Each week, HC compiles hot news to know in our Trends of the Week feature.
HC CHICAGO HOT LIST.
As if the arrival of a Christmas pop-up bar isn’t exciting enough, Chicago has not one, not two, but three new holiday pop-up bars this season. Brando’s Speakeasy (The Loop) and Lost Lake (Logan Square) are hosting Miracle, while The Orbit Room (Avondale) is hosting Believe. We can’t wait to sip on festive cocktails and revel in all of the holiday magic.Chicago’s top dining neighborhood strikes again with a new addition, Bellemore. Opened yesterday in the West Loop, this luxurious restaurant from the Boka Group channels French influences with chandeliers, vintage mirrors and a seasonal menu. The interior is enough to make us want to visit. With a warm front coming in this week, now is the time to take advantage of the outdoor holiday activities that Chicago has to offer. Walking through Lincoln Park for the ZooLights and trying your hand at ice-skating at Millennium Park will be much more bearable without freezing temperatures.
Black Mirror’s Mysterious Return
Since the third series of 12 episodes, Netflix’s Black Mirror has left fans wanting more of the eerie sci-fi drama that gives a look into the potential dark side of the future. The Emmy award-winning series encapsulates entire story lines into single episodes. Fans were elated this past weekend after Netflix released two new trailers for the much-anticipated fourth season. However, Netflix has kept the official season release date a mystery. In the meantime, get excited with these trailers for Arkangel and Crocodile!
CAMPAIGNS WE LOVE.
American Eagle Outfitters introduced AE Studio, a unique brand experience in New York City’s Union Square. AE Studio invites customers to feel at home with an upstairs lounge complete with park views and power outlets, plus free laundry machines and plenty of space to shop. The retailer hopes the unique brand experience will become a local hangout for college students and curate an environment for young adults to express their individual style.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT.
Renown for creating aesthetically-fascinating worlds with intuitive details in narrative and animation, Pixar has always played its cards to close the chest when it comes to diversity in its films. With Pixar’s most recent blockbuster, Coco, however, it wasn’t before a couple cultural blunders that the masterminds of animation were able to add another film to their portfolio grossing hundreds of thousands of dollars worldwide. Coco is the story of Miguel, a young Mexican boy who aspires to be a famous musician and finds himself chasing his idol into the Land of the Dead — thanks to a Día de los Muertos celebration. Pixar came under criticism for attempting to trademark “Día de los Muertos,” but realized that for authentic success, due diligence was a must. As a result, Pixar hired three consultants, who studied elements of Mexican culture and heritage to deliver the truest narrative possible. With some critics are even praising Coco as a “love letter to Mexico in the age of Trump,”Pixar’s commitment to authenticity proved vital to the film’s worldwide success.