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Fifth and Third Bank Winter Wonderfest Returns to Festival Hall on Dec. 6

If you like ice skating, then you need to add a visit to the  Fifth and Third Bank Winter WonderFest to your holiday bucket list! Returning for its 19th year from Dec. 6 to Jan. 12 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, this annual event promises 170,000 square feet of holiday cheer in the form of […]

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Essex on the Park: Chicago French Market

There’s just something about markets that give you a true feel for a city, and Chicago French Market, which has been a staple in the city for 10 years, is no different. It’s a modernized version of those European markets everyone knows and loves, where you can find everything from fruit and veggies to handmade […]

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No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating DIYs for Grown-Ups

Carving a jack-o-lantern may have been fun when you were a youngster—but that was before you were the one in charge of cleaning up. Times have changed, and so have your tastes. So here are a few sophisticated DIY projects you can try with your pumpkins this year. Chalkboard PumpkinsChalkboard paint isn’t just for the […]

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Play Some Pinball at Emporium Wicker Park

When the first amusement arcades appeared in Chicago around the turn of the twentieth century, they were a sensation in the social and entertainment world of the city. Since 2012, Emporium has worked to bring that innovative and exciting spirit back, blending the experience of a bar, video arcade, a nightclub and a special events […]

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Snag Your Tickets to the Trick or Drink: Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl

You’re going out anyway to celebrate Halloween. You might as well get the best deals and no cover at all your favorite spots. The Trick or Drink: Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl has your ticket to both, and all you have to do is grab a bar crawl wristband to take part. This year’s festivities give you […]

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Quick and Easy Ways to Decorate Your Apartment for Autumn

Cozy sweater season is finally upon us, and it’s not just your wardrobe that deserves a makeover. Your apartment should be ready for autumn, too! If you need some seasonal design inspiration, here are a few decor tips for fall. Toss up some twinkle lights. What could be simpler than stringing up a few strands of […]

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Bring a Love for Cheese to the Say Cheese Fest Chicago

In honor of National Cheese Month, the popular Say Cheese Fest is returning to Chicago on October 14. This year more than a dozen local restaurants will staff booths serving up their cheesiest menu items (think mozzarella sticks, grilled cheese sandwich bites, fried mac and cheese balls, and more). Try ordering an ice-cold beer to wash […]

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Arrive Hungry to the Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic on Oct. 12

You know you’re in for a good time when an event called Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic takes over a stadium. Exactly that is happening on Saturday, October 12th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Soldier Field. For the 5th year in a row, Cannonball Productions, a NYC-based food event production company will be bringing only […]

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How to Safely Exercise Outdoors During a Heat Wave

 When the sun is shining and the summer breezes are blowing, you’re probably happy to skip the gym and get outside for your workout. While getting some fresh air is always a great idea, exercising outdoors can also be dangerous on hot days. Here’s how to stay safe when you choose to head outside for […]

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Essex on the Park Is Chicago’s Healthiest Place to Live

Essex on the Park been awarded WELL Certification by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. As the first multifamily residential tower in Chicago […]

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