Dog Dayz of Summer Chicago

The Dog Dayz of Summer returns for round 2 this June in Chicago!  The Sausage King of Chicago, Doug Sohn, returns with his signature sausages at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse this June.  Hot Doug’s and Goose Island Beer Company present the 2nd annual Dog Dayz of Summer, this is a one of a kind meat fest that pays homage to the Chicago sausage history. 

Ticketed attendees have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive tastings with ice cold beer and live music.  This is definitely a fest a Chicagoan must visit this summer and for any hot dog fan out there.  So check out the details below for more information.

Where

Goose Island Barrel Warehouse at 605 N. Sacamento.

When

June 24th and 25th, 2016

Tastings

No limit try them all!

Tickets

Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-dougs-and-goose-island-present-the-dog-dayz-of-summer-2016-tickets-24995176245

So if you’re like us and love a good Chicago Dog, make sure to check out this very Chicago festival this summer.  If you haven’t already make sure to check out everything you need to know about Spring Awakening 2016!

Chicago's New Happy Hour

Ever hear the phrase "Its 5 O’clock somewhere?" Well, there was a time in Chicago where happy hour was still a thing. No, we're not talking about the all-day happy hour where a restaurant or bar offers a deal the entire day. We're talking about that good old happy hour, after work, where you can get multiple deals from sliders to craft beer all at an amazing price around 5 O'clock.

Well, if you haven’t heard yet, Chicago has finally just re-instated happy hour! You heard us right, Chicago has re-instated happy hour throughout the Chicagoland area. So, that means you can head out to your favorite bars yet again and enjoy some great happy hour deals that have long been missing in Chicago. So, where do you start? We got you covered. PPM has picked the first 5 places where you need to check out happy hour.

The Stretch

The Stretch is located in Lakeview, where 20 bucks gets you a meal deal, domestic bottles, and well drinks. Oh, and did we mention 5 dollar Jameson shots? It's all just steps from PPM's 634 W. Cornelia http://www.thestretchchicago.com/STRETCH_BAR_GRILL_-_3485_N._CLARK_-_773-755-3980.html

Castaways Bar and Grill

You bet, North Ave's Castaways bar will be having some amazing happy hour deals. Deals include half-priced margaritas and lime-a-ritas as well as buckets of domestic beers. http://www.castawayschicago.com/index.html

Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

Hit up River North and grab some 3 dollar beers with 2 dollar sliders. http://municipalbar.com/

Pippin’s Tavern

Let’s not forget Pippin’s Tavern, just steps away from PPM’s newest family member, the Chicagoan, located at 750 N. Rush. You can grab 2 dollar well cocktails and domestic drafts. http://pippinstavern.com/

Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Finally, we end our list at another River North hot spot. 4 dollar craft beers, 5 dollar house wine and half-price appetizers. A must to check out. http://www.philstefanis437rush.com/index.html

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new happy hour in Chicago. But we hope this list gets you started on some new places with some great deals.

PPM's Top 5 July Fests

Alright, folks. July is finally here and with that we can expect some great weather. What we can also expect is that July brings on some of the best festivals Chicago has to offer. So if you’re a resident in Lakeview at 500 West Belmont or living large in the Gold Coast at 55 West Chestnut, you can bet on a fest just steps from your door. Chicago is such a lively city that it’s no wonder why we'll have so many events to choose from on a weekly basis this July.

However, before we break down our top choices for this July, we recommend a few things before you go out and enjoy the best Chicago has to offer. First up, almost all fests are free, that being said, they do have a donation box before you enter. We highly encourage you to donate to help these festivals return and add even more to what they offer every next year. Second, and this is a big one, wear sunscreen! You heard us, sunscreen. Just because you are not going to the beach doesn’t mean a day outside doesn’t mean burnt arms, necks, and legs. So avoid the burns this July and stay happy and red-free! Finally, bring cash. Many vendors are cash only and this stays true to the Taste. Tickets can be bought, but they only accept cash. So make sure to stop at an ATM on your way out.  So, without further ado, here are PPM’s top five fests to hit this July.

Taste of Chicago (July 8 – 12)

Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival, showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community, with area restaurant's booths that feature more than 200 menu items. Other highlights include a three-course Celebrity Chef du Jour dining experience prepared by top local chef, pop-up restaurants, food trucks, and cooking demos. Musical performers include Spoon, Erykah Badu, Frankie Beverly, and Maze, among others.  Grant Park | Wed – Fri 11 a.m. – 9p.m., Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. |$8.50 for 12 food tickets, $45 Celebrity Chef du Jour, ticket prices vary for Petrillo concert seating, free lawn seating | tasteofchicago.us

Square Roots (July 10 – 12)

The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Old Town School of Folk Music co-present live entertainment with 70 acts, including jams, dance, and family activities on four stages, cuisine from popular Lincoln Square and Ravenswood restaurateurs, and more than 40 tasty craft beer selections and limited releases on tap. Lincoln Ave., between Montrose & Wilson Aves. | Fri 5 – 10 p.m., Sat noon – 10 p.m., Sun noon – 9 p.m. | $10, $5 kids under 12 and seniors 65 and older, $20 families; donation benefits Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce initiatives and the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs | squareroots.org

Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17 – 19)

Pitchfork Music Festival continues to be an essential guide to independent music that supports the local economy and arts community with 50 individual vendors and specialty fairs. Last year the fest had 60,000 attendees of all ages. Headliners this year are Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance the Rapper. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. | Fri 3 – 10p.m., Sat – Sun noon – 10p.m., | $60 daily pass, $150 three – day pass (sold out), free kids 10 and under with paid adult | pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Taste of River North (July 17 – 19)

With our newly added addition to the PPM family, 750 Rush is the new home to our River North residents. So what better way to get acquainted than checkout this much newer fest to Chicago. Nearly 50,000 attended Taste of River North (TORN) last year in picturesque Ward Park along the Chicago River. Along with notable River North restaurants and a kid’s zone, TORN also includes live music from Chicago’s best party and tribute bands. Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie St. | Fri 5-10p.m., Sat noon – 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 8p.m |$5; donation benefits the River North Residents Association | tasteofrivernorth.com

Lollapalooza (July 31 – August 2)

The over-the-top, three-day extravaganza returns to gorgeous Grant Park for its 11th year as a destination festival, bringing live music, delicious eats, art, and interactivity. Fans will enjoy more than 130 acts of all genres on eight stages, including Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, and many more. Kidzapalooza has bands and activities for the little ones. Grant Park | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | $110, $275 pass, $1,800 VIP pass (all are sold out), free kids under 10 with a ticketed adult | lollapalooza.com

What is the Story of the Elks Lodge on Diversey and Lakeview?

All PPM buildings are walking distance or a short journey to many of Chicago’s attractions.  Some, like the Lincoln Park Zoo and North Avenue Beach, are known to most.  Others we see often but do not take the time to discover what they are about. 

The Elks National Veteran’s Memorial at 2750 N Lakeview by Diversey Parkway is one that comes to mind.  The following is from the Open House Chicago website.  “After World War I, a competition was held by the American Institute of Architects to create a memorial honoring the 1,000+ members of the Order of Elks who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war. Out of seven worthy designs, Egerton Swartwout's was selected. Construction began in 1923 as the finest marbles were obtained from Greece, Austria, France, Belgium and Italy, as well as native marble from Vermont, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri for the interior. The highest quality limestone was quarried in nearby Indiana. Combining features of a contemplative memorial and busy administrative offices, the building also serves as the Order's headquarters. Since its completion on June 7, 1924, the Memorial has often been described as one of the most magnificent war memorials in the world—with its monumental architecture, priceless art and stunning interior.”

Who are these Elks?  Apparently, the origin of the Elks goes back to the 1860s, when a group of actors and performers started the Jolly Corks in an effort to circumvent laws in New York that prohibited serving alcohol on Sundays.  There is a ‘cork trick’ game having to do with dropping corks and being the first to pick them up off the bar.  Later, in the 1860s, the group transitioned into Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  Elks enjoy living life by the golden rule and contributing to the lives and well-being of those around them. They guide themselves through life with strong morals and a great love of our fellow man, always adhering to the founding principals of our order: Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity.  Since its inception in 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has grown from a small gathering of people with good deeds in their hearts to the largest fraternal organization in the U.S. With over 1 million members, the Elks have contributed more than $3.6 billion in donations for the nation’s youth, veterans, disadvantaged, and handicapped, and to individuals and groups in support of patriotic and civic programs. Each year this timeless organization gives more than $200 million in contributions and is one of the largest private providers of college scholarships in the United States.