4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White And Blue Punch Recipe

4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White & Blue Punch

Add a a little something extra to your BBQ this  4th of July! Try this easy Red, White & Blue punch recipe- perfect for a summer get together.

With cranberry juice and blueberries, this punch is as festive as it is delicious!

Ingredients:

    • 4 cups cranberry juice
    • 1 1/2 liters of vodka
    • 4 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 liters ginger ale
    • blueberries to garnish


Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale.
  2. Chill until serving time.
  3. Pour into punch bowl and add ginger ale

Photos: Randolph Street Market May 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Guide

Castaways

Castaways

Poor Girl’s Latest Article On CBS: It’s finally Memorial Day weekend and that means, patio and BBQ season! Here is a list of a few events around town to help you kick off summer in the city. Read more @chicago.cbslocal.com

Navy Pier

700 E. Grand
Chicago, IL 60611
http://www.chicagosbestbeergarden.com

Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26

Landshark Beer Garden:
After a day at the Pier, grab a brew and listen to some local live music from Friday to Monday. The LandShark Beer Garden is located on the East End of Navy Pier.

Riva Crab House Cafe:
Riva Café features their famous seafood menu, gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads. The café’s outdoor seating area provides an awesome view of Lake Michigan and the excitement of Navy Pier.

North Avenue Beach
Castaways
1603 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
http://www.castawayschicago.com

Saturday, May 24 – Monday, May 26

Located on North Avenue Beach, Castaways will open to the public this Memorial Day weekend with live entertainment Saturday through Monday and will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Menu items include fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas accompanied by frozen cocktails and even Corona in a can. You’ll also find a daily line-up of music and DJs all weekend long.

Division Ale House
1942 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-384-6886
divisionalehouse.com

Saturday, May 24 – Monday, May 26

The Wicker Park Irish sports bar opens at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 26 (regularly open at 4 p.m.) and offers all-day deals including $4 select drafts, including the May beer of the month, New Belgium Summer Helles.

Holiday food specials include $5 Certified Angus Beef burgers, $5 housemade beer brats, $7 signature Certified Angus Beef burgers and $7 house-smoked pulled pork, brisket or pulled chicken sandwiches (all with choice of side). On May 24th and 25th specials include $12 Bud Light Pitchers, $20 craft beer buckets, brunch and more.

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Memorial Day Opening Weekend at Castaways on North Avenue Beach 5.24-5.26

Cast Aways

Castaways

Castaways

1603 N. Lake Shore Drive
North Avenue Beach
Chicago, IL 60614
773.281.1200
www.castawayschicago.com

Located on North Avenue Beach, Castaways will open to the public this Memorial Day weekend with live entertainment Saturday through Monday and will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Menu items include fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas accompanied by frozen cocktails and even Corona in a can (No bottles on the beach).

Private party space is available which can accommodate up to 400 people–perfect for corporate outings and special events. Castaways now offers Cabanas available for rent daily through Labor Day. The two cabanas are located on the North end of the Castaways upper deck with a capacity of 10 – 12 people (max) each. The cabanas are available for rent from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ($1500 F&B minimum).

Castaways

Castaways

Saturday, May 24
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: 103.5 KissFM Live Broadcast
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: DJ Jem & The Dance Floor Junkies
Restaurant open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting)

Sunday, May 25
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Sunfallen (band)
Restaurant open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting)

Monday, May 26
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: DJ Jem & The Dance Floor Junkies
Restaurant open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting)

Randolph Street Market 5.24-5.25

Randolph Street Market 2014

Randolph Street Market 2014

2014 SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON IS FINALLY HERE AND CHICAGO’S CELEBRATED RANDOLPH STREET MARKET IS BETTER THAN EVER!

Kicking off May 24+25 and recurring monthly through September, this timeless indoor/outdoor RETRO-SPECTACLE market reigns supreme with summer extravaganzas like none other!

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest and liveliest urban antiques market, is celebrating 11 years as the premier vintage extravaganza with the can’t miss season opener kicking off summer, May 24 and 25, 2014. Doors open at 10 am, with early buy beginning at 8 am. Over 250 fabulous sellers, around the clock entertainment, disco dance party, a beer and wine garden with carnival games, hot international crowd and design stars, vintage beach bunnies, cooling stations and cabanas, fashion shows, artisan food vendors, and more- the indoor/outdoor season opener is the place to be and be seen to kick off your Chicago summer! Come for the amazing one-of-a-kind finds, and stay for the entire experience.

Don’t miss the following fun elements at this month’s Market:

• Sally Schwartz, Market founder, award winning party planner, and queen of vintage, will host VIP guests in her Cabana designed by internationally acclaimed Chicago designer, Michael Del Piero of Michael Del Piero Good Design. Over the past decade, interior designer Michael Del Piero has created a distinctive aesthetic that fuses rough with luxurious and ancient with modern.  With her easygoing trademark flair, Michael will present a Rustically Refined “Living Tablescape” just in time for outdoor entertaining season! Be inspired by Michael’s gorgeous designs and check out the décor, tabletop essentials and furnishings from the Market’s top dealers Michael collected over time-all available for purchase.

• Come to the Fun Flower Foto Booth outside Sally’s Cabana for professional and candid shots of you and your friends, which will be available for download for you to take home.

• The Cabana will also play host to a roundtable with “Legends of the Antique Business” including Danielle Arnett, Susan Klein and Al Baghdad who will take part in a panel discussion/podcast in Sally’s Cabana hosted by Martin Willis, founder of the Antique & Auction forum. Antiques pro Harry Rinker will be onsite Saturday to give appraisals, in the ballroom 11am-2pm.

• 2013, 2012 & 2011 Emmy Award winner, Comedian/Travel & Foodie Expert Mark DeCarlo will make his debut at the Market. On Saturday, shoppers can take part in his interactive cooking demonstration where he will be giving away a free Caribbean vacation, as well as performing his Old Blue Eyes music set. You can meet Mark and pick up a copy of his signed book Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo.

• Cool down in the Shade Shack and go back in time with a market-wide Disco dance party at noon Saturday. Windy City Jitterbug and guest Rockabilly DJ Killer Diller will be rocking and rolling all weekend long with different jams from all the eras! Additionally, Chicago’s own Dusty Groove will serve as a hub for our vinyl record sellers.

• Chill out in the Hops & Grapes Gazebo featuring different beers each month from The House of Glunz Beer and Wine Garden wine from the West Loop’s City Winery.

• A rotating list of bands will be playing around the clock including fan favorites Woodstreet Bloodhounds, The Toni Morrison Quartet and Contrabanda. Visit randolphstreetmarket.com to see the full list of entertainment!

• Tandem Felix Letterpress returns with a Print Your Own Postcard Workshop. PRINT YOUR OWN POSTCARD WORKSHOP + MARKET ENTRY: $25
Sunday, May 25, 2014 Class – 12:30-2pm

• Bring your kids for a day of Treasure Hunting! Pick up a Treasure Map and activity sheet at the front gate and enjoy a day of exploration at RSM. Hand in the completed sheet to the Washington St gate and let your child pick a prize from the treasure chest, as well as take home a goody bag filled with bubbles, crayons and more.

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4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White And Blue Punch Recipe

4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White & Blue Punch

Add a a little something extra to your BBQ this Memorial Day or 4th of July! Try this easy Red, White & Blue punch recipe- perfect for a summer get together.

With cranberry juice and blueberries, this punch is as festive as it is delicious!

Ingredients:

    • 4 cups cranberry juice
    • 1 1/2 liters of vodka
    • 4 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 liters ginger ale
    • blueberries to garnish


Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale.
  2. Chill until serving time.
  3. Pour into punch bowl and add ginger ale
Red Canary

The Red Canary – Patio Pig Out 5.29

Red Canary

photo: theredcanarychicago.com

What:
The Red Canary Holds a “Patio Pig Out”
$20, all-you-care-to-enjoy

BBQ Buffet for Memorial Day

When:
Sunday, May 29
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

When:
The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642
312.846.1475
theredcanarychicago.com

This Memorial Day weekend, The Red Canary will hold a “Patio Pig Out” in the enclosed garden. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests may enjoy an unlimited BBQ buffet, complete with whole roasted pig, Weber-grilled burgers, brats, chicken and corn on the cob, plus picnic-style salads and all the fixins (including plenty of vege-friendly items) for $20. The featured drinks for the day will be $3 craft beer in cans, $20 pitchers of sangria, $5 glasses of pinot grigio and $5 Jameson shots.

This weekend feast kicks-off The Red Canary’s new summer hours for the garden: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. To take part in the patriotic pig roast, simply purchase a wristband at the restaurant the day of the event.