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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Weekend Planner: Green Tie Ball: Seafood Boil, Umbrian Sunday Supper, and Festiv-Ale

Green's Green Tie Ball


This Saturday is Chicago Gateway Green's Green Tie Ball, the best culinary & entertainment fundraiser of the year!


From David Lissner "The Food Dude "As a board member of Chicago Gateway Green, I am extending a special offer for you to purchase Gala tickets at $100 ($50 off) to attend this Saturday, September 13th.  The invitation is attached. 

Please go to  www.greentieball2014.eventbrite.com​, select the quantity of tickets in the "Gala Ticket" section and scroll down to bottom to enter the promotional code LISSNERGTB before you click “Order Now”, fill out the information it requires and then you will receive an email with your tickets to print out.   

Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at GTB!

Green Tie Ball

Seafood Boil at Spritzburger

No better way to cap off summer than with a refreshing seafood boil. It's all going down September 14 at Spritzburger, wherein East Coast expat Dan Smith does his native shores proud with an array of shrimp, crab, crawfish, clams, mussels, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. It's all served family-style, as it should be, along with cole slaw and cornbread and fresh baked pies by Gale Gand. Plus, the all-you-can-eat feast will include Midnight Moon and Catdaddy cocktails. It takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on the patio, if weather cooperates, and costs $40 per person. Call 773-868-9866 to make a reservation or visit here

Umbrian Sunday Supper
This month, the themed Sunday supper menus at Azzurra hone in on Umbria, a land-locked locale renowned for its rusticity, grains, and produce, exemplified via a four-course family-style tasting menu at Wicker Park's preeminent Italian restaurant. This weekend/month's menu features sliced local soppresatta and coppa focaccia crostini, market vegetable salad, housemade pasta with pancetta, sausage and tomato, farrotto, housemade porchetta, grilled rainbow trout, and chocolate crema for dessert. The cost is $23 per person for adults, $12 for children eight to 12, and free for kids under seven. Reservations can be at Azzura. 

Craft beer tasting events are even better when proceeds go to a good cause. Festiv-Ale is back and more beneficial than ever this year, taking place September 12 at Carmichael's. The craft beer event features over 25 breweries and 800 attendees, with all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A VIP reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., followed be general admission until 11:00 p.m. Entry is $100 for VIP or $65 for regular. More info here

- Matt Kirouac


Neighborhoods: Lincoln ParkLakeviewWicker Park

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