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Looking for a new rooftop to while away your summer nights? Named for the hotel chain’s first female general manager, Maria Zec — who has been in the role at the Chicago hotel since 2002 — The Peninsula’s alfresco spot combines global flavors with gorgeous views — and, of course, great cocktails from mixologist Vlad Novikov. 108 E. Superior; Zbarchicago.com
Nothing says summer like an ice-cold paleta (Mexican popsicle) at Navy Pier. Lettuce Entertain You and Chef Ozzie Ocegueda unveiled the new spot in the renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion last month, offering fun flavors like toasted coconut and PB&J, plus fresh fruit pops like blueberry basil and lime chia. $2.50 and up, 600 E. Grand; Ozziepops.com
The Chicago-based jewelry designer goes green with this fine silver drinking straw. As many restaurants and stores cut back on the use of plastic straws, Beckman is donating a portion of the proceeds from her reusable version to 5 Gyres, a nonprofit aimed at stopping plastic from getting into the sea. $75-$125; Miabeckmanjewelry.com
The new restaurant brings West Coast cuisine to River North
Listen up, foodies! Penny Pollack — retired food critic for Splash sister publication Chicago magazine — and Redeye contributor Michael Nagrant face off in their new podcast series. The hosts offer a culinary tour of Chicago (and beyond), chef interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant reviews. Free in the iTunes store; Dolpodcast.com Pictured at top: In one of the first episodes, Pollack...
The comedian spills about her new libation creation, Blondie's
Matthias Merges brings vintage spirit — and spirits — to Wrigley
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