Neighborhood News – Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Chicago Loop, River North, West Town, Mayfair, Wicker Park

There’s an old saying here…”Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!”🍀 

After two years of Covid-19 isolation, Chicago’s most treasured celebration—St. Patrick’s Day—roars back with celebrations around the city and suburbs throughout the week and weekend. And…celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is only one of the many activities for Chicagoans this weekend! 

On Saturday, March 12, start with the Chicago tradition of dyeing the Chicago River. Beginning at 10am, between State and Columbus Drive, the tradition started 60 years ago. According to BlockClubChicago.com, the beloved and unique tradition began as a suggestion from the local plumbers union. Their environmentally friendly dye formula remains a closely kept secret. Local 130 does the honors for 2022.

After a breakfast or early lunch at one of Chicago’s many Irish restaurants, Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12:15pm, on Columbus Drive between Balbo Drive and Monroe Drive, the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band leads the procession, as they have since the first official parade in 1956. You’ll also see plenty of colorful floats waving their Irish flags high, troops of Irish step dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, and more during the three-hour celebration. 

Note: Entry to the parade route opens at 10am at Jackson and Ida B. Wells (formerly Congress) Boulevard. Security will be checking all bags and purses.  Coolers. alcohol, open beverages, camelbacks, and personal water bottles are not allowed along the parade route.

After the parade, come north to Chicago’s Mayfair neighborhood for the annual St. Patrick Fest at the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, from 1pm – 11:30pm. One the city’s biggest, family-friendly celebrations, entertainment includes the Academy of Irish Music, the Trinity Irish Dancers, the Shannon Rovers, and more. For tickets, click here.

Old Saint Patrick’s Church, at Adams and Desplaines Streets in the West Loop, survived the Chicago Fire of 1871 and several decades of World’s Largest Block Parties…legendary for the number of relationships and marriages that came out of meeting at the Block Party. In 2022, a new tradition begins. Shamrock’n The Block, a festive day of music, food and fun, and featuring a Pop-Up Irish Pub, begins Saturday, March 12, at noon and goes to 6:30pm.  A heated tent and beer garden features live music, Irish dance, bagpipes, tasty Irish fare, ‘wee one’s’ activities and “much more!” For more information and tickets, click here.

Chicago’s German community comes alive at their monthly ‘Kaffee, Kuchen, und Kino’ (coffee, cakes and movie theater) at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Avenue, starting at noon. On Saturday, 12. März 2022, the movie ‘Chicago’ will be shown. After the credits, discuss the film and flex your German language skills at the 2nd Floor Brauhaus Room. Members are $4, and non-members, $6. To register, click here.

If you think Farmer’s Markets ended with winter….come to Wicker Park’s The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Avenue, for an Indoor Farmers Market! From 10am-2pm, enjoy such vendors as Basket House, Beacon Doughnuts, Cuca Cucina, Dilly Dally Provisions, and Fehr Bros. For fresh, local food and products, and for more information, click here.

For a completely different theatre experience, come to HADESTOWN, “where a song can change your fate.” The eight-time Tony Award® winner is “a love story for today… and always. The play intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone.” Hadestown runs through Sunday, March 13 at the CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe Street. For tickets, click here.

Finally…”Spring forward…fall back!” Set your clock one hour forward on Saturday night, March 12…Daylight Saving Time 2022 in Illinois will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 13. 

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago

Restaurant Review – St. Patrick’s Day 2022

After two years away, Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend celebrations are back in full swing! 

What better way to celebrate than with a full Irish breakfast, fish ‘n chips, or corned beef and cabbage at one of the many Irish restaurants around town? Already one of the largest celebrations in the world, St. Patrick’s Day 2022 festivities begin with dyeing the Chicago River at 9am, followed by the Parade at noon on Saturday, March 12, on Columbus Drive between Balbo and Monroe. 

Three blocks from the Chicago River, The Gage Restaurant, at 24 S. Michigan Avenue, offers a full scale Irish menu, complete with a Corned Beef Sandwich with Guinness-soaked swiss cheese, pickled cabbage slaw, and remoulade. House-Made Corned Beef is served with braised cabbage, new potato, and horseradish crème fraîche. Not Your Grandma’s Colcannon pairs Guinness-braised beef, truffled potato, and cabbage. They open at 9am. On Thursday, March 17, they open at 11am. For information and reservations, click here.

In River North, Fadó Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand Avenue, is preparing menu specialties for a 21+ crowd, such as their Irish Breakfast with two eggs, Irish sausages, rashers, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, and sourdough toast On Friday, March 11, they’re offering a buy one, get one 1/2 Off Fish & Chips all day long. Other menu specialties include the Fadó Reuben with corned beef, coleslaw, Swiss, and Marie Rose sauce on marbled rye and Shepherd’s Pie, with ground beef and vegetables in a rich sauce topped with colcannon, served with side salad. Fadó’s doors will open at 8:30am, and with a full lineup of entertainment, there’s no cover charge until 1pm. For more information, click here.

Cited as one of the best Irish Pubs in the world, Avondale’s Chief O’Neill’s, 3471 N. Elston Avenue, plans a weekend-long festival of epic proportions. They’re serving up a feast of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Rueben Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, Bangers and Mash, and so much more, served in an atmosphere that “transports you to Ireland,” according to WTTW’s ‘Check, Please!’ Stop in for some great music and a delicious award-winning pint of Guinness. Sunday, March 13 finds their unique Irish Brunch Buffet, complete with Irish Benedicts and Jameson-soaked bread pudding with caramel. Reservations are only being accepted for their second-floor Mrs. O’Neill’s dining room. For reservations and information, click here. 

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago 

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Springtime Asparagus

Most of the snow has melted around the Chicago area. All the signs are pointing towards an early spring! Of course, we are not so naïve to think there will not be another snow event or two, but they will be small and will melt quickly. I look forward to one of my favorite vegetables to appear. Yes, we have asparagus all year round now but the asparagus that comes from Mexico and South America are but a cardboardy tough replica of the delicious, fresh tender stalks we will get locally in the next month or so!

Asparagus is best barely cooked if at all. First, though, make sure to store your asparagus properly. They should be stored like flowers. Trim ½ inch off the bottom and stand in a tall glass. Add two inches of water and refrigerate. This will keep asparagus fresh for several days if it lasts that long.

Fresh asparagus in the spring is the time to try it raw. Use thinner stalks and peel them with a good vegetable peeler starting below the tip to the base of the stalk. Slice very thinly (bias style), leaving the tip whole or sliced lengthwise. Prepare fresh breadcrumbs using sourdough bread. Cut into ½ inch cubes. Toast till golden in a 400-degree oven. Toss with olive oil flavored with grated garlic, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano and thyme. Return to the oven for an additional 3-4 minutes. Toss asparagus with your favorite vinaigrette and top with the breadcrumbs. Add several soft-boiled egg halves for a delicious lunch or light supper. 

Avocado toast is much in vogue now, but it has met its match. Blanch 1 inch bias sliced asparagus pieces till barely tender. Dress with a bit of cream or vinaigrette. Toast thick slices of sourdough bread well, butter and top with the asparagus mixture. Serve immediately.

Oven roasted vegetables are wonderful and asparagus is one of the best roasted. No need to gild the lily too much here. A little olive oil and sea salt are all that is needed. Preheat the baking sheet in a 400-degree oven for quick cooking. As always with asparagus, cook it until tender. The same seasoning method works great for grilling when you do not want to heat up the kitchen. You can grill outside or use a cast iron grill pan on the stove. It’s best to use larger stalks for grilling and roasting rather than thinner ones. Serve them along with a Dijon vinaigrette for dipping. 

Stir frying also works great for asparagus as it cooks so quickly. Cook in butter or olive oil in a heavy pan till crisp and tender. Add fresh herbs or aioli sauce at the end. Steaming is another wonderful way to prepare asparagus as it preserves the essence of the vegetable while keeping it tender and delicious. Quick steam asparagus stalks or pieces till tender. This preparation works well with acidic preparations like a quick lemon vinaigrette. 

So, take advantage of this delicious vegetable during springtime. It’s the very best time of year!  

Kathleen Weaver-Zech and Dean’s Team Chicago

Taking Interior Design Online

The internet is forever evolving how we access goods and services, so why should home décor be any different? Homeowners have a plethora of resources they can look too when searching for décor inspiration online, including blogs, online magazines, and YouTube channels, but the newest fad is online interior design consultants. These online businesses employ professional interior designers and pair them with customers through their online platform.

Focused on flexibility and affordability, the designers interact with clients through phone, instant message, video chat, or a combination of the three. They start by determining their clients’ budget, preferences, and wish list by providing a survey or questionnaire. They also request a home layout and room measurements.

As a final deliverable, the designer recommends furnishings, paint, décor, and more for each room that fits within the homeowners’ budget and providers a rending of the design. Customers then sign off on the full design or pieces of the design. They can request for the designers to purchase the items for them or receive a shopping list to do it themselves. There are a ton of interior design businesses popping up online, including the following:

Affordable Interior Design offers a free 15-minute video or phone consultation.

Modsy has packages starting at $199.

Decorist has packages starting at $299.

Decorilla has packages starting at $549.

Havenly has packages starting at $79.

Whether you need a complete home makeover or a little inspiration to revamp your bedroom, help from an online interior design consultant can be the convenient, cost-effective solution you are looking for.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – A Touch of Spring in the Air!

Enjoy this first weekend of March as it teases us, albeit very briefly, with a touch of spring in the air! So here are a few events to get you out and about without having to bundle up!

Chicago’s Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood welcomes you to Global Connections: International Carnivale presented by ComEd this Saturday (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) in the Aon Grand Ballroom.  The tradition of Carnival is celebrated throughout the world in places such as Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico and others in a wide variety of ways. This event will feature an afternoon celebration which includes music, dancing, art-making activities, food, and other globally inspired festivities! Plus, catch performances from Chicago Samba, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center’s Plena Project, and others for a taste of Carnivale traditions!

After a successful launch last year, Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood is bringing back Greektown Restaurant Week now through March 7th. Diners can feast on specials and take advantage of exclusive discounts from some of the neighborhood’s most beloved eateries which include legacy Greek restaurants that have been in Greektown for decades!  Just visit Greektown’s website for a full list of participating restaurants and remember to mention “Greektown Restaurant Week” when ordering!

Grab a ticket for the Brewsology Beer Fest at the Museum of Science & Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Hyde Park neighborhood this Saturday (6 p.m. – 11 p.m.).  The event will feature dozens of local craft breweries and cideries (Maplewood, Dovetail, Bells and Founders among them) sampling their seasonal offerings.  Attendees will also have access throughout the museum to wander around with a beer in hand, chat with brewery reps and check out the museum’s exhibits! It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for a night at the museum!

Woo Hoo!  The Chicago Polar Plunge returns in-person to North Avenue Beach (1600 N Lake Shore Dr.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood this Sunday (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.). Once again, all participating plungers will receive free parking at Lincoln Park Zoo, or a free bus for groups of 20 or more; a souvenir t-shirt; a towel when exiting the icy waters of Lake Michigan; free photo downloads; and complimentary food at the “Melt Down Party!” Plus, there’s a virtual option for those unavailable to join in-person.  The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser benefiting thousands of athletes in the Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities programs with all money raised staying in Chicago to support these athletes with disabilities within the city. Come join us even if you’re not a plunger!

Chicago’s most famous retro diner since 1984, Ed Debevic’s (159 E. Ohio St.) in the Streeterville neighborhood will be holding Drag Me to the Disco Brunch this Sunday (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.). This first ever Drag Brunch is being hosted by the legendary Debbie Fox and featuring performances from Chicago’s own Lilith Towers and Eve The Bunny (show begins at 12:30 p.m.)! Ticket ($25) includes admission and one entrée from their brunch menu; however, a la carte food and beverages will be available for purchase along with $20 bottomless mimosas! Reservations are required for this wildly entertaining afternoon.

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago

Neighborhood News – Lincoln Park, Museum Campus, Greektown, Chicago Loop

Welcome to Spring’s Eve! As March comes in like a lamb, enjoy Chicago’s many events celebrating Chicago’s diverse culture and communities! And…Happy 185th Birthday, Chicago!

Begorra! March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day. What better way to celebrate our collective Irish heritage than watching true Irish culture at the Chicago Irish Film Festival, Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 6 at various theaters on the big screen, or March 7-13, from the comfort of your home! The festival opens on Thursday, March 3, with a 6:30pm reception with filmmaker Damian McCann at Theatre On the Lake, 2401 N. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, followed by a screening of McCann’s movie  ‘Doineann’ at 8pm. For a complete schedule and to purchase passes, click here

What a way to start the weekend! Restaurant Week in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood ends Friday, March 4 with special prix fixe menus to enjoy flavors spanning the globe – from Argentinian, French, and Italian to southern comfort food and new American classics. Participating restaurants include Café Selmarie, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Gather, and Cobblestone, among many others. For more information, click here.

Happy 185th Birthday, Chicago! On March 4, 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city. In honor of the milestone, the Chicago History Museum,  1601 N. Clark Street, is offering free admission for Illinois residents all day long on Friday, March 4. For more information and registration, click here.

One of Chicago’s venerable treasures, the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, reopens to the public on Friday, March 4. It’s your chance to peruse exhibits like ‘Mission Moon,’ and ‘Astronomy in Culture,’ or see sky shows like ‘Destination Solar System’ andits newest show, ‘Imagine the Moon.’ Or,stop by the real meteorite from the Arizona desert and snap a selfie! So much more to see, so little space! For tickets and more information, click here.

Opa! On the 300th block of South Halsted Street, aka, ‘Greektown,’ celebrate Hellenic culture during Greektown’sSecond Annual Restaurant Week, March 1-7, featuring exclusive discounts, dishes and special offers from restaurants throughout the neighborhood—including legacy Greek restaurants, like Athena, which is offering a free saganaki per table with any entrée order, and Greek Islands. Artopolis Bakery and Café offers 20% off Cafe menu. All specials are valid for dine-in only unless otherwise specified. Note: Must mention “Greektown Restaurant Week” when ordering. For more information, click here.

This is the last weekend to see “the (award-winning) true story of the small town that welcomed the world.” Through Sunday, March 6, ‘Come from Away’ at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph Street. According to its website, the play takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them after 9/11. For performance times and tickets, click here.

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago

Restaurant Review – The Berghoff Restaurant

The Berghoff Restaurant, (translation: ‘mountain farm’) Chicago’s pre-eminent purveyor of hearty German fare and house-brewed beers, has been an institution since 1898. 

Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine a business that has stayed in a family for four generations, weathering the storms of Prohibition, two World Wars, the Great Depression, two pandemics, and scads of changes in the American diet. Yet, The Berghoff has survived…even thrived.

What’s the secret? “The menus remain relevant,” says The Berghoff, on its website. After all, they developed a ‘near-beer’ and their signature root beer during Prohibition. Today, chefs Matt Reichel and Javier Avalos adapt and create to today’s palate. There are gluten-free options and lighter, German-inspired fare alongside creamed spinach and Bavarian pretzels.

Start your feast with appetizers like Gretchen’s Potato Pancakes, with Landjager sausage, Brie cheese, and apples over potato pancakes, drizzled with a fig marmalade and topped with bacon. Their Bavarian Pretzel is served with beer cheddar cheese dipping sauce and sweet mustard. Potato Pierogies are sauteed dumplings topped with a beurre blanc, served with a side of sour cream and a quinoa and arugula salad. Or, try Alsatian Onion and Apple Soup, which pairs beef broth with Granny Smith apples, and onions, rye crostini and baked Muenster cheese.

Dinner-sized salads include a flavorful Panko-Crusted Goat Cheese Salad, with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, peppers, onions and fried leeks, tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. Or, try a Grilled Octopus Salad, made with grilled octopus, mixed greens, arugula, peppers, roasted fingerling potatoes, herb vinaigrette and roasted red pepper coulis.

Burgers and sandwiches are fresh and delicious. Grilled Lamb Burger is a lamb patty, infused with roasted garlic, fresh mint and lemon, topped with feta cheese, arugula, tomato, fried onions, and garlic aioli, on a house-made Kaiser bun, served with sweet potato fries. Bratwurst is made with grilled veal, topped with sauerkraut, and served on a Bavarian pretzel roll.

Entrees include traditional German fare such as Wiener Schnitzel, a breaded, pan-fried veal cutlet, served with Berghoff’s famous creamed spinach and house-made spätzle, and Sauerbraten, which is marinated roasted sirloin of beef, topped with sweet and sour gravy, served with a melange of vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes. The Berghoff’s Sausage Trio pairs bratwurst, knockwurst, and smoked Thuringer sausage, served with sauerkraut and German potato salad. Jäger Schnitzel has pork cutlets, topped with mushrooms, bacon and a Jägermeister-infused sauce, served with caramelized root vegetables and house-made spätzel.

But…save room for dessert! Don’t miss their Apple Strudel (apfelstrudel) prepared with Granny Smith apples, pecans, and golden raisins, surrounded by a flaky strudel crust, and topped with caramel sauce and powdered sugar, or the luscious, and rarely seen Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtort) layering chocolate and yellow cakes, sour cherries, raspberry preserve, chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and garnished with chocolate shavings.

All of The Berghoff’s sumptuous fare can be accompanied by their craft brews and non-alcoholic root beer, made fresh at their Adams Street Brewery.

As one Google reviewer wrote: “This place was amazing. Food was delicious….had a lamb burger with string sweet potato fries. The burger had a nice brioche bun and complemented the lamb with feta cheese. Service was excellent…no wait..server checked in just the right amount. Dishes were cleared in a timely manner. Overall great experience!”

The Berghoff is located at 17 W. Adams Street. They are open Tuesday- Saturday, 12pm-7:30pm, and closed Sunday and Monday. Reservations are recommended. Click here for more information. 

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – A Garden on your Deck

Do you think you need lots of space for a vegetable garden? Guess what: you can grow a great number of edibles in a smaller space than you think! 

3 sixteen inch pots can provide vegetables all season long. Even if you only have an apartment balcony you can harvest enough vegetables for 2 people. The idea is to have quick growers along with later crops. 

In each of the 3 pots lay a layer of small stones to aid in drainage. Fill with a good quality container soil. Container soil is specially blended to stay airy and does not compact as much as garden or topsoil. Place in support poles for peas and beans around the edges. In another pot support poles for tomatoes and thirdly peppers. Choose vertically growing beans and peas rather than bush varieties, same for the tomatoes and peppers. Jalapenos and cubanelle are good for peppers. Grape or teardrop tomatoes work well. Peppers and tomatoes grow quicker from plants than seeds. 

In the rest of the space in the pots you can sow lettuces and greens. Mustard greens can be ready to harvest in as little as six weeks. Loose leaf lettuce eight to ten weeks. There are also Asian salad seed mixes which take even less time, four to six weeks. Keep sowing every two weeks to have a constant harvest of salad greens. Sprouts and herbs are quick growers too. Make sure to harvest often to give the other plants enough light and air. The taller plants will protect the tender greens from too much sun. Make sure to pinch the growing tops of your tall plants after they have several sets of fruits. 

Containers do need a little more attention than a regular garden. The pots will need daily watering, especially during the hottest part of the year. Frequent watering can also wash away nutrients though, so it will be necessary to feed more often. Use an organic vegetable food and dilute it by half. You can use this weaker mix weekly through foliar feeding and into the soil also. Good luck and happy gardening! 

Kathleen Weaver-Zech and Dean’s Team Chicago

5 Features Millennial Homebuyers Are Looking For

Millennials continue to be the largest segment of homebuyers according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Here are five features that tend to entice millennials who are looking to buy.

1. An Up-to-date Kitchen And Bath
Younger buyers often have limited funds for renovations, so it’s important that they have functional and inviting bathroom and kitchen spaces from the very start.

2. An Open Floor Plan
Having a formal dining room isn’t of particular importance to millennials, in fact, many prefer open spaces with no separation between kitchen, living room, and dining room. An open concept makes it easier to entertain everyone at once.

3. An Office
More and more jobs are offering work-from-home options, and there are also plenty of freelancers and telecommuters among millennials. A dedicated space for getting some work done can be a key attraction.

4. Friendly Location
With gas prices rising, many millennials prefer walking, biking, or public transit for their commutes. A great location is key.

5. Energy Savings
Millennials are often more conscious of energy conservation and efficiency. Energy-efficient appliances, energy-efficient windows, and quality insulation can make a huge difference.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Closing Out February in Mardi Gras Fashion!

Chicagoans are closing out this final weekend of February in true Mardi Gras fashion! Which means there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate with your family and/or friends. Let’s get started!

SK Productions is bringing NOLA to Chicago with the largest Mardi Gras celebration in town.  Mardi Gras Carnival 2022 will take place at the beautiful Hard Rock Café (63 W. Ontario St.) in the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday (9 p.m.) to Sunday (4 a.m.). Enjoy party favors, an exquisite Creole menu and drinks as DJ Sanjay with special guest Ariana DJ rock the house.  You’ll also have the opportunity to take photos with the Samba dancers who will be performing with colorful Mardi Gras inspired costumes.  Plus, you can compete for the most unique mask, and the best King and Queen of Mardi Gras but you must come dressed to impress!

Join the River North neighborhood for their Mardi Gras Bar Crawl this Saturday (3 p.m. – 10 p.m.).  Ticket includes door cover charges waived, up to 50% off beers and well drinks, up to 20% off select foods, free entrance to 5+ venues, tasty Hurricanes and themed drinks, a costume contest and much more! This crawl is known for its outrageous colorful costumes, masks, and a whole lot of beads for the most extravagant crawl of the year!

Morgan’s on Fulton (952 W. Fulton Market) in the West Loop is bringing the Big Easy to Chicago with its Mardi Gras Rooftop Jubilee this Saturday (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.).  Not only will this Mardi Gras Jubilee feature Cajun food, Louisiana libations, and more, but it will also feature continuous entertainment by the Four-Star Brass Band and a Hot Tawdry Burlesque Show!  So, get all beaded up to boogie down at one of Chicago’s hottest event locations!

For a more toned-down Mardi Gras celebration, Nola’s Bar & Kitchen (3481 N. Clark St.) in the Lakeview neighborhood will be hosting a Hurricane Happy Hour this Saturday (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.).  Ticket includes two signature Hurricanes, a $10 food voucher, live Cajun music, and party favors for a fun time NOLA style!

If celebrating Mardi Gras is not your cup of tea, perhaps these two events will be:

Moe’s Cantina (155 W. Kinzie St.) in the River North neighborhood is hosting a Chicago River North Wine Fest this Saturday (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.).  On hand will be over 35 different wines from all over the world and your ticket gets you 4 hours of wine tastings!  Gather up your friends and come out to this huge venue for a day full of fun, laughs, your favorite tunes, and of course wine!!

Explore one of Chicago’s coolest neighborhoods as they host their 6th annual Andersonville Restaurant Week wrapping up this Sunday and is a salute to Andersonville’s diverse and dynamic dining scene.  More than 15 restaurants and bars will be offering dine-in service this year with a variety of brunch, lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus, drink specials and desserts ranging from $10 to $30 with vegetarian, vegan and carry out options available as well!  Newcomers this year are Boca Loca Cantina, Parsons Chicken & Fish, and Tasting India along with many returning favorites!!  For a current list of participating restaurants, visit their website.

Liassez les bons temps rouler ~ Let the good times ROLL!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago