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Happy St. Joseph’s Day! Get free zeppole

In a custom born centuries ago in Sicily, Chicago Roman Catholics today celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, a day of charity and thanksgiving. The Lenten holiday table focuses on meatless fare, and a special dessert, zeppole, also called sfinge and bigne di San Giuseppe, fritters or cream puffs filled with pastry cream, often features. […]

Free doughnuts Sunday in Lincoln Park

Be one of the first 100 people to line up for Lincoln Park bakery Fritz Pastry’s “First Annual Spring Daylight Savings Time Donut Spectacular” beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 11, and get a free doughnut. The giveaway lasts till 2 p.m., but don’t wait and risk their running out.

Chicago beer has a political past

Learn about local beer, past and present, and its political impact when the Public Square presents “What’s Brewing in Chicago? The Politics of Beer with Pete Crowley and Liz Garibay” at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at Haymarket Pub and Brewery in the West Loop. The talk covers Chicago’s brewing history from its status as onetime […]

Have a happy Leap Day!

Feb. 29 If you’re one of those rare folks who only has a birthday every four years, these restaurants want to offer you a free entree on Feb. 29. Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush on the Magnificent Mile Riva Crab House on Navy Pier Tuscany in Little Italy Oak Brook and Wheeling It’s a buy-one-get-one free […]

Free flapjacks on National Pancake Day

Area IHOP restaurants will be serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day.

Taste Peru’s national drink free in Bucktown

Saturday, Feb. 4, is Pisco Sour Day, and from 9:30 to 11 p.m., Rio’s D’Sudamerica in Bucktown will be pouring samples of Peru’s frothy national drink, made from its native grape brandy, along with several piscos from different producers. Along with the traditional pisco sour, Rio’s will offer its new passionfruit pisco sour, mixed with […]

Soup’s on in Bucktown

“Soup & Bread” starts up for a new year Jan. 4, serving six soups to a soundtrack by DJ Treetop Lover.

Santa comes to Chicago for breakfast and dinner

Santa Claus is having a busy social season in Chicago this month and invites families to join him at a variety of holiday breakfasts and dinners around town. The Chicago Park District hosts dinner with Santa at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. in Albany Park, 773-478-9744 ($10) […]

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 […]

Pandel vs. Izard in Chicago chefs’ cook-off

Chef Chris Pandel of the newly announced Balena in Lincoln Park squares off against challenger Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat in the West Loop square off in the “Quick Fire” challenge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park. The competing chefs will use a hardwood grill and three […]