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Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]

Eat this! Crabcakes, an American delicacy

What it is: An American delicacy, crabcakes are made from fresh crabmeat, traditionally blue crab, mixed with seasonings and sometimes fillers such as breadcrumbs, formed into a patty, coated with flour or more breadcrumbs and fried to a delicate crispness. Where it comes from: At this point crabcakes have spread across the country, but they’re […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Warm up with the ‘Last King of Hawaii’

Elvis Presley’s 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” concert, one of the biggest broadcast events ever, heats up a cold 21st-century Chicago winter when Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines reenacts the concert in honor of the King’s 76th birthday at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. An Elvis impersonator brings Presley to life amid the lush tropical surroundings […]

55 Chicago-area restaurants open Christmas Day 2010

You don’t have to cook on Christmas Day in Chicago. Scores of restaurants and bars will be open to serve you, many serving special holiday meals. Call ahead to check on hours and menus; reservations may be required. 33 Club, Old Town, American 676 Restaurant and Bar, Loop, American Allgauer’s Restaurant, Alsip, American Ann Sather, […]

Dine out to help the hungry

Your dining dollars can help end childhood hunger in America this week. Through Saturday, Sept. 25 scores of local eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds to anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength during the charity’s annual “Great American Dine Out.” The funds raised go to community programs across the country. Participating restaurants include: Brick […]

Five ideas for Father’s Day in Chicago

Pondering what to do with Dad on his day? Here are five first-rate ideas for June 20. Reservations required.

Zombies march on Des Plaines, Memorial Day weekend

Party like it’s 1959, Chicago tiki fans. “Retro Zombie Tiki Terror,” a night of zombie fun, Sunday, May 30, at The Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines, features live entertainment, zombie movies, raffles, prizes, tiki tunes and, naturally, zombie cocktails. The zombie fright fest’s all-ages events run from 3 to 10 p.m. and include a Polynesian […]

The best Chicago restaurants ever? Really?

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

Leah’s Notebook: Ethnic adventures around Chicago

¡VIVA PILSEN! Mexican Independence Day is tomorrow, and more than 25 restaurants in Pilsen celebrate during the second annual ¡Buen Provecho! Participating eateries, such as Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Ristorante al Teatro, Honky Tonk BBQ and Nightwood, show off the community’s range of cuisine. You can try any of them between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. for […]