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Spaghetti and opera rock at Monastero’s

“Opera Rocks” at Monastero’s in Sauganash at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, when Verismo Opera Theater presents a gala operatic greatest-hits evening. The event features a concert of arias and duets from “Carmen,” “La Boheme,” “Madame Butterfly,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Pearl Fishers,” “Werther,” “Susannah” and more, with singers including Verismo tenor Bradley Schuller, mezzo sopranos […]

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 […]

15 top Chicago Easter brunches

Hop on out for brunch this Easter (Sunday, April 8). Here are a dozen of Chicago’s best. C-House, Streeterville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Nicole Pederson offers a seasonal menu including such dishes as farro and poached eggs with speck, fiddlehead ferns, lemon and watercress, with toast ($12); house-made pork sausage eggs benedict […]

Six Chicago spots for 2012 Super Bowl indulgence

Sunday, Feb. 5, marks Super Bowl XLVI: the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Here’s a few places where Chicagoland food and football fans can indulge in both. Cantina 46 on the Gold Coast goes beyond screening the pigskin plays to roasting a whole pig in a Cuban Caja box. $30 gets you […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

12 Christmas dinners in Chicagoland, 2011

Whatever your budget, there’s a Christmas Day dinner for you in the Chicago area.

Santa comes to Chicago for breakfast and dinner

Santa Claus is having a busy social season in Chicago this month and invites families to join him at a variety of holiday breakfasts and dinners around town. The Chicago Park District hosts dinner with Santa at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. in Albany Park, 773-478-9744 ($10) […]

Friday food porn: The cure?

Chef Kristine Subido’s Vietnamese-style mini banh mi sandwiches feature in the new globally inspired buffet brunch, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays at Wave Restaurant & Bar in Streeterville. Tagged “Remedy Brunch: Cure for the Common Weekend,” the $29 brunch also offers such items as hand-rolled ravioli with stewed tomato sauce, Italian cured and dried sausages, […]

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. […]

Five free feeds in Chicagoland

Cheap eats? How about free?