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Morton Arboretum’s Troll Hunt Lets You Get Back to Nature

There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air to ignite the senses. While the world is slowly becoming more environmentally conscientious with attempts to live more sustainable lifestyles, it’s still easy to take for granted the everyday nature around us. Visiting your local botanical garden or arboretum is a step in the right direction towards an appreciation for the environment that gives us life. They are also great spots to take your kids to and teach the next generation about the science behind nature and how to preserve it.

The Morton Arboretum – Nature at Its Finest

One of our favorite arboretums to visit is the Morton Arboretum in Illinois for its extensive educational and science programs along with a variety of interactive adventures you can take part in during your visit. Adults can take to the air with Aerial Tree Yoga, drink bourbon and learn about bees during a Bees and Bourbon class, or try out creative canning recipes during a Canning Tomatoes tutorial. Kids can dig for worms in a Wigg!y Worms class, take a bonsai workshop or earn hiking merit badges.

Discover Giant Trolls in a Forest Troll Hunt

Currently, the main attraction in the arboretum is the Troll Hunt, a collection of 15 to 30-foot tall troll sculptures that are hidden within the arboretum’s forest. Sculpted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, the trolls are the symbolic protectors of the environment and are even more impressive incorporated into the surrounding foliage.

Take a Walk With Wine and Art

In August you can enjoy live music, peruse eccentric nature-inspired arts and crafts, and taste the best local wines during the arboretum’s Wine & Art Walk. The walk takes place around Meadow Lake so you can take in the scenery while browsing ceramics, fused glass, woodturning, paintings, and photography. With over 40 local and visiting artists displaying their work, you’re sure to find a unique souvenir to take home.

Plan Your Visit

With 1,700 acres of gardens, 16 miles of hiking trails, and 9 miles of scenic roads, the Morton Arboretum is a wonderful way to spend part of your trip to Illinois. To get the most out of your getaway, check into Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located only 20 minutes from the arboretum and 30 minutes from Chicago. With exciting city life and relaxing landscapes at arm’s length, it’s the ideal location to make your home base.

Food & Beverage, Things to Do

Eat Your Way Around the World in the Chicago Suburbs

Chicago is one of the most exciting destinations to visit in the summer. Did you know that you can watch the baseball games, visit the museums, and also get a taste of foods from around the world? Don’t bother with the trouble of visiting multiple destinations when Chicago has it all! A sampling of events you can look forward to experiencing:

Tacos and Tamales Festival

Really there is no need to explain this festival… The promise of delicious and authentic tacos and tamales is sure to be enough to draw you to this event. If you need just a little more of a push, they will also have a beer garden to keep the party going! Pair all of that with gorgeous art, and music that spans from traditional to current, and you have yourself the recipe for a great time!

Ginza Holiday Festival

There is no reason why you should only celebrate the holiday season in the winter. Not when you can go to the Ginza Holiday Festival! Over the span of three days, you can surround yourself with the beauty and excitement of this event celebrating Japanese culture. Music, dancing, art, and of course food, are center stage and all without the long flight! Witness the spectacular sights and sounds of Taiko drumming or treat yourself by buying something from a group of traditional artists from the Waza!

Albany Park World Fest

Why choose just one festival when you can experience the world all in one? The Albany Park neighborhood is known for its eclectic mix of cultures and people, which makes it the perfect place to host an event that celebrates the world. Over 70 languages are spoken in this area, and the event will mirror the many tastes, sounds, and sights that make this community a true melting pot!

Make it a summer to savor!

In Chicago, you can travel the world, and also enjoy true historic Americana. With so much to do in one city, it only makes sense to make the Windy City your next getaway! Stay at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa and enjoy the best that Chicago has to offer!

Food & Beverage

Feel the Thrill of the Grill! Executive Chef John Billings Celebrates National Grill Month at Eaglewood Resort

It’s the season of smoking and searing, fire and spice, grillin’ and chillin’ and feeling the burn of homemade barbecue sauce passed down through ages of summer celebrations. The backyard grill is an American icon, honored each July by National Grilling Month. This year, Executive Chef John Billings is getting his grill on with one of his favorite, classic Midwest grill recipes – the T-Bone Steak.

As a keeper of the culinary flame, Chef Billings brings skill, imagination and a commitment to authenticity to the grill. Locally sourced meat and vegetables sizzle over the coals, enhanced by chef’s classic marinade with this mouthwatering meat-centric recipe.

“T-Boned” Prairie Supper Club Steak Recipe – Serves 6

Ingredients:

MEAT

  • 6 20 oz. Angus T-Bone Steaks

MARINADE

  • 1 lb. Olive Oil
  • .5 oz. Chopped Garlic Cloves
  • .5 oz. Fresh Basil
  • .5 oz. Fresh Thyme
  • .5 oz. Fresh Rosemary
  • .5 oz. Whole Shallots
  • .5 oz. Kosher Salt
  • .5 oz. Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1.5 Bunches of Italian Parsley

Marinade Method

Place all the marinade ingredients into a bain marie. A “bain marie” is essentially a hot water bath. It’s used for cooking delicate foods and is a good technique to create a gentle, uniform heat around the food.

Here’s how to make one: Place all the ingredients into a glass bowl and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir and heat until all ingredients are combined in the olive oil and start to break down from the heat.

Once warmed throughout, pour ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth consistency.

Steak Method

Rub herb marinade onto the steaks, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the steaks onto a char grill and cook to desired temperature. Cut off the New York Strip and filet portions away from the bone. Place the bone into a 350-degree oven and roast for 5 minutes. Cut the New York Strip into three pieces and arrange on the plate with the bone for a whimsical presentation and plating of this “T-Boned” steak!

 

If you don’t want to spend the time making this recipe at home, then visit us at Prairie River Restaurant to try this mouthwatering meat dish! During the month of July, we’ll have 3 grill-centric specials for our guests to pick from. Check them out here!

Golf, Things to Do

These Golf Trends Might Not be What You Expect

Golf Trends: Now that Summer is almost here, what do you find yourself daydreaming about? The smell of flowers and trees blooming? Barbecuing on the patio with friends and family? The long, sunshine-filled days? Or could it be the smell of fresh cut grass, the unmistakable whissh of the golf club, and the satisfying plunk of a hole-in-one?

If you’re a golf aficionado, we know what your senses are excited about. Or, even if you don’t eat and breathe golf, the game is still a wonderful way to spend some quality time outside, with the family, or just having a few laughs.

Besides, there are actually quite a few more, shall we say, unconventional forms of golf that are sure to bring loads of fun and entertainment this Summer season. Take a peek at some of the newest and most innovative golf trends debuting and appearing at courses and resorts around the country:

Glow Golf

Golfing underneath the stars is an experience unlike any other. Though different courses execute glow golf differently, the general concept is to play a round of golf on the course – but at night. Armed with a glowing golf ball, a few other glowing accessories, and plenty of gorgeous stars overhead, glow golf is a remarkable way to bathe in the warm night air and flex those golf muscles.

Digital Hole in One

One of the newest technologies to hit the golf industry, digital golf technologies are enabling unique and exciting golf opportunities and experiences. Though the execution may differ from course to course, the basic concept is that cameras, which are nicely blended with the landscape, are placed at certain holes throughout the course, and it records HD videos of winning shots. Or rather, hopefully it records a winning shot – that’s up to the player. If a golfer happens to hit a hole in one at the camera-hole, there are chances for cash prizes, as well as a personal copy of that particular achievement. Keep your eyes and ears out for golf courses offering this new technology, you might just win some extra vacation cash, while also having ammunition to use for bragging at the club later on.

Foot Golf

One of the more liberally related golf games, foot golf is becoming widely popular and after trying it out – you’ll see why. Trade your golf ball in for a soccer ball, and your golf club for your foot. A combination of soccer and golf, this game is played by kicking a soccer ball into large holes on a golf-like course. The holes are set up differently than the normal course, naturally, and it’s a bit more rowdy and messy than classic golf. More mess, though, means more fun. Check out a video here to learn more.

Segway Golf

As if there weren’t already enough segway jokes, there’s about to be a whole lot more. Gone are the days of golf carts, instead welcome segways as the new vehicle of choice. These aren’t your typical tourist segway, but rather a modified version specifically for golfers. With features to accommodate the golf bag, an enhanced size, and a new look, these golf segways are the transportation of the future (at least on the golf courses).

Golf under the stars, win some cash for your skills, try your foot in foot golf, and cruise around the course on a specially made golf-segway. Whether you try one or all of these golf games and accessories, you’re sure to make some lasting memories and have some instagram worthy photos.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, features a Par 72 championship USGA-certified course that offers a captivating atmosphere, private and group lessons, annual passes, and golf outings. Not to mention a few golf trends! Discover their special glow golf experience, as well as exciting digital hole in one opportunities! With an 85 year history of rolling greens, strategic bunkers, majestic trees, and sparkling lakes, there are few courses more accommodating and spectacular than Eaglewood. Visit here to begin planning your golf experience. Happy golfing this Summer season, and we’ll see you on the course!

Food & Beverage, Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Chicago’s Summer Beer Week Events Will Get You Hoppin’

Brewing your own beer at home has transformed over the years. Starting as an experimental passion for hop connoisseurs, it then took on a cult following among the hipster crowd, and now it seems like people everywhere are trying their hand at making their own craft concoction. This love for all things beer has made a deep impression in the Western Chicago suburbs and the neighborhood is beginning to celebrate the fruits of its labor during its annual Beer Week, May 18-25th.

Come One, Come All

This year marks the launch of the First Annual Backyard Brewfest, an event celebrating the suburban beers that have been brewed right in Chicago’s “backyard.” Fifteen breweries will showcase during the event, and all proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization, Little Friends, to help support the community. That means you can get your beer on and feel good knowing you’ve contributed to a good cause. Enjoy the best brew in Chicago on Saturday, May 19th from 12-4pm.

Stretch and Sip

Having a beer is relaxing. Doing yoga is relaxing. Having a beer while doing yoga? Ultimate relaxation. Whoever came up with the new trend of beer yoga had the right idea. Not only are you stretching muscles that aren’t used every day, but doing so while holding a beer adds an extra challenge many don’t expect. Did we mention you can do this under the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum?

Beer Week Dinner

If you thought beer tasting dinners were all about greasy bar food, think again. This year’s Craft Beer Dinner is a 5-course meal with all the frills of a fancy dinner and none of the pretension. Scallop ceviche, saffron-blood orange gastrique, kiwi foam, prosciutto, and chive paired with Center Line Golden Ale? Yes, please. We suggest reserving a table fast, as this event will sell out quickly.

Stay Where the Taps Are

At the Eaglewood Resort & Spa, you’ll have all of Chicago’s favorite craft beers available at your fingertips. Their on-site restaurant, Prairie River, is newly renovated with a rustic stone fire pit and patio area that will keep you warm under the stars while you sip on the latest local beer on tap. Plus, each beer on the menu is hand selected by their Executive Chef and Assistant Food & Beverage Director, John Billings, you know you’re getting the best of the best.

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

The Windy City Will Blow You Away With Things To Do

With a bustling street life, abundance of cultural attractions, and the ability to find something open at any time of night, Chicago is the epitome of a city. And while many head straight for the famous bean or Wrigley’s Field, it’s when you look beyond the typical that you discover the true places that make Chicago great.

Live Like a Local

Get pulled into some comedy at the Laugh Out Loud comedy club, where their Friday night improv shows incorporate ideas from the audience. For a presidential experience, step into IKRAM, a boutique founded by Michelle Obama’s personal stylist. Here you can peruse high-end designer labels while sipping on a freshly squeezed juice from their farm-to-table cafe.

The Adventurist

If you have an adventurous spirit, you can’t come to Chicago without visiting The Ledge. This glass box extends out from Willis Tower to make you feel like you’re floating above the city at 1,353ft up. That’s 103 floors for reference. If speed is more your style, hop into one of K1 Speed’s state-of-the-art European electric go-karts that make the go-karts of your youth feel like lawnmowers.

The Weekender

The Lurie Garden is the perfect place to take a Sunday stroll and is divided into two parts: the Dark Plate is filled with shadow-making trees, and the Light Plate is filled with colorful flowers. If you’ve ever had the inkling to stare directly at the sun, then head over to America’s oldest planetarium and take a peek the safe way. They even offer Sun Salutations Yoga, where you can practice Vinyasa Flow poses while learning about the universe!

Flavor Of…

If you thought champagne was fancy, RM Champagne Salon takes it to the next level. Their selection of artisanal champagne and rare cheese pairings can be done by candlelight or outside on their chic patio. Move over wine and beer flights, at Hoosier Mama Pie Company you can taste pie flights. Come in on Fridays to select among 5-6 pie flavors to try in your flight. Don’t mind if we do!

Close to Chicago But a World Away

From the moment you arrive at the Eaglewood Resort you get a sense of tranquility and relaxation that’s a welcome break after exploring Chicago’s energetic downtown. This is a place to unwind. Book a soothing lavender wrap and recharge your chakras with a reiki treatment at their spa, or play a round of golf on their championship course. Either way, you’ll be right within reach of the city giving you plenty of options during your stay.

Weddings

Top 6 Wedding Trends for 2018

Get Fresh Ideas from our Director of Catering, Lori LaPorte!

With almost every site tour of our property, I get asked the same questions: What are the latest wedding trends for 2018? How can I make my wedding stand out?

The great thing about being so involved in helping couples plan their big day is that I’m always able to stay on top of the newest ideas.

Here are a couple of wedding trends for 2018 that I have found when working with brides & grooms this year!

Spa

Taking Care of Teen Skin

5 Steps to Clear and Beautiful Skin

From our Spa Manager, Debbie Wisla

Sooner or later, almost every teenager experiences some kind of imbalance in their skin – especially as hormones start to change. A main concern (even for those of us who are past the teen years!) is acne. Though acne is considered a normal part of puberty, even the mildest cases can be traumatic for skin, and could be made worse if treated with some of the harsh skincare products on the market.

Taking the time to educate your teen about their skin at an early age is crucial for developing a proper skincare regimen, and can save years of damage to their skin.

As your teen starts to enter in those stressful years, take skincare off the list of worries with these five best practices for teen skin care.

Food & Beverage, Meetings & Events

What’s Cooking in 2018?

A Q&A with our Chef on the Latest Food Trends

Food trends change faster than night and day. To keep up with what 2018 will bring in the culinary world, we sat down with our Executive Chef & Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, John Billings. Check out what he had to say about the latest food trends!

What is the biggest buzz as far as food/beverage trends for conventions and corporate meetings? 

The craze of “Iconic Food” is trending! Traditional & favorite meals from the past have been infused into Eaglewood’s menus. Our food is produced in-house from “pit to plate” – fermentation, pickling, and curing – with locally sourced ingredients that will keep you intrigued and asking yourself: can I do this at home? Today, society is in a rapid growth with technology and the ideology of “not enough time,” in which we often tend to compromise our ability to cook a great meal. Bringing back iconic foods can re-teach society how much fun cooking can be and establish the feeling of accomplishment from scratch and homemade cookery.

Can you provide an example of something that is trending and growing?

Expo kitchens & action stations are kicking “food theater” up a notch –  or two, or three. Exhibition kitchens have been around in some form since the invention of brunch. But today, we’re talking full-blown food theater. Driven by food TV in all its incarnations and the prevalence of social media outlets that are ideal for everything food and beverage, restaurant kitchens today offer a front row seat at a dining performance, and guests are crowding around to take in the aromas, flavors, cooking tips and high energy of the stars of the show: the chefs! It’s a visual and sensual spectacle that entertains, nourishes, and satisfies everyone in the entire dining room.

Why is it important to keep up with food trends in this industry—especially as it relates to creating food experiences for groups?

“Cooking for Millennials” – WOW, really a trend. We are now in their world and they are looking for complex, healthy, and personalized food. Meals should be healthy – using natural ingredients and light on the carbs – but still flavorful.

How often do things change? And what’s the best way to keep up on what the latest food trends are?

Foods trends change often. To keep up with them, you need to research daily what is going on in the F&B world. I would suggest flipping through magazines, sourcing the internet, and watching food networks to see what is trending.

What else is important that those planning meetings should know about this subject?

This is where either the F&B Director or the Executive Chef need to sit with the meeting planners and go over what is trending and get to know the mix of the groups coming in.

Golf

Tips from our PGA Pro: Coming Over the Top

Take the Off-Season to Perfect Your Swing 

If you are a golfer you’ve probably heard the expression “coming over the top.” So what does this mean, and more importantly, what can you do to stop it? Let our PGA Pro, David Fazio, take you through his tips on this common mistake.