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 [...]
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.
Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas [...]
Local watering holes are celebrating the season with a variety of yuletide-inspired seasonal brews. Check out the “12 Beers of Christmas” at these taverns and restaurants. AJ Hudson’s Public House in Lakeview hosts a “12 Beers of Christmas” beer school. Jon Lindemann of the Louis Glunz Beer Co. will guide you through a dozen samples, [...]
The Swedish restaurants at Ikea host their annual Julbord Celebration Friday, Dec. 7, at both the Schaumburg and Bolingbrook locations. The event offers an all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord of Swedish holiday ham, smoked and poached salmon, Swedish style meatballs with lingonberries, assorted cheeses, crisp bread, gravid lax with mustard, assorted desserts and more. Live music accompanies. Seatings [...]
September is National Chicken Month. Check out these birds: Rustic House in Lincoln Park roasts free-range organic chickens with rosemary, thyme and garlic and offers them to go with sides such as roasted garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, 3-cheese potato gratin, brussel sprouts with pancetta and thyme and sauteed spinach with garlic. The take-out spread [...]
Log in today at Living Social and you can buy a $10 Starbucks e-card for $5. And for all you night owls out there, we point out that locations in Lakeview and Lincoln Park are open 24 hours. Starbucks overroasts its coffee, but they have free wifi and clean bathrooms.
Red, ripe and juicy … it’s the height of fresh tomato season, and local restaurants are celebrating. At 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park, Chef Gregory Ellis host a five-course tomato dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, featuring an array of tomato varieties in an heirloom tomato salad with basil seed vinaigrette, shaved pecorino and [...]
Tuesday specials around town: Estate Ultra Bar in River West serves oysters on the half shell for $2 each (minimum six). Cantina Laredo in River North offers $5 margaritas made with Patron Silver tequila. Each Tuesday features a different brand. Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for [...]
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat [...]