EXCITING EVENTS HAPPENING IN CHICAGO IN 2020

The bustling city of Chicago is home to numerous music festivals and other cultural events that ensure that there is something for everyone to do all year long. Here are a few of the more notable events you should know about coming up for 2020. Write them in your schedule so you don’t miss any of the excitement.

Chicago Cultural Center– There is always something to do at the Chicago Cultural Center. Entertainment, arts, music and theatre productions will be taking place there all year long, so check with the center’s website to see what is upcoming for 2020 and plan accordingly. Keep in mind that some events will change from the schedule, so keep checking to see what the latest updates are.

Juicebox- This series of concerts is aimed at toddlers, but the whole family will enjoy seeing how excited the little ones get about the music events. Dancing and singing performers bring the stage alive in the winter, spring and fall each year, on every other Friday and Saturday. The Juicebox performances will be held on the first and third Friday of the month at the Chicago Cultural center and on the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

New Year’s Eve in Paris- You can experience a bit of France in the city of Chicago this New Year’s. This is a special tour that takes you from your hotel to a cruise ship and to several key dining spots. For the ticket price ($300 for reservation and $4,999 in total), you’ll get several days of activities that include museum visits, a cabaret performance and much more. This is a great way to ring in the New Year in style.

NBA All-Star Weekend- For basketball fans, this February weekend is going to be big. The top stars of the game will be coming together for a major event that you will not want to miss. It takes place on Valentine’s Day at 7pm and is a great way to spend a date night or to have a guy’s night out for your single friends.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo– While this event is mostly about the comics, it’s also a great place to learn about upcoming movies, television shows and more in the world of entertainment. The expo will feature major movie and TV stars as well as comic creators, artists and ore. There will be discussion panels, product announcements, tons of items for sale and a diverse array of cosplay to enjoy.

SoxFest- This is the can’t-miss event for Chicago White Sox fans. In a venue of 100,000 square feet, this festival will bring thousands of fans together to meet their favorite baseball stars. It’s the 28th year the festival has been held, and the turnout is always spectacular. Children enjoy discounted prices of $20 for two day passes, while adults pay $75.

Check out upcoming events happening every week in Chicago.

GETTING YOUR DRINK ON IN CHICAGO

During the prohibition Era, Chicago was known as hotbed of moonshine-making and alcohol-running, so it isn’t surprising that this city is still known today for its drink selection. Now, it’s all legal of course, so here are some of the best signature drinks the city has to offer.

Coco Taro- We start off our list with a nonalcoholic drink- the coco taro from Bee and Tea. This bubbly tea is an iced combination of taro tea and coconut milk. It’s served at a bubbly tea shop, so customers can have it with their choice of boba topping. The drink can also be served hot, if desired. It’s rich and creamy and can safely be enjoyed with tapioca pearls or honey. For something a bit more exotic, you might want to try it with lychee jelly or red beans.

Strawberry Mojito- This colorful, flavorful drink is the perfect complement to the cozy designs of Chicago’s May St. Café. It combines mint leaves, strawberries, syrup, sugar, cane rum and limes for a delightful, fruity twist on the classic drink. This is a true summer drink that’s endlessly refreshing and bursting with color.

Box Lunch- Styled like an upscale school box lunch, this combination of spirits, chocolate and caffeine is a great grown-up drink for the child in all of us. The presentation is the best reason to try it, as it is served in a glass styled to look like a cafeteria box chocolate milk. The complex mixture of dark chocolate, Thai coffee, cream and liqueur ensure it is anything but standard cafeteria fare, and it feels right at home in the upscale House 406.

Freddo Fresko- You might not think it is worth going out of your way for an iced cappuccino in Chicago. After all, there are coffee houses on nearly every corner that can serve the same drink. The reason we suggest you do search out the Freddo Fresko at the Fresh Fresko café is that the way it has been made is simply peerless. The execution is what makes this drink stand out, as it uses natural ingredients prepared by an experienced barista to give you a comforting, frothy drink that feels like it belongs in a fine dining establishment.

Boston Club Punch- Bordel serves a lovely punch that retails for $12 a teacup. It’s a mixture of orange oleo, sparkling wine, lemon, raspberry, Jamaican rum, cognac, and Grand Marnier. The presentation here is top notch, and a fine reason to seek it out. The drink is served in an ornate teacup (or pot, if you splurge) and is right at home in the upscale Bordel.

Root Beer Float- For sheer decadence, you can’t beat what the Brown Cow Parlor is offering with its signature root beer float. It is actually made from fresh ingredients every time and is brewed entirely in house, giving it a unique flavor and that real touch of homemade goodness that you can’t get at your standard coffee shop or restaurant chain. There is something special about a drink that takes this much work and that is being made entirely before your eyes.

Chicago has a lot more signature drinks to try, and these are just a sampling of what’s on offer.

Is Your Event Space Guest Ready?

If you are thinking about hosting guests in your event space, you will need to ensure the space is ready for your guests. This means cleaning the facility, prepping adequate space and seating, ensuring all facilities are in working order and checking with the guests to see what they may need for the event

Proper Cleaning Makes Your Venue More Appealing

Don’t underestimate the power of a good cleaning for your event space. The floors are the most important part to clean, but you’ll also want to focus some energy on the bathrooms and make sure all toiletry items are well stocked.

What many even hosts will do is hire a cleaning service to handle to this part of their preparations. They may have a lot of work to do and don’t want to take the time to do the cleaning themselves, or they trust that a professional cleaning company will be able to do a better, more thorough job. Either way, it is worth considering hiring someone who is qualified for this job. Here at Red Line Tap, we got House Cleaning Services From Diamond Company and we highly recommend them.

Check the Facilities

How badly will it ruin your event if there is a burst pipe or some of the toilets are not working properly? Your guests are not going to be happy, and you may even need to close down the venue and cancel the event if the problem is serious enough. While your place may be able to operate fine with its day-to-day usage, once you get a lot of guests in there, your plumbing and various facilities will be put under a lot of strain. It’s a good idea to check the pipework, sinks, faucets, toilets, doors and other parts of your venue that your guests will be using throughout the event. Make sure everything is working perfectly and perform this check a few days ahead of time. That way, if you find something wrong, you have time to fix it yourself or bring in an expert (like a plumber) to take care of it before your event.

Check with Your Guests

You might have some guests that require special attention at your event. Someone in a wheelchair may need a ramp installed. Your guests might have food allergies that need to be addressed, and you may need to adjust the menu accordingly. You might also want to check with you guests to see if they are bringing children and ensure that there are proper facilities, beverages and adequate seating for them.

As you prepare your venue, don’t forget about the exterior of the place. You’ll want to ensure there is enough parking for everyone and make sure your guests will be able to park in such a way that those who want to leave early can do so.

There is a lot to prepare for you guests before they arrive, and the work can feel overwhelming. You may need to bring in some professionals to do some of it, and your work will pay off with an event that goes smoothly and that is fun for your guests.

OUR TOP FAVORITE CHICAGO DELIGHTS

Chicago is home to some of the best dishes in the country, but did you know that it is also the place where many great foods started out? That’s right- the Windy City is really the only place to get some of these foods in their authentic, original flavors and made the way that they were meant to be enjoyed.

Deep Dish Pizza- This is the one that everyone knows Chicago for, and there are some many great places to try this signature pizza at. You may also want to branch out and try some less traditional methods of deep dish pizza while in the city. There are a lot of pizzerias that have taken the conventional recipe and done some amazing things with it.

Italian Beef- This sandwich is famous around the world, and it was probably invented at Al’s Beef in 1938. The sandwich started as a way to take beef that wasn’t very tasty and preserving it to make it last longer, all while adding some spices to it to give it more appeal. The original Al’s Beef in Chicago will let you try the sandwich wet, which gives the signature dish a generous helping of gravy to make it even more unique.

Wrigley’s Gum- Of course, gum has been in use for thousands of years, but the Wrigley’s Gum company started out in Chicago back in 1891 by a soap and powder salesman. Wrigley’s Field is actually named after the advertising genius behind this gum. People all around the world know and love the gum because its creator had the brilliant idea to send a stick to everyone who was listed in the phone book back when the company first started.

Twinkie- Another globally known product had its humble beginning in Chicago. James Dewar worked for the Continental Baking Company and first filled the spongey cake treat with banana crème. Vanilla was added later and became the signature filling for this packaged treat.

Vienna Beef- Chicago may be known for its veggie-filled hot dogs, but the frankfurters that make up those hot dogs also come in a signature style. Vienna beef was brought over to Chicago from Vienna and was popularized during the Great Depression. The same type of hot dogs are used all over the city, and it is part of what makes Chicago hot dogs such definitive game day staples.

Chocolate Brownies- Chicago is real a food lover’s paradise, as we wouldn’t have chocolate brownies without Chicago resident Bertha Palmer. She was looking to create a new kind of treat that would be similar to a cake but small enough to fit into a lunch container. She used crushed walnuts, semi-sweet chocolate and apricot glaze for her initial brownies, and the name “brownie” didn’t even come into use until years later in a catalogue from Sears Roebuck.

What We Recommend For Event Space Cleaning

It takes a lot of work to create a space that looks great for your event, keep it looking great throughout your event and then clean it all up afterwards. The key to event space cleaning and a successful event is a solid plan of action.

You need to figure out who will clean what and when they will be cleaning. Everyone should know their jobs, and your people and venue should be well organized. Here are some tips to help you pull that off.

Assign Trash Duty

Depending on how big your event is, you may need a few people on trash duty. You’ll want them to clean up the space before the event, getting rid of any wrappers or cleaning supplies that were left behind during preparations. You’ll also want them to periodically clean out on the event floor, keeping the space safe and clear. They also need to be ready to clean as the event is wrapping up. No one wants to look back at the venue as they are heading out and see a bunch of trash, so have your people organized with precise times allocated for them to clean.

Janitor Services Will Be Required

You will also want someone to be ready to clean up any spills, whether they are dry or liquid ones. These are safety hazards, and you’ll want them cleaned up as they happen. Many venues will ask the wait staff to act as janitors, but you want dedicated cleaning personnel on this duty, as you don’t want to slow down the wait staff. The janitorial staff should be keeping an eye out for spills and periodically patrolling the event venue to keep things clean and looking their best. Even a small spill can spell major disaster, so this job is vitally important.

Have a Leader Picked out

You will need to have your cleaning staff organized under a single leader. This is someone who will be able to get away from the activities of the event periodically to assign jobs to individuals. They may need some way to communicate remotely with other cleaning staff, but they should not be expected to do any cleaning themselves. They need to be paying attention to cleaning issues and then assigning the right person to the job as those issues arise.

Know What’s on Hand

Before you start up the event, you need to make sure your cleaning personnel have everything they need to keep the space clean. You don’t want to find out partway into your event that there isn’t a way to properly clean up spills or get rid of broken glass. You need a contingency plan for everything, and you need a way to clean up any kind of mess. Run the possibilities through your head and brainstorm with other event organizers working with you. Together, you can come up with scenarios that you should prepare for and then find solutions to those scenarios. Have a plan of action written out ahead of time and post it where everyone can see. That way, if something happens, everyone is on the same page and the problem can be addressed quickly and effectively.