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Twinkies are back, less palatable than ever

Twinkies, the iconic, Chicago-born, creme-filled snack cakes, return to grocers’ shelves as of today under the auspices of the Hostess company’s new owners. We’ve no word yet whether restaurants such as Dick’s River Roadhouse in Mount Prospect, which formerly served deep-fried Twinkies, plans to add them back to the menu. The Twinkie revival comes to […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

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 […]

10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

16 picks for Chicago Mardi Gras 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, the last hurrah before Lent. Revel Chicageaux-style on Fat Tuesday at these bars and restaurants. Heaven on Seven features all its usual Cajun and Creole specialties, plus live music: Steve Rohbock & Band in Naperville, Professor John on Rush Street and the Chicago Jazz Collective on […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Chicago fetes Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

Beaujolais Nouveau 2011, the first young wine made this season in the Beaujolais region of France, goes on sale at the stroke of midnight the morning the third Thursday of November with great celebration around the world. Here are a few places that will be pouring it in Chicagoland beginning Nov. 17. Mon Ami Gabi, […]

Five uncommon Chicagoland spots for food with live music

Break out of your entertainment routine and check out these options for dining with live music and no cover.

10 delicious things to do in Chicago Memorial Day weekend

Summertime at last! Is there anywhere better than Chicago to spend Memorial Day weekend? We don’t think so. Here are just a few of the things to do this weekend. Watch the Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade in the Loop, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, free. After the opening ceremony at the […]

Six Chicago restaurants that have stood the test of time

Happy anniversary to these Chicagoland restaurants! It’s well known that most eateries don’t make it to their first anniversary, so count these as successes. Market Bar, West Loop, celebrates its second anniversary today with beer tastings starting at 6 p.m.; tomorrow, a Ketel One patio party with a hosted open bar, beginning at 6 p.m. […]

Top 10 places to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago

Call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Carnival … it’s the last hurrah before Lent. If you don’t observe Lent, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Here are our picks for Mardi Gras events around Chicagoland.