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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 […]

It’s burger time in the ‘burbs

Sweet Baby Ray’s. in Elk Grove Village and Wood Dale hosts Burger Fest, Wednesday, June 12, through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, featuring seven kinds of grilled half-pound Angus chuck patties and other sandwiches served with fries, priced at $7.99 to $8.99. Sweet Baby Ray;s Favorite — topped with American cheese, Sweet Baby Ray’s Original […]

16 picks for Chicago Mardi Gras 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, the last hurrah before Lent. Revel Chicageaux-style on Fat Tuesday at these bars and restaurants. Heaven on Seven features all its usual Cajun and Creole specialties, plus live music: Steve Rohbock & Band in Naperville, Professor John on Rush Street and the Chicago Jazz Collective on […]

10 uncommon Easter events in Chicago

Try something a little different this Easter, with these out-of-the-ordinary options.

Top 10 places to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago

Call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Carnival … it’s the last hurrah before Lent. If you don’t observe Lent, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Here are our picks for Mardi Gras events around Chicagoland.

Mardi Gras? In Chicago, prepare for Paczki Day!

Other cities go all out for Mardi Gras, but here in Chicago, Louisiana-style celebrations and Latin-American Carnivale fiestas take a back seat. In our town, the Tuesday before Lent, this year March 8, is Paczki Day! Here are a dozen spots for Polish pastry perfection.

Easter means lamb cake in Chicago

Got Easter lamb? For every table in Chicago that will be serving the meat of young sheep this Easter, at least two will be serving Easter lamb … cake. An ancient symbol of Christ and the Easter sacrifice, the lamb is key in Roman Catholic holiday celebrations. In cities through out the Midwest where Polish, […]

Big buffets for dining with Dad

We’re singing “The Ballad of the Big Buffet” with Mylo Hatzenbuhler this Father’s Day. Here are just a few of the groaning boards you can treat Pop to on Sunday: You won’t need reservations for the big buffet at O’Donovan’s in North Center. Chef Victor DeLeon is cooking up Philly steaks, grilled hot dogs and […]