Each week, HC compiles a list of hot stories to know in our Trends of the Week feature. Enjoy!
HC Chicago Hot List.
We’re almost halfway through July, and summer is still kickin’ under the city heat. From booze to food, let’s check out where to hang in Chicago this week:
Not only is there a famous silly rabbit out there, but now there’s a clever one, too! Clever Rabbit introduces a veggie-focused hotspot that caters to your health-enthusiast girlfriend or your meathead boyfriend. Fish, burgers, cocktails and more will make your heart skip a beat in Wicker Park.Everybody’s favorite ’80s movie is finally making a Chicago debut! Murray Bros. Caddyshack, opening in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, will have a golf-themed menu providing eats that will taste as good as a hole-in-one. Prepare for this restaurant to knock your socks off starting in December. Need a new sweet-tooth craving? At Aha Crepe in Lincoln Park, hand rolled crepes become the centerpiece to the ice cream that you screamed for. Top this dessert off with some fun extras that will make your treat even more fun to eat!
Virtual Reality Oculus Rift and the Oculus Touch Controllers are reduced to just $399 for the rest of the summer. The price will not stay this low forever. Darrell Etherington says the Rift and Touch combo “is my favorite current overall VR experience, balancing comfort with input efficacy, visual quality and more.” In terms of cost, this is the best time to get you PC-bases VR.
Campaigns We Love.
Nothing says baseball like the color MAGENTA… well, at least, T-Mobile thinks so. T-Mobile is using the color magenta to knock its partnership with MLB’s All-Star Game and Home-Run Derby Contest out of the park. The company is launching a #ScoreUnlimited campaign featuring MLB stars Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper. They will also feature on-field Magenta Lounges to give fans a first-hand look at their favorite players, and live stream the entire content on a screen above its Times Square store. Other components of the campaign include chances to win tickets to the game by finding magenta-colored baseballs in a scavenger hunt in Miami, and partnering up with Marlins team barber Hugo “Juice” Tandron to give fans MLB-player or logo-inspired haircuts at T-Mobile’s Miami Beach Store.
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Arts & Entertainment.
You’re familiar with Vincent Van Gogh, but are you familiar with his equally talented and equally troubled best friend, Paul Gauguin? At the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibit, Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, the goal is to defy all preconceived notions of Gauguin. He was not just Van Gogh’s greatest friend or another impressionist painter. He was an alchemist, and he wanted to create art that was “suitable for translating all the emotions of nature and humanity.” Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist is open until Sept. 10. Can’t make it to the exhibit? Check out the Gauguin-inspired window designs along State Street to get your Gauguin fix.