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20 Chicago cheap dates for New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you have to lay out a bundle on a party package. Have fun at these spots for under $30 per person. AJ Hudson’s Public House, Wrigleyville, no cover. Toast the New Year as it hits the United Kingdom at 6 p.m. CST, and then again, stateside, at midnight, with Champagne […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Eat this! Bok choy, delicious, nutritious and not fattening

What it is: A member of the cabbage family, bok choy or pak choi (Brassica chinensis), sometimes called “white cabbage” or “Chinese cabbage,” is a crisp, stalky vegetable that typically has long white stems and crinkled green leaves and mild flavor. It’s common to several Asian cuisines but rarely seen in Western cooking. Both leaves […]

Eat this! Daylilies, more than just a pretty flower

What it is: A beautiful trumpet-shaped flower that opens for just one day, the daylily is best known for its summer blooms along roadsides and in gardens, but it’s delicious, too. Raw daylily flowers have a sweet-sharp flavor; cooked, they have a mild, onion-mushroom taste. The green buds are vegetal and beanlike. Common daylily species […]

Friday food porn: Tart and creamy

Cool, tart and smooth….

Happy 40th anniversary, Lettuce Entertain You

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, perhaps the single most influential company in Chicago restaurant history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday, June 10, at the place that started it all, R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Burgers will be $1.50 in tribute to the original 1971 price, and a DJ will spin ’70s tunes all day and […]

Friday food porn: Spears of pleasure

Fresh spears of spring asparagus from Mick Klug Farm feature in this seasonal salad at Prarie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, served with spring vegetables and mustard sauce, $10.

12 ways to go green for Earth Day at Chicago restaurants

Every day should be Earth Day, but here are a few upcoming Chicago events. Uncommon Ground, Edgewater, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Earth Day Dinner,6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, $55. The event begins with passed appetizers, followed by Chef Chris Spear’s four-course dinner including grilled asparagus, truffled deviled egg with ham praline and green goddess dressing […]

14 places to celebrate Passover 2011 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Monday, April 18. While most Jews will gather for ritual meals called seders at family homes, if you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional food, if not always services.