Zumba classes. Drumming sessions. Poetry slam workshops. A monthly handmade arts fair called HoneyCraft Market. Though these events may seem disparate, they do have one thing in common—they all take place at Mixin Mingle.
Naté Grindeland opened up the space in 2011, and far from a typical community house, Mixin Mingle adds high-street elegance to events with the help of hardwood floors, and black leather antique-style couches. The storefront serves as an all-purpose space for a variety of organizations and artists of all stripes. Perched on the square featured in Groundhog Day, Mixin Mingle boasts sprawling rooms that can host a wealth of activities including private parties, journaling sessions, handmade soap-making seminars, kickboxing classes, and henna demonstrations.
In 1883, inventor Henry Ferris garnered plenty of attention for his new creation: the hay carrier. Perhaps most of the atttention came from Harvard, IL hardware store owners Charles Hunt and Nathan Helm, who urged him to move into their shop. The store became the Starline Factory, and in the following decades, the trio thrived on patents for cutting-edge farm equipment. Even so, their venture couldn't last forever. Around the turn of the 21st century, the building was abandoned and slated for demolition. That is, until a similarly minded entrepreneur, Orrin Kinney, intervened. Since then, Kinney has given the old, four block-wide building new life as a series of art studios and exhibition spaces. Now the creative home for more than 20 artists, the Gallery hosts regular events such as public paint-and-draw sessions, 4th Fridays open houses, and sleepovers where artists can gossip about the hottest new paints. An open floor plan allows for lavish events?from corporate parties to weddings?for up to 500 guests.
Outside of the packed theatre, a sleek sedan glides its way to the curb. An expectant hush falls over the gathered masses as the door opens to reveal the car's famous passenger. There is a pause, and brief silence, before frenzied cheers are punctuated by a flurry of popping flashbulbs. Scenes like this, common in entertainment capitals all over the world, are what the photographers at Photo Booth of the Stars seek to replicate on a small-scale at private event engagements throughout Chicagoland. Their brand of memory-making has proven especially popular at weddings, where reception guests can pose in front of backdrops that celebrate matrimony with pictures of hearts, rings, and the best man giving a thumbs up.
A hot-and-cold breakfast buffet of pastries, hot items, fruit, and cereal greets guests every morning at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago-Algonquin, located about an hour from downtown Chicago. Breakfast aromas float throughout the fleet of cushy guest rooms and suites, each flaunting amenities such as TVs and complimentary high-speed WiFi. Beyond the rooms’ doors, onsite amenities range from a heated indoor pool and fitness center to a business center and an ice machine that dispenses extra ice when tickled. Within just a few miles of the hotel, a bevy of attractions includes the Grand Victoria Casino and the shops and restaurants at the Algonquin Commons. A complimentary shuttle service ferries guests to destinations within 5 miles of the hotel.
Organizing Dinner's adroit culinary mavens teach in-home cooking lessons in group-party or concentrated solo formats. During lessons, the charismatic class leader teaches kitchen owners and their whisk-wielding posses how to wrangle their cooking gear to create toothsome treats. Previous sessions have focused on such culinary skills as light cooking and creating appetizers for International Hug a Dolphin Day celebrations. Lessons can also cover such handy topics as saving cash while shopping and using leftovers wisely.
The Lake County Fairgrounds are the site an annual fair that showcases the Midwestern wonders that hide right in plain sight. No matter if they're habitual city slickers, suburb dwellers, country folk, or inveterate subterranean mole-people, visitors can experience the world of farm animals, award-winning flower gardens, and boxcar racing, not to mention the amusement rides and funnel cake that are now a vital part of every county fair. By now, the organizers have it down to a science?after all, the very first Lake County Fair took place in 1851, when it was hosted by the Lake County Agricultural Society and Horace the talking mule. Beyond those five glorious summer days, though, the fairgrounds hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, antique shows and art fairs, circuses, and mud runs.