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  • Northern Grade Chicago

    Northern Grade Chicago

    If you live in America it is generally agreed that ‘Made in America’ is a positive thing. What is really exciting to us is that the Made in America movement has taken a decidedly fashionable turn. We’re not talking about the fashion that you see on the runways in Paris, Milan or New York. It’s the idea of fashion or style being classic and timeless with an emphasis on quality materials and manufacturing.

    On October 19th and 20th come visit Northern Grade Chicago in Millennium Park to see one the best collections of brands that embody American Made American Style. Founded in 2009 by Minnesota based Pierrepont Hicks, Northern Grade describes itself as:

    We're a U.S. made pop-up market that is open to the public consumer. We invite brands who are manufacturing their products in these United States, and provide well-made goods. At our markets you will find everything you need: clothing, footwear, gear, games, paddles, paper goods, grooming supplies + a few things you didn't know you needed.

    We look forward to joining some great brands at this year’s Northern Grade. We’re there both days and will have our products and our monogram machine. If you’re interested in seeing our products and how we personalize them stop by!

  • Oktoberfest Chicago

    Octoberfest Chicago

    The common Oktoberfest mistake (besides over imbibing)? Thinking it’s actually in October. The first Oktoberfest was a celebration of a royal marriage that occurred in October 1810. After a few years the Germans decided that it was more pleasant to celebrate while it was warm so they moved it to September, makes sense to us.

    If you’re in Chicago and looking to celebrate Oktoberfest here are a few ideas.

    The Traditional

    St Alphonsus Oktoberfest is this weekend September 27th-29th. This is the most comprehensive Oktoberfest in Chicago. As you would expect its beer, brats and music. It is located at Lincoln, Wellington and Southport and with bands like the Polkaholics and The Bratwurst Brothers you really can’t go wrong.

    The Restaurants

    Mirabell Restaurant at Addison and 94, is a winner. Their Oktoberfest runs deep into October. Here you can get more adventurous with the selection German food and beer and hear the sounds of Oktoberfest in a very traditional feeling environment.

    Resi’s Beirstube is more bar than restaurant. If you’re looking for a great place to grab a German Beer it doesn’t get much better than this. If it’s a nice day take advantage of their great patio. Our thoughts - Resi’s is year round, not just October.

    The Kaehler Pick

    We have a loose interpretation of Oktoberfest, basically an excuse to eat sausage and drink beer. For the highest quality food (loosely German themed), go to Publican Quality Meats. The current Butchers Hot Charcuterie plate is 3 sausages, a boudin noir (blood sausage- don’t be afraid), a cheddar cheese brat and a country sausage that are all beyond awesome. It comes with sauerkraut, grain mustard, hot pepper and is sprinkled with a crunchy bread crust (pictured below). Grab a Krombacher Pilsner on draft and call it Oktoberfest. Trust us, you will be happy you did.


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