Ancient Greece formed the foundation for western civilization, and its influence can still be felt to this day. Open since 1983, the National Hellenic Museum celebrates this influence by examining the American experience through the lens of Greek culture, both from ancient times and today.
The Building: In 2011, the museum moved to its current digs, a gleaming limestone 40,000-square-foot structure. Greek-American and Chicagoan Demetrios Stavrianos, architect with RTKL Associates, designed it with inspiration from Greek monastaries and classic architecture
Permanent Mainstay: The Story of Greek Independence, which depicts the the 12 year battle told through artwork, writing, and artifacts, including a book of lithographs printed in 1828
Past Exhibits: The Spirit of the Marathon: From Pheidippides to Today, which traced the history of the marathon, from Pheidippides famed run announcing Greece's victory over the Persians to Chicago's famous annual event
Pro Tip: On Sunday afternoons, for just one hour, docents lead free tours of the museum
Special Programs: Those wanting to delve deeper can take Greek language and culture classes hosted by the museum
The Neighborhood: The museum is located in Greektown, just steps away from the city's most authentic Greek eateries
From the seascapes of Pebble Beach Golf Links to the narrow fairways of Pinehurst No. 2, golfers can play some of the world's most famous courses in City Tee Time's golf simulator. The courses come to life on the 12-foot screen that golfers pelt with real golf balls launched by real clubs (City Tee time rents out clubs for no additional charge). During rounds, golfers can adjust shots and game-management strategies by referring to a system of 688 independent sensors that records the trajectory of each shot. Golfers can also adjust a number of variables before each round, such as electing to play in calm, breezy, or windy conditions and on hard, soft, or lava greens.
City Tee Time also boasts a short-game training area and digital practice modules, which let golfers scrutinize their swings and vestigial tails with video-replay technology. While practicing their stroke, guests can keep track of live sporting events on City Tee Time's HD TVs or stay abreast of work responsibilities with the facility's complimentary WiFi.
Flashing lights and the glimmer of disco balls shoot across The MID's two-story interior as upwards of 800 people unleash inhibitions to the house beats of resident DJ's Zebo, Nathan Scott, and Gus Karas. Across the dancefloor, neon lights frame each of the Meatpacking District hot spot's three full bars as waiters shuttle drinks to club-goers nestled up to table and booths. High-octane beats reverberate off the exposed brick walls and dark baroque wall patterns, and a VIP room with its own bar, along with stunning views of the Chicago skyline add to the upscale nightclub's trendy atmosphere. When not hosting fashion shows and holiday events, the MID puts on curates an impressive roster of shows, including appearances by Talib Kweli and DJ Shadow.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international preservation organization based in Chicago, was founded in 1989 to preserve the masterpieces of the greatest architectural pioneer of the 20th century. Frank Lloyd Wright developed a truly American style of architecture known as the Prairie School, creating what he called "architecture for democracy." His brilliant designs redefined the concept of space so that people could live and grow in organic environments, connecting physically and spiritually to the natural world without having to wrestle a cougar to prove their worth. The Conservancy's mission is to preserve and maintain the original splendor of Frank Lloyd Wright's remaining structures, which, when peered at through Wright's signature stained-glass windows, shed light into the architecture of a bygone era that has influenced modern American design. Since its inception, the Conservancy has worked with more than 150 FLW structures and has organized the nomination of 11 Wright structures and log cabins built from pretzel sticks to become immortalized as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Conservancy is able to circulate knowledge of the nation's vibrant architectural heritage and the importance of conservation through guided tours of famous Wright buildings, an annual conference, and by publishing SaveWright, a biannual magazine, and eBytes, an electronic newsletter.
Ranked one of Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think by Forbes Magazine, Intelligence Squared Debates has opened the floor on timely, politically-charged issues during more than 60 interactive Oxford-style debates—typically broadcast live from New York on more than 220 NPR stations, on PBS, and on Wall Street Journal's WSJLIve. In past debates, Arianna Huffington and P.J. O'Rourke have dueled over whether the two-party political system makes it impossible to govern. Malcolm Gladwell has advocated banning college football amid rebuttals from sports broadcaster Tim Green.
Whether the topic is Palestine's UN admission as a full member state, the pros and cons of religion, or the Internet's effect on our ability to stay open-minded, audience members get to question luminaries who have included Paul Krugman, Alan Dershowitz, and Karl Rove and throw tomatoes at them when they're deemed out of order. Each attendee is also afforded the final vote––for, against, or undecided––to crown the debate's winner.
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."