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Around the World in Eight Weeks

Around the World in Eight Weeks

April 8, 2015

Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd is an entertaining yet educating series of events held each year at Navy Pier. For eight weeks each Sunday, a new group encompasses the Crystal Gardens with food, dance, and knowledge about its culture. This year was particularly special because artists Pete Nawara and Michael Pasier attended each […]

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Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd is an entertaining yet educating series of events held each year at Navy Pier. For eight weeks each Sunday, a new group encompasses the Crystal Gardens with food, dance, and knowledge about its culture. This year was particularly special because artists Pete Nawara and Michael Pasier attended each week to get inspiration for the hand-painted mural, Pier People – their progress can be found in the New Food Experience. If you didn’t get a chance to attend Neighborhoods of the World each Sunday, we thought we’d provide a taste of each celebrated culture with a photo recap. Enjoy!

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February 15, 2015: Celebrating India

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February 22, 2015: Celebrating Africa

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March 1, 2015: Celebrating China

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March 8, 2015: Celebrating Lithuania

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March 22, 2015: Celebrating The Philippines

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March 22, 2015: Celebrating Greece

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March 29, 2015: Celebrating Mexico

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Pinot Days Chicago: Good to the Last Drop

Pinot Days Chicago: Good to the Last Drop

March 26, 2015

Pinot Days Chicago is a marvel for both novice and seasoned wine drinkers. Like a fine bottle of wine, the tasting affair has been perfected over the years. Whether you meander to a newcomer like the Benziger Family Winery booth, eager to share its biodynamic practices, or head over to an old favorite like the […]

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Pinot Days Chicago is a marvel for both novice and seasoned wine drinkers. Like a fine bottle of wine, the tasting affair has been perfected over the years. Whether you meander to a newcomer like the Benziger Family Winery booth, eager to share its biodynamic practices, or head over to an old favorite like the Trombetta Family Wines booth, you won’t be disappointed by the enthusiasm and gusto with which a winery representative will pour you a sip of pinot noir.

As Navy Pier’s Lakeview Terrace populated with Pinot Days go-ers last Saturday, the quiet excitement of unscrewing wine bottles filled the room.  Ask wine connoisseurs the best way to taste test wine, and you’ll undoubtedly get many answers. The most common is to compare several options side by side in order to create a nice range of palate. However, Dena Drews from Amalie Robert Estate hit a note with us when she quoted David Lett: “it should be approached like a beautiful woman – with respect, some knowledge, and great hopes.” Ironically, that was the mood of the crowd as well – some wine tasters were knowledgeable already, some were just hopeful to learn more, but all treated the experience with the utmost respect.

The regions and soil can have great significance on the tastes of each pinot noir. For example, Kendric Vineyards grows its grapes in Marin County, a location with a long growing season that can produce robust flavors of fruit or spice. Other grapes are grown in the Petaluma Gap, where a cooler climate produces full-bodied wines with a balanced taste. While the majority of the Pinot Days vineyards are located in the California area, there were a few from other regions, like Cornerstone Cellars Oregon. No matter what the location though, one thing was certain: all the wines were most definitely made from grapes. (A little wine humor for you.) For those of you looking to take your tasting skills out into the real world, we learned that most pinot noir wines can be paired with a serving of duck, pork, or salmon for a mouthwatering combination. The specialists at Sojourn Cellars even suggest serving up mushroom pizza with their bottles!

Even though choosing a favorite pinot noir would be like choosing a favorite child to most winemakers, we were pleasantly surprised that most would recommend another winery to try next on the stroll through Lakeview Terrace. But, we think Dena Drews from Amalie Robert Estate said it best, “my favorite wine is the one in my glass!” It was impossible to choose a favorite, because each winery brought a different story and flavor to the table. One thing’s for certain – we are most definitely fans of the vino!

If you attended Pinot Days Chicago over the weekend, we’d love for you to share your experience in the comments. If you missed it, keep an eye out for next year’s event – and check out the other events coming up at Navy Pier!

Sail into Spring

Sail into Spring

March 17, 2015

Spring is officially upon us come Friday, and as the weather becomes warmer, the Chicagoans slowly emerge from their winter slumbers. If you’re ready to take on the city once again, we have upcoming cruise events that you should keep your eye on! From holiday cruises for your Easter celebrations or Sunday brunch cruises for […]

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Spring is officially upon us come Friday, and as the weather becomes warmer, the Chicagoans slowly emerge from their winter slumbers. If you’re ready to take on the city once again, we have upcoming cruise events that you should keep your eye on! From holiday cruises for your Easter celebrations or Sunday brunch cruises for a leisurely end to the weekend, Odyssey and Spirit Cruise Lines are ready to help you sail into spring.

Spirit of Chicago Flower and Garden Show Cruises

Lunch Cruises: March 14, 17, 18, 20, 21

Brunch Cruises: March 15, 22

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show only comes around once a year, so you’ll want to experience as much as possible! Go aboard the Spirit of Chicago where the flower power continues! The cruises even include a professional floral arrangement demonstration.

Odyssey Full Moon Dinner Cruise

Saturday, April 4

Dining under the stars and moon is so much more romantic! That’s why Odyssey’s Full Moon Dinner Cruise is the perfect date night option. After eating an amazing meal prepared fresh onboard, see the Chicago skyline in all its glory as illuminated by the brilliant moon.

Mystic Blue Full Moon Dinner Cruise

Saturday, April 4

Dine deliciously aboard the Mystic Blue Full Moon Dinner Cruise! Romance is the theme as your dinner will be lit by the magnificence of the full moon. Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary? We know how to make the occasion extra special.

Spirit of Chicago Easter Brunch Cruise

Sunday, April 5

With the Spirit of Chicago’s Easter Brunch Cruise, feel free to put all your eggs in one basket! Come celebrate the holiday aboard for brunch, DJ entertainment, and of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny! Hop to it, and get tickets!

Spirit of Chicago Eat, Drink, & B. Mary Brunch Cruises

Sundays, Starting April 5

The Spirit of Chicago brings you a new cruise experience to try for Sunday Brunch! What’s brunch without Bloody Marys? Don’t worry, the Spirit has you covered. In addition to a great buffet-style brunch, the ship also sports a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. More olives, please!

Odyssey Easter Brunch Cruise

Sunday, April 5

Hop aboard the Odyssey on Easter Sunday, because you know the Easter Bunny will be! The special visitor plus a buffet-style brunch will equal a stress-free Easter outing for you and the family!

See the Sights with Shoreline

See the Sights with Shoreline

March 10, 2015

Locals and visitors alike can see and learn about Chicago’s landmarks aboard Shoreline Sightseeing.  This family-owned company invites you to get out on the water with a variety of tours that will boost your knowledge of the city through informative and humorous docents. In Chicago, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day! Get your tickets today […]

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Locals and visitors alike can see and learn about Chicago’s landmarks aboard Shoreline Sightseeing.  This family-owned company invites you to get out on the water with a variety of tours that will boost your knowledge of the city through informative and humorous docents.

In Chicago, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day! Get your tickets today and see the sights on Shoreline’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Cruise, complete with up-close views of the dyed green Chicago River and a festive Irish buffet on Saturday, March 14.

As the weather starts to warm, choose from Shoreline’s architecture tours, lake tours, fireworks cruises and water taxis for more front seat vistas of Chicago,  awesome snaps and Instagrams (#nofilterneeded)!Spring is just around the corner, and we know you will want to be the first in line to enjoy the best time of year in Chicago!

Check out all of your options on Shoreline Sightseeing right here:

Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The cruises are scheduled at 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Shoreline’s ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise. Cruise the green-for-a-day Chicago River while enjoying a cash bar featuring a selection of Irish beverages. Treat your taste buds to a delicious Irish buffet. Two convenient departure times let you cruise before or after the big parade.

Purchase your tickets today!

Shoreline Architecture River Tours

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

A 75-minute Architecture River Tour featuring over 40 Chicago landmarks like Tribune Tower, Marina City, and more! Sip on a drink from the cash bar and take in Chicago’s famous architecture.

Ready for the tour? Buy tickets today!

Shoreline Classic Lake Tours

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

Cruise the Lake Michigan waters on the Shoreline Classic Lake Tours. The 40-minute tour includes attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and Buckingham Fountain. A recorded narration will talk you through Chicago’s interesting architecture and history.

Grab your tickets to the Shoreline Classic Lake Tours today!

 

Shoreline Fireworks Tours

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

Love fireworks? Navy Pier’s summer season of fireworks is every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Shoreline lets you watch the fireworks on the water with two different cruise options:

Architecture Fireworks Tour

Lake Fireworks Tour

Get your tickets to the Shoreline Fireworks Tours today!

Shoreline Water Taxis

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

Shoreline Water Taxis gives you a quick way to travel from one destination to the next. Best of all, you can capture sights of the city’s top scenes while doing so!

Buy a Water Taxi Pass here.

See you out on the water on Shoreline Sightseeing!

Take a Pier at these Petals

Take a Pier at these Petals

March 5, 2015

It’s your first look at spring! The 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, opens next Saturday, March 14 and will run through Sunday, March 22. Indeed, this year’s show features a lot of “firsts”: A new garden features the latest varieties from Proven Winners, which seeks out superior plants from more than […]

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Chicago Flower and Garden Show Flowers

It’s your first look at spring! The 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, opens next Saturday, March 14 and will run through Sunday, March 22.

Indeed, this year’s show features a lot of “firsts”:

  • A new garden features the latest varieties from Proven Winners, which seeks out superior plants from more than five dozen plant breeders around the world.
  • Not just one, but TWO rose gardens make their debut at the 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. One will focus on climbing and shrub varieties, the other, a sea of miniatures.
  • This is the first time the Retail Bakers Association is holding its national cake decorating contest at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Watch the frosting and fondant fly, as the nation’s best pastry chefs batter up for a memorable competition!
  • For the first time, you can vote by text for your favorite window box design in the annual Window Box Competition among local garden clubs. You can also text to vote for your favorite table setting in this year’s Tablescape contest.

Learn more about the show’s stunning feature gardens, expert seminars, “Gardening Live” presentations, hands-on workshops, Garden Gourmet culinary demonstrations, Kids’ Activity Garden, photography competition, tablescapes exhibits, “Art of Floral” interpretive floral designs and Marketplace vendors at www.chicagoflower.com.

If you buy your tickets online before March 14, you’ll receive $2 off the box office price. If you’re looking for some late-afternoon or after-work fun, take advantage of special “Spring Fling” prices. Tickets are just $10 on Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 after 5 p.m.

Snowstorm Fest Brings a Flurry of Excitement to the Pier

Snowstorm Fest Brings a Flurry of Excitement to the Pier

March 3, 2015

Get ready to party in the midst of an epic storm! The Pier is making history by hosting the first-ever Snowstorm Winter Arts and Music Festival! So whether you’re standing in the eye of the Grand Ballroom storm, sneaking away to the Chill Out Zone to commemorate the event with the Digital Photo Booth, or […]

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Get ready to party in the midst of an epic storm! The Pier is making history by hosting the first-ever Snowstorm Winter Arts and Music Festival! So whether you’re standing in the eye of the Grand Ballroom storm, sneaking away to the Chill Out Zone to commemorate the event with the Digital Photo Booth, or enjoying the VIP/Luxury Igloo Balcony, this event is sure to provoke your imagination and senses like none other. Redmoon is known for its creative performances around the city of Chicago, and lucky for you, has collaborated with Snowstorm to bring you quite the spectacle!

Prepare to step into an eclectic paradise. With a performance by Redmoon’s snow cannon army, servers attending floating trays suspended from hot air balloons and Napkin Ladies decked out in dispensable gowns, your mind is bound to be blown.

A snowball line-up of electronic artists includes Moby, The Hood Internet, RJD2, Trippy Turtle and many more. In the spirit of this stormed-out event, the attire is an all-white affair.  Get glam in your brightest whites from head-to-toe and you could wind up in the front row of the show!

The Snowstorm Festival rushes in on March 7 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and guests must be 18 and over to attend. Tickets for the party will be sold at the door, but don’t wait! This highly-anticipated event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets ASAP!  Check out the different Snowstorm ticket packages on their website.

Want to be behind the scenes making history? The Snowstorm team welcomes volunteers to help with guest services. (Bonus: Volunteers get FREE admission and a Snowstorm t-shirt!)

This event will be the best snow day of your life, and it’s happening in a flurry right here at Navy Pier! Bundle up and see you there.

Family Fun at the Pier for Less

Family Fun at the Pier for Less

February 26, 2015

Looking for a weekend of family fun that won’t break the budget? Navy Pier has all the elements for a day overflowing with activity! Parking at the Pier is easy and convenient with two garages directly connected to the Pier itself. Better yet, now through March 31, you can park for just $15 Monday – […]

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Looking for a weekend of family fun that won’t break the budget? Navy Pier has all the elements for a day overflowing with activity!

Parking at the Pier is easy and convenient with two garages directly connected to the Pier itself. Better yet, now through March 31, you can park for just $15 Monday – Thursday and for $20 on Friday – Sunday with discount parking rates, no validation necessary!  Or, consider a commute aboard the CTA with bus service directly from Metra and El stops straight to Navy Pier.

Once you’ve arrived,, this 50-acre lakeside landmark is an endless playground. Browse the unique shops, stroll down the dock, and maybe treat yourself to a souvenir! If you come on a Sunday through March, we’d suggest attending Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd, a free event highlighting a new culture every Sunday in the Crystal Gardens.

Chicago Children’s Museum lets imaginations run wild with exhibits that range from tinkering in a toy lab to digging for dinosaur fossils. Explore three floors of fun for the whole family and on the first Sunday of the month, children under 15 receive free admission! Better yet, on Target Free Family Nights, the whole crew can visit for free on Thursdays from 5 – 8 p.m.

Re-energize with a lunch break. Two hot places to eat right now are inside Navy Pier’s new food experience at Lettuce Entertain You’s Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice and Big Bowl Chinese Express. Navy Pier features a plethora of other restaurants as well, so there’s definitely something for everyone’s tastes.

After you’ve dined, the perfect way to end the day is with a spin around the Ferris Wheel. There’s definitely no bad time to take a ride, but how about as the sun is setting on a long, eventful day? Buy your tickets in advance and share your bird’s eye view pics with us on Instagram @NavyPier.

Now, the only question is…when’s your next visit?

Neighborhoods of the World Continues to Travel the Globe

Neighborhoods of the World Continues to Travel the Globe

February 24, 2015

February may be coming to a close, but Neighborhoods of The World presented by ComEd keeps circling the globe every Sunday through the end of March. Join us from noon to 3 p.m. inside the tropical oasis of the Crystal Gardens for this free, annual cultural celebration. Previously, we highlighted the cultures of Italy, India, […]

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February may be coming to a close, but Neighborhoods of The World presented by ComEd keeps circling the globe every Sunday through the end of March. Join us from noon to 3 p.m. inside the tropical oasis of the Crystal Gardens for this free, annual cultural celebration.

Previously, we highlighted the cultures of Italy, India, and Africa. With five weeks left, let us give you a taste of what else is to come in this series.

March 1: Chinese Celebration and Celebrate Chinese New Year

In partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Experience the food and art of the Chinese culture and ring in 2015, the Year of the Sheep!

March 8: Celebrate Lithuania

We’ve partnered with the Consulate General of Lithuania to celebrate the northern European country. Learn about the history and culture through activities, art, food and more.

March 15: Philippine Celebration

The Consulate General Philippines and Philippine American Cultural Foundation bring you the Philippine Celebration. This Asian-Pacific island has an incredibly rich history and culture.

March 22: Greek Celebration

The Consulate General of Greece brings you the Greek Celebration. Greece is known as the cradle of civilization and was home to humanity’s most influential philosophers.

March 29: Celebrate Mexico

The Mexico Tourism Board and Consulate General of Mexico help host Celebrate Mexico. Come learn about our neighbor to the south in a day filled with fun activities and delicious food.

From folk music to delicious cuisine, creative crafts to traditional clothing, you’re bound to broaden your horizons in ways you never would have expected – all without ever leaving your backyard! Find more information about Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd at Navy Pier here.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

February 19, 2015

Sure, Chicago is experiencing some of the coldest temps of the season. But underneath all those layers of scarves, jackets, and sweaters that combat the single-digit temperatures, Chicagoans are about to get their first true sign of spring. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s is arriving March 14, 2015 at Navy Pier. […]

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Sure, Chicago is experiencing some of the coldest temps of the season. But underneath all those layers of scarves, jackets, and sweaters that combat the single-digit temperatures, Chicagoans are about to get their first true sign of spring. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s is arriving March 14, 2015 at Navy Pier. There are several NEW and exciting features at this year’s show, including:

  • Two dazzling rose gardens that demonstrate in an up-close, colorful way how easy roses are to grow and maintain.
  • An Irish Heritage Garden that evokes a charming cottage in the Emerald Isle—just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
  • An expanded Kids’ Activity Garden with new potting parties, build-your-own bee and bug sanctuary projects, flower crafts, floral arrangement workshops and a creepy-crawly insect petting zoo.
  • The Retail Bakers Association’s national cake decorating competition, held during closing weekend of the show on March 21-22, with acclaimed pastry chefs from all over the country vying for the cake topper title.

Meanwhile, here’s some good news for those driving to the show: Navy Pier has partnered with two off-site parking garages to offer discounted parking during the Chicago Flower & Garden Show for $15 when validated at Navy Pier. Those garages are both within walking distance to Navy Pier and serviced by a free Navy Pier Trolley on the weekends during the show. They are located at Grand Plaza Park, 540 N. State and Ogden Plaza Self Park, 300 E. North Water Street.

To learn about other new show features – as well as perennial favorites – visit www.chicagoflower.com. And if you buy your tickets online before March 14, you’ll receive $2 off the box office price.

Psst…Don’t forget about our special offer—a $10 ‘Spring Fling’ ticket price—available March 19-21 for visitors who arrive after 5 p.m.

 

Power to the Pinot

Power to the Pinot

February 17, 2015

Wine lovers and red wine connoisseurs, rejoice!  Pinot Days Chicago, the biggest pinot noir tasting in the world, returns to Navy Pier on Saturday, March 21.  Enjoy fine wine in the intimate setting of Lakeview Terrace, complete with city and skyline views. The ticketed public tasting takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and […]

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Wine lovers and red wine connoisseurs, rejoice!  Pinot Days Chicago, the biggest pinot noir tasting in the world, returns to Navy Pier on Saturday, March 21.  Enjoy fine wine in the intimate setting of Lakeview Terrace, complete with city and skyline views.

The ticketed public tasting takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and showcases more than 60 producers of pinot noir. Ready your taste buds to sample up to 150 pinots from every pinot noir region, with the winemakers on hand to guide you. If you fall in love with a wine, you can purchase it at the event and it’ll be shipped safely to your wine rack at home.

If you attend Pinot Days, you’ll be among other pinot noir enthusiasts and producers that truly enjoy a sophisticated wine. Let’s just say, it’ll be a glass half-full kind of weekend. The greatest asset of Pinot is its stylistic diversity; at Pinot Days, you’ll be able to taste-test wine from many different regions and winemakers. Let’s not forget there’ll be tasty food pairings to complement the grapes in your glass. Bring your friends and make your time as fine as the wine.

Besides the public tasting, VIP and early access tickets are also available for purchase.

It only costs $75.00 to enjoy the grand festival and $125.00 to enjoy a VIP tasting as well as a Pinot seminar. Don’t like the crowds? You can purchase the Grand Festival Early Entry ticket, which entitles you to Early Grand Festival Entrance at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 (one hour before the general public). You will be able to drink in a more intimate setting with fewer people; also, the $30 additional fee may be applied to the purchase of pinots being offered by a selected group of producers.

Pinot Days Chicago will limited to about 1,000 attendees so be sure to get your ticket in advance online. Hope to see you there!

 

 

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