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Happy 40th anniversary, Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, perhaps the single most influential company in Chicago restaurant history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday, June 10, at the place that started it all, R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Burgers will be $1.50 in tribute to the original 1971 price, and a DJ will spin ’70s tunes all day and […]

Eat this! Gefilte fish, the Jewish aphrodisiac

What it is: A traditional Jewish dish, gefilte fish are balls or cakes of seasoned minced fish simmered in fish stock and served chilled. The fish could be any kind that’s available. Historically, inexpensive carp was often used; Schafer Fisheries in Thomson, Ill., exports millions of pounds of Asian carp from the Mississippi to Israel […]

12 ways to go green for Earth Day at Chicago restaurants

Every day should be Earth Day, but here are a few upcoming Chicago events. Uncommon Ground, Edgewater, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Earth Day Dinner,6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, $55. The event begins with passed appetizers, followed by Chef Chris Spear’s four-course dinner including grilled asparagus, truffled deviled egg with ham praline and green goddess dressing […]

14 places to celebrate Passover 2011 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Monday, April 18. While most Jews will gather for ritual meals called seders at family homes, if you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional food, if not always services.

Happy Chinese New Year, Chicago!

Gung hay fat choy! The Asian Lunar New Year, 4709, The Year of the Rabbit, hops into Chicago this week with firecackers, parades, traditional dragon parades and lion dances. Local restaurants will offer symbolic dishes, including half-moon-shaped dumplings, long noodles, whole fish and glutinous rice cakes. Most often hailed as Chinese New Year in America, […]

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, […]

Jump into winemaking on the Mag Mile, Lincolnshire

Local Marriott hotels will be rolling out the barrels this winemaking season, with tons of pinot noir, cabernet franc, sangiovese, zinfandel and Illinois Norton.grapes to be crushed into wine right in their lobbies.

10 places to get Rosh Hashana dinner in Chicago

Plenty of Chicagoland restaurants are happy to help you greet Rosh Hashana 5771 on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8–9.

Slurp your way through September wine tastings

Drink up, wine lovers! You can sip, slurp and sample your way through September with a wide variety of wines being poured at Chicago-area steakhouses. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday in September, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in River North and Lincolnshire will showcase its latest selection of 100 wines served by the glass. At […]

21 freebies for Mother’s Day in Chicago

You could take your mom out for the usual Mother’s Day brunch this Sunday, May 9, but why not go where she’ll get a little something extra?