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Six Chicago restaurants that have stood the test of time

Happy anniversary to these Chicagoland restaurants! It’s well known that most eateries don’t make it to their first anniversary, so count these as successes.

John des Rosiers

John des Rosiers

  1. Market Bar, West Loop, celebrates its second anniversary today with beer tastings starting at 6 p.m.; tomorrow, a Ketel One patio party with a hosted open bar, beginning at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, with a Svedka patio pitcher launch, also starting at 6 p.m. Patrons will also receive a complimentary champagne toast.

  2. ItaliAsia, River North, observes the two-year anniversary of its unique Italian-Asian concept with a 15-percent discount on lunch Monday, May 23, through Friday, May 27, when it will also pass out buy-one-get-one-free dinner coupons for future visits.

  3. Inovasi, Lake Bluff, hosts a Cotton Club-style evening for its second anniversary on Saturday, May 28, with a reception, champagne and Chef John des Rosiers’ five-course menu, plus special add-ons. Dishes on the contemporary American bill of fare include Hawaiian reef fish with stinging nettles, artichoke barigoule, local harvested flowers and roasted shallot coulis; confit chicken with fluke, sassafras risotto, roasted cauliflower and wild, charred ramps; and Wagyu short rib with homemade organic grits, rhubarb reduction, fine herbs salad, grenache vinegar drops and truffled leeks. Seating will be limited to 50 guests at each of two seatings, 5:30 and 8 p.m., $125.

  4. Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, Gold Coast, fetes its 14th anniversary through the end of May with help from Frog’s Leap winery. Chef Daniel Huebschmann pairs seasonal specials such as pan-fried soft-shell crab and halibut en papillote with a selection of wines.

  5. John Davis

    John Davis

  6. Geja’s Cafe, Lincoln Park, celebrates 46 years since John Davis founded the fondue specialist, with a variety of events June 26 through 30, including discounts of 46 percent off, a recipe contest and a poetry challenge. Send your best dipping-sauce recipe for meat or seafood or compose an original poem about the restaurant and submit by June 15 to vie for a dinner for six. Submissions go to with “Recipe” or “Poetry Contest” in the subject line.

  7. Retro Bistro, Mount Prospect, is turning 21, and the French bistro’s owners, Chris and Lorraine Barth, will celebrating June 24 through 26 with live music from Johnny Burnett and Donny Demarco, giveaways, and a menu of restaurant favorites chosen by customers. Get in touch and tell them what you’d like to see served.