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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Easter Sunday is “hopping” up on us! And in a city like Chicago, brunch reservations need to be made ahead of time. No need to call around to find out which restaurants have special Easter menus and brunches—we’ve got you covered. All you need to be worried about is where the Easter Bunny hid your basket this year.

Riva Crab House – Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring the entire family down to Navy Pier for a scrumptious brunch, fantastic lakefront views and chance to meet the Easter Bunny! With a chef-attended omelet station, carving station, shellfish, fresh fruit and a decadent desert display, there will be something to surely please everyone! But don’t wait until the last minute to make your brunch plans—this brunch is reservation only!

The Signature Room at the 95th – Sunday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, guests will be treated to an extensive buffet of delicious starters and chilled seafood. Plated entrees will include seasonal favorites like lemon ricotta pancakes, eggs Benedict and various unique omelets. Kids can visit with the restaurant’s special guest, the Easter Bunny, and will even be sent home with goodie bags!

Macy’s on State’s Bunny Brunch – Sunday, April 1 and Saturday, April 7

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in Macy’s Walnut Room Restaurant on State Street. This is great for kids, because fun continues beyond the food—with face painting, balloon twisting and more! The best part? This brunch will happen for two days.

Mercadito – Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who says you have to stick with your standard eggs and pancakes at brunch? At Mercadito Chicago, you can enjoy traditional Mexican brunch favorites like Chilaquiles or Huevos Rancheros. Not much of a Mexican eater while the rest of your family is? Don’t worry! They offer the classic American options, too.

For an extended list of Chicago brunch spots, check out Concierge Preferred today!

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It’s the sweetest season of the year in Chicago! No, it doesn’t involve trick-or-treating or scavenging for candy-filled eggs—it’s maple-tapping time! The annual celebration of nature’s sweetest gift occurs all over the Chicagoland area; and this weekend, March 24-25, the Chicago Park District will host the 2012 Maple Syrup Festival!

Visitors can enjoy music and storytelling, take a stroll through the sugar bush, watch collected sap boil down into syrup, sample fresh maple syrup right off the fire and even try tapping a tree themselves! Approximately 50 trees in Chicago’s nature preserve will be tapped for sap collection. After all, it does take 40 gallons of sap to produce only one gallon of maple syrup!

Head to the North Park Village Nature Center this weekend and take part in one of Chicago’s sweetest traditions! It’s fun for all ages!

Check out more on the Maple Syrup Festival today!

Whether you’re Irish or not, wear as much green as you can, venture downtown and celebrate Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Come early and watch a major feature of the parade—the dyeing of the Chicago River! A tradition since 1962 and dubbed as the “Irish Miracle,” motor boats carrying Chicago’s Journeymen Plumbers will drop 45 pounds of green dye into the river, creating a bright green phenomenon that lasts for several days. The dye formula is Chicago’s closely guarded secret, but it has been deemed as environmentally friendly to the Chicago River.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at noon. Adults and children alike will enjoy three hours of colorful floats, marching bands, bagpipes and Irish Step dancers!

No matter what your heritage is the other 364 days of the year, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! So put on your favorite green outfit and celebrate the holiday with the city of Chicago!

For more information, visit Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade today!

Enough of those winter blues. Spring into spring and enjoy the beautiful flora of the 2012 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier from March 10-18!

With this year’s theme, “Hort Couture,” the worlds of fashion and horticulture collide. Using the rich textures and vibrant colors found in plants, the show celebrates the influence of fashion and design through more than 25 displays of floral, plant and landscape creations. This is more than your grandmother’s “pretty garden show.” This is the only consumer event in the Midwest that offers innovative ideas and inspires those with a green thumb, or those new to the world of gardening, to learn new techniques and apply them to their own home gardens.

With activities like gardening seminars, cooking demos, potting parties, a kid’s activity garden and shopping for the latest gardening products and services, you can’t help but celebrate the upcoming growing season!

Check out more on the 2012 Chicago Flower & Garden Show today!