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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Chicagoans, rejoice! Arguably one of the best days of the year in Chicago is quickly approaching—St. Patrick’s Day! From special cruises down the Chicago River during the river dyeing to delicious specials throughout Chicagoland, here are some of the best ways to celebrate the festive holiday this year. 

Chicagoans and out of towners are invited to cruise the newly dyed river on Saturday, March 12 with a selection of St. Patrick’s Day cruises with City Cruises Chicago! City Cruise’s Seadog cruise will be up close and personal to the river dyeing on the morning of March 12, allowing a unique viewpoint unlike anywhere else in the city, all while also providing unforgettable views of the city’s architecture down the Chicago River. Boarding for the cruise begins at 7:45 AM, so patrons don’t miss out on any of the festivities. For those who would prefer to cruise the lake instead, themed cruises down Lake Michigan will also be available, that include Irish-themed menu items such as a Corned Beef special, along with Irish tunes playing and St. Patrick’s Day décor throughout to keep the party going. To book a cruise today, please click HERE.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Kennedy Rooftop, fittingly named after the First Irish-Catholic President, JFK. Known for spectacular, unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline from the John Hancock to the Willis Tower, the rooftop boasts both a vibrant ambiance and a wide variety of delicious drinks and dishes to enjoy atop the Hyatt Place Wicker Park. For a limited time, the rooftop is also offering private igloo reservations with special food and drink packages and a rooftop curling rink for a little friendly competition and fun. For more information or to make an igloo reservation, please click HERE

Thorn Restaurant Lounge, located inside The Rose Hotel in Rosemont, is offering a classic Rueben special on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 for those traveling in and out of town, with house braised corn beef, sauerkraut, aged swiss, Thousand Island dressing, rye bread, and a side of fries; plus, their draft beers will all be available to turn green, along with Guinness beers on special for $5 and $8 Irish Car Bombs. 

Ocean Prime, located on the iconic corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive on the second level of the LondonHouse at 87 E. Wacker Dr., invites guests to watch the Chicago River dyeing in style on Saturday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open for lunch for one day only with a special Green River Day menu, guests can indulge in a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood and steak entrees, signature cocktails, and a Wine Spectator honored wine list. For the best views of this year’s festivities, guests are encouraged to make a reservation on OpenTable.

North Shore Chicagoans are in luck! Oaken Bistro + Bar will be offering specials perfect for celebrating on Thursday, March 17. Enjoy delicious Stout-Braised Beef Tenderloin Tips with Colcannon Potatoes, Candied Bacon Green Beans, and a variety of drinks on special including Irish Mint Juleps with Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey, margaritas, and Green Draft Beer. For more information and to make a reservation, please click HERE

St. Patrick’s Day calls for all things festive, and Paper Source offers a wide variety of products to take the celebration to new heights this year. Offering everything from a wide selection of themed greeting cards for those you’ll be missing to supplies to get the party going including themed photo props, cocktail napkins and more, Paper Source is a one-stop shop to make the holiday one to remember.

Luft Balloons is SHAMROCKING Chicago this St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of seasonal balloon offerings. For a limited time only, the premier balloon store is offering festive items including rainbow balloons, colorful balloon bouquets, and more. To place an order, Chicagoans can call the storefront directly or visit the Luft Balloons website to schedule a pickup or delivery.  

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Tornadoes Devastate Central and Southern United States

A devastating stream of tornadoes unleased late Friday December 10 and early Saturday December 11 across sections of the central and southern United States. In accordance with information from the Storm Prediction Center, there were at least 50 tornado reports. The states affected include Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.

Click HERE to see how you can assist and support the victims of these destructive tornadoes.

The most substantial damage arose as Tornadoes and strong winds broke down a nursing home in Arkansas, an Amazon warehouse in western Illinois and an inhabited candle factory in Kentucky. People were killed in all separate incidents and responders have been struggling to rescue survivors.

At least one death out of an anticipated two in Arkansas has been credited to the collapsing of a nursing home. Several were trapped in the nursing home before being saved. Around 20 people were injured at the nursing home, and eventually all were taken out of the home and accounted for. Another individual in Arkansas was reported dead after being trapped in a Dollar General when the storm hit, as reported by Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook.

One of the tornadoes fell upon an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois on the night of Friday December 10. Authorities were unable to recount the exact number of workers in the Amazon warehouse because “the warehouse does not employ a ‘set staff.’” It has been verified, however, that at least two individuals died when the warehouse collapsed. Edwardsville police chief Michael Fillback validated this report on Saturday December 11 and stated that an additional person was hospitalized.

Fillback also communicated that rescue operations were not at ease due to misplaced power lines, concrete and extra water everywhere from the fire suppression system. An OSHA investigation was opened on Monday December 13 to dig deeper into the collapse of the Amazon warehouse.

On the night of December 10, another tornado hit the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in the Mayfield, Kentucky. Inside, around 110 people were working, and dozens were anticipated to be dead there. At least 40 people were rescued from the candle factory, but piles of metal and corrosive chemicals that toppled the factory limit the number of anticipated survivors that could be found alive.

Kyanna Parsons-Perez, survivor of the catastrophe that struck the candle factory, recounted the events of that night. She explained that workers had been hurried into a safety area before the storm officially hit. Parsons-Perez recounts seeing “a little dust of wind. My ears start popping. And it was like the building, we all just rocked back and forth, and then boom — everything fell on us,” Parasons-Perez told CNN’s Boris Sanchez.

During the devasting storm, Parsons-Perez broadcasted the tragedy on Facebook Live and made phone calls to 911 and other family members. She recounts realizing that rescuers were there when she felt pressure from people walking on the debris above her. “I was screaming like, ‘Sir, can you please just get this so I can move my leg?’ He said, ‘Ma’am, there’s about 5 feet worth of debris on top of you,'” Parsons-Perez recounts.

As of Monday December 13, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said that there is a confirmed number of 64 deaths across Kentucky, and that it could take some time to account for the full number of fatalities and damage that fully hit the state. Beshear noted that at least 105 individuals were unaccounted for as of that Monday morning. At least 13 people in the other varying states have been confirmed dead.

Emergency workers consisting of 300 members of the National Guard have been searching for survivors, searching through wreckage and remains and delivering water and generators to residents of Western Kentucky. Beshear talked of the damage during a press conference, stating “I’m not doing so well today and I’m not sure how many of us are. The people of Western Kentucky have gone through an unspeakable trauma. The devastation is unlike anything I have seen in my life,” Beshear stated.

President Biden is scheduled to travel to Kentucky on Wednesday, December 14 to assess damages and aid in the recovery processes. “We’re going to get this done. We’re going to be there as long as it takes to help,” Biden stated during a briefing on Monday December 13 regarding federal reaction to the destructive tornadoes. Biden ensures that he does not want to get in the way of rescue efforts, but to just provide aid to the community that truly needs it in these trying times.

By: McKinley Franklin

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Juice WRLD × Fighting Demons

December 9 marks the inaugural Juice WRLD Day in Chicago, IL. The Live Free 999 Fund, which honors the legacy of Juice WRLD through giving support to young individuals in their own personal battles, will bring people together to commemorate his life and music. Juice WRLD Day will see his closest family, friends, collaborators and fans come together to celebrate and continue on his legacy.

For more information on the Live Free 999 Fund see HERE.

Viewers can experience Juice WRLD Day no matter where they are by live streaming on the Amazon Music app and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch at 8PM CT/ 9PM ET on Thursday, December 9.

Juice WRLD Day precedes the release of the new Juice WRLD album Fighting Demons. The cover and track list of Fighting Demons has just been released, and tracks include collaborations with artists like Justin Bieber, Polo G, Trippie Redd and SUGA of BTS.

Pre-save Fighting Demons (Grade A/ Interscope) HERE.

Fighting Demons TRACKLIST

1.) Burn

2.) Already Dead

3.) You Wouldn’t Understand

4.) Wandered To LA (with Justin Bieber)

5.) Eminem Speaks

6.) Rockstar In His Prime

7.) Doom

8.) Go Hard

9.) Juice WRLD Speaks

10.) Not Enough

11.) Feline (with Polo G & Trippie Redd)

12.) Relocate

13.) Juice WRLD Speaks 2

14.) Until The Plug Comes Back Around

15.) From My Window

16.) Girl Of My Dreams (feat. SUGA of BTS)

17.) Feel Alone

18.) My Life In A Nutshell

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Rose Hotel Offers New Package

Tis the season to be merry and bright! The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and closest hotel to Chicago O’Hare International Airport located at 5200 Pearl Street, is inviting families of all ages to get in the holiday spirit by offering an exclusive Amaze Light Festival Package, which includes a trip to Impact Field to enjoy the limited time installment of The Amaze Light Show, one of the largest holiday lighting events in the country, located across the street from the hotel. The package includes two adult and two child tickets to the light show, along with two light-up holiday toys to commemorate the light fun back in the room or at home, along with breakfast for two adults and two children, and overnight parking for one vehicle. The package is available now beginning at $185.  

“The Amaze Light Festival Package is the perfect way to kick off this holiday season,” said Micaela Haas, General Manager of The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “This may be the first time many are seeing their relatives since the beginning of the pandemic or taking a little trip away from home, so we are ecstatic to help shape new, wonderful memories that will help make these holidays a little more bright.” 

An energetic and edgy boutique hotel, The Rose Hotel features 165 stylish guest rooms and suites, all curated through the contributions of DLR, Getty’s Group, and Janko Group. Visually stimulating art, thoughtfully woven throughout the design of each room, creates an elegant and innovative ambiance, perfect for all families to enjoy. Each guest room is equipped with all down alternative bedding, triple-pane windows to eliminate airplane noise and a pillow menu, offering a personalized sleep experience. Single rooms include a king size bed, and each double room comes complete with two queen size beds. To keep all guests feeling comfortable travelling again, The Rose Hotel, in partnership with RB, maker of Lysol & Dettol, have developed and implemented Hilton CleanStay, a program committed to enhance training for Team Members, increase cleaning of public areas, fully flexible booking options, modified services and amenities, face mask requirements in all indoor public areas of the hotel, and much more to keep each guests’ safety and peace of mind at the utmost importance. 

The Amaze Light Festival Package is available now to book for the upcoming holiday season. For more information or to book this special offering, please visit the hotel’s website.

About The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton 

Owned by Janko Group and managed by Janko Hospitality, The Rose Hotel is centrally located at 5200 Pearl St. Situated in Rosemont’s recently developed Pearl District and adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, The Rose offers an upscale experience by providing a fine art inspired lobby design, highly personalized service, the finest amenities, and a quintessential destination for those shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located just moments away. The property holds 165 guest rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, their signature restaurant and bar Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. . For more information, visit www.the-rose-hotel.com.

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Replay Introduces Squid Arcade

We’ve already come too far to end this now. Replay Lincoln Park, Chicago’s favorite pop-up bar at 2833 N. Sheffield, is back again with the announcement of their latest pop up installment, Squid Arcade. The games begin Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 28, as this Lincoln Park bar transforms its gaming areas into a Squid Game inspired haven (or hell) with childhood inspired tabletop games throughout, weekly karaoke, along with K-Pop DJ guests during their weekly DJ sets, weekly Squid Game inspired competitions, themed cocktails and food menu, a Squid Game costume celebration, and a marbles guessing game where participants can win $583,855.00 won! This event and all of the games are free, with no reservations, tickets, or tokens required.   

During this limited time pop-up, there will be themed events inspired by the South Korean drama series that include themed karaoke, weekly competitions like Dalgona Cooking Cutting, Red Light/Green Light and Marbles, where participants have the opportunity to guess how many marbles are in Replay’s Pig Jar, with the winner winning $583,855.00 won, or $500 in cash. Patrons will enjoy DJ sets on Thursday through Saturday with guest K-Pop DJs throughout and a Squid Game costume celebration on November 13 where fans have the opportunity to reuse their costumes for one more night. Fans will also have the opportunity to sip on featured cocktails named Dalgona, Watch You Temper(ed), They were stones…, The Squid Game, VIP as well as Red Light and Green Light Shots. A themed food menu will also be available. 

“The popularity of this show right now is insane, so we wanted to pay tribute and continue the hype with a pop up inspired by the games for Chicagoans to immerse themselves in,” said Mark Kwiatkowski, owner of Replay Lincoln Park. “Whether you are a guard, a participant or a VIP, we invite you all to stop by and enjoy some games with some tempting prizes.” 

The Squid Arcade inspired pop-up is 21+ and is reservation free. Covid-19 restrictions will be practiced, and protocols will be strictly observed to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Please note, this is not an official event sanctioned by Squid Game.  

Replay Lincoln Park features over 60+ free vintage arcade games, including pinball, air hockey, skeeball, and more. With no cover or tokens needed, Replay Lincoln Park invites guests for great fun from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday.

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ESPN × College Football Week 8

ESPN networks will highlight nearly a dozen ranked squads during Week 8 of the college football season, including four of the top five programs ranked in the AP Top 25. In total, nearly 40 games are set for the spotlight on ESPN platforms, with every game available on the ESPN App.

One of the week’s biggest matchups is No. 10 Oregon taking on UCLA on Saturday afternoon. Set for ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe will be on the call. The game will be amplified by ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot pregame show on Saturday morning (9 a.m. – noon) on the campus of UCLA.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One features the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes visiting the Indiana Hoosiers, with Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill announcing the action at 7:30 p.m. Rounding out the ranked teams taking the field Saturday on ABC, No. 7 Penn State hosts Illinois at noon with Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Kris Budden on the call.

A trio of ranked squads are set for ESPN Saturday, as No. 3 Oklahoma kicks off the action at noon against Kansas. The Big 12 battle, this week’s 4K Game of the Week, features Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich calling the action. At 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, No. 23 Pittsburgh clashes with Clemson, as Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Molly McGrath provide commentary. The Panthers-Tigers matchup will be supplemented by the AT&T 5G SkyCast on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

ESPN’s Saturday lineup is rounded out by Tennessee traveling to fourth-ranked Alabama. The matchup is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio, with Jason Benetti, Greg McElroy and Katie George on ESPN and Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons on the ESPN Radio call from Tuscaloosa. The Great Clips Command Center and SkyCast viewing option will also be available on ESPN3 and the ESPN App for the primetime presentation.

ESPN2 highlights two conference contests with ranked road squads on Saturday. At noon, No. 2 Cincinnati takes on Navy with Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore and Stormy Buonantony announcing the American Athletic Conference action. At 7:30 p.m., No. 18 NC State flies to South Florida to face off against Miami. Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr. and Taylor McGregor will commentate the ACC cross-divisional matchup.

ESPN networks will showcase two early-week games featuring ranked teams, highlighting No. 14 Coastal Carolina and No. 21 SMU. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the Chanticleers take on Appalachian State on ESPN2, with Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill and Tiffany Blackmon on the call. Thursday, Matt Barrie, Roddy Jones and Harry Lyles Jr. are on the call for Tulane at the 21st-ranked Mustangs, set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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G Herbo – Stand the Rain

Unleashing the heat at a prolific pace, chart-topping phenom and platinum-selling G Herbo uncovers the music video for his latest single “Stand The Rain (Mad Max).” Watch it HERE. It’s available on his critically acclaimed chart-topping new album, 25, out now. Listen to 25: HERE

The black-and-white (and green) visual shot by No More Heroes opens with Herbo reading his own “30 Under 30” cover story in Forbes. However, the action unfolds in frenetic fashion as the clip follows him to church, the basketball court, and the gun range as he delivers each successive rhyme with more intensity than the last. No matter what, he’ll make you feel like you can “Stand The Rain” too.

It also arrives on the heels of the music video for “Cold World,” which has already clocked 2.4 million YouTube views and counting. Of the track, Complex claimed Herbo “is reaching new heights” as it also attracted plugs from The Source, Revolt, AllHipHop, and many more.

25 recently crashed the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200. It not only became his second straight bow in the Top 10 of the chart, but it also emerged as his highest debut yet. It has amassed over 182 million streams and earned widespread praise. Starring on its latest cover, KAZI Magazine went as far as to christen him “Chicago’s Street Rap Messiah,” and HYPEBEAST dubbed it, “Arguably the rapper’s most vulnerable record to date.

G Herbo opens up like never before on the record. Complex hailed it as “a confessional album that opens a window into his world at the quarter-century mark.” His raps rip deeper, while the hooks hit harder than ever. He’s delivered a project that speaks to the struggles of the Windy City and this generation while showing it’s possible to build an empire.

As such, G Herbo has assembled his biggest, boldest, and the best body of work to date with 25. Among these 19 tracks, he recruited a cohort of A-list collaborators, including Polo G and Lil Tjay on “Cry No More,” 21 Savage on “T.O.P.”, and The Kid LAROI and Gunna on “You Can’t.” Through and through, his authoritative flows, incisive choruses, and raw heart shine.

He bulldozed a path for the project earlier this year with “Break Yoself,” and “Really Like That.” The FADER attested, “The tracks feel like siblings with their gunmetal-black sounds and visions of violence and wealth, though I can imagine turning up to ‘Really Like That’.” Plus, 25 boasts the fan-favorite “Statement,” nearing 10 million streams.

G Herbo is back, and he’s ready to flip the game upside down once and for all on 25. Merch including T-Shirts, Hoodies, and CD’s are available to shop HERE.

About G HERBO

After quietly grinding for years out of his native Chicago, G Herbo established himself as not only a platinum-selling, chart-topping phenomenon, but also as a staunch mental health advocate and proponent for change in the black community. Following a string of acclaimed projects, his critically celebrated third album PTSD bowed at #7 on the Billboard Top 200, received praise from Rolling Stone as “his most vulnerable album to date,” and yielded one of the most important songs of 2020—the platinum-certified title track “PTSD” [feat. Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert, & Chance the Rapper]. Additionally, he launched the Swervin’ Through Stress youth mental health program which was recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30. To further his commitment to championing these causes, he is also remodeling an old, shuttered, public elementary school into a community center in Chicago. In 2021, he reached new heights yet again. His fourth full-length offering, 25, soared to the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200, marking his second consecutive Top 10 and highest debut to date. Racking up hundreds of millions of streams right out of the gate, Pitchfork attested, “As Chicago’s G Herbo has gotten older, his music has become more urgent,” while he adorned KAZI’s cover. Simultaneously, he appeared on multiple #1 albums such as Pop Smoke’s Faith [“Run Down”] and The Kid LAROI’s F*CKLOVE3+:OVER YOU  [“Don’t Leave Me”] as well as collaborating with Dave East and Harry Fraud. With a larger-than-life fanbase, G Herbo has shared the stage with everyone from Miley Cyrus to Marshmello.

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The Fiery Furnaces × Fred Armisen – Pitchfork Music Festival

The Fiery Furnaces have announced a run of shows slated for this November in Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles featuring support from special guest Fred Armisen, alongside their previously-announced appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Tickets to the headline shows go on sale this Friday, August 27. See below for the full list of upcoming dates.

Third Man Records has also released “The Fortune Teller’s Revenge,” the previously physical-only B-side to the band’s first new recording in ten years, “Down at the So and So on Somewhere.” Stream “The Fortune Teller’s Revenge” HERE, and purchase the 7″ with both tracks HERE.

“We’re very excited to be playing again, to get a chance to do new things with old stuff, or old things with new people,” the band says. “And we’re very happy to have Fred opening the shows. We’ll be six on stage, joined by: Brian Betancourt, Noah Hecht, Emily Lee and Cameron Wisch.”

About The Fiery Furnaces

Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger formed The Fiery Furnaces in New York City in 2000. Their debut album Gallowsbird’s Bark (Rough Trade Records) was released to critical acclaim in 2003. In the following seven years, they released eight more albums and toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. The band’s last performance was nearly a decade ago at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. In the meantime Eleanor and Matthew have released eight solo albums, collectively.

About Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen is an actor, comedian, and musician, most known as being a cast member for Saturday Night Live from 2002 to 2013. He co-created and starred in the series, Documentary Now! and Portlandia. He’s also known for his appearances in many television shows and movies, such as Moonbase 8, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Anchorman. As a musician, he’s played drums in several bands, including Trenchmouth and most notably The 8G Band, which is the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers. He is currently dating actress Natasha Lyonne. 

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Chi-Guide

By: Emily Bunn × Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine recently visited The Windy City to sight-see, socialize, and of course, enjoy some classic Chicago deep dish pizza. Below, we’ve complied a guide of our must-see stops in Chi-Town. Whether you’re planning your next vacation or prepping for a day trip into the city, 360 is sure to point you in the right direction.

Hornblower Seadog Cruises

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Seadog Speedboat Tours in Chicago provides exciting excursions where tourists can steady their sea legs. Their boat is propelled by two V-12 motors and pushes about 2000 HP. This boat tour venue is a bit cheaper than the other traditional tours in the area. Furthermore, Seadog Cruises are also much more interesting.

Our cruise guide was extremely comical and entertaining, which made for an enthralling trip. He possessed a charismatic and energetic zeal that was infectious to our entire tour group. Yet, the most attractive part of the route was the stunning view of the Chicago skyline. 

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

196 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe (established 2004) is one of the most well-known breakfast spots in The Windy City. Their high-quality level of service and ability to produce an impeccable pancake is unmatched.

We dove into many of their dishes and secondary orders– like their turkey bacon, sausages and muffins, as well as fruit cups. If you visit, Wildberry’s fresh-pressed orange juice is a must-try. This fine eatery is handled like a well-oiled machine. Although it took a while to sit down, once we ordered our food came out right away.

Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Sidetrack is a high-energy, alternative discothèque experience. This extremely diversified and non-intrusive venue welcomes all guests. Cheap booze and good music are provided so that customers can get their groove on. The venue hosted a polite doorman and a bartender with access to several rooms.

On Sunday, Sidetrack possessed a highly mixed ratio of men and women of all genders, beliefs and cultures. 360 Magazine strongly recommends this spot for a memorable night of dancing. On the whole, the crowd was friendly, funny and fabulous. Sidetrack is the perfect spot to break the ice.

The Signature Room at the 95th®

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The Signature Room is a premium, fine dining room with 360° views over Chicago’s breathtaking city center. If you’re dressed to impress (since The Signature Room does enforce a dress code), head straight to the restaurant’s living room for an intimate and decadent culinary experience. To pair with your dish, The Signature Room offers many delicious specialty cocktails. As compared to any other top-class steakhouse, The Signature room is moderately prices and provides superior foodie selections. 360 Magazine was waited on by staff who was attentive, professional and amicable.

While their cuisine is amazing, the restaurant’s expansive views take the cake. The elevator pushes you to the building’s 95th floor in minutes–so if you fear heights, think twice. Regardless, The Signature Room is a Windy City staple. A must-visit.

Windy City Nails & Spa

5316 N Milwaukee Ave ste g, Chicago, IL 60630

360 Magazine stayed at nearby Airbnb in this neighborhood and wanted to get a last-minute pedicure. Windy City Nails & Spa saved the day! This nail salon and spa follows all CDC guidelines, and even took our temperature while wearing masks. This no-frills facility offers nail, waxing, and eyebrow services.

When it came time to pay, Windy City’s doting service and pedicure cost us $28. The nail tech took her time to perform the manicure with gentle care and precision. This nail parlor is great option, if you don’t want to go into downtown Chicago and pay the downtown prices.

Gorilla Sushi Jefferson Park

4945 N Milwaukee Ave #2, Chicago, IL 60630

Gorilla Sushi is a hidden gem in Jefferson Park near Merta Station. If you’re looking for Asian cuisine to tantalize your tastebuds, look no further. With tasty selections like gyoza, sushi rolls, and sashimi, even the pickiest eaters are sure to find a dish they love.

For a sushi spot, Gorilla Sushi is very inexpensive. This restaurant provides excellent service paired with picturesque presentation. Fresh, fast, and affordable, this sushi joint is a lesser-known treasure of Chicago.

The Underground

56 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

The Underground Chicago (15) is one of the most legendary nightclubs in the Midwest. Frequented by A-listers like like Justin BieberUsherLaBron JamesDavid BeckhamWill.I.Am, and Miley Cyrus– The Underground provides unmatched, elevated entertainment experiences. Beats reverberated throughout the energetic club all night, thanks to the state of the art sound system. Paired with pyrotechnics and projections, this nightclub truly knows how to put on a show.

This venue has premium bottle service, welcoming staff, and a fashionable porter. On the day we visited, Lil Jon DJ’d alongside Emmy award-winning TV host, actor and personality, Billy Dec. If you’re ready to party after the pandemic, be sure to visit here.

Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk

91-95 E Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

Beat Kitchen is the perfect pit stop for a cold can on a hot day. 360 Magazine quickly stopped in at this restaurant, and was impressed by their quick and extremely hospitable service. All of the staff was very welcoming.

While Beat Kitchen is a little expensive, you are paying for quality cooking that is surely worth the price. The restaurant of the atmosphere is lively and hip. Beat Kitchen creates an enjoyable ambience with their eclectic array of Afro Latino music.

H&M

840 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

H&M on Michigan Ave offers a boutique service experience and a plethora of stylish pieces. All of H&M’s clothing at this location is clean and easy to find. The merchandise was well organized and offers fashionable, budget-friendly styles for all sizes and ages.

H&M has a consistent supply of merchandise that is well-outfitted for travel and tourism. For hip adults and teens, H&M has all the trendy styles one could desire. Whether you’re looking for business casual duds or a new swimsuit for vacation, H&M has your back.

Lou Mitchell’s

565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

Lou Mitchell‘s lives up to its prestigious reputation as one of the best diners in Chicago. In 2018, Lou Mitchell’s received a Michelin star. This restaurant and bakery constantly beckons in customers with their excellent service, food and ambience. Lou Mitchell’s does their own baking, so customers can enjoy freshly baked breads and marmalade selections.

360 Magazine loved sitting outside in the sunshine while we enjoyed your meal. However, the inside of Lou Mitchells offers a more retro, vintage diner feel. We recommend their fluffy, delectable flapjacks!

Giordano’s

1340 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

The legendary Giordano’s is located in Chicago’s South Loop. All other pizza shops pale in comparison when stood next to this iconic pizza shop. Giordano’s stuffed (AKA deep-dish) pizza is truly unbeatable. Layered with fresh cheese, a buttery, flaky rind, mouthwatering tomato sauce and chicken sausage, every bite is meant to be savored. 

Giordano’s offers local craft beer selections to pair with their pizza pies. No matter how hungry you come in, it will be extremely difficult to eat all the pizza. The portion sizes here are very generous. However, Giordano’s pizza makes for delicious leftovers that can easily be reheated in the oven. 360 Magazine will definitely be back to enjoy another tasty slice from this iconic pizza shop.

MCCB Chicago

2138 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Modern Chinese Cookbook (MCCB) creates magical dishes that will instantly take you to Beijing. MCCB’s Sichuan and Canton style cuisine is authentic and mouthwatering. This Asian eatery has all the ingredients for a wonderful gastronomic experience: friendly staff, Michelin-starred chefs and carefully designed appetizers. We recommend trying the restaurant’s signature dish, charcoal-grilled whole fish.

Praise for MCCB continues to flow year by year, thanks to their fine food and hospitable service. If we could embrace the owners for creating such a pleasant atmosphere, we would. 360 Magazine will surely come back to MCCB soon!

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Big Time Rush’s Big Time Reunion

By: Ally Brewster

Big Time Rush is an American boyband that got its start on Nickelodeon from 2009-2013. The band is comprised of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson, and Carlos PenaVega. The Big Time Rush show followed “4 hockey players from Minnesota that get the opportunity of a lifetime.” The show was an instant hit among children, garnering a cult-like following from the young audience. The success lead to the four seasons of the show, three albums and the band going on worldwide tours, breaking out of that “Disney/Nickelodeon children’s television band” trope that many children-show artists get stuck in.

Since 2013, the band-members parted ways, each going onto their respective solo careers. Kendall has a band named Heffron Drive with bandmate Dustin Belt that he released the album Happy Mistakes with in 2014, as well as singles after that. James has been modeling and has released singes such as “Love U Sober” and “Falling.” Logan has had a solo career in music, releasing two studio album Echoes of Departure and the Endless Street of Dreams – Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, as well as a number of singles. Carlos has had a successful acting career, being a voice actor on Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and in Hallmark’s Picture Perfect Mysteries series.

As the bandmates went their separate ways into their successful careers, they still were friends; as shown by their countless Instagram posts of them hanging out and singing together over the years, warming the hearts of fans worldwide and creating a glimmer of hope that one day they could all find their way back together.

In 2021, twelve years later after their premiere, the band still has die-hard fans, now all grown up and keeping the band relevant years after their Nickelodeon departure. Their song “Big Time Rush” became a trending sound on TikTok at the beginning of 2020. Stephen Kramer Glickman, who played Gustavo Rocque their songwriter on the show, sold handwritten Big Time Rush song lyrics in June 2021, posting on his TikTok how much he loves interacting with the Big Time Rush fans. People have been asking and hoping for new music, a tour, a movie, for them to reunite one last time, and it looks like fans have had their wish come true.

At the beginning of 2020 the Big Time Rush Instagram became active for the first time in years. Fans went crazy over it. Does this mean they’re reuniting? Are they getting a reboot show like other beloved 2000s children shows such as iCarly and That’s So Raven? The question never was truly answered as the pandemic came in full force, halting any plans if there were any.

With the revival of the Instagram, the band-members reunited for a quick reunion video, to talk about what’s going on, something that many celebrities did as a way to give to the fans during the uncertain and scary times. Fans couldn’t contain their excitement as everyone thought that the video meant they were reuniting, especially once Carlos said the phrase, “and who knows, a lot to look forward to at the end of this.” Fans took this as a hint that something big was going to happen with them. Perhaps a new album or tour? The answer remained a mystery as the band posted throwbacks and shared what each member was doing throughout the pandemic, never even acknowledging the questions that filled their comment section.

Finally, in July 2021, fans got their answers. The Big Time Rush Instagram was wiped, no posts public. The profile picture was turned to red, as were the members of the band and Stephen Kramer Glickman. Fans went wild. They knew what this meant. The color profile picture and wiped social media, a classic marketing tactic of musicians in the digital age: rebrand yourself for what’s next; get people talking about what it means.

And their fan’s intuition proved correct, as on July 19, 2021, the band made a Big Time Announcement: they’re reuniting for two live performances, one in New York City, the other in Chicago. The announcement was filled with a bunch of inside jokes from the television show, from the voiceover, Kendall by his name on the tv show, to calling James “bandana man,” asking Carlos where his helmet was, referencing Logan’s PhD seeking character from the show, and declaring that they are going to once again “live it Big Time.”

Tour Dates

Dec. 15, 2021 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre

Dec. 18, 2021 – New York, NY – Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom

Tickets

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Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 21st at 10:00 AM local time.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 23rd at 10:00AM local time.

The Big Time Rush tv show and the Big Time Movie can be watched on Netflix.