Posts Tagged ‘park grill’

Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

This weather has me confused – has summer begun yet, or is it over?

Okay, it must be summer.  Feels like it today.  And, Party In The Park with Cara Carriveaubecause every Thursday afternoon, 4-6:30pm, Party In The Park is rockin’ at The Park Grill…outside on the plaza at Millenium Park, right below the infamous bean.  101.9 WTMX puts on these free shows every week all summer.  Yep…FREE!  Two or three bands jam live while you relax outside sipping Bud Select.  In fact this year The Park Grill even put couches out in front of the stage…so you couldn’t possibly be any more relaxed.

Skip out of work a bit early today and join me for live music from State Of Man and Tom Butwin.

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Blagica Stefanovski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

There’s something about an ice skating rink in the middle of the city. There’s also something about falling on that same ice when the love of your life asks for your hand in marriage.

Michael and I love eating at the Park Grill, Millennium Park. We even have a favorite table, which provides a phenomenal vantage point of the restaurant and rink. The plan was to skate, take in the city lights and enjoy dinner. Seemed simple enough, right?

I haven’t been on ice skates in years. I wasn’t paying attention to much around me – aside from the way my left foot kept rotating inward with every step. After years of running track in high school, it seems like my ankles became weaker (Dr. Oz, do you make house calls?). I figured Michael skating behind me to make sure I kept my balance and didn’t pull a cartoon banana slip move. He mentioned that his skate needed tying and I thought, ‘Awesome, my ankles need a breather.’ We stopped at the end of the rink, I took a city picture with my digital camera and BAM, Michael looked up at me and asked me to marry him. I was in shock and literally fell to the ground when I realized what was going on. After tears and kisses, I turned around to see the camera posse – Michael had his brother and good friend hiding in the Michigan Avenue shrubbery with cameras. The entire episode was captured on film. More tears gushed. This shot was taken as I turned around to see our paparazzi.

If you are a fan of ‘The Cosby Show’, you know that Dr. Huxtable loved to NOT be surprised. I felt like I was Dr. Huxtable and the whole world was in on the news, but I reveled in not knowing the details. After our Park Grill (the goat cheese ravioli was delish) dinner, another zinger was waiting for me. We strolled over to the Elephant & Castle on Wabash for what I thought were drinks with the Camera Mafia, but turned out to be the Camera Mafia along with our closest friends. Yes, you guessed it. More tears.

In 1995, I was a Western Michigan University college sophomore visiting Chicago for the first time. I strolled up Michigan Avenue and made a wish. I wished to move to the Windy City after college, enjoy whatever job I had and meet the man I’d share the rest of my life with. To be in the center of Chicago, on a crisp March night, with my other half asking me to be his partner in crime is something I’ll never forget.

Frankie was right. Chicago is my kinda town.

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