Best Spots to Watch Chicago Cubs and White Sox Games

From historic neighborhood Chicago sports bars to game day hot spots just outside the stadium, these are the best places to catch Chicago baseball….

From historic neighborhood Chicago sports bars to game day hot spots just outside the stadium, these are the best places to catch Chicago baseball.

From the earliest hints of springtime, baseball fans eagerly await the opening day of baseball season in Chicago, and why not? With two major league Chicago baseball teams to root for—the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox— the city comes to life around Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field and in sports bars all across town. Don your team’s colors and get ready to cheer them on alongside fellow fans. Here are just a few of the best sports bars in Chicago to catch the game—or to catch a ride to the game.

FOR CHICAGO CUBS FANS

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

Show your team spirit even if you’re not just outside Wrigley Field. At Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch in Water Tower Place enjoy an upscale sports bar experience with gourmet food to match.  After you’re done watching the game and filling up on oven-fired pizzas, specialty fries and over-the-top burgers, peruse the adjacent Chicago Sports Museum to see the recently unveiled 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit, as well as other exciting sports memorabilia.

Unexpected Chicago: Off the Beaten Path Attractions

Chicago’s Museum Campus is an obvious choice for arts and culture: a trifecta of institutions clustered together on the lakefront. The Art Institute is…

Chicago’s Museum Campus is an obvious choice for arts and culture: a trifecta of institutions clustered together on the lakefront. The Art Institute is a must-see as well and often tops the bucket list of Chicago attractions: it was one of TripAdvisor’s top three museums in the world in 2013, 2014 & 2015.

But with over 60 museums dotting the landscape, Chicago attractions come in all shapes and sizes. They’re also in the most unexpected places. Think a neglected bank turned community arts hub. Or a gallery housed in a mini Mag Mile castle. Or a museum set within a working bridge. Read on for details on these Chicago attractions just off the beaten path.

MALL PIT STOPS

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

It’s “Game On!” at the interactive Chicago Sports Museum, which commemorates the world of sports using simulated experiences, relics and stats. Combining hi-energy entertainment with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, the Chicago Sports Museum offers exciting interactive experiences, a vast collection of unique sports memorabilia and an impressive display of game-used treasures and artifacts. Find it in Water Tower Place, the 8-level shopping mall crowns the north end of The Magnificent Mile.

 

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Amazing Cubs World Series Memorabilia at the Chicago Sports Museum!

Chi If the historic Chicago Cubs World Series win was the highlight of your 2016, you’ll want to run—not walk— to the Chicago Sports…

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If the historic Chicago Cubs World Series win was the highlight of your 2016, you’ll want to run—not walk— to the Chicago Sports Museum, where a recently unveiled Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit celebrates the grandest moments of the 2016 season with sports mementos that contributed to the amazing victory. Here are five things Cubs fans need to check out STAT at the Chicago Sports Museum.

1.  Kris Bryant’s World Series Cleats

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 exhibit

Kris Bryant’s magical cleats carried him around the bases countless times in 2016. Bryant was wearing these same cleats on display when he made history with the final out in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

 

2.  Joe Maddon’s “We Did Not Suck” T-Shirt

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 exhibit

The Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s timeless advice to infielder Javier Baez—”Try Not to Suck”—became the unofficial slogan of 2016. Following the Cubs’ World Series win, Maddon quickly rephrased his famous slogan to “We Did Not Suck” and had it printed on the t-shirt he wore at the Cubs celebration rally.

 

3.  Addison Russell’s Grand Slam Ball

Addison Russell hit the 19th grand slam in the history of the World Series during Game 6 of the 2016 MLB World Series. The winning ball was caught by a Cleveland fan who threw it back on the field; a ball boy picked it up and tossed it to Cubs fan Joe Wright, who loaned it to the Chicago Sports Museum.

 

4.  David Ross’s Catcher’s Gear

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 exhibit

David Ross, a.k.a. “Grandpa Rossy,” was the oldest catcher and the oldest Cub ever to hit a home run in the post season. He ended his career on the highest possible note with a magnificent home run in Game 7 of the 2016 MLB World Series. You’ll find his catcher’s gear, including his mask, chest protector and shin guards, worn during the World Series and signed by Ross himself, on display in the museum.

 

5.  Anthony Rizzo’s 2016 NLCS Game-Used Bat

Three-time All-Star Anthony Rizzo became one of the few players in Cubs history to hit over 40 doubles and 30 home runs in the same year. Be sure to check out Rizzo’s 2016 NCLS game-used bat from Games 3 and 4, his game-used glove and helmet and his 2016 World Series game-worn pants.

 

Plus Even More Memorabilia

You’ll also find many other incredible CUBS artifacts on display, including a World Series jersey signed by the 2016 Chicago Cubs team, infielder Javier Baez’s 2015 Chicago Cubs jersey, a Wrigley Field stadium-flown “W” flag, Kyle Schwarber’s game-worn 1916 Cubs throwback jersey and many others.

 

Plan Your Visit: The Chicago Sports Museum

835 N. Michigan Avenue, Water Tower Place 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 312-202-0500
harrycarays.com/chicago-sports-museum

  • Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for ages 3 and under.
  • Guests of Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch located across from the entrance receive complimentary tickets to the museum.

 

The Chicago Sports Museum is a must-visit for any Chicago sports fan. In addition to testing your own skills against Chicago’s greatest team players via the museum’s high-tech interactive challenges and simulated experiences, the museum’s unique sports memorabilia collection showcases all of our beloved Chicago sport legends. Here’s a guide to what else to see at the Chicago Sports Museum.

Your Ultimate Chicago Sports Guide

Chicago has been home to some of the biggest sporting legends of all time. Frank Thomas (The “Big Hurt”) of the The White Sox,…

Chicago has been home to some of the biggest sporting legends of all time. Frank Thomas (The “Big Hurt”) of the The White Sox, Walter Payton (“Never Die Easy”) of the Bears, and of course, the Chicago Bulls basketball icon Michael Jordan. For fans of all sports, there’s not a better city to visit. Here are some must-see venues to watch sports live when you’re in town, or, if you prefer, to play sports of your own as you work your way to legend status.

Chicago Sports Museum

With cool exhibits and memorabilia such the hoverboard from “Back to the Future”, this museum is a must for every sports fan. Learn about little-known facts of Chicago’s sports teams, and take a behind-the-scenes look at how they function. There are skill challenges and interactive exhibits that make you the star. Compare your jump to Michael Jordan’s, measure your hand-eye coordination or solve a popular sports mystery. This museum is packed with hours of fun for all ages.

 

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Modern Luxury: Woody’s Winter Warm Up

Chicago’s most avid Cubs fans came out for the annual, Woody’s Winter Warm-up event at Harry Caray’s Tavern. Guests enjoyed live music by Survivor,…

Chicago’s most avid Cubs fans came out for the annual, Woody’s Winter Warm-up event at Harry Caray’s Tavern. Guests enjoyed live music by Survivor, signature cocktails made from past and present Chicago celebrities including Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks players, while having the chance to win a variety of Cubs auctioned items. Hosted by past Cubs superstar Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah Wood, the positive energy and the excitement of the World Series win by the Chicago Cubs brought in a great crowd to support the growth and development of Chicago’s youth in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

 

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Chicago’s Top Sports Bars to Watch Football

WHERE Traveler: When it comes to catching the game, the only thing better than the living room La-Z-Boy is an appreciative bar full of…

WHERE Traveler: When it comes to catching the game, the only thing better than the living room La-Z-Boy is an appreciative bar full of like-minded fans. The Windy City obliges wholeheartedly, raising the sports bar stereotype with creative decor, food that goes beyond wings and skins (though there’s plenty of that. too), local brews on tap, and, if nothing else, flat-screens galore.

Harry Caray’s Tavern

Known for its loyalty to the Chicago Cubs—it’s named after the late Cubs announcer—when it’s not baseball season, Harry Caray’s Tavern has the sport of the day on, be it football, basketball or hockey. During Chicago Bears Sunday home game days, special brunch options are available 9 am-noon, along with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. During every Sunday game, home or away, tailgating specials are on the menu.

 

Reposted from: https://www.wheretraveler.com/chicago/chicagos-top-sports-bars-watch-football

Green Tie Ball

More than 1,000 partygoers attended the 25th annual Green Tie Ball, hosted by Chicago Gateway Green at Architectural Artifacts on Oct. 1. The 80,000-square-foot…

More than 1,000 partygoers attended the 25th annual Green Tie Ball, hosted by Chicago Gateway Green at Architectural Artifacts on Oct. 1. The 80,000-square-foot warehouse space was filled with antique treasures that served as a striking backdrop for the event, themed “Starry Night.” It celebrated the 30th anniversary of CGG, a nonprofit dedicated to greening and beautifying the city’s expressways, gateways and communities.

Searchlights lit up the night sky as guests entered the venue in the historic Ravenswood neighborhood. In the courtyard, six massive stone columns, statuary and other architectural elements were dramatically lit by Kehoe Designs. Attendees posed for photos beside a 1945 Chevy pickup truck, a huge, green #GTB social media sign and an 8-foot vintage chandelier.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a variety of tasting stations from top local restaurants, coordinated by the event’s culinary chair, David Lissner. They included Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse, Mia Francesca, Shaw’s Crab House, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse and Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon.

Masters of ceremonies WGN Radio’s Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes introduced event principals, co-chairs Neal Zucker and Lara Shiffman, Tony Abruscato (CGG executive director) and Golub. CGG’s board chair, Grant DePorter, spoke about how pleased his late father Donald J. DePorter, CGG founder, would be with the success of the organization. Since its inception in 1986, the organization has planted more than 4,000 trees, 80,000 shrubs and 130,000 perennials, along with removing over 1.3 million pounds of litter.

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) presented a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council that proclaimed Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 “Gateway Green Week.” A cake-cutting ceremony featured a 150-pound Eli’s Cheesecake.

With all the success of CGG, DePorter still has big dreams for the future of the organization. “I would like to put sprinklers throughout our entire expressway garden system. They would allow us to be more aggressive with our plantings, but they’re very expensive. My crazy dream would be to receive a large charitable gift, which would provide enough funding to make that happen. We’re doing a lot but could always do more,” he said.

The event raised more than $400,000 for Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program that beautifies gateways and transforms roadways into parkways. In honor of the anniversary celebration, the original co-chairs from the first Green Tie Ball in 1992, Shiffman and Zucker, were reunited with many inaugural committee members.

 

Reposted from: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-sun-1016-candid-candace-20161012-column.html

Romantic Illinois Attractions

USA Today: Nestled in the Midwest, Illinois is home to a diverse range of attractions, from sandy beaches along the Great Lakes to big cities…

USA Today: Nestled in the Midwest, Illinois is home to a diverse range of attractions, from sandy beaches along the Great Lakes to big cities and their bustle. Home to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Illinois is easy to get to from anywhere in the country. Whether you’re driving to your destination from a neighboring state or flying in for an extended escape, you’ll find a variety of romantic pursuits to suit any taste.

Theater buffs can easily plan a romantic evening at a show in Illinois. The Rialto Square Theater (rialtosquare.com) in Joliet features stunning architecture by Eugene Romeo. Guests can schedule a private theater tour before catching a performance here. Enjoy a perfectly coordinated combination of dinner and a show at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Before each show, Harry Caray’s Tavern (harrycaraystavern.com) serves a meal designed around the theme of that evening’s performance at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (chicagoshakes.com). For a chance to really snuggle up to your sweetie, try a haunted theater tour at the Egyptian Theater (egyptiantheatre.org) in DeKalb. The Illinois Ghost Hunters lead small groups on investigations into the many reported hauntings here.

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Park, Tailgate, and Ride

You have tickets to see your beloved Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, or maybe you have plans to catch your favorite musical act on…

You have tickets to see your beloved Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, or maybe you have plans to catch your favorite musical act on stage. How are you planning to get to the venue? If parking your car and dealing with traffic are things you’d rather avoid, then you’re in luck. The Chicago area has a number of bars with shuttle buses — and even a water taxi — to sporting events and concerts in the area, where you can also meet other fans. Make your reservations in advance so you can secure a seat on the bus or boat with these bars.

 

Harry Caray’s Tavern

Rolling up to Soldier Field in a shuttle bus is one way to start the game day festivities, but what about sailing in on a water taxi? With Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier (700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago; 312 527-9700), you can. The round-trip water taxi is $10 for adults and $6 for kids, and additional details are posted on the tavern’s website. Tailgate parties are also planned at the tavern, complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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Olympic Medalist Conor Dywer’s Unique Connection to the Cubs

NBC Olympics: Conor Dwyer has been a Cubs fan for his entire life thanks to his grandfather, who hired one of the most legendary…

NBC Olympics:

Conor Dwyer has been a Cubs fan for his entire life thanks to his grandfather, who hired one of the most legendary play-by-play announcers in the history of baseball.

During his national broadcast interview on NBC, Dwyer shared a photo of himself here at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse! Watch the video HERE.

Chicago Sports Museum New Exhibits

SPLASH: Game on! CSM recently unveiled a host of interactive exhibits (plus some cool new memorabilia, like Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl XX playbook). Our favorite? Fans can…

SPLASH:

Game on! CSM recently unveiled a host of interactive exhibits (plus some cool new memorabilia, like Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl XX playbook). Our favorite? Fans can dunk — or try to — on the very hoop and backboard that Michael Jordan scored his game winning shot in the 1998 NBA Finals.

Sightings: Jim Harbaugh

Chicago Sun-Times: University of Michigan head football coach and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh visited the Chicago Sports Museum on Tuesday night with Michigan alumni.

Chicago Sun-Times:

University of Michigan head football coach and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh visited the Chicago Sports Museum on Tuesday night with Michigan alumni.

Famous Faces Around Town

Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs relief pitcher Spencer Patton, along with his family, dined at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie. While at the popular eatery, Patton checked out Harry…

Chicago Sun-Times:

Cubs relief pitcher Spencer Patton, along with his family, dined at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie. While at the popular eatery, Patton checked out Harry Caray’s new seasonal beer: “Syne Randberg,” inspired by the way the late, great Harry would mispronounce the name of his favorite player, Ryne Sandberg. Anyway, besides the fun name, Patton like the beer so much — he ordered a second one. … Also at Harry Caray’s River North home base, WGN morning show mainstays Paul Konrad and Pat Tomasulo enjoyed a hearty lunch, joined by a couple of their show’s fans. While at lunch, Konrad and Tomasulo saw the restaurant’s new display dedicated to the late, Hall of Fame sportscaster Jack Brickhouse — that included his old gold broadcasting blazer with the WGN 9 logo on it. Also in the display  is the telegram from the famous WGN broadcaster Bob Elson, dated March 14, 1948. Considering Brickhouse’s encyclopedic knowledge of all things sports-related, Konrad and Tomasulo were amused by Elson’s wired note: “Remember if anyone asks — you have a thorough knowledge of baseball.”

Choose Chicago Bucket List

Choose Chicago: Build out your Chicago itinerary with this bucket list of things to do, eat and drink. These are the classics. The essentials….

Choose Chicago:

Build out your Chicago itinerary with this bucket list of things to do, eat and drink. These are the classics. The essentials. And by no means does it cover all that the city has going on. You could pick up and stay here forever, and STILL not get to everything. But this is a great place to start!

 

Steak your claim: Chicago Steakhouse guide

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, which was named “Best Steakhouse in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune Dining Poll. Named after the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, their signature steaks are selected from the finest USDA Prime beef and are aged 3 to 4 weeks to ensure maximum tenderness.

20 Things to Eat in Chicago

Order the “Best Chicken Vesuvio in the City” at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, where half a bone-in chicken is roasted with quartered potatoes, sweet peas, garlic and white wine. The original recipe for this iconic dish has won the hearts of visitors and locals alike.

 

Watch Fireworks at Harry Caray’s Navy Pier

 The Fourth of July is not the only time to enjoy the fireworks in the city. All summer long, Navy Pier hosts fireworks displays, including…

 The Fourth of July is not the only time to enjoy the fireworks in the city. All summer long, Navy Pier hosts fireworks displays, including every Saturday. One of the best spots to watch the spectacle is, without a doubt, Harry Caray’s Navy Pier Located on the Pier, the nautically inclined restaurant provides a front-row seat to all the action. It also helps that the restaurant boasts a terrific wine and Champagne program, plus dishes and desserts to accompany the show.

 

Best Father’s Day Restaurants in Chicago

Harry Caray’s makes CBS Chicago’s list of Best Father’s Day Restaurants in Chicago. You likely know that June 19th is Father’s Day this year….

Harry Caray’s makes CBS Chicago’s list of Best Father’s Day Restaurants in Chicago.

You likely know that June 19th is Father’s Day this year. Hopefully, you also know what kind of food makes your dad happy. Certainly his dish of choice could be steak. But maybe if asked, he would say Italian or seafood. Chicago is such a great foodie town that you have a huge array of cuisines to choose from for Father’s Day.

Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch
Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 202-0500, www.harrycarays.com

Does your dad love baseball? If you go to Harry Caray’s, you will not only see photos of sports figures and other celebs, you will also get to go into the connecting Chicago Sports Museum without paying for a ticket. On Father’s Day, the museum closes at 3 p.m., so you will probably want to reserve a table at 11:30 a.m. to have plenty of time to wander the museum and try its interactive stations. The restaurant’s menu favors yummy hamburger choices, such as one with applewood smoked bacon and aged gouda. In addition, Sunday’s special is braised short rib.

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs teammates compete at Cook-Off Benefit

Some Cubs players switched out their baseball uniforms for aprons after their win over the Dodgers on Thursday.  The change was for Anthony Rizzo’s fourth annual Cook-Off…

Some Cubs players switched out their baseball uniforms for aprons after their win over the Dodgers on Thursday.  The change was for Anthony Rizzo’s fourth annual Cook-Off For Cancer fundraiser, where players served guests food from 17 Chicago restaurants.

8 Fun Fountains Chicago Families Should Know About

Sure, you already know Buckingham and Crown Fountains, but so does every tourist who sets foot in our fair city. But if you want…

Sure, you already know Buckingham and Crown Fountains, but so does every tourist who sets foot in our fair city. But if you want to prove your “local” cred, these eight fabulously fun fountains are must-sees—and just might help you cool off on some of these sweltering Chicago days.

The Tropical Fountain

As far as tropical oases go, Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens are pretty top-of-the-line. Add in the dancing leapfrog fountains just begging to be run through, and your kids will think it’s just as good as a vacation to Fiji. Afterward, order a Mai Tai from Harry Caray’s Tavern for the true experience.

Ron Mager’s Retirement Party

Friends and colleagues gathered at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North on May 26, 2016 to celebrate Ron Mager’s retirement.

Friends and colleagues gathered at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North on May 26, 2016 to celebrate Ron Mager’s retirement.

SPOTTED: Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly, Derek Lee and Michael Barrett

Chicago Sun-Times- Former Chicago Cubs players Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly, Derek Lee and Michael Barrett spotted dining Wednesday night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning…

Chicago Sun-Times- Former Chicago Cubs players Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly, Derek Lee and Michael Barrett spotted dining Wednesday night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place with their wives and children.

Mike & Mike at Harry’s for the 2016 NFL Draft

ESPN Front Row: Mike & Mike- hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg- aired live Thursday from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the…

ESPN Front Row: Mike & Mike- hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg- aired live Thursday from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. The duo helped tee up ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft tonight (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) in the Windy City. Friday from the same venue, Mike & Mike will recap the NFL Draft’s first round and bring fans up to speed on everything else in the sports world. Mike & Mike airs from 6-10 a.m. ET weekdays on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, TuneIn, and is simulcast on ESPN2.

Four Seasons Chicago Concierge Shares Favorite Chicago Experiences

Luxury and Travel Hub: Kristen Klus, head concierge at Four Seasons Chicago, shares her favorite ways to enjoy the beautiful city of Chicago. Kristen…

Luxury and Travel Hub: Kristen Klus, head concierge at Four Seasons Chicago, shares her favorite ways to enjoy the beautiful city of Chicago. Kristen has gathered the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find from not only her own experience, but other local connoisseurs. Discover the glittering city beside the lake, with its iconic architecture, art, sports, shopping and fine dining.

For the sports enthusiasts, Harry Caray’s and the Chicago Sports Museum are must-visit destinations, especially for any Boston sports fans.

Watch the video HERE.

1985 World Champion Chicago Bears at Harry Caray’s Tavern

Former Chicago Bears Steve McMichael and Keith Horne were at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier on Thursday, April 28 to host a meet and…

Former Chicago Bears Steve McMichael and Keith Horne were at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier on Thursday, April 28 to host a meet and greet with fans. The Super Bowl XX Champions graced the Tavern from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to sign autographs and take photos with fans before heading to NFL Draft Town at Grant Park.

Kordell Stewart Book Signing

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart was at the Chicago Sports Museum signing copies of his new book TRUTH: The Kordell Stewart Story on…

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart was at the Chicago Sports Museum signing copies of his new book TRUTH: The Kordell Stewart Story on April 28th

Roadfood Favorites: Steak Houses

Roadfood: Harry Caray’s listed #3 A high-priced, high quality Italian steak house founded by baseball’s legendary announcer, Harry Caray’s is the place to go…

Roadfood: Harry Caray’s listed #3

A high-priced, high quality Italian steak house founded by baseball’s legendary announcer, Harry Caray’s is the place to go not only for prime beef, but also for such Chicago specialties as Chicken Vesuvio and Shrimp de Jonghe … not to mention beers at the bar where tipplers cheer on the Cubbies.

10 Unique Things To Do In Chicago

Glo Holiday: Chicago city which is found on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the United States….

Glo Holiday:

Chicago city which is found on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the United States. There are so many things to do in Chicago. The city is famed for its bold architecture, it has a city skyline bristling with innovative skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city of Chicago is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute and its expansive collections, including noted Impressionist works. Travelers new to the city by Lake Michigan will soon realize there is more to Chicago that meets the eye. The city is sometimes referred to as ‘The Windy City.’ In fact Chicago is home to amazing parks, museums, shopping, hotels and sports stadiums. Explore fascinating buildings, skyscrapers and art galleries to name but a view unique visitor ideas. Chicago in Illinois has featured in many motion picture films such as ‘Risky Business’ starring Tom Cruise and in the popular television drama series ‘Chicago Fire.’
Frank Nitti’s Vault- Chicago is famous for the ever popular Harry Caray’s Steakhouse and Bar. The restaurant’s first doors opened in the late 1980’s on West Kinzie Street. This should be a point of call when choosing things to do in Chicago. Very few people know that Frank Nitti’s vault is located in the basement of Harry Caray’s Steakhouse The site was originally an apartment building dating back to 1895 and owned by Henry Ives Cobb, which features Dutch Renaissance Architecture. Al Capone eventually bought the place for his cheese company. In the late 1930’s, Frank Nitti occupied a room on the fourth floor. He chose to live here because the building was extremely close to the courthouse and was connected to the underground tunnels and secret rooms. His apartment room still exists and can still be seen. However, very few people know that Frank Nitti’s vault is located in the basement of Harry Caray’s Steakhouse, which was a three-door vault that contains photographs, an address book, and newspaper articles about the local gangsters such as Frank.  The vault and secret rooms are free to the public during regular restaurant hours. Frank Nitti’s Vault is much deserving of its place on the 10 unique things to do in Chicago.

Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch Museum- The 8,000 square foot museum is located on the seventh floor of the Water Tower Place mall in the Harry Caray’s Restaurant.  Sports fans can view sport memorabilia from all the Chicago Sports such as basketballs, signed basketball shoes, various sport jerseys, photos etc. Also see Harry Caray’s glasses, newspaper articles, the 2003 Cubs foul ball, the Hover board from the movie Back to the Future II, Sammy Sosa’s corked bat, Andrew Shaw’s stiches from the 2013 Stanley Cup final games, Blackhawk Stanley Cup rings, and view inside baseballs. What makes this museum interesting and fun to the public are the interactive exhibits such as shooting free throw hoops like Scottie Pippen or hitting baseballs out of the stadium like the White Sox. Diners can visit the museum for free or pay six dollars for adults (three dollars for kids) not dining in. This museum is a must for all Chicago sports fan lovers.

Intelligent Collector Grant DePorter

Living in a hotel sounds a bit like an episode of the 1970s television classic The Love Boat – each day, exciting and new….

Living in a hotel sounds a bit like an episode of the 1970s television classic The Love Boat – each day, exciting and new. On occasion, real life intersects with fiction, as is the story of business leader Grant DePorter. Growing up in a hotel, where simply riding the elevator was an adventure and bumping into a World Series champion or an NBA athlete was a daily occurrence, a lifelong passion for sports was ignited.

Today, DePorter is no ordinary collector. He is CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, named for legendary Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Harry Caray (1914-1998). Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group operates seven restaurants and the Chicago Sports Museum. “Grant’s dedication to keeping Harry’s legacy alive is appreciated by the entire family,” says Caray’s widow Dutchie. “He’s done an outstanding job capturing Harry’s love of the game and the fans throughout all of our restaurant locations.”

DePorter also is a formidable civic leader, sports historian, curator of the Chicago Sports Museum and an innate showman, all while enthusiastically sharing his collection with the public. “Grant has a way of creating an enjoyment of the history of the game,” says Gold Glove winner, Hall of Famer and friend Ryne Sandberg.

Sports fans around the world became acquainted with DePorter in 2004 when he paid $113,824.16 for the infamous Foul Ball (aka the “Bartman” ball) from the Cubs’ heartbreaking loss in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. He then proceeded to blow up the cursed ball with the assistance of an Oscar-winning special effects expert.

The Chicago Sports Museum features a replica of the device that allows fans to simulate blowing the ball into fiery chunks. The replica and tarnished remains of the actual ball are located in the museum’s “Curses and Superstitions” area.

So, how does one transition from being a kid living it up in a hotel to possessing one of the most extensive and important collections of Chicago sports memorabilia? We sat down with DePorter, in what had been Harry Caray’s personal office, to find out.

When did you discover your interest in collecting?

My father, Don DePorter, was in the hotel business my entire childhood. I remember as early as 1973, when he was running the Hyatt Embarcadero in San Francisco, encountering Hank Aaron right before he broke the all-time home run record. He signed a baseball to me, and I was hooked. Later in the ’70s, my dad became a partner in the Oakland Stompers soccer team, along with Ben Davidson of the Oakland Raiders and John Brody from the San Francisco 49ers. I’d attend games as a kid, wearing a uniform, and be seated with the families who always made sure I went home with a distinctive souvenir.

Later, when he went on to run the Hyatt Regency Chicago, it felt like all of the visiting sports teams were constantly staying there. I’d ride with them in the elevators, see them in the lobby, and quickly came to realize it was an opportunity to add to my collection. And it wasn’t just players. It was umpires and coaches, too. Umpire Ken Kaiser used to take me to White Sox games and into the locker rooms, where I once unexpectedly encountered outfielder Chet Lemon as I was helping myself to one of his bats.

The NBA annually held their awards dinners at the hotel, too. My dad was quite charitable, and would often be thanked after the event with a basketball signed by all of the winners. That certainly was a highlight in my early collecting years.

What was the first piece you remember buying?

What got me aggressive was the infamous Foul Ball. Being five outs away from the Cubs going to their first World Series since 1945, and have it not happen, was traumatic for Cub fans. [The ball was] auctioned off two months after the game. I thought I would be bidding against Florida Marlins fans, since they won the World Series that year, and that foul ball incident played a part. I didn’t know whom I was up against. It turned out I beat [comic book artist and publisher] Todd McFarlane, who, at the time, owned six of the 10 most expensive baseballs in history.

My intention was to destroy the ball and provide a cathartic release for Cub fans. I received 20,000 letters in one week thanking me and offering suggestions of how to accomplish this. The Today Show’s Katie Couric was the first to call, followed by media outlets from around the world. Not wanting to travel with my newly acquired and expensive piece of history, [NBC newsman] Lester Holt interviewed me via satellite about my purchase and unique plans.

One of the letters I received came from Michael Lantieri, who won the Special Effects Academy Award for Jurassic Park. He said he would explore the techniques they employed in Hollywood to destroy the ball. Ultimately, he used a heat-pressured explosive to blow it up, while retaining some remains, so there was a bit left over.

In February 2004, we publicly staged this moment in front of Harry Caray’s Italian Steak House on Kinzie Street here in Chicago. Mayor Daley closed the street, saying it was for the greater good of Chicago, and we enlisted Harold Ramis, the famous Ghostbuster as our master of ceremonies, along with performances from Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, all culminating when Michael Lantieri pushed the button and blew up the ball. The following year, we took some of those remains and after much preparation, turned it into spaghetti sauce [and] 700 fans ate it.

Michael Lanteri also worked on Back to the Future 2, where the Cubs win the World Series in 2015, and loaned me the movie’s hover boards and sports almanac to display. I ended up buying the ball from Heritage Auctions that made the final out in the 1945 World Series, the last time the Cubs were in the Series. I thought by acquiring that ball, it should be treated differently. Michael and his brother Lou, another special effects artist, lent us a steel container to house and suspend the ball until the Cubs actually win the series. The ball remains on display in that canister today.

What is the most unique item you’ve ever purchased?

The oddest item I’ve ever purchased came from Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s his stitches from the Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 in 2013 [in which Shaw took a puck to the face]. At that point, local media were projecting that I would be the buyer. I never want people to know what I’m going for, so I said I wasn’t interested. Ultimately, I did buy them, and paid $6,500. Fans thought I was being thematic, as Shaw’s number is 65. The money went to charity, which was meaningful.

I also bought Sammy Sosa’s infamous corked bat. One of the partners here at Harry Caray’s is a radiologist, and performed a CAT scan on the bat that showed the cork going all the way through. It’s on display at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier, and always a conversation piece.

Did you ever drift away from collecting?

I never lost my passion for collecting, but when I went off to college and later was getting my MBA, it took a backseat. Upon returning to Chicago, I got involved with the newly opened Harry Caray’s Restaurant, and instinctively began to archive Harry’s memorabilia.

Do you have any stories about the one that got away?

In 2015, at the National Sports Collectors Convention, Heritage offered William “The Refrigerator” Perry’s Super Bowl Ring. I really wanted it for our Sports Museum at Water Tower, as we already have a replica on display. I was the second-highest bidder at $191,000 and it felt a bit like crazy money. It ultimately sold for $203,150.

What is still out there that you’d love to get your hands on?

The things I go for the most are Chicago specific, and if I’m close to someone, it has special meaning for me. Walter Payton was a friend of my dad’s, and the week before the Bears’ Super Bowl appearance he was hanging out with us in my dad’s office, wanting to talk about the restaurant business, trying to get his mind off football. So I recently acquired Walter’s final touchdown football. When I care about someone and there is more of a personal connection, I am going to go after it.

Ernie Banks’ 1969 glove I acquired, too. I felt like I saw Ernie almost every day in recent years, until his passing in early 2015. Ernie had lost most of his possessions from his sports life, so whenever I could get them back, I knew that he loved it. I also went after his 1976 coach’s jersey. Not a lot of people know that in 1973, Ernie was the first African-American to manage a baseball game. Fans think it was Frank Robinson, but Ernie was about a year ahead. It’s currently on display at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie Street. The players I know love to see their memorabilia on display. They like sharing their awards and historic moments with their fans.

Do you collect anything else?

Absolutely! I was entrusted with a large private newspaper collection by a long-time customer. He knew I would respect and take care of it. Many of the papers are framed on walls at various Harry Caray’s restaurants. I recall after that gift, I fed him lunch for the rest of his life.

And it’s not just sports. It’s Chicago history, too. I converted the basement of Harry Caray’s on Kinzie Street into a Frank Niti museum, which features his vault, after I purchased a Niti subpoena from a Cook County court auction. Niti was the infamous enforcer for Al Capone. His in-laws purchased the building that we now own, and he kept an apartment on the fourth floor, which served as a hideout and conveniently allowed him to keep an eye on the courthouse across the street. About 150 people come through each day.

Do you ever come across fakes or forgeries?

In 2010, the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. I wanted something from that game, and found out that the winning puck was missing. No one knew where it was. I was participating in the FBI Civilian Academy at the time, and put out a $50,000 reward for the puck. A Philadelphia Flyers fan came forward, so I sent the puck to the FBI for authentication. Volunteering their own time, they blew up the image of the final goal being scored, and with NBC providing an unedited reel, it was determined the puck was not a match. Eventually, it was established that the linesman, Steve Miller, picked up the puck. I continue to search for it, and people continue to submit. The reward is still out there, if anyone has it.

What advice do you have for collectors?

Always do your research and look at the back story to understand if something is authentic. How did it get from point A to point B is extremely important. History and provenance and, of course, buy from reputable places. I frequently get calls from people offering to sell me their items, but if it has no historical significance, I’m generally not interested. I also have the privilege of displaying important pieces on loan. For years, I’ve been trying to get outfielder Moisés Alou to sell me the mitt he wore in that fateful 2003 NLCS game. He finally acquiesced and loaned it indefinitely. It’s now displayed next to the remains of that infamous 2003 foul ball.

50th Birthday Steak Dinner Surprise!

ABC Windy City Live: We love to hear from our viewers, and when we can, we like to lend a helping hand. And when…

ABC Windy City Live: We love to hear from our viewers, and when we can, we like to lend a helping hand. And when Ji received a letter from two girls about their Dad, we knew we had to do something. They had tickets to visit our show on Dad’s birthday, and what did he want? A surprise steak dinner at a restaurant!

We couldn’t resist, so we asked our friends at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse came to the rescue and gave the Rymarczyk family a wonderful steak dinner!

Watch the clip HERE.

Batter Up!

Chicago Sun-Times: The windshield smashed by the “Schwarbomb” dropped on the car of an unsuspecting Cubs fan at spring training during batting practice by left fielder Kyle…

Chicago Sun-Times:

The windshield smashed by the “Schwarbomb” dropped on the car of an unsuspecting Cubs fan at spring training during batting practice by left fielder Kyle Schwarber has been purchased by sports impresario Grant DePorter.

“I’m paying more for shipping of the windshield than the winning bid I placed on it,” chirped DePorter, who plans to display it at Harry Caray’s Chicago Sports Museum.

“It’s just in time for the Chicago Cubs baseball regular season, which starts April 4,” said DePorter who added: “I paid $900 for the windshield and it’s costing me $1,014 to ship it!”

Meet The Guy Who Ran 1,037 Miles Around Lake Michigan in 40 Days

WGN Radio:  Starting and finishing in Chicago, Steve Cannon always believed he could run around Lake Michigan.  Over 40 days, averaging about a marathon a day,…

WGN Radio:  Starting and finishing in Chicago, Steve Cannon always believed he could run around Lake Michigan.  Over 40 days, averaging about a marathon a day, the Iowa native ran 1,037 miles, burning through six pairs of shoes and countless calories. His epic one-man achievement — completed from May 28-July 5, 2012 — began and concluded at Harry Caray’s Downtown.

“The one thing that was always the same was people asked me, ‘What the heck are you doing?’ ” said Cannon, who recently released a book about his experiences. “But I never entertained the thought of quitting.”

Cannon, who became the first person to trot around Lake Michigan, chose Harry Caray’s as his start and finish line because the 49-year-old is a lifelong Cubs fan. He ran clockwise around the lake, beginning his voyage by ambling up the Lakefront Path through Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown and Rogers Park before hitting residential streets.

Chicago Steakhouse Burgers Worth Every Bite

About Travel: Harry Caray’s Steakhouses Listed #5. Why We Love This Burger: How perfect and appropriate that Harry Caray’s signature burger is dubbed the Holy Cow! Burger, paying homage…

About Travel: Harry Caray’s Steakhouses Listed #5.

Why We Love This Burger: How perfect and appropriate that Harry Caray’s signature burger is dubbed the Holy Cow! Burger, paying homage to the famed Cubs announcer. It’s a favorite among those patronizing the tavern side of the steakhouse, which is always tuned into sports or the news. The Holy Cow! is made of 10-ounce sirloin, candied Applewood smoked bacon, five-year aged Gouda, lettuce and Harry’s Steak Sauce between a Brioche bun. The burger’s available at all three Harry Caray’s Steakhouse locations.

SIGHTINGS: Len Kasper

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Cubs announcer Len Kasper was spied dining at Harry Caray’s in River North.

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Cubs announcer Len Kasper was spied dining at Harry Caray’s in River North.

Don’t Forget To Toast Harry Caray This Year!

WCIU You & Me: This year is the 18th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray. Don’t forget to honor this great Chicagoan! Watch the segment…

WCIU You & Me: This year is the 18th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray. Don’t forget to honor this great Chicagoan!

Watch the segment HERE.

Take Me Out To The Lemur Habitat

WGN TV: The lemurs at Brookfield Zoo are celebrating Harry Caray’s birthday a day early on Monday. The lemur habitat was transformed into a…

WGN TV:

The lemurs at Brookfield Zoo are celebrating Harry Caray’s birthday a day early on Monday.

The lemur habitat was transformed into a replica of Wrigley Field.

The animals had “beer,” made of apple juice and ate “hot dogs,” made of lemur chow and peppers.

And it’s 1, 2, 3 strikes you’re out at the old lemur game!

Watch the video HERE.

A Celebration of Harry Caray with Bartender Frankie O

WGN Radio: Chicago’s best bartender, Frankie O from Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse joins Roe Conn, Richard Roeper, and Anna Davlantes to talk about the Worldwide…

WGN Radio: Chicago’s best bartender, Frankie O from Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse joins Roe Conn, Richard Roeper, and Anna Davlantes to talk about the Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray.

Listen to the segment HERE.

SIGHTINGS: Carly Patterson

Chicago Sun-Times: Olympic gold medalist and pop singer Carly Patterson visited Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier for lunch with her family, while in town for the Flip Fest…

Chicago Sun-Times: Olympic gold medalist and pop singer Carly Patterson visited Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier for lunch with her family, while in town for the Flip Fest gymnastics camp.

 

Taste Testing Nonalcoholic Beer

Chicago Sun-Times: Harry Caray stopped drinking in July 1994 after a fall in Miami landed him in the hospital. “Hey doc, when can I…

Chicago Sun-Times: Harry Caray stopped drinking in July 1994 after a fall in Miami landed him in the hospital.

“Hey doc, when can I have another drink?” his widow, Dutchie Caray, remembers him asking. The doctor replied: “When the Cubs win the World Series.”

So from then on, until his death in February 1998, the great Cubs broadcaster had a bottle of Budweiser placed in front of him but would really be sipping Anheuser-Busch’s nonalcoholic beer, O’Doul’s.

Harry didn’t have a lot of choice. Many bars don’t stock NA beer at all, and those that do tend to have a choice of one, so people who drink nonalcoholic beer, for whatever reason, are left hanging.

Being a recovering alcoholic, I don’t drink alcohol, but sometimes on the town I’ll order a NA beer, either to augment a certain cuisine or as an attempt to fit into the spirit of conviviality, though I’ve learned that nobody really cares what you drink — at least not for long.

Some in recovery object to the idea of even NA beer because there is a trace of alcohol in some. But I find I can have one, be satisfied, sort of, and not crave another. If I could drink actual beer and say the same, I would do it, happily. But I can’t.

It helps when bars stock palatable NA beer. It does exist. St. Pauli Girl makes one; so does Beck’s. But that can’t be all that’s out there, and my attention was caught by PremiumNearBeer.com, a Canadian company advertising itself as “your source for premium quality, great tasting nonalcoholic beer.”

Intrigued, I contacted the website’s founder, Ted Fleming, who sent four bottles: Holsten, from Germany; two Portuguese beers, Sagres and Super Bock; plus something called Schmohz 120, from a Western Michigan microbrewery.

A taste test seemed in order. I dragooned a former colleague, well versed in the Three Floyds world of craft beers, whom I’ll call Floyd. We needed a place. Harry Caray’s bar seemed apt. We were joined by Harry Caray’s CEO Grant DePorter and bartender Frank Osowski, voted the best in Chicago. DePorter threw in Clausthaler and O’Doul’s NA brews, for an even half dozen.

It was a blind taste test. We each drew a grid on a piece of paper and set a short glass on it.

The first four were very light and lager-like, the last two much darker brown.

“I’ve got about a dozen breweries in my neighborhood now, so it’s almost impossible to run out of new things to try,” said Floyd.

No question we are living in a beer renaissance.

DePorter said he’s seen the change in his distributor. “They used to carry about 10 beers. Now it’s like 2,000, all microbrews.”

We started in on No. 1.

“A soft beginning and a fruity finish?” I ventured.

“Good lawnmower beer,” Floyd agreed.

We went on from there, sipping, commenting. No. 3 struck me as the O’Doul’s, correctly as it turned out, because, well, it tasted like O’Doul’s, unfortunately.

No. 4 tasted “old,” according to Osowski.

“All real watery, no real head,” said DePorter. No. 5 “looks like a beer,” said Floyd.

No. 6 registered the most distinct reaction.

“Ewww,” I said.

“No hops,” said Floyd. “Mediciney”

We rated them.

“I think No. 1 is my first choice, if I had to drink a whole bottle,” said DePorter, tellingly. That prompted Osowski to remark upon the singular nature of NA beer, which Harry’s sells so little of that each bottle ordered is an event.

“Whenever you serve one, always a story goes with it,” he said. “Immediately, the person will feel compelled to tell me why he’s drinking it.”

Often NA drinkers will ask their brew be poured in a glass as a disguise. Otherwise “people will go, ‘Why are you drinking that?’” said Osowski. “Why aren’t you drinking, have a drink have a drink have a drink.”

The ironic thing is that Clausthaler, a mass-market brew, rated high. I picked it as No. 1, Grant picked it No. 1 at first, then shifted it to No. 2, where Floyd put it, and Osowski had it third. The big loser was Schmohz, which Osowski, Floyd and I all placed dead last, though DePorter had it third.

“The funny thing is, the Michigan beer has a cult following and [the brewery] can’t keep them in stock,” DePorter said.

The exercise left me ambivalent. NA beer has a use, but there’s also a pressing-your-face-to-the-window, eyeing-the-party-you’re-not-invited-to-anymore quality. Why scratch at the door you don’t want to go through, and for what? NA beer. Meh. Floyd took me up on my offer of an actual beer, a Revolution Anti-Hero IPA.

“This one’s better already,” he said, lifting the pint to his lips.

6 Affordable Valentine’s Getaways

Wish TV: I appeared on Indianapolis’ WISH TV today at Noon to offer affordable Valentine’s getaways especially from Indianapolis, but they are great getaways no…

Wish TV: I appeared on Indianapolis’ WISH TV today at Noon to offer affordable Valentine’s getaways especially from Indianapolis, but they are great getaways no matter where you live! View the segment below:

Chicago- The Windy City is always one of my favorite places to visit because it’s just a couple-hour drive from home for me. Plus, you get the big city experience with all of its amazing restaurants and its incredible vitality. I highly recommend Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse for your Valentine’s meal, which will be offering a special three-course menu Feb. 12-14 along with their yummy dark chocolate martini. We ate there in December and the quality of food — and service — was second-to-none. HOLY COW! This is NO typical tourist stop with subpar fare.  Plus, this building was once the home of Frank Nitti, a member of Al Capone’s gang and if you go into the basement area near the bar, you can see his vault and the tunnels they used to in and out of the building!

Watch the segment HERE.

Holy Cow! The Story of Harry Caray

Yahoo! Sports: If you enjoyed going back in time to relive the Kansas City Royals World Series championship in 1985 and to remember the Montreal Expos,…

Yahoo! Sports:

If you enjoyed going back in time to relive the Kansas City Royals World Series championship in 1985 and to remember the Montreal Expos, chances are you’ll enjoy this next installment of MLB Network Presents just as much.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray will be featured in the one-hour documentary titled “Holy Cow! The Story of Harry Caray.” The program will premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and will be narrated by award-winning actor and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan William Petersen.

As they always kindly do, the good folks at MLB Network gave us an advanced look at the program, and we’ll just say it might be, it could be…. no, let’s be honest, it absolutely is a home run.

Best remembered as the fun-loving voice of the Chicago Cubs who led crowds with his rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during every seventh inning stretch, Caray had a career broadcasting in Major League Baseball that spanned 53 years, which also included stints with the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns, the Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox. We’ll learn more about that career from those who were closest to him, including his grandson, Chip Caray, who has successfully followed in his footsteps, and Dutchie Caray, Harry’s widow.

The program also focuses on Harry Caray’s life away from the booth, which highlights his incredible and perhaps unlikely path into the broadcasting booth and ultimately baseball’s Hall of Fame.

From his humble beginnings as a poverty-stricken orphan, to his health struggles later in life, to his constant struggle to balance family life with his career, notoriety and a larger-than-life personality that was always in demand. No stone is left unturned.

We also learn firsthand how Caray earned the nickname “The Mayor of Rush Street” in Chicago and how his countless local and national endorsements came about. Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe also discusses the “Harry Caray flu” that would impact all of those who spent a night on the town with Harry.

For the rest of us amateurs, that translates to a hangover.

Here’s more from MLB Network:

Famous for his “Holy Cow” expression, baseball broadcasters Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Pat Hughes, Tim McCarver, Steve Stone and Rick Sutcliffe describe Caray’s unique broadcast style that endeared him to generations of fans. Former Cubs President John McDonough and Chicago columnist Rick Kogan detail Caray’s special bond with Chicago, the city where Caray called White Sox games for 11 seasons and Cubs games for 16 seasons. Longtime comedians and Chicago natives Tom Dreesen and Jeff Garlin highlight Caray’s colorful personality, which was made memorable by his signature rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch of games.

 

This is a must-see for every generation of fans.

For those who grew up listening to Harry Caray, which range from my father, who listened to Harry and Jack Buck call Cardinals games on KMOX, to myself watching Harry on WGN in Chicago every summer afternoon, it’s a rare chance to relive some of his iconic moments.

For younger fans, it’s a chance to learn who Harry Caray truly was. Because let’s face it, while everyone has a Harry Caray impression, there was only one. And in this case, the original was by far the best.

50 States Series: Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For

FlipKey by TripAdvisor: In early 2014 we launched our 50 States Series on the FlipKey blog. Throughout the months we’ve touched on a number…

FlipKey by TripAdvisor:

In early 2014 we launched our 50 States Series on the FlipKey blog. Throughout the months we’ve touched on a number of subjects – awarding businesses, museums, activities and more with a spot on our lists. We spent time highlighting their attributes, accomplishments, and why they deserve to be a stop on your next vacation.

We’re starting back at our roots with this post – as we name another 50 family attractions from around the USA to this prestigious list. Here’s what we said about the award-winners and award process last year:

When raising children, it can be difficult to find an ideal vacation destination that appeals to all family members. Will it be safe? Will it be relaxing? Will my six-year-old meet the height requirements or will my three-year-old be scared? Will my twelve-year-old actually look up from her phone for five minutes? All are valid questions when planning out your next trip.

You want a vacation that will be memorable, fun, will provide hours of entertainment and gigabytes of photographs. We’ve searched through every state in the U.S. to find the 50 top family attractions worth traveling for. Museums, zoos, parks, roadside attractions, sightseeing spots, and many, many more were considered for the list. Some of these entires you’ve heard of before, and some are diamonds in the rough.

So check out this year’s list and start planning a trip the whole family will never forget.

ILLINOIS (Chicago): Harry Caray’s Chicago Sports Museum

Chicago’s Top Digital Signage Installations

Rave Publications: As a proud Chicagoan, I relish any opportunity I have to boast about the wonderful city I live in. And, as an…

Rave Publications:

As a proud Chicagoan, I relish any opportunity I have to boast about the wonderful city I live in. And, as an expert in digital signage, I cannot help, but notice the multitude of wonderful exhibits we have here in Chicago. In retail, entertainment venues, recreational settings, and more, digital signage can be seen almost everywhere in Chicago.

Have you had a chance to tour the city lately? If not, consider some of my favorite digital signage installations as you make your way through The Windy City.

The Chicago Sports Museum

The Chicago Sports Museum includes some of the most unique, hi-tech interactive experiences in Chicago. Visitors can test their skills to see how they measure up against some of Chicago’s most talented athletes with the “Play with the Legends” baseball, basketball, football and hockey interactive games. The best part for patrons is that the games are made for all ages.

Visitors get to feel as if they are playing with and against Chicago’s most famous athletes in the Hall of Legends. Games include a virtual All-Star Home Run Contest, defending the goal against the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, shooting hoops with Scottie Pippen of the Bulls, taking a shooting challenge with the legend Wendell Young of the Chicago Wolves, and more.

Fun fact: Peerless-AV® designed, manufactured, and installed multiple kiosks throughout the space.

See what the museum has to offer.

SIGHTINGS: Eddie Olczyk

Chicago Sun-Times: Former Hawks center, and the team’s current color commentator Eddie Olczyk stopped by Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Rosemont Sunday night.

Chicago Sun-Times: Former Hawks center, and the team’s current color commentator Eddie Olczyk stopped by Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Rosemont Sunday night.

SIGHTINGS: Mike Olt, Justin Grimm

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago White Sox third basemen Mike Olt and Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm — once Cubs teammates — dined at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard on Thursday night….

Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago White Sox third basemen Mike Olt and Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm — once Cubs teammates — dined at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard on Thursday night.

 

18th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray

WGN Radio: As is tradition every year, fans around the world will raise a drink – Budweiser – to the memory of legendary Hall of…

WGN Radio: As is tradition every year, fans around the world will raise a drink – Budweiser – to the memory of legendary Hall of Fame baseball announcer Harry Caray on Tuesday, March 1 at Harry Caray’s Italian Steak House in River North. Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will lead the Toast alongside Harry’s widow Dutchie Caray and other celebrities at 6:30pm.

The Roe Conn Show will broadcast live from Harry Caray’s. Fans who are not able to join us for the ceremony at Harry’s can listen live on 720 AM as we raise a glass to Harry!

Over the years, more than five million fans from all 50 states and over 200 countries have joined in the tribute to the broadcaster. Harry, who was known to fans as the “Cub Fan Bud Man”, estimated that he consumed over 73,000 Budwesiers and 300,000 alcoholic beverages during his lifetime. Come join the world’s happiest happy hour in honor of Harry Caray!

CBS Sports: There’s some Cool Baseball Stuff at the Chicago Sports Museum

CBS Sports: A recent trip to the Chicago Sports Museum allowed this scribe and his male spawn to do things like test their vertical leaps…

CBS Sports: A recent trip to the Chicago Sports Museum allowed this scribe and his male spawn to do things like test their vertical leaps (existent), compare the size of their hands to those of Scottie Pippen (smaller, quite so), and throw pretend footballs at pretend receivers (evocative of Moses Moreno and or Peter Tom Willis).

As for the sport that binds us, the page-viewer should know that the Chicago Sports Museum has plenty of cool baseball stuff. Come with us, won’t you? (All photos by Eye On Baseball.)

First up, a rudimentary baseball that was used during the Civil War (North 1, South 0)

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That ball? Presumably not juiced.

Speaking of baseballs, here’s one from the Negro Leagues, which were in many ways pioneered by Rube Foster of the Chicago American Giants.

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Oh, and here’s the pulverized Steve Bartman ball, which is somewhat euphemistically referred to as the “Infamous Foul Ball” …

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Here’s a mitt, bat, mask, and Spalding Trophy from the 1908-09 championship Cubs era …

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Now here’s a mitt and glove of that same vintage …

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Check out these cleats from the 1945 World Series and then ponder the unpleasant nature of getting spiked in those days …

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Broadswords underfoot! Now, for purposes of maximum discomfort, here’s a look at the underside …

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What lies beneath? Baseball foot-knives, as it turns out.

Related matter: Here are Ryne Sandberg’s spikes from 1984 …

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Not quite as lethal those from baseball’s frontier days but still capable of squelching a home invasion.

Speaking of spikes-high ..

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It’s the New Testament of Ty Cobb, who was the Old Testament made man.

Incoming: Ernie Banks’ batting helmet …

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Put on your jewelry-appraiser’s eyepiece and you’ll notice that the helmet logo is actually a fabric patch, which is kind of cool. As Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper pointed out to me on Twitter, the Cubs still use fabric patches on their batting helmets, which is likely a point of distinction these days.

Finally, it’s Bill Buckner’s paycheck …

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This has been Bill Buckner’s paycheck. Please don’t go to the address on the check.

This has also been a Walking Internet Tour of the Baseball Things of the Chicago Sports Museum. Exit through the gift shop.

Justin Grimm Ties the Knot at Harry Caray’s

Chicago Sun-Times: Congrats go out to Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm, who married his fiancee Gina Nuccio on Saturday — celebrating with a reception in Lombard at the grand ballroom of Harry…

Chicago Sun-Times:

Congrats go out to Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm, who married his fiancee Gina Nuccio on Saturday — celebrating with a reception in Lombard at the grand ballroom of Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. Among the more than 240 guests in attendance were Grimm’s current and former teammates James Russell, Neil Ramirez, Jason Himmel and Kyle Hendricks; the Red Sox’s Robbie Ross Jr., and the White Sox’s Mike Olt.

SIGHTINGS: Max Weinberg

Chicago Sun-Times: While in town with Bruce Springsteen, his longtime E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg slipped into Harry Caray’s on Kinzie for dinner, joined by his Chicago-based marketing agent Mark Stein

Chicago Sun-Times: While in town with Bruce Springsteen, his longtime E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg slipped into Harry Caray’s on Kinzie for dinner, joined by his Chicago-based marketing agent Mark Stein

Woody’s Winter Warmup Raises over $125,000 For the Wood Family Foundation’s Mentoring Program

Chicago Tribune: It was sports filled night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant at Water Tower Place when Kerry Wood hosted his annual fundraiser, Woody’s Winter…

Chicago Tribune: It was sports filled night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant at Water Tower Place when Kerry Wood hosted his annual fundraiser, Woody’s Winter Warm Up’ on Friday, January 15th to a sell out crowd.

Now in it’s 5th year, the event has become the staple for baseball fans during Cubs convention weekend. Over 750 guests were in attendance, along with some of Wood’s celebrity friends, former/current Cubs players and coaching staff who not only jumped behind the bar to serve drinks while competing for tips but also challenged guests through interactive games in the adjacent Chicago Sports Museum.

Emceed by WGN Radio’s Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes, the Warm Up featured a premium open bar with Absolut and Jameson, food stations, raffle, silent auction and musical performances by celebrity DJ, Niena Drake, and DJ Prince. This year’s live auction showcased an exclusive ‘Cubs training’ experience that included a personalized diet and training program, workout with Kerry and a Cubs trainer in Wrigley Field’s brand new facilities, batting practice, a pre-game tour of Wrigley, and tickets to a game.

“This is one of our favorite events to host each year,” explains Kerry. “The current and past Cubs players create a lot of excitement when they are in the room, not to mention our celebrity guests who are bartending throughout the night…it’s an all out really fun time.”

Those in attendance from the Chicago Cubs (past/present) were Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Jon Lester, Jason Heyward, Justin Grimm, Miguel Montero, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, Chad Noble, Dan Vogelbach, Pierce Johnson, David Ross, John Lackey, Ryne Sandberg (Hall of Famer), Scott Sanderson, Steve Trout, Joe Maddon (Manager), Mike Borzello(Catching coach), Eric Hinske (Asst Hitting coach), Theo Epstein (President of Baseball Operations), Jed Hoyer (Executive VP) and Crane Kenney (President of Business Operations).

Additional celebrity guests included: Israel Idonije (former Chicago Bear), Brent Sopel (Blackhawks), Jamal Mayers (former Chicago Blackhawk), Ron Kittle (former White Sox), Joe Minoso (NBC’s Chicago Fire), Eric Ferguson (WTMX), Kathy Hart (WTMX), CM Punk (UFC), Lisa Varga (Marley and Me), Dr. Daniel Ivankovich (CNN 2015 Hero of the Year), Ryan Chiaverini (Windy City Live), Sarah Spain (ESPN radio), Lisa Fielding (CBS radio), Pete McMurray (The Drive), Lou Canellis (FOX TV), Jane Monzures (WGN TV), Joe Soto (V103), Sam Hunt (Chicago Fire), Scott Fischer (MasterChef)Ray McElroy (retired NFL player), Lisa Dent (US99), Ramblin Ray (US99), and Kelly Crull (Comcast SportsNet).

“We appreciate everyone that came out to support the foundation and our Pitch In program,” adds Sarah Wood. “This event allows us to provide more resources for our students and mentors so that our mentoring program continues to grow.”

The Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago. The Warm Up raises funds for the foundation’s Pitch In group mentoring program serving 4th through 8th graders in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

Chicago Restaurant Week Best Bites Guide

What Up Windy: Harry Caray’s at #1. Boom. Classic Chicago steakhouse meal without the steakhouse price. Their impressive restaurant week menu features classics like…

What Up Windy: Harry Caray’s at #1.

Boom. Classic Chicago steakhouse meal without the steakhouse price. Their impressive restaurant week menu features classics like jumbo lump crab cake, filet mignon with a brown butter bearnaise and a grand marnier creme brulee for dessert. So its basically like, perfect and by far the most decadent steakhouse menu I came across. If I were you, I’d go with one other person so you can get double the apps and double the desserts. Major key.

Woody’s Winter Warmup

CBS Chicago: When pitcher Kerry Wood retired a Cub, he knew he wanted to stay in Chicago and give back. “This city has really embraced…

CBS Chicago: When pitcher Kerry Wood retired a Cub, he knew he wanted to stay in Chicago and give back.

“This city has really embraced me and my family. I’m from Texas but I’ve been in Chicago longer than I was in Texas,” said Wood. “I was drafted when I was 17, so people started reading about me at 17 and I was here at 20. Chicago saw me grow up. I had some ups and downs with my career with my health and the community has always been so supportive. I’ve met so many great people here over the years, it was common sense, it was a no brainer to use the platform that we have to help the community and do better for kids here.”

In June 2011, Wood, and his wife, Sarah, founded the Wood Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for Chicagoland children by raising awareness and funds for children’s charities and programs. Over the years, WFF has dedicated a playroom at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for children undergoing treatment for cancer, helped build a state-of-the art baseball field next to Lane Tech High School and established an after school mentoring program in Lawndale. “We launched this mentoring program two years ago,” Wood said. “We chose Lawndale Community Academy. We just get in and help kids navigate school and get to high school. We help kids get from fourth grade to eighth grade and hopefully they come back full circle to our scholarship program.”

Wood says this year’s fifth annual Woody’s Winter Warmup on Friday, January 15 at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch, will benefit the foundation and get Cub fans excited for the upcoming season. “This is one of our signature events,” Wood said. “We timed it with the Cubs convention, all the players are in, everyone is excited about talking about baseball again, spring training is right around the corner. The guys love getting behind the bar, fans can interact with the players and talk baseball. It’s just an intimate night with the guys. It’s a special weekend.” The pitcher even came up with a signature drink for the event. Woody’s Wicked Whiskey Mule will be offered at all Harry Caray’s restaurants leading up to the event. All proceeds go to the Wood Family Foundation. Wood says he hopes to raise $175,000 for the mentoring program. Some familiar faces who will be bartending include Manager of the year Joe Maddon, NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo, former players Ryne Sandberg and Fergie Jenkins and many others. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding will be also be one of the celebrity bartenders. General admission tickets are $150 and all proceeds benefit the Wood Family Foundation and its after-school mentoring program, Pitch In.

Ernie Banks Memorabilia at Chicago Sports Museum

Chicago Sun-Times: The timing is perfect: Just as the annual Cubs Convention kicks off this Friday, the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place (adjacent to Harry Caray’s…

Chicago Sun-Times: The timing is perfect: Just as the annual Cubs Convention kicks off this Friday, the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place (adjacent to Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch restaurant) will unveil four of Ernie Banks’ most prized possessions. It will be the first time this group of Banks memorabilia has been exhibited.

The quartet of items includes the Cubs legend’s Medal of Freedom Award, which he received from President Obama in 2013; Banks’ Babe Ruth “Sultan of Swat Award” he received for outstanding batting achievement in 1958; the Major League Hall of Fame ring that was presented to Banks when he was inducted in Cooperstown in 1977 — plus a replica of the Ernie Banks statue outside Wrigley Field that permanently immortalizes his achievements.

The Cubs presented the statue to Banks during a ceremony on the opening day of the 2008 season. It stands approximately two feet high, is made of bronze and, in the words of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group’s CEO Grant DePorter, “it is very heavy!” DePorter went on to say that the Banks’ display is timely since “it also will arrive in time for Kerry and Sarah Wood’s ‘Woody’s Winter Warm Up’ event that benefits their Wood Family Foundation.” The convention-related event will also be held in the Chicago Sports Museum and 7th Inning Stretch venues on Friday night.

Cubs-connected folks expected for the benefit include Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts, Ryne Sandberg and Fergie Jenkins— just to name a few.

DePorter explained the “items are on loan from the Ernie Banks Estate … which wanted to make the items available to share with the Cubs fans that Ernie loved so much.” All of this, of course, is happening just prior to the first anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s death on Jan. 23.

Chicago’s Small & Oddball Museums

Chicago Tribune: Chicago Sports Museum- For some, an essential hometown resource. Chicago sports memorabilia (Sammy Sosa’s infamous corked bat; closets full of uniforms) in an…

Chicago Tribune: Chicago Sports Museum- For some, an essential hometown resource. Chicago sports memorabilia (Sammy Sosa’s infamous corked bat; closets full of uniforms) in an 8,000-square-foot space adjacent to the Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch restaurant in the Water Tower Place mall. Also activities such as trying to hit a (virtual) major-league pitch and comparing your jumping ability to Michael Jordan’s.

SIGHTINGS: Ryan Dempster, Jeremy Roenick

Chicago Sun-Times: Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster spotted last Thursday night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. . . . Also spotted last Thursday evening, former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick at…

Chicago Sun-Times: Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster spotted last Thursday night at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. . . . Also spotted last Thursday evening, former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North.

SIGHTINGS: Brad Maynard, Marv & Fran Levy, Diann Burns

Chicago Sun-Times: Spotted at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North on Tuesday evening, former long-time Chicago Bears punter Brad Maynard, Hall of Fame Football Coach Marv Levy with his wife, Fran, and at…

Chicago Sun-Times: Spotted at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North on Tuesday evening, former long-time Chicago Bears punter Brad Maynard, Hall of Fame Football Coach Marv Levy with his wife, Fran, and at a separate table former ABC and CBS TV news anchor Diann Burns.

 

Navy Pier IMAX Now Allowing Alcohol

Chicago Tribune: Last summer, the city council did vote to allow Navy Pier visitors to walk around with certain alcoholic beverages inside the building. The drinks have…

Chicago Tribune:

Last summer, the city council did vote to allow Navy Pier visitors to walk around with certain alcoholic beverages inside the building. The drinks have to be purchased from approved vendors on the pier and must be in red plastic cups marked with the seller’s logo, according to a Chicago Tribune story. (Previously, visitors had to drink those drinks outside.)

But does indoors include the Imax? True to the friend’s tweet, Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier is advertising to-go cocktails for guests to take into the theater. The “Star Wars”-themed drinks, “Sith,” “Jedi” and “The Force,” come rimmed with Pop Rocks and garnished with a gummy worm “lightsaber.”

“Choose your side,” a Harry Caray’s ad picturing the drinks reads. “Available to-go for you to enjoy during the show at IMAX Theater.”

A Navy Pier Imax staffer first said no when asked if the to-go cups could be brought into the theater. Then, the staffer said to-go cups from two Navy Pier establishments, Harry Caray’s and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., would be permitted inside. But Ann Sommerlath, senior vice president for corporate communications at Imax Corp., said no.

“The IMAX at Navy Pier does not allow alcoholic beverages in the theatre,” she wrote in an email.

That came as a surprise to Beth Goldberg Heller, executive vice president for Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group. She said it was OK to bring a drink into the Navy Pier Imax, noting the City Council vote.

Heller says she saw an ad for the drink while attending a movie at the Imax.

“To my knowledge, you can take a drink all around the pier,” said Heller, who said the rules change was relatively new and maybe word hadn’t gotten out fully. “I don’t know. It’s fun, and people love the drinks.”

Sith ($10) is a red drink made with Don Q Anejo Rum and ginger beer. The blue Jedi ($10) is made with Stoli Blue, blue Curacao, lemonade and sour mix. The Force ($9), a green cocktail, features Absolut Citron vodka, DeKuyper Apple Pucker and DeKuyper Melon liqueur.

Alcohol-free versions of the drinks are available for $3, Heller said.

What to do? Well, I suppose thirsty “Star Wars” fans can muster up their own inner Han Solo, who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and try to take their Navy Pier-sanctioned to-go cups into the theater and see what happens. Or, keep the drama on the big screen, and enjoy the drinks at Harry Caray’s Tavern instead.

Noteworthy Restaurant

Chicago Magazine: What do Chicago’s critics consider a “noteworthy” spot? A classic restaurant that, while it continues to influence the city’s dining scene and is…

Chicago Magazine: What do Chicago’s critics consider a “noteworthy” spot? A classic restaurant that, while it continues to influence the city’s dining scene and is worth knowing about, does not rise to the above-average level required for inclusion in Chicago‘s star-rated Best Restaurants guide. When you are craving a giant cinnamon bun (Ann Sather) or ribs where Sinatra ate (Twin Anchors), this is the list to turn to.

Harry Caray’s
STEAKS, ITALIAN. Sports fans flock here to honor the Cubs legend and devour aged prime steaks, chops, and chicken Vesuvio. (See harrycarays.com for all locations.)
L & D daily. Wheelchair accessible, child friendly, outdoor dining.

Chicago Scene: Winter Staycation Ideas

WGN TV: Suggestions- Harry Caray’s Chicago Sports Museum: Everyone knows Harry Caray’s restaurants, but might not be aware of the great sports museum at…

WGN TV: Suggestions-

Harry Caray’s Chicago Sports Museum:
Everyone knows Harry Caray’s restaurants, but might not be aware of the great sports museum at the top of Water Tower Place. Not only can it break up a day of shopping on The Mag Mile but, along with seeing very unique memorabilia, you can test your skills against the pros: How high is your jump shot? Do you fit in Shaq’s shoes? The museum is free for those who eat at the restaurant; otherwise, admission is $6.

Watch the video HERE. Mention starts at 2:09.

SIGHTINGS: Rob Johnson, Lionel Moise, Gregg Henry

Chicago Sun-Times: It was “Welcome to Chicago” night at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie when CBS-2 anchor Rob Johnson hosted the station’s new morning news anchor Lionel Moise…

Chicago Sun-Times: It was “Welcome to Chicago” night at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie when CBS-2 anchor Rob Johnson hosted the station’s new morning news anchor Lionel Moise for dinner at the popular eatery. … Also at that Harry Caray’s restaurant, actor Gregg Henry (“Scandal”) was spied while in town filming an episode of “Chicago Med.”

 

Lionel Moise and Rob Johnson

Gregg Henry

SIGHTINGS: Bobby Hull

Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Hall of Famer Bobby Hull was spotted last Thursday night dining at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard

Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Hall of Famer Bobby Hull was spotted last Thursday night dining at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard

Midway Receives Top Marks for Health Food

Physicians Committee: Harry Caray’s Seventh Inning Stretch hits a home run with its Tuscan salad, topped with chickpeas, cucumbers, hearts of palm, tomatoes, artichoke hearts,…

Physicians Committee: Harry Caray’s Seventh Inning Stretch hits a home run with its Tuscan salad, topped with chickpeas, cucumbers, hearts of palm, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.

 

 

NBC Chicago: A recent report ranked the best airports to grab a healthy bite to eat before taking off.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine studied the top busiest airports in the U.S. for its 2015 Airport Travel Guide.

Midway International Airport landed smack-dab in the middle of the rankings list at 12th place. O’Hare International Airport fared worse, coming in 21st place out of 24.

For five months, Physicians Committee dieticians reviewed airport restaurant menus. A restaurant received points if its menu included cholesterol-free, plant-based, high-fiber vegan entrées. The options must also be clearly labeled on the menu.

Midway appeared for its first time on the Physicians Committee’s list and received an “above-average” score. Seventy-four percent of the airport’s restaurants offer healthy, plant-based meals, according to the report. Dieticians applauded Harry Caray’s Seventh Inning Stretch for its Tuscan Salad, which comes with chickpeas and artichokes.

Travel Report: Five Must-Try Restaurants for Meat Eaters in Chicago

Travel Report: Chicago is famous for its beautiful scenery lakeshore and residential enclaves but also for its cuisine that pleases every palate. But if the…

Travel Report: Chicago is famous for its beautiful scenery lakeshore and residential enclaves but also for its cuisine that pleases every palate.

But if the meat is what you like, in Chicago there are at least 20 shrines with meat specialties and cuts to choose from, and most are in the center. Here we leave 5 restaurants to enjoy meat as a king.

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, named best steakhouse in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune. Their select steaks have the highest category rating USDA prime and take 3-4 weeks to guarantee their meat is as tender as possible.

 

SIGHTINGS: Ronnie Price, Jim Peterik, Aaron Harrison

Chicago Sun-Times: Star Sightings-  Ronnie Price, point guard for the Phoenix Suns was seen dining at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie — enjoying a plateful of filet sliders with…

Chicago Sun-Times: Star Sightings-  Ronnie Price, point guard for the Phoenix Suns was seen dining at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie — enjoying a plateful of filet sliders with some buddies. … Also at the Harry Caray’s in River North, Jim Peterik, founder of the band Survivor, and co-writer of the hit “Eye of the Tiger,” was seen having dinner with a group of friends. … Meanwhile up at the Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place, the Charlotte Hornets’ Aaron Harrison was spotted by NBA fans.

Best Dining Options at Midway Airport

Chicago Eater: Harry Caray’s- As Midway’s flagship restaurant, this spot named for the legendary Cubs announcer offers steaks, seafood, hearty Italian dishes, Italian beef, soups, salads,…

Chicago Eater: Harry Caray’s- As Midway’s flagship restaurant, this spot named for the legendary Cubs announcer offers steaks, seafood, hearty Italian dishes, Italian beef, soups, salads, burgers and more. And yes, there’s a full bar and breakfast is served.

ESPN’s Presentation of the NFL Draft

ESPN Media Zone: Mike & Mike and First Take Mike & Mike – hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg – and First Take –…

ESPN Media Zone: Mike & Mike and First Take
Mike & Mike – hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg – and First Take – hosted by Molly Qerim with debaters Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith – will air live from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29. Doors open at 4 a.m. CT for fans to watch the shows and gain free access to the museum during both programs. In Chicago, Mike & Mike can be heard on ESPN Chicago 1000AM. Mike & Mike airs from 6-10 a.m. ET weekdays on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, TuneIn, and is simulcast on ESPN2. First Take airs nationally from 10 a.m.-noon ET weekdays on ESPN2.

Famous Outlaw Hangouts Worthy of a Visit

USA Today 10 Best: Bullet holes, wooden bars and vaults are just a few of the items visitors can see at these favorite stomping…

USA Today 10 Best:

Bullet holes, wooden bars and vaults are just a few of the items visitors can see at these favorite stomping grounds of the most famous outlaws, gangsters and criminals in American history.

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse Chicago

Where today stands a lovely steakhouse named after famous Cubs announcer Harry Caray in the River North district of Chicago was once the home to a notorious mobster. Frank Nitti, the enforcer of Al Capone’s gang, lived in a fourth floor apartment during the early 1940s in the 1895 building designed by renowned architect Henry Ives Cobb.

Today, take a tour with Chicago Crime Tours to visit the basement level of the restaurant to see many of the personal effects, including a vault and phone book with gangster contacts, left behind by Nitti.

Chicago’s Top Sports Bars to Watch Football

WHERE Traveler: When it comes to catching the game, the only thing better than the living room La-Z-Boy is an appreciative bar full of like-minded…

WHERE Traveler: When it comes to catching the game, the only thing better than the living room La-Z-Boy is an appreciative bar full of like-minded fans. The Windy City obliges wholeheartedly, raising the sports bar stereotype with creative decor, food that goes beyond wings and skins (though there’s plenty of that. too), local brews on tap, and, if nothing else, flat-screens galore.

Harry Caray’s Tavern

Known for its loyalty to the Chicago Cubs—it’s named after the late Cubs announcer—when it’s not baseball season, Harry Caray’s Tavern has the sport of the day on, be it football, basketball or hockey. During Chicago Bears Sunday home game days, special brunch options are available 9 am-noon, along with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. During every Sunday game, home or away, tailgating specials are on the menu.

Sightings: Michael Richardson, Carlos Rodon

Chicago Sun-Times: Former Chicago Bears cornerback and 1985 Super Bowl Champion Michael Richardson tailgated at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier before a Bears game…White Sox pitcher…

Chicago Sun-Times: Former Chicago Bears cornerback and 1985 Super Bowl Champion Michael Richardson tailgated at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier before a Bears game…White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon dining at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North.

Sighting: Coolio at Harry Caray’s Rosemont

Chicago Sun-Times: Grammy winner and actor Coolio slipped into Harry Caray’s Steakhouse in Rosemont, to enjoy a bit of calamari and happily posed with the Harry…

Chicago Sun-Times: Grammy winner and actor Coolio slipped into Harry Caray’s Steakhouse in Rosemont, to enjoy a bit of calamari and happily posed with the Harry statue on his way out. The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper was in town for a Halloween gig.

A Day in the Life of Darth Vadar

Windy City Live: Ever wonder what life would be like for Darth Vader if he was just a NORMAL Chicagoan? Watch the video here….

Windy City Live: Ever wonder what life would be like for Darth Vader if he was just a NORMAL Chicagoan?

Watch the video here.

 

The Man Behind Harry Caray’s

WGN: While Grant DePorter has created a Hall of Fame for Chicago sports heroes (Chicago Sports Museum) – this dude clearly will one day…

WGN: While Grant DePorter has created a Hall of Fame for Chicago sports heroes (Chicago Sports Museum) – this dude clearly will one day be in a restaurant Hall of Fame (if there is such a thing). He created the Harry Caray restaurant group. As celebs (including Michael Jordan) have learned, having a restaurant ‘ain’t easy’ no matter who’s name is on it. And, wow, what names – Grant and I talk about what his pals: Harry, Ernie Banks and a list of others, and what they were really like. For example, would Harry, the Bud Man, be a craft beer man? And why did fans call him at 3 a.m., and how in the world did they get his phone number?  Grant has some new artifacts for the Chicago Sports Museum, a behind-the-scenes how he got these and even how much they cost.

 

Listen to the segment here.

Murphy’s Law Has a History with the Cubs

Chicago Sun-Times: According to sports memorabilia impresario Grant DePorter, the name “Murphy” has a “foul history” with the Cubs going back to 1908, the last…

Chicago Sun-Times:

According to sports memorabilia impresario Grant DePorter, the name “Murphy” has a “foul history” with the Cubs going back to 1908, the last time the team won the World Series. “Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong will go wrong), has certainly applied to the luckless Cubs ever since 1908,” said DePorter.

“I discovered the connection to the name Murphy when I was reading through 1908 newspapers and looking for something that must have jinxed the Cubs after their 1908 World Series win because the Billy Goat curse started 37 years later in 1945,” he said.

“I thought there must be something that happened after the Cubs won in 1908… and there was.”

Here’s DePorter’s recap:

“Some believe Charles Murphy, the unpopular Cubs owner and president in 1908, changed club fortunes when he got sore over being snubbed for a celebration diner with songwriter George M. Cohan,” said DePorter.

“The players refused to allow the unpopular owner Charles Murphy, who had been widely criticized for his mismanagement of the World Series, to come to dinner with them to celebrate the World Series Championship. He had alienated the fans and the players by selling World Series tickets for a profit, making it difficult for loyal fans to purchase the ticket.”

OPINION

Is the name Murphy a new Cubs curse?

Consider other “Murphy” connections cited by DePorter.

  •         The goat from the notorious “Curse of the Billy Goat” was named Murphy.
  •         General Manager Johnny Murphy presided over the Mets team that thumped the Cubs in 1969, and broadcaster Bob Murphy described it all.
  •         The Cubbies blew the 1984 National League championship series by losing three straight at Jack Murphy Stadium, the ballpark named for Bob’s brother.
  •         And now, the New York Mets’ Daniel Murphy, who has homered an astronomic seven times this postseason, is the first player to hit the long ball in six consecutive playoff games
Harry Caray: Listed 2,604 Bar Stops in Drinking Diaries

NY Daily News: Harry Caray’s widow shared epic drinking notes from the self-professed “Cub Fan, Bud Man” and all we can say is “Holy cow!”…

NY Daily News:

Harry Caray’s widow shared epic drinking notes from the self-professed “Cub Fan, Bud Man” and all we can say is “Holy cow!”  The legendary broadcaster — who was the play-by-play man for the White Sox from 1971 to 1981 and the Cubs from 1982 to 1997 — made at least 1,362 bar stops in 1971 and 1,242 bar stops in 1972, according to handwritten notes in “Harry Caray’s drinking diaries.”

Dutchie Caray told USA TODAY Sports that her late husband, who died in 1998 at 83, recorded his off-hours drinking because he initially wanted to use it as a tax write-off.  In 2014, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Caray went to bars for 288 consecutive days during 1972.  However, after Caray’s doctor told him to stop drinking, he turned to non-alcoholic beer, his widow said.  “People assumed that Harry was still drinking, because what he would do was he’d put a real Budweiser bottle in front and then we’d put non-alcoholic O’Doul’s into his glass,” Dutchie Caray said. “He didn’t want people to know that he wasn’t still drinking Bud, because that didn’t fit his image.”  She continued: “He asked the doctor, ‘When can I have another drink?’ The doctor said, ‘When the Cubs win the World Series.’ “The Cubs have a chance to advance to the World Series if they can get by the Mets, who hold a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

Sightings: ’85 Bears Gary Fencik, Nazr Mohammed

Recent sightings at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie have included ’85 Bears champ Gary Fencik, while the Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed dined at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning…

Recent sightings at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie have included ’85 Bears champ Gary Fencik, while the Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed dined at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower.

Navy Pier Harry Caray’s Hosts Halloween Party

NBC 5’s Pete Sack reports live from Harry Caray’s Tavern “Haunted Harry’s” Halloween party.   See the full video here.

NBC 5’s Pete Sack reports live from Harry Caray’s Tavern “Haunted Harry’s” Halloween party.

 

See the full video here.

USA TODAY: Best Museums in Chicago for Families

From USA TODAY… Think you can jump as high as Michael Jordan? Or want to see the remnants of the Chicago Cubs’ famous “Bartman…

From USA TODAY…

Think you can jump as high as Michael Jordan? Or want to see the remnants of the Chicago Cubs’ famous “Bartman ball”? It’s all here in this small but fun museum inside the Water Tower Place mall that celebrates Chicago’s professional sports teams. It’s named for famous Chicago baseball announcer Harry Caray, who is also the namesake on the adjacent restaurant. Competitors use iPads to play the wall-sized Chicago sports trivia game, or people can play simulated football throwing and goalie-playing video games. The museum is lined with jerseys and equipment belonging to some of Chicago’s most famous sports players, including Chicago Bears star Walter Payton and Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews. (312-202-0500)

Harry Caray: Toast of the Town

USA TODAY Sports: Sitting at a corner table inside Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Dutchie Caray, widow of the legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster, held one…

USA TODAY Sports: Sitting at a corner table inside Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Dutchie Caray, widow of the legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster, held one of what are known as “Harry Caray’s drinking diaries.”

The collection of books was kept by Caray, who supposedly recorded, for tax purpsoes, his bar stops in the early 1970s. We’re talking Hall of Fame numbers here – if not Cooperstown, then for Alcoholics Anonymous.

Handwritten notes list 1,362 bar stops in 1971 and 1,242 in 1972, after which Caray stopped keeping detailed notes because he decided against using his off-hours drinking as a tax write-off, Dutchie Caray said . . . Click here to read the whole article.

 

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and Dutchie Rally at Harry Caray’s

The Chicago Cubs Wild Card game attracted fans from all over the state and city to a Postseason Rally at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse….

The Chicago Cubs Wild Card game attracted fans from all over the state and city to a Postseason Rally at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. Fans were joined by Dutchie Caray and Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg for the rally, as well as the band Jelly of the Month Club. They all sang together “Cubs, Cubs, Cubs!” well into the night. Later, Ryne Sandberg joined the crowd in singing the 7th Inning Stretch before the Cubs went on to win the Wild Card series!

The Chicago Sun-Times featured the festivities in the next day’s paper.

Early Morning Playoff Party for Cubs Fans

CBS Chicago – Even before the sun rose, Cubs fans converged on Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse to show their support for the team; among them…

CBS Chicago – Even before the sun rose, Cubs fans converged on Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse to show their support for the team; among them were Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg and Caray’s widow, Dutchie.  What would late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray have said about the team’s first playoff run since 2008?  “Holy Cow!” Dutchie said with a laugh.  She wasn’t ready to predict a win, but she was certainly confident in a team filled with young talent.  “I think they have a really good chance,” she said. “They’ve got a really good team, and the guys aren’t afraid of playing, and so I think they’ve got a really good chance at it, and I do have a feeling that they might … I’m hoping they will, anyway.”

Dutchie was so excited about Wednesday’s big game, she didn’t sleep Tuesday night.  “Not one minute,” she said. “Not one minute. I was so confused, it isn’t even funny. They told me one time, then they told me another time, then they told me some other time, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I better stay up all night, or I’m going to be late.’”  Sandberg, who played on the Cubs’ 1984 playoff team, said this year’s team, with several rookie players in the starting lineup, has already proved it can handle the spotlight.  “There will be some hype and excitement, that’s for sure, but I think the way that I’ve noticed the young players have handled themselves, and being a big year and playing big games throughout this season, I think they’ll just feed off of that energy,” he said. “They’ve played well, they’ve risen to the occasion, but what I like about this group of players is … their athleticism, and their youth, and their energy that they’re out there with on the field,” he said.  Also on display at Harry Caray’s was the famous DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future films, which famously predicted the Cubs would win the World Series in 2015.

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“Back to the Future II” Memorabilia at Harry’s Cubs Rally

FOX 32 Chicago – In the movie “Back to the Future Part II.” Marty McFly read the newspaper in 2015, where one of the…

FOX 32 Chicago – In the movie “Back to the Future Part II.” Marty McFly read the newspaper in 2015, where one of the headlines was the Cubs winning the World Series.

In celebration of the Chicago Cubs making it all the way to the NL Wild Card game, tons of Back to the Future memorabilia was on hand at Harry Caray’s restaurant Wednesday morning – including a DeLorean and the actual hoverboard used by Michael J. Fox in the movie.

 

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What the Foie? Burger at Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop

Harry Caray’s Executive Chef competed on Fox 32 Good Day Chicago LIVE with two other chefs -all of whom were cooking up some mighty…

Harry Caray’s Executive Chef competed on Fox 32 Good Day Chicago LIVE with two other chefs -all of whom were cooking up some mighty fine burgers for Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop on Friday, September 25.

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WGN Visits Chicago Sports Museum with NASCAR’s Matt Kenseth

From WGN: As the Chase for the Sprint Cup opens this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, several NASCAR drivers have already descended on the Windy…

From WGN: As the Chase for the Sprint Cup opens this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, several NASCAR drivers have already descended on the Windy City. Matt Kenseth, a Midwest native himself from Wisconsin, was at the Chicago Sports Museum at Harry Caray’s Restaurant to promote his partnership with Citizen Watch. Sports Feed host Josh Frydman caught up with Kenseth to talk about racing at Chicagoland Speedway, being a Packers fan in Bears territory, and challenging Kenseth to a “virtual” race.

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Chicago Style Weddings Top Catering Trends

From Chicago Style Weddings: There’s no need to choose between stunning scenery and delicious dishes: Chicago’s First Lady wedding charters offers both! Here are…

From Chicago Style Weddings: There’s no need to choose between stunning scenery and delicious dishes: Chicago’s First Lady wedding charters offers both! Here are some of the top wedding catering trends served aboard their vessels.

Scrumptious Sliders Sandwich sliders, such as those provided by Harry Caray’s Catering and Events, are another trendy way to customize your wedding. Clients can accommodate for both taste and presentation; rows of colorful garnishes and butler-passed trays are both fun ways to serve your guests!

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Harry’s is #1 on Thrillist List of Hidden Urban Treasures

From Thrillist: 1. Paraphernalia from a Chicago mobster Mobsters never forget a debt, but that doesn’t mean they can remember phone numbers. Head to Harry…

From Thrillist:

1. Paraphernalia from a Chicago mobster

Mobsters never forget a debt, but that doesn’t mean they can remember phone numbers. Head to Harry Caray’s Steakhouse in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, walk through Harry’s Bar, and head to the basement. There, you’ll find a vault filled with objects from Al Capone’s enforcer Frank Nitti, like an address book with contact information for Chicago’s high-rolling gangsters (you know, as opposed to your run-of-the-mill hoodlums, with their déclassé smartphones and whatnot)

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Chicago History: Harry Caray’s is a ‘House of Hope’ for Chicago

HOLY COW! The famous words of the late great baseball announcer Harry Caray.  Recently the team at Chicago History sat down with the man…

HOLY COW! The famous words of the late great baseball announcer Harry Caray.  Recently the team at Chicago History sat down with the man who started it all with creating one of the best Chicago steak houses around, Harry Caray’s Restaurant.

Grant DePorter is his name and he is the CEO of the Harry Caray Restaurant Group.  He was nice enough to take us on a special tour of the first restaurant located 33 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago, Il.  This particular restaurant was opened October 23, 1987.  We began the morning walking into the iconic and historical restaurant just admiring all of the unique and amazing photos taken at the famous statue of Harry’s head.  Once greeted by staff we were quickly introduced to the man himself Grant DePorter.

The first leg of the tour was going down into the basement which was lined with photos as well as newspaper articles about none other than the famous 1920s Chicago mob member Frank Nitti.  The importance of this man is that the building in which the restaurant stands was built in 1895 and has a built in hidden room which was a hideout for the mobster during the prohibition era.  Along with a window to look through into this room, the basement also holds a safe which Frank Nitti himself used during that time. It’s definitely a must see attraction.

Going forward with the tour Mr. DePorter acted as a true Chicago historian telling amazing stories of the building in which we were touring through as well as the importance it held to the city.  As you walk through the main lobby you will notice a few glass cases which include different Chicago sports artifacts which Mr. DePorter has been able to collect over the years.  One interesting piece is the extremely famous and actually one of a kind “Bartman ball” that Mr. DePorter took the initiative to blow up in 2004.  As we proceeded upstairs to our suprise, we had our interview in Harry Carays office that is located on the top floor of the restaurant.  Mr. DePorter mentioned that Harry did not spend an extreme amount of time in the beautiful and luxurious room because he wanted to be downstairs at the bar with the fans; with CHICAGO!

Interesting facts and information came to the mind of Grant DePorter in a fashion that just seemed normal and completely comfortable for the CEO to tell us.  It really was truly amazing how much he has been able to enjoy of the city and of course the late great Harry Caray.  One of the most interesting points that was brought up was in 1997 when the Cubs were in a serious losing streak and at that time the restaurant decided to give Budweiser beer for the small price of 45-cents a beer.  The neat significance of this was that in 1945 Harry began broadcasting for the Cubs as well as it being their last season to be in the World Series.  From the start of the season until the Cubs won their first game that year the restaurant served approximately 50,000 45-cent Budweiser’s.  From there we went onto talking about the different artifacts which he had received from Harry and his family, including Harry’s own personal diaries which included the findings that he most likely went to around 1300 bars a year averaging 6 bars a night.  They have figured that Harry himself consumed around 73000 Budweiser’s in his time in Chicago.

From there we went more into the history of the restaurant chain.  We were interested in who decided to open the different locations and to find out how many locations they had actually.  Mr. DePorter is the CEO and has a board of many different investors and people who back up the projects.  We found out they have a total of 7 locations including its newest location in Water Tower Place “The Seventh Inning Stretch”, which includes a very cool Chicago sports museum that is open for the public to view.  With sitting down with the man who started it all we learned how the restaurant group became a true Chicago Legend.  Not only being based on Harry Caray himself, but also holding so many stories and so much historical information that one can only find by dining in the restaurant themselves.

Don’ forget to take your picture next to the famous Harry Caray bust that sits in the lobby of the restaurant on Kinzie.  One last neat bit of information to close with was a story Mr. DePorter told us that was quiet unusual.  In October, 2011 the time Theo Epstein was hired as President of the Chicago Cubs, the statue began making a strange  jingle noise which had never been heard before in the past.  No one could explain the sound or how it was coming from a solid piece of metal, but it didn’t stop for 24 hours and then it was suddenly quiet again.  Was it Harry trying to tell everyone he was happy or something different, you decide.

Harry Caray’s restaurant is not only known for their delectable steaks but also their phenomenal Chicken Vesuvio. Since we were there, we nailed down a couple plays or two, or three. Heck, we lost count. Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune named it “The Best Chicken Vesuvio In The City.” We can vouch for Phil, he’s absolutely spot on.

It’s hard not to go into a lengthy book long of a story on why we believe Harry Caray’s to be Chicago History at it’s finest. If you’ve never been there, this story hopefully will get you en route. Harry’s was named best sports restaurant in the United States.

While their may not be ivy on the walls, Harry’s definitely has a friendly confines feel to it. It’s a Downtown joint where once you walk in you may never want to leave. The place just has an overwhelming feeling of hope locked inside it’s historic walls. If you can’t be at Wrigley Field, there’s no better place to sit amongst your fellow Chicagoans and root, root, root the Cubbies.

The actual baseball Hall Of Fame is in Cooperstown, New York. However, Harry Caray’s on Kinzie definitely feels like you have walked in to baseball Heaven.

Thank you again Mr. DePorter & Thank you for delivering us Chicago History. Harry is looking down with a big smile on his face and Budweiser in hand, due to you and Chicago as a whole keeping his legacy stronger than ever.

 

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann on Harry Caray’s Drinking Diaries

Between 1971-1974, Harry Caray “bought drinks for everybody and wrote it all down.” ESPN’s Keith Olbermann explains the evidence, found in Harry Caray’s “drinking…

Between 1971-1974, Harry Caray “bought drinks for everybody and wrote it all down.” ESPN’s Keith Olbermann explains the evidence, found in Harry Caray’s “drinking diaries” that were recently discovered (and are on display) at Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group. The diaries are evidence that Caray went out drinking 291 straight nights, recording every single drink he had, what he spent and who he bought it for.

Click below to view the video, or click here to watch on YouTube.

 

CBS Radio: Dutchie Caray Gets Honorary Street Name Along Magnificent Mile

From CBS: The “First Lady of Chicago Baseball” got a special birthday present on Thursday, as a street just off the Magnificent Mile was…

From CBS: The “First Lady of Chicago Baseball” got a special birthday present on Thursday, as a street just off the Magnificent Mile was named in honor of Dutchie Caray.  Pearson Street between Michigan Avenue and Mies van der Rohe Way was dedicated as Honorary Dutchie Caray Way, in honor of the widow of legendary Cubs and White Sox broadcaster Harry Caray. 

“What did I do? I don’t even know what I did, but I’m so honored. I’m just flabbergasted,” Dutchie said at the unveiling. 

Dutchie turns 86 on Saturday and is a successful businesswoman, having helped expand the restaurant bearing her late husband’s name from one location, when he died in 1998, to seven current locations.  She joked about now having to take care of the block where she lives. 

“Do I have to get up every morning and check to see if the street’s cleaned? If it isn’t, I got to sweep it?” she said. 

Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was among those who attended the street sign unveiling. 

“We used to live right down the block, and we always referred to East Pearson as Dutchie Street anyway,” he said.  Former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle also was on hand for the dedication. He started his career on the South Side the year after Harry Caray moved from broadcasting Sox games to Cubs games. 

“Dutchie’s a special person. I like her even better than I did Harry,” Kittle joked. 

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) pushed for the honor for Dutchie because of all her charitable works and because she lives on that street. 

“I don’t believe it,” she said. “I just learned about it Monday, and I still can’t believe it. I am shocked.” Dutchie said she looked at two condos at Water Tower Place Condominiums in 1992 and knew one of them had disaster written all over it, because it had a winding staircase.  “Harry liked to drink a little bit, so I thought, ‘He’s not going to navigate this place,’” she said.  So they opted for a one-floor condo instead.

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Sightings: Eddie Olczyk, Blackhawks Announcer and Hall of Famer

On August 13, Eddie Olczyk, Blackhawks Hall of Famer and current announcer for the team, stopped in to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Rosemont…

On August 13, Eddie Olczyk, Blackhawks Hall of Famer and current announcer for the team, stopped in to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Rosemont to pick up dinner to go.  His order included some of Harry’s specialties: Prime Bone-In Rib Eye, Chicken Vesuvio and Colossal Shrimp Cocktail.

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The same day, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Jason Rogers, lunched at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North on Wednesday afternoon before the Cubs vs. Brewers game.

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David Koechner (“Anchorman”) and Pat Finn (ABC’s “The Middle”) dine at Harry’s

David Koechner, actor and comedian best known for his role in “Anchorman,” dined at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North with Pat Finn, actor…

David Koechner, actor and comedian best known for his role in “Anchorman,” dined at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North with Pat Finn, actor from the ABC’s “The Middle.” The comedians were in town for their “Beer Shark Mice” comedy improv tour, which showed at the iO Theater earlier that week. They enjoyed Harry’s Calamari and Tuna Crudo appetizers and, for an entree, Koechner had the Cavatappi with Italian Sausage and Finn had the Spaghetti Bolognese.

WGN named Harry Caray’s Best Football Season Hangout in Chicago

Tonight is the final preseason game for the Bears and we are now 10 days from the big home opener against the Packers. Dining,…

Tonight is the final preseason game for the Bears and we are now 10 days from the big home opener against the Packers.

Dining, lifestyle and cocktail culture writer, Audarshia Townsend, gave [WGN] her list of top 5 football season hangouts:

1. Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch/Chicago Sports Museum

Located on the seventh floor of Water Tower Placethe 23,000-square-foot entertainment complex offers guests dining, sports viewing, private-events space and a retail store. It is also home to the city’s first-ever Chicago Sports Museum.

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Sighting: Blair Underwood Dines at Harry Caray’s

From the Chicago Tribune: Sighting: Blair Underwood (“LA Law”) dined Friday at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse-Chicago while in town to deliver the commencement speech…

From the Chicago Tribune:

Sighting: Blair Underwood (“LA Law”) dined Friday at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse-Chicago while in town to deliver the commencement speech at American InterContinental University’s graduation ceremony Saturday at Navy Pier.

Marv Levy Celebrates 90 at Harry Caray’s

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Hall of fame football coach Marv Levy celebrated his 90th birthday Tuesday night at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North…

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Hall of fame football coach Marv Levy celebrated his 90th birthday Tuesday night at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North with his wife, Fran.

Roe Conn Owns a Part of Michael Jordan’s Legacy

From WGN Radio: Grant DePorter, President and Managing Partner of the Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to talk about…

From WGN Radio:

Grant DePorter, President and Managing Partner of the Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to talk about his new sports memorabilia purchases including Michael Jordan’s “final shot” basketball hoop, Mike Ditka’s playbook, and plus the ongoing story of the hunt for the 2010 Stanley Cup game winning puck.

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:   Holy cow! Chicago sports showman Grant DePorter has done it again! Ka-ching! DePorter, an avid sports memorabilia collector —…

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
 
Holy cow! Chicago sports showman Grant DePorter has done it again!
Ka-ching! DePorter, an avid sports memorabilia collector — who bought the infamous Bartman ball at auction for $113,824.16 in 2003 before smashing it to smithereens — just bought a piece of Michael Jordan’s history.
 
“I successfully bid on Michael Jordan’s ‘last shot’ 1998 NBA finals basketball hoop — plus backboard and stand — where His Airness Jordan took his last championship-winning shot as a Chicago Bull,” said DePorter.
 
“The hoop is currently on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts and the stand is in Toronto. Now it will come home to Chicago,” he said.
 
“People were estimating it would go for $100,000 plus, but I got it for $41,825,” said DePorter, who placed his winning bid at the National Sports Collector’s Convention in Rosemont Thursday night.
 
“Amazing. A lot of people just don’t have ceilings high enough to accommodate it because the top of the backboard is about 13 feet high.”
 
“My goal was to bring these Chicago treasures back to Chicago for fans to see — and now plan to put this at our Harry Caray’s restaurant and Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place.”
 
“I pretty much cornered the market on Chicago-related sports treasures last night at the live auction,” DePorter said.
 
Sneed is told DePorter also bought Mike Ditka’s personal playbook for the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl championship game; Ditka’s 1964 game-used Bears jersey with memorial armband; Cubbie Ernie Banks’ game-used glove from the 1969 season; Walter Payton’s final touchdown ball, and Ryne Sandberg’s game-used rookie jersey with the Philadelphia Phillies.”
 
“Inside Ditka’s playbook he wrote out the definition of ‘prima donna’,” said DePorter. “Let’s put it this way. The legendary coach didn’t want any prima donnas at the Super Bowl.”
 
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Harry’s Named Top 20 Sports Bars for the NFL Season

“#15 Harry Caray’s: Its long bar area has several televisions and is decorated with photographs and memorabilia of ballplayers and politicians and baseball artifacts….

“#15 Harry Caray’s:
Its long bar area has several televisions and is decorated with photographs and memorabilia of ballplayers and politicians and baseball artifacts. The famed Chicago teams broadcaster and housed in a 100-year-old brick building, attracts some big-name athletes and politicians as its regulars. Here is the address: 33 W. Kinzie Street; 312-828-0966; website: harrycaraystavern.com; and Google Map”

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Harry Caray Sang The Stretch At Wrigley And All Is Right With The World

From the Chicago Sun-Times: With an intro from Ryan Dempster, naturally, and Tom Ricketts, uncomfortably holding a beer stein, Caray once again led the…

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

With an intro from Ryan Dempster, naturally, and Tom Ricketts, uncomfortably holding a beer stein, Caray once again led the fans in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the 7th inning stretch on Friday. It’s something a lot of Cubs worshippers have been begging for as the celebrity conductor parade has worn thin over the years.

And it was perfect. From the beautiful weather to the surprise and delight of the moment to the fact that Harry, as he would have wanted, was on the Budweiser screen.

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Cubs Use New Video Board to Bring Back Legend

From Fox 32 News: Many people were busy this weekend with family, friends, and fireworks. But the Fourth of July weekend really kicked off…

From Fox 32 News:

Many people were busy this weekend with family, friends, and fireworks. But the Fourth of July weekend really kicked off Friday night with a bang at Wrigley Field.

Instead of having a guest sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th-inning stretch, the Chicago Cubs used their new video board in left field in the best way possible: legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray was back at the Friendly Confines!

But don’t get your hopes up – the team says it will still continue to bring in celebrities, but they’ll occasionally stray from the plan. At some point this season, fans could see taped performances from Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Harry Caray.

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Cubs: Harry Caray Sings 7th Inning Stretch on Wrigley Video Board in Awesome Tribute

From Comcast SportsNet Chicago: Instead of having a guest sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field on…

From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:

Instead of having a guest sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field on Friday, the Cubs had a taping of broadcasting legend Harry Caray leading the Stretch on the video board in left field. It was the perfect way to kick off a holiday weekend on the North Side.

Former pitcher Ryan Dempster and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts introduced the Caray video from the right-field bleachers, with Dempster doing his patented Caray impersonation.

The awesome Caray tribute was received very warmly by fans both at Wrigley Field and watching on TV or social media.

Here’s to more of Harry Caray singing the Stretch on the video board in the future!

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Sighting: Empire Cast @ Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse River North

From the Chicago Tribune, “‘Empire’ cast members Gabourey Sidibe, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday and Ta’Rhonda Jones had dinner Wednesday at Harry Caray’s…

From the Chicago Tribune,

“‘Empire’ cast members Gabourey Sidibe, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday and Ta’Rhonda Jones had dinner Wednesday at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse-Chicago.”

Read more here.

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Thrillist: 50 Things You Need to Eat in Chicago Before You Die!

From the Thrillist: Probably invented at a 1920s restaurant called “The Vesuvio,” this Chicago classic of roast chicken, garlic, and white wine has long…

From the Thrillist:

Probably invented at a 1920s restaurant called “The Vesuvio,” this Chicago classic of roast chicken, garlic, and white wine has long been a socially acceptable alternative to red meat for manly dinners. Where better to eat it than inside of the namesake restaurant of legendary broadcaster and boozer Harry Caray?

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SABR 45 Walking Tour of Chicago Baseball History

The Society of American Baseball Research recently had a conference at the Palmer House Chicago, and one lucky attendee for Sports Illustrated Kids got…

The Society of American Baseball Research recently had a conference at the Palmer House Chicago, and one lucky attendee for Sports Illustrated Kids got to put together a Baseball History Walking Tour for it! Max Mannis toured 13 spots in Chicago, ending at our very own Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse downtown. Check out this clip from the article, and read the full article here!

“Finally, we visited the legendary Harry Caray Steakhouse. Caray was a legendary Cubs broadcaster, known for his tradition of serenading fans with his “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch. He left such a mark on Chicago that he even has a steakhouse named after him, among other places and objects.”

 

 

Harry Caray’s presents The Andrew Shaw Face-Off Martini

Harry Caray’s stopped by WGN Radio to share the Andrew Shaw Face-Off Martini with Roe Conn and friends for the Canarble Wagon segment. It’s made with vodka…

Harry Caray’s stopped by WGN Radio to share the Andrew Shaw Face-Off Martini with Roe Conn and friends for the Canarble Wagon segment. It’s made with vodka that was infused with the stitches that Andrew Shaw had in his face during the 2013 Stanley Cup run.

Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, purchased the stitches on August 25, 2013 for $6,500 from an online auction. Proceeds went to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The martini was concocted by the famous Harry Caray’s bartender, Frankie “O”. It consists of Andrew Shaw stitches-infused Grey Goose Vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, grenadine, and is garnished with a sugar rim and a cherry.

View photos from the WGN visit here.

View the making of the martini below.

Cubs Andre “Hawk” Dawson selling awards in auction; Harry Caray’s bidding

Why is the Chicago Cubs legend selling his 1987 National League MVP award, his 1982 Gold Glove award and his 1987 Babe Ruth Sultan…

Why is the Chicago Cubs legend selling his 1987 National League MVP award, his 1982 Gold Glove award and his 1987 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Crown?

“I don’t know, but I will be bidding on them,” said Bartman ball-purchaser Grant DePorter, who is interested in all things sports for his Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch eatery and Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place.

“Harry Caray was a great friend of Dawson’s and he gave us a bat signed by him for the restaurant,” said DePorter. “The National Sports Collectors Convention is taking place in Rosemont in late July — and the Andre Dawson items will be auctioned off at a live auction on July 31,” he added. “So I have been planning to be at the convention for a while and have been already targeting sports memorabilia items there.”

Read the entire article on the Chicago Sun-Times website.

Never Before Seen: Mike Ditka’s Playbook with Note on His Feelings

Auction after auction, Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group CEO Grant DePorter continues to amaze Chicago fans with outstanding bids on priceless memorabilia. The newest addition…

Auction after auction, Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group CEO Grant DePorter continues to amaze Chicago fans with outstanding bids on priceless memorabilia. The newest addition to the collection? Mike Ditka’s Superbowl XX Playbook. After all, “in Chicago, sports is religion and to Bears fans Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook is the bible.”

From WGN Radio: Grant DePorter of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group recently acquired Mike Ditka’s ’85 playbook and was pleased to discover a never before seen note card detailing Ditka’s feelings.  The full playbook is on display at  Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier and later in the Bears season it will be moved to Harry Caray’s Seventh Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. Take a look at the below scan and tell us what you think he wrote.

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Woody’s Winter Warm Up Photo Gallery

Want to see some of your Chicago Cubs in action off the field? Check out these pictures of them bartending and more during ‪#‎WoodysWinterWarmUp‬…

Want to see some of your Chicago Cubs in action off the field? Check out these pictures of them bartending and more during ‪#‎WoodysWinterWarmUp‬ with the Wood Family Foundation!

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Sighting: Frank Thomas visits Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch

From the article: Thomas was spotted Nov. 21 at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum in Water Tower Place. The Baseball…

From the article:

Thomas was spotted Nov. 21 at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum in Water Tower Place. The Baseball Hall of Famer drank Big Hurt beer and played the interactive game featuring Thomas in the Chicago Sports Museum, according to a Harry Caray’s spokesperson Beth Heller. NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent dined Nov. 25 at 7th Inning Stretch.

–    The Bears’ Brandon Marshall — an investor in 7th Inning Stretch — dined Nov. 24 at the newly opened Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria-West Loop.

Will Ferrel as Harry Caray cameo on 40 years of SNL special

If you were watching last night’s celebration of 40 years of SNL, you may have seen one of our favorite skits featuring Will Ferrel…

If you were watching last night’s celebration of 40 years of SNL, you may have seen one of our favorite skits featuring Will Ferrel as Harry Caray!

From the article:

Introduced by Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter, the montage includes some skits starring athletes — like Manning’s ill-fated charity clinic for kids and Jeter’s appearance in drag as a “Yankee wife” — to skits about sports, like Will Ferrell’s impression of Harry Caray and the Chicago-centric Bill Swerski’s Superfans.

Watch the clip on SB Nation

 

 

 

Holy Cow! Harry Caray Diary Documents One Long Bender

From the article: Late, legendary sportscaster Harry Caray sure could put it away. A 1972 diary of his documents 288 uninterrupted days of drinking,…

From the article:

Late, legendary sportscaster Harry Caray sure could put it away. A 1972 diary of his documents 288 uninterrupted days of drinking, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The record, according to the paper, was kept for tax purposes back when a taxpayer could deduct the cost of business entertaining, provided he kept track of his receipts, dates and the names of people entertained.

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Tribune: Patrick Kane at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch

From the article: Harry Caray’s famous investors are lending more than just their money to the new 7th Inning Stretch location in Water Tower…

From the article:

Harry Caray’s famous investors are lending more than just their money to the new 7th Inning Stretch location in Water Tower Place.

Patrick Kane will appear Sept. 14 at the Chicago Sports Museum, located inside 7th Inning Stretch. The Blackhawks star and mullet enthusiast is an investor in both the Water Tower Place location and Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier and will be posing for photos with fans (limit four people per photo, no autographs). Tickets are free and will be distributed at 7th Inning Stretch the day of the appearance.

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Sports stars go to bat for Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch

From the article: Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group once again teamed up with sports stars from the past and present (and a former “Desperate Housewives”…

From the article:

Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group once again teamed up with sports stars from the past and present (and a former “Desperate Housewives” actor) for the newest addition to the Harry Caray family.

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, former Blackhawk Bobby Hull, former Bear Richard Dent, former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy and Harry Caray’s waiter-turned-”Desperate Housewives” actor James Denton are investors in Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier and opted to invest in the newly opened Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum in Water Tower Place as well. Other investors in the 23,000-square-foot 7th Inning Stretch include the Bears’ Brandon Marshall and the Cubs’ Starlin Castro.

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New Harry Caray’s restaurant, museum opens in Water Tower Place

From the article: Chicago’s affection for legendary broadcaster Harry Caray is showing no signs of fading. Another Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch restaurant had…

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Chicago’s affection for legendary broadcaster Harry Caray is showing no signs of fading.

Another Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch restaurant had its grand opening Tuesday night on the seventh level of Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago.

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