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Lincolnwood’s Purple Hotel to get a revival

Lincolnwood’s iconic Purple Hotel will get a new lease on life, the Chicago Sun-Times’ David Roeder reports today. The hotel, once the bar mitzvah mecca of the north suburbs and home to the swanky T.J.’s restaurant, has been closed and under threat of demolition since 2007, after a long slide downhill from its 1960s opening […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

It’s National Pizza Month! Enjoy some Chicago style

In October, National Pizza Month, it seems fitting to take a look at the origins of the hometown specialty. The pizza nationally known as Chicago-style began when Ike Sewell, a World War II veteran who’d served in Italy, opened Pizzeria Uno with Ric Riccardo of the legendary Riccardo’s in River North in 1943. An authentic, […]

Happy New Year! 14 eateries for the Jewish High Holidays

No need to fuss over fixing meals for the Jewish High Holidays — restaurants will do it for you. A variety of Chicago eateries are prepared to serve traditional-style menus for the two nights of the Rosh Hashana, dinner preceding Yom Kippur and suppers for breaking your fast afterwards. Unless otherwise mentioned, Rosh Hashana menus […]

Five fabulous Chicago Father’s Day ideas

Dad’s Day is coming up Sunday. Here are our picks for great Father’s Day gifts. Sign Dad up to learn the art of barbecue with Barn & Company Pit Master Gary Wiviott, author of “Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons.” Wivott’s Grill Master Series classes at the Lincoln Park […]

9 places to celebrate Passover 2012 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Friday, April 6. If you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional holiday fare. Many provide Passover meals to go as well, but call now to order. Mity Nice on the Magnificent […]

Friday food porn: Dreaming of Wisconsin

L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge brings Wisconsin to Lincolnwood with this platter of fried lake perch, served with salt-and-vinegar fries, house-made coleslaw and tartar sauce, $22.99 every Friday. Other Badger State supper club favorites served on “Wisconsin Fridays” include the Wisconsin old fashioned (Korbel brandy, orange, and maraschino cherry); fried cheese curds; a smoked […]

Easter means lamb cake in Chicago

Got Easter lamb? For every table in Chicago that will be serving the meat of young sheep this Easter, at least two will be serving Easter lamb … cake. An ancient symbol of Christ and the Easter sacrifice, the lamb is key in Roman Catholic holiday celebrations. In cities through out the Midwest where Polish, […]

20 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

  Celebrate the ‘Celtic Muse’ at Davenport’s, Wicker Park, 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, March 19, $15 plus two-drink minimum. Gillian Kelly and Claire Bigley perform Irish favorites such as “The Nightingale,” “Finnegan’s Wake,” and “The Rising of the Moon.” $3 Harps and Guinness, too. Visit the Irish American Heritage Center, Irving Park, through March 20. […]

Earn triple points at Lettuce Entertain You today

Today is Triple Points Day at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises! Members the restaurant group’s Frequent Diners program will threefold points toward future meals if they dine at participating restaurants today. Lettuce Entertain You was the first Chicago chain to offer a Frequent Diners program, one of many innovations the company, perhaps the single most influential […]