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Shore Club
1603 N Lakeshore Drive

NOW OPEN

Chicago residents and beachgoers have a new upscale dining option, with the arrival of Shore Club, a venue that evokes a coastal vacation-like mindset. Nestled between the bustling Lakeshore Trails on the edge of North Avenue Beach. the new multi-million-dollar seasonal restaurant, bar, and breezy hangout provides guests with a new, and one-of-a-kind, beach-front dining destination in the Windy City. Featuring floor to ceiling windows and sweeping panoramic views of Lake Michigan, Shore Club is a space unlike any other in Chicago. A fun and inviting atmosphere for all residents living in the surrounding neighborhoods, or for those traveling to Chicago, this new venue features three distinct spaces – The Patio, The Restaurant, and The Oasis and will be open through October 31st. For more information onShore Club, please visit shoreclubchi.com.
SafeHouse Chicago 
60 E. Ontario, Chicago

National Burger Day is September 18, but Control wanted to celebrate all month long in honor of us having the BEST BURGER in town! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to visit the SafeHouse multiple times in September and EAT FOUR OF OUR #1 BURGERS. The reward for completing this mission is a FREE burger in October, plus a chance to win a FREE night stay at the AC Hotel Chicago.

The SafeHouse features an array of hand-crafted, savory burgers from the M.O.A.B (Mother of all Burgers), the Provocateur, Spy Burger and the vegetarian Smersh Burger. Watch our social media channels this month for more intel about these delicious burgers.

SafeHouse Chicago is open Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and Sunday & Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. For more information, please call 312-313-1007 or visit www.safehousechicago.com.

ROOF on theWit
201 North State Street
Geja’s Café 
340 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

Throughout the month of September, Geja’s Café is offering a series of live music on the patio. This event will take place every Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm and Sunday from 5pm until 8:30pm. This event is weather permitting. Geja’s has food and drink service available during this event for guests to enjoy. For more information or to book a reservation, call (773) 281-9101 or visit www.gejascafe.com.
El Tapeo Modern Spanish Kitchen
2100 Spring Rd, Oak Brook

El Tapeo Modern Spanish Kitchen, located at 2100 Spring Road in Oak Brook, Illinois has announced an official re-launch that includes a new, Spanish-inspired menu with a selection of simple, ingredient-driven dishes and the launch of regular, food-focused events. From monthly Chef’s Table dinners with Executive Chef Matthew Cappellini, to Paella Night and Pre-Fixe menus weekly, El Tapeo is now a refreshing and unique venue in the Chicago suburbs perfect for lively evenings with family and friends. The restaurant, located on the 9th floor of Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, provides guests an energetic atmosphere with communal tables and a lively bar, all surrounded by spectacular views from its floor-to-ceiling, wrap around windows.Regular hours for the restaurant are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The lounge is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, offering happy hour Monday through Friday from 4p.m. to 6p.m. For reservations or additional information, please call 630.828.2044 or visit www.eltapeorestaurant.com.

All Chocolate Kitchen
33 South Third Street Geneva, IL

The famed All Chocolate Kitchen, is excited to bring back its delicious fall treats this September. Guinness World Record-holding chocolate artist Chef Alain Roby, owner of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, is known for creating stunning desserts, and with upcoming fall season at the end of this month,  he is gearing up to make delicious chocolate covered apples (pictured above) and blown sugar pumpkins.
A.C.K. is located at 33 South Third Street in beautiful downtown Geneva, Illinois.  Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For more information, visit www.AllChocolateKitchen.com or call 630.232.2395.
Staytion Market & Bar
One West Wacker Drive

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel believes that everyone should experience their 5-9 with as much vigor as their 9-5. Their daily bar ritual at Staytion Market & Bar kicks off at 5:15pm every Monday through Thursday.

Staytion is excited to continue its Celebrate the Neighborhood Series throughout the month of September with various events for both guests and locals alike to enjoy. These events are included below:

  • Sip and Splatter (Friday, September 15th from 4pm to 7pm) will feature a complimentary glass of rose while you paint your own wine glass. In addition, guests can enjoy Chef’s selection of all local cheese and fruit.
  • Apples For All (Wednesday, September 20th from 5pm to 7pm) allows guests and locals to celebrate the first day of fall with ciders and mini candy apples complete with various Chef-made dips and toppings.
  • Cubs Race For The Pennant (Saturday, September 30th from 3pm to 6pm) gives guests and locals the perfect atmosphere to cheer on the Cubs in one of their final games of the regular season with Wrigley Field concession favorites and local brews.
Staytion Market & Bar’s hours are Monday-Wednesday 11am-1am Thursday & Friday 11am-2am Saturday 10am-2am Sunday 11am-1am. For menus and more information please visitwww.staytionbar.com
AIRE Rooftop Bar
100 W. Monroe St., Chicago
AIRE Rooftop Bar, 100 W. Monroe, one of the hottest rooftop spaces in downtown Chicago, wants to invite you #UpintheAIRE before rooftop season is over! The season ends when the good weather does, so enjoy these last moments. Try their delicious lineup of drinks that capture the essence of summer in their appearances and tastes! Guests are encouraged to try In The Loop, Second City, Smoke on the Water, High Fidelity, Like a Day Off and The Rookery. These drinks, featuring fresh strawberry, mint, raspberry, watermelon flavors and more, are crafted specially for ideal freshness. The spacious rooftop bar that offers breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan has  a lengthy list of of wines and local beers, in addition to their craft cocktails. To book your event of 8 or more people, call 312-754-6531.
The Kerry Piper
7900 Joliet Road, Willowbrook
It’s almost halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day! All Chicagoans, Irish by birth or inclination, can celebrate at The Kerry Piper in Willowbrook for St. Halfie’s Day on Saturday, September 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. With live music, great food and even better drink specials, it’ll feel like a true Irish celebration. Live performances from Sprig O Mint Allstar Duo, Whiskey Brothers, Irish Dancers and St. Stephen’s Green will pair perfectly with Irish Car Bombs, Irish Pints of Guinness, Paddy Apple Shots and more.For more information, visit their website.

Westin Nashville
807 Clark Place, Nashville

An urban oasis located in the Westin Nashville, Rhapsody Spa is excited to announce new additions to its spa services menu, ensuring an elevated and tranquil spa experience in the heart of downtown Nashville. Located at 807 Clark Place, Rhapsody Spa is providing a unique spa menu to give guests a wide array of services, including massages, facials, body treatments, and nail services. As Tennessee’s only partner with famed British spa company, ESPA, Rhapsody Spa is an ideal setting to relax and rejuvenate in the Music City.  With signature treatments such as the Detoxifying Body Experience, the Naturally Nashville exfoliating body massage, and the deluxe Rhapsody Pedicure and Manicure, both Nashville visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of specialty packages at this urban luxury spa.

For more information and for a complete list of services, please visitwww.rhapsodyspanashville.com .

Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District
32 W. Randolph St
Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District recently opened its doors above the historic Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre. Located on the upper 19 floors of this historic building, the hotel features 199 guest rooms, and is centrally located near numerous companies, Chicago theaters, high end restaurants and retail outlets including Block Thirty Seven. For more information, visit their website.
The Westin Jackson
407 South Congress Street
The Westin Jackson, Mississippi’s hottest new hotel, is officially open! Guests can now experience and enjoy the ten-story hotel’s 203 luxurious rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, an urban day spa oasis, modern wine bar and bistro, and all of The Westin brand’s signature services and amenities, plus their Music Legends of Mississippi package. This one-of-a-kind package allows guests to play iconic guitars from the most famous guitarists in history. Each guitar represents a famous American guitarist, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, BB King, Jimmy Buffet, Prince and Marty Stuart, all of whom hail from or have significant ties to Mississippi, letting guests step into the persona of these music superstars for their stay in the birthplace of the blues, country and rock and roll. Packages start at $280-300. For more information, visit www.westinjackson.com.
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

200  North Columbus Drive

Fall is the perfect time for a little getaway! Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, offers the perfect package for anyone looking to take an in-city break! Guests are invited to book Fairmont Chicago’s Weekend Escape Package, which includes a two nights stay and a complimentary third night in a Fairmont guestroom. With so much to do and so little time, guests can now check off all the things on their Windy City to do list. Take a little longer to see a show, visit a museum or do a little shopping while strolling through Grant Park. Rates for the Weekend Escape Package start at $199 plus tax and gratuity. For more information, visit their website.
Hotel EMC2

228 East Ontario St

Hotel EMC2 , located at 228 E. Ontario Street,  boasts 195 beautifully designed rooms and almost 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. A hotel that embodies imagination, inspiration and innovation, it captures the creative spirit: the essential, energetic ingredient that has led to the scientific understanding of the universe and that acts as the bedrock to artistic expression. Hotel EMC2 strives to activate the mind through modern, upscale amenities, a restorative yet stimulating atmosphere and sumptuous, seasonal cuisine to enrich the soul, allowing guests to feel right at home. This one-of-a-kind, boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the famed Magnificent Mile Shopping District within the vibrant Streeterville neighborhood and is pedestrian-friendly to Chicago’s greatest attractions, shopping and dining. A luxurious urban refuge, Hotel EMC2 is dedicated to providing an artistic and creative experience, where we lodge those that carry a pencil, a paintbrush or a dream.Room rates start at $249.00. For details on reservations, please visit www.hotelemc2.com or call 884-205-3939. For further information about Hotel EMC2, follow @HotelEMC2 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about Autograph Collection Hotels, please visit: www.autographhotels.com.

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America

2141 Lindau Lane

With the holidays on the horizon, JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, offers the perfect package for tax free shopping! Guests are invited to book the hotel’s Nordstrom Exclusive Shopping Package, which includes a stay, a $100 Nordstrom gift card per night, $50 voucher for Cedar + Stone, Urban Table and a personal stylist/shopper! Guests can now grab the latest fashions and back-to-school essentials, enjoying Minnesota’s tax free shopping, and stay just steps from the Mall of America. Rates for the Nordstrom Exclusive Shopping Package start at $359 plus tax and gratuity. For more information, visit their website.

Paper Source
Paper Source, a Chicago-based premier paperie and gift retailer, is giving everyone the best way to stay organized this fall! With fun and trendy planners and calendars of all different patterns, colors and sizes, Paper Source is the one-stop-shop for all your organizational and planning needs! Head to one of their 125 stores in the U.S. or visit their website atPaperSource.com which offers nation-wide shipping, to pick out your new planner or calendar.

Massage Envy‘s 47 Chicagoland locations have officially launched their new Total Body Stretch service, a customizable 30 or 60-minute therapeutic assisted-stretch session for individuals to restore range of motion, mobility and assist in performance and recovery. Performed by a trained service provider, the proprietary Streto Method, developed by an award-winning chiropractor, massage therapist and ergonomist for Massage Envy, is built around a sequence of 10 targeted stretches performed top down. Massage Envy is proud to make Total Body Stretch and our Streto Method part of everyone’s wellness routine, so they can continue to do what they love to do and live their lives feeling their best. For more information or to find your nearest location, visit www.massageenvy.com or call 866-922-ENVY.

Orangetheory® Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout that uses intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Their heart-rate-monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone (known as the “orange zone”), no matter what the fitness level of the individual, they will be stimulating metabolism and increasing energy. The workout is half endurance and half strength and power training. Everyone in class wears a state-of-the-art heart rate monitor with their individual heart rates displayed in real-time on large monitors positioned throughout the studio.

Check out some of the top performing studios in the Chicagoland area:

  • South Loop (1005 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605)
  • Oak Park (7121 W North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302)
  • Frankfort (21000 South La Grange Road, Frankfort, IL 60423)
  • Hyde Park (Opening Soon!)

BY YOUR SIDE, a unique therapy center, dedicated to providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), occupational therapy, social and emotional therapies & speech-language therapy programs to children, adolescents, and teenagers with autism, opened its third center on Tuesday, September 5, at 8145 River Drive, Suite 106, in Morton Grove. BY YOUR SIDEprovides both individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and teenagers across their in a comfortable home-like center environment, their community and personal residences. The variety of settings in which BYS can support individuals have helped families with autism in the Chicagoland and now Indianapolis community learn to develop better communication, social, and behavioral skills.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please call (866) 429-7543 or visit BY YOUR SIDE’s website at www.byyoursideac.com.

Douglas Theater Corp. is a full service stage and theater lighting company that also does indoor/outdoor concerts. and corporate events. They sell and rent many different types of lighting equipment and have a team of people who assist with design, programming and rigging. For more information, please call 312-642-2342.

Healthy Home 2017

Consistently on the forefront of providing healthier indoor living environments, Dior Builders announced today the official plans for Healthy Home 2017 in partnership with the American Lung Association Health House™ program. Constructed by Dior Builders and the next home in the series of real-life, interactive and educational models for cleaner, greener, safer living, Healthy Home 2017 will be the very first in the country to be built under the American Lung Association’s revised Health House™ guidelines, featuring everything from energy efficient products and innovative technologies, to green building materials and non-toxic furniture and accessories. Created to showcase some of the highest standards of human health and environmental integrity, Healthy Home 2017 opens to the public when completed in November. For more information, visit HealthyHome2017.com.

Chicago Scenic Studios

Led by President Bob Doepel and his trusty sidekick Verdi, the curtain has risen on a fresh new fabrication venue for Chicago’s premier theatre, entertainment, television, and event scene and set experts. Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. completed its move from the Goose Island location it has occupied since 1999 to its new and expansive city location at 955 W. Cermak, just west of Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. At more than 165,000 square-feet, the massive new building provides a larger and more efficient workspace for the multi-faceted experts at Chicago Scenic Studios to continue creating show-stopping, transformative sets for clients nationwide, including the Ford Motor Company, The Lyric Opera, the Chicago Bears, Windy City Live and the American Writers Museum!

For more information about Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc., visit www.chicagoscenic.com or call 312.274.9900.

NEWCITY

An urban oasis for one-of-a-kind entertainment, eclectic dining and luxury shopping,NEWCITY1457 N. Halsted, is Chicago’s newest lifestyle destination developed by Bucksbaum Retail Properties. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park at the intersection of Clybourn and Halsted, the 8.5 acre “neighborhood within a neighborhood” features 363,000 square feet of retail space, including DICK’S Sporting Goods, Evereve, James & Sons Fine Jewelers, Z Gallerie, ArcLight Cinemas and Yard House, surrounded by the one-acre landscaped plaza. For more information on NEWCITY, visit www.experiencenewcity.com or call 312.248.8569.

Marriott Theatre Presents:

NOW PLAYING

Led by the original Broadway powerhouse team, including ten-time Jeff Award-winning director Gary Griffin, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Denis Jones, and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Brian Hemesath (PBS’s “Sesame Street”, NBC’s “SNL”),HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, a loving throwback to the classic American musical, has made its Regional Premiere at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire and will be running through October 15. With music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and book by highly-acclaimed American screenwriter Andrew Bergman,HONEYMOON IN VEGAS is a hysterical romantic comedy, based off the hit 1992 film. The veteran team also includes Jeff Award-winning musical director Ryan T. Nelson and Jeff Award-winning associate choreographer William Carlos Angulo.

To reserve tickets, please call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847-634-0200 or go toMarriottTheatre.com today!

Stage 773 Presents: 

September 14 – September 17
The vibrant comedy hub of Chicago, Stage 773, is proud to host the 5th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, taking place September 14 through September 17 at 1225 W. Belmont. Featuring an eclectic line up of shows and events, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene. Nerds will unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh, pay homage, and perhaps worship their favorite genres of nerd-ness. Now in its fifth year, the festival is bigger and better than ever, featuring an expanded schedule of shows, a day of panels and workshops, and exciting events to connect performers, audiences, and artists in nerd comedy central. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  www.stage773.com.

Opening September 23
Use code HERON10 for dicounted tickets!

Flanagan’s Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan’s spirited fiancée of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O’Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in The Irish Tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first). Flanagan’s Wake is performed in the irreverent improvisational that won it rave reviews in Chicago. Much of the play’s hilarious detail is created as the cast and audience interact, each offering anecdotes about Flanagan himself, speculation on the cause of his unfortunate demise, and claims to Flanagan’s estate – all employing tall tales and rip-roaring songs. Spontaneous improvisation guarantees that no two shows will ever be the same.

The performance schedule varies, so check www.ChicagoTheaterWorks.com for up-to-date details. Tickets for Flanagan’s Wake range from $29 to $34. Visit ChicagoTheaterWorks.com or call 312.391.0404 for more information.

First Folio Theatre Presents the
World Premiere of The Man-Beast

Opening October 7

From the playwright who wrote The Gravedigger and Dr. Seward’s Dracula, comes the final installment of his classic horror trilogy, a werewolf tale straight out of history. A dangerously romantic werewolf tale set in the 18th century French countryside brought to First Folio TheatreTHE MAN-BEAST tells the tale of a mysterious wild animal ravaging the livestock and citizenry, leaving behind a trail of blood and death. When Louis XVI puts a bounty on the animal, the mystery and horror only deepen. No one has been able to trap the perpetrator, but the citizens have seen the gory results of its savage attacks and suspect that it’s a Loup-Garou, the savage werewolf of French legend.

Opening on October 7, 2017, THE MAN-BEAST runs through November 5, 2017, with special Preview Performances on October 4, 5, and 6. All performances will take place at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, located at 1717 W 31st St., off Rt. 83, in Oak Brook. individual tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630.986.8067 or online at www.firstfolio.org.


Back at Chicago Theater Works!
Use code HERON10 for discounted tickets!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, directed by Paul Stroili, is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom. From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends. Presenting a hilarious, full wedding experience from the I do’s to the buffet to the bouquet toss, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will take place, for the first time in Chicago, at a real church – another nod to the fully immersive nature of the original Off-Broadway smash hit. Guests will begin with the ceremony at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., with a full meal and reception immediately following just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), right in the heart of the Belmont Theatre District.

The performance schedule varies, so check www.TonyLovesTina.com for up-to-date details. Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are $79 or $89 for the two-part event and premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $99. Full bar is available for beverage purchases at all performances. Visit TonyLovesTina.com or call 312.391.0404 for more information.

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