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      Start your summer in style at Carlucci’s annual summer kickoff party, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Enjoy an exclusive fashion show on the Downers Grove patio featuring the spring and summer collection from rising Chicagoland designer Britney Devaris, showcasing swimwear and cover-ups, casual looks and cocktail clothes. The event includes […]

10 delicious things to do in Chicago Memorial Day weekend

Summertime at last! Is there anywhere better than Chicago to spend Memorial Day weekend? We don’t think so. Here are just a few of the things to do this weekend. Watch the Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade in the Loop, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, free. After the opening ceremony at the […]

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. 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. […]

Soo-ee! Pig plays and pig outs in August in Chicago

In Chicagoland this month, there are pigs”you can watch … and other pigs you can eat. Don’t get them mixed up!

Dog lovers, take your pet to Naperville

Now you can tuck into tapas right alongside your faithful companion. The Spanish spot Meson Sabika in Naperville has opened a special al fresco dining area just for dogs and their owners. A specialty menu offers doggie dinners with a choice of raw or cooked salmon, grilled chicken, and raw or cooked beef tenderloin, served […]

Ach du Lieber, it’s Oktoberfest in Chikago

  Oktoberfest season continues, with a lot of Chicago places that aren’t remotely German the rest of the year going all oompah. Prost! on Paulina, West Lakeview, 6 p.m. TONIGHT. The restaurants and bars around the Brown Line’s Paulina L stop host an Oktoberfest pub crawl, beginng at The night begins at Frasca Pizzeria and […]

Rosemont excitement

Rosemont isn’t one of our favorite places, but somehow, between O’Hare and all the hotels and businesses around it, we wind up there pretty often. One of our mainstays has always been Harry Caray’s. Between the pastas, Italian fare, burgers and steaks, there’s something to satisfy everyone, and prices range from $12 for spaghetti and […]

Chicago celebrates the season of the pig

This has certainly been a pretty piggy summer so far. Contrary to pork producers’ fears, the swine flu pandemic seems only to have whetted our appetite for pigging out. Pig roasts and other porcine feasts are popping up all over the place. I can remember when local restaurateurs used to complain they had trouble selling […]

Deals on wining and dining

Savor the summer, wine lovers, with some cool deals for sipping and supping. On Monday nights, nine selected white wines and nine reds, by the bottle, are half off with dinner at the West Loop’s N9ne. Fleming’s in River North and Lincolnshire has extended its populer “567” deal to last all night, every night, through […]

Inovasi: New on the North Shore

  California winemaker Craig Becker pours his limited-production wines — including the 2007 High Flyer Viognier, 2006 Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Peacock Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon — from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 10–11 at the brand-new Inovasi in Lake Bluff. Chef John John des Rosiers (ex-Bank Lane Bistro) has […]