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More tomato feasts in Chicagoland

We’re crazy for tomatoes this month! Here are a few more tempting tomato dishes on offer, as local restaurants use the fresh harvest in everything from BLTs to pizzas. Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine offers a variety of dishes featuring locally grown tomatoes hand-selected by owner Joe Barrutia at the Palatine Farmers’ Market in Palatine. […]

Two days of cheesecake celebrations

There appears to be a disagreement among bakers as to the date of National Cheesecake Day. That means the rest of us get two days of this cheesey but delectable holiday. Local favorite Eli’s Cheesecake in Dunning celebrates Thursday, July 26, giving away free slices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also have various […]

Five things to do tonight in Chicago

Tuesday specials around town: Estate Ultra Bar in River West serves oysters on the half shell for $2 each (minimum six). Cantina Laredo in River North offers $5 margaritas made with Patron Silver tequila. Each Tuesday features a different brand. Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for […]

Five fabulous Chicago Father’s Day ideas

Dad’s Day is coming up Sunday. Here are our picks for great Father’s Day gifts. Sign Dad up to learn the art of barbecue with Barn & Company Pit Master Gary Wiviott, author of “Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons.” Wivott’s Grill Master Series classes at the Lincoln Park […]

Summer means seafood in Chicago

Seafood season is here! Shaw’s Crab House in River North and Schaumburg hosts its annual Lobster Fest through July 31, with a variety of specials, including New England-style lobster boil, featuring a cup of clam chowder or lobster bisque, 1-pound Maine lobster, corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, and a slice of key […]

Heads up, bakers! The Wilton sale’s coming

If you do your own baking, you won’t want to miss the return of the annual Wilton tent sale, June 1 through 19 at Wilton headquarters in Woodridge. The huge sale, housed in a football-field-sized tent, offers up to 75 percent off on Wilton cake pans, baking tools, cake accessories, cookie and candy tools, cake […]

Time for prime

National Prime Rib Day is Friday, April 27, and Lawry’s The Prime Rib is celebrating every day through the end of April with a $99 prix-fixe menu for two. Start off with a bottle of wine to share, two martinis or two bottles of iced tea, followed by the famed spinning bowl salad, silver cart […]

Eat empanadas after work in April

National Empanada Day is coming up April 8. Contemporary Latin spot Nacional 27 in River North will continue the celebration Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 13, with Chef Chico Vilchez’s house-made empanadas offered at half-price ($3 to $4.50) from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly. The lineup includes, queso, including pepper jack, cream cheese, roasted […]

Chicago Restaurant Week deals continue

Miss Chicago Restaurant Week? If you didn’t have a chance to get out between Feb. 17 and 26, some participating restaurants are extending their discount prix-fixe offerings. So you can still get multi-course $22 lunches and $33/$44 dinners, including Chef John Coletta’s Italian meals for two at Quartino Ristorante; the menu of mushroom risotto, short […]

Seafood to die for: Fugu in Chicago

If you’ve been checking off the “100 Foods to Eat Before You Die,” here’s a chance to get one more … though you might want to save it for last.* Through the end of March, Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge in River North currently offers fugu, a potentially deadly Japanese delicacy. This mild-tasting blowfish carries […]