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Celebrate The New Year With A Different Kind Of Steak At Smoque Steak

Celebrate The New Year With A Different Kind Of Steak At Smoque Steak

You've never had steak like this before...[Smoque Steak](https://smoquesteak.com/) prides itself on an unparalleled Smoke and Sear process that results in a truly distinctive dining experience. Their journey to perfection begins with a meticulous seasoning and resting of premium cuts. They delicately infuse them with the subtle essence of oak through a light smoking process. Slowly and carefully heated to optimal serving temperatures, our steaks reach a harmonious balance of flavors. When you place your order, they take it to the next level by expertly searing the steak in butter, either on a classic cast-iron surface or over an open flame. The result? A steak like no other – boasting a deeply satisfying smoky flavor, flawlessly even doneness from edge to edge, and a luxuriously rich and flavorful exterior. Every bite is a celebration of the culinary craft, a symphony of taste and texture that elevates your dining experience to extraordinary heights. A steak embodies the essence of Smoque's primal instincts, yet the ritual of enjoying one has become synonymous with extravagance and excess. At their core, they believe a steakhouse can be extraordinary without grandiosity, unique without pretentiousness, and great without exorbitance. This philosophy guides every decision, from the quality of the steak to the relaxed ambiance and the thoughtfully crafted, unobtrusive hospitality. Their mission is straightforward — to offer a welcoming environment, exceptional steaks, thoughtfully paired wines, and expertly crafted cocktails. Embracing simplicity, we redefine the steakhouse experience, proving that indulgence can be unpretentious and greatness can be accessible. You get that from the moment you walk in. Ring in 2024 with a [little steak](https://smoquesteak.com/).

Celebrating 48 Years of The Alley: A Journey Through Punk Culture, Art, and Music

Celebrating 48 Years of The Alley: A Journey Through Punk Culture, Art, and Music

For nearly half a century, The Alley has stood as a beacon of counterculture in Chicago, a place where creativity, chaos, and community converge. Founded by Mark Thomas, The Alley has grown from a single store into a cultural landmark, encompassing not just the punk aesthetic but also a thriving art colony and music scene. As we approach the 48th anniversary of The Alley, we're excited to celebrate with a block party on June 9th that will highlight everything that makes this place so unique. The Alley's 48th Anniversary Block Party is more than just an event; it is a celebration of a rich history and a vibrant culture that has shaped Chicago's punk scene and beyond. From its eclectic fashion shows and unique hearse competitions to the open studios of the Art Colony and live music from The Music Factory, the block party offers something for everyone. Join us on June 9th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at The Alley, located at 2620 W Fletcher St, Chicago, IL 60618. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, visit our event website at [www.thealleyblockparty.com](http://www.thealleyblockparty.com). Mark Thomas is more than just the founder of The Alley; he is a dedicated curator of punk culture and an avid art collector. His travels around the world have brought a diverse and eclectic mix of influences to The Alley, creating a space where everyone from seasoned punk enthusiasts to curious newcomers can find something that resonates with them. In the '90s, Mark's passion for art and music led to the establishment of the Art Colony and Music Factory, expanding The Alley's influence and cementing its status as a cultural hub. #### Block Party Activities: A Celebration of Creativity and Community The 48th Anniversary Block Party on June 9th promises a day full of exciting activities and entertainment. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect: * **DIY Fashion Show:** Watch as 50 Alley customers take to the runway, showcasing their unique styles and favorite Alley gear. This fashion show is all about self-expression and creativity, embodying the spirit of The Alley. * **Hearse Competition:** The Chicago Hard Core Hearse Club will be rolling in with 25 of their finest hearses, competing for trophies and the ultimate bragging rights. This unusual and fascinating event is sure to be a crowd favorite. * **Art Colony:** Explore the open studios of the Art Colony, where tenants and local artists will be displaying their works. This is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and see their creative processes up close. * **Live Music:** Enjoy performances by six bands from The Music Factory, a hidden gem within The Alley family. Bands like Animal Factory, Highdiver, and Schrachee have built loyal followings with their electrifying performances, and they are ready to rock the block party. **The Art Colony: A Sanctuary for Artists** The Art Colony within The Alley serves as a supportive environment for both renowned and emerging artists. It is a hub for local talent, providing a platform for artists such as Jon Langford, Walter Fydryck, George Chakos, and Kirk Rohbaugh. Additionally, emerging artists like Courtney Boatwright, Tim Hartford, and Adam Helman are making their mark here. The Art Colony is more than just a collection of studios; it is a community where artists can collaborate, inspire each other, and grow. #### The Music Factory: Breeding Ground for Local Bands Since its inception in 1982 at 1019 W Lake Street, The Music Factory has been a nurturing ground for local bands. It has helped bands like Animal Factory, Highdiver, and Schrachee develop their sounds and gain loyal followings. Despite flying under the radar, these bands are ready to take center stage at the block party, bringing their high-energy performances to a wider audience. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the creativity, chaos, and community that have made The Alley a beloved Chicago landmark for nearly half a century.

Chicago's Garrett Popcorn And Revolution Brewing Bring Hopheads A Caramel Beer

Chicago's Garrett Popcorn And Revolution Brewing Bring Hopheads A Caramel Beer

A new take on a Chicago mix, indeed. Chicago's iconic Garrett Popcorn has collaborated with another Chicago icon, [Revolution Brewing](https://revbrew.com/), and is giving hopheads ingredients to rejoice in a CaramelCrisp-flavored ale. To borrow a quote from the former manager of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs Joe Madden, "Do simple better." That is exactly what they did, using 450 pounds of popcorn and 1,200 pounds of brown sugar and a dash of kosher salt is all that was needed to make this dream a reality. You'll have to look hard at the Jewels, it's a limited item. Look for the 16-ounce cans that have the same design as a tin of [Garrett's](https://www.garrettpopcorn.com/garrett-popcorn-recipes/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAgaGgBhC8ARIsAAAyLfFD-Tb4JF66Q4UeDY3JMaw5BXVSBmdPO9z3jez53bP7gSbBUfDYxkEaAgo2EALw_wcB). That's Chicago for ya...