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!

Leisure Travel

Landscape Like a Pro with Tips from Eaglewood Resort’s Groundskeeper

We’re officially in the dog days of summer: temps are scorching, humidity is high, and being outside can be quite uncomfortable. For many of us, this is also the time of year we see our plants start to wilt and grass getting brown. But don’t panic! You’ll learn how to landscape like a pro with these tips to keep your plants alive during the extreme heat.

Brian Mueller, horticulturalist and grounds manager at Eaglewood Resort & Spa (colloquially known as “That Plant Guy”), maintains all of the flowers, plants, grass and landscaping for the property. Mueller says that although mid-July through the end of August is a tough time for gardening, there are a lot of things you can do to avoid the mid-summer slump. Here are his top suggestions for you this summer.

Food & Beverage, Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Summer Means Live Music in Chicago

Local Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss

When it comes to live music, nothing beats Chicago in the summertime. From the big headliners at Lollapalooza and Lake Shake to the more niche lineups at Riot Fest and North Coast Music Festival, there is undoubtedly something for every palate this year.

But big festivals like these can present some unfortunate obstacles like congestion, high price tags, parking, and not being the most conducive for family fun. For this reason, the surrounding suburbs have started their own series’ that are both family and wallet friendly.

Check out these close-to-home concerts this year for a summer filled with music and memories!

Leisure Travel, Spa, Things to Do

6 Ways To Get Your Body Beach-Ready

Essential Tips for Summer Skin Care and Wellness

The grass is getting greener, air is getting fresher, and you’re starting to get the summertime urge to go outside. But before you throw on the bathing suit and head to the pool, make sure you give your body a little TLC! These six tips for the summer will get your skin, body and mind ready for outdoor fun.