If you wonder by Marshall Field's errrr Macy's on State Street today, you'll see some pretty cool windows being displayed that celebrate the Macy's Flower Show that takes place on the 9th floor. Gotta be honest...if the windows are any indication, the show must be spectacular. The window above is on the Randolph Street side (right around the corner from State) and focuses on the American Southwest. Pardon the glare, but if you look closely, you'll see a bunch of cacti and succulents in a wide array of shapes/sizes. It made me stop in my tracks to peek at.
And below is the northern-most window on State Street that highlights 'The City' and features a little rooftop balcony scene with pots and a bunch of tropicals.
They've created these 'cards' on their site that show the 8 different areas. Here are three of them to show you how well they're done. The Pacific Northwest Wonderland. The Vast Southwest. And the Shining Northeast Shores are three of the eight.
The show ends April 2nd, but if you have time, a stop on the 9th floor of the store seems like something worth doing!
Earlier this winter, I wrote about the old Lou Malnati's menu and mentioned that as I was waiting around for my pie to finish up, I spied an old Chicago Tribune article posted on the wall that included the original Lou Malnati's Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. The Tribune reporter called it "prized". We were set to host a little pizza party over the weekend, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here's the article as seen through my mobile phone's camera.
I'm not a wine drinker, so the fact that the recipe called for Burgundy wine didn't strike me as odd. I went shopping at Angelo Caputos in Addison - a really incredible shopping experience - and when I got to the wine section I found Burgundy wine was carried ONLY in those HUGE jugs. And they were dirt cheap. The only issue is that needed just 4 ounces. We ended up with a whole-lotta-wine that Nat won't drink.
I've taken the recipe and modified it a bit by eliminating the percentages (60…
If you get a chance, take a walk by the Elmhurst Police Station on First Street and get a view of a newly installed/created 'demonstration rain garden' that they've recently built out front. As of the past few days, the construction fence was still up around the project, but it appears that all of the work is complete and now they're just wrapping up the project. The City of Elmhurst is - kind of - putting their money where their mouth is on this. I say 'kind of' because they, ummm, didn't use their own money I don't think; they got a grant. Details on the garden can be found here on the Elmhurst Storm Water Plan site where they describe the project:
The Project Involves the construction and maintenance of a rain garden, sized between 800 and 1,200 square feet, to include an engineered soil mix to promote infiltration, as well as a variety of native shrubs, grasses, and forbs, immediately south of the Police Station. The goal is to reduce the runof…
We're now all set up with fishing rod and a little tackle box up. We went off to Walmart and came home with a few little poles (for the two younger kids) and an intermediate one for the Babe and I even bought my own rod. When we were picking out the equipment the lady at Walmart was very helpful and encouraged me to get a license. After answering a handful of questions, she printed out this barcode license that says that we are supposed to carry this with us when we fish. We didn't buy any stamps because, well, we're just beginners and we're catching a lot of little things and tossing them back.
The Babe has had the most luck of the bunch. She throws her line in - usually with a wax worm on the hook - and most sessions, she pulls out a fish. A lot of panfish (bluegills) and a few bass (not sure if they're large-mouth or small-mouth...again....we're beginners!) so far. The King of the Ball Tossers is currently using a casting practice weight. One of th…