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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Chicago Restaurant Week is coming soon, so get out your calendars because you won’t want to miss out on all the excitement!

What is Restaurant Week? It’s a celebration of world-class dining destinations in the city. Each year the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau supports restaurant members of more than 200 establishments in the city. For ten days, starting February 18, these restaurants will have prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus.

Last years Restaurant Week brought in $11.6 million in revenues, and hopefully this year will top that number! Saveur Magazine recently named Chicago “America’s new culinary star,” so this year’s event has a little extra pressure.

Looking to get involved in the experience? Make reservations. Without a reservation, you can forget about it. It make these reservations call your desired restaurant, or visit EatItUpChicago.com. Special menus are prepared just for this event, so be sure to ask for them if they are not given upon being seated.

What restaurants are participating? This year, there are more than 200 of Chicago’s finest culinary talents to choose from. Here is a full list of participating restaurants. To read more about who will be participating, making reservations, or menus, check out Chicago Restaurant Week today!

We at Broughton love getting involved with community activities. This week, some of our team helped cook and serve breakfast at the Lincoln Park Community Center. It’s a great shelter, and always a fun time!

The Lincoln Park shelter first opened its doors in February 1985. That year, there was expected to be roughly 25,000 homeless people in the Chicago area. The need for a place like this was great, and it continued to grow as years passed. It originally partnered with four local churches to get things up and running, and just celebrated its 25th anniversary in February 2010!

The center is not religiously affiliated, and is privately funded. It runs solely on volunteers, and is a true community-based organization. More than 1,500 volunteers help serve as meal providers, and overnights supervisors. The LPCS has continued to provide sleeping facilities, kitchen facilities, showers, storage rooms, and laundry areas. Also, social services offer help for individuals to regain self-sufficiency.

If you’re looking for more ways to get involved in the community be sure to check out the Lincoln Park Community Center today! Volunteers are always welcome, and it’s always a great time!

Be one of the only people to experience what it really feels like to skate above the clouds. One of Chicago’s biggest winter attractions is at the John Hancock Observatory. January 1st was the kickoff to the one-of-a-kind Skating in the Sky event. The Observatory has a state-of-the-art synthetic ice rink more than 1,000 feet up—the highest ice rink in the world. You can enjoy a winter wonderland at room temperature.

The rink is open to the public everyday until March 31st, from 9am to 11pm. Skating sessions last 25 minutes, and cost only five dollars. Also, for those who need to rent skates, the rental fee is only a buck more. The rink is also available for private bookings and events.

One of the awesome perks is that every Monday from 3-5pm the coaches from the Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Team will be there to skate and give lessons to anyone who’s interested. This truly is a grand experience. The amazing view of the city from the observatory deck makes you feel like you’re really skating in the sky.

This is something you can’t do anywhere else in the world, so be sure to get your tickets and book your time on the ice today! To find out more, check out Chicago’s Greatest Events…Sky High!

Looking for some family fun to start off the new year? Then the Museum of Science and Industry is the place for you! There are tons of exciting events and exhibits for everyone to enjoy!

Some popular exhibits going on now, include the following.

Smart Home: Green + Wired (ends January 9, 2011)

This “Smart Home” is a fully functioning, eco-friendly environment perfect for anyone looking to GoGreen. Some of the highlights include the great spaces for entertaining guests, and an awesome home office. The home fully embodies the natural elements and harmony with the earth. This is a must-see exhibit for individuals who are looking for a smarter, more efficient, and in tune with the environment kind of place.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World (ends January 23, 2011)

Peek into the imagination of the creator of some of our favorite childhood friends including Kermit the frog, Big Bird, and Miss Piggy. This exhibit features original drawings, cartoons, and storyboards by Jim Henson. Also, view the famous puppets themselves and enjoy fun hands-on activities.

Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights (ends January 9, 2011)

This exhibit is 69 years old and includes dozens of decorated trees for everyone’s enjoyment. It features holiday singers and dancers, as well as a 45-foot Grand Tree covered with more than 30,000 twinkling lights. All the trees were decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent the various cultures and holiday traditions.

To purchase tickets and find out more about the exhibits be sure to check out the Museum of Science and Industry today. Some exhibits are closing soon, so hurry and get there before they’re gone!