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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 […]

Food and free music at the French Market

Drop into one of the many shops and eateries at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop for lunch or an after work snack this August and catch free weekly concerts. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: Coventry Jones. A Dylan-Esque singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Jones performs a songlist focusing on […]

Food and fun for the whole family

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some! The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of […]

Crushed again! Two tons of grapes to be Naperville wine

From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, the lobby of the Chicago Naperville Marriott will turn into a winery as wwinemaker Greg Fischer of Chicago’s Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery feeds more than two tons of cabernet grapes into a gigantic grape-crushing machine. The juice produced will ultimately become the house wine for the […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

Free class teaches how to make ramen from scratch

Americans are apt to think of ramen as an instant noodle dish, but in Japan, it goes far beyond the packaged products. Every region of Japan has its own version of the soup, featuring wheat noodles served in richly flavored broth with toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions and more. At 6 […]

Flip over free flapjacks Tuesday

Mallory Hagan, Miss America, fries flapjacks for National Pancake Day at IHOP. Area IHOP restaurants will serve free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Diners are invited to donate; the chain hopes to raise $3 million. All donations will […]

Veterans eat free Tuesday

Lakeview’s Sandwich Me In offers a free sandwich, side and drink to card-carrying veterans and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

A different dream for MLK Day

With the kids out of school this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., I Dream of Falafel in Oakbrook Terrace will give kids a free side of falafels. At this newly opened location only, the chain says, “All children (ages 12 and under) can dream big with […]

Fundraiser souping up in 2013

Soup & Bread, the weekly winter fundraiser at The Hideout in West Town ramps up for its fifth season, commencing Jan. 2. The every-Wednesday event serves free — what else? — soup and bread, made and donated by volunteers, to anyone who attends, while collecting pay-what-you-can donations for a rotating roster of charities. This year, […]