Tavern On Little Fort, Porte Play GIVEAWAY, & new ETR-TV Music Episode is Live!

We Chicagoans need to milk as much of out summer as possible.  And we are GOOD at it.  So keep reading to find a cool spot to spend some remaining warm Summer days.  Click here to listen to my full segment on 101-WKQX.

Tavern On Little Fort

I'm always giving so much love to restaurants and bars in the downtown area, because selfishly, well, that's where I live and frequent most often.  But there are some incredible spots ALL throughout Chicago's beautiful, exciting, and diverse neighborhoods.  North Center needs to get some props for Tavern on Little Fort.  It pays homage to the historic Inns from the Lincoln Avenue of yesteryear.  They are a classic sports bar with great pub food and an extensive beer list.  Oh, and if you're an Iowa Hawkeye, like your's truly, then you'll really love it!  And if college sports aren't your thing, you can head there to check out a Raiders game.  

And ain't no better way to chill yet have a blast while summer lasts than a good ole' fashioned beer garden...and Tavern on Little Fort has one of the coolest.  It's cozy and secluded and has it's own freestanding bar.  So while Summer winds down, you can still spend some time outside eating and drinking.  If you wanna do both at the same time, check out their yummy weekend brunch!  They have $3 mimosas (WHAT?!?!) and $5 Bloody Mary's.  

Porte Play Giveaway!!  

As a (very) frequent traveler, I need all the gadgets on Earth to help keep me organized.  And especially in today's day and age with all of the electronics you need to carry with you, you schlep around a TON of cords.  Porte Play carrying cases help keep ALL of your cords and electronic devices organized.  So I thought I would spread the love and do a GIVEAWAY of these awesome products!  Just go NOW to my Instagram, FOLLOW me, go to my Instagram Stories, and find the one about the Giveaway... reply to it "101- ROCKS" and you will be entered for a chance to win an awesome Porte Play package like below!  



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Music Filled Summer Weekend! Rocking Right Now 7/7/17

Just like every fleeting and cherished Chicago summer weekend, this one is also filled with amazing music and festivals.  But don't worry, I sneaked in some food too.  Click here to listen to my full radio segment on 101-WKQX.

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Summer Kick Off! Wells Street Art Fest, Forno Rosso Pizzeria, Pub Royale.

Summer seems like it's finally here!  So let's celebrate!  Here are some fun and delicious ways to spend these warm days and nights... Click HERE to listen to my full radio segment on 101-WKQX.  

Wells Street Art Festival/Old Town Art Fair

So my personal belief is that the Wells Street Art Festival uses "art" as an excuse to throw the best damn street festival of the entire year.  Yes they have a ton of awesome art vendors...but usually people have had too much to drink to actually know good art from bad art... which could be a huge positive for the vendors.  "Make more money with drunk customers!" Regardless, It's just a damn good time.  Tons of awesome beer, tons of great food (street vendors and participating restaurants), and tons of loud live music.  Oh, and I guess tons of art.  This year, the headliner on Sat night is 16 Candles cover band, always a blast with them!  This is the best way to kick off summer in Chi!  It takes place all weekend on Wells St. between Division and North Ave. 

Me with my girlfriends, Katie Stenson and Jaclyn Swartz, at Wells. St. Art Fest 2 years ago

Me with my girlfriends, Katie Stenson and Jaclyn Swartz, at Wells. St. Art Fest 2 years ago

Wells St. Art Festival- OLD TOWN

Forno Rosso Pizzeria

Forno Rosso Pizzeria is one of the best authentic Italian pizza joints in the city.  The owner, Nick Nitti, actually studied the art of how to make the perfect Pizza Napoletana in Italy.  Let me tell ya, he learned a thing or two.  The pizza reminds me of all of my favorite pizza I ate in Italy.  They even have pizza Capriciossa which was my FAVE in Italy... it has artichokes, olives, mushrooms, prosciutto, and I always add a sunny-side up egg in the middle.  But all of their creations are authentic and delicious coming out of their wood fire brick oven.  

Breakfast pizza courtesy of Forno Rosso Pizzeria's Instagram

Breakfast pizza courtesy of Forno Rosso Pizzeria's Instagram

But NOW, they serve brunch at their Randolph/West Loop location!  And this isn't your typical brunch.  Imagine everything coming right out of Italy...and right out of a brick oven.  They have a breakfast pizza served with fior di latte, baby asparagus, grape tomatoes, pecorino romano, and 2 cage free eggs.  They also have wood fired pancakes served with marscapone and cherries! Yum. And one of my favorites, uova (egg) in purgaturio (spicy san marzano tomato sauce).  Make sure you check it out next time you want brunch in the West Loop!  Sundays only. 

Wood fired brunch pancakes- courtesy of Forno Rosso pizzeria Instagram

Wood fired brunch pancakes- courtesy of Forno Rosso pizzeria Instagram

Forno Rosso Pizzeria- WEST LOOP- 1048 W. Randolph


Pub Royale

I may have to go out on a limb and say that Pub Royale is the coolest spot in Wicker Park.  And that's saying a lot since this neighborhood is oozing with hipster coolness.  Pub Royale has a dark English Pub vibe, but they throw you a huge curve ball when you find out that they have an Indian Inspired menu.  And the food is GOOD.  It's a slightly modern/shared plates take on Indian cuisine, and nothing is intimidating in case you're an Indian food novice.  Try the samosas, the butter chicken, and the chicken tikka kati roll... oh and the badass selection of craft beers.  

Samosas- courtesy of Pub Royale's Instagram

Samosas- courtesy of Pub Royale's Instagram

Pub Royale- WICKER PARK- 2049 W. Division St.