Dinner and a movie is the quintessential date. Its a time honored tradition as old as the movie theater itself, and for good reason. It doesn't require much thought. It also protects against the possibility of you and your date ending up with nothing to do, which leads to boredom, which leads to you two realizing you don't have much to talk about, which leads to your date leaving. That is why dinner and a movie is typically a first date. People on first dates can rarely think of anything to talk about. That's whats so nice about the movie, it eats up a great deal of time and later you can say, “So what did you think of the movie?”
Taste of Randolph Street
Combining some of the Windy City’s best food, music and entertainment, and the Taste of Randolph Street Festival does it best. This massive festival attracts crowds of more than 100,000, and is located in the famous restaurant row, Randolph Street Corridor. Places like BellyQ, Publican Quality Meats, and De Cero Taqueria will procure some tasty treats, and the music line up is fantastic. Bands like Divine Fits, The Joy Formidable, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, and many more will bring music to your ears. Be sure to check out Taste of Randolph Street this weekend, Friday, June 14th through Sunday, 16th. For information about ticket prices and the lineup, check out their website.
Last night the Highline Ballroom was the spot to be at for NYLON Magazine's annual June/July Music Issue bash sponsored by Aloft Hotels and the guest of honor, was none other than the cover star, Avril Lavigne!
The party was hosted by NYLON's Editor-in-Chief Marvin Scott Jarrett and Publisher Jaclynn Jarrett. In true NYLON fashion, the party was a hit as guests enjoyed cocktails, a special performance by 2012 Project Aloft Star winners, HITS and rocked out during the headlining performance by our fave, Avril.Safe to say it was a pretty nostalgic night for us gals who have been fans since Avril's beginning. Wife beater tank and a tie, anyone?
Chicago's Boystown is one of the liveliest spots in the entire city and is among the largest LGBT communities in the country. and happens to be carved out of the highly-desirable Lakeview neighborhood, an area known for its bustling nightlife. Much like the mantra of its inhabitants “we're here and we're queer,” Boystown tells you all you need to know by greeting you with rows of rainbows pylons on the sidewalks, a gift from the city to let Chicago's gay population know they are welcome. Besides all the clubs, bars, and restaurants, Boys own is also dotted by dozens of other curiosities including head shops, video game stores, and comic book shops. You can't help but think they must be doing something right.
If there's one off-limits complaint this weekend, it's "I'm bored." Given the flood of festivals and events that arrive with summer, the problem is choosing between them. Feel free to still complain about the mosquitoes, though.
Culture and nightlife mingle at the MCA during First Fridays, which occur (you guessed it) on the first Friday of every month. Guests have access to museum exhibits, a cash bar, a live DJ, complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Wolfgang Puck, and desserts from Bistronomic. 21+ only.
If your Memorial Day Weekend plans involve dragging a towel to the beach and refusing to move until Tuesday, you picked the wrong city. Though Chicago’s beaches open this Friday, the weather this weekend won’t be ideal. But whether you’re looking to visit an art festival or eat a whole roast pig, you’ll find plenty of alternatives to keep you happy—even though it may literally rain on our parade.
Sometimes drinking makes us think about the past. This could either result in a fond trip down memory lane or an angry 2am. phone call to that person who just needs to know what you “really think of them.” How this will end up is really a coin toss. So if you're tired of waking up with a few less friends whenever you go out drinking remember there are things from the past that are far more fun to think about than ex-lovers, co-workers, or people who rejected you. Put on those booze goggles and check out something from way back in the past that can only be remembered fondly, arcade games!
Imagine for a moment you're going to meet up with two of your bestest bros. Maybe you were friends in high school, maybe college roomates, or maybe you served on a submarine together however you want this to go is fine there are no wrong answers here. You decide to get together on Clark Street, Chicago's watering hole. It's a warm summer evening, the Cubs just lost another game (this is a scenario not a fairy tale), and despite prior experience, you're absolutely sure you and your wing men work best as a team, and over the course of the night you guys will only become that much more charming.
It's down to just a day away and just like that, Electric Daisy Carnival New York is here. As it's the first to kick off the summer festival season in NYC, EDC NY will top last year's event and the festival's producer, Insomniac made sure of that. They have teamed up with nightlife gurus EMM Group, the team behind FINALE in NYC, where the two powerhouses will create the ultimate VIP experience for fans on May 17th and 18th at Citi Field.
They're called hipsters and these days they can be found in just about any major metropolitan area. You can spot them by their tattoos, skinny jeans, and v-neck shirts. They make up a cultural phenomenon that seems to be an amalgamation of at least half a dozen styles from generations past. They are a clique of artists, they have a fascination with all things retro, and they love coffee shops. It's almost as if Andy Warhol was assembling his legions from beyond the grave. Any world class city has its enclaves that draw in untold numbers of young artistic dreamers. In Chicago its called Logan Square.
In 2003 the Princeton Review declared that DePaul University students were the “happiest” students in the country, and it's not hard to figure out why. The campus lies right in the center of Lincoln Park, an area surrounded by great restaurants, thousands of spandex clad women, and a sh*t ton of bars!
The bars dotting the area around the campus are certainly part of what makes going to DePaul a unique college experience. It's not a house party school by any means. If you really want to dive into the school's social scene you have to get aquainted with the local bars, but Lincoln park has a reputation for being very very expensive and make no mistake, it is. There are however a number of bars only a few blocks from campus that offer not only terrific atmosphere but deals that allow even the most cash strapped students to get slushed.