SWEET, SWEET SEASON

CAFÉ BRAUER

Locally Sourced at the Patio”, 2021 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL. (312) 742-2400

Wednesdays, May 28 – August 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

As Labor Day approaches, it's hard not to savor the summer.  Be it swimming outside (my husband's favorite), or the sweet treat of cherries (cue me), some things are all the more special because their season is short.

On August 20th, my friend, Helen, introduced me to a Chicago secret.  In the heart of the Lincoln Park Zoo, behind the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Cafe Brauer, is a summertime special, just ending its second year.  Live music and local artisans enhance the outdoor cafe and pond.  With the skyline as a backdrop, the "Locally Sourced at the Patio" experience is sure to become a fan favorite. "Share my table," Helen beckoned.  So Let Them Eat Candles sat beside Rock Candy by Helen, and she and I sipped hard cider under the setting sun.

Don't wait until next summer to check out my artisan favorites:

Helen's jewelry ranges from one-of-a-kind pieces with vintage elements to pendants incorporating the artwork of her rocker-husband, Jon Langford.

Krista B August spent 3 years researching and painting the statues in Chicago's Lincoln Park, a project which culminated in the award-winning book: Giants in the Park.

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