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Chicago Recently Gave Two Premier Events a Place to Call Home

Maybe nice guys finish first after all. Because while “second city” Chicago has often fallen short to New York in everything from skyscrapers to baseball games, the Windy City recently grabbed two high-profile events right out of The Big Apple’s grasp. 

Home Chef Delivers Fresh Ingredients to Busy Planners' Doorsteps

Looking for a way to still cook meals at home but just don’t have the time to do it all? Home Chef is a food delivery service with a fresh twist. Great for working professionals like planners, the company makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze by giving you meal ideas, shopping for you, portioning everything out and delivering fresh ingredients to your doorstep. All you have to do is cook.

Signature Drink: The Silent Partner

Chicago’s Barrelhouse Flat, part tavern/part speakeasy, focuses on a casual atmosphere and massive drink menu. Along with more than 60 classic cocktails, the bar prides itself on a rotating menu of seasonal and experimental drinks, like The Silent Partner, a fall-inspired twist on a Manhattan. The recipe was developed by Bar Manager Mark Brinker.

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Laird’s Apple Brandy
—1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
—1 oz. Cocchi Di Torino Sweet Vermouth
—dash of Angostura bitters

Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

5 Outdoor Spaces Let Diners Enjoy the Summer Sun

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer when Illinoisans can temporarily forget polar vortexes and revel in all the sunshine finally coming our way. The holiday weekend puts the extra day off to good use, packed with barbecues, fireworks and a plethora of brews that has everyone in celebration mode.

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

Behind the Scenes at the Academy Awards

There are some things about the Academy Awards we all know—someone will show up with a highly talked-about dress; Vanity Fair will host an epic after-party; and at least one speech will make you cry. But what about the behind-the-scenes info? The work that goes into creating arguably the biggest awards show of the year? We rounded up a list of facts you can tell your co-workers while dishing about this year’s winners (and losers). 

Get to Know Chicago Northwest

Population: 300,000

Location: Meet Chicago Northwest is a hub for eight different communities, including Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Itasca, Roselle, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wood Dale. These communities sit on the edge of O’Hare International Airport and are centrally located to the Interstate system linking up with I-90, I-94, I-290, I-294 and I-355. Many of the communities are also serviced by Metra Rail service as well as the Pace Suburban Bus Service.

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