The fun-loving founders of the Candy Crush Crawl are determined to correct a glaring oversight at most bar crawls: no candy. To remedy this, they gather revelers for a sweet-stuffed jaunt down Clark Street in Wrigleyville designed to celebrate local watering holes and loads of candies?10,000 pounds to be specific. The Valentine's crawl, themed "Find Your Crush", makes stops at various neighborhood institutions, including Old Crow Smokehouse, Rebel Bar & Grill, Vines on Clark, and the Cubby Bear throughout the day. Drink specials and awe-inspiring candy displays, from jelly-bean-filled swimming pools to gooey chocolate fountains, await guests at each bar. Nylon backpacks provided with each ticket help participants stow extra sweets such as chocolate bars, lemon heads, and gummy bears. Guests are encouraged to wear outlandish costumes, as prizes will be distributed at the end of the night.
Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago introduces tourists and locals to the Windy City's thriving food scene via deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs, and ethnic cuisine. Two neighborhoods in particular brim with famous restaurants and hidden eateries: Wicker Park and River North.
On their streets, Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago's local guides lead groups on walking explorations, pausing frequently to taste everything from cupcakes to Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless's Mexican cuisine. Food stands at the crossroads of each neighborhood's culture, and the guides use it as a jumping off point to discuss local history and architecture. They might spin tales of how Wicker Park was once a hotbed of European immigration or how River North accumulated a wealth that would make John D. Rockefeller's piggy bank tremble with envy.
Situated near Chicago Avenue at the Chicago River, Wateriders' experienced and knowledgeable guides have been leading relaxed kayak tours down Chicago?s picturesque waterways since 1997. Day and night tours explore the city's most exciting attributes, focusing on history, architecture, and eerie mob chronicles as guides provide paddling instruction and share true tales of Al Capone's mythical collection of tracksuits. Wateriders also rents its kayaks to independent paddlers who prefer to discover Chicago's sights on their own.
In the middle of a tour, a young woman began arguing with her mother, causing the guide to quietly usher the rest of the group away from the quarreling family members. Even if they had stayed, the other tour participants would have only heard half the dispute. That's because the mother was dead. At Chicago Ghost Investigations, instances like these in which guests are confronted by spirits of their past are jokingly referred to as Bring Your Own Ghost moments. Owner Brian is all too familiar with these types of encounters, experiencing one himself while serving with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division. While shivering in a foxhole, Brian suddenly found himself looking down at his body from above. Beside him stood his deceased grandfather, donning a tuxedo and red bow tie.
Brian has been fascinated with ghosts ever since, sharing his passion during each paranormal encounter at Chicago Ghost Investigations. During an introductory session, he supplies guests with a bag of ghost hunting equipment, including divination rods, thermal indicators. Along with these tools, Brian and his fellow guides teach participants methods for communicating with the dead. From there, newly christened ghost hunters seek out spirits inside a warehouse once used by Al Capone, which NBC New York now calls the "spookiest place in Chicago."
Chicago’s beautiful architecture and pristine parks stretch like a thin, deceptively pretty layer of varnish over the city’s storied criminal history. The guides at Chicago Crime Tours peel back the façade to reveal the city’s darkest days, replete with visits to crime scenes and tales of some of Chicago’s most dastardly villains. Groups explore the hideouts of Al Capone and bullet holes left in the wake of mob shootouts. The guides’ catalog of criminal knowledge reaches all the way back to city’s infancy in the 19th century and includes such tales as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre and the great baby-rattle heist of 1870.
Midwest Living magazine highlights the best recipes, home advice, and attractions that the Midwestern region has to offer. Through engaging articles and crisp photography, the magazine spotlights travel, food, home, garden, and restaurants in the heartland. These regional devotees delight in exposing off-the-radar trips and attractions, from scenic drives to weekend getaways ideal for families and roving bands of disinterested circus roustabouts alike. Find innovative comfort-food recipes such as creamy fried pancake loaves and sloppy mashed casserole rings, warm eats that feed both ravenous summer appetites and chilly winter stomachs. Whether you're seeking new stimulations or luxuriating in the familiar, Midwest Living has something to offer.