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New Krispy Kreme Opening This Month in Chicago Suburb


New Krispy Kreme OpeningChicago is about to get hot—or at least, its donut scene is. The beloved donut chain Krispy Kreme is making its way into the Windy City, finding a new home on South Halstead Street in the suburb of Homewood.

This brand-new Krispy Kreme storefront is set to open on January 10th, 2017 in a big way. To celebrate its grand-opening, the store will give the first 100 customers free donuts. The first dozen customers (not baker’s dozen, sadly) will receive a free dozen Original Glazed donuts every week for a year—talk about a sugar rush.

If you’re one of the customers that happen to be number 13-100, you won’t miss out on everything. While you might not get a dozen donuts every week, you will receive a fresh batch of a dozen Original Glazed donuts every month for a year.

For those interested in lining up for these hot and ready treats, you can begin doing so on January 9th. At this time, the store will set up a heated tent and provide you with a placement number. The doors will officially open at 6am on the 10th.

Along with delicious donuts, this Krispy Kreme will have a 24-hour drive-thru for your late-night cravings. This opening will also mark the premier of Krispy Kreme’s new premium coffee in the Midwest region.

Polar Adventure Days in Chicago

polar adventure days

The Chicago Park District is hosting the 12th annual Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island Park this year. Park-goers will have the unique opportunity to come face-to-face with a number of winter animals, go snowshoeing, make winter crafts, and just enjoy the winter beauty of the prairie.

The Polar Adventure Days will be held on December 10th; January 21, 2017; and February 25, 2017. The event itself is free, but parking costs $3 (cash only).

Depending on the weather, you may get to see a team of huskies pull a dog sled. There will also be wolves, birds of prey, and other live animals.

“The Polar Adventure Days is one of the Park District’s most unique events,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “To be able to walk around in snowshoes and interact with wolves is not an experience that many Chicagoans get living in the city.”

Take a tour of the new Northerly Island Natural Area and walk through the visitor’s center. Then, sip a cup of hot cocoa while you take a walk across the winter prairie. Each day, there will also be raffle prizes and giveaways provided by Coca-Cola.

Are you planning to attend the Polar Adventure Days?

Haunted Ghost Ship on the Spirit of Chicago Halloween Cruise

Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of Chicago

If you’re looking for a fun and spooky event to get in the spirit of Halloween, check out The Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of the Chicago, a Halloween cruise taking place the night of Saturday, October 29. Starting at 11:15pm and lasting until 2:15am, this 21-and-up cruise is the perfect way to celebrate on Halloween weekend.

Head down to 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago on the evening of the 29th and spend the night dancing to the music of one of the city’s best DJs, get drinks from the full-service bar, and appreciate the costumes of your fellow attendees.

The cruise sets sail from Navy Pier at midnight, providing guests with an incredible view of Lake Michigan and the sparkling Chicago skyline at night. Taking a nighttime cruise on Halloween surrounded by people in creepy costumes will make you feel like you’re on board the Flying Dutchman!

The Haunted Ghost Ship cruise is highly rated and one of the biggest Halloween events in Chicago, so you don’t want to miss it! Get your tickets while you can. Tickets range from $20 for a single person to over $100 for priority boarding. They will be on sale up until the day of the event or until they sell out.

Experience the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival

Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival

Chicago is a city renowned for its unique cuisine. Everybody knows about Chicago’s famous hot dogs and pizza. However, Chicago is also an epicenter for gourmet food. Every year, the gourmet cuisine of the Windy City is celebrated during the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival. This year looks to host the most exciting Chicago Gourmet Festival in the history of the event, thanks to its jam-packed schedule of culinary events!

Taking place from September 23 through September 25 in Chicago’s world-famous Millennium Park, the Chicago Gourmet event showcases culinary delights and cuisine featured not just throughout the city, but throughout the world as well! It’s a wonderful opportunity for the people of Chicago to experience new flavors and dishes and to expand their palates.

What makes this Chicago Gourmet festival even more exciting is the appearance of special guest Chef Rick Bayless. Chef Bayless is one of the most famous cuisine geniuses currently working in the culinary world, and he is bringing his expertise to the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival through a seminar called the Tao of Tacos, which explores one of the most popular dishes in the world!

For a true taste of what Chicago has to offer, be sure not to miss out on the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival!