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Free food film fest launches tonight

Watch films about food for free this week at the Better Boys Foundation’s second annual “Sundown in K-Town” film festival. The event, themed “Dig In! A West Side Film Festival About Food” screens movies that address food topics concerning West Side residents, including African-American foodways and cultural traditions; obesity, diabetes, and other food-related diseases that […]

Do This: Dinner and a Movie at The Chicago Firehouse

Dinner and a movie is a great American pastime, and this summer The Chicago Firehouse brings the two together for weekly al fresco movie nights.   Be it a date, a friendly meet-up, or a potentially creepy solitary outing, dinner and a movie is a great American ritual. But few outlets can bring the two […]

Japanese food and film nights in River North

Beer, ramen and a side of Godzilla? Slurping Turtle in River North has launched latenight Monday “Beer and Bincho Movie Nights,” with screenings of a variety of classic films accompanied by snack specials starting at $3.50 (as well as togarashi-seasoned popcorn, $2). The films are free. Screenings take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. […]

14 uncommon ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2012

Just about every restaurant in Chicago does Valentine’s Day, even White Castle, so how’s a lover to choose? Most restaurants are serving special Valentine menus, love-themed libations and various perks to entice you in their doors. With V-Day falling on Tuesday, celebrations have already begun, and a variety of events and specials run through the […]

20 years of Woodstock’s ‘Groundhog Day’

It’s been two decades since the Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day,” filmed in Woodstock, Ill., was released. Since then, the film has gained a cult following that attracts fans to the picturesque exurb again and again, especially for its annual festivities around Feb. 2. This year, Woodstock is pulling out all the stops for its […]

12 Christmas dinners in Chicagoland, 2011

Whatever your budget, there’s a Christmas Day dinner for you in the Chicago area.

Molecular gastronomy showcased in Chicago premiere

“El Bulli: Cooking in Progress” screens through Thursday.   “The more bewilderment the better.” So said Chef Ferran Adria, creator of the erstwhile molecular gastronomy destination El Bulli. Spain’s most famous closed restaurant features in a documentary, “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress,” focusing on Adria’s unique culinary philosophy. The Chicago premiere screens through Thursday, Dec. […]

Still a few seats left at Chicago Food Film Fest

The second annual Chicago Food Film Festival launches tomorrow with delicious films and matching eats. Most events are sold out, but there are still seats left for the the Awards Ceremony Lunch, $20, at noon Sunday at Kendall College on Goose Island featuring screenings of the winning films plus the Chicago premiere of “How to […]

13 spooktacular Halloween weekend events in Chicago

Costumes and specialty cocktails, pumpkins and beer. Halloween is for everybody — kids, adults, families and singles. Check out a few of the events going on this weekend around Chicago: Cactus Bar and Grill Halloween Benefit, Loop, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, free to attend, donations of canned goods encouraged. All-day celebration […]

‘Lunch Line’ addresses school lunch

  Six high-school kids from one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods set out to fix the federal school lunch program and end up at the White House in “Lunch Line,” a documentary film examining the program’s past, present and possible future. A free screening takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Evanston Public […]