Dog Haus, the celebrated craft casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, is celebrating the opening of its first Chicago location, located in Lincoln Park at 2464 N. Lincoln Ave, with a Free Haus Dog Day, Saturday, March 24. From 11 a.m. – midnight, Dog Haus is inviting locals to swing by to enjoy a free Haus Dog from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven Haus Dog creations featuring signature all beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free, no added nitrate dogs served up on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Options include fan favorites like Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, avocado, tomato, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Chili Idol an all-beef dog topped with haus chili, cheddar cheese sauce and onions.
DOG HAUS OPENS NEW LOCATION IN CHICAGO’S LINCOLN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD MARCH 17
WITH FREE HAUS DOG DAY CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY, MARCH 24
Acclaimed Gourmet Hot Dog, Sausage and Burger Concept to
Welcome Community to the Haus with Free Hot Dogs in Late March
CHICAGO (March 12, 2018) – Dog Haus, the celebrated craft casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its first Chicago location, which is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2464 N. Lincoln Ave, on Sat., Mar. 17. Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park owner Jesse Koontz will officially celebrate the opening on Sat. Mar. 24 with a Free Haus Dog Day, inviting locals to swing by for a free Haus Dog and experience the Dog Haus difference. The brand was founded in 2010 by Partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz, and André Vener with the goal of recapturing that nostalgic childhood experience of eating a hot dog.
“I am ecstatic to be bringing the first-ever Dog Haus location to the City of Chicago,” said Koontz. “This restaurant has been in the works for months and we can’t wait to become part of the Lincoln Park community.”
“Dog Haus is not the typical kind of hot dog you find here in Chicago,” said Koontz. “Our West Coast take on gourmet hot dogs and sausages and our all-natural clean meats bring a completely new style of hot dog to the Chicago marketplace. We are incredibly excited to bring Dog Haus’ unique California flavors to the heart of the Midwest.”
As part of its introduction to the community and its surroundings, guests can stop by from 11 a.m.-midnight during the March 24th Free Haus Dog Day to enjoy a free Haus Dog from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven Haus Dog creations featuring signature all beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free, no added nitrate dogs served up on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Options include fan favorites like Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, avocado, tomato, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Chili Idol an all-beef dog topped with haus chili, cheddar cheese sauce and onions.
In addition to Haus Dogs, Dog Haus' full menu includes gourmet sausages, burgers, corn dogs, a fried chicken sandwich, sides, beer, cocktails and shakes. Sausage favorites include The Fonz, which partners a spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and cheddar cheese sauce; and Das Brat, which features a bratwurst topped with caramelized onions, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard. All sausages are nitrate-free and made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Haus Burgers feature 100% genetically tested, humanely raised Black Angus beef using no hormones and no antibiotics – never ever – in one-of-a-kind creations like The Freiburger®, with white American cheese, fries, haus slaw, a fried egg and mayo; and Holy Aioli, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions and garlic aioli. The Bad Mutha Clucka rounds out the menu offering guests a crispy fried or grilled chicken sandwich served with lettuce, pickles and miso ranch.
Lighter eaters and kids can indulge in smaller-sized portions – the hot dog slider is made with an all-beef mini dog, haus made cheddar cheese sauce, and smoked bacon; the cheeseburger slider has just the right amount of caramelized onions, white American cheese and mayo; and the corn dog slider features an all-beef mini dog dipped in haus made root beer batter. Equal attention is paid to the quality-driven sides, like chili cheese tots or fries with haus made cheddar cheese sauce, haus chili, and green onions; and beer-battered onion rings. Save room for dessert and finish off your meal with a Fosselman’s (a California favorite) premium ice cream milkshake or soft serve.
Diners can complement their meals with a can of red or white wine, imbibe from a selection of draft and canned craft beer options or sip on hand-crafted cocktails. Each canned brew will be served in a Dog Haus koozie, a nod to backyard BBQs; alternatively, all those with a classic PBR craving can get their lager fix with a brown paper bag-wrapped can.
The craft casual concept, designed to elevate the hot dog and burger-eating experience, serves up its quality meals within the contemporary aesthetic of a modern industrial space. After ordering at the counter, diners can grab a barstool at the communal tables, take a bench seat at one of the reclaimed wood and steel tables or step outside to the welcoming patio.
The new restaurant, located at 2464 N. Lincoln Ave., will be open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. – Midnight. For more information call 773-935-DOGS or visit lincolnpark.doghaus.com.
ABOUT DOG HAUS:
Dog Haus is a craft casual hot dog concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and a one of a kind fried chicken sandwich. Founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, three friends who share a passion for good food, creativity, quality and commitment to community, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. Dog Haus has garnered critical acclaim and national attention for its signature all beef dogs and hand crafted sausages with no added nitrates, 100% Black Angus beef burgers, and a fried chicken sandwich, all of which are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. All dogs, sausages, burgers and the fried chicken sandwich are served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Guests can choose from signature Haus creations or customize their own from a wide array of unique toppings. To chase it down, guests can select great craft beers from a tap list emphasizing local favorites, and they can finish their meals on a sweet note with premium shakes or soft-serve ice cream. Open daily, Dog Haus currently has 30 locations open in eight states with confirmed expansion of more than 450 franchise locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. Dog Haus has partnered with No Kid Hungry for a year-long chef collaboration series to roll out a new menu item every two months throughout 2018 with a portion of proceeds benefiting the national charity in their mission to end childhood hunger in America. For up to date location and brand information, visit doghaus.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @DogHausDogs.
Every month we come together as a community and have the privilege of being introduced to a variety of local businesses who are a core part of our community. In case you missed us at our February Girls Night Out, check out our spotlight businesses who made our event a splash! It’s not too late to connect, find them and their contact info below!
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Agnes Dabrowska is the proud owner of Agnes Dabrowska Photography, specializing in children, family and event photography.
Agnes originally started out in graphic design, however, after working on few special events, while she was still in school, she realized her real passion for photography. That was the moment when she recognized her love for capturing the special times in people's lives, and since then graphic design never stood a chance.
Agnes is a mother of a sweet boy, Oliver. Bringing Oliver into this world has made her realize how precious the time is and how quickly it goes by. This allowed her to grow as a photographer while understanding the special moments of life. Agnes has captured thousands of engagement photos, parents-to-be photos, baby photos and family portraits. Her passion for photography and her dedication to a detail show with each photo she takes. Agnes’s graphic design background makes her skilled in setting up the stage, from studio to outdoors - while her positive personality makes her capable of working with any type of client.
She believes in creating memories, not back-to-back appointments, and the photo sessions booked with her reflect the dedication to the projects she takes on. Her photographs show, not only the people, but also special moments she captures.
WHEN YOU’RE “THE WATERPARK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD,” YOUR ‘WHAT’S NEW’ STORY LEAD IS NATURALLY A NEW ‘WORLD’S LARGEST’ WATERSLIDE
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (Mar. 6, 2018) – The news is out, and it is exactly what waterpark devotees were hoping for. Wisconsin Dells, Wis., the community known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®”, will debut a thrilling new waterslide to ride this summer. Plus, there’s a new wedding venue to say your “I do’s” at, a new winery where you can sip not only wine but hard cider and mead, and a destination spa that’s more than doubling its footprint. In addition, we’ll whet your appetite for a big convention center expansion coming soon. For more on all that’s new in Wisconsin Dells, log on to the area’s official tourism website.
Noah’s Ark Waterpark is adding a new waterslide for the 2018 season. This won’t be a traditional waterslide mind you, but the tallest and longest of its kind in the world. “Raja™ – The World’s Largest King Cobra” will make for a spectacular visual, with a vivid cobra design embedded right in the fiberglass. Riders will race side-by-side on two-person tubes from six stories up. Those brave souls will snake through more than 335 feet of twists and turns at speeds of up to 30 mph, with a sudden 37-foot plunge into the mouth of the massive king cobra serving as the ride’s finale. Look for the slide’s 65-foot tower next to the park’s iconic ark structure and Flash Flood boat ride at the entrance to the grounds. Noah’s Ark is America’s Largest Waterpark, featuring more than 50 rides and attractions spread out over 70 acres.
Vennebu Hill Wedding Barn & Event Venue is a brand-new facility owned by a local family with Norwegian roots. The name, “vennebu,” a Norwegian word meaning “a gathering place for friends and family” encompasses what the venue is all about. Set on a hill with views of the Baraboo Bluffs and Wisconsin River, the original Gothic barn was dismantled board by board and the distinctive ceiling arches reinstalled in the second-floor ceremony and reception space. The first floor is the dining space with seating for up to 350 people. An outdoor patio will serve as a picturesque second ceremony space. Vennebu begins hosting weddings June 2018. Open year-round for family reunions, anniversaries, and other special gatherings as well.
Board & Brush Creative Studio follows the trend of connecting with your inner artist and DIY’er by teaching participants the techniques needed to create a personalized piece of wooden décor. All supplies provided, just bring your creative juices. Speaking of “juices,” libations are available for purchase. Board & Brush is open year-round.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Wisconsin Dells adds to the lodging landscape in Wisconsin Dells, with 105 spacious rooms and amenities including free breakfast, an indoor pool, and fitness center. Ideally suited for visitors attending conferences in the area and business travelers, Fairfield also is a welcome spot for reunions and bus tours.
Additions, Expansions, Renovations
Sundara Inn & Spa is adding 40,000 square feet to its much-awarded spa resort, more than doubling its footprint. This $13 million expansion includes a second outdoor pool, fitness studio, retreat space, restaurant, demonstration kitchen, rooftop greenhouse, salt treatment room, glass-walled meditation room, eight new villa-like suites in the woods, and miles of hiking trails. A grand opening is planned for summer and is certain to be a highlight of Sundara’s 15th anniversary year.
River Inn Resort has undergone a transformation, emerging as a bona fide boutique hotel. Visitors will find a modern river theme throughout, a nod to the hotel’s location on the Wisconsin River. Be wowed by the views of the sandstone bluffs enjoyed from the riverside deck, the indoor pool or while sipping on a craft libation in the new lounge, Drinker’s Landing. Located within walking distance of downtown only adds to the appeal of this property.
Chula Vista Resort had little ones in mind with their new attractions. There’s the Chula Choo Choo, an authentic 1/8 scale railroad train that kiddos can hop on for a ride around the outdoor waterpark, a bungee trampoline, and an inflatable obstacle course. Indoors, the Lazer Frenzy game challenges players to dodge a maze of lazers in a race against the clock.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has broken ground on a 112,000 square-foot expansion to its convention center, with an opening planned for September 2019. The extra space will bring the footprint to 212,000 square feet in all. Included in the expansion is a new 52,000 square foot ballroom large enough to accommodate 8,600 in theater-style seating. Massive sun-drenched pre-function spaces, “recharge” lounges and outdoor patios are also included.
International Crane Foundation has announced a $10 million expansion to include a new visitor center, expanded crane exhibits, and renovation of the off-exhibit breeding space for endangered cranes. This is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of cranes, and it serves as a gateway to the group’s mission to save the cranes and the environments in which they live. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
Affordable Leather and More is upping its retail game with an additional 2,000 square feet of shopping space. It is now home to the largest selection of Minnetonka Moccasins in the Midwest.
Winnebago Gift Shop, a fixture in downtown Dells since 1949, has reinvented itself as a chic boutique, with new items arriving each week. Shoppers will find more than 40 new product lines, from apparel to home décor, hand-picked by the new proprietors. Now open year-round!
D.O.A. Room Escapes, located at Wilderness on the Lake, added a Titanic-themed escape room. Props were created to match actual items from the ship, and every clue tells part of the true story of that fateful 1912 voyage of the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic.
Mid-Continent Railway Museum, a working museum, has one of the largest fleets of restored wooden cars in North America and is always adding to its collection. Look for a new display shed to open this summer, housing upwards of a dozen wooden rail cars plus a steam engine and other rail equipment. Make time for a train ride while you’re there.
Food and Drink
Prairie Hawk Winery is a new family-owned winery just a short drive from Wisconsin Dells in the heart of farm country. The scenic backdrop is perfect for sipping Prairie Hawk’s chardonnay, riesling, and rosé, all made in small batches using imported grapes. They also offer hard cider made from locally sourced apples and, in the works for 2018, mead, a wine made from honey. The tasting room seats up to eight, while the patio can accommodate more than 50, plus there’s a pavilion in the works. This “fair weather winery” is open mid-April through October.
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery released their first-ever rye whiskey in February to great fanfare. It’s made with locally-grown grains and aged for more than two years in American oak barrels on-site. Other distilled spirits offered by Wollersheim include their wildly popular brandies, plus gin, vermouth, and even absinthe. The property was first cultivated by European vintners more than 150 years ago.
Ishnala Supper Club is adding a new bar and lounge area on the lower floor. This gives guests more room to enjoy the views of Mirror Lake and linger over a classic cocktail and tasty appetizers while waiting for their table. Outdoor seating has been expanded, and the pathway to the restaurant has been made more easily accessible. Ishnala was voted the #1 supper club in Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s 2017 “Supper Club Showdown.”
Summer House is a family dining spot on Lake Delton serving up beautiful waterfront views, a rustic “Wisconsin summer house” décor, and a menu that highlights handcrafted dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Patrons may arrive by car, on foot or by boat, with outdoor seating available. Opening summer 2018.
First Full Year in Business
BigFoot Ropes Course offers adventure seekers a year-round ropes course with 80 different elements for all levels of physical fitness. This attraction includes an elevated viewing area for those who prefer spectating over scaling.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions added “Wrath of Anubis” escape room to its already long list of attractions. Up to six people at a time can work together to solve puzzles themed to ancient Egypt, tombs, pyramids, and immortality, moving from one room to another on the path to escape.
VR Universe – Virtual Reality Arcade provides artificial worlds to explore with themes of action, adventure, music, sports and more. Visitors will be able to interact with virtual features using special head-mounted goggles.
DEZ Tactical Arms, Inc. is a family owned, family-friendly shop dedicated to producing high-quality and custom-built firearms along with a wide variety of accessories. Full-service gunsmithing also available in-store. Open year-round.
Wilderness Resort provides a VR offering with its CYvrSPACE Virtual Reality Arena. Here you’ll use your body as the controller as you twist, duck, kneel and dodge at top speed, controlling all the character’s actions one-for-one with your movements.
To stay on top of the latest developments, breaking stories and more, be sure to bookmark wisdells.com.
Order a 2018 Wisconsin Dells Vacation Guide online
UBISOFT BRINGS JUST DANCE – THE NUMBER ONE MUSIC VIDEO GAME FRANCHISE – TO LIFE IN AN IMMERSIVE, STAGED PRODUCTION
UBISOFT BRINGS JUST DANCE – THE NUMBER ONE MUSIC VIDEO GAME FRANCHISE – TO LIFE IN AN IMMERSIVE, STAGED PRODUCTION
Just Dance Live pilot tour to visit Chicago in March 2018
CHICAGO— February 2018– Ubisoft has announced its first foray in to live entertainment experience with a pilot tour of JUST DANCE LIVE, an immersive and interactive experience, based on the #1 music video game franchise of all time. The tour will play locally at Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, March 18.
“Expanding the 2D world of the video games in to a vivid 3D universe, JUST DANCE LIVE celebrates the characters, costumes, moves and music that more than 120 million global Just Dancers know and love, while providing an exciting new escape for fun seekers of all ages”, said Hinde Daoui, Live Entertainment producer, Ubisoft.
JUST DANCE LIVE is an explosive 2+ hour experience, where the world of JUST DANCE comes alive like never before. Part stage show, part audience-involvement, fans play an integral role in the show—from walking the red carpet, to mingling with other JUST DANCERS, to transforming their hair and makeup looks in the “Get Ready For it” zone -- all before entering a thrilling live performance that surrounds audience members.
The pilot tour will stop at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago March 15-18. Tickets are available for purchase at JustDanceLive.com or TicketMaster.com, and group tickets can be purchased by calling group sales at 1-866-468-3399.
Regular ticket prices start at $45. A limited number of specially priced family four packs are available for each performance—early birds can receive four tickets for the price of three (a 25% savings)! A limited amount of VIP packages ($95-$99) are also available and include priority entry to the show, exclusive merchandise (Glow Up Glasses, Exclusive Draw String Bag and VIP Glow Laminate), a JUST DANCE in-game reward and a VIP meet & greet with cast after the show.
“We’ve partnered with the best of the live entertainment industry to create a live experience that will only continue to build on the strong foundation of our games”, said Hinde Daoui.
JUST DANCE LIVE was developed by some of the leading creators of live entertainment experiences in the world, helmed by Creative Director Kim Gavin, with production design by Stufish Entertainment Architectsand production management by Stufish Productions.
Kim Gavin is the creative and innovative force behind some of the most spectacular events ever seen by audiences worldwide. For more than 20 years, Kim has been one of the UK’s leading talents in the field of stage direction and choreography, contributing to TV shows and live events including The Brit Awards, Mobo Awards, Golden Jubilee ‘Party At The Palace’, ‘Concert for Diana’, ‘The Royal Variety Show’, ‘Children In Need Rocks The Albert Hall’, ‘Help For Heroes Concert’, opening ceremonies for the Invictus Games and Rugby World Cup and most recently, the immersive ‘The Sessions – A Live Re-Staging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios’ and multi-disciplinary spectacle ‘Intimissimi On Ice’. Kim was widely praised for his work as the Artistic Director of the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, one of Britain’s most prolific events on the global stage. Kim has worked alongside the biggest names in music, dance and sports, including, Westlife, Pink, Robbie Williams, world famous ballerina Darcey Bussell, opera singer Katherine Jenkins and gold medalists Torvill & Dean. Kim has also continued a longstanding relationship with Take That, as Artistic Director for their UK and European tours, including their first ever ‘in-the-round’ tour in 2017 which was called ‘bonkers but beautiful’ (Birmingham Mail), ‘a flaming carnival of pop’ (The Guardian) and ‘something to behold’ (Telegraph). Kim is Director of The Band musical that made its worldwide debut in September, breaking box office records as the fastest selling UK theatre tour ever.
Stufish is a global architecture, design and production studio whose work redefines the live entertainment experience— from designing the venue and sets to fully realizing a show’s creation and production. Stufish’s theatrical projects include KÀ, Believe and Viva Elvis for Cirque du Soleil and Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers in Las Vegas, Bear Grylls (including production services, script development and show direction) and their own production SOHO. Stufish has worked with some of the biggest names in music (including The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, One Direction, Robbie Williams, Queen & Adam Lambert), international events (including Dragon Quest Live 2016, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics 2008 and the Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou), live TV productions such as Buckingham Palace Jubilee Concerts for HM the Queen and other live shows for BBC, ITV, MTV and VH1, and four NFL Super Bowl halftime shows. Stufish was the first firm ever to design all architectural and show elements for the award-winning Dai Show Theatre building as well as the interior, set and stage design for its acrobatic water show. In addition to other cultural entertainment buildings in China (the Han Show theatre, Wanda Movie Park and Nanchang Wanda Mall), Stufish has designed installations including the Millennium Show at the Dome in London, and the ‘Big O’ at Yeosu Expo2012 in South Korea, and most recently, the acclaimed Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains in the V&A Museum in London.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2016-17 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,460 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.
Friday night means double date night and this weekend we decided to change it up and check out Escape House on Ontario (thanks for the tickets T!). Bravely adding ourselves to a group of strangers, we and our friends took on the 1 hour mission of "Saving the White House".
If you have never been to one of these escape venues we highly recommend trading in your weekend movie for your detective costume and letting yourself exercise your, obviously superb, intelligence!
Ha! Or you could be like me, dying from performance anxiety and basic algebra but still up for the challenge! Nothing deserves a cocktail more than putting the good ol' left side of the brain to work, am I right? Bragging rights aren't so bad either!
Editor's Tip: Groupon currently has a deal for this and it ends tonight at midnight!
In case you missed us at our January Girls Night Out, check out our spotlight businesses who made our event a splash! It’s not too late to connect, find them and their contact info below; simply click on their name to send them an email!
A special thank you to Moretti's Rosemont for hosting us and to all that made this event possible!
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Bacon Fans Wait with Baited Bacon Breath as
Baconfest Chicago Announces 2018 Chef Lineup by Session
New Addition: Old Forester Speakeasy Featuring Prohibition Era VIP Lounge with Bourbon Cocktails & Whiskey Tasting Flights
2017 Baconfest Chicago Highlights featuring: (from left to right): Bacon Cannoli from Ugo's Kitchen & Bar, Bacon Pho from 676 Restaurant and Bar, and Amazing BLT Remix from Amazing Edibles Catering.
2018 BACONFEST CHICAGO CHEF LINEUP BY SESSION
Leave it to his wife to not catch his field goal during the game (the 57 yarder' that people will tell stories about forever - total wife fail) but we did catch his punt contest!