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Free wine and cheese, if you please

In this kind of weather, it’s tempting to stay home with the covers over your head. What can make it worth trudging out into the snow? Free stuff! So plan to bundle up on Wednesday, Feb. 16, and head to Oak Brook, where Grotto Italian Steakhouse will be pouring wine and cutting cheese in a […]

19 Chicago places to celebrate National Soup Month

  January is National Soup Month, and these Chicago restaurants are celebrating with souper specials. You can stop in for or bowlful … or you can wear soup on your head. 33 Club, Old Town, $5 soup special, with choices such as roasted tomato served with petite grilled cheese sandwich. Carlucci, Downers Grove, choice of […]

55 Chicago-area restaurants open Christmas Day 2010

You don’t have to cook on Christmas Day in Chicago. Scores of restaurants and bars will be open to serve you, many serving special holiday meals. Call ahead to check on hours and menus; reservations may be required. 33 Club, Old Town, American 676 Restaurant and Bar, Loop, American Allgauer’s Restaurant, Alsip, American Ann Sather, […]

45 places in Chicago to eat Thanksgiving dinner 2010

Whether you’re on the North Side, the South Side or in the suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicago-area restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts for almost every budget. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry […]

Chicago wines and dines

Drink up, Chicago wine lovers, at these upcoming wine dinners at area restaurants. Reservations required. La Madia Hirsch Wine Dinner, River North, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, $87. David Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards, Sonoma, Calif., will be on hand for a a six-course dinner pairing his 2007 San Andreas pinot noir, 2007 and 2008 Bohan […]

Happy anniversary, ChicaGourmets!

It’s a lucky 13 for Chicagoland’s oldest and largest general dining club, some 700 members strong….

Dine out to help the hungry

Your dining dollars can help end childhood hunger in America this week. Through Saturday, Sept. 25 scores of local eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds to anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength during the charity’s annual “Great American Dine Out.” The funds raised go to community programs across the country. Participating restaurants include: Brick […]

Friday food porn: Meat me at Gibsons

U.S.D.A. prime porterhouse, as served at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse on the Gold Coast and in Oak Brook and Rosemont, 22 ounces, $47.50. If that’s not enough, they sell a bigger one.

10 places to get Rosh Hashana dinner in Chicago

Plenty of Chicagoland restaurants are happy to help you greet Rosh Hashana 5771 on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8–9.

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?