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Friday food porn: Chippy!

Galway Bay fish and chips special at Birch River Grill in Arlington Heights, featuring Corona-battered cod with seasoned crispy potatoes and tangy cabbage slaw, served every 4 to 10 p.m. Friday in Lent, $11.95.

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Five last-minute Chicago ideas for Mother’s Day

You do know it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday? Get on the phone now and make reservations. These places likely still have openings: Make it Italian Mother’s Day. Merlo Salumeria in Lincoln Park and Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast offer three-course Mother’s Day dinners at $29 and $45 respectively. The Salumeria offers main courses […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

15 Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago

For some, Christmas Eve is the main event of the holiday season. For others, it’s a night for wrapping last-minute gifts and prepping for the big day on the 25th. And then there are those for whom it’s just another night. Whichever camp you fall in, plenty of Chicago restaurants are open to serve you. […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Eat this! 5 great fall recipes from Chicago restaurants

There’s frost on the windows and a chill in the air. Warm up with these hearty recipes from Chicagoland chefs. Lentils and fennel with sausage, 3 Vines Cafe, Sleepy Hollow. Feijoada, Brazilian black bean stew, Texas de Brazil, River North and Schaumburg. La calabeza rellena, oven-roasted acorn squash stuffed with artichokes, green peas, chile de […]

Five places to learn to cook with Chicago chefs

Cooking season is here. Time to tune up your cooking skills. These Chicago restaurants want to help you gear up for the holidays with culinary classes. Flip Crepes at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop team demos the art of the French crepe in a “Sweet and Savory Couples Crepe Class” at 10 […]

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 […]

10 uncommon Easter events in Chicago

Try something a little different this Easter, with these out-of-the-ordinary options.