Archive for October, 2008

Twelve of the city’s most powerful female entrepreneurs were chosen to receive professional fashion makeovers at the sixth bi-annual Biz-Over event.

 The event, held at the Marlowe Boutique, was designed to help the honorees think about more than just the business side of their operations.

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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team

If you’re looking for a great place to have an elegant meal in downtown Chicago, your next fine dining experience should definitely be at The Foundation Dining Room at The House of Blues Chicago.

The Foundation Dining Room is an upscale hidden gem located in The Foundation Room, a member’s only VIP Lounge, at The House of Blues in River North. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a member enjoy a meal at this venue. Just be sure to call the concierge ahead of time to make a reservation. Oh, and don’t forget to take note of the business casual dress code.

The menu selected by the chef is seasonal and varies throughout the year. Make sure that you inquire about the soup of the day. The creamed cauliflower is a personal favorite, but, whatever is served will not disappoint. The pork rib chop is cooked to perfection and the filet mignon is arguably one of the best in the city.

And don’t you dare skip out on dessert! The brown butter cake is like nothing you have ever experienced before.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:30 a.m. Saturday nights.

Halloween will take over the streets this week. Who says it’s just for kids? There’s no shortage of places for some adult fun this week.

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Chasity Chaos, NBC Chicago Street Team

I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching Dirty Dancing. When I was a little girl I use to get in trouble for gyrating and behaving “flitsy” like the girls in the movie by my “Grammy” and “Papa.” I hate to admit it, but I’m the nerd that will spend her whole Saturday afternoon watching this timeless movie on TBS back to back to back. With all of this being said, I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that Dirty Dancing, the worldwide musical smash hit, is having its Pre-Broadway US premiere right here in Chicago

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JenChicago, NBC Chicago Street Team

Last weekend, my brothers were in town and I wanted to make sure that I showed them a really good time for the short few days they were here. We went to parties, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and more!

I asked friends for suggestions for where to take my brothers and got the Tommy Gun’s Garage recommendation by my good friend, and fellow NBC Chicago Street Teamer, Jim Grillo (HeresChicago.com) …and what a great suggestion it was!

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Blagica Bottigliero, NBC Chicago Street Team

I’ve been spending some time up in Milwaukee and will have the pleasure of going back for a talk I’m giving next month. On a previous visit, I had some downtime to get a cup of coffee and relax at the Iron Horse hotel. For you Chicagoans that are all about ‘the next hot spot’/cool club/hip lounge, you may want to take a peek up north and check out the Iron Horse.

Ok, the Iron Horse IS a hotel, yes (it’s named Iron Horse after what the Indians used to call the train), but it’s also a place you can hold meetings, get a swanky drink or roll in with your Harley. That’ right, Harley. The Iron Horse is situated right near the Harley-Davidson museum and was created from mastermind carpenter, Tim Dixon. Tim’s known for throwing some of the most over-the-top parties in Milwaukee, so it was no surprise to his friends and locals that he decided to open the hotel.

The Iron Horse was an old mattress factory and has since transformed into a woodsy, dark, gritty, yet sexy place for riders to come relax after a day on the road or a woman can sit back with her martini after a day in her downtown Milwaukee office.  The hotel is brand spanking new. I was lucky enough to get a tour of the space and chat with Tim about his vision. All and all, I was blown away.

Each hotel room has a full wall image of a gorgeous girl.  The story goes, someone mentioned that Milwaukee doesn’t have pretty girls. An artist, and Tim’s friend, wanted to set the record straight so he set out on a campaign to photograph girls in Milwaukee. The response was overwhelming  – the Iron Horse is now chock full of stunning images. Tim was thinking of the motorcycle enthusiast when he created the Iron Horse – each hotel room entrance has a ‘mud room’ for you to throw off your boots, shoes, then enter your living space – smart.

 Other hotel features: meeting rooms, a library that doubles as the breakfast area, free wi-fi, a large bar with vintage drafting chairs (I wanted to buy one from them) and a staff that is trained to know about their guests before they arrive.  Oh, for you motorcycle riders, the Iron Horse will enable you to ‘park’ your ride in their basement and/or transport it there during your cross-country trips.

I’m going to be staying at the Iron Horse in mid-November and will report back then!




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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC Chicago Street Team

The Italians created pizza, but can you believe that they had never heard of Chicago style pizza?  That’s until Leo Spizzirri made some noise amongst the best pizza makers in the world.  Leo, the Executive Chef for Giordano’s 46 locations, is now a member of the World Pizza Champions team.  He is considered to be one of the best pizza makers in the world, and his specialty is stuffed pizza.

Leo has been trained by 9 time pizza champion, Tony Gemignani, and is also certified in Classic Italian Pizza, Pizza in Pala, and Pizza in Taglia from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli in Carole, Italy.  Gemigiani tagged Leo to be a part of the World Pizza Champions after many conversations about Chicago style and tasting the stuffed pizza.  Chicago style pizza wasn’t recognized in any of the World Championship competitions, but Gemigiani wanted to change that.  

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