Johansen Farms started more than 85 years ago, when Hans Johansen and his family immigrated to Illinois from Copenhagen. Upon their arrival, the family started to grow and sell flowers and vegetables, slowly transforming their business from a roadside farm stand into a flourishing plant empire.
Today, sunlight filters into Johansen Farms’ 24 greenhouses, illuminating scarlet petals and verdant tendrils as they rise from beds of moist earth. Within these humid growing centers, gardeners cultivate more than 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers, from blooming annuals to hearty grasses. Guests meander at will, stopping to sniff baby flower buds and eye appetizing fruits and veggies.
On May 20, 1891, an estimated 6,000 people attended the first-ever Opening Day at Hawthorne Race Course. The event featured the Chicago Derby—a quarter-mile race won by a horse named Brookwood. Since that day, the facility has thrilled Chicago-area racing fans season after season with live competition and full-card simulcasting. But it hasn't always been easy. In 1905, for instance, racing was banned in Chicago for more than 15 years after several of the facility's horses became mired in a political scandal. And Hawthorne Race Course itself has had to overcome its fair share of adversity, including two fires, the most recent of which destroyed the grandstand in 1978.
Living Sea Aquarium, Inc. can provide you with great aquariums, equipment and livestock. We get new fish shipments every week. We hae a knowledgable staff and a great selection of marine fish, inverts and fresh water fish. If you want it, we can find it for you. We are open 7 days a week.
The award-winning professional belly dancers at Arabesque edify adult performers of all levels in the theories and techniques of Middle Eastern dance. Instructors teach hips to shimmy through scintillating moves as guests study such art forms as belly dance, choreography, and prop work. Throughout classes, skilled dancers lead by example, gracefully wielding swords, fans, and pool noodles or tapping out rhythms with finger cymbals. Classes are available in five skill levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Instructors and students can flaunt new moves during periodic local and national performances.
When entrepreneur Harold Pierce opened the first Harold’s Chicken Shack on Chicago’s South Side in 1950, his chefs fried chicken as it was ordered, filling customers' empty hands with baskets of fresh, piping-hot chicken in 12–15 minutes. Today, the chain of 62 restaurants peppered across the Midwest and Southwest continues the old tradition of rewarding patience with astonishingly delicious chicken. The long-standing shop specializes in a simple order—breaded chicken fried in a rich mix of vegetable oil and beef tallow for a home-cooked flavor. Chefs prep the chicken Chicago style by pouring a dash of sauce over the basket, which soaks into the white bread and crinkle fries that come with every order. Marked with the famed emblem of a cook chasing a chicken with a hatchet, the restaurant has saturated the city’s consciousness, earning a mention in Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, an appearance in Kanye West’s music video Through the Wire, and its own chicken hologram projected over the skyline. Serious Eats sums up citywide sentiment for the chain: "When the words 'fried chicken' are uttered in Chicago, it’s a fair bet that the name Harold’s Chicken Shack will usually follow."
At this month's multimedia "Groupon Presents" showcase, the Chicago Artists' Coalition's gleaming white rafters rumble to the galvanizing beats of Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross while mesmerizing artwork by Jason Brammer fuses with moves from an improvised dance trio. The aural brainchild of 24-year-old producer Dexter Tortoriello, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross possesses a melancholy texture that pulses with danceable energy. On his latest EP, Blow, Tortoriello interweaves ethereal vocals and live instrumentation with the grind of old drum machines and broken synthesizers, adding an element of anachronism to modern style like a robot wearing a monocle. The performance will be complemented by a video of beautifully synchronized visuals, courtesy of artist Alan Jensen. Mixed-media canvases by Brammer further feed into the evening's connection of old and new, juxtaposing future worlds with salvaged hardware and antique fixtures from a time long forgotten. An interpretive dance trio led by improvisational artist JulieAnn Graham rounds out the jubilee with graceful movement and rousing choreography. Throughout the night, guests can venture to Aftermath, the current art exhibition featuring six Bolt residents' interpretations of life following a catastrophic event, or visit the open bar to fill their glasses or chain-mail gloves with bubbly pours of Blue Moon and Peroni provided by Miller/Coors and champagne provided by Wirtz Beverage. Valet parking is available for $10.
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