Before deep-frying each poblano pepper, the chefs at Sal Y Limon first stuff them with gooey Chihuahua cheese. They also stuff a chicken breast with ham and cheese in the pechugas rellenas dish and douse homemade enchiladas with salsa. On select nights, notes from a live musical performance swirl in the air as patrons toss back steak tacos and shrimp dressed in a homemade cocktail sauce.
Chartered flight company MidWest Air Link offers quick and efficient air travel throughout the Midwest with planes that seat up to 5. Each person is allowed to bring a 25 pound bag, and unlike scheduling a trip with a commercial airline, customers set their flight times and dates to skip waiting in long lines at the airport. MidWest Air Link’s experienced pilots helm the fleet of Beechcraft Baron 58s, known as the “town cars of the sky” thanks to their comfortable accommodations. The company currently charters flights out of Chicagoland, Valparaiso, and Indianapolis airports.
The pilots at Sun Aero Helicopters Inc. have been training pupils in the autogiro arts and transporting clients through the skies since 1991. Inside their base at Lansing Municipal Airport, aviators maintain a 12,000-square-foot hangar area and 3,000 square feet of training offices and high-speed computerized flight-planning facilities. Expert pilots impart their knowledge to up-and-coming FBI agents, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and leisure pilots during one-on-one training sessions in Robinson and Bell copters. Pilots also give landlubbers a skyscraper's view of Chicago's landmarks, such as US Cellular Field, the John Hancock building, and the Sears/Willis Tower. When they aren't transporting rally drivers, golfers, and famous wiffle ball players with private charter services, Sun Aero serves national media companies with aerial photography and land surveys.
Nevada Ballet Theatre will launch its 39th season on October 15 with its Fall Series tribute to the late Robert Joffrey. This unprecedented performance will feature the combined dance powers of four of the nation's leading companies: Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. NBT dancers will kick off the evening with fluid, impressionistic movements that passionately recall the beauty of Degas paintings without subjecting the audience to overly talkative art historians with turpentine breath. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will take the stage to perform the pas de deux from Gnawa, followed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's rendition of Jorma Elo's Red Sweet, a hyperkinetic blend of robotics and pirouettes. Danceophiles can also wiggle their feet fingers in anticipation of a special preview performance of Jiri Kylian's joyous Sinfonietta, danced by Ballet West.
Olsen Concierge Services' professional team eases day-to-day stress with myriad home- and life-organization services. To prepare for holiday guests, patrons can solicit a personal assistant for help cleaning, pillow-fort building, or ribbon shopping. Olsen’s dynamos easily dwindle overstuffed errand lists and take the stress out of unforeseen business trips with house-sitting and pet-care services. Customers can even lasso three hours of assistance in planning a special event, be it a wedding, divorce luau, or surprise birthday party for the concierge.
The Chicago branch of Gray Line's global sightseeing operation organizes a wide variety of tours and excursions throughout the Windy City, from architectural tours that send passengers coasting on the river and lake for sun-drenched educational cruises to shopping odysseys at Chicago Premium Outlets, where travelers can zip through more than 100 stores and restaurants after being shuttled to the retail utopia. Blues outings treat music lovers to raw licks, soul food, and real tears at celebrated concert venues such as Buddy Guy's Legends and Rosa's Lounge.
Gray Line's cherry-red trolleys transport visitors and residents alike to famous Chicago sites. Just north of the river, the vehicles idle before the Wrigley Building's sparkling white terra cotta façade, which in the 1920s stood as the first major skyscraper outside of The Loop. From there, the trolley may motor north to the John Hancock Center, where elevators to its observatory sweep guests 96 floors in 39 seconds. The trolley could also steer south to the Willis Tower, which lost its maiden name of Sears after being charmed by a passing cumulus cloud.
Travel days always seem to stretch to unbearable lengths, complicated by early wakeup calls, last-minute packing, and gridlocked traffic streaming in and out of the airport. The staff at Airways Parking work to smooth out one facet of these hassle-filled journeys, offering convenient self and valet parking at a lot located only a three-minute shuttle ride from Midway Airport. Staffers remain onsite 24 hours a day, manning the fenced-in, well-lit lot to repel sketchy characters and guide clients to the free, on-demand shuttle. While drivers are away, they can ensure cars look street-ready upon their return with a hand wash from one of the lot’s experienced staff members. Cars can safely pass short- and long-term stints, and the optional valet parking service ensures that their returning drivers are greeted by prechilled AC in the summer and snowman-free interiors in the winter.