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No bayous in Chicago, but you can still enjoy crawfish

  Head south for the crawfishin’ — to the South Loop, that is. Chicago might not have any bayous, but there’ll be plenty of crawfish and beer. At Wabash Tap in the South Loop, they’re set to do a bayou-style crawfish boil beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The bar will be serving 400 […]

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 […]

Chicago remembers Elvis on his birthday

The late, lamented Elvis Presley would have been 76 this Saturday, Jan. 8, a date forever enshrined in the memories of his legions of fans. The Original Mother’s on the Gold Coast celebrates Presley that night with its 11th annual Elvis Fest, featuring Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi from True Oldies 94.7 and an […]

You’ll be mighty glad you went to ‘Carousel’

Light Opera Works offers a delicious revival of >Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s poignant 1945 musical, “Carousel” through Aug. 28.

You won’t regret going ‘Into the Woods’ in Lakeview

Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Into the Woods” may not have the dazzling dancing of the hot new show downtown, but it does have all the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim’ Tony Award-winning score and James Lapine’s delightful book, a cast of lovely singers and a fairy-tale plot that’s scarcely more of a fantasy than “Billy Elliot’s.”

Eat this! Bananas Foster, a hot retro dessert from New Orleans

A New Orleans-born dessert of warm caramelized bananas flambeed with cognac or rum and served with ice cream, bananas Foster is a signature dish at The Chicago Firehouse in the South Loop.

Two rivers: Drinking green in Chicago this St. Patrick’s Day

Who cares if they don’t tint beer green in Ireland? I don’t know who first thought of green beer, but in a town that boasts not one but three separate St. Patrick’s Day parades, I shouldn’t have to tell you why green-dyed beer is a Chicago thing, or when and where to find it. Therefore […]

Has bacon jumped the shark?

It’s been nearly four years since I first wrote about the sizzling trend of bacon, and presenting — only slightly tongue-in-cheek — my signature recipe for bacon-wrapped bacon. That was just after John Scalzi taped bacon to his cat. Bacon was still going strong more than a year later, when Pilsen Chef Justin Hall (Fig […]

Crawfish season is comin’ to Chicagoland

Here’s the best deal we’ve found in the Chicago area: Every Wednesday and Thursday night, from March 3 through April 29, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Arlington Heights and Westmont will offer boiled mudbugs, served with potatoes and corn on the cob, for $3.95 per pound. The crawfish dinner deal is for dine-in customers only. Need […]

Broadway in Chicago’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ a dog of a musical

“Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil, if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will….” Was there ever a scarier, freakier villain than Cruella de Vil? The scrawny, witchy society dame determined to make dog-skin coats out of Dalmatian puppies is scarier than ever in “The 101 Dalmatians Musical,” playing in a short run at […]