Category Archives: Family Dining & Food

I ❤️ Drive-thru in the Winter

Lets face it, decent drive through options are limited in the city.  However, that’s what we love about it right?  Walking everywhere and checking out all the cute, non-chain places.  Yet, when the weather turns tundra-like I really don’t want to walk or lug the bundled kids in and out of the car to grab a bite or a coffee.

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Well I know this is a little late, but I finally got to go through the new Starbucks drive-thru a few days ago and it was heavenly. Yup, it was a quiet Sunday morning, no line, friendly service and my amazing non-fat, no whip, carmel brûlée late that I love.

So if the kids are zonked out in the back and you need an adult treat or pick me up, hit it up.  Located on Western just north of Addison.

 

 

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Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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Like Italian Food? Then Get Ready to Head to River North!


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ricotta cheese?  That is a typical staple grocery list for our family. I’m 50% Italian, but even if I was 0% Italian this cultures food would still be my all time favorite.  We eat a lot of pasta in our house and of course it’s only fitting that now my sons favorite food is Italian, and will most likely be our daughters too {once she is able to eat that is}.

I subscribe to Chicago Magazine and love all their great articles about our fine city.  Their most recent online article literally had me grinning from ear to ear and clapping.
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Soon to be opening in hot River North…….Eataly.  It is described as an enormous, 63,000 square foot space housing coffee/breakfast shops, retail/grocery stands and 8 restaurants serving and selling all things Italian.  Currently the only other U.S. Eataly lives in New York City, and rumors have it that the Chicago location is sure to trump the New York outfit in terms of size and suppliers.  YUM, I can’t wait to go myself and take the kids…hello Nutella Bar!  It will be a little field trip for our senses.  I lived in Italy for summer back in my college days and I’m sure it will feel, smell and taste like a walk down memory lane.  I am already craving authentic Gelato, Bread, Pizza, Cheese, Wine, Olive Oil and all the scrumptious things that will be at our disposal.  I love that we will be able to have lunch and come home with many wonderful Italian ingredients to prepare dinner.

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Not only will this be a wonderful place to frequent, but it will be incredible for River North property owners.  What a huge perk and selling/buying point to live near this incredible new shopping and eating superstore.  It will be located next door to Room & Board at 43 E. Ohio

Check out some more details via Chicago Mag and I’ll report back once they open (some say as early as 11/22 to as late as mid December)!  http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2013/new-eataly/

Eataly: http://www.eataly.com/locations-and-hours-eataly-around-the-world/

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

The Yeager Team:  A Chicago Real Estate Family 

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Happy Holidays 2012

I seem to keep doing a double take on my calendar and just can’t believe that it is December 21st 2012. Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 4.22.15 PM Where did the time go and I just can’t believe it is almost 2013.  I remember when I thought 2013 sounded so futuristic and possibly a time when cars could fly like in Back to the Future.  Although the real future in the movie was 2015, I really don’t think cars on this earth will be flying in just 2 years.

If you are doing some last minute shopping be prepared for packed stores and malls

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My family has moved all over the country over the years and what I love most about this time of year is how it brings us all together.

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This year we are ‘going back to basics’ and are vowing for an electronic ban and we’ll be playing games, baking cookies and celebrating indoors like we used to when I was a kid.

We are all guilty of being plugged in 24-7 and are so glued to our electronics we forget to talk to one another.

Just yesterday I picked up some new popular board games and I was shocked to barely recognize anything on the shelf!  Thank goodness I was clued in from a few fellow gamers on what was fun and I also grabbed a few that were on sale just to try them out.

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So if you are stumped on what to put in your brother/sister or mom/dad’s stocking this year, try a game that the whole family can play before or after the kiddo’s go to bed.  I picked up Apples to Apples, Right Left Center, & Would you Rather.  I’m bringing my old Catch Phrase game as a trusty standby as it is always fun with loads of laughs.

I would love to see snow this Christmas, but I’m hoping it just shows up on Christmas Day….what a treat that would be.

Be safe, be happy & have fun this holiday season!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Chicago!

Juliana

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My New Obsession: Hint You Shop In One Weekly!

If you haven’t been to a Mariano’s Fresh Market yet, you have to add it to your MUST do list.  I recently started shopping at the Mariano’s on Western & Roscoe and I absolutely LOVE it, it is now my favorite grocery store – hands down! 

When I was a kid I loved to go to the grocery store with my mom and look at all the yummy things I saw on the commercials and beg my mom for it, but today not so much.  In fact, I somewhat loath the grocery store.  Until now…I truly look forward to shopping at this amazing store, Mariano’s.

I would describe it as a combo of a Whole Foods and a Jewel, but you get the best of both worlds without the price!  From the amazing produce department with incredible organic items that are actually affordable to the enormous & delicious soup/salad bar, bakery, deli and more!  I love to bring Holden shopping with me because they have the best Gelato bar when you first walk in.  A mini cup/cone is $1.00 and if you ask for a 1/2 mini in a cone it is only $.50 for the kids!  I get Holden a yummy treat which typically occupies him until I’m in the dairy section.  They also have samples galore, especially on the weekends while they serenade you with a live piano player.

I also wanted to make sure all these perks weren’t adding to the pocket book so I did my own little price experiment.  I typically buy the same items every time I’m at the store, except for a few things.  I was intrigued by Jewel’s new ‘we’ve lowered our prices’ adds so I gave them a whirl.  I was SHOCKED with the bill.  I didn’t have anything crazy in my cart and my bill was $50 more than what I typically spend at Mariano’s!!!  I don’t use coupons, but I do look for sale items and buy the generic brands.  I didn’t shop any differently.  So go for the luxury of this beautiful grocery store and your pocket book and all of your senses will thank you.

Find a city location near you!

5353 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 | 333 E Benton Pl Chicago IL 60601 | 3350 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60618 | 40 South Halsted Chicago, IL 60661

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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Boston Market – A Great Place to Eat with the Kids, Seriously!

I was early for a showing in the Gold Coast and craving a chicken salad sandwich.  I was looking for parking and something fast and easy.  I didn’t think Subway was going to cut it and then I saw Boston Market in Old Town with a big sign saying FREE PARKING.  I quickly turned down Wells and made my way to the familiar, yet not frequented spot.  In fact, I haven’t been to a Boston Market since High School…about 15 years ago – ykes!

The staff was über friendly that I thought it was a joke at first, however they were just happy employees.  Super nice and really seem to love their jobs.  In addition to my first impression of the friendly staff, the entire place was really clean.  The people in the kitchen all had hats or hair nets and wore gloves, they didn’t handle money either.

They had exactly what I wanted, a chicken salad sandwich on wheat and it came with a side, I chose the mac ‘n cheese.  After you pay, the counter staff bring your food to the table of your choosing, an added touch for fast food.  The food was delish!  Not to mayonnaise’y or thin on the chicken.  The mac was also very tasty and hit the spot.  Although I wasn’t with Holden, I scoped out the kids menu and I loved that there were healthy options and oodles of sides to choose from…from the indulgent to the very healthy – something for everyone.  All for only $4.29!  When dining in they have activities and balloons which are key for keeping the kids occupied so you can eat too.

So with that said, I decided to hit up the drive through with Holden in tow at the Boston Market on Ashland location.  I again choose the chicken salad sandwich with mac ‘n cheese, to test for consistency, and I selected the turkey, mac ‘n cheese and corn bread for Holden.

We went home to eat and boy did we!  Although the portions are huge, Holden and I gobbled it up!  I have to say my sandwich was bigger and even more delicious this time around and the mac was on par with the first time I had it.  Holden’s portion was huge, but he ate most of it and I think I’ll go for the veggies for him next time.

So when you are in need of another option for lunch on a dime consider Boston Market and maybe I’ll see you there!

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

For your real estate needs and beyond look to your Chicago Real Estate Family, The Yeager Team, every time.

Final Days for Chicago Farmers Markets

There are just a few more weeks left to get your local on, as in local produce!  It’s a great place to get the freshest items on your grocery list.  Get the kids involved too and let them help you pick out their favorite fruits and veggies.  There are often great treats too like cookies, delicious breads, one of a kind dips, cheeses, herbs/spices and more.  With just a few more opportunities to visit one near you, don’t delay!  Below is a list of all the Chicago Farmers Markets with dates remaining and I’m sure there is one close to your neighborhood.

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CHICAGO MARKETS

Chicago markets are listed by days of the week, but are subject to change, and dates and times vary by market. For more information, call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312-744-3316, or go to chicagofarmersmarkets.us.

* indicates independently managed markets. NEW means a market launching this year. Link designates markets that accept the card.

SUNDAY

Beverly: 95th Street and Longwood Drive, May 13-Oct. 28

*Glenwood: 6900 N. Glenwood Ave., between Morse and Lunt avenues, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3-Oct. 28

Healing Temple Church: NEW. 4941 W. Chicago Ave., 2-5 p.m. June 24-Oct. 28

*Independence Park: 3945 N. Springfield Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 10, 24; July 8, 22; Aug. 12, 26; Sept. 9, 23; Oct. 14, 28

* Jefferson Park: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 24-Oct. 21

*Logan Square: Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 3-Oct. 28

* Pilsen Community Market: 1800 S. Halsted St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 3-Oct. 28

* Portage Park: Central and Berteau avenues, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3-Oct. 7

Wicker Park/Bucktown: Wicker Park and Damen Avenue, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3-Oct. 28

MONDAY

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences: 3857 W. 111th St., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 18-Oct. 29

*Loyola: 6542 N. Sheridan Road, 3-7 p.m. June 11-Sept. 24; then 2:30-6:30 p.m. through Oct. 15

TUESDAY

Columbus Park: NEW. Harrison Street and Central Avenue, 1-7 p.m. June 26-Oct. 30

Federal Plaza: Adams and Dearborn streets, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29-Oct. 30

Lincoln Square: Lincoln, Leland and Western avenues, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 5-Oct. 30

Museum of Contemporary Art/Streeterville: 220 E. Chicago Ave., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5-Oct. 30

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WEDNESDAY

* Andersonville: Berwyn Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, 3-8 p.m. June 13-Oct. 17

*Covenant Bank- North Lawndale Farmers Market: 1111 S. Homan Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13-Oct. 10

*Green City Market: South end of Lincoln Park, between Clark Street and Stockton Drive, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 31

Pullman: Arcade Park, 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, 7 a.m.-noon July 11-Oct. 31

*Seaway Bank: 87th Street and Langley Avenue, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25-Sept. 26

61st Street: 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12-Oct. 27

South Shore: Urban Partnership Bank, 70th Street and Jeffrey Boulevard, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 6-Oct. 31 (Link)

LaFollette Park: NEW. 1333 N. Laramie Ave., 1-7 p.m. June 20-Oct. 24

*Wheeler Mansion Market: 2020 S. Calumet Ave., 4-8 p.m. June 6-Oct. 31

*Wood Street Farm Stand: 5814 S. Wood St., 1-4 p.m. through Oct. 24

THURSDAY

Austin Town Hall: NEW. Lake Street and Central Avenue, 1-7 p.m. June 28-Oct. 25

Daley Plaza: Washington and Dearborn streets, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24-Oct. 18

Dunning/Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College: Eli’s Cheesecake parking lot, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, 7 a.m. -1 p.m., June 14-Oct. 25

Hyde Park: Harold Washington Park, 53rd Street and Hyde Park Boulevard, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Oct. 25

* Uptown: Weiss Memorial Hospital, 4646 N. Marine Drive, 8-10 a.m. June 21-Oct. 25

Willis Tower Plaza: 233 S. Wacker Drive, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14-Oct. 25

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SATURDAY

* Bronzeville Community Market: 4400 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16-Oct. 27

Division Street: Division Street between State and Clark streets, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12-Oct. 27

Eden Place: 4417 S. Stewart Ave., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19-Oct. 20

Green City Market: See Wednesday listing.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Park High School, Armitage and Orchard avenues, 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. May 12-Oct. 27

Mount Ebenezer Baptist Church: (NEW) 3555 W. Huron St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 30-Oct. 27

*Nettelhorst French Market: Broadway and Melrose Avenue, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. through Nov. 3

North Center: North Center Town Square, Damen and Lincoln avenues, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16-Oct. 27

Printers Row: Printers Row Park, Polk and Dearborn streets, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9-Oct. 27

*West Humboldt Park Farmers Market & Bazaar: Neighborhood Housing Services parking lot, 3601 W. Chicago Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 2; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13

Market Information provided by Chicago Tribune

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

For your real estate needs and beyond look to your Chicago Real Estate Family, The Yeager Team, every time.

Dining out with the WHOLE Family

Some people could say that the single best thing about Chicago are the restaurants…so many amazing ones that it would take several lifetimes to visit each and every tasty spot.

Now that we are a family of 3 dining out has taken on a whole new meaning for us.  It is a luxury when we can dine out as a pair, so we often look to restaurants that are kid friendly and enjoyable for us as well.  My biggest hang-up about kids menus is the fact that they are always loaded with junk food options.  The usual suspects are chicken nuggets and fries, hot dog, grilled cheese and pizza.  I have yet to see a kids menu featuring a veggie, however I think my hunt may finally be over or at least filled with a few more options than before.

Some of you may have heard of the Healthy Fare for Kids Initiative, however this is something I am new too, yet amazed by this wonderful program!  Their mantra is simple: A grass-roots initiative asking restaurants to offer healthier food for children on their menus – http://www.healthyfareforkids.com

Here is a list of restaurants involved in no particular order.  Let me know if you check one out and how you like it.

1. Flavor 180 – South Loop spot at 1511 S. State

2. Nookies – not all Nookies are created equal – this healthy fare menu is at their Edgewater location: 1100 W. Bryn Mawr

3. Brown Trout – North Center hot spot – 4111 N. Lincoln – (Kids eat free Wednesday – Sunday from 5-7)

4. Feast – Bucktown – 1616 N. Damen Ave

5. MK – River North – 868 N. Franklin

6. Terzo Piano – Modern Wing of the Art Institute 159 E. Monroe

7. The Publican – West Loop/Fulton Market – 837 W. Fulton

8. City Provisions – Ravenswood – 1818 W. Wilson

If you have any additions to this list that you have discovered on your own, please leave a comment telling us about it.

Juliana

For your real estate needs and beyond look to your Chicago Real Estate Family, The Yeager Team, every time.