The White Sox are making an upgrade in right field during the off–season, but its name doesn't begin with Bryce and end with Harper. This morning, the White Sox and Goose Island Beer Company announced that when baseball season starts later this year, Guaranteed Rate Field will boast a new seating section in right field called "The Goose Island." "The Goose Island" replaces two previous seating sections and will have a capacity of 326. The front rows of the section feature luxurious seats, complete with armrests, cupholders, phone charging ports, televisions, storage space and $20 of food, beverages or merch included in the ticket price (amenities that probably won't come cheap). The most noticeable feature of the new section are the four functional water fixtures that surround it, making the area an actual island amid the rest of the park. Even if you don't snag a seat in the section, you'll still be able to order beers at the new Goose Island Beer Company walk-up bar, located directly behind the seating area and accessible from the 100-level concourse. Nearby, you'll find a 10-foot-tall Goose Island tap handle statue that you can snap a photo in front of. In addition to the "Island," Goose Island also secured naming rights to the bar next to the visitor's bullpen, which will now be known as the Goose Island Craft Kave (though it sounds like it may still serve beers made by local brewers not named "Goose Island"). The section will be ready in time for Sox home opener on A
The high temperature in Chicago on Friday was a balmy 7 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the wind chill factored in, it felt like -5 degrees. In other words, Chicago was colder than Reykjavik, Montreal, Anchorage, Kiev, Moscow and Antarctica. Chicago isn’t just cold, it’s dangerously cold. And it’s only going to get colder in the coming days, with AccuWeather predicting a high of -8 degrees on Wednesday, January 30 (which could feel as cold as -37 degrees thanks to wind chill). In preparation for the continuing freeze, the Chicago Park District is turning 62 public park field houses into warming centers for the remainder of the winter. The warming centers will be open during the normal operating hours of the park in which they are located. Hours vary from park to park, so make sure to either call ahead or visit the Chicago Park District website for more details. Take a look at the complete list of warming centers below and make sure to pass this information on to any Chicagoans in need of a place to stay out of the elements. Ada Park, 11250 S Ada StAltgeld Park, 515 S Washtenaw AveAmundsen Park, 62 W Bloomingdale AveAustin Town Hall Park, 5610 W Lake StAvalon Park, 1215 E 83rd StBessemer Park, 8930 S Muskegon AveBlackhawk Park, 2318 N Lavergne AveCalumet Park, 9801 S Ave "G"Columbus Park, 500 S Central AveDouglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Ave Dvorak Park, 1119 W Cullerton StEckhart Park, 1330 W Chicago AveFernwood Park, 10436 S Wallace StFosco Park, 1313 S Troop StFoster Par
Kartemquin Films is still going strong after half a century (see last year's impressive one-two punch of Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap and Steve James’ America to Me) but the short-form works of Chicago’s documentary production-company powerhouse tend to receive less exposure than its features. That should change with the release of ’63 Boycott, a provocative new short directed by Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn that has already been shortlisted for an Oscar. Quinn's 30-minute documentary primarily details the remarkable but strangely forgotten true story of how 250,000 Chicago students boycotted the public schools in which they were enrolled to protest segregation during the height of the Civil Rights movement. The filmmakers combine archival 16mm footage, much of it previously unseen, with present-day interviews with the original boycott participants to paint a compelling portrait of one of the largest civil rights demonstrations to take place outside of the South. ’63 Boycott is also no dusty museum piece: The filmmakers also draw parallels between the segregationist policies of Mayor Daley in the 1960s and the contemporary policies of Rahm Emmanuel’s administration—particularly in regards to the mass closure of public schools in minority communities. ’63 Boycott is well paired with the world premiere of Jason Polevoi’s F*** Your Hair—a more light-hearted though no-less polemical non-fiction short—when both films screen together at the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual S
Replay Lincoln Park sends its regards. Beginning on February 1, the popular arcade bar will host a Game of Thrones pop-up that draws inspiration from the epic TV series. Aptly dubbed “Winter 2019,” the pop-up comes at the perfect time as Game of Thrones fans in Chicago prepare for the launch of the HBO series' eighth and final season on April 14. In addition to dragons, White Walkers, the Iron Throne and other Westeros references, Replay will be pouring two of Ommegang Brewery’s Game of Thrones-themed beers: Arbor Gold and Fire & Blood. The bar will also offer a selection of wine (hopefully they'll import some Dornish Red), several mead options and a “Dothaquiri” cocktail. Fans who want to take the experience to the next level will be able to purchase a $20 VIP ticket that includes a souvenir goblet, a commemorative pin or print and priority access to the bar. Additionally, throughout the run of the pop-up, Replay is hosting special events such as a Red Wedding feast (sans murder), a jousting tournament and weekly GoT trivia every Thursday (the pop-up will close on March 1). If the reaction to Replay's The Office pop-up is any indication, “Winter 2019” is sure to a can't-miss event for any respectable Thrones fan. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Chicago has no shortage of sky-high views of the city (see: Willis Tower's Skydeck and 360 Chicago) and it's about to gain another one. Last week, the City Council's Zoning Committee signed off on a $200 million observation deck to be built on top of the Aon Center, which was originally proposed in 2015. Despite the already saturated market of observatories, the Aon Center will offer something that Willis Tower and 360 Chicago lack: a particularly prime location. Situated directly across the street from Millennium Park, one of Chicago's biggest tourist traps, the observation deck will allow for spectacular views of attractions such as the Bean and Lake Michigan. Unlike the city's other two high-altitude outlooks, the Aon Center's observation deck will be accessible via ride in a glass elevator (perfect for all of you who want to live out your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fantasies). After arriving at the top, visitors can enjoy the views from the building's 82 and 83rd floors and have a meal at a family–friendly restaurant. Those looking for even more of an adrenaline rush can experience Sky Summit, a daring thrill ride that will dangle visitors over the edge of the building in a glass-enclosed compartment. Just like 360 Chicago's Tilt attraction, Sky Summit will charge an additional fee on top of the Aon Center observatory's $25 admission. Construction on the new observatory is scheduled to begin in June and is expected to last 18 months. Once completed, Chicago
Come March, The Wing—a "work and community space designed for women"—will set up shop at 811 W Fulton St in the West Loop. The 8,331-square-foot coworking office and social club comes equipped with a beauty room, a lactation room for new moms, a cafe and bar, a library and plenty of works areas. It's all housed within a beautifully curated, wildly Instagrammable space. Beyond its laundry list of amenities, The Wing also offers a calendar of community events and panels for its members. With locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Chicago will be the brand's seventh outpost in the U.S. Now, we know what you're thinking: Are dudes allowed to join? It's a question that's been scrutinized in other cities and more formally investigated by the New York City Human Rights Commission last year. As of earlier this month, The Cut reported that The Wing adjusted its strict women-only membership policy to be inclusive of gender-nonconforming individuals and trans communities. The online application process is relatively quick, though prospective members should be prepared to talk about how they've promoted or supported the advancement of women. A single-location membership goes for $215 per month or $2,350 per year, while the all-access members can work out of any Wing location for $250 per month or $2,700 per year. Take a look around the stunning new space below, and keep an eye out for The Wing's Chicago debut in March. Courtesy The Wing Courte
As the partial government shutdown stretches on with no end in sight, some Chicagoans are feeling the sting of being barred from reporting to work. More than 800,000 federal employees across the nation have been furloughed as lawmakers continue to hash out a plan to reopen government. Chicago hosts offices of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among other federal agencies that have been affected by the partial shutdown. Some Chicago businesses have decided to pitch in to make life easier for local federal employees who have gone weeks without a paycheck. Restaurants are offering free or discounted meals, museums are waving admission fees and the Second City has even extended an invitation to government workers who want to take a free improv class. Take a look at some of the offers available to federal employees waiting to return to work in Chicago: Miss Ricky's Diner (203 N Wabash)On Monday, January 28, all furloughed government workers with a valid government ID can get a free meal from 7 am to 2:30 pm. The meal consists of a choice between tomato soup or garden salad and then either a grilled cheddar and brie sandwich, an avocado BLT, avocado toast with egg or a bacon cheeseburger. Porkchop BBQ (1017 S Delano Ct and 1516 E Harper Court)All official government workers get half-off their meal with a valid government ID. Adler Planetarium (1300 S Lake Shore Dr)Free admission to the planetarium with a governmen
Just when we thought it was going to be a mild winter (it's never gonna happen), Chicago's forecast reminds us who's boss. For the second weekend in a row, the Chicagoland area will be tormented by a winter storm, according to the National Weather Service. Starting late Friday afternoon and continuing throughout the night, the storm is expected to deposit four to eight inches of fresh powder all over the city. The Winter Storm Watch advises that traffic could be "dangerous [or] significantly slowed due to snow/ice-covered roads and poor visibility." Those who traverse roads north of I-88 should be especially careful. Though the storm should subside by Saturday afternoon, Chicagoans can expect biting-cold temperatures on Saturday and Sunday evening, when the mercury will drop to 18 and 9 degrees, respectively. As of right now, there's even more snow in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Grab your warmest winter coat, pile on the cold-weather accessories and plan to shovel yourself out of your apartment if you were thinking about doing anything this weekend. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
O'Hare International Airport is getting the biggest addition of its 74-year history with construction of a new international terminal, but the design of the new space remains up in the air. This morning Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Aviation revealed the five designs that are in the running, complete with renderings and models of the planned $8.5 billion expansion of O'Hare's international terminal. Dubbed the O'Hare Global Terminal, the addition will add a staggering 2.25 million square feet to the airport, which would make the terminal one of the largest in the country. Unlike most projects of this scale, Chicagoans will actually get to help determine which of the five designs gets chosen. From now through January 23, city residents can view renderings of each of the proposed terminals and take a five-question survey to voice their opinion. Want to see the proposed designs in person? 3D models of the finalists are on display at the Chicago Architecture Center (111 E Upper Wacker Dr) through the end of January. “Chicago is taking a bold step forward to choose the architect team that will set the course for O’Hare’s biggest transformation yet,” Emanuel said in a press release. “This design competition celebrates our tradition of innovation and world-leading architectural history. As we move forward with the O’Hare expansion, we invite our residents and travelers to weigh in on one of the largest terminals in the country.” The O'Hare Global Terminal is
When it first opened in 2007, the Violet Hour was a pioneer in the craft-cocktail movement, serving inventive beverages infused with small-batch liqueurs, hand-crafted syrups and super seasonal flavors. Up until a few months ago, the bar's food menu was merely a necessary sidekick to the plentiful drink offerings—sustenance to balance the booze. But now, with the help of its first-ever chef de cuisine, Jeremy Nelson, the Violet Hour is amping up its culinary choices with a revamped menu that includes a handful of noteworthy dishes. "We're trying to make the food as elevated as the cocktails, so that people who come to the Violet Hour will be as excited about the food as they are about the drinks," says Nelson, who's worked in Michelin-starred kitchens like now-defunct Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and and Dovetail in New York. With just nine dishes, the new menu is short but showcases some promising, cheffy ingredients and techniques. The duck confit spring rolls are stuffed with butternut squash and served with Thai chili sauce. The ricotta gnocchi includes veal cheek, sunchoke purée and candied lemon. For dessert, the miniature ice cream cone flight has become a best-seller: Guests can to choose three flavors, with options like miso with candied ginger, black garlic with candied kumquat and lavender with shaved white chocolate. Save for a truffle add-on, nothing on the food menu exceeds $12. Two day-one fixtures remain: the pommes frites with roasted garlic aioli and the