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David Lissner
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Make the most of maple-tapping time

Spring is here and nature’s sharing her bounty. Gather up the kids and show them how sweet it can be at a family-friendly class on the making on maple syrup.

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?

Five ways to commemorate Earth Day in Chicago

Happy Earth Day! Today is the 40th anniversary of the first hippie-inspired, national environmental consciousness raising in 1970. Here are a few things you can do to mark the day. Drink a Treetini. For every one of the $9 cocktails — blended frin VeeV Acai Spirit with fresh agave nectar, club soda, a splash of […]

50 Chicagoland restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day

You don’t have to eat Chinese food on Christmas.

60 more Chicagoland restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Is there anyone left cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home? Most restaurants used to close on Thanksgiving, but no more. Last week I ran a list of 25 Chicagoland restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner and apparently only scratched the surface. I’ve heard from dozens more Chicago and suburban restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving. So here […]

Nine wine times: A harvest of tastings and dinners across Chicagoland

Quaff your way across Chicago and the suburbs in October with a variety of fall wine events. Village Vintner Friday Night Wine Down, Carpentersville, 6–10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, no cover. The first of a series of twice monthly events for wine lovers, featuring live music, food and wines for sale by the glass or […]