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National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

Weekend Planner: Sticky Pony Races, Derby Day, Fountainhead's Rooftop, Anniversary Brunch

Sticky Pony Races at Harry's Velvet Room

The Kentucky Derby races into action this weekend, and while you may not be at Churchill Downs, the next best thing may very well be the Stick Pony Race at Harry's Velvet Room. Taking place at 3:00 p.m. on May 2, the quirky event follows the actual televised race, wherein guests can sip on mint juleps and brown derby's. Once the race is over, it's out to the lawn to recreate the Derby in style with your very own stick pony. Interested attendees need only select their desired horse via the event's Facebook page. Cash prizes will be awarded. 
 

Derby Day at Old Town Social

If you'd rather just watch the Derby and eat hot brown sandwiches, then race on over to Old Town Social May 2. The day starts at 11:00 a.m. with a D.J., Woodford Reserve mint juleps, and Kentucky's famed hot brown sandwiches on special. 23 flat-screen plasma TVs throughout the 10,000 square-foot space ensure you're never far from the action once the race starts. Old Town Social also has VIP booths and a private bar area available, and cash prizes will be awarded for best Derby Day Attire for both male and female.

 

Harry's Velvet Room
Harry's Velvet Room

 

Fountainhead Opens its Rooftop

'Tis the season for one of the north side's best rooftop patios! Fountainhead unveils its rooftop garden May 1, which not only provides guests with a nice vista of Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods, but also a consolidated food menu of Fountainhead favorites and an array of beer and whiskey options. New this year, Fountainhead's rooftop garden will be open for lunch every Friday at noon. 

Anniversary Brunch at Ceres' Table

In honor of one year in Lakeview, Ceres' Table is celebrating this weekend with the launch of Saturday brunch and some other specials on May 2. To commemorate the debut of Saturday brunch, Ceres' Table is serving up $1 mimosas and a whole pig roast during brunch, followed by a slew of pork dishes during dinner that evening. 
 
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Old Town Social describes its food menu as "iconic neighborhood bar food with a handcrafted return to the basics." Translated, that means burgers made from freshly ground, grass-fed beef and...

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The third time's the charm? That's what nightlife impresario Dion Antic hopes as his memorable late-1990s martini lounge returns--this time in the former home of Webster's Wine Bar in Lincoln...




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