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Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

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Grab your cowboy boots and hat and make your way to the Windy City Smokeout happening this weekend in Chicago. Gates just opened for the 5th year of this food and music fest with two stages filled with artists from around the country entertaining fans all weekend long. 

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

With over 25 country music bands playing throughout the three day festival

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

and 20 of the world’s best pitmasters sharing their BBQ creations, this is an event you just can’t miss. 

Over the course of the weekend, you have the opportunity to sample beers from 28 different breweriesBeer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

as well as cocktails including Three Dots and a Dash Hurricane/Mai Tai, Effen Bellini and Casamigos Shark Tank. Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

In addition to BBQ, you will find seafood options including Little Miss BBQ Salmon, Pearl’s Southern Comfort Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil and Charbroiled Oysters.  Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

Plenty of side dishes from Alexia Cheese Waffle Fries to Hometeam Grilled Esquites Corn to LeRoy and Lewis Sambal Cucumber Salad. Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

And of course, the mission of the Windy City Smokeout: the BBQ!… Read more

A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee

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A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee – Exploring 5 culinary spots from Danish pastry to coffee roasting to craft beer to custard to seafood in the area. 

When you think of Milwaukee, what foods and beverages come to mind? I bet I can guess: brats, cheese and beer. All true! Yet, Milwaukee has a vibrant culinary scene that you need to hear about.

Exploring the food world within a city doesn’t just mean what you find in the city’s downtown. In fact, creative and innovative options can be found all around town. The first gem on my road trip to Milwaukee started in Racine.… Read more

8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva

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8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva – Our girls trip to Lake Geneva, a bustling lake front resort town, included visiting a variety of dining options from Neapolitan pizza to steakhouse to Italian bistro to winery to cooking school to sweet treat shops.

What do we always talk about on vacation? Where to eat! And our girls trip to Lake Geneva was no exception. We were looking forward to the various culinary excursions we were going to have on our trip. While this, of course, included restaurants, we were also going to do some wine tasting at a local winery and get our chef’s hat on at the Lake Geneva School of Cooking.  For more details on the trip including where we stayed and all we did, see here

Where We Ate

There are so many reasons why traveling with friends is a special experience.… Read more

The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva

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The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva – Celebrating friendship on a girls trip to this bustling resort town located right on the lake offering boat tours, innovative dining options, shopping, golf and so much more.

There is something so very special about having girlfriends. The ones who know your deepest secrets, support your hopes and dreams and make you laugh till you cry. When our crazy, busy lives get in the way of friendship, we know we have to make a plan to get everyone together and reconnect. Best way possible is a girls trip where our real lives are temporarily left behind and new memories are created.  

With everyone now scattered all over, we wanted to find a spot that was centrally located from airports and easy drive time.… Read more

6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience

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6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience – What to know when planning to attend the International Home and Housewares Show including where to stay for an easy commute and other valuable suggestions.

For housewares brands and fans, it’s all about those 4 days in March that we look forward to each year. The International Home and Housewares Show puts on a spectacular four-day extravaganza in Chicago with more than 2,200 vendors and 60,000 attendees. Held at McCormick Place, it is a vast assortment of new to global housewares brands, manufacturers, retailers, designers and media all looking to get the word out on the latest trends and perennial favorites.… Read more

5 Reasons to Not Leave the Grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

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5 Reasons to Not Leave the Grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort – A visit to the newly renovated resort and Three Embers restaurant in Northern Illinois.  

Going to a resort sometimes means just dropping your bags in your room and going off into the area in which you are visiting. That is not the case at the newly remodeled Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to leave. 

Located near the Wisconsin/Illinois border and about 45 minutes north of the city of Chicago, this property just received a $25 million major renovation. The first thing you will notice is that this resort is not located on the edge of a busy street but rather in an exclusive enclave.… Read more

Villa del Palmar: The Hidden Gem in the Baja Peninsula

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Villa del Palmar: The Hidden Gem in the Baja Peninsula – Luxury resort, history and sapphire waters found at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

When you discover a vacation spot that is so magical, do you tell everyone? Do you share this seemingly private place that offers a type of beauty that comes from nature itself? In a world where traveling is somewhat taken for granted, it is at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa in Loreto, Mexico, that you will learn how mountains, sea, desert and water come together to bring you a sense of peacefulness like no where else.… Read more

7 Chicago Restaurants and Rooftops to Visit

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7 Chicago Restaurants and Rooftops to Visit – Sharing new restaurants and long time favorites in Chicago’s exciting and ever evolving restaurant world.

Summer in the city is fast moving when you live in a four season climate. We take advantage of every moment of warmth, sunshine and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without having to be dressed in a heavy coat and snow boots. I have been to so many great places this summer that I want to share them all with you. So, gather your friends and stop by some of the delicious restaurants and rooftops in and around the city.… Read more

Celebrating the Holidays with Max & Leo’s and Chicago Trolley

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Everyone knows that coming to Chicago is an adventure in architecture, food, the arts, shopping and sports! From a tourism perspective, there are endless ways to see all that Chicago has to offer. In the winter time, our options are a bit limited given the weather. Which is why our recent holiday celebration of artisan pizza from Max & Leo’s and a ride aboard the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour made for such a festive evening.

We started out at Max & Leo’s for its artisan pizza and wings. Made in 900 degree coal fired ovens, the pizza’s char crust is filled with creative ingredients from the always popular Margherita to the Brooksy (Mascarpone and sliced mozzarella, grilled chicken, caramelized onions and wild mushrooms) to L’Umina (ricotta cheese, sliced pears, caramelized onions, basil, fresh sliced prosciutto and drizzled organic wildflower honey) to many other varieties that you can see here.… Read more

A Vacation Guide to Lake Geneva

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Vacation. What does that mean to you? For me, it is something to look forward too. An escape from the real world of stress, work, traffic and just life. It doesn’t have to be long. Doesn’t have to be far away. Just has to be new scenery. In other words, days off but not staying at home as that is not a vacation in my eyes. You go SOMEWHERE.

Maybe you are able to get on a plane and land in a place that is your piece of heaven. Or maybe, you are lucky enough to have a small piece of sunshine just a short drive away.… Read more