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Patrice Perkins is the City Editor for Chicago. She is an attorney by day, and lifestyle aficionada and bon vivant by night. “Work Smart. Play Hard.” is her approach to this thing called life. Patrice also owns a blog, My Lifestyle ZEN , which provides overworked professionals and entrepreneurs with ways to maintain their work life balance, while offering diverse entertainment alternatives throughout Chicago. Once the computer is shut down and the last file is closed, Patrice whips out her favorite handbag and unleashes her passion – enjoying life in her fabulous hometown of Chicago. Live Music. Boutiques. Festivals. Art Exhibits. Restaurants—she loves it all and she loves sharing the little known treasures that she discovered along the way. No matter your pleasure, Chicago’s eclectic mix of neighborhoods has much to offer. If fellow Chicagoans would like to write Patrice for suggestions on things to do in the city or if there is a Chicago event, restaurant, boutique, art or cultural event you would like covered on Miss A, please contact her atpatrice.perkins@askmissa.com.

Taste of Chicago 2010: There’s an App for That!

Everyone knows there are iPhone, iPod and iPad applications for just about everything. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine there would be an app for the Taste of Chicago 2010. Quite honestly, when I read the news on it, I was a bit skeptical. I just wasn’t expecting much.

Boy was I wrong!

I tested this application last night and it is amazing. The program runs seamlessly and it provides info that is valuable to both out-of-towners and regular Taste-goers. Here is a brief rundown of the software’s main features:

1. Food Menu: A complete listing of the Taste food vendors sortable by restaurant name or vendor number. It also includes the complete Taste menu for each restaurant.

2. Lineups: For visitors who may not know, the Taste always offers a huge music and entertainment line-up, with performances on each day of the festival. This feature provides the complete calendar line-up, which is searchable by calendar day. With a single click, you can add a performance to your Apple calendar, you can visit the artist’s website or their iTunes store.

3. Now: Imagine, you’ve just arrived at the festival and you don’t really know what to do first. Press “now” and you instantly have information on everything occurring right then and there. This feature allows you real-time access to the line-up of performances, cooking demonstrations and other activities.

Other cool features include a GPS map and integrated Tweets from the Taste committee. This app definitely gets the three pump rating from me.

If you have never been to the Windy City and you were still undecided about whether to visit this awesome place, think again! We have an app!

The Taste of Chicago occurs from June 25 – July 4 at Grant Park.

Download the official application here.

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