The Christkindlmarket is excited to announce that our very own Christkind will return in 2019!
While the Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany has visited the Chicago market in previous years during the first weekend of the market, 2013 marked the first year of the original Chicago Christkind. This year she will again be present on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. throughout the entire duration of the market from November 15th – December 24th for the 24th Annual Christkindlmarket Chicago on Daley Plaza.
Keeping with the tradition from previous years, the Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony at the Preview Party, reciting her prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Christkindlmarket Chicago. Additionally, during the market those young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with her as she roams the market, sharing German holiday traditions.
Help light up the night November 23 for city’s Christmas celebration! There will be various activities, food vendors and of course, a visit from Santa Claus!
There will also be live route performances from artists such as 2XO, Cece Peniston, Parachute, Ryan Cabrera, Chicago Children’s Choir and many more….!
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant will host their second annual nose-to-tail dining event, The Whole Cow, on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30pm-9:00pm. This one night only experience that is priced at $195 a person and will include a 10-course tasting menu featuring unique steak cuts from every part of the cow, with four drink pairings to match. The Smith & Wollensky culinary team will guide guests on a journey from farm to filet, sharing the tradition and significance of the nose-to-tail movement.
“The mission of this menu is to push our guests’ boundaries just a little, expose them to something they may not have ever tried, and to embrace the many cuts of beef that are available to enjoy,” quoted Chef Matt, The VP of Culinary Development at Smith and Wollensky.
Contact your CUI Concierge for VIP reservations!
This major retrospective—the first to be organized by a US institution in 30 years—builds on the wealth of new research, scholarship, and perspectives that has emerged since Andy Warhol’s early death at age 58 in 1987. More than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that he anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.
– Member only previews of the Andy Warhol exhibit start October 17-19
– The exhibit itself is open to the public October 20-January 26
America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby takes place where it began in 1875, at Churchill Downs. Saturday, May 4th, the best of the best horses will come together to race for the opportunity to win the golden trophy. Whether you plan on traveling to see the Derby in person or gathering with friends locally in Chicago, your CUI Concierge has access to the best watch parties in town!
Bring your biggest hats and excitement for the official race, the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky! With your Mint Julep in hand and favorite horses to bet on, you’ll be front and ready for the most memorable horse race in America!
Saturday, April 27, 2019 2 p.m.
Take a special guided walk through the McDonald Woods to celebrate Earth Day
Join the Chicago Botanic Gardens for a guided 40-minute spring nature walk in McDonald Woods. See a variety of spring blooming wildflowers such as Virginia bluebells, great white trillium, yellow trout lily, Mayapple, and toothwort (weather dependent) and learn more about their ephemeral presence in the woods. The on-going McDonald Woods restoration efforts as well as how you can get involved in the Garden’s Budburst citizen science program will also be part of this informative and timely walk in honor of Earth Day.
Chicago chefs swept the Best Chef category for the Great Lakes (which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) in finalists announced by the James Beard Awards today. The Beards are considered the Oscars of the restaurant industry.
Winners will be announced May 6 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, at an event hosted by actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Semifinalists were announced Feb. 27.
The Best Chef finalists are:
• Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojería
• Jason Hammel, Lula Cafe, Marisol
• Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute
• David Posey and Anna Posey, Elske
• Noah Sandoval, Oriole
• Lee Wolen, Boka
Alisha Elenz of MFK restaurant is a finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year (chefs under 30).
The much-lauded Lost Lake snagged the finalist nominee for Outstanding Bar Program, and perennial favorite Spiaggia got a finalist nod for Outstanding Wine Program.
In a category they’ve been nominated for before, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro) are finalists for Best Restaurateu
For the best restaurant design or renovation since Jan. 1, 2016, two Chicago spots got nods for restaurants 76 seats and over. Chicago finalists are Lonesome Rose, done by Land & Sea Dept., and Pacific Standard Time, by Parts & Labor.
Other Chicago finalists are:
Outstanding Baker: Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Meg Galus, Boka
Chicago boasts one of the largest and most significant St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world as it holds two parades: one on the North Side and another on the far South Side. The downtown parade attracts more visitors, while the South Side edition is more neighborhood-oriented, but both are well attended.
Additionally, the Chicago River has been dyed green for more than 50 years in honor of this holiday, and the tradition continues. Ultimately, when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Windy City wows like no other with pub crawls, parties, and more.
Let your CUI Concierge be your guide to this memorable weekend!