Westchester boy a superhero is Streeterville

(Published June 30, 2019)

Finnegan Kuzniar, 6, of Westchester saved Chicago from evil villains with help from Make-A-Wish Illinois volunteers and the Chicago Police Department. Kuzniar was diagnosed with a life-threatening auto-immune disease and even a common cold can send him to the hospital for a long stay.

In June, the Make-A-Wish Illinois chapter allowed Kuzniar to live out his dream to become his superhero alter-ego Galacto in Streeterville.

This included a ride-along in a police roll call, a helicopter ride and a pursuit of bad guys and with capture at Navy Pier. Following that, there was a press conference wherein the Chicago Police Department praised Kuzniar for his heroic efforts.

For Kuzniar’s wish, the Chicago Police Department, Columbia College Chicago costume team and Costumers With a Cause have all volunteered their time and talent to craft this remarkable experience.

Make-a-Wish believes that fulfilling children’s wishes helps kids look past their limitations, helps families overcome anxiety and helps entire communities experience joy. Since its local founding in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 15,000 wishes. A child does not necessarily have to have a terminal diagnosis to qualify. For information visit: illinois.wish.org.

Navy Pier launches ‘Piertastic Tuesday’ discount program

In June, the Navy Pier announced a weekly discount program available to all guests. 

Dubbed “Piertastic Tuesday,” the program will run through September 3 and visitors will have the opportunity to take advantage of special Pier-wide deals and promotions from on-site attractions, dining establishments, entertainment options, retail shops and more. Visitors can  mention Piertastic Tuesday at any participating establishments to redeem discounts.

Piertastic Tuesday offers include buy-one-get-one-free Play the Park Passes to Pier Park attractions and $20 parking passes for up to 12 hours. Pier Park attractions include the iconic Centennial Wheel, Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more. Parking can be validated with a sticker from the Pier Park Box Office or the Navy Pier Guest Services Desk, located in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.

Aster Hall offers new space for happy hour

Hogsalt’s latest concept, Aster Hall, located on the 5th & 6th floors of the 900 North Michigan Shops, debuted its first happy hour menu in June. Available Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., guests can enjoy the happy hour specials in the food hall’s upstairs Bar & Study area.

Aster Hall’s spacious upstairs Bar & Study invites guests to experience the new happy hour menu while taking in views of Michigan Avenue and the lake.  Specials include signature drinks Dark & Stormy, a tiki classic with rum and ginger beer; Gold Rush, a refreshing bourbon drink with honey; and the Gimlet, a vibrant cocktail that can be made with vodka or gin.  All happy hour specials are available for $8.

Guests can also choose from a collection of curated beverages and other specialty spirits available on the full Bar & Study menu. In addition to the happy hour cocktails, the bar also hosts a selection of all day specials, including $5 wine and beer and $9 highballs.

Purple Pig gets a new home

The Purple Pig, the popular Michigan Avenue dinner and drinks spot, moved from 500 N. Michigan Ave. to 444 N. Michigan Ave. in June. 

The Purple Pig features a James Bear Award-winning chef and partner Jimmy Bannos Jr., who explained the restaurant needed more space for the 10-year-old restaurant. 

“The time was right to pursue a larger space more uniquely suited to the needs of our business, which continues to grow year after year,” said Bannos.. “Our team is proud to call The Magnificent Mile home, and we feel very fortunate to have landed this exciting space.”

The 4,657 square foot restaurant will feature 120 dining room seats and will include a 20-seat semi- private dining room ideal for small groups for all occasions.

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