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The 4 Best Restaurants in Chicago: Satisfying Your Palate

4 best restaurants in Chicago

Looking for someplace out of the ordinary in Chicago for that special date? Check out our list of top restaurants in the Windy City.

Hop in your car and drive to some of the best restaurants in Chicago. This includes some old and new places, each of which has some truly inspired cooking. Whether you’re in the mood for classic American fare or something exotic, you won’t be let down. Check out some of the top places to dine in the Chicago area.

According to the Chicago Eater, one of the top places to visit is Leña Brava. Headed by Rick Bayless, you can have Baja-inspired seafood and visit a mescal bar all in one location. Thanks to its brewery, the pub-like atmosphere in the restaurant is truly unique. Plus, with complex flavors that will leave your mouth watering, you won’t want to leave.

Stop by Giant for some unparalleled pasta dishes. Chef Jason Vincent puts together phenomenal plates at this small space in Logan Square, offering the best house-made pastas around. Plus, with locally sourced Midwestern ingredients, you know it’s all fresh.

Roister is headed by the renowned Alinea family. This modern restaurant has a unique atmosphere (the chefs prepare food in front of you), with loud music, an urban feel, and unpretentious elegance. Roister has oysters, steak, lamb, lobster, squash slaw, and more. Plus, with exquisite foie gras and Japanese Wagyu, you’ll think you died and went to heaven.

Finally, The Rosebud is an classic Italian group of restaurants each famous in their own right and second to none with friendly service and delectable, authentic cuisine. Some signature dishes include antipasti, bruschetta, Mama’s meatballs, and pasta fagioli soup. If you go to The Rosebud, you won’t regret it.

These are just some of the many restaurants in the Chicago area. Leña Brava, Giant, Roister, and The Rosebud each offer unique selections and atmospheres, guaranteeing a great time out to dinner with family or friends.

Classic Car Costs: What’s the Actual Price of Ownership?

Collecting classic cars is a great hobby. Not only can you admire some of mechanical and aesthetic designs of older models, but you can even drive them. Few collectibles are used as extensively as classic cars. However, there are some hidden costs to owning one. Read on the see more about classic car costs.

classic car costs

According to Fox News, one of the biggest mistakes classic car shoppers often make is buying for investment. That’s because it’s extremely difficult to know which cars will appreciate in value unless you study market trends extensively. Plus, many car buyers are biased, whether they admit it or not. What you see as a rare icon may not interest others.

Pay attention to market value. Generally, the price of a vehicle (as well as any product in general) is determined by its age, condition, original features, and scarcity. The National Automobile Dealers Association is a great resource for checking the value of a car before you buy. Make sure to have the car inspected before you buy as well.

Car insurance is one expense many buyers forget about. Classic car insurance is usually distinct from regular car insurance. In fact, it often costs less. That’s because most classic cars are not driven as often and they are better maintained. Nonetheless, the costs can add up depending on the value of the car. If possible, get a policy with a high guaranteed value as opposed to agreed value—guaranteed is usually more extensive.

Finally, be aware of storage and maintenance costs. Many special edition vehicles may require special storage facilities, especially if they don’t meet emissions or safety standards. Plus, restoration and repair costs can add up if you don’t have extensive tools or abilities. Shop around for local repair and storage facilities to get a better idea about costs before you buy.

GM RoboGlove Tool: A Wearable Robotic Arm of the Future

GM RoboGlove Tool

These gloves have been replaced by the future.

A RoboGlove might sound like something out of a science-fiction novel, but this innovative GM tool is designed to make car manufacturing easier. This clever tool will help to ease muscle strain on the assembly line, an idea originally developed for a NASA robot. With some truly innovative technologies at play, this could just be the future of auto manufacturing and assembly everywhere.

The GM RoboGlove tool is a battery-pack-powered glove with small controllers and actuators that clip to the wearer at belt level. According to CNET, tendons work as synthetic muscles to aid in gripping, giving the user a powerful grip without straining their own muscles. While this robotic arm might sound a little excessive, GM may implement it to decrease stress on workers on the assembly line.

“I had a go with the RoboGlove and was impressed by its gripping power,” said Andrew Krok at CNET, one of a handful to actually try the glove. “It’s a strange feeling, being able to hold onto something without constantly working muscles.”

Special sensors in the fingertips allow the user to control subtle movements and pressure, making the robo-hand surprisingly dexterous. While GM and NASA are looking to put the tool to use in space and on the assembly line, the technology can also be used in physical therapy or as a prosthetic. The RoboGlove is truly innovative, one of several recent GM inventions that are set to change the industry forever.

Jazzin’ at the Shedd: Things to Do This Summer in Chicago

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Stop by the Shedd Aquarium every Wednesday for a summer concert series called Jazzin’ at the Shedd. This annual event showcases the city’s finest musicians at one of the most scenic areas in the region. This Navy Pier event also has refreshments and beverages, as well as a stunning fireworks display.

According to the Shedd Aquarium, you can also check out the 32,000 animal residents at the aquarium. Exhibits include a Wild Reef, Abbot Oceanarium, and the Amphibians. You can also take a tour of the lake on a Shoreline Sightseeing Classic Tour, getting a front-row seat to the fireworks display.

You can also see some renowned researchers and scientists in an informal setting at the Jazzin’ Science Pub. Ask questions, enjoy some drinks, and learn about recent breakthroughs in various fields. There will be special guests on the following dates:

  • August 17
  • August 24
  • September 14

Advanced tickets are just $18, while you can also buy them at the door for $20. For those looking to take the Jazzin’ Shoreline Fireworks Cruise, it’s just $35. Members can get in for free—just one of many benefits to joining the Shedd Aquarium society.

If you’re looking to have a fun night on the town or you simply want to support one of the best aquariums in the country, stop by the Jazzin’ at the Shedd event for an unforgettable experience.

Starved Rock State Park Cabins

Starved Rock State Park Cabins

Getaway Spot: Starved Rock State Park Cabins in Northern Illinois

If you’re visiting northern Illinois and are looking for a memorable place to stay after a long day hiking through Starved Rock State Park, check out the Starved Rock Cabins. These highly-rated accommodations are located at the Starved Rock Lodge, right on the grounds of the state park.

The Lodge offers two different cabin options. The Sunset Cabins are picturesque log cabins located next to the grounds’ indoor pool. This is the perfect option for couples, as each room sleeps two and has full amenities—some rooms even have a fireplace! The rustic Pioneer Cabins sleep more visitors and are best for families. These cabins are also located further from the busy Lodge and are secluded in the scenic forest.

These cabins in Oglesby, Illinois are the perfect destination due to their location south of the Illinois River. They’re also not far from Matthiessen State Park and the Margery C. Carlson Nature Preserve. Check out a side of Illinois you haven’t seen by retreating to the exciting Starved Rock State Park Cabins!

The 1980s in Illinois

Back in Time: the 1980s in Illinois

Reliving the Nostalgia of the 1980s in Illinois

Each generation has its own fond memories of trends, products, and celebrities that found fame for a short period of time. For some of us, the 1980s hold a special place in our hearts. As does all of the pop culture we embraced during our childhood.

Remember wearing those checkered VANS shoes? It seems like everyone had a pair of those! No doubt you’d see your friends wearing them when you met them at the arcade to play classic games like Pac-Man and Galaga. Hopefully you didn’t have a mullet hair cut, though!

For Christmas, you probably got one of the many following popular items: an Atari console, a Koosh Ball, a Cabbage Patch Doll, a Care Bear, or a He-Man action figure. And you probably didn’t miss an episode of G.I. Joe or Jem and the Holograms! And who could forget those Chicago Bears?

What other fond memories do you have of growing up the 1980s in Illinois? Share your nostalgia with us!

Explore These Top-Notch Lake Michigan Locations for Boats This Sumer

Lake Michigan Locations for Boats

Looking for places to take your boat on Lake Michigan this summer? Given the 80-plus harbors and marinas in the region, it can seem overwhelming. Here are a few of our favorite Lake Michigan locations for boats:

Chicago – Of course, you cannot go wrong with Chicago, one of the nation’s most cultural cities, with more free zoos and opportunities to check out art than anywhere else.

Michigan City – Check out the Washington Park Municipal Marina, which can accommodate boats measuring up to 100 feet in length. If you’ve got a larger-than-life boat, this is the spot for you.

Saugatuck – Frequently cited as one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest, Saugatuck is prized for its preservation of history, and everything is in walking distance of the harbor.

Lake Charlevoix – A beautiful medium-sized lake situated near the northern edge of Michigan, you can get to this through a small canal that leads from the Great Lake to the small one. Plenty of places to stop for a picnic lunch!

Of course, there’s no better way to tow your boat around than in a brand new pickup truck! To learn more about what trucks we have available or to take one on a test drive, visit us anytime at Bill Walsh Chevy.

5 Top Parks to Visit in Chicago This Summer

Parks to Visit in Chicago

Ah, the open air, green grass, and blue sky! Does it get any better than this?

Now that the sun is shining and school is out, there’s no better way to spend the day then at one of the many stunning parks of the Chicago area. Just be sure to pack plenty of fresh water and wear lots of sunscreen!

Here are some of our favorite parks to visit in Chicago to keep in mind this summer:

  • Lincoln Park (no, not the band)– This enormous park contains both a free conservatory and a free zoo, making it one of the nation’s top parks.
  • Millennium Park – No trip to Chicago would be complete without a stroll through this park, checking out the Bean.
  • Burnham Park – This lakefront park offers beaches, boating, and a skate park.
  • Maggie Daley Park – This newer park features plenty of playgrounds and, if you visit in the winter, an ice rink.
  • Jackson Park – Lastly, if you love birds, you can’t skip Jackson Park, a birder’s paradise which also has lagoons available for fishing.

And if you’re looking for some road trip tips – or if you’re in the Chicago area already – be sure to visit us at Bill Walsh Chevy, and get a tune-up. We’d love to see you and hear how you’re enjoying the summer!

 

Strategies for Avoiding Road Anxiety

strategies for avoiding road anxiety

Even for the most experienced and poised driver, road anxiety can seem unavoidable sometimes. It’s as if all of the elements that stress you out arrive at once and next thing you know, you feel weak or faint and out of control. To prevent such an episode, we’ve compiled some strategies for avoiding road anxiety.

Learn To Recognize Triggers

Do too many big rig trucks make you nervous? Does rain do it? Or do you have a certain someone in your life who likes to backseat drive? Whatever your triggers are, learn to acknowledge them. This way you can start to implement relaxation and coping techniques early.

Coping Techniques

Techniques will be different for everyone. Some people will benefit from breathing exercises. Others may benefit from listening to chill music like Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. And yet others may find that they can prevent road anxiety by simply coaching themselves. As long as they are effective, it doesn’t matter what techniques you use.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

If it’s rain or snow that bothers you, try to avoid it altogether. Ask someone else to drive or arrange your day so that you do not have to go out in it. If it’s heavy traffic, take a different route home, even if it costs you more time.

 

Camaro Warranty Extends to the Track, Says Chief Engineer

camaro warranty

Think about how painful it might be to buy a sports car only to be unable to race it; or at least, be unable race it and expect to keep your warranty intact. This has happened to quite a few people over the years, owning all sorts of different vehicles.

But if you own a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, you won’t have to worry. Al Oppenheiser, the chief engineer of Chevrolet, recently made some awfully reassuring comments to Motor Authority.

He put it simply, “If you’re not modifying your car and you take your production car to a track day and you have an issue with one of your parts, it’s covered under warranty.”

After all, it makes sense. Chevrolet knows that people who buy the Camaro are going to want to explore the full potential of this seriously sporty car. Why else would they put a 6.2-liter V8 good for 455 horsepower under the hood? Why else would they give it Magnetic Ride Control and brake cooling ducts? Clearly the message here is: drive this car at the track.

And now with the full Camaro warranty, you can do so with more confidence!