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Little Butcher Shop, Cultural Crossover Dinner, Whiskey and Art: Weekday Planner: Big Troublesome In

Little Butcher Shop: Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 19-23. Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop Meat + beer = happiness with Off Color Brewing on January 22 for Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop. It’s a reception-style open house with five Off Color brews on hand along with small bites by chef […]

Coffee and comedy come together in Wicker Park

Ready Coffee in Wicker Park not only puts the work of local artists on the walls of its Ornot Gallery, the coffeehouse offers live art as well. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Ready premieres “Art You Can Laugh At,” a series of biweekly comedy showcases hosted by resident comedian Nathyn Gibson starting at 7 p.m. The […]

Feed Your Senses at Starving Artist

Guests at this weekend’s Starving Artist fete will be anything but starved once they mosey around the sensual wonderland that is this annual art and food event. Going on its third year, Starving Artist is hosted by the Chicago Artists Coalition, a 39-year old non-profit organization dedicated to building and strengthening the local art scene. The lavish […]

Go fishing in the Loop and get a free meal

On Sundays through Sept. 25, you can vie to be one of a lucky quintet that gets to go fishing in the Chicago Cultural Center and have your catch fried up in a free dinner at South Water Kitchen. The fishy deal is part of “Jim Zimpel: Angle,” an interactive installation featuring artistically-crafted fishing rods, […]

The Heartland Cafe: 35 years in Rogers Park

The Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park celebrates 35 years of serving “Good Wholesome Food for the Mind and Body!” on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Hamantashen, Rahmentashen, noise about Purim in Chicago

Sunset tomorrow marks the start of Purim, the annual celebration of yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed in wiping out the Jews — in this case a Persian tyrant in about 360 B.C. What’s happening in Chicago?

Free food, local art, Thursday in Wicker Park

Art, music, food and drink … enjoy them all when Wicker Park’s Lokal hosts a free “Meet the Artist” evening with Chicago painter Cleveland Dean, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Dean will be a featured artist at the restaurant this winter. Lokal supports local artists with rotating collections of work, available for purchase, displayed […]

The Picasso put Chicago in a pickle

Before Chicago had its Picasso, it had Picklecasso.

Cranking it out at the Hideout tonight

Head to the Hideout in Bucktown tonight at 9 p.m. for “The Wine Cycle,” an intimate evening with Theater Oobleck’s Dave Buchen and Chris Schoen, who’ll be cranking out music and images.

The David Leonardis Report: More of my jam-packed summer

David Leonardis Here we go again. Jam-action-packed is definitely not enough to describe this summer for me. I just went to my 30th Cubs home game. I’m well on my way to breaking my single season’s Cubs home game attendance record of 33 set last year. I’m thinking 40 games this year is a pretty […]