Dancing Marlin’s Tequila Dinner

Don’t Miss Dancing Marlin’s First Tequila Chef’s Dinner


Chef’s Dinner Tuesday, June 27th, 2016 6:30pm “Casamigos” Tequila $ 60.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity ($ 75.00)

Join us as we welcome “Casamigos” tequila and our first tequila chef’s dinner. Samantha Albertson from the distillery will be here to tell us the background on the tequilas, the taste profiles and everything you wanted to know about the owners, George Clooney, Michael Meldman & Rande Gerber. Join us for an evening of great tequila & cocktails! Plenty of tequila & surprises at this dinner.

First Course Reposado Tequila: The Casamigos Poloma Cocktail
A ceviche of gulf shrimp, lime, onions, cilantro, clamato, & cholula sauce

Second Course Blanco Tequila: Served Neat Braised chicken, orange, honey, cilantro lime rice

Third Course
Reposado Tequila: Served Neat Crab cake, chipotle, corn & avocado salsa, spicy aioli

Fourth Course Anejo Tequila: Served Neat Steak carnitas, refried black beans & rice, warm tortillas

Fifth Course
Reposado Tequila: The Margarita
“Hokkaido Bay” scallop quesadillas, fire roasted peppers, avocado,
Chihuahua cheese, crème fraiche

Anejo Tequila: Almond Martini Chocolate churro, tequila & berry reduction

RSVP to caroline@blastmarketing.net

Chop Celebrates National Beer Day with $1 Beer

Chop, the chic everyman’s steakhouse in South Loop, is offering $1 beers with any purchase to celebrate National Beer Day on Friday, April 7. Pair any bottle or draft beer with one of Chop’s steaks, burgers or appetizer to start the weekend off right.
National Beer Day at Chop Chicago
Chop Steakhouse

Next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | chopchicago.com

Where To Dine For Easter in Chicago

Celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16 with your friends and family at Chicago’s top restaurants with brunch, dinner, Easter egg hunts and more.


Meet the Easter Bunny While You Celebrate at Carlucci Downers Grove

Carlucci Restaurant celebrates Easter with a special brunch buffet. The afternoon is filled with food and complimentary entertainment, including the Easter Bunny, face painting and Easter egg hunt for children to enjoy.

The price for the Easter buffet is $39.95 for adults, children 6-12 are $14.95 and bambinos 5 and under are free. The brunch buffet will feature:

  • Omelet Station with Chicagoans favorites spinach, ham, bacon, mushroom, smoked salmon, rock shrimp, cheddar cheese and more
  • Carving Station with Glazed Ham, Prime Rib of Beef and Roasted Pork Loin
  • Hot Buffet featuring Ancient Roman Pancakes, Tuscan Toast, Italian Eggs Benedict, Scrambled Eggs, Tuscan Sausage Potato Hash, Chicken Piccata, Chicken Fingers, Assorted Thin Crust Pizza and much more
  • Cold Buffet featuring Caesar Salad, Caprese Salsa, Smoked Salmon and Italian Meats and Cheeses
  • Dessert Table with a Chef’s assortment of Italian Desserts and fresh fruit

Seating for brunch will be at set times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 630.512.0990.

Carlucci Restaurant

1801 Butterfield Rd | Downers Grove, Ill. | 630.512.0990 | http://www.carluccirestaurant.com



Celebrate Easter in the South Loop with Chop’s Easter Brunch or Dinner


Chop, the chic everyman’s steakhouse in South Loop, is celebrating with a special Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner menu. Chop’s brunch menu features a Crab Cake Benedict, poached eggs with a crab cake on top of an English muffin with hollandaise sauce served with breakfast potatoes, Veggie “Omelette” with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, spinach and cheese, Lox Sandwich, French Toast with Berries and choice of bacon or sausage and a Hearty Breakfast with 2 eggs, flat iron steak and breakfast potatoes. All brunch entrees include a side of fresh fruit and complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary. Before or after Easter brunch, enjoy a complimentary Easter Egg Hunt at The Shops at Roosevelt Collection with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Chop’s Easter dinner menu features a Honey Glazed Ham served with chive mashed potatoes and baby carrots, Grilled Salmon served with a brown butter glaze and side of asparagus, Lamb Chop served with roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach, Filet Mignon served with a red wine butter sauce accompanied by the vegetable of the day and American Locomotive Burger with bacon jam, white American cheese topped with a sunny side egg and served with fries. All Easter dinner entrees will be served with a complimentary glass of red or white wine.


Make a reservation by calling 312.461.9333.


Chop Steakhouse

Next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | http://chopchicago.com



STK Chicago Features Special Easter Lamb


STK Chicago, a vibey blend of the modern steakhouse and lounge, will feature a special Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb served with heirloom carrots and spiced yogurt for $45. The Open Table Top-100 restaurant is open during their regular hours, 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Make a reservation by calling 312.340.5636.


STK Chicago

9 W. Kinzie St. | Chicago | 312.340.5636 | http://stkhouse.com



Celebrate at The Chocolate Sanctuary

Lake County’s premier dining destination is serving cocoa-infused fare on Easter Sunday. From cocoa-spiced ribs and cocoa infused lollipop chicken wings to Sakura pork chops with cocoa cranberry sauce and citrus nib crusted salmon, the dinner menu is sure to delight. Brunch is served on Easter Sunday and every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and includes cocoa-inspired entrees and breakfast fare, along with classic brunch selections, craft cocktails and mimosas. $22 Adults, $8 Kids. $5 mimosas and cocktails. Children under 5 eat for free. There is currently a waiting list for Easter Brunch reservations.

The Chocolate Sanctuary

5101 Washington St. | Gurnee, Ill. | 224.944.0808 | http://thechocolatesanctuary.com


Celebrate with Tuscan Traditions Like Wood Roasted Leg of Lamb in River North

Enjoy a taste of Tuscany at River North’s iconic Italian restaurant, Coco Pazzo. The three-course Prix Fixe Easter menu includes Salmon and Asparagus Salad with Quail Eggs Tartara and Black Truffle, Wood Oven Roasted Lamb Leg scented with Tuscan Herbs, Spring Vegetables and Vernaccia Reduction, and Panna Cotta with Huckleberry Sauce or Pinepple Carpaccio, Blood Orange Sorbetto and Candied Sicilian Pistachios. $45 per person, plus tax, gratuity and beverage. The Prix Fixe menu will be served alongside the restaurant’s regular menu.

Coco Pazzo, one of Chicago’s culinary pioneers, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Make a reservation by calling 312.836.0900.

Coco Pazzo

300 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago, Ill. | 312.836.0900 | http://www.cocopazzochicago.com/


Coco Pazzo Café Celebrates Easter with Special Brunch

Coco Pazzo Café is celebrating their first Easter in their new location with special a la carte menu items including Asparagus Soup, Shaved Baby Artichoke Salad over Arugula with Parmesan, Tagliatelle with Lamb Ragu, Lake Superior Whitefish with Purple Fingerling Potatoes, Rapini and Lemon Oil, and Torts di Pasquale – Ricotta Cheesecake. The menu will be served all afternoon and evening from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.664.0212.

Coco Pazzo Café

212 E. Ohio St. | Chicago, Ill. | 312.664.0212 | http://www.cocopazzocafe.com


The Division Street Entertainment District Will Be Hopping After Brunch!


When Sunday brunch ends, head over to the Division Street Entertainment District to keep the party going. Chill at the legendary Lodge Tavern, or party with Easter drink specials at Original Mother’s, She-Nannigans and Mother’s Too. All of the bars will be featuring drink specials, including $6 Absolut or Stoli Red Bull, $7 Grey Goose Red Bull and $5 16 oz. Bud or Bud Light. Mother’s Too is Open until 2 a.m.; and all the other bars will be hopping until 4 a.m.!


Division Entertainment Street District Between State Street and Dearborn in Chicago’s Gold Coast | http://rushanddivision.com




Top 2 Restaurants in River North For Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week is the ultimate foodie dream week. Restaurants from all over Chicagoland create prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus to enjoy a taste of Chicago and these are the top two River North menus, so go taste the specials any time between January 27 and February 9.

Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week While Coco Pazzo Celebrates 25 Years

Enjoy a taste of Tuscany at River North’s iconic Italian restaurant, Coco Pazzo, who is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. During Chicago Restaurant Week, the restaurant is offering guests a 3-course lunch menu for $22 or 4-course dinner menu for $44. Highlights from the lunch menu include Salmone alla Griglia (grilled salmon, Tuscan farro, winter vegetables and saffron) and Rigatoni alla Buttera (sausage, peas, tomato, parmesan, cream). Dinner guests can enjoy special menu items including Maiale Milanese (crispy breaded pork chop, arugula, tomato) and Merluzzo alla Carlofortina (Roasted cod, Sardinian fregola, winter vegetables, saffron). Make a reservation by calling 312.836.0900.

Coco Pazzo

300 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago, Ill. | 312.836.0900 | cocopazzochicago.com

Experience A Modern Steakhouse + Chic Lounge for Ultimate Vibe Dining at STK Chicago

STK Chicago, River North’s vibe dining steakhouse experience, celebrates Chicago Restaurant Week with a prix fixe dinner menu for $44, which includes menu highlights 8oz. Delmonico steak, Duck Cake and Braised bone in short rib. Make reservations by calling 312.340.5636.

STK Chicago

9 W. Kinzie St. | Chicago, Ill. | 312.340.5636 | stkchicago.com

Chop Continues To Celebrate the Holiday Season with 12 Beers of Christmas in the South Loop

Chop is embracing the holiday spirit with 12 Beers of Christmas. While the chic “everyman’s” steakhouse is short on the traditional swans, partridges, and French hens, it can provide diners with a delicious brew to commemorate the merriest time of the year.

From December 25 to January 5, diners can enjoy one of the 12 Beers of Christmas for a special holiday price of $4. Pair winter beer with one of Chop’s prime cuts of steak or a delicious burger for an all-around satisfying holiday meal.

These beers will be featured between December 25 to January 5:

  • Chitown Lakeshore Lager from the Chicago Beer Company
  • Hitachino White Ale
  • Goose Island Winter Ale
  • Avery Old Jubilation
  • Goose Island Bourbon County
  • Stone Xocoveza
  • Around the Bend Puffing Billy
  • Anchor brewing company Christmas Ale
  • Great Divide Hibernation Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • Baderbrau South Side Pride
  • Great Lakes Elliot Ness

Chop Steakhouse

Next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | chopchicago.com

New Year’s Eve Gold Coast Toast at Six Legacy Bars Featuring Too White Crew

The Legacy Bars of The Division Street Entertainment District Host the Ultimate Bounce Around Party with Special Entertainment at each participating venue in Chicago’s Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Toast, an unprecedented New Year’s Eve event featuring the six legacy bars that call the Division Street Entertainment District home, is a “bounce-around or stay-put” experience like no other. Each venue has its own special celebration, with Too White Crew partying like it’s 1999 at the Original Mother’s!

In addition to the Too White Crew old school hip hop dance party, the night will include an amazing range of entertainment experiences including:
Tiki Drag Show at Coconutz
All-night dance party with champagne and White Castle sliders at The Hangge-Uppe
90s Glow Party with VJ at She-Nannigans House of Beer (complete with a Miller High Life Champagne of Beer Fountain,
Acoustic music from the Cubs locker room minstrel, Robbie Gold at Mother’s Too
A suds and sausage party with old school apps and booze at The Lodge (the neighborhood staple).

VIP access lets guests skip the line at any of the six participating bars. All packages include food and beverage, plus a midnight toast and celebration.

Ticket packages start at $40 and highlights include:
$249 VIP Package – Includes Too White Crew
“Skip-the-line” at all the participating venues, plus Premium Liquor (Grey Goose, Avion, Woodford Reserve, etc.), various appetizers, champagne toast at midnight & party favors

Gold Packages at Select Bars
Include any beer (craft / imports), wine & call liquor (Cuervo, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Absolut, etc.) various appetizers, champagne toast at midnight & party favors
Silver Packages at Select Bars
Include wine & domestic beer, various appetizers, champagne toast at midnight & party favors

Participating Venues include: The Hangge Uppe (14 W. Elm), The Lodge Tavern (21 W. Division), The Original Mother’s (26 W. Division), Mother’s Too (14 W. Division), She-nannigans House of Beer (16 W. Division), and Coconutz (13 W. Division)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/TheSixSpotsNYE.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Round-Up

‘Tis the season to be jolly at Chicagoland’s best restaurants and bars. Plan the holidays by dining at these local spots on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.


Host A Tuscan Holiday Dinner at Carlucci

Let Carlucci in Downers Grove do the cooking and cleaning and make family reservations between noon and 7 p.m. to enjoy new Executive Chef David Oland’s new dinner menu.

Carlucci Restaurant & Bar
1801 Butterfield Rd. | Downers Grove, Ill. | 630.512.0990 | carluccirestaurant.com

The Chocolate Sanctuary has delicious and indulging holiday gift baskets and presents for friends and loved ones to enjoy an escape with top of the line chocolate-inspired gifts. The Chocolate Sanctuary is selling chocolate gift boxes, tea sets, advent calendars, chocolate wine and more to chocolate enthusiasts. Call 224.944.0808 to order a gift basket.

The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington St. | Gurnee, Ill. | 224.944.0808 | thechocolatesanctuary.com

Grab Dinner or Drinks While Shopping In The South Loop

Chop, the chic “everyman’s” steakhouse is open regular business hours for those who want to enjoy its full menu or a drink at the bar before or after shopping at the Roosevelt Collection for those final gifts.

Chop Steakhouse
Next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | chopchicago.com

A Christmas Eve Tradition at Chicago’s Acclaimed Coco Pazzo
River North’s iconic Tuscan restaurant and lounge celebrates the La Vigilia di Natale with Italian classics that are evocative of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” for Christmas Eve. Chef Federico Comacchio’ menu includes Mediterranean Octopus Carpaccio, Marinated Seafood Salad, Hand-Cut Tagliatelle, Risotto with Seafood ragù, and roasted Dover Sole Filets. Buon Natale.

Coco Pazzo
300 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago, Ill. | 312.836.0900 | cocopazzochicago.com

Streeterville’s Neighborhood Christmas Eve Celebration is at Coco Pazzo Café
Enjoy Tuscan favorites in the warmth of this casually elegant restaurant with family and friends. The Café is heading to a new home in the neighborhood this January, and the evening’s dinner will be a nostalgic goodbye before the restaurant moves to its classic Modigliani-inspired murals and Tuscan menu to its new destination one block away at 212 E. Ohio (just a block south of its current location). The Café will merge menus with Tre Soldi, the group’s Roman inspired restaurant that is currently doing business at the Ohio St. address.

Head To Chicago’s Party Headquarters Before Holiday To Celebrate New Toys and Other Holiday Joys!

Start Christmas Eve off right with drink specials on Division Street. The Hange-Uppe, The Lodge, Original Mother’s, Mother’s Too, and She-nannigan’s will be open Christmas Eve and into the wee hours of Christmas morning, making it a great place to watch for Santa to fly over. The bars will offer drink specials all night, including $6 Jameson, Absolut, and Avion and Goose Island.

Christmas Eve hours:

The Hangge-Uppe: 8pm-5am
The Lodge: 12pm-5am
Mother’s Too: 5pm-3am
The Original Mother’s 10pm-4am
She-nannigans: 8pm until midnight

Division Entertainment Street District
Between State Street and Dearborn in Chicago’s Gold Coast | http://rushanddivision.com


Have a Very Beefy Christmas at Buona

Party with Chicago’s original Italian beef! Order catering for the holidays for pick-up at any of the 18 Chicagoland Buona Restaurants. Chicagoans who are doing last minute shopping can grab their favorite Italian beef and pick up stocking stuffers for their loved ones. Spend $25 on gift cards and receive a $5 reward back for the season of giving.

Buona | 18 Chicagoland locations
Find the nearest location at: buona.com

Let Freddies Do The Cooking While You Do the Wrapping!

Bridgeport’s iconic Italian Eatery, Fabulous Freddies, helps ease the stress of holiday prep with catering options, including well-priced and delicious Fabulous Feasts for the Family. Order in advance by calling 312.808.0147. Ask for some stocking stuffers including Freddies’ wearables and the gift that keeps on giving – a Fabulous Freddies Gift Card!

Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery
701 W 31st Street, Chicago, Ill. | 312.808.0147 | freddieson31st.com

Bring Famous Dave’s Legendary Taste Home for the Holidays

Famous Dave’s is sharing its legendary BBQ with the family this Holiday Season. For $54.99, enjoy Famous Dave’s take on the classic holiday ham dinner. Famous Dave’s 7-9 pound hams are smoked in house over hickory wood and then glazed with a signature mix of spices and brown sugar for a flavorful, tender finish. Order by Tuesday, December 20 for pickup on December 24 or order on by Tuesday, December 27 for pick up on New Year’s Eve.

Famous Dave’s
All Chicagoland Locations | http://www.famousdaveschicago.com

12 Days of Burgers > 12 Days of Christmas

Tom & Eddie’s is featuring one of its famous handcrafter burgers for 12 days on the traditional 12 Days of Christmas – from December 26 to January 6. The 12 Burgers of Christmas special includes 12% off the entire check with an order of one or more burger of the day. Specialty burgers include an egg and French-fry topped Hangover Burger on New Year’s Day (complete with Bloody Brews made with craft beer), and a selection of “Resolution Burgers” (vegetarian, tuna or turkey) to put burger lovers on a delicious start to keeping their resolutions,  See the Burger Menu here

Tom & Eddie’s | 3 Chicagoland locations
Find the nearest location and check out the burger selection at: tomandeddies.com

Chop, the chic “everyman’s” steakhouse located in the South Loop, is open at noon to serve its full menu.

Chop Steakhouse
Located next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | chopchicago.com

Let The Drinks Flow With 2 Bars in Gold Coast

Keep the Christmas spirit alive in the Division Street Entertainment District at The Lodge (12 p.m. – 4 a.m.) or Mother’s Too (5 p.m. – 2 a.m.) with $6 Jameson, Absolut, Avion and Goose Island, all day!

Division Street Entertainment District

Enjoy Drinks Along the Magnificent Mile

Streeterville’s Neighborhood classic, Pippin’s Tavern, is open Christmas Day from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. with $6 Jameson, Absolut, Avion and Goose Island, all night, so Chicagoans can enjoy their favorite drink with exceptional holiday spirit.

Pippin’s Tavern
806 N. Rush St. | 312.787.5435 | pippinstavern.com

Christmas Drink Specials in Lincoln Park

River Shannon in Lincoln Park is open 9 p.m. until 2 a.m, so Chicago Northsiders can head to their favorite neighborhood pub to enjoy  $6 Jameson, Absolut, Avion and Goose Island, all night long. Ho Ho Ho.

River Shannon
425 W. Armitage St. | 312.944.5087 | therivershannon.com

Celebrate 70 Years of Spirited Nostalgia at River Shannon

Lincoln Park’s iconic Irish pub, River Shannon, is celebrating 70 years of good times and kindred spirits with festivities that include food and drink specials, contests and prizes for patrons – including a year’s worth of freebies from River Shannon, an Apple iPad and trip to Ireland. Open to the public, the party takes place at 425 West Armitage on Sunday, August 14 from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Raffle tickets for the Ireland get-away can be purchased in advance at the pub, with all proceeds benefitting The TLC Foundation to research on often-overlooked and debilitating repetitive behavior disorders. $1 for every drink sold from 5 p.m. on.

“For seven decades, River Shannon has lived by the number one rule of Irish hospitality: ‘you’re a guest on your first night; after that, you’re a regular’”, says Lynn McKinney, owner of the pub and Chicago’s Lodge Management Group. “We are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with the neighborhood and the pub’s loyal patrons, and are happy to share the love by supporting The TLC Foundation.”

Opening its doors in 1946, River Shannon is the proud owner of Chicago’s 28th liquor license. To celebrate their place in Chicago history, River Shannon is looking for people who can name the owners of the 27 licenses that preceded theirs. The person who accurately identifies the most license holders wins 365 six-dollar River Shannon gift certificates – good for food and beverage every day for a year!). The pub is also celebrating with a nostalgic nod to the decade of its birth – an Apple iPad will be awarded to the guest wearing the best 1940s-themed attire. In addition, there will be bagpipe music and a re-christening ceremony with water from the actual River Shannon led by members of The Cloherty family, the pub’s original owners.

Corned beef sandwiches and more will be served from a Vienna Beef cart. Drink specials include $5 Guinness, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, Baileys, and Car Bombs.

For more information on River Shannon’s 70th Anniversary, visit http://rushanddivision.com/the-river-shannon/ or call (312) 944-5087.

Cafes Richard Now Served at Toni Patisserie & Cafe

Toni Pâtisserie & Café is pleased to announce the availability of Cafés Richard, the iconic Parisian coffee, at its two area locations. The Café’s proprietor, chef and patissier, Toni Marie Cox, hand-selected the coffee blends that reflect her experiences with Cafés Richard while she was living and working in Paris. Her business joins a handful of discerning Chicago-area restaurants in being the first to offer the historic brand to consumers.

“We have long anticipated the arrival of Cafés Richard in the States,” said Toni. “It’s the coffee of choice in Paris’ finest hotels and restaurants, and we are thrilled to offer this quintessential taste of France to our customers.”

The Roast Masters and Coffeeologists at family-owned Cafés Richard create remarkably flavorful, rich and consistent blends that have delighted discerning palates since 1892. Cox chose two classic blends for service at her pâtisserie and café: the Rouge Richard blend for espresso drinks and the Tradition blend for their filtered coffee by the cup. Toni also offers these blends for retail sale, along with the exclusive Perle Noire blend, as well as Café Champs d’Elysses and Café Champs de Mar from Cafés Richard’s Ville de Paris collection.

The Crosstown Challenge Goes Online at Buona.com

Buona, Chicago’s classic Italian Beef, is proud to be the beef that is served at both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. The family-owned chain of Buona restaurants has launched a Crosstown Challenge where Chicago’s fans can pick which team will win each game on Buona.com for a chance to win free Buona beef. All winners will also be entered into a drawing for North- or Southside game tickets.
Baseball fans can celebrate the crosstown rivalry with Buona at either ballpark, or they can stop by any of Buona’s 17 locations to pick up an Original Beef Pack for $11.95 from July 25-July 28 (that’s $5 less than regular pricing). The Original Beef pack includes one pound of Buona Beef with gravy, one loaf of Italian bread and a choice of a half pint of sweet peppers or hot giardiniera.
To enter to Buona’s Crosstown Challenge, go here.
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