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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 […]

Reviving the conflicts of Skokie’s past

“The Invasion of Skokie” never happened. A new play at Chicago Dramatists in River West, the title recalls the time in the late 1970s when a group of neo-Nazis proposed to march through the Chicago suburb. At the time, Skokie’s population included some 40,000 Jews, many of whom were Holocaust survivors. The racists chose Skokie […]

Leah’s Notebook: News of Chicago’s dining scene

Condolences to the family and friends of Edna Stewart, founder and head chef of West Side soul food spot Edna’s Restaurant.

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?

Join the fight for life: Dine out on Thursday

The single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country, the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life, takes place Thursday, April 29. A portion of your meal check at a variety of Chicago and suburban restaurants will benefit AIDSCare Progressive Services, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Chicagoans with HIV/AIDS through housing,

Five ways to commemorate Earth Day in Chicago

Happy Earth Day! Today is the 40th anniversary of the first hippie-inspired, national environmental consciousness raising in 1970. Here are a few things you can do to mark the day. Drink a Treetini. For every one of the $9 cocktails — blended frin VeeV Acai Spirit with fresh agave nectar, club soda, a splash of […]

Haiti-ade: the hot new cocktail on the Gold Coast

The Haiti-ade, a smooth new cocktail of Kraken Black Spiced Rum with cranberry and orange juices, is this week’s hot drink in Chicago. The complete proceeds from purchases of the $6.50 drink, through Sunday, Jan. 31 (or till the Kraken runs out), will go to the American Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts. 10 local […]

Six Chicago beer blasts to brighten your winter

Brighten your dull winter evenings at these upcoming winter brew-hahas. Smoke Daddy Weekly Beer Tastings, Wicker Park, 7–9 p.m. Tuesdays, no cover. The weekly tastings showcase new, rare and small-production brews with specials on pints of featured beers ($6) and beer flights ($10). Upcoming events: Jan. 26, Samuel Adams Imperial Series; Feb. 2, Two Brothers […]

50 Chicagoland restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day

You don’t have to eat Chinese food on Christmas.

Drink up, Chicago! October wine events offer global flavors

The October harvest of wine events continues. Osteria Via Stato Autumn Harvest Wine Tasting, River North, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, $20. Master sommelier and host of “Check Please!” Alpana Singh leads a tasting of 20 autumn harvest wines that pair well with fall ingredients, such as brussels sprouts, apples, pears, squash and pomegranate, exemplified […]