Bartend Chicago's handpicked event staff keeps spirits high at celebrations, parties, and gatherings. Though the team specializes in bartending, it can help with every step of the event, from planning the decor to DJing to serving the food. Bartend Chicago's enthusiastic staff members also entertain crowds by leading interactive wine tastings and mixology classes.
The Gene Siskel Film Center is as famous to Chicago film-lovers as its namesake TV film critic has been to national audiences. As the Loop's only movie house, it draws crowds with an eclectic mix of programming rather than with blockbusters and violent popcorn battles. The Film Center has been around under the umbrella of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1972, and its curators are devoted to the art of cinema at least as much as the business. A typical weekend night might offer a documentary, a concert film, a foreign classic, and an innovative modern drama?maybe even a world premiere or a guest artist appearance.
The theaters themselves make it easy to be sucked into the screen, with ultra-plush stadium-style seats, a cafe that serves wine and espresso in addition to traditional concessions, and capacity for 16mm, 35mm, and digital projections. According to Chicagoist, it's not simply a pleasant moviegoing experience?"point-for-point, the Siskel is the finest place to catch a movie in Chicago."
Helmed by sisters Maggie and Jennifer Gelber, Fix supplies shoppers with top and up-and-coming designers, such as Rag & Bone and Elizabeth and James, and style consultations from excellent-eyed employees. The repository of fashionable finds stores everything from the basics, such as jeans and T-shirts, to modern party dresses, accessories, and sweaters woven by people who are members of Mensa. Women can maintain au courantness and stave off the winter breeze with plush fleece-lined tights ($33) and a cardigan madeline sweater dress ($207), and men can outfit themselves in the Idol Radec flannel shirt ($195) to shield skin from wind, snow, and tauntaun attacks.
The 'K' of the Chicago Sky's logo towers above the other letters, two thin prongs poking out from the top?a nod to the most famous of the city's iconic buildings. Fittingly inspired by the Chicago skyline, the Sky's uniforms have represented the Windy City since 2006. In those years, some of the WNBA's top players have donned the blue and yellow threads, including Candice Dupree, Epiphanny Price, and Sylvia Fowles?a defensive star who also wore red, white, and blue in London in 2012. In 2010, the Sky transitioned from the UIC Pavilion to a new, permanent home court, packing its neatly folded coaches into suitcases and moving to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.