Adler After Dark

Living in Chicago, there are certain events that everyone you know has either gone to or has a friend that’s gone. Examples include Lollapalooza, an architecture boat tour, and Adler After Dark.

Taking place at the Adler Planetarium after hours on the third Thursday of each month, the planetarium hosts a 21+ ticketed, themed evening with open access to space shows, live entertainment, and cocktails. Our night’s theme was “Solar Eclipse of the Heart.” They allegedly never repeat themes to ensure each month’s event has a unique twist.

As this was both of our first trips to the planetarium, we weren’t exactly sure of what to expect. Upon entrance, we were greeted in a room filled with space memorabilia, attendees donning bright colors and too much hairspray, and the sounds of an eighties cover band jamming to a Bonnie Tyler song. Not exactly a bad way to start!

After checking out some of the exhibits, we started noticing a number of people walking past us with bright pink drinks that appeared to be smoking. Need! We found a place in line at one of the numerous bars throughout the museum and ordered two of these tequila beverages that included a few cubes of dry ice, which made the drinks bubble and smoke. Seems appropriate that they used science to make a fun cocktail for us to drink while we upped our space knowledge at the same time, right?

Even early on, the main floor was filled with guests dancing and enjoying the band. They were decked out in bright pastel suits and played some of the best hits the 80’s had to offer.

While watching the band, we worked our way through the main floor and decided to hop in a long line we weren’t sure what was for. After a few minutes, we realized that we were in line to win ice cream! Upon reaching the front of the line, we stepped up to a screen scrolling through flavors of ice cream in the fashion of a slot machine, tapped the screen, and were awarded with the flavors we landed on (chocolate, and more chocolate). Best part? Everyone’s a winner.

We ate our ice cream on the terrace, and enjoyed one of the best sunset views in the city. If you have never seen the city at sunset or at night from the north side of Northerly Island, we highly recommend it.

Post brain freezes, we headed to one of the many shows that were offered throughout the evening. We chose a show about prominent constellations you can see from the Chicago night sky and the stories behind them. The live narrator for our show kept us laughing and learning as we felt fully immersed in the projections of the night sky on the dome above us.

And to wrap up the evening, we walked over to our tour of Doane Observatory: the largest aperture telescope available to the public in the Chicagoland area. With this, for an additional fee (which must be purchased at the time you buy tickets), you’re able to tour the facility and take a close-up peep of the night sky with a small group of people. Because it was a cloudy evening, there unfortunately wasn’t much for us to see, but it was still a cool experience that we would probably pay for again if (when!) we go back to another Adler After Dark.

Any night including 80’s music, fun cocktails, and an excuse to dress up is a good evening. But when you throw in some space stuff, a killer view, and the opportunity to learn a few new things? Simply out of this world.

Taste Talks 2k17

So, to start out with, we’ll be blogging about some of our real-time dates as well as a few from the archives. As we post, we’ll be sure to let you know which is which. This entry features a date from last fall…in case the greenery and lack of clothing layers weren’t a dead giveaway. 😉

Taste Talks, a national series of food festivals produced by Brooklyn-based media company Northside Media, took place on September 8-10. Each festival, which happened in four cities in 2017, brings amazing chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures together with everyday food enthusiasts through symposia, awards, tastings, dinners, and parties. For Mandy, it triggers a bit of nostalgia, as she worked for the company during their Taste Talks Chicago debut in 2014 (hi, Nside fam!).

This was our second year attending together, and it was just as tasty as the first time around. The All Star Cookout, which historically takes place the last day of the festival, features 10+ booths that pair the hosting city’s top chefs, usually with another celebrity chef or restaurant, and create unique tastings for the event. A few of our favorites from this year’s event at Palmer Square Park include:

Although half of us may be slightly bias because of the folks who put the festival on, we think it’s safe to say no one leaves the All Star Cookout with loose pants.

Welcome 2018!

Hello and happy new year!

We are Morgan and Mandy, the bacon-loving couple behind this very blog, and we’re pretty pumped about 2018. After meeting in 2016 and about a year and a half of dating fun, we decided we wanted a space to chronicle our adventures together. So here we are!

This year, we’re looking forward to sharing some of our favorite dates, Chicago restaurants and events, and travels both around the city and beyond.

We kicked off 2018 by relaxing in our pajamas and eating pancakes with some of our favorite friends…and of course, bacon. With the city “feeling like -11 degrees,” we couldn’t have asked for a cozier way to bring in the new year.