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5 Fun Things to Do in Chicago This Winter

November 29th, 2018

chicago winter
Just because the weather is getting colder and nights longer doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside the house until the springtime of 2019. Chicago is a fantastic city with year-round entertainment and a plethora of fun things to do – even when Old Man Winter starts to drop the cold white stuff all over our city streets.

Just because the temperatures have dipped below freezing and there’s snow and ice on the ground doesn’t mean that the city shuts down. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Many fun winter-related activities will appeal to anyone willing to step outside their heated house or apartment and seek out adventure.

As life-long Chicagoans, we’ve come up with our list of seven fun things to do in Chicago in the wintertime. Leave us a comment down below if you think we missed a must-see during these cold winter months.

Michigan Avenue

There is nothing more quintessentially Chicago than ducking into a coffee or hot chocolate shop then taking a nice winter stroll down Michigan Avenue.

What’s the big deal about walking down a street, you ask?

Michigan Avenue is home to the world-famous Magnificent Mile shopping district. This is the place to be for the quintessential Chicago wintertime experience. There are tons of shops, restaurants, bars, and even movie theaters you can duck into for an afternoon show.

While Michigan Avenue can be enjoyed any time of the day, nighttime is when it comes alive. The streets, lampposts, and buildings are all decked out with seasonal lights, wreaths, and other holiday icons. If you look closely, you might even catch a glimpse of you-know-who as he’s making his list of who’s naughty and who’s nice.

What: Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago

Where: You can start anywhere, but most people park near this address: N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

When: Now!

Cost: Free!

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Festival

Lions and tigers and ice carvings, oh my!

The Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Festival completely transforms Lincoln Park during the winter holiday season. With over 2 million lights strung up along the trees and ice carving demonstrations, carolers, and even a hot chocolate stand, there’s something for everyone here.

No matter if you’re flying solo, on a date, or lugging the entire family, you’ll find hours of entertainment here. The Zoo Lights Festival is a great way to get yourself in the holiday mood and rub elbows with other holiday revelers.

What: Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Festival

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614

When: Evenings throughout November, December, and select dates in January.

Cost: Free!

Da’ Bulls

The world-famous Chicago Bulls have various home games throughout the winter season. If you search online, you can find tickets at a reasonable price. Or if you prefer to splurge, you can easily find courtside seats to watch the next Michael Jordan or Dennis Rodman play.

Be sure to order your tickets asap as seats tend to fill up quickly. Parking can be a bit of a pain, but if you’re willing to get some exercise and walk a few blocks, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

Bulls tickets can be purchased on many different websites, be sure you’re buying them from a reputable vendor. Some of the ticket scalpers that stand outside of the stadium will sell fake tickets that won’t allow you admission when they’re scanned.

What: Chicago Bulls basketball game

Where: United Center, Chicago.

When: Check the calendar for their home game schedule

Cost: Varies

Ice Skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Another iconic wintertime Chicago activity is renting a pair of ice skates and taking a few laps at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. You’ll get a first-hand view of the amazing Chicago skyline in the wintertime. Guaranteed to put anyone in the holiday spirit, ice skating is a fun way to kill a few hours in the day or night time.

The cost is free, but keep in mind that the park gets packed on the weekends and certain nights. Skate rentals start at $13, and locker rentals can be had for only $1.

What: Ice Skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Where: Millennium Park, Chicago.

When: Various hours

Cost: Free!

Maggie Daley Park

“Why are you choosing two outdoor skate rinks for your top five list?”

Good question!

We’ve chosen to include Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon on this list because of their unique ice-skating rink. Unlike the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink which is in the shape of a big oval, the Maggie Daley Park has an actual ribbon to skate!!!

Imagine a freeway where no cars exist, and the entire ground is covered in freshly Zamboni’ed ice. At the Maggie Daley Park, you’re going to be ice-skating down a ribbon of road that is around twice the length of a standard ice rink.

You’ll feel like you’re seeing the entire Chicago skyline as you traverse the skating ribbon. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world, and this is why we’ve chosen to include it in our top five list.

What: The Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon

Where: Maggie Daley Park 337 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601

When: Weather permitting

Cost: Free! (skate rentals start at $13/rental)

Chicago in the Wintertime

Unlike most cities in the wintertime, Chicago never shuts down. You’ll find something for everyone here. Just be sure to check the weather and dress appropriately because when the temperatures start to dip below freezing, and a cold wind starts kicking off Lake Michigan, things can get real cold, real quick.

​6 Fun Summer Chicago Adventures

August 23rd, 2018

chicago summer adventuresEven though it’s the middle of August, summer isn’t quite over just yet. There are a lot of Chicago festivals and outdoor activities that are scheduled to take place before the end of the warm summer months.

No matter if you’re single, a couple, or have children, there’s a little something for everyone in the summertime in Chicago. We’re going to look at 6 of our favorite mid-to-late summer activities that you and your loved ones can spend a day or two making memories that will last a lifetime.

Chicago Lakefront Path

The Lakefront Path is an 18-mile paved road for pedestrians and bicyclists. There’s no better (or cheaper) way to see the sights and sounds of Chicago than hopping on a bike and exploring at your own pace. If you don’t have a bike, you can always rent a Divvy bike to get around. Be sure to wear a helmet, as it might save you from having to pay a visit to the emergency dentist!

There really isn’t a beginning and end point as you can start your walk/ride anywhere along it’s 18-mile meandering path. Most people park their cars in the public garage near Millennium Park. This is roughly the halfway point of the path and puts you within reach of some of the best eateries, bars, and attractions that Chicago has to offer.

What: Lakefront Path

When: Anytime!

Where: The path runs 18 miles and can be accessed from any point

Cost: Free!

See the Cubbies Play

There’s nothing more iconic than catching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field in the late summer time. The Cubs are doing pretty decent (as of this blog post) this year and finding a home game is as easy as visiting the Cubs website.

While the Cubs games are family-friendly, it’s been said that the bar scene really takes off post-game. Wrigley Field was constructed smack-dab in the middle of a residential area, so parking is extremely limited. If you can’t find a parking spot nearby, there are several lots within walking distance that will set you back anywhere from $10 to $20.

What: Chicago Cubs

When: See website for home game schedule

Where: 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Cost: Varies depending on seating (and how much beer and hot dogs you buy)

Attend the Farmer’s Market

One of the greatest things about the city of Chicago is our proximity to the breadbasket of America. This means our Farmer’s Markets are overflowing with super fresh produce, meats, and flowers. Fresh, healthy food means less sugars, and that translates to a better bill of health when you schedule your next dental checkup!

The Chicago City Markets is a great beginner’s guide to all of the farmer’s markets scattered throughout Chicago. No matter what you’re looking for, chances are you will find it listed in their 2018 Farmer’s Market guide.

What: Farmer’s Market

When: See website for individual dates

Where: Scattered throughout Chicago

Cost: Free to enter!

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Chicago is infamous for our hot and humid summers. If the daytime heat makes you want to stay in your air-conditioned bedroom, why not get out in the morning when it’s much cooler?

The Millennium Park Summer Workouts offers free 45-minute workouts on the Great Lawn in Millennium Park. You don’t have to have a yoga mat, but keep in mind that you’ll be performing exercises on grass and it has a way of staining lightly colored clothing.

What: Millennium Park Summer Workouts

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 am to 10 am

Where: Millennium Park

Cost: Free!

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the longest-running free events of its kind in America. Running from August 18th-19th, it features skydivers, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and all kinds of aeronautical acrobatic antics.

The show features both military and civilian performers. You’ll find F-35’s flying next to F-18’s and even a Coast Guard rescue copter will be on hand for the festivities. There’s a little bit of something for everyone at the Air and Water show this year.

What: Chicago Air and Water Show

When: August 18-19, 2018 10 am – 3 pm

Where: North Avenue Beach 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Cost: Free!

North Coast Music Festival

This festival marks the end of summer and offers an eclectic mix of electronic, rap, indie, jam, and funk bands. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone at the North Coast Festival. This year’s event will feature a diverse group of local and national artists that will take the stage to perform and entertain.

The day’s events are for people of all ages, but this festival tends to attract a slightly more youthful crowd due to the popularity of electronic music. This is one of the biggest music festivals in Chicago and tickets can be a bit pricey, depending on what tier you buy.

What: North Coast Music Festival

When: August 31st – September 2nd

Where: Union Park, Chicago

Cost: Ticket fees range in price

Chicago in the Fall

While the summer heat may be slowly coming to an end, the outdoor activities in the fall time in Chicago are just heating up. If you can’t make any one of these festivals or events before the end of summer, there are some of the year’s biggest events to look forward to!

From apple picking, to corn mazes, to changing fall foliage, there are a lot of fun outdoor activities that are only a few short weeks around the corner. Check back next month when we release our top things to do in the fall time in Chicago list!

​Great Chicago Summer Festivals for Families [2018]

June 21st, 2018

chicago summer festivals 2018Summertime officially beings on June 21st and that means three months of festivals and outdoor activities that are jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment options for kids from age 1 to 100.

Chicagoans are lucky that we live in such a diverse city. There’s no shortage of exciting cultural events and activities that will provide a day’s worth of entertainment and get you and your family outside the house.

Open up the calendar on your cell phone and start jotting down these dates. We’ve picked the top five can’t-miss events for this summer. Pack your family into the car and head on down for a day filled with fun and memories!

Grant Park Music Festival

If there’s one thing that Chicago is known for in the summertime, it’s the plethora of outdoor music festivals. The Grand Park Music Festival is the granddaddy of them all. For over 80 summers, Chicagoans and tourists alike have spent a fun day sitting on the grass and listening to classical music performed by some of the best artists of the day.

The festival runs for ten consecutive weeks. From Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky, treat your family to a day of culture and classical music appreciation. The event is free, but it’s highly recommended that you get to the venue at least 1 hour early to secure a good lawn seat.

When: The 2018 season opens on June 13th and runs through August 18th.

Where: This event is held at multiple venues. Be sure to check the Grant Park Music Festival official website for times and dates.

Cost: Public seating is free. Season memberships and one-night passes are offered at reasonable prices. Check website for times, dates, and prices.

World's Largest Block Party

This annual festival delivers everything that its name promises, and then some! The Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party has been a time-honored tradition for over 34 years. This family-friendly event will feature some of the most popular food trucks in all of Chicago as well as bounce houses, face painting, and live music.

Saturday afternoons feature plenty of activities for family and kids. Get there early because it will be packed and your chance of finding local parking will be slim-to-none.

It’s recommended that you take public transportation to get to the event. A list of schedules and preferred parking areas are on the event website.

When: June 22nd from 5 PM to 10:30 PM and June 23rd from 2 pm to 10:30 pm

Where: Old St. Pat’s Church campus in Chicago’s West Loop

Cost: Free from 5 pm to 6 pm on Friday and $10 admission all other times.

Irish American Heritage Festival

Celebrate all things Irish at the Irish American Heritage Festival being held at Irish American Heritage Center. From bangers and mash to authentic Irish music, you and your family will experience a day full of cultural events and fantastic food at this three-day festival.

In addition to the good grub and music, the event also features lots of children’s activities, a genealogy workshop, kilting, quilting, and spinning demonstrations. If you’re of Irish descent or you appreciate all things Irish, there’s no better place to enjoy a weekend of fun and food that celebrates Irish heritage in Chicago!

When: July 6th – 8th

Where: Irish American Heritage Center: 4626 N Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60630

Cost: $10 advance purchase through July 5th and $15 after. Children 12 and younger get in for free. You can buy tickets online, over the phone, or at the door.

Taste of Chicago

Billed as the world’s largest food festival, the Taste of Chicago celebrates all of the cultures and foods that make up Chicago. There’s something for everyone at this massive food festival.

There will also be two concert venues features some of the performers from Chicago’s music scene. The George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic band and the Flaming Lips will be headlining at the Petrillo Music Shell.

If you attend just one outdoor food festival this year, make it the Taste of Chicago. The event has grown over the past 38 years from a humble street fair to a massive celebration that can only take place in Grant Park.

When: Wednesday, July 11th to Sunday, July 15th.

Where: Grant Park

Cost: Free!

Chinatown Summer Fair

Experience a taste of the Orient at the Chinatown Summer Fair held on Wentworth Ave. Come join over 40,000 Chicagoans as they experience authentic Chinese culture, food, and music.

The festival opens with a traditional lion dance procession and features kung fu demonstrations, street vendors that sell both food and merchandise, as well as various Asian performances on the stage. This family-friendly event also features a petting zoo and pony rides for the little ones.

When: Sunday, July 15th 10 am to 7 pm

Where: Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Avenue to 24th Place in Chicago

Cost: Free!

Summertime Family Fun!

Chicago is a culturally diverse city that’s known for its many different fairs and events held throughout the summertime. Instead of sweltering in your house or running up the electricity bill as you run the a/c, join tens of thousands of your fellow Chicagoans as they celebrate living in our fantastic city!

​Chicago’s 10 Best Spots to Drink With a View

May 17th, 2018

chicago rooftop bars summerAfter another long winter, it’s finally feeling like summer in Chicago. Why not celebrate the warmer weather by enjoying one of our city’s iconic views while sipping something special?

Here are our 10 favorite places to take advantage of everything this beautiful metropolis has to offer, while also savoring some of the finest wines, cocktails, and brews in Chicago.

Streetervile Social


Surround yourself with the Chicago skyline by imbibing at the Streeterville Social, located just off the Magnificent Mile atop the Loews Hotel. Inspired by all-things summer, expect creative cocktails, delicious eats, and even boozy freezer pops to send you right to childhood.

The perfect balance of a casual and classy, relax on one of their many couches while sipping a Bee’s Knees (made with local honey) while nibbling on delicious small plates, or play lawn games like giant Jenga or cornhole. What sounds more like summer than that?

North Pond

Lincoln Park

Located literally inside gorgeous Lincoln Park, this Michelin star restaurant promises a date night to remember. Dine on some of Chicago’s top cuisine paired perfectly with high-quality wines, all while overlooking the park’s iconic—you guessed it—North Pond.

320 RiverBar

Near North Side

Searching for an incredible happy hour with a distinctively Chicago view? Located right along the River, 320 RiverBar is an absolute can’t miss! Soak up that sunshine and enjoy drink (or three) al fresco with insanely affordable local beers, cocktails and wine every day from 3:20–6:20.

With gastropub fare like burgers, flatbreads, and salads, this casual eatery is the perfect people pleasing destination.


River North

Now for something a little different. With their ridiculously creative cocktails served in quirky “glasses” like bamboo shoots or ceramic mushrooms, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all gimmick. The master mixologists at Apogee serve some of the best drinks in the city all on the rooftop of the Dana Hotel.

A true treat for all of your senses, be sure to try the Fibonacci, served in an actual seashell, or the refreshing vodka-based Nymph with an elegantly floating flower. With a cozy firepit and ample space indoors, Apogee is a great even when the temperature dips and a perfect spot for groups, because why not share the spectacle?


The Loop

Whether you’re a lifelong local or a first-time visitor, Cindy’s is the place if you want to truly feel like you’re in middle of it all.

Sip on one of their signature cocktails like the refreshing Grey Gardens or the aromatic Kotodama and take in everything the Second City has to offer. Steps from Millennium Park, overlook some of Chicago’s most iconic sights including the Bean, Maggie Daley Park, Lake Michigan, and our iconic skyline.

City Winery


If people watching is your favorite kind of view, City Winery is a can’t miss. Located right on the Chicago River in the West Loop, casually sip your favorite rosé while watching yachts cruise by and pedestrians wander down the Riverwalk.

And don’t let winter keep you from enjoying a glass. As the temperature dips, City Winery sets up climate controlled “igloos” allowing guests to enjoy outdoor dining, no matter the season.


Gold Coast

Smack dab in the heart of the Gold Coast sits this intimate, swanky lounge. Take in unparalleled 18th floor views day or night while sipping impeccably crafted classic cocktails poolside. Or with floor-to-ceiling windows, you can enjoy everything this gem has to offer even if the weather decides to be fickle.

The Up Room

Wicker Park

Sometimes the best skyline views are from the outskirts. Cue the Up Room — a trendy rooftop bar located a few miles from the Loop in Wicker Park.

Situated on the 35th floor of the Robey Hotel, this cozy space not only boasts expertly crafted cocktails and a long wine list, but also never-ending vistas of the entire Chicagoland area from the downtown cityscape, all the way to the neighboring states.

Signature Room at the 95th


There’s no debating the epic view that the Signature Room offers. High atop 875 North Michigan, dining here promises a romantic evening that impossible to replicate. Offering classic cocktails, elegant plates, and a diverse wine list, look down on Chicago from your own classy perch in the sky.

Castaways Bar & Grill

Lincoln Park

Who says you can’t enjoy a great seaside bar in the Midwest? Just head to North Avenue Beach, look for a boat docked in the sand, and you might as well be lounging in Mexico.

With a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and water so close you can smell it, Castaways is perfect for a fun, casual summer day. This isn’t the place for top-shelf martinis. Instead, order a piña colada or beer bucket, soak in that lake breeze, and transport yourself back to spring break.

Now that summer has started to move in to Chicago, these outdoor bars and restaurants are a great way to spend a nice evening in the city.

​10 Best Smiles in Hollywood

April 5th, 2018

10 best celebrity smilesA beautiful smile is like a magnet to the Hollywood spotlight. In showbiz, there’s no denying that a gorgeous grin can make all the difference in getting noticed on the red carpet.

Some lucky stars are blessed with perfect teeth from the beginning, while others opt for cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers or teeth whitening to thrust that smile from the D- to the A-List. Though there are countless celebrities with incredible grins, here are our personal top 10 smiles in Hollywood.

Lupita Nyong’o

Who doesn’t love this Black Panther star and Oscar winner? Confidently owning every appearance from gracing the cover of Vogue to speaking out for women’s rights, Lupita’s bright smile never fails to pull people in.

Looking for a Lupita level of smile perfection? Most teeth with that kind of sparkle have undergone some level of professional whitening. We love Zoom! Whitening, which boosts your teeth up to eight shades brighter in a single appointment.

Gal Gadot

Is it any surprise that Wonder Woman has a wonderful smile? Gal Gadot smashes super villains and box office records with feminist flair.

This DC Comics hero certainly doesn’t need to be beaming to beat the baddies, but she never shies away from the camera when she wants to show off her dazzling grin. With a smile that gorgeous, why would she?

emma stone smile

Emma Stone

She’s the talented girl-next-door we’d all love to be besties with. Emma also boasts a radiant grin that was on proud display when scoring her Best Actress Oscar for La La Land in 2017. Whether playing her look quirky and casual, or straight-up stunning on the red carpet, we love everything about Emma’s smile style.

chris pratt smile

Chris Pratt

With the ability to go from hilarious goofball to classic Hollywood hunk in seconds, resisting the charm of this Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy star is nearly impossible. Chris Pratt’s warm ear-to-ear grin draws everybody in, with a near universal effect of people either wanting to be him, or be with him.

donald glover smile

Donald Glover

The uber talented Donald Glover does it all. From selling out shows as Grammy nominated rapper Childish Gambino, to winning a Best Actor Emmy for his incredible performance in Atlanta (for which he also writes, produces and directs), he doesn’t need a stunning smirk to make his mark.

But can anyone not get butterflies when he smiles? As the newest Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars universe and voice of Simba in the Lion King remake, Donald Glover’s future looks bright as a Hollywood mainstay. With this charming grin, we’re praying he’ll be gracing our screens for decades to come.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds is the whole Hollywood package. He’s hilarious, ridiculously good looking, and serious box office magic. As everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed antihero Deadpool, he’d likely be an unstoppable force without that impeccable mile-long smile. But hey, we’re not complaining. Keep on grinning Ryan!

Jennifer Lawrence Smile

Jennifer Lawrence

Goofy and gorgeous with a perfect grin. Jennifer Lawrence has been an acting tour-de-force since she was discovered by a sharp-eyed talent scout at age 14. Just a few years later, she snagged her first of four Oscar noms, finally winning the Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook in 2012.

She continues to surprise us with her versatile, unstoppable acting chops. What doesn’t surprise anyone is how she lights up every red carpet with her nonstop grin.

Morgan Freeman

With a voice everyone loves, Morgan Freeman is also the perfect example of how a little cosmetic dentistry can make anyone look years younger.

Freeman has clearly had substantial veneer work performed in the last decade, straightening and whitening his aging teeth. He may have recently entered his 80s, but his revamped smile helps him looks years younger.

Chrissy Teigen Smile

Chrissy Teigen

This witty, outspoken model, Lip Sync Battle co-host, and cookbook author has many things to smile about, and we’re all in luck when she does. The vivacious wife of musician John Legend, Chrissy Teigen truly lights up a room when she flashes her grin.

And in true Chrissy Teigen fashion, she’s not shy about discussing her decision to have cosmetic dental work done. In an interview with Refinery 29 she calls herself a “notorious teeth grinder,” resulting in teeth “a few millimeters shorter.” Desiring a dream smile, she got porcelain veneers, amplifying her beauty even more.

george clooney smile

George Clooney

The epitome of a modern Hollywood legend, it’s not only George Clooney’s suave style and dashing good looks that sets him apart. One flash of his signature style and all eyes are officially on him.

This two-time Academy Award winning actor didn’t get that flawless grin completely naturally though. After years of grinding his teeth due to stress, he chose to get porcelain veneers, lengthening and whitening his teeth to red carpet perfection.

Inspired to get your own celebrity smile? Watertower Dental Care is Chicago’s choice for cosmetic and implant dentistry. Located on the world-famous Magnificent Mile, contact us today to book an appointment or get more information about getting the perfect smile you deserve.

5 Amazing Things to do in Chicago this Spring​

March 29th, 2018

spring chicagoAs Old Man Winter starts to release Chicago from his icy grip, the city slowly starts to spring back to life. Springtime in Chicago is a time for renewal and outdoor enjoyment. If you’re like most people, you’re tired of the cold and being cooped up in your home for the past few months.

We’ve compiled 5 amazing things that should be on your “must do” list for springtime in 2018. Even if you get outside the house for just a few hours, it can help get rid of the last remnants of the winter blues and make you feel alive and renewed as the weather starts to warm up.

Ride the 606

Grab your bike or hit up one of the conveniently located Divvy stations to get a rental in order to experience one of the newest outdoor attractions that Chicago has to offer: The 606. In its former life, the 606 was an abandoned elevated train track that ran through Chicago. Several local visionaries saw potential and together with city officials they completely rebuilt and turned the train tracks into an eco-friendly bike path that meanders throughout the city as well as the park and trail system.

As the green grass and flowers start to bloom in the warm spring weather, there’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than slowly cruising the 606 and maybe even stopping off at a local park for an impromptu game of frisbee or picnic.

When: Open year-round

Where: Northwest Chicago (Bloomingdale Ave.)

Price: Free!

2018 Chicago Spring Wine Festival

The place to be for wine aficionados this spring is the Chicago Spring Wine Festival. Various wine reps from different wineries will be on hand to showcase several of their most popular brands. You’ll be socializing with hundreds of other wine lovers in this 21-and-over event held at the Old Town Social. Food and drinks are available and standard admission will get you 15 tasting tickets – and if that’s not enough, more are available for purchase with 100% of proceeds going to charity.

When: Saturday, April 21st 2018

Where: Old Town Social (455 W North Ave) Chicago 60654

Price: $20 - $100

Chicago Food Truck Festival (Spring Festival)

The Chicago Food Truck Festival is the premier event for foodies of all ages. Treat your taste buds to foods and dishes from all across the world. There will be a sangria garden, games, and live music. The event will have a dance party feel to it that features Steppers Sets and much more!

There will be anywhere from 10 to 20 gourmet food trucks on hand and the best part is that it’s 100% free! Kick back and enjoy some Sangria, a tall cold one, or a glass of wine in the shaded park. While the beer and Sangria garden are 21-and-over, the Food Truck Festival is opened to everyone and is a great way to spend a spring day with the family!

When: Saturday, April 21st 2018 11am – 7pm

Where: Sabbona Woods, Calumet City, IL 60409

Price: Free (you have to pay for the food/drink). VIP admission tickets available.

Beer Under Glass 2018

One of the best things about being a resident of Chicago is that we have so many museums and other public places of interest to visit. You could go 10 years and still not have done everything there is to do in this city. The Beer Under Glass fundraiser/event is a must-visit annual celebration of the return of spring and warmer weather.

This 9th annual event is about socializing, raising awareness of the craft beer industry in Illinois, and drinking delicious beer! The event is held at the Garfield Park Conservatory underneath – you guessed it – a glass ceiling in a botanical display house. Ticket sales support the GPCA and their mission to change the lives of people through the power of nature.

When: Friday, May 18th 2018

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Price: $60 general admission and $80 for VIP tickets.

Navy Pier

Without a doubt, the Navy Pier is the most iconic springtime attraction in Chicago. As soon as there’s the slightest hint of the warming of the weather, people flock in droves to this destination. If you haven’t been here in a while, you owe it to yourself to spend at least ½ a day reliving old memories and making new ones.

If you’re new to town and looking for a family-friendly place to take the youngsters, there’s no better place than the Navy pier. From the amusement park rides, to bike rentals, to a children’s museum that will provide hours of entertainment, there’s a little something for everyone at the Navy Pier. Best of all, it’s 100% free to enter this historic Chicago landmark.

When: Year round

Where: 600 E. Grand Avenue

Price: Free admission – the cost of various rides and other attractions varies

Chicago in the Spring

There’s a little something for everyone in Chicago in the springtime. From beer festivals to a lazy day spent hanging out at the Navy Pier, springtime offers the perfect excuse to get out of the house and go have some fun. Be sure to check the weather beforehand, as April showers tend to bring May flowers and an extra umbrella or raincoat is always welcome when Mother Nature decides it’s time for an unannounced spring shower!

​7 Unique Things to do in Chicago this Winter

December 7th, 2017

chicago winterWinters in Chicago bring forth endless opportunities for fun and entertainment. Just because it’s cold outside is no excuse to stay home every night for the next 2-3 months. We’ve compiled a list of our top 7 unique things to do in Chicago this winter time.

Adler after Dark

The Adler Planetarium holds a monthly “Adler after Dark” event for people 21 and over. Each event is themed for a planet in our solar system. The entire event is held inside the planetarium, so there’s no need to get bundled up in heavy clothes. Many people will dress up (cosplay) and there is a contest held for best costume. The cosplay events have become an underground sensation for Chicago locals.

If dressing up isn’t for you, you can still enjoy the museum and planetarium and have a few cocktails while you’re at it.

When: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month

Where: Adler Planetarium

Cost: $20 general admission ($25 at the door, based on availability)

Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

If you’re looking for something a little more family oriented, check out the Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo. The entire zoo gets decked out in Christmas and holiday-themed lights and events after dark. There will be live ice-sculpture carving, holiday snacks, warm spiced wine for mom and dad and even photos with Santa Claus!

When: Misc dates in December and January. Check the website for more info.

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo

Cost: Free! Be sure to get there early as there can be crowds.

Holiday Improv Comedy

If you’re looking for a great winter idea for date night, look no further than The Second City’s Holidazed and Confused Revue: Mandatory Merriment. It’s a mouthful to say, but the amount of laughs, guffaws, and improv comedy will be sure to have you and your date leaving with a smile on your face.

This holiday-themed improv comedy show has been getting rave reviews from both critics and the general public alike. Alcohol will be served but you won’t need a drop in order to find this comedy troupe funny.

When: Misc dates in December. Check the website for more info.

Where: UP Comedy Club. 230 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Cost: General Admission: $36.00

Music Box Christmas Show

When it comes to iconic holiday movies, there’s no better than White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life. While you could turn on Netflix and watch them from your living room, you don’t quite get the entire experience of what the Music Box Christmas Show is all about.

People from all over Chicago attend this annual popular event and sing holiday songs, Christmas carols, and visit with Santa Claus. Lyrics to each of the songs are projected onto the screen so nobody will miss a tune.

You can see one or two movies – if you stay for 2nd movie (White Christmas) you can sing along with the likes of Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, Danny Kay and Rosemary Clooney. While audience participation is optional, you can bet the entire theater is going to be singing along and cheering for Jimmy Stewart and hissing at Mr. Potter.

When: Saturday, December 9th to Sunday, December 24th

Where: Music Box Theatre. 3733 N Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613

Cost: Regular reserved: $13. Child Reserved: $10. Seats sell out quickly, check website for more details on ticket availability.

Snow Sledding (Various)

What would a Chicago winter be without snow? There are plenty of places in and around the city you can go to enjoy some good wholesome snow sledding with the whole family. While Chicago may not have the mountains that Colorado does, it does have plenty of local hills around the city where you and the family can enjoy a day of sledding. From Cricket Hill to Dan Ryan Woods, you’ll be sure to find a secluded (or not so secluded) place to enjoy the cold fluffy white stuff on the ground.

When: Whenever it snows!

Where: Various locations around Chicago

Cost: Free!


The Christkindlmarket has been a holiday tradition in Chicago since 1996. It’s an outdoor market that features arts, crafts, and lots of German holiday food and drink. The annual event has become so popular that there are now three locations to choose from: Daily Plaza, Naperville, and Park at Wrigley. Come stop by and get your souvenir mug from the Christkindlmarket!

When: November 17 – December 24, 2017

Where: Daily Plaza, Naperville, and Park at Wrigley

Cost: Free!

Ice skating in Millennium Park

No winter in Chicago should be considered “complete” until you’ve skated Millennium Park. The outdoor ice rink is free to the general public and skate rentals are just $12 Monday – Thursday and $14 on Friday – Sunday (and holidays).

Come join your fellow Chicagoans in celebrating winter and the holiday seasons by strapping on a pair of ice skates and having some fun!

When: Hours vary, see website for more details.

Where: Millennium Park

Cost: Free!

Chicago in the Wintertime

No matter if you’re flying solo, going on a date, or out with the family – there’s something for everyone on this list. Keep in mind that many of these events are well-known and popular with Chicago locals, so be sure to arrive a little early in case the event/venue gets sold out or too crowded. Also be sure to dress warm (and in layers) if you’ll be participating in outdoor activities.

​7 Fun Things to do in Chicago This Fall

October 19th, 2017

chicago fall events 2017It’s that time of the year again.

Leaves are starting to change color, the weather is starting to cool, and an unmistakable crisp can be felt in the air.

Fall has arrived in Chicago and that signals the start of a wide variety of outdoor festivals and other fun things to do before Old Man Winter casts his freezing spell over our city. There is no better city in the world to celebrate fall time than Chicago. Pound for pound, we have more fun things to do than anywhere else.

If you’re not actively planning at least 2-3 weekend activities per month, you’re truly missing out on one of the most spectacular seasons that Chicago has to offer.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 fun things to do in the fall time in Chicago. There’s something for everyone on this list.


If you attend one Oktoberfest this year, make sure it’s the Stammtisch Open Haus. It’s the most authentic Oktoberfest in all of Chicago. It’s held in the German American Cultural Center and features authentic beer, brats, and yodeling. The Paloma Band of Chicago will be playing live on stage. There’s nothing more fun than doing the Chicken Dance with thousands of other Oktoberfest patrons in your Dirndl or Lederhosen.

When: 7:30pm Friday, October 20th

Where: DANK Haus 5th floor ballroom, German American Cultural Center

4740 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Admission: Free! (Free parking after 6pm @ MB Financial Bank lot)

The Haunted Halloween Ball

Come dressed to impress in your best Halloween costume as you join over 3,000 ghouls, goblins, and revelers in the Grand Ballroom at the Navy Pier. The event features DJ Metro (official DJ of the Chicago Bulls) and several cash bars spread throughout. Before you go, be sure to read our blog post on teeth-friendly cocktails in Chicago. The Grand Ballroom is the perfect venue for this event and its 80-foot domed ceiling provides views of the lakefront. The age limit is 21 and over so bring your ID!

When: October 28th 8pm-2am

Where: Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Admission: $15-$100

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm & Garden Center

If partying the night away in an alcoholic stupor isn’t your idea of fun, then you can always check out one of the biggest and most popular pumpkin farms. Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm is located 35 miles outside of Chicago – and rightfully so. You’re not going to find an authentic pumpkin patch in the middle of downtown. Being that the Midwest was and still is primarily farm land, we’re fortunate to be located within a reasonable driving distance of the country.

Located in the scenic town of Hampshire, the pumpkin farm features pony rides, a mini zoo and of course, pumpkins! If you have young children, this is the perfect place to take them. Even if you don’t have children, adults can still take in the crisp fall air as they search for the perfect pumpkin to care before All Hallows Eve.

When: Open now!

Where: Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm

40 W. Higgins Rd. South Barrington, IL, 60010

Admission: $12-$15 – Visit their website for more information regarding various events and the cost.

Basement of the Dead

No fall outing is complete without a visit to one of the most popular haunted houses in all of the greater Chicago area. Basement of the Dead is one of the highest rated haunted houses in the area. Buzzfeed voted it the #1 scariest haunted house in all of Illinois. Based in Aurora, it features highly rated scare actors and even a roomful of psychopathic clowns! Check out the online reviews, everyone is raving about the Basement of the Dead.

When: Now through November 4th

Where: ½ Block west of Hollywood Casino, right on the Fox river.

2 West New York Street, Aurora, IL

Admission: $25 General admission/$45 VIP

Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns – Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicagoans are fortunate in that we live in the Midwest. As such, we don’t need to go too far to see the fall colors. If you don’t want to spend hours on the road on your quest to view the fall foliage, try stopping by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Spread out over 285 acres, you’ll definitely get your fill of reds, yellow, and orange leaves. You can explore the park on foot or on the tram.

The Night of 1,000 Jack-o’Lanterns is a paid event that takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden that features 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins. The event starts at 6pm and is only open to ticket holders. The regular park closes at 5pm.

Best of all, admission to the park is 100% free!

When: Thursday-Sunday, October 26th-29th, 2017

Where: 1000 Lake-Cook Rd, Glencoe IL 60022

Admission: For the Botanic Garden itself, admission is free. For admission to the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’Lanterns - Adults: $14, Children $12. Children 2 and under: free

Chicago International Film Festival

The 53rd Chicago Film Festival is a must-see for any Chicagoan. One of the biggest cultural events of the year, Sir Patrick Stewart will be honored by the festival. If you have a day off and have an interest in movies and cinematography, you have to check it out. It’s a great place to take a date and show him/her how cultured you are. No matter what your style or taste in movies is, there’s something for everyone.

When: October 12th-26th, 2017

Where: 212 W Van Buren St., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60607

Admission: “Moviegoer Pass”: $135 non-members; “Passport Pass”: $260 non-members

Dia de Los Muertos – Chicago Public Library

Aka “Day of the Dead”, this event is held in many Latin-American countries and has made its way up to the Chicago Library. It originally started to celebrate the lives of deceased ancestors. Brightly colored skulls (fake) and skeletons (also fake) along with candies and sweets make this a cultural event that closely mirrors Halloween.

When: Starts October 15th

Where: Oct. 15 at Chicago Public Library’s Dunning branch, 7455 W. Cornelia Ave., 4 p.m

Admission: Free


From haunted houses to pumpkin farms to world-famous film festivals, Chicago has more to do in the fall time than any other city in America. Best of all, you don’t have to drive countless hours or hundreds of miles to participate in any of the events. It’s all in your proverbial backyard!

As the saying goes: “Winter is coming” and if you don’t at least get out 2-3x in the fall time, you’re going to be kicking yourself when December/January rolls around and you’re stuck inside because the weather is in the single digits.

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

July 13th, 2017

too old for adult bracesMany adults avoid having their teeth straightened later in life because they fear they are too old to be seen with braces on their teeth. As with many things in life, society has made it acceptable for younger people to get braces, but as people get older, they become self-conscious about having all that metal in their mouths. The irony here is that the adults who could benefit the most from the braces are also probably the most self-conscious about their crooked teeth too. So one has to ask themselves: would I rather be self-conscious about my crooked teeth, or be self-conscious about my braces, which will eventually come off and I’ll have beautiful straight teeth.

What Is Involved in Getting Braces for Adults?

Parents are not usually surprised to hear that their teenagers need braces; it seems to be a right of passage for a lot of young people, and teenagers are often not phased by the braces either. Adults may be a bit more surprised to learn they need braces to correct crowding teeth or crooked teeth, but the procedures are basically the same, whether the braces are for teenagers or adults.

First, the teeth will be cleaned by a hygienist in order to ensure a clean slate for the brackets to be attached to. Next, the orthodontist (a dentist who specializes in braces and other dental appliances) will attach metal brackets to the front of the teeth. It might be necessary to attach brackets to all of the teeth, or just the top teeth, or just the bottom teeth, depending on the reason for needing the braces. The brackets are attached using dental cement which will keep the brackets in place until they are removed after the treatment is completed. Once all of the brackets are in place, a wire will be threaded through the brackets to create what we commonly recognize as braces. This wire is what will be used to tighten and loosen teeth in order to make them move into better positioning.

Once the braces have been placed, adult patients will need to attend regular dental visits in order to have the brackets tightened so that the teeth can continue to move into place. Regular and routine dental care will be required as well: regular brushing and flossing; sometimes, more brushing and flossing is required because of food getting stuck in the braces that can cause tooth decay.

Depending on the reason for needing the braces, treatment can last between 6 months to several years. Braces are typically worn for about 2 years on average. Because adult teeth begin to crowd later in life, a retainer may be placed once the braces are removed following successful treatment. This is a thin metal wire that is cemented to the back of the teeth, so no one will be able to see it in the patient’s mouth. These retainers will remain in a patients mouth until they fall out, at which point it is usually recommended that they are replaced, in order to maintain the smile that the braces worked so hard to produce.

There’s nothing to it, really! It does not matter how old you are, as long as your teeth are strong, you are great a candidate for braces. However, if you're still a bit self-conscious about having braces as an adult and you’d prefer something a little less obvious, you might want to consider Invisalign braces.

What Are Invisalign Braces?

Like traditional metal braces, Invisalign braces are used to straighten teeth, align crooked or crowded teeth, and create a beautiful smile. This type of treatment is very popular with adults because they are virtually invisible. The treatment system uses a series of clear, plastic aligner trays that are molded to patient’s teeth and mouth, and then switched out every so many weeks when the teeth have begun moving into place. The aligner trays keep a constant pressure on the teeth so that they will move quickly and efficiently into the desired location.

Why Choose Invisalign Braces?

There are several reasons why an adult might opt for Invisalign over traditional braces. These include the fact that the Invisalign aligner trays are clear and are not immediately noticeable on the teeth. The aligners can move teeth faster than traditional braces, which means patients don’t have to undergo treatment for as long as they might with traditional braces. There is no sharp edges or cutting inside the mouth that one can sometimes experience with traditional metal braces, and patients appreciate how comfortable the aligners are to wear. The aligner trays can be removed for eating and drinking, but need to be worn up to 22 hours per day in order to see the full effects of the treatment.

Overall, patients complain less of headaches and pain in the mouth because of the way the aligners work. What’s more, the technology used to determine a treatment plan actually allows patients to see a 3D rendition of what their teeth will look like when the treatment is complete - which is very exciting for patients when trying to make the decision to opt for Invisalign or traditional braces.

How Is Getting Invisalign Different From Traditional Braces

There are many more steps involved in getting Invisalign Braces than traditional metal braces. Patients should expect to visit their dentist more regularly when they opt for treatment with Invisalign. Here’s how the Invisalign system works:

The dentist will take digital images of the mouth and create a mold for the plastic aligner trays that are going to be used to move patient's teeth. Next, the molds will be sent to a lab where a dental technician or other dental professional will create plastic aligner trays from the molds. Once the molds have been returned to the dentist office, patients will be fitted for the aligners and given instructions on how to care for them during treatment. Subsequent appointments will be required to check on the progress of treatment, and to have the patients fitted for new aligner trays. Patients can expect to have up to 50 trays over a 2 year period, if necessary.

Whether adult patients choose to go with traditional braces or with Invisalign braces, they should not let their fear of getting braces, or their self-confidence gets in the way of the beautiful smile they deserve. Talking to your dentist is the best way to determine treatment options and to feel comfortable with your decision. Once you start to see results, you’ll be glad you made the decision to get braces as an adult.

If you're looking into a solution for your crooked teeth, don't hesitate to contact our Chicago office to setup an appointment today!

​Getting Married: How To Prep Your Teeth For The Big Day

June 22nd, 2017

wedding teeth whiteningSummer has arrived, and that means it's time for wedding season! It’s such a magical time of year when couples, young and old, seal their love with a tradition that is as old as time itself. But to get to that moment of starting forever together, the bride and groom have a lot of work to do. There are many details that go in to planning a wedding, and it can be overwhelming when you realize all of the things you need to do in order to prepare for your big day. There's the venue, the guest list, the food, the photographer, the groomsman gifts, and of course, the cake, but have you given your teeth any thought? You should - your smile is going to be preserved in pictures for the rest of your life. It’s an important detail that often goes overlooked, but here is how you can prep your teeth for your big day so that your smile shines as bright as the sun!

Teeth Whitening

You will want to consult with your dentist before using any teeth whitening product. The last thing you want is to botch a teeth whitening job before your wedding. In addition to any helpful advice your dentist can give you about at-home teeth whitening products, they may also be able to offer you an in-office treatment, which would be far more effective than any product you buy online or in a drugstore.

Make sure to give yourself at least a few weeks to start your teeth whitening routine. If you wait until too soon before the wedding, you might not get the desired results you were hoping for. What’s more, your teeth whitening treatment may require several applications, or you might have to try several products if you aren’t getting the results you wanted, so it's always best to get a head start.

It’s best to start any teeth whitening routine with a professional teeth cleaning. Just like a regular trip to the dentist, you can schedule a cleaning session and make sure your teeth are in perfect condition to accept the teeth whitening solution you have chosen.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are not completely satisfied with the shape or state of your teeth, you can always opt to have some cosmetic dental work done. This can be pricey, but many would argue that having the perfect smile on your wedding day is worth the time, effort, and money. You’ll want to give yourself a few months leeway if you are considering cosmetic dentistry. It can take time for your dentist to determine the best course of corrective action, determine if there are any underlying issues with your teeth that would prevent the procedure from moving forward, and allow for time to actually complete the procedure.

Cosmetic dentistry is often considered by brides and grooms who have a gap in their teeth, who have chips in their teeth, or who have missing teeth. If you are seeking appliances to correct the issues with your teeth, it can take time to order them in as well. Consult with your dentist to determine the best course of action on making your teeth as perfect as possible for your big day!

Have Your Teeth Straightened

While many couples are spending less and less time in their “engagement” stage of their relationship, many more are still spending one or even two years planning their weddings. If you plan to have any major cosmetic surgery or corrective surgery done to fix your teeth, you may want to consider pushing your wedding date out by a few months. If your teeth are very crooked or need a lot of work, you will need a lot more time to make any improvements to your teeth. If you want to have braces put on your teeth, for example, you may opt to go for a clear brace in case your teeth are not completed lined up by the time you get married.

A popular product on the market today is an orthodontic product called Invisalign. This is a clear product that moves teeth slightly over several iterations of the product’s life. People who opt to straighten their teeth with Invisalign can expect faster results than traditional braces, but it is pricier as well. However, if time is of the essence, Invisalign is definitely the way to go.

While there aren’t many quick fixes in life in general, we are lucky to live in a world where we can have our teeth cleaned and whitened, cracks in our teeth filled, and our entire smiles made over in a relatively short amount of time. When you are thinking of your big day, don’t forget to think about your smile: it’s the thing that you’ll be doing the most on that day, and you want it to be perfect!

​Teeth Whitening Home Remedies: What Works and What Doesn't

June 8th, 2017

teeth whitening home remediesYour smile is one of the first things people notice about you when you meet them for the first time. If you are self-conscious of your smile, this can limit the quality of your engagements. Some people have learned to cope with stained teeth by simply smiling without showing their teeth, but wouldn’t it better to go through life without worrying about the stains and discoloration on your teeth? Wouldn’t it be better to show your smile to the world and feel good about yourself while doing it?

What Causes Stains on your Teeth?

There are a number of things that can cause your teeth to become discolored. We use many of these agents on a regular basis and sometimes forget that they can be the cause of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction when it comes to how our smiles look. Think about how many cups of coffee or tea you drink on a regular basis. Over time, coffee can stain the enamel on your teeth, leaving your teeth looking yellow or brownish in color. In addition, smokers tend to have much more yellow teeth than the average person. Nicotine starts leaving stains from the very first puff - have you ever looked at a smoker’s fingertips? Their teeth are probably just as yellow as those fingertips. If you drink dark soda pop, you may find your teeth become discolored over time as well. Certain foods that we eat or drink can leave discoloration on our teeth as well, including beets, blueberries, and wine. If you find yourself dealing with stains on your teeth, for any reason, consider using at home teeth whitening remedies to brighten that smile. Here are a few things you can try right now to reduce the discoloration you see when you smile in the mirror.

How Can you Get Rid of Teeth Stains?

There are a number of ways to remove discoloration and stains from your teeth naturally. Any number of commercial products can remove stains, but these are costly and can take a long time to produce results. If you are interested in trying to remove stains from your teeth yourself, you can try some of these home remedies. Some of them don’t taste great, but they can work to remove the stains you see on your teeth.

Make Homemade Toothpaste: Mix 1 part baking soda to ½ parts peroxide to form a paste. You can brush your teeth with this homemade paste instead of using store-bought toothpaste. While the taste of baking soda and peroxide is not going to be pleasant, you will find that the bubbling action caused by the chemical reaction will leave your teeth looking much cleaner than they did before you brushed with the homemade paste.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Using apple cider vinegar can provide a whitening effect on your stained teeth; however, it is very strong and acidic, so it should be used minimally. You can expect to see results over time with this home remedy, however you may not notice them immediately. Rather than brushing your teeth with the apple cider vinegar, use it as a mouth rinse. Swoosh for a few seconds and then spit it out like you would commercial mouth rinse.

Fruit: There is some evidence that mixing strawberries with baking soda can produce a whitening effect on your stained teeth. The idea is that the baking soda creates a gentle foaming and cleansing action, while the seeds in the strawberries help to lift away stains. Again, strawberries and baking soda may not taste great, but they are natural and may not do as much harm as commercial cleaners full of chemicals can. Lemon rinds can also help to remove surface stains from your teeth, naturally. Lemon juice can bleach your teeth, and the vitamin C present in the lemon is very good for the enamel on your teeth.

Prevention is Key

While there are lots of ways to try to remove stains from your teeth naturally, as well as commercially, the most important way to treat stains is to try to prevent them in the first place. It seems absurd to tell grown men and women to brush their teeth more often, but we are all so busy that even our oral care is falling by the wayside. We are living in a fast food, fast fry, fast job world, and our oral health is suffering because of it. Stains are not just on the surface: they are an indicator that we are not taking good care of our mouths.

You can prevent stains by increasing the number of times you brush your teeth. You can set a routine for yourself that goes beyond the twice daily recommended amount - remember, recommendations are the minimums! Consider cutting back on the number of coffees, teas, and sodas you consume on a regular basis. Or switch to lighter colored tea or soda. You can also try drinking your liquids from a straw to reduce the amount of penetration they have with your tooth surfaces.

You can also use products that do not dilute the enamel on your teeth. Thus you won’t see the yellowing of the dentin under the enamel. This is important to the overall aspects of your oral health as well: when you start to lose enamel, your teeth become exposed to more risks including cavities and gingivitis.

Before you decide to try any at home tooth whitening remedy, consult with your dentist. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can cause more damage than good. Prevention is the best policy - as with most things in life - and when it comes to your teeth, taking care of them is vital. Be aware of what foods and drinks you consume, and be sure to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth on a regular basis.

Water Tower Dental Care in Chicago offers teeth whitening services for those of you that would rather go through the process under the care of a qualified dentist.

​Spring In Chicago: What To Do Downtown By Water Tower Place

March 30th, 2017

spring in chicago water tower placeThe chilly weather of winter has finally begun to fade, allowing for the fresh air and light showers that can only mean one thing – Spring is here! As we all start to do our early season cleaning and get ready for the much-anticipated warmer months, a visit to your local dental care specialist should make your to-do list.

Water Tower Dental Care is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, and we're surrounded by plenty of great places and activities that can help you enjoy the Spring. Don't waste the great weather by staying home! Come early for your appointment, or make time for some fun afterwards by visiting some of these great Downtown Chicago locations:

  1. The Lookingglass Theater. Enjoy incredible performances and shows by talented singers, actors, and dancers. Founded in 1988, the Lookingglass Theater has been providing entertainment for decades. Catch one of their upcoming shows after an appointment.
  2. Chicago Water Tower. The heart of the city stands with this water tower, a historical landmark over a century old. Explore the beautiful architecture or check out one of their art gallery exhibits. You may even recognize the area from the finale of The Amazing Race 6.
  3. Water Tower Place Shopping Mall. Dive into shopping, dining, and more inside of the massive shopping center. Visit the American Girl Store or the Art of Dr. Seuss gallery currently on display if you're a family with kids.
  4. Sister's Salon. Get exfoliated and relaxed after caring for your teeth, or help ease those nerves that dentist appointments sometimes bring on. An excellent way to practice self-care while enjoying the Spring weather.
  5. Seneca Playlot Park. Another great option for families with kids, this outdoor playground area is huge with lots of equipment and space to run free in the sunshine. There is even an area for smaller children to enjoy themselves.
  6. Millennium Park. One of the most iconic spots in Chicago, and less than 10 minutes away from Water Tower Dental Care. Enjoy the outdoor town square with amazing sights, wildlife, and plenty of events during the spring and summer months.
  7. Wrigley Field. Are you a Cubs fan? Do you enjoy watching sports? Wrigley Field is home to the new World Series Champions Chicago Cubs and hosts one of the best baseball experiences. Catch one with your family the next time you come by.
  8. Lincoln Park Zoo. See exotic animals and watch a few amazing shows at the best zoo the city has to offer, and it's only 5 minutes away, too. This zoo is open all year, but you'll get the most out of visiting in the spring, summer, and early fall.
  9. The Lakefront Trail. Get active and see the best sights of Chicago. Follow the Lakefront Trail by foot or bike through a total of 18 miles worth of seaside beauty and attractions. You'll pass fun places like the Lincoln Park Zoo as well as several grassy parks to rest at.
  10. North Avenue Beach. As the sun grows warmer against our backs, the water calls to Chicago natives to pack a bag and visit the beach. Less than 10 minutes away from our office is one of the most famous beaches in the Midwest, complete with free WiFi and dining choices.

Now that you've gotten a hint at how fun this side of Chicago can get during the Spring, come by for an exam before hitting Downtown and exploring the great things available to you in our lovely city. We at Water Tower Dental Care are eager to hear from you – contact us for an appointment today.

National Dentist Day March 6th

March 7th, 2013

wtd-3156-300x200Water Tower Dental Care would like to give a shout out to our dentists Dr. Daniel Aneszko and Dr. Rana Stino for National Dentist Day yesterday! These two are incredible bosses and amazing clinicians. Hope you had a great day and celebrated!

Happy Almost President's Day

February 14th, 2013

washington-valentineHappy almost President's Day to our patients, family and friends.  WTDC will be closed Monday February 18th observing President's Day and reopening Tuesday February 19th.  Oh yeah and Happy Valentine's Day too :)!

Happy Christmahanukwanzikah from Water Tower Dental Care

December 20th, 2012

Happy-EverythingWater Tower Dental Care wishes everyone Happy Everything while we are closed for our winter break.  Water Tower Dental Care will be closed 12/21-1/6, reopening and returning emails and voicemails the week of January 7th.  If you have a dental emergency during this time, please call our office 312-787-2131 and our answering service will assist you in contacting the Dr. on call.  We look forward to seeing your smiles in 2013!

Happy Thanksgiving from Water Tower Dental Care

November 19th, 2012

happy turkey dayWater Tower Dental Care will be closing at 4pm Tuesday November 20th - November 25th observing the Thanksgiving holiday.   We will re-open and check voicemail messages on Monday November 26th at 7:30am.  An emergency contact number will be provided on our voicemail 312-787-2131 during the time we are closed.  Water Tower Dental Care wishes all of our patients and their loved ones a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and are very thankful for them :)

Dr. Aneszko doing his part

September 6th, 2012

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Water Tower Dental Care's premiere cosmetic dentist Dr. Daniel Aneszko gives back on his days off at Goldie's Place.  When he is not at Water Tower Dental Care performing smile makeovers for Chicago's finest or spending time with his  family, he volunteers at Goldie's Place to work on the homeless people of Chicago.

Happy Labor Day Weekend from Water Tower Dental Care

August 29th, 2012

strawberry-2-USA1-200x300Water Tower Dental Care will be closed from 4pm on Thursday August 30th thru Monday September 3rd.  We will reopen on Tuesday September 4th at 7:30am.  We will return all emails and voicemails after we return on September 4th.  If you have a dental emergency during this time, please call our office 312-787-2131 and follow the prompts on our voicemail for instructions.  We wish all of our patients, their families and friends a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Patient Appreciation Party 2012

August 14th, 2012

Water Tower Dental Care would like to thank all of our patients who made our Patient Appreciation Party 2012 such an amazing night!  Zed 451 and its team were incredible and the Chicago weather could not have been better.  Enjoy the images of a stupendous evening by follwing this link:

Happy Fourth of July!!

July 3rd, 2012

fireworks chicagoWater Tower Dental Care will be closed from 4pm Tuesday July 3rd thru July 8, reopening 7:30am July 9th.  If there is a dental emergency during this time please call our office 312-787-2131 and follow the prompts on our voicemail.  A doctor will be on call.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend and Happy 4th of July!

Happy Father's Day weekend

June 14th, 2012

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Water Tower Dental Care wishes everyone a safe and Happy Father's Day this weekend.  It wil be Dr. Aneszko's first!!!  We look forward to seeing your smiles!

Happy Memorial Day from WTDC!!!

May 24th, 2012

Water Tower Dental Care will be closed after 8pm Thursday May 24th thru Monday May 28th observing Memorial Day.  We look forward to seeing our patients on Tuesday May 29th .  If you have a dental emergency during this time, a dentist will be available by calling our office and following the instructions given.  We hope all of our patients have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and we look forward to seeing your smiles soon!

Happy Halloween

November 1st, 2011

Water Tower Dental Care hopes all of our patients had a happy and safe Halloween.  Please call with any and all candy emergencies 312-787-2131.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th, 2011

Water Tower Dental Care will be closed after 8pm Thursday May 26th thru Monday May 30th observing Memorial Day.  We look forward to seeing our patients on Tuesday May 31st .  If you have a dental emergency during this time, a dentist will be available by calling our office and following the instructions given.  We hope all of our patients have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and we look forward to seeing your smiles soon!

Mother's Day Surprise!!

May 3rd, 2011

To celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday May 8th, 2011, Water Tower Dental Care is offering a special prize package for the first person who comments on our blog.  Nothing brightens a day like a bright, white smile from your Mom on Mother's Day. Make a comment regarding the WTDC blog, be sure to include your contact information and your mother will receive custom whitening trays AND a Sonicare toothbrush with a UV sanitizer for only $100.  This is a prize package worth over $400!!!  Your team at Water Tower Dental Care wishes all of our patients and their families a Happy Mother's Day and we look forward to seeing your smiles.

Wear a Green Smile

March 17th, 2011

st patricks day
Water Tower Dental Care wishes all of our patients and their families a healthy and Happy St. Patrick's Day!  This is the only day in the year we condone a green smile so take advantage of it.  May everyone be lucky enough to find a pot of gold today from a Leprechaun.

Dr. Aneszko at Goldie's Place

February 1st, 2011

Dr. Aneszko volunteered his time and skills to the men and women at Goldie's Place in Chicago this past Friday January 28th .  Goldie's Place is an organization that assists adults, whom are homeless, in being self-sufficient by providing life skills, education and support.  Dr. Aneszko worked on a number of adults to improve their smiles and dental health and will continue to do so with adults and children once a month in 2011.  We look forward to a very rewarding relationship between our office and Goldie's Place to attain dental wellness .

Happy Halloween

October 28th, 2010

Water Tower Dental Care wants to wish all of our patients and their family and friends a Happy and safe Halloween!  Make sure to brush and floss after you eat your candy and treats or you may have a tooth that will play a trick on you.  Happy Halloween!
Water Tower Dental Care
845 N Michigan Ave Ste 951W
Chicago,IL 60611