Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Innovative Architecture: Discover the Best of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago

One of the most inspiring architects of our time was Frank Lloyd Wright. He was able to incorporate nature and living spaces in a harmonious way that let people embrace the elements in the comfort of their own home. A native to the Chicago area, Frank Lloyd Wright has become an icon of the Windy City, and there are more of his designs here than any other place in the world. We wanted to take a look at some of our favorite spaces that he created and give you some tips on how you can get the full Frank Lloyd Wright experience.

Home & Studio

At Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio you’ll get to see how it all began. He used this space as an experimental playground for his designs, making it a one-of-a-kind location. This is where he came up with his signature “Prairie Style.” In this home you see how he added character with impressive design elements, like an open arched living room, a textured combination of brick and wood carvings, and quirky uses of space.

Bach House

The Emil Bach House is one of Wright’s more commanding designs and is also known as the “Fireproof House.” The Bach house displays geometric and modern elements that provide intrigue to each room. His heavy use of brick and concrete on the exterior display a sense of fortitude, while wood is incorporated into the interior spaces to provide a more inviting ambiance. This is an excellent example of Wright’s transitional period between his Prairie style phase and more modern influences of Japan and expressionism.

The Rookery

To see one of Wright’s most striking commercial designs, head over to The Rookery in Chicago’s financial district. Here elegant staircases are gateways into a central light court where a glass ceiling embellished by ironwork illuminates the building. One could easily spend hours looking at the embellishments that Wright put into every part of this building, from column details to intricate banisters to modern light fixtures.

Visit Chicago

Get the full Frank Lloyd Wright experience in Chicago with an architectural tour of all of his greatest hits. Then kick back and relax in a setting that Wright would approve. Discover the park-like landscapes of Eaglewood Resort & Spa where you can book a spacious guest room and enjoy unique indoor and outdoor dining options.

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!

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.

Food & Beverage, Things to Do

Celebrate a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

Challenge Customs with a New Way to Celebrate!

Traditions exist for a reason: they’re warm, comforting, and, for many of us, invoke a feeling of nostalgia. But sometimes, it can be fun and exciting think outside the box – perhaps even start a new tradition. This year, flip the script on the norm and celebrate a non-traditional Thanksgiving!

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Plan Your Chicago Area Fall Getaway

A Day-Cation in the Suburbs: Autumn in the Midwest is Here

From crunchy leaves on the sidewalk to pumpkin spice lattes, fall is definitely in the air! With the arrival of one of the most celebrated seasons in the Midwest, now is the most colorful time to plan your Chicago area fall getaway.

Check out these must-see attractions during your stay to make the most out of the season. 

Meetings & Events, Things to Do

The Rise of Room Escapes

Escape the Room…if You Can

What started as merely a video game in the early 2000’s has now become a full-fledged global trend. With Eaglewood Resort & Spa partnering with D.O.A., a local room escape experience, we thought now would be the perfect time to learn how this simple flash game turned into a worldwide phenomenon!

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Travel Trend: Dogs Welcome!

Bring Your Four-Legged Friends on Your Next Trip

dog fetchDogs really are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that pet-friendly accommodations have become a ‘must’ on a traveler’s check list.

All across the country, dog owners are looking for resorts and activities that provide fun for both themselves and their canine counterparts. In fact, nearly 24 million Americans traveled with their dogs the past three years, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

And it’s not just about hotels allowing pets – it’s about an entire experience. Dog owners especially look for places that have a welcoming environment, including walking trails, parks, special dining menus, and even spa treatments tailored for their four-legged friends. Websites such as Bring Fido  and Dog Friendly have made finding the right spot for you even easier with a full array of travel listings including any additional pet fees and specific pet laws for your destination.