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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 […]

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 […]

Five ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

In Mexico, the Fifth of May is a relatively laidback holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. But in Chicago, it’s a great excuse for a fiesta. Here are a few ways to celebrate: Chicago Sones de Mexico Ensemble. At 6 p.m. Saturday, […]

‘Brunch Punkx’ premieres in Uptown

A group of renegade culinary students decide to take the industry by storm. Then a death row inmate requests their brunch for his final meal. That’s the premise of Annoyance Theatre’s new musical, “Brunch Punkx,” opening Saturday, March 31. Director Irene Marquette (“Lights Out, Alma!” and “40 Whacks”) and musical director Lisa McQueen (“Tiny Fascists” […]

Where to find authentic Irish fare this St. Patrick’s Day

Corned beef and cabbage is not authentically Irish, says Nuala Kavanagh, who runs Bridie McKenna’s in Highwood. “In Ireland we eat Irish bacon and cabbage. Corned beef came into play when the Irish started to immigrate to America and they could not find the real true traditional Irish bacon and they used the inexpensive corned […]

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 […]

14 uncommon ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2012

Just about every restaurant in Chicago does Valentine’s Day, even White Castle, so how’s a lover to choose? Most restaurants are serving special Valentine menus, love-themed libations and various perks to entice you in their doors. With V-Day falling on Tuesday, celebrations have already begun, and a variety of events and specials run through the […]

‘Too Old’ pop-rocker Riser to perform in Wrigleyville

Local singer Michael Riser performs at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville. Riser gained acclaim for his “Too Old for Idol,” a video protesting “American Idol’s” age limit, and has built up a following at area clubs. The pop-rock performer also hosts and sings at the “Rising Stars Songwriter Showcase” […]

Six Chicago spots for 2012 Super Bowl indulgence

Sunday, Feb. 5, marks Super Bowl XLVI: the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Here’s a few places where Chicagoland food and football fans can indulge in both. Cantina 46 on the Gold Coast goes beyond screening the pigskin plays to roasting a whole pig in a Cuban Caja box. $30 gets you […]

Celebrate Elvis’ birthday on Chicago’s Gold Coast

Elvis performs in Chicago, Oct. 14, 1976. Can it really be more than 34 years since Elvis Presley’s death? He would have turned 77 this Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, and The Original Mother’s, on the Gold Coast, celebrates his birthday with their 12th annual Elvis Fest. Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi (WLS-FM 94.7) hosts […]