Recipes from Chicago’s North ShorePosted on 05/27/2020 Need to amp up your recipe repertoire? If you’ve been cooking up a storm lately, mix up your menus with tasty new dishes compliments of some fantastic restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore. The dozen recipes linked below cover everything from a soup course to a stunning main dish to a family-pleasing sweet finish. Don’t worry. You can also get most of these eats to go as many locations are open for delivery or curbside pickup. Whether you need comfort food or want to travel the globe gastronomically, local chefs have got you covered. (Click each recipe name below to get it.) READ MORE
Where to Find the Best Sunrise Views (and Breakfast Treats) on Chicago’s North ShorePosted on 05/14/2020 “Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right.” Taking in the sunrise can fill your day with light and hope. As our spring days grow longer through May, the sun appears on the horizon sometime between 5:20 and 5:45 am. Chicago’s North Shore brims with spaces to observe this daily ritual, even while being mindful of social distancing. You can keep that morning energy boost going with a stop at a local bakery where you can pick up a latte or grab some tasty morning carbs after your stroll, hike, or bike ride. Social distancing and other safety precautions are still in effect to fight the spread of COVID-19. Stay up-to-date on the latest public health guidance from the CDC and the State of Illinois, before heading out. READ MORE
Celebrate MomPosted on 05/04/2020 Time to show the mamas some love and gratitude this Mother’s Day, May 10. Even if a big brunch outing or shopping caper won’t be on the calendar this spring, you can find lots of ways to show Mom how much you care with ideas from around Chicago’s North Shore. Pampering gifts, a scrumptious meal, and a few carefully curated activities can still make the day special and warm her heart when she needs it most. Your mom will really feel the love with some of these pretty indulgences.
Making a Difference: North Shore Businesses Give BackPosted on 04/28/2020 Just as signs of spring are popping up, signs of hope and kindness are emerging across our community, too. Many of our neighborhood businesses across Chicago’s North Shore jumped in as the crisis was unfolding and forged ways to reach out and give back. As independent Chicago-area restaurant dining rooms and catering services had to close, those that were able immediately pivoted their operations to feed people in need and put many cooks and other staff back to work. They welcome donations to keep up this important service and some have special offers to bring dinner to your home, too.
Virtual North ShorePosted on 04/07/2020 Rising to the growing call for more ways to learn, create, and entertain from home, Chicago’s North Shore museums, libraries, and other organizations have scads of free options for you and your family to occupy your time. Tour historical collections from local and national perspectives, occupy the kids with stories and activities, or do some painting and crafting with expert guides in online workshops. Check your community library to find thousands of free movies and audiobooks, plus a deep well of research material for any project. Use some of this new space to expand your horizons in fresh ways. READ MORE
Socially Distant Outdoor ActivitiesPosted on 03/30/2020 As spring begins to bloom, thoughts turn to getting outside more. Nothing compares to the vision of flowers bursting onto the scene and the sounds of birdsong filling the air. But with the new safety rules of social distancing in place, we need to find space to roam and exercise while keeping apart. Many of Chicago’s North Shore parks, preserves, and trails can remain open as long as everyone honors the guidelines in place to protect us. Stay up-to-date on the latest public health guidance from the CDC and the State of Illinois, before heading out. Check out these spacious areas with biking and running/walking paths as you stretch your legs, renew your senses, and find a bit of peace. Bring the dog! READ MORE
Happy Hour at HomePosted on 03/30/2020 Cheers! In this new world of staying in, local laws are relaxed (at least for now) so that Chicago North Shore restaurants and drinkeries can sell packaged beer and liquor to go. Time to party…on the couch! Go casual with a beer and some pub grub and put on a classic football or basketball game on cable. The roar of the crowd or squeak of the sneakers will set that mood. Fire up the turntable or stream some jazz or opera for fancier fare with fine wines and four-course gourmet meals. Or sing your own Dean Martin oldie with a nice chianti and pasta (That’s Amore!). Whether you’re sheltering solo, residing with family, or Zoom-ing with your crew you can have a fun night in and support your local businesses. READ MORE
Where to Find the Best Bacon on Chicago’s North ShorePosted on 03/23/2020 Mmmmm. Bacon. Few tastes illicit the same mouth-watering response and deep devotion as bacon and the many tasty combos it inspires. With carry-out and curbside pickup options available from some of our finest restaurants, you can literally bring home the bacon. Midwesterners devour this meaty delight in every way imaginable — and a few that aren’t. The country’s main meat packing center since the 1860s, the Chicago area has been a hub for the cured meat stable for decades. Whether you want your fix on a specialty cheeseburger, a gourmet appetizer featuring onion confit, or a donut (no, really), Chicago’s North Shore bacon options will make you swine, rather swoon with delight. READ MORE
Spring Break StaycationPosted on 03/16/2020 Sticking close to home and looking for ways to stay entertained this spring? Check out some of our ideas on how to experience the North Shore community while abiding by the recommendations of public health authorities. READ MORE
Celebrating Theater on the North ShorePosted on 03/06/2020 The stage is always set for an evening of brilliant, world-class entertainment on Chicago’s North Shore. Get ready to shake off winter with this season’s mix of stirring dramas, boisterous musicals and fresh family fun. Set in diverse locations like architectural marvels with black-box flexibility, in-house bar and cabarets or traditional stage set extravaganzas, our local theater companies are devoted to bringing you stories to provoke, delight, or inspire. With loads of dining options near every space, you and your friends or family will have a full and memorable night. READ MORE