Pierogi Fest: The pride of Whiting

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I went to the 2014 Whiting Pierogi Fest yesterday. In its 20th year, the festival draws almost 200,000 visitors annually to Whiting, Indiana. Originally from central and eastern Europe, pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough that are boiled before being baked or fried, usually in butter with onions. They’re usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. However the festival featured alligator pierogi, taco pierogi and pizza pierogi as well. Continue reading

Summer Festivals: A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party

Young The Giant | Aug. 7, 2013 / PHOTO BY ALEX V. HERNANDEZ

Young The Giant | Aug. 7, 2013 / PHOTO BY ALEX V. HERNANDEZ

I attended A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party this weekend. For those not familiar with it, The Hideout is bar located just off of Elston Avenue, on the industrial area nestled between Wicker Park and Lincoln Park on the shore of the Chicago River.

Named The Hideout since it opened (legally) in 1934, the bar’s located in a balloon-frame house built in two days and still standing in 2013. For the past 17 years the bar’s block party has been a staple of the Chicago music scene.

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