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Hot Doug’s: A Chicago Classic

July 23, 2014 11:01 am

The Windy City has quite a few places to find great hot dogs, and one of the most popular might just be Hot Doug's. The self-proclaimed “sausage superstore and encased meat emporium” has been serving up gourmet dogs to Chicago locals for years.

The menu ranges from the basics – Chicago dogs with all the trimmings, beer-cooked bratwurst and French fries – to more elaborate concoctions. The daily specials stretch the concept of “hot dog” to its limit. We’re talking dogs made with unique proteins like kangaroo and foie gras, topped with crayfish mayonnaise, tomatillo mole or nettle-infused Gouda cheese. The place isn’t large, so be prepared to grab your dog and go in a hurry. Regulars line up for blocks on Friday and Saturdays for the fries cooked in duck fat.

Hot Doug's recently announced that it's going to close in October, so if you'd like to visit you have just a few more months to do it. Check out the website to learn more!

Hot Doug's
3324 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
http://hotdougs.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-dougs-chicago

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Hone Your Pilates Skills Off the Mat With These Pilates Apps

July 16, 2014 11:01 am

There are a number of different bodily benefits of Pilates, from tightening your core to relieving stress. If you’d like to incorporate Pilates into your everyday lifestyle, something as simple as your smartphone can make a big difference. Here are two helpful apps that will totally renovate your workout routine.

Pilates Anytime
While you may wish that you could do Pilates anywhere, anytime, your busy schedule doesn’t always allow it. The Pilates Anytime app works with your lifestyle to help you squeeze in a great Pilates workout right in the comfort of your own home. The app provides you with high quality instructional videos and instructor playlists for any skill level, and it even enables you to stream HD videos right on your television.

Pilates
If you’re more experienced with Pilates and you simply need someone to walk you through the positions at home, this app is for you. Its strict workouts provide a variety of complexes of exercises, and while the app doesn’t explain the basic movements that beginners might require, it does enable you to get a great Pilates workout even if you can’t make it to the studio. The Pilates app also offers helpful statistics about the benefits of each exercise on your body to give you a bit of extra motivation.

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Chicago Symphony: Joy of Sound

July 9, 2014 11:01 am

As a center of industry, Chicago naturally also became a center of art and culture in the Midwest. One of the most important organizations in making the city sing is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1891 with a monetary bequest by businessman Charles Fay, it stands as one of the oldest orchestras in the entire United States. Over the years, the Symphony has performed thousands of times, earned a staggering 62 Grammy awards and dazzled audiences all over the world.

Chicago locals are lucky to be able to see them perform at the gorgeous Orchestra Hall, built in 1904. The space has glorious acoustics and sightlines, with regular patrons claiming that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The Symphony also lends its support to a number of educational institutions, most notably the Civic Orchestra of Chicago which serves as a training ensemble for potential future Symphony members.

Chicago Symphony
220 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 294-3000
http://cso.org
http://www.yelp.com/biz/chicago-symphony-orchestra-chicago-4

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