Foodies Flock to Chicago

We welcome attendees of the National Restaurant Association Show 2011 to Chicago. Members of the National Restaurant Association and members of the restaurant, food service and lodging industry attend the annual show held at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore Drive). The International Wine Spirits & Beer Event 2011 is held concurrently with the NSA Show and hosts mixology competitions and educational sessions for restaurant trade members.

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Last year the NRA Show had over 42,000 attendees and nearly 16,000 exhibitor personnel. Running from May 21-24, today marks the final day of NRA Show 2011, the show wraps up at 3 p.m.

Check out video coverage of the show and the official NSA Show 2011 blog. If you’re an attendee looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, head to Elate – the upscale organic restaurant adjacent to Hotel Felix in River North.

Chicago Cyclists Take Back the Road

Chicago Critical Mass is a celebration of bicycles and the fun of riding. Held on the last Friday of every month, Chicago Critical Mass attracts thousands of participants and is open to riders of all skill level and age.  The ride starts out in downtown Chicago, rain or shine, on the last Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The group gathers around the Big Picasso in Daley Plaza and typically votes to determine the route. The length of the ride varies by season, but as it warms up they last, on average, three hours.

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Want to get involved? From baking brownies for hungry riders to meeting up at a Chicago Critical Mass Happy Hour, there are plenty of ways to get in the action.

Not a big fan of bikes? Rollerblades, skateboards, and even running shoes are welcome modes of transportation for Chicago Critical Mass, they just ask you leave the Segways at home (they pose too much of a danger to other riders).

If you plan to make the trek on Friday, May 27 be sure to take some photos and share with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Eco-Chic Showcase at The Field Museum

Slip on your salmon-skin dress and get your hand-woven handbags ready because the latest eco-friendly designs are coming to Chicago.

On May 13 The Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) unveils the Gary C. Comer Family Gallery, a space devoted to celebrating the environment and sustainable design. The inaugural showcase, entitled Design for a Living World, was developed by The Nature Conservancy and features the works of 10 internationally acclaimed designers, including Paulina Reyes of kate spade new york.  The artists were challenged to visit areas across the world and use those area’s most sustainable materials to create innovative, yet practical, pieces.

Tickets to The Field Museum are available for purchase here; the exhibit is included with price of basic admission.

Chicagoans Gear Up for Green City Market

This Saturday, May 7 at 7 a.m., Chicago’s truly green farmer’s market opens shop outdoors for the first Saturday of the season. The outdoor Green City Market, located at the south end of Lincoln Park (between Clark and Stockton Drive, approximately 1790 N. Clark), is open each Wednesday and Saturday through October 29 from 7 a.m.- 1 p.m.

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Celebrating it’s 12th anniversary, the Green City Market is nationally recognized for distributing, promoting, and educating the community on local sustainably-grown food.

Socially conscious shoppers can take part in the Opening Day Rally from 9-10 a.m., followed by a Chef Demonstration at 10:30 a.m. by Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of West Loop’s Prairie Fire.

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It’s a breeze to get to Green City Market by public transportation. You can use the following CTA bus routes: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 73 Armitage, or 151 Sheridan. Alternately, the Lincoln Park Trolley runs every Saturday down Stockton Drive starting on May 23. It picks up in front of the Historical Museum parking lot and is free.

If you head to Green City Market this weekend for some one-of-a-kind treats (like Snookelfritz ice cream or fresh Zullo’s doughnuts) be sure to take photos and share them on our Facebook wall. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag!