Jun 262014
 

It’s officially summer in our Sweet Home Chicago, and we at Garrett Popcorn wanted to share our favorite Summer activities in The Windy City!

Our beautiful hometown of Chicago is blessed with gorgeous parks, relaxing beaches and famous attractions. If you’re going to be in Chicago this summer and need plans or you’re a Chicago native looking for something new, check out some of our favor summertime activities.

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Perhaps the most famous of Chicago’s attractions, Navy Pier, is a Chicago staple. Right on beautiful Lake Michigan, Navy Pier has a little something for everyone. Take a spin on the giant ferris wheel for a picturesque view of the Chicago skyline and the lake. After a ride on the ferris wheel, there is loads of shopping and dining to enjoy all along the Pier. And if you have a kiddo, there’s nothing better than the Chicago Children’s Museum. Oh, and for some fun on the water, definitely check out some of the cruises on Lake Michigan!

Beyond the iconic destination of Navy Pier, the Chicago is home to some amazing parks. Right along Lake Michigan, Grant Park and Millennium Park in the heart of Chicago are the perfect places to soak up the summer sun. Both are the perfect hot spots for taking in the sights of Chicago. Undoubtedly the most famous aspect of Chicago’s parks is Cloud Gate, or as it is more commonly known, “The Bean”. This tourist hotspot, famed for people taking photos of their reflections, is the focal point of Millennium Park.

Chicago Skyline

A must see attraction has to be Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The perfect location to admire the Chicago skyline, particularly during dusk as the falling sun illuminates Chicago’s magnificence across a twilight blue canvas. The fountain is breathtaking in its own right, capturing everyone’s attention with remarkable waterworks and captivating lights. You may also recognize Grant Park from the news last year when over two million people packed into the park to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks‘ Stanley Cup victory.

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The parks also include a wealth of summer events to partake in, including Taste of Chicago and Movies in the Parks among a host of special events and festivals. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather with music and movies and food. After the brutal winter Chicago experienced this summer, we better enjoy the heat while we can!

If you’re a sports fanatic, there’s always the summer tradition of a ballgame. Both the White Sox and Cubs offer incredible experiences, and for any baseball purists, the iconic Wrigley Field is one of the most historically rich ballparks in America.

And, of course, we have to mention Garrett Popcorn Shops. Getting that sweet, wonderful aroma as you walk up to one of our Shops to soak up the Garrett Popcorn experience of standing in line to get the Handcrafted Happiness from our joyous Team Members. It’s A Chicago Tradition, especially in the beautiful summer weather.

Enjoy the experience of Garrett Popcorn Shops this summer, and check out all that our hometown of Chicago has to offer in the summer!

Mar 142014
 

Being a Chicago tradition ourselves, we love all of the tradition that comes with St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. From dyeing the Chicago River green to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, we wanted to share our favorite festivities for folks to enjoy in Chicago this weekend.

It’s no secret that we love Chicago. After all, we pride ourselves on being a Chicago tradition since 1949! So this year, as with every other year, we’re really excited about the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Running down South Columbus Drive from East Bilbao Drive to East Monroe Drive, the parade route goes right past the iconic Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, a true Chicago landmark.

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To make the parade even richer with Chicago culture this year, the Grand Marshall will be John McDonough, President and CEO of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago is known for its passionate sports fans almost as much as it’s known for Garrett Popcorn Shops, and the Blackhawks are the toast of the Chicago sports scene at the moment. The fun at the parade all kicks off at noon on Saturday.

Before the parade, however, make sure to enjoy a visual masterpiece along the Chicago River. Every year, Chicago celebrates a “modern day miracle” in the heart of the city, as an orange dye is released into the Chicago River, which might seem odd, but after a few minutes, the dye miraculously turns the river into a brilliant shade of Irish green. This makes for quite a stunning visual along the river that runs through the hectic area of the loop. The dyeing starts at 10am on Saturday and we recommend trying to grab a spot on the Columbus Drive bridge, assuming you get there early enough.

One final Chicago treat has recently been highlighted by Thrillist. Both Emmit’s and Cork and Kerry made Thrillist’s lists for America’s top 21 Irish pubs. Quite a big feat when you consider the popularity of Irish pubs in America. If you want a taste of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, you might want to check them out. Just save some room for some delicious Garrett Popcorn!

Chicago has a rich Irish-American cultural heritage, and it’s great to see that be celebrated every year. We have shared some of our favorite Chicago events for St. Patrick’s Day, but nothing beats grabbing a Tin of your favorite Garrett Popcorn and partaking in whatever festivities make you happy!

How will you be celebrating St. Patty’s Day this year? Share your plans with us in the comments below.