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65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Colorful Diwali adds light to autumn

Quick! What’s the next holiday on the October calendar? If you said Halloween, you’re wrong. It’s Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights beginning Wednesday, Oct. 26. Displays of lights, fireworks, traditional sweets and exchanges of gifts mark the five day celebration, which is aso observed by Sikhs and Jains. From Wednesday, October 26 through Sunday, […]

Drink pink for a breast cancer cure

Bombay Spice Grill & Wine, a new Indian spot in River North, is thinking pink this month. Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by indulging in a pink drink such as a pink mojito with strawberry vanilla-infused Bacardi Rum ($11), Pink Lady Svedka Raspberry martini ($12), Jeio Rose Cuvee Prosecco ($9), Gotham Project Rose Washington ($7) […]

Friday food porn: Hot chick!

Smoking hot chicken tikka, tender chunks of chicken breast marinated in distinctive, blended spices with lemon juice and yogurt, and roasted in a clay oven ($12.95) — a specialty of Himalayan Restaurant, an Indian and Nepali eatery with locations in Niles, Gurnee and Bloomingdale. The smoky, tandoor-roasted chicken is also available a creamy tomato-onion sauce […]

55 Chicago-area restaurants open Christmas Day 2010

You don’t have to cook on Christmas Day in Chicago. Scores of restaurants and bars will be open to serve you, many serving special holiday meals. Call ahead to check on hours and menus; reservations may be required. 33 Club, Old Town, American 676 Restaurant and Bar, Loop, American Allgauer’s Restaurant, Alsip, American Ann Sather, […]

Dine out to help the hungry

Your dining dollars can help end childhood hunger in America this week. Through Saturday, Sept. 25 scores of local eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds to anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength during the charity’s annual “Great American Dine Out.” The funds raised go to community programs across the country. Participating restaurants include: Brick […]

Night out: Visit Middle Earth this Saturday

Journey with Montreal’s Theatre Sans Fil to J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth, as the company performs “The Hobbit,” the wonderful adventure of Bilbo Baggins on his epic journey to a new level of wisdom, staged as a marvelous adaptation with 48 giant puppets bringing to life Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum, a 25-foot dragon and others.

Chicago chefs want to teach you to cook

    Get cookin’ at these upcoming classes: Mity Nice Grill, Magnificent Mile, “Summer Cooking,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, $20. Chef John Chiakulas and Pastry Chef Yasmin Gutierrez demo grilled freestone peach salad-field greens with sweet Vidalia onions, roasted pecans, fresh mint, goat cheese and white balsamic peach vinaigrette; pork tenderloin with white peaches-grilled […]