CHICAGO (CBS) — As the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead” approaches, a local museum is giving families an outdoor space to honor the deceased while welcoming the public to celebrate the lives of loved ones who’ve departed the earth.
Outside the museum at Harrison Park on Sunday October 28, people will assemble altars and arrange offerings for those who’ve passed away.
The free event will also include projected photographs of loved ones, submitted by the public, that’ll be shown on a museum wall.
The Day of the Dead is the holiday celebrated throughout Latin America where for two days (that usually fall in late October or early November) families honor the deceased by celebrating their lives with special altars set up in homes and public spaces.
The altars have “ofrendas” or offerings that usually include flowers, photographs, candles as well as some of the favorite foods and drinks of the dead.
Families will also gather in cemeteries to visit the graves of loved ones, armed with flowers, food and drink. It’s not unusual to see troubadours and other musicians stroll the grounds with songs in tribute to those who’ve died.
While the dates are often near Halloween, and skull imagery can be seen through both events, the two are not connected.
Even though there is sadness when a loved one passes away, the Day of the Dead holiday is a celebration of that person’s life. Along with seeing altars, the public will be enjoy live music, art activities and “pan de muerto” (traditional Day of the Dead bread.)
The public is invited to experience the Day of the Dead Xicágo Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. outside the National Museum of Mexican Art at Harrison Park located at 1824 South Wood Street.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Looking for a community that’ll give you lots of treats for your Halloween tricks?
The Chicago suburbs of Aurora, Elgin and Joliet are listed as go-to places to get a good amount of candy without having to walk from neighborhood to neighborhood.
The financial advisor site SmartAsset compiled a list of top ten communities where everything from safety to the pieces of candy a kid can expect to get for dressing up and going door-to-door.
According to SmartAsset “trick-or-treating is a high-reward, low-risk undertaking. That’s why people in the U.S. are particularly spirited about grabbing their pillow cases and hitting the streets.”
“Illinois has three cities in our top 10. In fact, the whole Midwest around Illinois is pretty good when it comes to trick-or-treating. The region takes six of the top 10 trick-or-treating cities according to our data.”
The company analyzed data from 258 U.S. cities to establish the rankings.
Factors including single-family housing density, percentage of residents aged 14 and younger, median home value, violent crime rate and even temperature were used in determining the best places to get the best bang for your Halloween buck.
Aurora is the leading Illinois city, landing at number four on the trick-or-treat list. The reason? It has one of the highest densities of single-family homes. That means less walking to hit the next candy stop.
Regular trick-or-treating starts at 4:00 and ends around 7:00 at night. At the Aurora City Hall, activities begin at 3:00. The city of Aurora has a list of dos and don’ts for trick-or-treating on its Facebook page.
City number seven on this list is northwest suburban Elgin. It’s listed as the second-safest city in the top 10 list.
At number nine is Joliet and low crime is again listed as one of the best reasons kids can trick-or-treat in a safe environment. Also, about a quarter of Joliet’s residents are under the age of 15. That means homeowners are getting a lot of candy for a lot of kids.
Want to go out-of-state but don’t want to travel too far? Racine makes the list at number eight. But you made need a plane ticket to go to the number one city for trick-or treating.
That would be Orem, Utah. It tops the list with the largest percentage of children, one of the safest places for kids and an average temperature of 60 degrees.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Family-friendly fun and good food will be found this weekend at Lincoln Square’s 31st annual Apple Fest.
Chef Lisa Counts from the Chopping Block joined CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot in the studio with a preview of the event’s festivities. There’s one vendor that will have 11 different types of apples.
“Mick Klug Farms has everything from Granny Smith to Honey Crisp and everything in between,” said Counts.
There will be lots of activities and events for the smallest apple lovers as well as live music and many different kinds of apple treats to taste and apple-flavored drinks for all ages.
On Saturday there will be chef demonstrations and on Sunday there will be an apple pie bake-off with prizes going to the best crust, filling and overall flavor and taste.
The event takes place Saturday until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Eastwood (near the CTA Western Brown Line stop.)
Below is the recipe shared by Counts on how to make the Chopping Block’s famous apple pie.
The Chopping Block Famous Apple Pie
Yield: One 9- to 10-inch deep-dish pie. Active Time: 45 minutes. Start to Finish: two hours
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PIE:
*3 pounds Granny Smith apples
*1/3 cup all-purpose flour
*3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
*1 recipe Pie or Tart Dough
*2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
*Heavy cream as needed for brushing the top
*Granulated sugar as needed for sprinkling the top
FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
*1 cup heavy cream
*1 tablespoon powdered sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- Preheat oven to 375º (or 350º convection).
- Peel and core the apples, and cut them into1/2-inch wedges.
- Toss the apples, flour, sugar (vary amount depending upon tartness of apples), cinnamon and salt in a large bowl to mix. Let sit while rolling dough.
- Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll out one disk of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick circle. Tip: As you’re rolling, lift and turn the dough occasionally to ensure it does not stick.
- Gently roll the dough onto the rolling pin, lift, and place into a 9- or 10-inch pie dish or seasoned cast iron skillet. Gently push the dough to fit the pie dish, allowing excess to hang over the edge.
- Add the filling to the pie. Sprinkle pieces of butter on top of the filling.
- Roll the second disk of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick circle. Insert a knife in several places through the top crust to create vents. Place the top portion of dough over the filling and trim the edges of the crust, leaving about 1 inch of excess dough all around.
- Close the crust by folding the edges under and pinching or using a fork to crimp. Brush the top of the pie with heavy cream and sprinkle generously with sugar.
- Place the pie on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake until the filling is bubbly in the center, the apples are tender and the top crust is golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Allow to cool.
- While the pie is baking prepare the whipped cream. Place the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste in a cold bowl. Use a whisk or an electric mixer to whip the cream until soft peaks form.
- Cut the pie into slices and top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream.
Curious just how far your dollar goes in Sacramento?
We’ve rounded up the latest rental listings via rental site Zumper to get a sense of what to expect when it comes to finding an apartment in Sacramento with a budget of $1,400/month.
Take a peek at what rentals the city has to offer, below. (Note: prices and availability are subject to change.)
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2405 F St., #6 (Marshall School)
Listed at $1,395/month, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is located at 2405 F St., #6.
When it comes to building amenities, expect on-site laundry; the newly updated unit features granite countertops and dual-pane windows. Pet owners, inquire elsewhere: animals are not welcome.
Per Walk Score ratings, this location is friendly for those on foot, is great for biking and has a few nearby public transportation options.
(Take a look at the complete listing here.)
1711 Q St. (Midtown)
Next, there’s this one-bedroom, one-bathroom located at 1711 Q St.
It’s also listed for $1,395/month. The unit has a dishwasher, an open-style kitchen and a separate pantry. The building offers both on-site laundry and assigned parking. Pet owners, take heed: cats and dogs of less than 25 pounds are allowed, with an additional pet deposit.
Per Walk Score ratings, this location is quite walkable, is easy to get around on a bicycle and has good transit options.
(See the complete listing here.)
1216 V St., #B (Richmond Grove)
Finally, over at 1216 V St., #B, here’s a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence that’s listed for $1,375/month.
Inside the cottage-style unit, you can expect hardwood floors, a washer and dryer, and a gas stove. Outside, there’s shared outdoor space (gardening service included) and a single-car garage. Unfortunately, this spot doesn’t allow cats or dogs.
Walk Score indicates that the surrounding area is friendly for those on foot, is easy to get around on a bicycle and has good transit options.
(Take a gander at the complete listing here.)
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