Monthly Archives: February 2013

Biz Bash’s 10 Chicago Meeting and Event Venues Opening this Winter


In our hometown of Chicago, you can find at least one new restaurant opening its doors every week. Luckily, these restaurants rarely disappoint. To stand out in such a crowded culinary scene, a new restaurant or venue must feature fresh flavors, unique decors, and a vibe that is all its own.

This winter has been brimming with new openings, and Jenny Berg at has listed her top-ten favorites:

  1. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  2. Little Goat
  3. Grace
  4. The Boarding House
  5. Gather
  6. Park Tavern
  7. Siena Tavern
  8. The Glunz Tavern
  9. Sumi Robata Bar and Charcoal Bar
  10. Ward Eight

Read the full story and view the slideshow over at

7 Ideas for Your Next Group Trip to Whistler


The Winter Olympic Experience

Whistler Olympic Park, the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, offers the finest Olympic experience in the world. Check out the Whistler Sliding Centre, the site of the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton competitions; enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and riflery at Whistler Olympic Park; and take the Garbanzo chairlift of the Creekside Gondola to the top of Dave Murray Downhill, the site of the men’s downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super combined, and superG races.

Snowmobile Tour with Mountaintop Fondue Dinner

Travel 6,000 vertical feet by luxury Snowcat or snowmobile to a Canadian log cabin that is absolutely ideal for hosting a group. Most often, our clients are greeted with live entertainment and a traditional fondue dinner. There is no better way to appreciate the surrounding coastal mountains and twinkling lights of Whistler village than from this venue’s rustic patio.

Dogsled and Snowshoe Tour

A dogsled tour is a true adrenaline rush. Full of fast-paced excitement, the tour includes a snowshoe trek to the famous Alexander Falls, a sight that is sure to leave you speechless. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village, there’s nothing more magical than surrounding yourself with 800-year-old cedar trees along the Medicine Trail of the Callaghan Valley. You’ll sample healing teas along the former Trappers Route and relax after your tour in the one-of-a-kind “Moose Caboose.”

Winter Zipline

Yes, ziplining is a year-round activity. In fact, each season provides zipliners with unique experiences. Whistler offers a thrilling glide over spectacular creeks and through majestic old-growth forests. You’ll feel like you’re flying, but with the security of being safely tucked into a harness. Simply clip onto the zipline cable, and you’ll be zooming from platform to platform high above the valley below, learning about Whistler’s wildlife, and laughing with friends.

Blackcomb’s Tube Park

Located in the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain, the Coca-Cola® Tube Park offers a tremendous amount of fun for the young and the young at heart. The great thing about tubing, as opposed to most mountain sports, is that there’s no skill or equipment required. All you need is a strong desire to have some fun. The Tube Park features 1,000 feet of sliding fun, including green, blue, and black lanes; a magic carpet to get back to the top; a fire pit; play area; and snack station. Accessible via the Excalibur Gondola, The Park is open into the evening for tubing under the lights.

Ice Skating

Now more than ever, Whistler has skating fever. It has always been a favorite pastime, but since the recent opening of Whistler Olympic Plaza’s outdoor skating rinks, more and more people can be found enjoying this classic Canadian sport. Go for a brisk skate on one of the local lakes, glide with a friend at the Plaza, or do laps in the arena at the Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Sleigh Rides

A winter sleigh ride is a must-do for any visit to Whistler. Hear the jingle of the sleigh bells as gentle, giant Percheron horses guide you over the snow. Sip hot chocolate and keep warm under cozy blankets. Sleigh rides are the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.