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Brunch Bites: Fall Brunch at The Bristol and Brunch Beats at Howells & Hood

(Get your brunch with a side of blues at Howell’s & Hood. Photo: Chelsea Ross) One of the most solid brunch programs in town can be found at The Bristol. The restaurant has a way of pushing brunch boundaries in a subtle way so as to dazzle the diner without clobbering them over the head […]

Jazz Fest Tipple at the JW Marriott Chicago

In honor of Chicago Jazz Festival, the JW Marriott Chicago dazzles customers with a special bourbon drink available August 29 through September 2 in the Lobby Lounge. Jazz sounds better when you’re just a little bit buzzed off bourbon. That’s why you need to precede Chicago Jazz Festival with a stop at the JW Marriott […]

Food and free music at the French Market

Drop into one of the many shops and eateries at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop for lunch or an after work snack this August and catch free weekly concerts. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: Coventry Jones. A Dylan-Esque singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Jones performs a songlist focusing on […]

‘Cabaret for a Cause’ aids uninsured women

River North is the place to be on Thursday, May 9, when The Redhead Piano Bar hosts “Cabaret for a Cause” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hear the song stylings of diva Frieda Lee, enjoy food and drinks, and have the satisfaction of know that it’s all in support of an important cause. With the […]

Spaghetti and opera rock at Monastero’s

“Opera Rocks” at Monastero’s in Sauganash at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, when Verismo Opera Theater presents a gala operatic greatest-hits evening. The event features a concert of arias and duets from “Carmen,” “La Boheme,” “Madame Butterfly,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Pearl Fishers,” “Werther,” “Susannah” and more, with singers including Verismo tenor Bradley Schuller, mezzo sopranos […]

Give just $10 and have a great time, too!

’The season of giving can be trying when you’re broke. But if you can afford even just $10, you can have the satisfaction of helping others — and have a fun night out to boot! Ed Swiderski III of TV’s “Bachelorette” fame appears tomorrow at a benefit for StreetWise Magazine sponsored by the Stimulus Social […]

Ten places to go on Black Wednesday, Chicago 2012

The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s […]

Chicago celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

Beaujolais Nouveau arrives just after midnight the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15. The young red wine made from thin-skinned Gamay grapes, produced in the Beaujolais region of France, is released with great hoopla every autumn . Local restaurants are celebrating: Chez Moi in Lincoln Park celebrates with Chef Dominique Tougne’s prix fixe, including salade Lyonnaise […]

Another day, another pig roast

Chicago can’t get enough of that roasted pork. Here’s where to find your fill. Mahoney’s Pub & Grille in River West throws a pig roast luau Saturday, Aug. 11. The outdoor luau, with flower leis for everyone, starts at 11 a.m. with burgers, brats, hot dogs and more on the grill, and the pig will […]

Wentz in Wonderland: Green Tie Ball celebrates 21st year

Rock artist Pete Wentz of Black Cards and Fall Out Boy will DJ at this year’s Green Tie Ball, slated for Sept. 15 at A. Finkl & Sons, 2011 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. A whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” theme will feature at the 21st annual fundraiser hosted by Chicago Gateway Green, a nonprofit promoting urban […]