Discover the Best in Chicago

Discover the Best in Chicago

Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and the third most populous place in the United States with nearly three million residents. Located along Lake Michigan, the city is widely referred to as the “Windy City”.  Chicago is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and if you choose to make it your vacation destination, you will find a large variety of activities available at your fingertips.

Chicago offers cheap flights that make it easy to experience Chicago’s exciting shopping districts, stunning architecture, incredible nightlife, and excellent cuisine. A lot of these flights can be combined with other savings possibilities, such as package hotel stays, car rentals, and tickets to tourist destinations. The savings you enjoy from your airfare will enable you to do more things and have more spending money during your trip.

If you are planning to spend a luxurious vacation in Chicago, Swissotel is one of the best hotels in the city and is a part of a luxurious international chain. It is located at 323 East Wacker Drive in the downtown area. Other highly recommended hotels are the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and the Peninsula Hotel Chicago.

While you are in Chicago, shopping is a must. You can visit the Magnificent Mile or the seven stories of exciting stores, shops, and eateries at 900 North Michigan Avenue.

Chicago is also a city that is filled with family friendly attractions. Alder Planetarium and Astronomy Museum will surely interest every family member and provide hours of educational fun. You can also enjoy the wonderful landmarks and architecture found throughout the  city, such as the Buckingham Fountain.

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Padre Presents Mike Donovan with the ex Sic Alps in Marfa

Padre Presents Mike Donovan with the ex Sic Alps in Marfa this coming

Mike Donovan was born on October 6, 1971. He makes his living in San Francisco as an acclaimed musician. He is also the former owner of Dial Records and is now currently managing the Folding Cassettes.

Mike Donovan has been a member of several bands, namely The Ropers in the 1990s.  Along with The Ropers, he has been involved in The Church Steps with Chris Douglas, NAM, Big Techno Werewolves, Sounds of the Barbary Coast, Yikes and lastly with the Sic Alps (2004-2013). This month, he releases his solo debut called “Wot” on Drag City.

It will be incorrect to classify Donovan’s music in a “garage rock” genre, as his songs have a depth of power that is sure to touch the inner rocker in you. He is a full-on rock star, but with a touch of John Lennon’s broodiness which entices his listeners to grasp a greater significance in his melodies. When you see the band in a live event, their music will bring you back to classic Californian rock music reminiscent of the vintage rock of the 1970’s.

Mike Donovan stated in one interview that the fans are somehow connected with their music in an invisible and unspoken way. He stated that some things are better left unsaid, giving their lyrics of an implacable beauty. Donovan wishes his listeners to create their own meaning out of the lyrics.

Padre will present Mike Donovan with his ex band Sic Alps.  Prepare to be taken to a new dimension of rock!

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Maui’s Extraordinary Beauty

Maui's Extraordinary Beauty

Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting places in the world. It is blessed with exotic beaches, towering mountain ranges and sunny, paradisal weather.  It is no wonder that Maui has won countless travel awards.

Beaches in Maui have crystal clear water with numerous tropical trees. Most visitors enjoy spending their days at these beaches enjoying refreshing beverages and barbecues. The beach is also breezy and calm, transforming the shore at night as melodious local music floats through the air and fire-pits are lit.

When deciding on a place to stay for your vacation, you can choose between the luxurious seaside resorts or beach villas in the ocean’s backyard paradise. Condominium vacation rentals can provide a flexibility that is ever so illusive in the traditional resort hotel. The typical condo is composed of a living room, kitchen and complete laundry facility, transforming it into an infinitely more convenient choice for a full-size family. The Kaanapali Alii, located on Kaanapali beach, is one such luxury condominium resort which provides all these amenities.

Thrill-seeking water related activities such as snorkeling and jet-skiing are a few of the plenty adrenaline-packed attractions which keep tourists coming back all year long. Snorkeling can be done individually, though it is recommended to join group tours if you are a beginner. Group tours are an excellent way to meet fellow tourists and make new friends during your adventure in Maui.

The many waterfalls and natural attractions lining Hana Highway make it another wildly popular destination in Maui.  You can see a clear picture of how diverse and luxurious Maui’s landscape is as you travel across the highway. You can find Wailua falls, which is a beautiful 80 foot waterfall, at the very end of the Hana Highway.

From adventure sports enthusiast to tourist going to Maui for a relaxing respite, the island has something unique to offer everyone. Maui has won hearts of travelers worldwide.  Let it win yours.

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The Greezy Wheels in Marfa!

The Greezy Wheels in MarfaOn the 12th of October, The Greezy Wheels will perform live in Marfa!  After beginning their career in Austin, they soon became wildly popular in central Texas.  Cleve, Lissa and Sweet Mary Hattersley are the founders of the band.  Recently, they have inducted 13 year music veteran Penny Jo Pullos as backup vocals for the group.

The New Bohemian’s bassist, Brad Houser decided to join The Greezy Wheels, reuniting with his former band mate, John Bush. The magnificent keyboardist, trombone and harp player, Matt Hubbard has also joined the band.

The Greezy Wheels have their own label called the MaHatMa Records. They are the first band in Austin to own a record label in London. In 2011, they released their debut album “Gone Greezy” which played in radio stations across America.  A handful of music lovers, including well-known composer Margaret Moser, have chosen “Gone Greezy” as one of their personal top ten best albums of the year.

This year, a new album is soon to be released called “Kitty Cat Jesus”.  It features singles like “I Cry Myself to Sleep” and ” I’ll Get Away With It”.  These two singles’ cuts, which have been released to the public, have been heard over the Austin airways numerous times.  Even without factoring in the edgy title, many believe that this album will be their most controversial one yet.

Beyond the Texas borders, the band has been received with great favor by the press. In the past, they have played sets in New York and London multiple times a year. On October 12, they will be playing in Marfa at 9pm.  Gear up Marfa!  The Greezy Wheels are coming for you!

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