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19 Chicago places to celebrate National Soup Month

  January is National Soup Month, and these Chicago restaurants are celebrating with souper specials. You can stop in for or bowlful … or you can wear soup on your head. 33 Club, Old Town, $5 soup special, with choices such as roasted tomato served with petite grilled cheese sandwich. Carlucci, Downers Grove, choice of […]

12 things to do on the night before Thanksgiving

“Black Wednesday” in Chicago: It’s the night before Thanksgiving. If you aren’t cooking for Thursday’s dinner, why not go out? Comedian Mike Toomey presents his one-man show, “TV & ME,” a journey back into the land of 1960s and ’70s television at Carlucci in Downers Grove. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail and an […]

45 places in Chicago to eat Thanksgiving dinner 2010

Whether you’re on the North Side, the South Side or in the suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicago-area restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts for almost every budget. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry […]

Eat this! Parmigiano-Reggiano, the king of cheeses

What it is: Made from the raw, skimmed milk of specially fed cows, Parmigiano-Reggiano is a granular, Italian hard cheese, aged at least 18 months, with a salty, nutty flavor. Where it comes from: Parmigiano-Reggiano is produced exclusively in the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and parts of the provinces of Mantua and […]

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 […]

25 restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Chicagoland

Bin 36, River North. Birch River Grill, Arlington Heights. Cafe des Architectes, Gold Coast. Carlucci, Downers Grove. Coco Pazzo Cafe, Streeterville. Dine, West Loop. Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Glen Prairie, Glen Ellyn. Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, River North, Rosemont and Lombard. Italiasia Restaurant, River North. Jacky’s on Prairie, Evanston. Michael, Winnetka. Mity Nice Grill, Magnificent […]

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve eaten lately?

Here’s mine: Yes, that’s a pizza with macaroni on it. I’m not a snob about chain restaurants. I’ve been known to defend McDonald’s — for more than just its clean restrooms. I have eaten happily at mid-priced national chains, like the Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s. But I wouldn’t have been tempted by CiCi’s Pizza Buffet […]

Eat this! Panzanella: Ripe tomatoes turn stale bread into manna

  What it is: A simple salad of juicy, ripe tomatoes, cubed leftover bread and a few vegetables and herbs. The juices from the fresh tomatoes soak into the bread, infusing them with delicious summer flavor. “This salad is a great and simple way to utilize those tomatoes from your garden or some leftover bread,” […]

Round, red, ripe, juicy …

    Each August, during La Tomatina in Brunol, Spain, near Valencia, tens of thousands of people from around the world converge to throw tomatoes at each other, splattering 100 metric tons of the fruit over the streets. What a waste! Here in Chicago, we can do better things with tomatoes … like eat them! […]

Deals on wining and dining

Savor the summer, wine lovers, with some cool deals for sipping and supping. On Monday nights, nine selected white wines and nine reds, by the bottle, are half off with dinner at the West Loop’s N9ne. Fleming’s in River North and Lincolnshire has extended its populer “567” deal to last all night, every night, through […]