Inside the December Issue we talk about the must attend Holiday events in Chicago, and we get a look back at the French culinary event of the year Passport to Paris

EDITOR'S NOTE Kori Coleman E - - OT DE Hello everyone! I hope you all ate quite well over the Thanksgiving Holiday! At my household, we always have plenty of leftovers because three families contribute to the Thanksgiving spread. Needless to say, I ate quite well. At this month’s events there was plenty of eating and lots of fashion talk. As far as highlights, I’m going to have to give it to the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s Passport to Paris. This was my second year attending, and the culinary selections are constantly improving. I won’t get too much into it, because I’ll give you a full event recap inside this issue. Embarc Chicago's A New Movement was also a very special event. We got to witness an intimate performance from the world renown Joffrey Ballet. Students from the Embarc program were also in attendance and it was just a magical night for everyone. It's an annual event so be sure to mark it on your calendars. It always sells out! While there was no shortage of parties and events, the interviews last month were among my favorites. I caught up with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. He’s definitely my all time favorite jewelry designer. I think his pieces really speak to my personality and I’m trying to figure out which piece I want for Christmas. I’ve got my eye on the snake choker. November also marked a career milestone for me. I interviewed Donna Karan, Monique Lhuillier, and Pamella Roland for a feature on the Gold Coast Fashion Awards. This piece was a few months in the making, and it was truly a lesson in persistence. I’m hopeful that this is a sign of things to come. It makes me really excited for the future. While my event schedule isn’t as packed for the Holidays, there are plenty of activities. I’m going to cut to the chase because there are tons of must-attend events for the Holidays. I’ve included the 12 days of Christmas guide with my list of must attend Holiday events, we continue with a cocktail of the month, and of course,the recent openings in Chicago. Without further ado, let’s get into the Holiday spirit and jump right into the December Issue. O . ET LO A E T.
EDITOR S NOTE  Kori Coleman E  -  -  OT DE  Hello everyone  I hope you all ate quite well over the Thanksgiving Holiday  A...
A OOL A A PASSPORT TO PARIS On the third Thursday of November, across the world there are celebrations for the release of France’s Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine represents a symbol of the fresh harvest, making it the first wine of the harvest from the region Beaujolais. With recent terrorist attacks in France, many were wondering if the annual Passport to France was going to go on. In typical French fashion, a tragedy brought them together to celebrate the strength of their country and the French American Chamber of Commerce Chicago still held their highly anticipated event of the year; Passport to Paris. Located in the illustrious Union League Club of Chicago, thousands of Chicagoans descend upon the private club for an evening of French culinary delight. Sprawled across two levels is a bounty of the finest French cuisine in all of Chicago. Delectable bites ranging from the sweet to the savory were provided by various Chicago restaurants such as Paris Club Bistro, Mon Ami Gabi, and gourmet ice cream maker Ruth & Phils. As far as highlight dish for me, I have to give it to Ruth & Phils gourmet Pear Champagne Apple Cider Sorbet. Yes, it was just as delicious as it sounds. Some of you know I live in the suburbs so I’m really contemplating how I’m going to transport some ice cream. They are definitely worth checking out because the flavors were absolutely delicious. Aside from the delicious offerings, there is also no shortage of wine and spirits. There was even a room dedicated to spirits ranging from everything from vodka to absinthe. Overall, Passport to Paris remains one of my favorite culinary events and like Chicago Gourmet, it's something you need to mark on your calendar.
A  OOL A  A PASSPORT TO PARIS  On the third Thursday of November, across the world there are celebrations for the release ...
RECENT OPENINGS IN CHICAGO WHAT'S NEW Studio Three-I’m sure many of you have get in shape and join a gym on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Well lucky for you, there’s a new gym on the block! State of the art fitness studio facility Studio Three recently opened up just in time for the Holiday season. The facility is the second in the US and the first in the Chicago area that features the Peloton indoor cycling bikes. Inside the three-level facility, there are also Yoga classes and interval training with elite instructors. Plus, it looks pretty cool so this gym is worth checking out as you get fit for the New Year. YellowKorner-For those looking to decorating their place with some unique photography, premier photography studio YellowKorner recently opened up in Bucktown. Art lovers will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive prints from some of the nation’s best photographers. Prices are quite reasonable making it perfect for the photography lover on a budget. Journelle-If you want some sexy little things, Journelle recently opened and is giving that girl with a secret a run for her money. The store features designer lingerie from brands such as Dita Von Teese, L’agent by Agent Provocateur, and Stella McCartney. Journelle is here for the girl with “Champagne taste but Prosecco Money” Especially with the Holidays, treat yourselves to something nice. O .ETILO A IH EHT
RECENT OPENINGS IN CHICAGO  WHAT S NEW Studio Three-I   m sure many of you have get in shape and join a gym on your list o...
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH This month’s cocktail of the month The Festivious Pole comes from Renaissance Chicago’s Staytion. For those of you who love the classic Rusty Nail, this cocktail came just in time for the Holidays for you. It features bourbon notes, hints of citrus, and Luxardo. Impress your friends with this cocktail, or just drop by Staytion and order one for yourself. Staytion's Festivious Pole Add 1.5 ounces Scotch 1.0 ounce Drambuie .5 oz Luxardo Maraschino and 2 Dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters to a mixing glass with large cubed ice. Stir to chill and minimally dilute cocktail to taste. Strain with Julep Strainer over 4cm Ice Sphere in 10 ounce old fashioned glass, and garnish with whole lemon wheel over top of cocktail. WWW.THECHICAGOLITE.COM
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH This month   s cocktail of the month The Festivious Pole comes from Renaissance Chicago   s Staytion...
THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS With the Holiday season there is tons to do. Here are my top Holiday picks so you can enjoy the best of the Holiday season. Without further ado, here’s The Chicagolite 12 days of Christmas! TEA TIME Enjoy an afternoon of tea at some of the cities most luxurious spaces for an afternoon of luxury. Places worth checking out for the ultimate Holiday spirit is The Peninsula with their special holiday edition tea and the Four Season’s The Allium with their limited edition Not Your Aunt Sally’s High Tea. THE NUTCRACKER The Holidays aren’t complete without a night at the ballet with the Joffrey. See their spectacular Nutcracker production at the grand Auditorium Theater. It doesn’t matter how many times you see it, it’s always worth it THE LION KING The Lion King on Broadway is here! This is a very highly anticipated production so you definitely need to schedule and make plans for the show. Tickets can get quite pricey but from what I hear it’s worth it. Tickets are now on sale. LYRIC OPERA The Lyric Opera has been on a role this season with back to back jaw dropping productions. Now for the Holiday season you can see the Spanish production Bel Canto. It’s a riveting drama that’s sure to be a hit ICE SKATING One way to get into the Holiday season is to enjoy a day of ice skating at one of the many ice skating rinks. While you are getting your Christmas shopping done, you can head to Millennium Park’s outside skating rink. Or head to the new Maggie Daley Park and check out their rink! GLASS BLOWING The Holiday season is all about giving, so consider making some of your gifts at Chicago Hot Glass. During the Holiday season, you can schedule an ornament making class. But just in case you don’t make it during the Holidays, there are all kinds of workshops including jewelry making. OPEN MARKET The Tasting Table is putting on a fabulous event full of delicious tastings and Holiday activities. While Saturday tickets to the main event are sold out, head to Fulton Market to participate in a series of activities including a pie making class and a wreath making workshop. RANDOLPH STREET MARKET If you are looking for some unique Holiday gifts look no further than the Randolph Street Market. The best market in Chicago is back for the Holiday season just in time for you to get in some Holiday shopping.
THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS With the Holiday season there is tons to do. Here are my top Holiday picks so you can enjoy the b...
THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CONTINUED CHRISTKINDL MARKET Continue your Holiday shopping at the German inspired Holiday market Christkindl. The open air market is located in Daley Plaza and features famous German items like nutcrackers, beer steins,and hand blown ornaments. ZOO LIGHTS Venture to Lincoln Park Zoo to witness the iconic zoo light up during the Holiday season. This annual winter tradition features nightly ice carving demonstrations, a ride on the carousel, hot beverages, and ice skating on the zoo’s ice skating rink. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD To catch a glimpse of how Christmas is celebrated all over the world, head to the Museum of Science and Industry for their annual event Christmas All Over the World. Guests will have the opportunity to marvel at 50 trees and displays MORTON ARBORETUM Walk along a mile of interactive lights at the Morton Arboretum's Illumination Experience in Downers Grove. Once you are done marveling at the ultimate Christmas light display, head to the fire pit for a nice evening warm up.
THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CONTINUED  CHRISTKINDL MARKET Continue your Holiday shopping at the German inspired Holiday marke...
EVENTS COMING UP: NEW YEARS EVE Chi -Town Rising-Chicago plans on rivaling New York’s epic New Years Eve celebration with Chi-Town Rising. The 6-hour long event will include fireworks igniting off the roofs of buildings, famous musical acts, and other attractions along the Chicago River, Michigan Avenue, and Columbus drive. For those looking for a free event, this is certainly worth checking out. New Years Eve at The Drake-New Years Eve at The Drake has been rated as one of the top New Years Eve parties in Chicago. With 5 ballrooms and the cities top DJ's, this is the ultimate party spot on New Years Eve. Indulge yourself as you welcome in the New Year with a choice of over 40 bars and a buffet of delectable bites. Over 3000 people are expected to attend so get your tickets soon before everything sells out Chicago Resolution Gala-With the lights of the Ferris wheel and sights of the lake, Navy Pier makes for the perfect backdrop for New Years Eve. For the 4th annual Chicago Resolution Gala, thousands of revelers will descend upon the Grand Ballroom, the Lakeview Terrace and the Lake Michigan Room at Navy Pier. There will also be 30 bars with a mouthwatering buffet. Various ticketing options are available.
EVENTS COMING UP  NEW YEARS EVE Chi -Town Rising-Chicago plans on rivaling New York   s epic New Years Eve celebration wit...
THANKS FOR READING! Thanks for reading! Hope you guys have a great Holiday season. Some changes will be coming to The Chicagolite soon and I want your input so be on the lookout for a survey. Things will be slowing down for me as I'm preparing to make some transitions, but still remember to check the calendar of events as I'll continue to keep it updated regularly for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for reading and supporting this blog. This year has been beyond incredible. None of this would be possible without you guys. I hope 2016 brings happiness to you all.
THANKS FOR READING   Thanks for reading  Hope you guys have a great Holiday season. Some changes will be coming to The Chi...