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10 great last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Chicago

New Year’s Eve is one of those difficult dining nights. Everybody’s jamming in, and restaurants try to turn the tables as fast as possible to pack ’em all in. Many places don’t offer their regular menus, but only an abbreviated list of pricey set menus; places that don’t ordinarily require reservations may want them, and […]

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Even Pres. Barack Obama agrees: “You shouldn’t put ketchup on your hot dog.” (All the Republicans are now rushing out for Heinz.) Hot dogs are our national treasure, even though they are uniquely regional. In 2010, one of Chicago’s more unique dog recipes was served to politicians attending the annual congressional picnic. Mike Payne went […]

Friday food porn: Wing ding!

Organic chicken wings with a sweet, Asian-style glaze and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, $8, at Deuce’s Beer & Burger Burger Bar in Wrigleyville. The wings also come barbecue- or Buffalo-style, with your choice of ranch or blue cheese dip.

Birthday beer bash aids Chicago charities

Everyone’s invited to help Tim Sarrantonio celebrate his 30th birthday. The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville. Sarrantonio’s bash, modestly termed “The TimTacular,” will feature Goose Island beer, an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, a tasting of Frontera Grill Chef Rick Bayless’s Goose Island collaboration beer […]

Cubs fans, here’s hope and free food

Ah, spring. The time when ever-optimistic Cubs fans still have hope for the season. Win or lose, you can celebrate with or take solace in free food this baseball season. Just show your Cubs ticket stub when you place your meal order and Wrigleyville’s Big Bricks (sibling to Bricks pizzeria in Lincoln Park) will throw […]

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 […]

‘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” […]

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 […]

Top 10 Chicagoland Father’s Day freebies for 2011

Have a ball with your dad this Father\’s Day, and enjoy free giveaways from Chicago restaurants.

What’s on that burger?

It’s burger season at Rockit Bar & Grill! Celebrate their sixth annual Burgerfest, today through Saturday, June 10, in River North, and Friday through Sunday, June 9 through 11 in Wrigleyville. Chefs James Gottwald and Amanda Downing’s creative line up of daily burger specials,range from ostrich patties to smoked-salmon burgers. Monday, June 6: Big Bird […]