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Blast Press Clippings Round-Up – Week of October 1st

Chicago Eater

Bar Umbriago- Bar Umbriago’s New Sommelier; Chef Jet Modern Asian Kitchen Open; More

Clutch Bar- Little Goat’s Opening Date; Paella Demo at Ba-Ba-Reeba

Chicago Mag

Cine- Cine Listing

Chicago Reader

Montrose Room- Early Warnings

Chicago Sun-Times

Square One- Square One New Menu

Chicago Tribune

Carmines- Phil Vettel Recommends

Brasserie- Phil Vettel Recommends

Lotties- Phil Vettel Recommends

Bar Umbriago- Phil Vettel Recommends

437 Rush- Phil Vettel Recommends

Chicago Weddings

Brasserie- Brasserie by LM

Detroit Free Press

Tavern on Rush- Justin Verlander, Kate Upton spotted together again?

Dining Diva

Gemini Bistro- This Is A Good Week To Be Brendan Sodikoff

Square One- Square One Just May Have The Absolute Best Brunch Offering This Fall

Square One- Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Food Mafia

Chicago q- Experience

Grub Street

Bar Umbriago- What to Eat (and Drink) in October to Support Breast Cancer Research

Chicago Cut- What to Eat (and Drink) in October to Support Breast Cancer Research

Clutch- What to Eat (and Drink) in October to Support Breast Cancer Research

Kanela- What to Eat (and Drink) in October to Support Breast Cancer Research

LM Restaurants- What to Eat (and Drink) in October to Support Breast Cancer Research

Porkchop- What to Eat (and Drink) in October to Support Breast Cancer Research

Mail Online

Chicago q- Why has friendly, beautiful Chicago got the second city blues?

My Daily Find

Carmines- Drink and Dine Around Town with Ten Chicago Marathon Week Restaurant and Bar Specials

Gioco- Drink and Dine Around Town with Ten Chicago Marathon Week Restaurant and Bar Specials

Racked

Chicago Costume- Chicago Costume Brings Out the “Sexy Beasts” for a Fashion Show

RedEye

Frontier- Eat Drink Do

Porkchop- Eat Drink Do

The Chi City Vegan

Hugo’s- hugo’s frog bar & fish house

The Juice

ItaliAsia- ItaliAsia Cooking Demo

Windy City Live

Carnivale- What’s On Dec” w/ Billy Dec, October 4-10: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland

Windy City Media Group

LM Bistro- LM Bistro Review

 

 

Blast Press Clippings Round-Up – Week of September 16th

Ask Men

LM Bistro- LM Bistro Review

Candid Candace

Carnivale- CHICAGO’S RISING STARS HONORED BY FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL

Chicago Cut- CHICAGO’S RISING STARS HONORED BY FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL

Frontier- CHICAGO’S RISING STARS HONORED BY FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL

Quay Restaurant & Bar- CHICAGO’S RISING STARS HONORED BY FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL

Chicago 312

Square One- Charlie Trotter’s, NoMI Alum Brings a Taste of Cameroon to the South Loop

Chicago Eater

Brasserie 54- What to Eat at Brasserie 54 by LM, Open Now

Municipal Bar + Dining Company- Municipal Bar + Dining Company Opening Early October

Chicago Magazine

Frontier- Nightlife Photos: Bears/Packers Game at Frontier

Chicago Now

The Pony- Oktoberfest Chicago 2012: A Roundup of Celebrations from Berghoff to Lincoln Square.

Frontier- Oktoberfest Chicago 2012: A Roundup of Celebrations from Berghoff to Lincoln Square.

Chicago Pride

Kanela Breakfast Club- Kanela Review

Chicago Reader

Urban Union- Key Ingredient: curly parsley

Chicago Sun-Times

Bar Umbriago- BRING IN THE FEDS?

Chicago Cut- BRING IN THE FEDS?

Chicago q- Snarky remarks nothing new for Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan

Gibsons- Snarky remarks nothing new for Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan

Tuscany Cafe- Tuscany Cafe Skies of Chicago

Cru Cafe & Wine Bar- The Big Deals 09.12.12

Carnivale- The Big Deals 09.12.12

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Cut- Sighting: Vinny Guadagnino hits Vertigo and other reality TV sightings in Chicago

Tavern on Rush- Sighting: Vinny Guadagnino hits Vertigo and other reality TV sightings in Chicago

 Edgeville Buzz

Brasserie 54-Brasserie 54 opens in Premise space

Key Magazine

Chicago Cut- Chicago Cut Chicago Riverwalk

Local Wine Events

Agio Italian Bistro- Agio Italian Bistro Presents Murphy Goode Wine Dinner

Naperville Sun

Hugos- Hugo’s Frog Bar Mention

Rosebud- Rosebud in Naperville Mention

Newman Knows

LM Bistro- Restaurant Review- River North- LM BIstro at the Hotel Felix

Now You Know

Tuscany Cafe- Weekly Roundup

redeye

Chicago Cut- Where the Bears Area

Tusacany Cafe- Eat Drink Do

refinery29

Chicago Cut- Sommelier-Approved Wines

Chicago 312

Square One- What Is Going On Over At Graham Elliot’s?!

The Local Tourist

Waterleaf- WATERLEAF SEPTEMBER WINE DINNER

Thrillest

Brasserie 54- French vittles in Andersonville

Time Out 

Square One- Drink Up

LM Bistro- New & Approved

Frontier- Frontier Listing

Yumbly

CityScape Bar- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

Gioco- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

italiAsia- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

Kanela- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

Q-BBQ- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

Quartino- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

Quay- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

Stefani- Chicago Area QuickNews for September 14th, 2012

HOLIDAY PARTY VENUES & INCENTIVES IN CHICAGOLAND

HOLIDAY PARTY VENUES & INCENTIVES IN CHICAGOLAND


CITY VENUES

BRASSERIE by LM
800 S. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.431.1788 | www.BrasseriebyLM.com
BRASSERIE 54 BY LM
5420 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60640 | No Phone Yet |www.Brasserie54.com
LM BISTRO
4539 N Lincoln Ave. | Chicago, IL 60625 | 773.942.7585 | www.lmrestaurant.com

LM Restaurant Group Announces French Catering Program
LM Restaurant Group, owner and operator of Brasserie by LM, Troquet, LM Bistro and the forthcoming Brasserie 54 by LM, introduces their revamped catering program committed to deliver a distinctive dining experience both in the restaurants and at guests’ homes, offices or other off-site locations. LM Restaurant Group also offers the following private dining rooms:

Brasserie by LM
- 50 seated, 75 standing
- Essex Hotel offers several private party rooms

Brasserie 54 by LM
- The Normandy Room – seating for 50 guests
- The Versailles Room – seating for 10 guests with access to a private balcony.

LM Bistro
- Two community tables with a capacity for 8 – 12 guests
- Private dining room with space for 24 guests on rounds or large table

Catering is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, meetings, holidays, receptions, weddings and more. LM menu items available include Boeuf Bourguignon, Sautéed Amish Chicken and Coq au vin. For full menu and pricing, visit http://lmcateringchicago.com/home.html.

BRASSERIE BY LM HOURS: Sunday – Saturday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
BRASSERIE 54 HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 – 12:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
LM BISTRO HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Friday & Saturday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM |

BURGER JOINT
675 N. Franklin | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.440.8600 | www.burgerjointchicago.com

Burger Joint Holiday Catering
Burger Joint, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, offers holiday catering for businesses, events, private parties and more. Menu items include Merks Cheddar Fries, the Crazy Greek Burger (topped with gyro meat and feta cheese spread), a signature Chili Dog, and Greek Salad. Guests may also rent out the restaurant space, with a capacity of 75. For more information on private events and catering, please call (312) 440-8600 or visit www.burgerjointchicago.com.

HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 AM

CARNIVALE
702 W Fulton St | Chicago, IL 60661| 312.850.5005 | www.carnivalechicago.com

Holiday Parties at Carnivale
With seven unique dining spaces that can accommodate 15 to 1000 guests, Carnivale can meet any holiday party planner’s needs. From ample creative space, custom catering and complimentary valet, Carnivale is well equipped to take care of the details and accommodate groups of all sizes. Please contact Michael Meuer at (312) 850.3879 or mmeuer@carnivalechicago.com to book now.

HOURS: Lunch: M-F 11:30 AM-2:30 PM | Dinner: M-Th, Su 5 PM-10 PM | F-S 5-11 PM | Bar/Lounge: M-T 11:30 AM- 11 PM | W-Th 11:30 AM -12 AM | F 11:30 AM- 1 AM | S 5 PM – 1 AM | Su 5-10 PM

CHICAGO CUT STEAKHOUSE
300 N. LaSalle St. | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.329.1800 | www.chicagocutsteakhouse.com

Holiday Parties at Chicago Cut Steakhouse
With USDA-certified prime steaks, more than 700 wine choices presented to guests on iPad wine lists, acclaimed menu items for all tastes, high-def plasma televisions and more, Chicago Cut Steakhouse has the amenities to take events to the next level. The private dining area seats up to 80 people, and can be divided for more intimate events.  

The food is top-notch: Chicago Cut Steakhouse butchers and dry-ages its own steak on the premises. And the repertoire isn’t limited to traditional steakhouse fare. Hors d’oeuvres include lollipop lamb chops, shrimp cocktail, and seared foie gras, to start. Lunch and dinner menus include prime filet mignons, wild salmon, New York strip, along with appetizers, sides, and desserts.

Contact Events Manager Teri Dasse at (312) 929.3570 or Teri.Dasse@chicagocutsteakhouse.com for more details.

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM

CHICAGO q
1160 N. Dearborn St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.642.1160 | www.chicagoqrestaurant.com

Chicago q Holiday Party Incentive
Book by Sunday, September 30 to receive special gift
Chicago q, the city’s hottest spot for upscale barbecue, is a great option for holiday parties this November and December. Those who book events before September 30 will receive a $100 gift certificate. Lunch parties booked before September 30 will receive a $150 gift certificate.

Chicago q offers two private dining spaces to accommodate groups up to 50 people. The Octagon Room seats 16 comfortably, and The Wine Room seats 30. Guests will enjoy the southern feel of the restaurant. Dinner packages start at just $35/guest and lunch at $25/guest. The menu features Lee Ann’s “Competition” Baby Back and St. Louis Ribs, Kobe Beef Ribs, Smoked Half Chicken, Kobe Chopped Brisket and more.

HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM | Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

CITYSCAPE BAR
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.836.5000 |  www.cityscapebar.com
HOLIDAY INN MART PLAZA
350 W. Mart Center Drive | 15th Floor | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.836.5000 | http://www.martplaza.com
ITALIASIA
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.529.1157 |www.italiasiarestaurant.com  

Event Planners Receive 10 percent of Purchase Back in Complimentary Gift Certificates
Now through Thursday, November 15
Guests can celebrate the holidays while enjoying spectacular views from The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Cityscape Bar and ItaliAsia Restaurant, as well as the Mart Plaza’s many private event spaces. Guests who book their holiday party before Tuesday, November 15 will receive 10 percent of their purchase back in complimentary gift certificates for ItaliAsia or Cityscape for future use (not including service charge and tax). Events must be planned between November 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013. Guests can receive up to $500 back; offer not valid with previously booked events. In addition, for every 20 room nights booked, guests will receive a complimentary night stay, and special overnight rates will be available for party planners based on availability and date for events.

- Mart Plaza Rooms: capacity for up to 1000 guests
- Cityscape: capacity for 2 – 75 guests seated and up to 150 guests in the entire bar
- ItaliAsia: capacity for 2 – 100 guests in the restaurant and up to 8 guests in the private Tasting Room

CITYSCAPE HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM | Friday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 1:00AM
ITALIASIA HOURS: Open Daily | Lunch: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Dinner: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

CRU CAFE & WINE BAR
25 East Delaware | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.337.4001 | www.cruwinebar.com

Book Early and Receive a Gift Card at Cru
Book by Thursday, November 1
Guests who plan ahead and book their holiday party with Cru Cafe & Wine Bar before November 1 will receive a gift card for up to six guests that can be used for dinner on a future visit. Cru can host events from 2 – 200 guests or cater at guests’ homes or businesses. With three rooms linked by wide wooden doors, Cru can hold an intimate party for 12 in the Salon, a dinner party for 50 in the beautiful dining room, a sit and stand party for 30 in the front living/dining room, or guests may reserve the whole place for up to 200.

HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM; Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM | Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM; Kitchen closes at Midnight | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM; Kitchen closes at Midnight | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM; Kitchen closes at 10:00 PM

FRONTIER
1072 North Milwaukee | Chicago, IL 60642 | 773.772.4322 | www.chicagoqrestaurant.com

Holiday Party Booking at Frontier
With capabilities large and small, Frontier is a perfect atmosphere for birthdays, charity, corporate events and more. Guests can enjoy a dinner party on the main dining level or book the upstairs private party room for an exciting, lounge experience. Frontier can accommodate small gatherings and private events for up to 300 guests. Photos available upon request.

CHEF’S TABLE
Diners looking for a true VIP experience can reserve the Chef’s Table in Frontier’s open kitchen. Guests, up to 12, will watch Executive Chef Brian Jupiter and his staff at work while enjoying a unique experience behind the scenes.

PRIVATE EVENT ROOM
The upstairs lounge, equipped with a full-service bar, state-of-the-art sound system and DJ booth, 11 flat-screen TVs, 2 HD projectors and private bathrooms can accommodate any type of event. It sets an intimate scene with leather-upholstered chairs, a fireplace and private entrance.

BEER GARDEN
Frontier’s patio is fully-furnished and enclosed for winter with a bar, fireplace, full menu and more.

HOURS: Monday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM | Tuesday through Friday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

GIOCO
1312 S Wabash Ave | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.939.3870 | www.gioco-chicago.com

Holiday Party Booking at Gioco
Gioco features spaces for corporate events, holiday parties, family functions and special occasions. The restaurant is known for its Speakeasy private dining space used by famous Chicagoans such as early as in the 1900s. The Speakeasy seats up to 36 and is connected to The Ballroom private dining space with a capacity of 70. The Ballroom also retains this old time feel, with a full bar and intimate setting. Gioco’s menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared by Chef Gaetano Ascione with the finest seasonal products. Call (312) 939.3870 to inquire or book an event.

HOURS: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 AM-2 PM | Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5 PM-10 PM, Friday-Saturday 5 PM-11:30 PM

KANELA BREAKFAST CLUB
3231 N Clark Street | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.248.1622 | www.kanelacafe.com

Book Early and Receive $100 at Kanela
Book by Thursday, November 1
Guests who book their holiday party with Kanela before November 1 will receive $100 towards their event. Kanela can accommodate up to 100 guests and party planners can create a customizable menu.

HOURS: Monday – Sunday: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

KOI
624 Davis Street | Evanston, IL 60201 | 847.866.6969 | www.koievanston.com

Holiday Parties at Koi
Book by Monday, October 15
Koi, Evanston’s premier dining destination for authentic Chinese cuisine and fresh sushi, presents a gift for holiday parties booked this November and December. Those who book events before October 15 will receive a $100 gift certificate.

For the past eight years, Koi has been Evanston’s premier location for authentic Chinese cuisine and the freshest sushi, all served in the modern and relaxing atmosphere Evanstonians have come to love. Guests can book Koi’s back dining rooms separated by sliding glass and espresso wood doors and can be opened to accommodate groups from 10 – 250 guests.

HOURS: Lunch: Mon. – Sat.11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Dinner: Sun. – Thurs. 4:30 – 10:00 PM | Fri. – Sat. 4:30 – 11:00 PM

LOTTIE’S PUB
1925 W Cortland | Chicago, IL 60622 | 773.489.0738 | www.lottiespub.com

Holiday Party Booking at Lottie’s
Tucked away on the corner of Cortland and Winchester in Bucktown, Lottie’s Pub offers a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor as well as a menu stacked with bar favorites like pizza, sandwiches, salads and burgers. Illuminated in twinkling lights with a classic, rustic pub feel, Lottie’s carries a rich history. Guests can plan their next party in the very room where some of Chicago’s gangsters and politicians held their own.

Space is available to reserve on Lottie’s main level or back area. For larger parties, Lottie’s has a fully renovated private party room, equipped with tables, booths, a full service bar and private bathrooms. Groups can socialize in a cozy, intimate atmosphere or hang out amidst all the action near the main bar. The back area of Lottie’s is also available for reservations. To book an event or ask a question, call 312.453.9397 or email lotties@pioneertaverngroup.com.

The private party room offers:
- A private, full-service bar
- A projection-screen television with surround-sound audio
- Private washrooms

HOURS: Sunday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM

PHIL STEFANI’S 437 RUSH
437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 | www.philstefanis437rush.com

Holiday Party Booking at 437 Rush
Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush features a variety of space options for hosting a holiday event. The Café and Newsroom are decorated with white linen, votive candles, mahogany wood, black and white tiled floors, stainless steel, mirrors and windows. Designed to echo the feel of a 1940’s art deco Italian Steakhouse, these private rooms blend the best of past traditions with trends of the future. 437 Rush can accommodate dinners and receptions over 25 people, along with weddings, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, political events, corporate events and friendly parties.

The third floor VIP private dining area consists of three newly decorated rooms with a capacity for up to 25 people. Furnished with highboys, artwork and windows looking out to Rush and Hubbard streets, the VIP lounge sets the tone for any special event. While dining on the third floor, guests have a choice of two private rooms, both adjacent to the VIP lounge. Perfect settings for dinners of up to 25 people, power lunches, off-premise meetings, baby showers and bachelor parties, these rooms have attracted guests such as Hillary Clinton as well as corporate professionals, families and friends. This VIP atmosphere provides a creative, efficient and productive edge for corporate professionals and a comfortable unique feel for friendly gatherings.

HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Bar Bites: Monday – Friday, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Friday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

PORKCHOP
941 W Randolph St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.733.9333 | www.chicagoporkchop.com

Holiday Party Booking at Porkchop
Book by Thursday, November 15
Guests who book their holiday party by November 15 will receive 10 percent off their event. With a laid-back rock ‘n’ roll country house atmosphere and over forty choices of whiskey served only “neat”, the gourmet comfort food and BBQ only adds to its appeal. Guests who book before the November 15 deadline will be entered in a drawing to win next year’s holiday party for free. Room capacity of 120 people.

HOURS: Monday: 11:30 AM – Midnight | Tuesday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – Midnight

QUAY RESTAURANT AND BAR
465 E. Illinois | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.981.8400 | www.quaychicago.com

Holiday Events at Quay
Quay offers a beautiful bar featuring an extensive wine list, handcrafted mixologist cocktails and an assortment of local microbrew beers. Guests can enjoy a drink in Quay’s sports lounge, equipped with 45 plasma TVs, settle into the dining room or the Atrium on the water to for dinner and drinks. Quay’s inviting atmosphere incorporates elements of water, including floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the river.  

HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 3:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Thursday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM

RIVA CRAB HOUSE on Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 | www.rivanavypier.com

Holiday Events at RIVA Crab House
Whether the party is casual, or calls for a truly extravagant meal, Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier offers menu options that cater to a variety of special event needs. Riva’s menu items are prepared to order using only fresh, high-quality ingredients. Riva can accommodate groups from 15 – 100 people and is a popular choice for both social and business events like private corporate events, benefits, convention dinners, showers, birthdays, anniversaries, or fundraisers.

HOURS: Riva Crab House Main Dining Lunch: Sunday- Saturday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM |  Dinner: Sunday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM; (lunch menu available from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the bar only) Riva Cafe: Sunday- Saturday, 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

RUSTIC HOUSE
1967 N. Halsted St. | Chicago, IL 60614 | 312.929.3227 | www.rustichousechicago.com

Rustic House Private Dining Options
Rustic House, Lincoln Park’s hottest spot for farm-to-table, classic American cuisine, invites Chicagoans to its private dining space in the Wine Cellar and an intimate, private fireplace room. Located in the secluded lower level of the restaurant, the Wine Cellar accommodates parties of up to 20 guests and features rich wine cabinets lining the walls. The private fireplace room entertains up to 34 guests featuring a fireplace framed by a reclaimed oak mantle.

Chef Jason Paskewitz has more than a decade of experience creating notable dishes in some of Chicago’s finest kitchens, and his celebrated menu at Rustic House showcases his talent in executing straightforward, flavorful classics. He has carefully crafted several private event menus, perfect for any occasion, and will also create tailor-made menus for special events as well. Menus available upon request.

Rustic House provides all of the service and amenities guests desire when planning a special event including customized menus, fireplace, AV/Sound capabilities and more. Room minimums apply.

HOURS: Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Sunday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

TAVERN ON RUSH
1031 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.9600 | www.tavernonrush.com

Holiday Events and Gift Card Incentives at Tavern on Rush
Tavern on Rush features a private dining room located on the second floor overlooking the corner of Rush and Bellevue. The private dining space comfortably seats up to 25 guests and features floor to ceiling glass French doors, a flat panel HD TV, wireless Internet connectivity and top-notch professional service. To book a holiday party, call (312) 664-9600.

Tavern on Rush offers Chicagoans a holiday gift card incentive. Guests will receive $25 in bounceback gift cards for every $100 spent on gift cards.

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM

THE PONY
1638 West Belmont | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.828.5055 | www.theponychicago.com

Holiday Party Booking at The Pony
With capabilities to host events large and small, The Pony’s rustic interior and relaxed ambiance is perfect for any holiday event. The Pony is also proud to introduce its second floor this year. Guests can rent out the top floor of The Pony, complete with HD flat screen TVs, separate sound system, custom booths and private bathrooms.

Located in the charming West Lakeview neighborhood just off the Belmont/Ashland/Lincoln intersection, The Pony is the ultimate destination spot for parties and events. The Pony offers a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor as well as a delicious menu featuring house signatures like the 16-inch Clydesdale grilled cheese, salads, burgers, sliders and more. To book, call Brad Tice at (312) 453.9397 or e-mail tice@pioneertaverngroup.com.

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

TUSCANY RESTAURANT on Taylor Street
1014 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.829.1990 | www.tuscanychicago.com

Holiday Events at Tuscany on Taylor
Tuscany is a comfortable trattoria featuring mouthwatering Northern Italian specialties. Located in Little Italy, Tuscany offers an extensive selection of entrees, one-of-a-kind pasta dishes, the finest steaks and freshest seafood, as well as daily chef specials. Tuscany on Taylor offers one private dining room or offers a rent-out of the entire restaurant on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. The capacity is 50 guests in the private dining room and up to 200 guests for entire dining room.

Contact: Alex Prekurat, Private Dining Manager (312) 829.1990 or email aprekurat@stefanigroup.com

HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday, 3:30 PM – 11:00 PM; Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM and Sunday, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

URBAN UNION
1421 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.929.4302 | www.urbanunionchicago.com

Holiday Events at Urban Union
Guests are invited to book their holiday parties at Little Italy’s favorite spot for seafood and artisanal, contemporary American cuisine, Urban Union. Chef/owner Michael Shrader’s goal for events is simple: to provide Chicagoans with a uniquely European approach to dining, centered on rustic global flavors. Everything is made fresh, in-house daily and many dishes are prepared in a specialty wood oven. Urban Union offers an extensive international wine list and a state-of-the-art wine tap system.

Guests can choose from Urban Union’s Chef’s Table located adjacent to the open kitchen or the back room. At the Chef’s Table, up to 12 guests can enjoy communal seating and a custom tailored menu from Chef Shrader offered as four, six and eight course menus paired with wine. The back room caters up to 45 guests and custom menus are also available. Contact (312) 929.4302 for private party reservations.                 
                    
HOURS:Monday – Thursday: 5:00 – 10 PM | Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM – 12 AM | Sunday: Closed


SUBURBAN VENUES

AGIO ITALIAN BISTRO
64 South Northwest Hwy. | Palatine, IL 60074 | 847.991.2150 | www.agiobistro.com

Private Dining at Agio
Available Now
Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine invites guests to book their private parties in the new and improved outdoor patio. The recently enhanced patio features French doors that separate it from the restaurant, retractable walls, heat lamps, a fireplace, orchard stone floors, overhead lighting, candlelit walls, plenty of greenery and soft curtains. A beautiful wine mural displayed on the wall was created by local artist, Kurt Luhrsen. The covered patio can accommodate parties from 20 – 36 guests, with a minimum of 30 guests Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Because of the intimate setting, the patio is ideal for showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, graduations, and more. Agio also offers the private room for breakfast meetings, with a minimum of 20 guests.

The private dining menu at Agio is customizable for both lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include multiple appetizer, salad and pasta dishes to choose from, as well as veal, chicken and fish options. The dining experience features a three course meal served family style encompassing many favorites at the restaurant such as Cavatelli Agio, Gnocchi alla Boscaiola, Pork Tenderloin and Veal Parmesan. Full menu and pricing available upon request.

HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM | Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Sunday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

FRESCO 21: A MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN
5300 N. River Rd. | Rosemont, IL 60018 | 847.447.4275 | www.fresco21.com

Holiday Parties at Fresco 21  
Fresco 21 invites guests to their beautiful private dining spaces including the Prado 1 & 2, Field & TJ rooms. Located in the rear section of the restaurant, the private dining areas accommodate parties up to 175 guests and feature customizable food and drink packages.

The Prado Room is 1,600 square feet and can be split into two accommodating 90 seated and 175 standing. The space is perfect for corporate functions and other large group events. The spacious Field Room holds up to 70 guets seated and 100 standing. The cozy TJ Room is perfect for smaller, seated dinners of up to 20 people where guests will enjoy a more intimate experience while tasting specialties from Executive Chef Cameron Grant.

HOURS: Monday-Friday: 6:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday-Sunday: 6:30 AM – 2:00 AM

TUSCANY RESTAURANT OAK BROOK
1415 W. 22nd St. | Oak Brook, IL 60521 | 630.990.1993 | www.tuscanychicago.com/tuscany-oak-brook.html

Holiday Party Booking at Tuscany Oak Brook
Tuscany is a comfortable trattoria featuring mouthwatering Northern Italian specialties. Located in Oak Brook, Tuscany offers an extensive selection of entrees, one-of-a-kind pasta dishes, the finest steaks and freshest seafood, as well as daily chef specials. Tuscany in Oak Brook offers three private dining room; each can accommodate up to 38 people or two rooms can be combined to fit groups up to 80. Contact Private Dining Manager Fred Lagon at (630) 990-1993 or email flagon@stefanigroup.com

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM | Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Sunday: Closed

TUSCANY RESTAURANT WHEELING
550 S. Milwaukee Ave. | Wheeling, IL 60090 | 847.465.9988 | www.tuscanychicago.com/tuscany-wheeling.html

Holiday Events at Tuscany Wheeling
Located in Wheeling, Tuscany offers Northern Italian entrees, one-of-a-kind pasta dishes, the finest steaks and freshest seafood, as well as daily chef specials prepared by Executive Chef Bolla Loza.

Tuscany in Wheeling offers three private dining rooms:
The Montecatini Room can accommodate up to 25 guests.
The Siena Lucca Room can accommodate up to 35 guests.
The Florence Room can accommodate up to 80 guests.
Contact Private Dining Manager Karen Taylor (847) 465-9988 or email ktaylor@stefanigroup.com

HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM; and Sunday, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

CHICAGO MARATHON DINING SPECIALS

CHICAGO MARATHON DINING SPECIALS


CITY EVENTS

BAR UMBRIAGO
6 W. Hubbard St | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.494.1200

Bar Umbriago Post Marathon Brunch
Sunday, October 7
Marathon runners are invited to enjoy brunch, now available at Bar Umbriago located at 6 West Hubbard Street in River North from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch features a $15 Bottomless Mimosa special as well as a $6 Bloody Mary Bar. The menu includes items like classic steak and eggs, omelets, waffles, French toast, pancakes and more, ranging in cost from $6.50 – $16. The full menu is available upon request. Photos available upon request.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM -Midnight | Bar until 2:00 AM | Saturday: 3:00 PM- Midnight | Bar until 3:00 AM | Sunday: 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM|  Brunch: Sat-Sun: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

BRASSERIE by LM
800 S. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.431.1788 | www.BrasseriebyLM.com

Chicago Marathon Special at Brasserie by LM
Saturday, October 6
In anticipation of the Chicago Marathon, Brasserie by LM will offer pasta specials for runners to “carb-up.” Special dishes will include Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, Rapini, Tomato, Red Chili and Parmesan for $14 and Bowtie Pasta with Crushed Tomatoes and Basil for $12.

Brasserie by LM is located just off the Marathon route at 800 S. Michigan Avenue. Spectators and Marathon runners are invited to enjoy Brasserie’s brunch featuring a la carte brunch options. In addition, a mimosa and entrée special ($25) will be available.

HOURS: Sunday – Saturday: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM

CARMINE’S
1043 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.988.7676 |http://rosebudrestaurants.com/rest2.php

Carmine’s Post Marathon Bottomless Mimosa Brunch
Sunday, October 7
Marathon runners are invited to enjoy brunch and a $15 bottomless mimosa special, now available at Carmine’s located in the Gold Coast from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The menu includes items like peppercorn smoked salmon, omelets, eggs benedict, French toast and more, ranging in cost from $5 – $14. The full menu is available upon request.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM | Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM-12:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM

GIOCO
1312 S Wabash Ave | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.939.3870 | www.gioco-chicago.com

“Carb-Up” with Classic Italian Dishes at Gioco
Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
Guests are invited to power up with pasta and pizza over the weekend to prepare for the Chicago Marathon. Enjoy the Proscuitto Pizza (with San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, arugula, parmigiano and evoo; $14), the Orecchette Pasta (with Italian sausage, rapini, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pecorino; $16) or the Penne Arrabiata ($12).

HOURS: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 AM-2 PM | Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5 PM 10 PM, Friday-Saturday 5 PM 11:30 PM

LOTTIE’S PUB
1925 W Cortland | Chicago, IL 60622 | 773.489.0738 | www.lottiespub.com

Lottie’s 26.2 Marathon Discount
Sunday, October 7
Runners who visit Lottie’s post marathon will enjoy a 26.2 percent discount for their entire group. The marathon runner must show their runner ID number to receive the discount.

HOURS: Sunday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM

LUXBAR
18 E. Bellevue Place | Chicago, IL 60611| 312.642.3400 | www.luxbar.com

Post Marathon Special at LUXBAR
Sunday, October 7
$3.12
Runners can celebrate post run with LUXBAR as they have partnered with Goose Island Brewery for Brews for Breast Cancer. All proceeds from the sale of Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat Beer, offered at a special discounted price of $3.12 (normally $6), will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. LUXBAR will offer pink ribbon buttons for $3.12, and all proceeds will also benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation.

Densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body. This gives 312 a balance of flavor and refreshment. The Lynn Sage Foundation, established by the family of Lynn Sage, is committed to the discovery of a cure for breast cancer. To achieve this goal, the Foundation has partnered with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, a nationally recognized leader in breast cancer care, education and research.

HOURS: Monday-Friday: 11:00 AM-12:00 AM, Saturday-Sunday: 8:00 AM-12:00 AM |
Bar: Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-2:00 AM, Saturday: 8:00 AM-3:00 AM, Sunday: 8:00 AM-2:00 AM

PHIL STEFANI’S 437 RUSH
437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 | www.philstefanis437rush.com

Power up with Pasta at 437 Rush
Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
In anticipation of the Chicago Marathon, 437 Rush will offer pasta specials available on
the Friday and Saturday night before the marathon. Specials will include:

Rotoli di Ricotta e Spinaci, $16
Rolled Crepes filled with fresh Ricotta cheese and spinach, baked with aged Parmigiano and butter

Rigatoni with Prosciutto, Panna e Piselli, $17
Rigatoni tossed in a creamy sauce with Italian ham and green peas

Pennette Primavera, $18
Pennette served in a fresh tomato sauce and a medley of vegetables

Linguine alla Matriciana, $17
Linguine tossed in a lightly spicy tomato sauce with onions and pancetta ham

Pappardelle alla Bolognese, $19
Pappardelle tossed in meat sauce bolognese style

HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Bar Bites: Monday – Friday, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Friday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

QUARTINO RISTORANTE
626 N. State | 312.698.5000 | www.quartinochicago.com

Authentic Italian Pasta & Pizza at Quartino
Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7
Quartino invites marathoners and their families to carbo-load with authentic Italian small pasta
plates and Neapolitan pizzas this October. Guests can enjoy signature housemade pastas by Executive Chef John Coletta like Gnocchi (with green beans, potatoes, arugula pesto, and pork tock), Fettuccini (with organic tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil), and Pappardelle al Sugo di Manzo (Tuscan pasta ribbons with braised beef), among other savory creations.

Quartino’s Italian small plates approach with an emphasis on sharing works well for groups of any
size and ensures an exciting and upbeat experience for visitors in town for the marathon. The unique carafe wine list and fully stocked liquor bar fuels the fun.

HOURS: Monday-Friday 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM | (Kitchen open until 1:00 AM) | Saturday 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM | (Kitchen open until 1:00 AM; pizza until 2:00 AM) | Sunday 11:30 – 1:00 AM | (Kitchen open until 12:00 MIDNIGHT)

QUAY RESTAURANT AND BAR
465 E. Illinois | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.981.8400 | www.quaychicago.com

Pre and Post Marathon Brunch and Drink Specials at Quay
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7
Guests are invited to enjoy a pre or post marathon brunch at Quay Restaurant & Bar located in Streeterville. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch menu includes house smoked salmon benedict, bananas foster French toast, chicken hash and more, ranging in cost from $7 and up.  There are several kid-friendly options on the menu like fresh fruit, pancakes and a cheese omelet with bacon.

For adults, marathon drink specials include $5 Stella Drafts, $6 Bloody Marys, and $6 Absolut Screwdrivers. Full menus are available upon request.

HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 3:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Thursday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM

RIVA CRAB HOUSE on Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 | www.rivanavypier.com

Power up with Pasta at Riva
Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
In anticipation of the Chicago Marathon, Riva Crab House on Navy Pier will offer pasta
specials on Friday and Saturday night before the marathon. Specials will include:

  • Penne with wild boar ragu, Swiss char, pecorino; $20
  • Linguini Primavera with oil and garlic; $18
  • Fettuccine with shrimp, fresh tomato fondue, basil; $28


HOURS: Riva Crab House Main Dining Lunch: Sunday- Saturday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM |  Dinner: Sunday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM; (lunch menu available from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the bar only) Riva Cafe: Sunday- Saturday, 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

ROSEBUD on RUSH
720 N. Rust St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.266.6444 |http://rosebudrestaurants.com/rest3.php

Rosebud on Rush Post Marathon Brunch
Sunday, October 7
Marathon runners are invited to enjoy brunch at Rosebud on Rush. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and the menu will includes peppercorn smoked salmon, omelets, eggs benedict, French toast and more, ranging in cost from $5 – $14. The full menu and photos are available upon request.  

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM | Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM-12:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

TAVERN ON RUSH
1031 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.9600 | www.tavernonrush.com

Gourmet Pizza and Pasta Dishes at Tavern on Rush
Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7
Marathoners can enjoy a wide selection of pizza and pasta dishes to carbo-load all weekend at Tavern on Rush. The Rush Street favorite boasts a beautiful brick oven in its open air kitchen, creating a variety of thin-crust pizza pies. Pizzas include Margherita, Smoked Chicken with Bacon and Spicy Salami Muffuletta. Executive Chef John Gatsos is inspired by global flavors and ingredients for his delicious pastas, including the flavorful Firecracker Grilled Chicken Pasta tossed with cilantro pesto, roasted red peppers, sweet corn and whole wheat spaghetti; Shrimp Cipriani with ribbon noodles, tomato cognac sauce and jumbo shrimp; and Rigatoni with Sausage & Peppers. All pizzas and pastas are available gluten-free. The full menu is available upon request.

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM 

THE PONY
1638 West Belmont | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.828.5055 | www.theponychicago.com

The Pony Marathon Specials
Sunday, October 7
Marathoners can celebrate post run with The Pony by presenting their Runner ID number for a complimentary PowerAde Pony Punch with the purchase of any food item. Other specials will include $5 24 ounce Pony Punch Cocktails, $4 16 ounce Miller Lite bottles, and a $5 Burger with hand cut fries.

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

TUSCANY RESTAURANT on Taylor Street
1014 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.829.1990 | www.tuscanychicago.com

Power up with Pasta at Tuscany on Taylor
Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
In anticipation of the Chicago Marathon, Tuscany on Taylor Street will offer pasta specials on Friday and Saturday night before the marathon.  Specials include:

  • Mezzaluna with chicken and pesto sauce; $17
  • Linguine Primavera with oil and garlic; $15
  • Macaroni cipriani with shrimp; $21


HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday, 3:30 PM – 11:00 PM; Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM and Sunday, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gioco Seasonal Menu Additions


GIOCO SEASONAL MENU ADDITIONS

Authentic Dishes Incorporating this Season’s Bounty

WHAT:                  Gioco, known for its rustic Italian dishes including house-made pastas and wood-fired thin crust pizzas, celebrates the August harvest with a menu of creations using only the finest available seasonal ingredients.

Chef Gaetano Ascione consistently looks to local markets and farms for sustainable, farm-to-table product and proteins to bring the flavors of the season to his guests.  This month, guests can expect to see tomatoes, figs, stone fruit, watermelon and more.

“What can’t you do with tomatoes?” remarks Ascione, using the popular item in multiple courses at the restaurant, including the Caprese, served with fior di latte mozzarella, ripened tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil ($9), the Filet, with oven-dried tomatoes served alongside ($36), or as the key ingredient in a unique marmalade in Ascione’s creative desserts.

  Gioco will also feature a seasonal pizza this month including the Fig and Prosciutto Pizza ($16), a traditional Margherita pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil with fresh figs and prosciutto on top.

  Gioco is open for lunch and dinner. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

WHERE:        Gioco

1312 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
312.939.3870

www.giocorestaurant.com

 

About Gioco

Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George “Bugs” Moran and Earl “Hymie” Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.

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Gioco Culinary Class with Chef Gaetano Ascione

GIOCHIAMO A GIOCO

Chef Gaetano Ascione Invites Guests to a Day-Long Culinary Event

Giochiamo a gioco is Italian for “Let’s play a game,” and Chef Gaetano Ascione welcomes patrons to become part of his lunchtime team.  Guests will experience the many elements of working in an open kitchen setting, including trying their hand at the stovetop, grill and oven, visiting the pastry station and assisting during the lunch service.  Additionally, participants will learn to create a simple yet elegant three-course meal of their choosing using fresh and local ingredients.

 

Following the cooking class, guests will join Chef Ascione in Gioco’s private “speakeasy” section of the restaurant to enjoy the meal with wine pairings.  Ascione will lead the group in discussion and answer guests’ questions regarding their own cooking knowledge and challenges.  Participants will also receive a congratulatory “diploma” and a signed menu and apron to take home with them.

 

WHEN:                      Wednesday, August 1

      10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

COST:                        $120 per person (includes 3-course meal with wine pairings and a signed menu and apron)

 

RESERVE:               Limited space is available; for reservations, call (312) 939-3870

 

WHERE:                   Gioco

1312 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

312.939.3870

www.giocorestaurant.com

http://www.facebook.com/GiocoChi

 

Hours

Lunch:

Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Dinner:

Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM

 

About Gioco

Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999.  The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years.  Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era.  The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George “Bugs” Moran and Earl “Hymie” Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s.  Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.

 

About Chef Gaetano Ascione

Chef Gaetano Ascione is a native of Naples, Italy and his culinary career began when he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Hotel Training from Istituto Alberghiero di Stato in Salerno, Italy.  He began working as Chef de Partie in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the Bahamas and is fluent in five languages, including Italian, English, Spanish, German and French.  Chef Gaetano is a colorful, highly energetic person.  His personality is bold and strong like the flavors of his dishes from his native country.

 

He has worked at two Two-Star Michelin Restaurants in Cannes-France: the Belle Otero at The Carlton-Hotel under Chef Francis Chaveau, and the Palm D‘or at the Hotel Martinez under Chef Christian Willer.  Chef Gaetano has had many accomplishments but also some defeats.  His eponymous Italian restaurant in Singapore was highly successful but he opened his namesake establishment in Coral Gables Florida in 2009 and was forced to close due to the economic downturn.

 

Some of Chef Gaetano’s career highlights include serving two U.S. Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as Chef de Cuisine at the Georgetown Club in Washington DC.  He also served as Executive Chef for the Inaugural Banquet for President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.  While he has cooked for the powerful and famous over his long career, he comes from a humble background in Naples, Italy. He feels it is important to connect personally with the guests so he tries to get into the dining room to talk directly with the customers, which is made easier for him by Gioco’s open kitchen.

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Gioco Hosts Domodimonti Winery


GIOCO HOSTS DOMODIMONTI WINERY

Dinner and Wine Tasting from the Marche region of Italy

                                                          

WHAT:          Gioco in the South Loop invites Chicagoans to join them for their Spring Wine Events with the Domodimonti Winery located in the Marche Region of Italy.

 

There will be a wine tasting to sample the entire collection of wines. After the tasting, Chef Gaetano invites patrons to make a reservation and stay for dinner to enjoy the always-changing Italian menu.

 

The following evening, a dinner will be led by the Domodimonti Winery and feature courses prepared by Chef Gaetano Ascione.  A cocktail hour will be followed by a five-course meal featuring the freshest of local produce.  Cost for the dinner is $75, excluding tax and gratuity.

 

The Domodimonti Winery is a sustainable estate that produces high quality natural wines.  The superior grapes, fertile land and ample precipitation and sun results in an organic, sulfite-free product.

 

Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to purchase the wines tasted for a one-time only special price.

 

Reservations are required for both events, call Gioco 312.939.3870.

Wines include:

  • ·         Solo per Te
  • ·         Il Messia
  • ·         Picens
  • ·         Monte Fiore
  • ·         LiCoste
  • ·         Deja
  • ·         Piccolo Principe Rosato

 

WHEN:          Wine Tasting

Wednesday June 13

6:00 – 8:00 PM

 

Wine Dinner

                        Thursday June 14

7:00 PM Cocktail Hour

8:00 PM Dinner

 

WHERE:       Gioco

1312 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

312.939.3870

www.giocorestaurant.com

http://www.facebook.com/GiocoChi

 

Hours

Lunch:

Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Dinner

Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM

 

 

About Gioco

Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999.  The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years.  Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era.  The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George “Bugs” Moran and Earl “Hymie” Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s.  Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.

 

About Chef Gaetano Ascione

Chef Gaetano Ascione is a native of Naples, Italy and his culinary career began when he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Hotel Training from Istituto Alberghiero di Stato in Salerno, Italy.  He began working as Chef de Partie in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the Bahamas and is fluent in five languages, including Italian, English, Spanish, German and French.  Chef Gaetano is a colorful, highly energetic person.  His personality is bold and strong like the flavors of his dishes from his native country.

 

He has worked at two Two-Star Michelin Restaurants in Cannes-France: the Belle Otero at The Carlton-Hotel under Chef Francis Chaveau, and the Palm D‘or at the Hotel Martinez under Chef Christian Willer.  Chef Gaetano has had many accomplishments but also some defeats.  His eponymous Italian restaurant in Singapore was highly successful but he opened his namesake establishment in Coral Gables Florida in 2009 and was forced to close due to the economic downturn.

 

Some of Chef Gaetano’s career highlights include serving two U.S. Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as Chef de Cuisine at the Georgetown Club in Washington DC.  He also served as Executive Chef for the Inaugural Banquet for President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.  While he has cooked for the powerful and famous over his long career, he comes from a humble background in Naples, Italy. He feels it is important to connect personally with the guests so he tries to get into the dining room to talk directly with the customers, which is made easier for him by Gioco’s open kitchen.

Gioco to Remain Open During NATO Conference


GIOCO OPEN DURING NATO CONFERENCE

WHAT:          Gioco will remain open during the 25th Annual NATO Summit held in Chicago on May 20 – 21, 2012.  Gioco’s location will be excluded from the security zone around McCormick Place where the summit will be held (21stStreet on the north, 25th Street on the south, Indiana on the west and the lakefront to the east).

The restaurant will continue its normal business hours throughout the summit and guests can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine with International twists in the historic Chicago building including Five Spices Braised Suckling Pig Belly served with shrimp salad.

 WHEN:          May 20 – 21, 2012

WHERE:       Gioco

1312 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

312.939.3870

www.giocorestaurant.com

@GiocoChicago

Hours

Lunch:

Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Dinner                                                                       

Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM

About Gioco

Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999.  The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years.  Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era.  The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George “Bugs” Moran and Earl “Hymie” Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s.  Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.

About Chef Gaetano Ascione

Chef Gaetano Ascione is a native of Naples, Italy and his culinary career began when he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Hotel Training from Istituto Alberghiero di Stato in Salerno, Italy.  He began working as Chef de Partie in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the Bahamas and is fluent in five languages, including Italian, English, Spanish, German and French.  Chef Gaetano is a colorful, highly energetic person.  His personality is bold and strong like the flavors of his dishes from his native country.

He has worked at two Two-Star Michelin Restaurants in Cannes-France: the Belle Otero at The Carlton-Hotel under Chef Francis Chaveau, and the Palm D‘or at the Hotel Martinez under Chef Christian Willer.  Chef Gaetano has had many accomplishments but also some defeats.  His eponymous Italian restaurant in Singapore was highly successful but he opened his namesake establishment in Coral Gables Florida in 2009 and was forced to close due to the economic downturn.

Some of Chef Gaetano’s career highlights include serving two U.S. Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as Chef de Cuisine at the Georgetown Club in Washington DC.  He also served as Executive Chef for the Inaugural Banquet for President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.  While he has cooked for the powerful and famous over his long career, he comes from a humble background in Naples, Italy. He feels it is important to connect personally with the guests so he tries to get into the dining room to talk directly with the customers, which is made easier for him by Gioco’s open kitchen.

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