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Experience the Future of Entertainment at Navy Pier's Illuminarium

Experience the Future of Entertainment at Navy Pier's Illuminarium

It's the weekend—time to break out of your neighborhood and explore the vibrant city of Chicago. Rediscover the charm of "the people's pier," Navy Pier. Yes, Navy Pier has evolved since your last IMAX visit (which, by the way, is no longer there). Now, it offers an array of attractions, including the cutting-edge ILLUMINARIUM. Imagine VR without the glasses. Illuminarium, a groundbreaking global experiential entertainment company, was created by leaders in cinematic immersion, theatrical design, and venue operations. It is making its grand entrance at Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier this summer. Opening its doors on Friday, June 28, this immersive venue will debut with two breathtaking experiences: WILD: A Safari Experience and SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond. Known as “the place that can take you anyplace,” this awe-inspiring 32,000-square-foot entertainment venue will occupy the former Crystal Gardens site. It marks Illuminarium’s fifth location following Las Vegas, Atlanta, Toronto, and Macau, China. “We are elated the time is officially here for us to introduce Chicago to what we hope will be an unforgettable adventure,” said Alan Greenberg, CEO of Illuminarium Experiences. “Illuminarium is a totally transportive experience with some of the most amazing, inspiring spectacles from around the world and beyond. We hope audiences of all ages will come to Navy Pier, check us out, and leave feeling inspired and wanting more.” Using cutting-edge technologies, Illuminarium’s visually-stunning venue will transport locals and visitors of all ages to places they previously could only dream of experiencing. By enabling audiences to see, hear, and even personally affect an experience, Illuminarium places patrons “inside” the narrative using techniques from traditional motion picture production and virtual reality, paired with interactive features that mimic the real world, all without wearable hardware. **WILD:** A Safari Experience offers an idyllic journey through the vast beauty and splendor of Africa, fully immersing visitors in the authentic sounds and scenes of an extraordinary safari. This experience allows them to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most majestic animals in their natural habitats. **SPACE:** A Journey to the Moon and Beyond takes patrons on a mind-blowing journey through space and time. Audiences will experience firsthand what it is like to walk on the Moon, step inside a nebula, or see the James Webb Space Telescope unfurl in space, all while being enveloped in the beauty of our galaxies and Solar System. These experiences are not seated shows; instead, patrons can walk through the space at their leisure. Designed to entertain ages 3 to 103, visitors can choose their adventure, as both experiences will be played daily. Illuminarium Experiences typically take about 45 to 60 minutes. Tickets start at $34.99 for adults and $24.99 for children, plus taxes and fees. For more information on Illuminarium @ Navy Pier or to plan ahead and purchase tickets today, please visit [illuminarium.com/chicago](https://www.illuminarium.com/chicago). Once open, Illuminarium will also host show-stopping private events, including birthdays, weddings, and corporate functions, adding a stunning visual setting for special occasions of all types.

Exploring Chicago: Honoring Our America Heroes Through Art and Memorials

Exploring Chicago: Honoring Our America Heroes Through Art and Memorials

I love Chicago. No matter which direction you drive, you'll find art and culture bursting from its seams. One thing I've always admired about Chicago is how it pays homage to the brave American soldiers who have continuously fought for our freedom. These tributes are subtly spread throughout the city, like street art on buildings, some more touching than others. Have you ever stopped to look at them? They serve as a somber reminder of the price America has paid for its freedom. This isn't a political statement to stir opinions about the state of our country. We can't change history, but we can honor and acknowledge it as we march forward in the endless pursuit of truth, justice, and the American way. One of these poignant reminders is the Jefferson Park War Memorial. It doesn't only commemorate World War II but also honors the broader history of wars involving America and the Jefferson Park community's role in promoting democracy worldwide. You should stop by, take a look, and pay your respects to these American freedom fighters. It's truly remarkable what they did for us. Jefferson Park does an excellent job commemorating America's war efforts, with a couple of hidden gems. One is the war memorial at 5411 W Higgins Ave, right along Milwaukee and Higgins, standing proud since 1945. Another is the World War I memorial, featuring remnants of a cannon plaque, right in the park. During the 1930s, a cannon was installed on the triangular lawn and dedicated to the soldiers of the Jefferson Park District. The cannon was removed in the early 1940s for scrap metal during WWII. Today, only a small bronze plaque remains. Located near the field house entryway, this WWI memorial plaque was dedicated by the Altrui Club. Composed of bronze and helmet-shaped, it is mounted directly into the sidewalk in front of the field house. It's uncertain whether it remains in its original location or if it was first installed near the cannon. (This plaque may have marked a second WWI memorial, such as a tree that may not have survived). So, as you squirt mustard on your hot dog and sip a beer, remember for just one second today that all we have was bought with the ultimate price. Freedom isn't free, and we should all remember that. God bless America.

Discover The Duck Inn: Bridgeport’s Cozy Culinary Haven

Discover The Duck Inn: Bridgeport’s Cozy Culinary Haven

For more than ten years, The Duck Inn in Bridgeport has welcomed locals and visitors with its enticing and accessible menu that offers an upscale twist on dishes comparable to any fancy downtown Chicago restaurant. The atmosphere is casual, yet warm, with the Mid-century retro decor creating a cozy vibe. Make your way past the bustling bar area and candlelit dining room, featuring a semi-open kitchen, to reach the beautifully inviting back patio – an unexpected oasis of greenery. This family-friendly gastro-tavern is helmed by Executive Chef and owner Kevin Hickey. A neighborhood native, Hickey has crafted a “working class fine dining” menu, as noted by the Michelin Guide. He can regularly be seen in his restaurant, ensuring a personal touch. Hickey has also given back to the community by sharing his expertise and guiding the menus of other local establishments, including the new Ramova Grill. At The Duck Inn, it’s no surprise that duck is the star of the diverse menu. Options include rotisserie duck with duck fat potatoes, duck wings with Japanese barbecue sauce, a Chicago-style duck fat hot dog, and duck fat French fries. One of the best menu items, however, is a no-frills Italian beef sandwich paired with a delicious au jus and topped with sweet or hot peppers. The Duck Inn also offers delectable weekly specials and an ever-evolving menu. Pop in on a Tuesday night for an unforgettable slow-roasted prime rib dinner. Or visit on a Wednesday (weather permitting) for a rotating menu of wood-fired crispy yet pillowy Neapolitan-style pizzas topped with eclectic ingredients like smoked salmon and tallegio cream. You can elevate your pizza by adding black truffles. In addition to a robust Sunday brunch menu, you can also bring your own vinyl to play on their vintage console, adding to the retro atmosphere and sensory experience. The Duck Inn has amassed many accolades and achievements during its tenure, and with every bite, it’s easy to see why. [The Duck Inn](https://theduckinnchicago.com/) is located at 2701 S. Eleanor St. in Bridgeport Chicago.

Discover the Perfect Weekend Getaway at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena

Discover the Perfect Weekend Getaway at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena

Are you looking to get out of the city for the holiday? Just a short 2-hour drive awaits a golfer's paradise. Nestled in the picturesque hills of the Galena Territory, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers the ultimate escape for those seeking relaxation, adventure, and a touch of luxury. Whether you're an avid golfer, a foodie, or simply looking for a serene retreat, Eagle Ridge has something for everyone. Located just a short drive from the charming downtown Galena, this resort combines the best of both worlds: tranquil natural beauty and easy access to vibrant local culture. **A Golfer's Paradise** For golf enthusiasts, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is nothing short of paradise. The resort boasts 63 holes of championship golf across four spectacular courses, each offering unique challenges and stunning views of the rolling countryside. * The General: Known as one of the most challenging courses in the Midwest, The General features dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking vistas. Designed by Roger Packard and Andy North, this course is a must-play for serious golfers. * The North Course: Offering a more forgiving layout, the North Course is perfect for golfers of all skill levels. Its tree-lined fairways and strategic bunkering provide a pleasant yet challenging experience. * The South Course: This nine-hole course is ideal for a quick round or for those looking to improve their short game. Its relaxed atmosphere makes it a favorite among families and beginners. * The East Course: A scenic nine-hole, par-34 course, the East Course is perfect for a leisurely game while soaking in the beautiful surroundings. **Culinary Delights** Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a haven for food lovers, featuring a variety of dining options that cater to every palate. * Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge: Offering panoramic views of Lake Galena, Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge serves up a delectable menu of contemporary American cuisine. Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in a sophisticated yet relaxed setting. Don't miss their weekend brunch, a favorite among guests. * Woodstone Restaurant: Known for its stone-fired pizzas and hearty Italian dishes, Woodstone Restaurant is perfect for a casual yet delicious dining experience. The cozy ambiance and friendly service make it a great spot for families. * Paisanos Italian Restaurant: Located in the heart of the resort, Paisanos offers an authentic taste of Italy. Indulge in classic pasta dishes, mouthwatering pizzas, and delightful desserts. Their extensive wine list features selections from around the world, ensuring the perfect pairing for your meal. * Eagle Ridge Coffee Shop: Start your day with a freshly brewed coffee and a selection of pastries, sandwiches, and light snacks. The Coffee Shop is a convenient stop for a quick breakfast or lunch on the go. **Relax and Unwind** After a day on the greens or exploring the local area, treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering at Stonedrift Spa. This full-service spa offers a range of treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate, from massages and facials to body wraps and hydrotherapy. **Explore Downtown Galena** Just a short drive from the resort, downtown Galena is a treasure trove of history, shopping, and dining. Stroll along Main Street and discover charming boutiques, antique shops, and galleries. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Ulysses S. Grant Home and the Galena History Museum, while foodies can sample local wines and artisanal treats at one of the many tasting rooms and cafes. **Endless Outdoor Activities** In addition to golf, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers a wide array of outdoor activities. Enjoy hiking and biking on miles of scenic trails, fishing and boating on Lake Galena, and even hot air balloon rides for a bird’s-eye view of the stunning landscape. In the winter months, guests can take advantage of cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating. **Accommodations** Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers a range of accommodations to suit every need, from cozy inn rooms to spacious villas and homes. Each room is designed with comfort and luxury in mind, providing the perfect retreat after a day of adventure. **Plan Your Stay** Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a golf retreat with friends, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena is the perfect destination. With its blend of natural beauty, luxurious amenities, and close proximity to downtown Galena, you're sure to create unforgettable memories. Book your stay today and experience all that Eagle Ridge has to offer. For more information and to make reservations, visit the [Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa website.](https://www.eagleridge.com/)

Dolce Arte: Sip, Savor, and Stroll Through Art in Bridgeport's Morgan Arts Complex

Dolce Arte: Sip, Savor, and Stroll Through Art in Bridgeport's Morgan Arts Complex

Discover Dolce Arte, nestled in the heart of the Morgan Arts Complex, a vibrant hub for creativity and culture in historic Bridgeport, Chicago. This eclectic venue houses a diverse community of artists, galleries, and studios, creating an inspiring atmosphere where art and community come together. [Dolce Arte,](https://dolceartechi.com/) aptly named for the “Sweet Art” that adorns our space, offers a unique opportunity to experience both fine art and delicious fare. As you sip on LavAzza espresso drinks or enjoy a glass of wine, you’ll be surrounded by captivating artworks from local and international artists. Our menu features freshly made pastries, a delectable daily brunch, and craft cocktails, with dinner service available a few nights each week. Each visit promises a blend of authentic Italian cuisine and a welcoming, art-filled environment.

Future Islands Mesmerize Chicago with a Soul-Cleansing Performance

Future Islands Mesmerize Chicago with a Soul-Cleansing Performance

There's nothing really to say other than Future Islands absolutely slayed their show at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre this past Friday night. I was captivated by Samuel T. Herring’s swagger, sex appeal, and commanding presence throughout the entire performance. Like an author with a typewriter, the band was the perfect accompaniment for Herring to tell his story, with the audience (myself included) hanging on every word. This was my first time seeing Future Islands, and it left me frustrated—frustrated that I hadn't experienced them live sooner. It was a soul-cleansing experience, and I crave more of it. That show left me wanting more and, for my money, raised the bar for musical experiences significantly. From their inception, Future Islands have been singular and instantly identifiable. Samuel T. Herring’s life-worn croons and cries are backlit by Gerrit Welmers’ melodies and charged by the rhythms of William Cashion and Michael Lowry. There’s a profound blend of pain and joy in Herring’s voice that is only matched by their legendary live performances. Future Islands have played nearly 1,500 shows—shows that have bruised bodies, frayed vocal cords, provided escapes for audiences, and healed their messengers. You find so much meaning within their lyrics, bridges, and chords. It made me feel like an EV car getting a full charge; I loved it. The Baltimore trio, known for their “cathartic” energy (NPR), consists of the enigmatic frontman Samuel T. Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion, and keyboardist/guitarist/programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring's deeply poetic tales of heartbreak, love, and loss are finally up front and in high fidelity. I want more! GO SEE THIS BAND.

The One At Common Decency, The Origins Of Memorial Day, Balloon Bombs And A Horror-Themed Coffee Shop

The One At Common Decency, The Origins Of Memorial Day, Balloon Bombs And A Horror-Themed Coffee Shop

In this podcast episode, Tom Barnas talks about various experiences he had in and around Chicago. He mentions visiting a retro cocktail bar called Common Decency, posting a story about the origins of Memorial Day, exploring Omaha, Nebraska, and discovering the history of balloon bombs during World War II. He also discusses a book called 'Made in Chicago' that highlights the origins of popular local foods, a horror-themed coffee shop called The Brood, and the Pullman neighborhood and its historical significance. Check it out, [here!](https://open.spotify.com/show/7tvKSgjbGH8J3wZ888HEAL?si=c1333e9e4c2047bc&nd=1&dlsi=a476b32b02b34da0)

Explore the Historic Pullman Gardens This Saturday

Explore the Historic Pullman Gardens This Saturday

This Saturday, June 29th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the Pullman gardens. The Historic Pullman Garden Club warmly invites everyone to their annual Garden Walk. Experience the charm of this historic community through guided and self-guided tours of both public and private gardens. Over 140 years ago, renowned landscape architect Nathan F. Barrett (1845-1919) laid the foundation for what has become a stunning legacy. Today, the residents of Pullman continue this tradition with bold and creative expressions that enhance the neighborhood’s historic charm. During the Garden Walk, you will have the opportunity to explore nine exceptional gardens. These include some of the finest homeowner gardens, exquisite arrangements at historic Pullman buildings like the Pullman Club Coffee Shop, and a rejuvenated community space at Gateway Garden. Event Details: * Date and Time: Saturday, June 29th, 10 AM to 4 PM * Starting Location: Historic Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago * Tickets: $12 with advance reservations, $15 at the door Support the Historic Pullman Garden Club and their efforts to cultivate and beautify this historic community. To purchase advance tickets, visit HPGC Tickets. For more information, please email historicpullmangardens@gmail.com. Come and enjoy a day of beauty, history, and community in the heart of Pullman!

Despite Uptick In Crime, Heritage Bikes & Coffee Remains Steadfast But Urges Our Elected Officials To Take Action

Despite Uptick In Crime, Heritage Bikes & Coffee Remains Steadfast But Urges Our Elected Officials To Take Action

With a remarkable commitment to customer satisfaction and environmental responsibility since 2012, this Chicago-based bike shop is making waves with its unique approach. Proudly announcing itself as the first completely Chicago-made bike since Schwinn's departure in the 1970s, this shop not only emphasizes eco-friendly transportation but also champions local manufacturing. Owned by Michael Salvatore, the shop is located in a cozy setting that feels like home and boasts the aroma of the best coffee you'll ever experience. This shop is more than just a place to buy a bike. Heritage seamlessly blends the culture of biking with the love of coffee, offering a unique experience that brings these two worlds together in perfect harmony. "We are excited to share all this with you," says Salvatore. "Whether you're here to fix a flat tire, grab a latte, or explore our latest seasonal offerings from Heritage Coffee, our goal is to make you feel at home in Chicago’s original bike café." However, the shop has faced challenges beyond the usual business operations. In recent years, there have been four break-ins, adding to the growing concerns about crime in the area. The rate of robberies, burglaries, and break-ins have all been up in Lakeview’s Town Hall (19th) police district year-over-year, according to police data. Burglaries are up 45 percent this year in the 19th District, and in May alone, burglaries surged by 162 percent compared to the same period last year. The 19th District encompasses Lakeview, Uptown, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Bricktown, Ravenswood, and Lincoln Square. "The neighborhood is fed up with it, the retailers are fed up with it, and the restaurateurs across the city have all been hit," Salvatore shared. "I just don't know what the next steps are. Where can we go from here and how can this be fixed?" Lakeview Ald. Bennett Lawson (44th) has been in talks with police about the uptick in such crimes and noted that many of the 19th District crimes are not unique to the area. Small businesses across Chicago have dealt with a rash of burglaries and armed robberies in recent years. Some business owners have stopped accepting cash, while some business districts have added private security to address the crime. Despite these setbacks, [Heritage ](https://www.heritagebikesandcoffee.com/)has become a haven for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike. Visitors can find everything from vintage-inspired, handcrafted bicycles to the finest coffee beans, all under one roof. The shop's unique concept has seen customers come in for a cup of coffee and leave with a beautifully crafted bike, or arrive seeking bike accessories and leave with a bag of world-class coffee. As Chicago continues to embrace sustainable living and local craftsmanship, Heritage stands out as a shining example of how two seemingly unrelated passions can come together to create something truly special, even in the face of adversity. Support your local bike stores and coffee shops. They need the support, as a city, we need to support each other for our city to survive.

Tiki Cocktails In Tropical Garden At Machine

Tiki Cocktails In Tropical Garden At Machine

Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink recently unveiled The Tropical Garden at Machine — a captivating tiki-themed patio experience featuring an array of specialty cocktails and delectable bites. The Tropical Garden is designed to transport you to a lush paradise, boasting luxurious and vibrant lounge furniture paired with cozy fire tables, as well as traditional patio dining arrangements. The patio is illuminated by tiki torches and adorned with stunning palm trees, tropical decor, vibrant rugs, and gazebo chandeliers draped in greenery. The space is enveloped by trees and tropical blooms, creating a true oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Division Street. Indulge in our seasonal food and cocktail specials crafted exclusively for The [Tropical Garden](https://www.dinemachine.com/).

The History of the Italian Beef Sandwich: The Story of Al's Beef

The History of the Italian Beef Sandwich: The Story of Al's Beef

The story of the Italian Beef Sandwich begins at the end of World War I with a Chicago street peddler named Anthony Ferreri. Ferreri drove around the city delivering cold sandwiches and other bakery items he made in the basement of his home. He sold them from the back of his truck at construction sites, hospitals, and offices—much like a modern-day food truck. One fateful day, Ferreri attended a local Italian-American "peanut wedding," a common type of wedding reception for Italian immigrants who had limited funds. These receptions were often held in homes and church basements, serving inexpensive foods like peanuts (hence the name). At this particular wedding, the family was slicing a beef roast thickly by hand and making sandwiches out of it. Ferreri, a true sandwich enthusiast, had a revelation. He realized he could slice the beef roast much thinner using his deli slicer, cook it in its own juices with some secret spices, and produce a sandwich that would feed twice as many people. He named this new creation the “Beef Sandwich” and began including it in his regular deliveries and catering events across the city. Anthony Ferreri later married and had two children, a son named Albert (Al) and a daughter named Frances. The family continued their food business on Chicago's Near West Side. After serving a prison sentence, Al Ferreri came up with a plan to open a bookie joint using his father’s beef sandwich as a front. He enlisted the help of his sister Frances and her husband, Chris Pacelli, Sr., and in 1938, they opened a small family beef stand in the Little Italy neighborhood on Harrison and Lafflin Streets. They named it Al’s Bar B-Q, as the Italian beef was simmered outside and the Italian sausage grilled over charcoal. Initially, Chris Pacelli, Sr. worked for a streetcar company, and Al drove a truck, so the stand only opened in the evenings. As Al’s reputation grew, the sandwich business thrived, allowing the family to buy out the bookies and run a legitimate business. Inspired by Al’s success, many gamblers and bookies opened their own beef stands throughout Chicago. It became common for these stands to bear the owner’s first name. The Ferreri family's Italian heritage contributed to the name "Italian Beef," signifying beef sandwiches made by Italians. The landscape of Little Italy changed with urban renewal and the establishment of new universities. The original beef stand was bought out, and Al’s reopened at 1079 West Taylor Street in the early 1960s. Frances and Chris Pacelli, Sr.'s sons, Terry, Chuck, and Chris Pacelli, Jr., continued the family tradition at the new location. Al’s Beef gained national recognition in 1980 when Chicago Magazine named it the #1 Italian Beef Sandwich in Chicago. This accolade transformed the business, leading to the name change to Al's #1 Italian Beef. The business expanded, opening a second location in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago. Al’s has received numerous culinary honors, including Best Sandwich & Sandwich Shop in America, Most Iconic Dish in America, and Top Food to Eat in Chicago Before You Die. With over 150 awards from the Food Network, TODAY Show, Travel Channel, Playboy, and Esquire, Al’s Beef has become a culinary icon. Visitors from around the world, including celebrities, athletes, food critics, and entire tour groups, have flocked to Al’s to sample the legendary Italian Beef Sandwich. Once, an entire village in Italy traveled to Chicago just to try it. Today, Al’s Beef continues to share its passion for Italian Beef sandwiches with Chicago and the world, serving the same great food it did when it first began over 80 years ago.

Under The Rainbow: Untold secrets of Judy Garland's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz

Under The Rainbow: Untold secrets of Judy Garland's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz

The iconic ruby-red slippers worn by legendary actress Judy Garland in MGM’s classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz have been surrounded by mystery and misfortune, according to a new book. In Under The Rainbow, author Jeff Keene explores the enigmatic events tied to the disappearance of these famous and valuable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia. The original sequin-covered ruby slippers, one of four pairs crafted in the 1930s by costume designer Gilbert Adrian for about four dollars, are now valued at approximately $6 million. Nearly 85 years after the film’s release, the story of Dorothy and her dog Toto’s perilous journey into the mythical land of Oz is experiencing a revival, highlighted by Universal Pictures’ upcoming film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical Wicked. The magical Ruby Slippers, worn by Judy Garland in MGM's beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," are arguably the most iconic piece of movie memorabilia in the world. These slippers, displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, attract more visitors than any other exhibit, surpassed only by the Star-Spangled Banner. Valued at over $6,000,000, they are the most expensive prop in Hollywood history, highly coveted by collectors and thieves alike. On August 28, 2005, the "Traveling Pair," which were on display at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, were stolen and remained missing until July 2018. [This is the true story of their recovery.](https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1957344482/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1) Under the Rainbow was awarded first prize in the 2024 BookFest Book Awards.

The Legacy of Superdawg Drive-In: A Chicago Icon

The Legacy of Superdawg Drive-In: A Chicago Icon

Are you ready for the best hot dog in Chicago? Yes, those are fighting words, but no other hog dog joint in Chicago deserves that championship belt other than Superdawg Drive-In in Norwood Park. Nestled in the heart of Chicago, Superdawg Drive-In stands as a cherished landmark, a testament to the enduring charm of classic American fast food. Since its establishment in 1948, Superdawg has been serving up hot dogs with a unique flair, captivating the taste buds and hearts of generations of Chicagoans and visitors alike. Superdawg Drive-In was founded by husband-and-wife team Maurie and Florence Berman. Fresh out of college and with a keen sense of entrepreneurship, the Bermans decided to open a hot dog stand that offered more than just food; they wanted to create an experience. On May 4, 1948, Superdawg opened its doors at the corner of Milwaukee and Devon Avenues in the Norwood Park neighborhood, a location it still occupies today. Maurie, with his business acumen, and Florence, with her flair for design and marketing, combined their talents to create a unique brand. The towering hot dog mascots, "Maurie" and "Flaurie," perched atop the building, became instantly recognizable symbols of the drive-in, drawing customers from near and far. Superdawg's menu has always centered around its namesake item: the Superdawg. This signature hot dog is an all-beef frankfurter served on a poppy seed bun, topped with mustard, piccalilli, a kosher dill pickle, chopped Spanish onions, and a memorable pickled green tomato. The Superdawg is served in a distinctive, retro-inspired cardboard box, which adds to the nostalgic dining experience. In addition to the Superdawg, the menu features other classic American fare such as: * Whoopskidawg: A Polish sausage variation served with grilled onions and special sauce. * Supercheesie: A double-decker cheeseburger with special sauce, lettuce, and tomato. * Superchic: A breaded chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. * Whooperburger: A hearty beef burger with all the trimmings. * French Fries: Crisp and golden, perfect for pairing with any meal. * Supermalts and Supershakes: Rich, creamy milkshakes and malts in a variety of flavors. The Bermans insisted on using only the highest quality ingredients, a tradition that continues under the stewardship of their children, Scott Berman and Laura Berman Fortgang, who now oversee the business. Superdawg has become more than just a place to grab a meal; it is a cultural icon in Chicago. The drive-in's classic 1950s aesthetic, complete with carhops and neon lights, offers a nostalgic trip back in time, appealing to both older generations who remember the golden age of drive-ins and younger visitors seeking a unique dining experience. The restaurant has also been featured in numerous television shows, travel guides, and food documentaries, further cementing its status as a must-visit destination in Chicago. Despite the rise of fast-food chains and changing dining habits, Superdawg has remained steadfast in its commitment to quality and tradition. Superdawg is deeply rooted in the Norwood Park community. The Bermans have always believed in giving back to the community that supported them. Over the years, Superdawg has been involved in various charitable activities, supporting local schools, sports teams, and community events. This commitment to community service has endeared the drive-in to the hearts of many locals, ensuring its place not just as a business, but as a valued member of the neighborhood. As Superdawg approaches its eighth decade in business, it continues to thrive, thanks to a loyal customer base and a commitment to maintaining its original charm and quality. While the world around it has changed dramatically, Superdawg remains a beloved constant in the lives of many Chicagoans. With its combination of delicious food, nostalgic atmosphere, and community spirit, Superdawg Drive-In is not just a restaurant; it is a Chicago institution, a slice of Americana that endures. In the fast-paced, ever-changing landscape of the food industry, Superdawg's success story is a testament to the power of tradition, quality, and community. As long as there are hungry patrons looking for a taste of the past, Superdawg Drive-In will continue to serve up its unique brand of culinary delight, one Superdawg at a time. Experience a small sliver of what life was like in 1948. Park your car, roll the window down, order your food and enjoy the experience of [Superdawg.](https://superdawg.com/)

The One With Cindy Fee, Finding Bluey, Mayfestiversary, Memorial Day And The Opening Of Castaways

The One With Cindy Fee, Finding Bluey, Mayfestiversary, Memorial Day And The Opening Of Castaways

In this podcast episode, Tom Barnas interviews two amazing women: Amy Bazzari, author of 'The Best Hits on the Blues Highway,' and Cindy Fee, the voice behind the Golden Girls theme song. Tom also discusses the history of Chess Records and its influence on the Rolling Stones. He covers other topics such as the Bluey exhibit, summer festivals in Chicago, and the reopening of Castaways restaurant at North Avenue Beach. The episode concludes with a random story about the bronze ducks on Milwaukee's Riverwalk. [Listen here](https://open.spotify.com/episode/2wPdQ4U9e1quGRTon9avhh?si=VVF1OyYARnCYrARyBoRuZA).

From Ashes to Excellence: The Rise of Hardcore Hearse Club

From Ashes to Excellence: The Rise of Hardcore Hearse Club

In August 2013, Hardcore Hearse Club emerged from the remnants of Grim Rides Chicago & Midwest Hearse Society. After years of having friends with hearses but no suitable club to call their own, they decided to create an official group for true hearse enthusiasts to celebrate our passion for all things hearse-related. They are a community of dedicated hearse aficionados committed to the preservation and education of funeral cars. They cherish their vehicles for their exquisite craftsmanship and their members for their unwavering dedication and love for these unique automobiles. Their hearses frequently appear in movies, photo shoots, newspaper articles, television shows, and music videos. They are also a highlight at various events such as haunted house openings, parades, proms, weddings, and milestone birthdays. No one does it like the [Hardcore Hearse Club](https://hardcorehearseclub.wixsite.com/illinois/aboutus)!