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Seven free wine tastings in Chicago

Drink up, Chicago. It’s free! Wine lovers can sample a variety of vintages at these tastings.

North Shore Distillery opens for tastings, tours

Lake Bluff-based North Shore Distillery opens its new tasting room beginning Friday, June 10.

Five free feeds in Chicagoland

Cheap eats? How about free?

Six Chicago restaurants that have stood the test of time

Happy anniversary to these Chicagoland restaurants! It’s well known that most eateries don’t make it to their first anniversary, so count these as successes. Market Bar, West Loop, celebrates its second anniversary today with beer tastings starting at 6 p.m.; tomorrow, a Ketel One patio party with a hosted open bar, beginning at 6 p.m. […]

Say baa to sheep’s milk cheese Saturday

Soft and creamy fresh sheep’s milk cheeses from Green Dirt Farm in Weston, Mo., will be a special feature Saturday, May 14, at the weekly Great American Cheese Collection warehouse sale in Back of the Yards. Cheese expert Giles Schnierle will be handing out samples of two bloomy-rind camembert-style cheeses and one washed-rind brie style […]

Six Chicago spots for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican army over occupying French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Why have a fiesta here? The defeat kept the French from joining forces with the Confederates during the American Civil War. And why not? Here are a few places to celebrate around […]

Chicago home brewers: Last chance to bring out your best

Local home beer makers: Do you have some great bottles on hand? Hustle them over to Binny’s in the South Loop by tomorrow and try your luck in their fourth annual Homebrew Contest. You could win a trip to the Great American Beer Fest that includes tickets, airfare and hotel. There are also nine runner-up […]

Forget the green stuff, bring on the real beer

Chicago beer lovers: Recover from St. Patrick’s Day’s green libations with some quality brews at these upcoming tastings and beer dinners. Reservations strongly recommended.

Free salumi tomorrow in Streeterville

Salumi maker Cristiano Creminelli of Creminelli Fine Meats will be in town tomorrow to unveil his new line of artisanal, Italian-style deli meats. Creminelli creates traditional Italian meat specialties, including many that are otherwise unavailable in the U.S. Products include handcrafted salamis and sausages infused with such flavors as pesto, barolo and truffles, You can […]

Free sake and sushi tasting in Hinsdale

  Have you had a chance to try ultra-premium sake? Sake is beer brewed from rice, the national drink of Japan. Today, there are more than 600 types of sake sold in the United States, but ultra-premium sakes, served chilled, are relative new in the American market. U.S.-brewed sakes are even newer Nabuki in Hinsdale […]