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29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Friday food porn: Porked!

As if we needed proof that the bacon trend has reached its nadir, Bakers Square restaurants jump on the porcine bandwagon with the “Salty Hog,” a bacon-topped pie. A blue-ribbon winner at the American Pie Council’s 2011 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., the pie has finally made it to the chain’s menus this month, […]

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 […]

Chicago helps the Gulf

Help wildlife and families affected by the BP disaster and enjoy some of Chicago’s best eats. A $50 donation to Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup gets you into a benefit hosted by some of some of the city’s hottest eateries. The event takes place 5–7 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum […]

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,

Check out Chicago’s best chefs of the future

Taste the talents of tomorrow’s greatest chefs Friday at a benefit showcasing Chicago’s top culinary students.

Feast the fall at Chicago’s free October festivals

Beer, apples, cheesecake, Italian food … Chicago’s fall festival season gets into gear this week with something for everyone. Here are some highlights: MIDWEST MICROFEST. Park Grill in Millennium Park hosts a free beer tasting from eight Midwest craft breweries noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. They’ll be pouring brews from Bell’s in Kalamazoo, […]

Farmers’ market season in full swing

There’s nothing like freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, and they’re easy to find now that farmers’ market season is in full swing in Chicago and the suburbs. One of my favorites opens tomorrow in Dunning, the Wright College-Eli’s Cheesecake World market, held 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. Along with its bounty of just-picked […]