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This Cudahy bar is hosting a Christmas pop-up inspired by ‘A Christmas Story,’ ‘Christmas Vacation’ and more

A Cudahy bar is trying to bring Christmas movies to life this holiday season with props, including a leg lamp and Santa chair, and more than 16,000 lights. 



a glass with a drink in a room: City Lounge in Cudahy will have a leg lamp at its "Fra Gee Lay" Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience.


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City Lounge in Cudahy will have a leg lamp at its “Fra Gee Lay” Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience.

City Lounge, 3455 E. Layton Ave., is putting on “Fra Gee Lay,” a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3. 

While the bar has put on many pop-ups inspired by movies and TV shows, from “Harry Potter” to “The Office,” this is its first Christmas-themed one. 

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Owner Alex Ahmad said he usually just puts up a “few decorations” around the bar for the holidays. 

“This time, we decided to go all out,” he said. 

There will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas classics, including “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “The Grinch.”



a glass display case: At City Lounge's Christmas pop-up, there will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas movies.


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At City Lounge’s Christmas pop-up, there will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas movies.

Themed drinks will include an “Ovaltini,” which will be a “chocolatey” cream martini, “Syrup in Coffee,” which will have coffee and amaretto with candy canes and whipped cream, a drink featuring eggnog, and more. Each drink will cost about $8. 

Attendees are encouraged to wear holiday attire, Ahmad said, and his staff is going to “Christmas shirt and ugly sweater it up as much as possible.”

There will be Christmas movie trivia at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, and a New Year’s party Dec. 31. 

The bar will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3. There is no cover charge, and guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/CityLoungeCudahy. 

As far as coronavirus precautions go, Ahmad said City Lounge is cleaned with “high-end” sanitizers, and UV light is used to disinfect after close and again before open. The bar will be following whatever COVID-19 guidelines Cudahy has in place throughout the pop-up, he said. 



a city street filled with traffic at night: City Lounge in Cudahy is putting on "Fra Gee Lay," a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.


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City Lounge in Cudahy is putting on “Fra Gee Lay,” a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.

Weather-willing, the bar plans to have its outdoor heated area open to “give people plenty of room to spread out,” he added.

Just to the north of Cudahy, the City of Milwaukee recently released a new order that will require bars and restaurants that have Health Department-approved COVID-19 safety plans to be limited to the lesser of 50% of their total capacity or the limits in their safety plans. Bars and restaurants without the safety plans will remain at 25% maximum capacity.

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‘I keep getting called Clark Griswold’: Trinity family sets up ‘Christmas Vacation’ inspired lights display

TRINITY, N.C. — As Christmas nears, more homes across the Piedmont Triad are getting ready for the holiday and putting their decorations up.

“We figured let’s get started a little early this year with everything going on in 2020. Why not? And we’re pretty excited about it.” said Matt Garrett, who’s home in Trinity is nearly complete with decorations.

“This year we kind of went with a “Christmas Vacation” Clark Griswold theme. I keep getting called Clark Griswold in the neighborhood, so we figured ‘Why not?’ So we’ve added a few Griswold style decorations…those are probably my favorite,” Matt said.

It took some time to pick a theme and get everything up, but the Garrett’s impressive display is growing and set to be the family’s biggest year yet

“There could be weeks where I wake up every morning, and there’s something new in the yard. But, overall, we started it for the kids.” said Kristy Garrett.

Their children: Asher, Harper and Karlen enjoy helping and watching Matt putt up the lights, but they enjoy critiquing the display the most. Their favorites include the manger scene and a big “Merry Christmas” inflatable which is front and center in the yard

“This is my favorite inflatable. It’s kind of the center of the entire yard with all the decorations of all the inflatables” said Asher Garrett, their oldest son.

It’s a big time and financial commitment, but Matt enjoys planning it out and is always looking to make it larger and more unique than the year before.

“I think it’s great for everybody. There’s not a lot going on so we hope a lot of people drive by. Come see our lights, check it out and let us know what you think we should add next year.” Kristy said.

The Garretts have a friendly rivalry with their next-door neighbor.

If you’d like to check their display out in person, you can find their home on Fox Chase Drive in Trinity.

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The Drake Hotel Introduces Princess Diana Package Inspired By Her Stay There

As the next season of Netflix’s “The Crown” introduces Princess Diana, The Drake Hotel is offering a royal package that gives a glimpse into the late royal’s time there.

In particular, the package at this hotel includes two overnight stays in the exact same suite the princess slept in almost 25 years ago.

“We felt it was a timely alignment to bring forth our unique history with the royal family and Princess Diana’s stay with us during her visit to Chicago in 1996,” said General Manager Damien McArdle, in a media statement.

The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package is based upon not only where Princess Diana rested, but also some of her favorite things.

With a required minimum two-night stay, with upgrades available, guests will get to experience what the beloved People’s Princess enjoyed during her stay within this 1,500-square-foot opulent suite.

They will include: 

– A stationary bicycle and mineral water;

– Fresh forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flowers, that are placed throughout the suite and sourced from the hotel’s Mangel Florist;

– A copy of “ABBA: The Official Photo Book,” as a nod to Princess Diana’s favorite band;

– An in-room set-up to binge watch “The Crown”;

– Princess Diana’s favorite perfume, Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris.

The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package treats guests to other hotel services that Princess Diana also partook in. In particular, they involve dining.

An exclusive afternoon tea service at the hotel’s Palm Court will incorporate Princess Diana’s favorite tea, Rose Pouchong. In the evening, a once-in-a-lifetime dinner will revive the same three-course menu served to Diana, plus her cocktail of choice, a Peach Bellini.

Guests will also have access to an incredible piece of The Drake’s history with Diana. Via a white glove service, they will view her original and authentic signature documented in the hotel’s Official Drake Autograph Book.

“We really strived to bring to fruition a caliber of delightful service and royal treatment to inspire travel with this limited time package offering, especially while so many people across the globe are dreaming of their next jaunt,” said McArdle.

Princess Diana stayed at The Drake for three days during June 1996. She was in Chicago to raise money for cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

She occupied what was known then as the hotel’s Presidential Suite. Since that time, the suite has been named after the princess, and its interiors remains largely unchanged in her honor. A 360-degree tour of the Princess Diana suite can be seen here.

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A Vacation Photo Inspired This Man to Start Cycling and Lose 80 Pounds

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Age: 52
Occupation: Marketing
Hometown: Lincoln, California
Start Weight: 275 pounds
End Weight: 195 pounds
Time Cycling: 7 years
Reason for cycling: I started cycling to help me lose weight, and in the end discovered a new hobby that has helped me keep my sanity. I can get on a bike and get lost for hours at a time.

I am a 52- year-old United States Marine who got lazy about his weight while climbing up the corporate ladder, and in 2012 I topped out at 275 pounds. I went on vacation to Hawaii and took some pictures of myself at the beach with no shirt on, and oh my god, I was huge. When I reviewed the pictures at home, I was utterly disappointed in myself and depressed. I decided not to keep the pictures—or the weight.

That same weekend, a friend called and invited me on a bike ride. I said “No, I have to come up with a plan to lose weight.” He just replied, “Cycling is great exercise.”

I went—and it was the worst experience of my life. It was 105 degrees, I didn’t have enough water, and I had a crappy Wal-Mart mountain bike that barely worked. We biked a grand total of 20 miles in Sacramento, California, and when we were done was I exhausted. I remember collapsing in the grass next to my car.

But I was instantly hooked. That same night I went out and bought a $700 Fuji hybrid bike, and I started riding every night. First two miles, then four, then eight, then more. I started weighing myself, and the more I cycled the more the weight came off.

I work from home so I have a lot of flexibility with my riding—I can ride in the morning, afternoon, and nights during the week and whenever during the weekend. During the weekends as the weight came off, I rode long rides with my friend who originally introduced me to cycling, and we explored local paved trails in the Sacramento area.

After my Fuji bike I bought a Giant, then a Specialized. I saw an ad on Craigslist for a Cannondale I liked, did some research and the price was too good to be true. I honestly thought it was stolen, but it was a college kid at UC Davis that was on the cycling team and needed the money. I got involved in a Cannondale Facebook group, and I’ve been a Cannondale fan ever since then.

I currently have two bikes, a Cannondale Evo Super Six and a 2002 Cannondale CAAD 5 Stars & Stripes. The story goes that shortly after 9/11 a group of NYC fire fighters planned a charity bike ride from NYC to LA using the same route as one of the planes, and Cannondale made them some special bikes for the event. These became popular and public wanted them so Cannondale made some for the public.

I bought mine on eBay used and abused,

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