COVID-19, the LGBTQIA+ Community and Public Policy: As studies emerge to help us understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on every facet of modern life, it is critical that the effect of the pandemic on LGBTQIA+ communities not be overlooked. With that in mind, Dr. Wallace Swan's book explores precisely how the pandemic has affected these communities, and what concrete steps need to be taken to diminish its effects.
The Dearborn's Wicked cocktails: The very popular Loop restaurant The Dearborn has long been known for its excellent cuisine (including its award-winning fish and chips). Now, in a nod to the musical Wicked (being performed at the James M. Nederlander Theatre that's just steps away), The Dearborn has unveiled a couple of new cocktails for a limited time. They are Defying Gravity (Mezcal Union Espadin & Cirial, Codigo 1530 blanco tequila, blood orange, Giffard Rhubarbe, lemon and activated charcoal) and Popular (Grey Goose vodka, Emerald Apple shimmering wine, cocchi americano, bitter truth violetta, pineapple and lemon), reflecting two of the musical's more well-known tunes.
CloudBar at 360 CHICAGO: This new spot is called "Chicago's new bar in the sky" for good reason. Situated on the 94th floor of the 875 N. Michigan Ave. building (also called the Hancock), people can sip drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) while taking in amazing views of Chicago. In addition, the 18-seat bar celebrates the city's neighborhood with a locally inspired menu, and illustrations from Chicago street artist Lauren Asta. Of course, people shouldn't forget that TILT Chicago is there as well (and "Sip, Tilt & View" tickets are available). See https://360chicago.com/cloudbar.
A Taste of Hope: On Nov. 3 at Navy Pier's AON Grand Ballroom, the American Cancer Society will again host this event, which brings award-winning chefs and Chicago foodies together to celebrate the organization's progress in the fight against cancer. Just a few of this year's tasting stations include Black Dog Gelato, Avli, Gene & Georgetti, DineAmic Group, TAO, Vanille Patisserie and Kilwin's Chocolates. See www.chicagotasteofhope.org/ .
Stone Island: This brand (celebrating its 40th anniversary) that has a cult following (including celebrities such as Jay-Z) has opened a store at 48 E. Oak St. Designed by Rem Koolhaas' OMA/AMO architectural firm, the sleek store not only has original Stone Island items (exhibiting experimentation and usability), but also the trendy Shadow Project items. However, be warned: This is on Oak Street so there are Oak Street prices, as a really cool vitrified sheepskin coat is $6,000.