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10 places to get Rosh Hashana dinner in Chicago

Plenty of Chicagoland restaurants are happy to help you greet Rosh Hashana 5771 on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8–9.

Happy Birthday, The Bagel

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, The Bagel Restaurant & Deli in Lakeview and Skokie invites deli lovers to do their “wurst” in its “DELI-icious Sandwich Contest.”

Join the fight for life: Dine out on Thursday

The single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country, the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life, takes place Thursday, April 29. A portion of your meal check at a variety of Chicago and suburban restaurants will benefit AIDSCare Progressive Services, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Chicagoans with HIV/AIDS through housing,

The best Chicago restaurants ever? Really?

What would you add to the list? What would you leave off?

Leah’s Notebook: Comings, goings, this and that

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANNY’S! On this day in 1942, Jack Raskin opened what was to become Chicago’s foremost delicatessen, Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli in the South Loop. Going stronger than ever, Manny’s is now run by Jack’s grandson Ken and great-grandsons Danny and Matt Raskin. PUBURBAN NEWS. Bob McCullough’s Pub & Billiards has opened in […]

Bagels and bicycles: Christmas on the North Shore

Some people get up on Christmas morning and have hot cocoa and stollen and open presents under the tree. Some go to church. Other people get up that morning and have bagels and lox and maybe go to the movies. And then there are kooks whose idea of holiday fun is to go dashing through […]

Night out: Celebrate Hanukkah with the Klezmatics

The Klezmatics: “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” by Woody Guthrie Experience the heights of contemporary Jewish music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, when Klezmer superstars The Klezmatics come to Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for a Hanukkah concert sponsored by Kfar Jewish Arts Center and Center East. Tickets are $48. For a $5 […]

Night out: Kvell with Don Byron and the music of Mickey Katz

The early show is already sold out, bubelehs, so sign up quick so you shouldn’t miss the late show: Don Byron: The Music of Mickey Katz at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater in Streeterville. Tickets are $20. A great African-American jazz musician channeling one of the finest Yiddish […]

This week on the foodie book tour beat

Two foodie book events are on the menu this week: Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François will kick off the promotional tour for their new cookbook, “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” with a signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Borders in LaGrange. David Sax will give a talk and reading from his […]

How can we save the Jewish deli?

The Sun-Times recently wrote about the disappearing Jewish delicatessen, a phenomenon chronicled in David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen,” based on his similarly named blog. Reporter Mike Thomas clearly isn’t too familiar with Jewish deli food (claiming much of it is […]