Couched in the stadium seats of luxury, patrons at Muvico Theaters enjoy the latest blockbusters in crystal-clear Sony 4K digital projection. Moving D-Box seats in certain movie houses take the motion-picture experience to the next level, and huge armrests in the Premier section leave room for midmovie dining and premovie thumb wars. Muvico also shows golden oldies in addition to new releases and live events, such as live comedy, sporting events, and beer and wine tastings
Adapted from the popular animated film by DreamWorks, Madagascar Live! brings to life the furry adventures of the familiar cast of on-the-lam zoo animals as they break out of New York's Central Park Zoo and return to their ancestral homeland in the African isle of Madagascar. This frenetic fusion of music and dance celebrates friendship with original songs, imaginative sets, and vivid costumes, leaving audience members clamoring to stage their own inspired midmorning escapes from the carpool lane. With more than 4,000 seats—each with unobstructed views—Rosemont Theatre provides a much more stately venue to witness a dancing-animal show than the neighborhood dogs' backyard production of The Sound of Music. Seats will be located in balcony level A through S or floor level AA-HH. Ticket pick-up is available starting an hour before the performance. Groups should plan to pick up their tickets early for best chance of sitting together.
Like a Picasso portrait of a bowling alley, Kings presents many facets stitched together seamlessly. Within the vibrant 27,000-square-foot interior, ‘70s supernova-style chandeliers and overstuffed lounge seating hark back to the retro roots of Americana while more than 50 big-screen HDTVs and projectors inject a spike of modern, technology-driven society. Above 20 bowling lanes, whose oil glistens under colored lights, sports stream so that not a play is missed. Three billiards tables, on the other hand, rest in a lounge area that is relatively private, cut off from the rest of the world and the crash of pins by muted red walls. Kings has hosted thousands of parties at locations across the country since its opening, and has private party rooms, where six bowling lanes lit with black lights complement the dotted light spread by a spinning disco ball.
Though kids are welcome to bowl and eat, the decor begins a message that ends with the 21+ policy in the evenings: this is not the average bowling alley. On granite topped tables amid the dining area's curtain-draped walls, patrons can dine on a menu of pizza, burgers, and ribs. Outside, chrome-topped tables dapple the patio, beckoning young lovers or negotiating world leaders to enjoy a specialty cocktail—such as the Big Balls for Two—or share an ice-cream float.
Chicago may be a city of industry, of big shoulders, and of windy gusts, but it's also a city of food. Just ask the residents who frame their pasts with memories of dining at iconic restaurants or plot out their futures with reservations at new hotspots. Or better yet, ask the board and committee of Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame, a group wholly dedicated to celebrating the city's rich culinary life.
Ever since 2005, the group has been recognizing those who've taken Chicago's dining scene to new levels. They do so through an annual Chef's Hall of Fame bash, during which guests can sip drinks and mingle with some of the food industry's brightest stars. Past Hall of Fame inductees include legendary chefs Charlie Trotter, Rick Bayless, and Priscila Satkoff. The 2014 event brings in luminaries such as Stephanie Izard, the James Beard award-winning chef behind Girl & the Goat and Little Goat. The organization operates beyond the annual bash too, by preserving rare kitchen artifacts, cookbooks, and fossilized silverware in a culinary museum.
No matter the time of day, a traditional Irish breakfast awakens the senses to the finer things in life—namely black and white pudding, Irish bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, and a hearty serving of bangers. Few taverns outside the Emerald Isle can rival Five Roses Pub when it comes to this distinctive breakfast, but the pub has a few other tricks up its coat sleeves. Throughout the day, cooks craft Irish delicacies such as maple-glazed salmon with boxty potato cakes, Guinness sausage, and potpies served with homemade soda bread. A fireplace warms the spacious dining room, which is lined with antique lanterns and patrons in good cheer thanks to an extensive selection of wines and beers. Crowds tend to grow boisterous when live musicians take the stage or on karaoke nights, when friends join together to stumble through lyrics translated into Gaelic on the overhead screen.
For Delores Balogun, the founder of iGlow Mentoring, it was the inspiration from mentors in her own girlhood that carved her path toward motivating girls and young women to empower themselves. Now, the humanitarian establishes regular mentoring events and programs that encourage female youngsters to believe in themselves and learn from each other, hopefully—as the iGlow acronym illustrates—Inspiring Girls to Lead Our World.