

Http://www.sfzoo.org/openrosters/view_homepage.asp?orgkey=1859

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San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate with the San Francisco Symphony orchestra, holidays with the symphony December 2nd-31st. They’ll be timeless classics and sentimental holiday favorites. This year, the San Francisco Symphony offers a warm and inviting array of concerts — perfect additions to your holiday traditions. Join us for timeless classics and sentimental holiday favorites, sure to add joy, smiles, and holiday memories to share with those you love.

http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/festival.aspx?id=46530&utm_source=Sidebar-Events&utm_medium=Banner-290&utm_campaign=Holiday

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Noir City Film Festival

Skip the crowds and long lines this holiday season and head straight to the Castro Theatre for Noir City Xmas and celebrate the season with a double bill on Dec. 15th. They’ll be showing Remember the Night (1940) and Mr. Soft Touch (1949). These films are a tease to the Noir City Film Festival set to be launched Jan. 21st.

http://www.noircity.com/

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Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market

Enjoy a veritable feast for the senses each Sunday at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. During peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering items including fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish, baked goods and more. Samples are always available. Market hours are 9 a.m. -1 p.m. April thru December; 10 a.m. -1p.m. January thru March.

ZooLights

This holiday season, the National Zoo will be at its brightest after dark! Zoo animals will come to ‘light’ in more than 50 custom-designed light sculptures. The larger-than-life displays will highlight approximately 30 species of Zoo animals, including giant pandas, Asian elephants, kori bustards, tigers and golden lion tamarins. ZooLights offers musical and theatrical performances and other entertainment, as well as seasonal treats, including gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/zoolights/default.cfm

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Waterskiing Santa on the Potomac River

Santa likes to have fun just like everyone else and this Christmas is no exception. Head over to the National Harbor to see Santa water-ski, his kneeboarding reindeer, flying Elves, the jet-skiing Grinch and Frosty the Snowman perform on the water. This is a Christmas show unlike any other; even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, it’s worth seeing a waterskiing show in December on the Potomac…

www.waterskiingsanta.com

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Moonlight Tour of Monuments

Experience the sights, lights and beauty of the DC holiday season on a moonlight tour of monuments. On-board you’ll see some of the city’s most popular monuments such as the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. The trolley makes 2 stops at the Lincoln Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this truly magnificent city as you join the professional tour guides for entertaining anecdotes and historical information along with a sprinkling of bewitching ghost stories of the spirits that haunt our nations capitol.

www.trustedtours.com/store/Monuments-by-Moonlight-Night-Tour-C211.aspx1

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Downtown Holiday Market

Shop for unique seasonal gifts at this 6th annual market to support local artisans. The diverse offerings will include jewelry, textiles, pottery, paintings and more. This is a great way to find some great gifts while supporting local craftsmen all at the same time! There will be a wide range of local musicans and bands that will entertain shoppers. Jazz, swing, blues, reggae — basically everything to make the shopping experience as fun as possible. With more than 180 vendors showing their wares, there’s bound to be something for everyone on your list.

www.downtownholidaymarket.com

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Holiday Fair at Grand Central Terminal

In many ways Grand Central is the heart of New York City, but for many locals (and commuters!) it’s also home to the best holiday market in town. The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair is one of the city’s few indoor (read warm) markets featuring over 70 vendors selling jewelry, home décor accessories, clothing and toys. Through December 24th.

http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/go/mallevents.cfm?eventID=2145364365

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Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

New at the Brooklyn Museum is Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. In the late 1930s Norman Rockwell adopted photography as a tool to bring his illustration ideas to life in studio sessions. Working as a director, Rockwell carefully staged his photographs, selecting props and locations, choosing his models, and orchestrating every detail. He created an abundance of photographs for each new subject, sometimes capturing complete compositions and other times combining separate pictures of individual elements. These photographs were the focus of a recently completed two-year project at the Norman Rockwell Museum that preserved and digitized almost 20,000 negatives.

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/norman_rockwell/

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New York Train Show

See New York City in a different way at the NY Holiday Train show at the New York Botanical Garden through Jan 9th. There’s a quarter-mile of track along 140 New York City landmarks including the original Yankee stadium, St. Patrick’s cathedral and even a new flight center at the JFK airport. Each structure is crafted from small dried plants! And for extra holiday spirit check out the Discovery Center for Gingerbread Adventures where you can learn about the plants that give life and spice to the season’s favorite edible people.

http://www.nybg.org/home-holiday-train-show.php

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The Magical Music of Disney

Mickey meets the Miami Symphony orchestra this season during a concert series ‘Golden Sounds of Hollywood’ series. The music performed will be from the Walt Disney Studio archives and will feature music from the classics to the recently released. The concerts take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami (1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables), and  8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach). An extra performance music lovers of all ages has been added to the concert series and will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Gusman Concert Hall.

www.themiso.org

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Rum & Cigars

Holidays in Miami mean sitting and sipping poolside. Come out to the Raleigh hotel on December 15th between 7 and 10pm to sample 12 extraordinary premium rums along with highly rated cigars from Don Pepin. Rums include Ron Diplomatico, Gosling’s, Rhum Barbancourt, Bacardi, Rhum Clément, Prichard’s, 10 Cane, Trader Vic’s, Ron Barcelo, Dos Maderos and Seven Tiki Plus. Appetizers will be provided.

http://www.thefiftybest.com/local/best_events/

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La Diva Cucina Holiday cooking and cocktail class at South Beach

Cherry basil mojito, anyone? La Diva Cucina’s cooking philosophy is small bites, big drinks and who wouldn’t love that this holiday season? You can learn tips and recipes to throw a cool cocktail party. The class welcomes all levels and promises to provide for those who want to sit back and relax as well as for those who want to jump in the kitchen. The holiday class is Dec 29th, call for location! 305-297-8121.

www.ladivacucina.com

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Wild Holiday Fun at Zoo Miami

Get wild this holiday season at Zoo Miami. From Dec 17th-30th you can put on some 3D glasses and enjoy animal-shaped lights as you stroll through the 12 nights of Zoo Lights. Have dinner with Santa on Dec 23rd where children will have the chance to make their own ornaments and receive a holiday gift. Kids can even watch animals receive their specially prepared gifts.

http://www.miamimetrozoo.com/

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Los Angeles Art Show

The Los Angeles Convention center will be home to the city’s most prominent art event, the Los Angeles Art show Jan 20th -24th. The event will feature thousands of works of art from around the world. There will be pieces from Old Master works, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art and even an interactive exhibition and displays presented by the renowned Getty Foundation.

http://www.laartshow.com/pages/press_releases.html

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Rose Parade

Bring in the New Year with the locals at the annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Originating in 1890, the parade was started to show off California’s beautiful climate and it will still be sunny this year. They’ll be elaborate floral floats, musical performances, marching bands and even a Rose Queen. After the parade the fun continues with the Rose Bowl football game.

http://www.tournamentofroses.com/

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Texas Chainsaw Yuletide

Does holiday stress have you feeling deranged? You’re not alone. In fact, you’ll be in good company at Texas Chainsaw Yuletide. The one man show starring comic Will Franken and his colorful characters of multiple personalities include figures like Father McJagger, who shows the children at the orphanage “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” every Christmas Eve. Texas Chainsaw Yuletide plays Fridays and Saturdays at Theater Asylum through December 18th.

http://www.theatreasylum-la.com/

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Downtown on Ice

If LA leaves you feeling too warm this winter head to Pershing Square to cool down Dec 11th and 12th. The city treats you to the Downtown on Ice program, the winter holiday festival. It’s a frozen winter wonderland in the middle of southern California. They’ll be concerts, crafts and ice skating exhibition.

http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/

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Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

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A Tupperware party might be your grandma’s idea of a fun night out, but Dixie’s Tupperware Party will be yours. Dixie, is the fast-talking Tupperware lady who packed her catalogues and left it all to travel the country selling America’s favorite food storage device. The show took off-Broadway by storm and his now touring in Denver Dec.1- Jan 2. They’ll be plenty of jokes, heartfelt stories and audience participation. And yes, bring some cash because you can actually purchase Tupperware at this fun night out. December 1, 2010 – January 2, 2011 at Garner Galleria Theatre.

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The Library Bar

Can you think of a cozier hangout than the library? The twist on Dallas’ Library Bar is that you’ll ditch the books and snuggle up with a cocktail at one of the local’s most popular meeting places. There’s nightly entertainment and a very tasty five-spice calamari salad to warm you from the inside out.

http://www.landmarkrestodallas.com/

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ICE! Experience featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas

They say everything’s big in Texas and the Lone Star Christmas celebration is no exception! The event features 2 million pounds of ice and is know as the ICE! Attraction. It all takes place at the Gaylord Texas resort in Grapevine and will be a uniquely icy experience down south. This year’s theme for ice carvings revolves around Charlie Brown and activities include a life-size gingerbread house, ice slides, 1.5 million lights, a rotating Christmas tree and a SNOW! Exhibit that allows for snow tubing activities. Dress warm! It’s 9 degrees inside the ICE exhibit.

http://www.northtexasadventures.net/clubportal/EventDetailPublic.cfm?clubID=2334&EventID=131964&mo=11&tdate={d%20%272010-11-19%27}

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Dallas Arboretum

Celebrate the Christmas tree this winter by paying homage to it’s relatives at the Dallas Arboretum. This year’s holiday festival includes “The Magic of Santa,” a showcase of hundreds of unique and extraordinary interpretations of the Santa Claus image from several private collections. Stay for some holiday tea from a 3 course menu in a festive setting available everyday at 11am and 2pm through December 31st. Watch out for the live reindeer and frosty and Rudolph roaming the gardens!

http://www.dallasarboretum.org/

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Dallas Museum of Art

Fashion is certainly an art form and the Dallas Museum of Art celebrates it with the new exhibit, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This exhibition is the first retrospective devoted to Gaultier, who draws inspiration from dance, pop-rock, cinema, television, photography, and world cultures. Once nicknamed “enfant terrible” of fashion he is now a celebrated fashion icon. The exhibition highlights Gaultier’s eclectic and vibrant sources of inspiration through a selection of 120 haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear pieces made between 1976 and 2011. Dallas is the first of only two U.S. cities on the international tour through February 12, 2012. And while you’re in the neighborhood stay for the museum’s late night program on the third Friday of every month, when the Museum remains open until midnight or Thursday Night Live!, featuring live jazz music each Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

November 13, 2011–February 12, 2012

http://www.dm-art.org/index.htm

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Hammond’s Candies 10th Annual Candy Cane Festival

What represents the holiday season better than that red and white striped sweet treat the candy cane? Indulge your inner child at Hammond’s Candies 10th annual Candy Cane Festival on December 11 from 9am- 5pm. Hammonds is an old pro, manufacturing chocolates and hard candies since 1920. Santa will be there with trolley rides, gingerbread cookie decorating, carnival games, crafts, face painting, moon bounce, and food vendors and you’ll have a chance to take a free tour of the factory and sample candy made right before your eyes!

http://www.hammondscandies.com/

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Visit The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York is lit with over five miles of lights. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a Norway Spruce about 75 ft tall. The tree will typically be illuminated from 5.30 a.m. till 11.30 p.m. everyday, except on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. On Christmas, the tree will stand illuminated for 24 hours and on New Year’s day the lights will be turned off at 9.00 p.m.

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Polar Adventure Days

Don’t let the cold of the windy city keep you indoors. Instead have some outdoor fun with the Chicago park district’s polar adventure days on Dec 11, Jan 22 and Feb 26th on Northerly Island. The free series has live music, ice sculpture artists, a team of live polar huskies, birds of prey, hot cocoa and more. If there’s snow even better- join in the free snow shoe activities around the island.

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Historic Holiday Tours

December 11th and 12th is your chance to tour Chicago’s oldest house all decked out and lit up with authentic decorations of the 1830s and the 1840s. The Clarke house (built in 1836) and the Glessner house will feature holiday displays from the 19th century and even a live Christmas tree shipped from the Glessner’s former summer estate in New Hampshire, decorated with vintage glass and paper ornaments. You can even learn about 19th century Christmas customs. Reservations are encouraged, 312-326-1480.

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Champagne Festival at Geja’s

Toast to the holidays and a fabulous New Year in style at the annual Champagne festival with wine and bubbly from France and California at Geja’s Café in Chicago. The three month festival starts December 1st. Don’t miss your chance to sample from the Roederer portfolio, Roederer is one of the leading Champagne “boutiques” in the world and the producer of celebrity favorite, Cristal. On Toasting Tuesdays, you’ll even receive 31% off any bottle in celebration of the 31st year of the festival. And stay for dinner… Geja’s is one of the most romantic spots in Chicago with fondue and live classical and flamenco guitar.

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For a little bit of Christmas charm that feels like you’ve stumbled into a small European village among Chicago’s big city, visit the Christkindlmarket in Daley plaza. At this German-American festival with handmade items you can cross some things off your gift list while sipping mulled wine out of a boot-shaped mug. Indulge in sweet treats like candied nuts and strudel. Be sure to check out the view of the Picasso sculpture and the city’s Christmas tree.

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Jillian’s Boston

Bowling is a favorite winter pastime and Jillian’s is Boston’s premiere spot to knock some pins. With the Tequila Rain Bar on the bottom, Billiards on floor two, and Lucky Strike Lanes on top there’s something to keep everyone entertained during long winter hours. There’s even plasma screens throughout so you don’t miss out on any sport’s action while you’re playing. Jillian’s is a hotspot for celebrities like Clint Eastwood and Derek Jeter. Come with a few friends or a whole league!

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Union Oyster House

The Union Oyster House, on the Freedom Trail and just steps away from Faneuil Hall, boasts that it’s America’s oldest restaurant. Established in 1826 they’re also rumored to have the best New England Clam Chowder. It’s designated as a national historic landmark and many locals consider that “chowdah” recipe a national treasure as well. You’ll get a bit of history served up with your soup too- did you know that a future French King once lived on the 2nd floor while he was exiled from his country? And J.F.K. Has feasted in the upstairs dining room!

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New Wing at MFA

Boston’s Museum of Fine Art welcomes a new wing with The Art of Americas wing, unveiled November 20th. The addition doubles the number of objects from the collection on view, including several large-scale masterpieces not displayed for decades. Ancient America, Native America, Colonial America and 20th century art through the 1970s are just some examples of the various timeframes that will be displayed throughout three levels. The museum will feature 53 new galleries- there’s even four behind-the-scenes galleries! Adjoining the new wing is the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro courtyard, a spectacular light-filled glass structure open to MFA visitors and for special events. And don’t forget the first Friday of every month is celebrated at the MFA with live music, a cash bar and a delicious tapas menu from 5:30-9:30 pm!

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Ice Skating on Frog Pond

Ice Skating is a winter tradition and Boston’s Frog Pond is the place to do it. Close to the Downtown Crossing shopping area with beautiful views of winter scenes from the surrounding Boston Commons, the John Hancock building and the Prudential building. Frog Pond even has its own ice-making system. There’s free-style skating on Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings and lessons for all types.

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L.A. Burdick’s Handmade Chocolate

It’s no secret that a Boston winter can be brutal so take a break from your shopping and sightseeing to cozy up with a mug of luscious hot chocolate at L.A. Burdick’s Handmade Chocolates in Harvard Square. The hot chocolate options include dark, milk and white chocolate, but the choices don’t end there. There’s eight soul-soothing selections like the Bolivian- a dark chocolate blend made from wild cocoa that has hints of grapefruit, floral notes and a velvety mouth feel. Or the Ecuadorian- a robust earthy blend with a hint of mint, spices and coffee. And if you feel like going grown-up with America’s favorite childhood treat, be sure to ask about the hot chocolates with select liquors.

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Julia Allison Shops Sofia

An independent boutique nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, Sofia brings to you an eclectic, hand-picked collection of clothing, shoes and accessories. Dedicated to showcasing collections from emerging fresh talent as well as the best vintage pieces from established designers, Sofia has quickly become a true gem in Chicago’s fashion market. Named after the impeccable and unforgettable actress, Sophia Loren, Sofia embodies the universal style icon’s qualities – beauty, class and glamour. Sofia encourages their customers to “live lovely” by embracing the beauty of who they are and taking chances in both life and fashion.

Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum, chartered as The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, was designed and created by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi in 1985 to preserve and display his sculptures, architectural models, stage designs, drawings, and furniture designs. It is a two story museum with an outdoor sculpture garden. It is located in the Long Island City section of Queens, one block from the Socrates Sculpture Park. In 2004, a major renovation allowed the museum to remain open year round.

Mel’s Burger Bar

At Mel’s Burger Bar they do exactly what their name suggests, they offer a solid selection of massive burgers, frosty shakes, comfort food classics and a killer bar experience. They “meat” and exceed your expectations by offering high quality fun and food options matched with a lively, laid back atmosphere. The 140 seat restaurant features three-dimensional exposed brick, black and white checkered tile floors, custom wood ceiling beams and six flat screen televisions for your viewing pleasure. If you forget where you are, an illuminated six-foot Mel’s sign will remind that you that this vintage burger shack has everything you need.

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality.

Boston Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tours is the perfect place to go

The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W. II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary ConDUCKtors, who’ll be narrating your tour. Then you’re off on a journey like you’ve never had before. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more. It’s time for “Splashdown” as your ConDUCKtor splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

Boston Duck Tours has 3 ticket booth locations. They are located inside the Museum of Science after the gift shop, inside the Prudential Center across from Barnes and Noble and in the Whale Watch Booth at the New England Aquarium. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bostix booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 80-minute tours depart from the Museum of Science and Prudential Center. Discounted 65-minute tours depart from The New England Aquarium on certain dates starting at 12 pm or 3 pm. Please see below schedule for New England Aquarium departure times. Tickets may not be purchased outside at our Duck Stops located at the Museum of Science and Prudential Center.

Click bostonducktours.com for more information.

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Laura Bruney- Executive director of Miami’s Arts & Business Council.

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Tell me about your current job and your past history that makes you the perfect person to be a Miami insider.

I moved to Miami when I was 11 years old so I think I am almost a native. I have been Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Miami for over 23 years. In this role I create working partnerships between the corporate and cultural communities. We have programs that help business professionals connect with their creative side and make meaningful use of their skills and their free time. I work with over 500 arts groups and hundreds of artists in Miami Dade and am a passionate fan of the arts in our community.

What do you love about Miami in the Fall?

The cultural season gets into full swing in the fall. I also love football which starts in the fall and love the Miami Dolphins (most years). The weather cools off and hurricane season ends.

What are some of your favorite neighborhoods?

South Beach on the bay side, Design District, Mimo and Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.
For eating? Lincoln Road, Coral Gables
Museums? Miami Beach, Downtown

What is your favorite place to shop in the city?
Museum gift shops have the best and most unique items for sale. Your purchase supports the arts. Many museums carry the work of local artists. You can find a list of all the museums in Miami-Dade at www.MiamiDadeArts.org and click on find an arts group.

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What inspires you about Miami?
The diversity of the people and places, the sunshine, the warm and inviting atmosphere and of course our world class cultural community including over 1,000 arts groups.

Do you have an insider tip for tourists visiting Miami for the first time?
Explore. Go to the different neighborhoods for different experiences. Visit our museums, take an Art Deco walk or historic walking tour with Dr. George. Check the Weekend Section of the Miami Herald and go to a festival or special event. Miami has more festivals than days in the year! Visit the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau website www.gmcvb.com for a great calendar of events and programs and great promotions such as Miami Spice month at some of our best restaurants.

Are you a regular somewhere?
The Adrienne Arsht Center, museums, theatres and festivals.

Do you have a secret spot in the city (to unwind, get away, people watch, read a book, escape) and why?
Maurice Gibb Park in South Beach is a quiet little park right on the bay. Perfect for a small picnic with friends, walking the dog or just watching the sunset over beautiful downtown Miami.

What are your favorite
Restaurants – Joe Allen, Solea at the W, Dynamo Café at Wolfsonian, Garcias on the River, Sr. Martinez
Museums – Miami has a great variety of museums and I love them all. Some of my favorites Wolfsonian, Bass Museum, Lowes Art Museum, Deering Estate. Looking forward to our new museum park opening in a few years in downtown Miami.
shopping places – Lincoln Road, Bakery Center Ar
t Space, Museum gift shops
favorite events:
Art Basel, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami Book Fair, Summer Shorts, Miami Hispanic Theatre Festival

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State Fair of Texas Sept 24–Oct 17

State Fair of Texas

September 24 – October 17

For more than 100 years, the State Fair of Texas has been a major source of entertainment for millions. They say everything is bigger in Texas, well the State Fair is no exception, featuring great food, great music, great rides, and much more. If you are going to be in Dallas, you can’t miss this super-sized event.

http://www.bigtex.com/sft/

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The Great Pumpkin Festival Sept 18-Nov 14

The Great Pumpkin Festival

September 18 – November 14

Don’t miss the Storybook Pumpkin Village, the only pumpkin village in the world, with four walk-through houses made completely out of pumpkins. Each house will represent a children’s book that features pumpkins in the story.

http://dallasarboretum.org/special_events/AutumnAtTheArboretum.html

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Best Spot for Pictures

Best Spot for Pictures

Checkout out the best part of downtown near the library, art museum, capitol, and city and county building. Here you’ll be able to take fabulous pictures of the capitol and the surrounding area. You’ll also get to see a 21 foot tall big red chair known as “The Yearling”. This fun piece is a must see and provides a great “Kodak Moment”.

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Best Spot to Hang Out

Best Spot to Hang Out

Check out the Independence Plaza, which has a plethora of shops. You could enjoy one of the many restaurants, but you should consider grabbing a hot dog from the stand on the west end. You will not be disappointed. Perhaps the best feature of the plaza are the built in stone chessboards. Watch a game or play one yourself at this hot spot which exudes Denver charm.

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Boo at the Zoo After Dark October 29

Boo at the Zoo After Dark

October 29

Join Denver Zoo’s nocturnal creatures during a special nighttime addition to Boo At The Zoo. Enjoy trick-or-treating stations throughout the zoo while supporting Denver Zoo’s mission to provide exceptional care to their resident animals. Be a Zooper Hero and share the care this Halloween, because every time you visit you help animals.

http://www.denverzoo.org/visitors/events/boo_dark.asp

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11th Annual Victorian Fetish Ball October 12-17

11th Annual Victorian Fetish Ball

October 12-17

The Victorian Fetish Ball is a feather and ice fetish party encouraging people from all walks of life to come together for sensuality and titillation. Celebrities, business owners, politicians, artists, models, etc. all in costume adopting alter egos and becoming an integral part of the entertainment. It is designed to tantalize the mind, exploit the senses, creating a euphoric sensual and mental overload. The “pretty” fetish party.

http://annualvictorianfetishball-klp.eventbrite.com/

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Cavalia Sept 22-Oct 17

Cavalia

September 22 – October 17

This multimedia extravaganza is a show unlike any other. Cavalia celebrates the bond between humans and horses, virtually reinventing the equestrian arts. Created by one of the founders of Canada’s famed Cirque du Soleil, the show will be held under the White Big Top at the Pepsi Center. Enjoyed by more than 2.5 million people in the U.S., Europe and Canada, Cavalia involves more than 100 performers, including 50 magnificent horses from all over the world, riders, aerialists, acrobats and dancers as well as musicians and a vocalist.

http://www.cavalia.net/

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The Great Pumpkin Festival 9/18 -11/14

The Great Pumpkin Festival

9/18 -11/14

Don’t miss the Storybook Pumpkin Village, the only pumpkin village in the world, with four walk-through houses made completely out of pumpkins. Each house will represent a children’s book that features pumpkins in the story.

http://dallasarboretum.org/special_events/AutumnAtTheArboretum.html

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Cirque du Solei Sept 9-Oct 24

Cirque du Solei

September 9 – October 24

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Washington DC with the premiere of OVO. The performance will be held under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at National Harbor. Cirque du Soleil OVO is described as “a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.” Come see for yourself the wonder that is Cirque du Solei.

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ovo/tickets/washington.aspx

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