Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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When Chicago incorporated in 1837, the city adopted its aspirational motto, "Urb Horto," Latin for "City in a Garden." Chicago went on to become a leader in landscape architecture, and today boasts more than 500 gardens, according to Choose Chicago, including one atop city hall. Chicago blossomed after the Illinois & Michigan Canal was finished in 1848 and truly took off with the arrival of the railroad. Not even the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 — which killed 250, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed about a third of the city — deterred city growth for long. Today as the Midwest's largest city at 2.7 million people, Chicago offers in-depth cultural and culinary options. It's home to more than 40 James Beard medalists, known for everything from ethnic and continental cuisine to the city's namesake dishes of deep-dish pizza, Italian beef and Chicago-style hot dogs. Seven Chicago restaurants recently made OpenTable's list of "100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out in America in 2018," and Taste of Chicago, a big annual food festival in Grant Park (July 12-15), is another local delight. There are also more than 60 craft breweries, many of which are part of beer tours. For a sumptuous breakfast or lunch (dinner is not served), Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, 130 E. Randolph St., is a great place to indulge. It is also a good spot from which to start a day of shopping or exploring. Travel a few blocks north and cross the Chicago River to see the historic Wrigley Building, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower and then treat yourself to a shopping adventure. The famous "Magnificent Mile" along North Michigan Avenue Adam Alexander Photography Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago 15640 Don Lochman Lane, Suite C www.CarolinasVisionGroup.com 704.943.5110 4.8 200+ reviews We accept Located in Ballantyne Corporate Park (Off Johnston Road in the Allen Tate Building) S E R V I N G T H E B A L L A N T Y N E C O M M U N I T Y S I N C E 2 0 0 7 E Y E C A R E • L A S I K • E Y E W E A R • C O N TAC T S P R O T E C T Y O U R E Y E S T H I S S U M M E R ! Over 1,000 eyeglasses frames and sunglasses under one roof. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 82 Escape Historic Wrigley Field and the restaurants and bars nearby in "Wrigleyville" are a simple "L" ride from downtown.

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