Monthly Archives: February 2010

Gibsons Rosemont Michael Mondavi Wine Dinner

WHAT:          Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Rosemont announces their first event in Gibsons’ monthly Wine Dinner Series with an Oberon Napa Valley Wine Dinner featuring renowned winemaker Michael Mondavi and courses prepared by Gibsons’ Group Executive Chef Randy Waidner and Gibsons Rosemont Executive Chef Marco DiBenedetto on Monday, March 15 at 6:30 PM. 

Michael Mondavi, the elder son of pioneering Napa winemaker Robert Mondavi, labored for almost four decades with his father, sister and brother to build the reputation and global reach of their family winery.  Mondavi’s son Rob is the winemaker for Folio’s American projects, which include Oberon.

The six-course event begins with Citrus Cured Scottish Salmon with Micro Vegetable Salad, Meyer Lemon and Crème Fraiche paired with Oberon Sauvignon Blanc 2007.  Four courses will follow, including Prime Beef Tenderloin Tartare with Micro Arugula, Quail Egg, Dijon Ice Cream and Pretzel Crostini paired with Hangtime Arroyo Secco, Ponto Noir 2006.  The meal will finish with a Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Crème Anglaise paired with Medusa Port.  Complete menu and wine pairings available below.

As a special treat for guests, Mondavi will sign bottles purchased at the dinner for patrons.

With the Oberon label – originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare’s winsome comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the Mondavi family has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed every day.  The Oberon winemakers select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other emerging sub-appellations.  The climate of these regions – warm days and cool evenings – yield grapes with the perfect balance of ripe fruit flavors and natural acidity.

WHEN:          Monday, March 15
6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Dinner

COST: $100 per person, all-inclusive

RESERVE: Reservations required, space is limited.  Call Jessica at 847-928-9900

WHERE:       Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – ROSEMONT
5464 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
847.928.9900

Il Poggiolo Guest Bartending Nights

This March, Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale will launch their “Guest Bartender Monday Nights” sponsored by P.I.N.K. Vodka.  The event will feature a different guest every week who will be raising money for their favorite charity as they shake signature drinks and mingle with patrons.  A signature P.I.N.K. cocktail will be available (P.I.N.K. Pamatini with P.I.N.K. Vodka, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Prosecco, Pineapple Juice; $6) in addition to regular priced wine, cocktails and beer.  Il Poggiolo will also provide complimentary small bites and partygoers will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes as they help contribute to a great cause.

WHEN: Every Monday beginning March 1
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

COST: No Cover.  Specialty Cocktails $6 (regularly $12)

RESERVE: If you are interested in guest bartending for a future date, please call 630.734.9400 and ask for Maria Kleiner.

IL POGGIOLO
8 East First Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630.734.9400
www.ilpoggiolohinsdale.com

Luxbar “Lux of the Irish” Celebration

WHAT: Luxbar announces a full day of celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

The festivities begin with an opportunity to watch the first-ever Luxbar float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade where Luxbar Leprechauns will be handing out prizes and gift certificates to lucky parade-goers.

At 1:00 PM, the main event will begin with a St. Patrick’s Day blowout to benefit Misericordia.  For $30 per person, guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink “Lux of the Irish” St. Patrick’s Day buffet featuring Irish corned beef, corned beef hash and scrambled eggs, soda bread, and an array of sliders.  Price includes draft beers, Guinness Flights, Jameson whiskey samples from the Jameson girls, the Shannon Irish Rovers Pipe Band and live Irish music by father-and-son duo the Jimmy and Seamus Boyle Band.

Guests will also have a chance to win big in a raffle benefitting Misericordia.  For $3 per ticket or $10 for 5 tickets, entrants will have a chance to win four infield Cubs tickets and a $250 pre- or post-game cocktail party, over a $600 value in total restaurant gift certificates and more.

WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

COST: $30 per person, portion of proceeds benefits Misericordia

RESERVE: No reservations required

WHERE:       LUXBAR
18 E Bellevue Place

Chicago, IL 60611

312.642.3400

www.luxbar.com

33Club St. Pat’s Irish Feast

33 Club’s location in the heart of Old Town makes it the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and guests can do it Kleiner-style with $5 Irish Martinis and more.  An updated Irish meal for just $16 will include a choice of: corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings, fish and chips or a vegetarian shepherd’s pie.  The green-colored Irish martini – available for just $5 – will feature Hypnotiq, vodka, and splash of OJ.

WHEN: Friday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 17

COST: $16 for Irish Meal, $5 Irish Martinis and more

RESERVE: For Reservations call 312.664.1419

33 CLUB

1419 N. Wells Street

Chicago, IL

312.664.1419

www.33clubchicago.com

33 Club Oscar Party

33 CLUB HOSTS OSCAR PARTY

33 Club and Genuine Entertainment invite Chicagoans to enjoy the Academy Awards VIP style with an evening of cocktails and dining.  The celebration will feature a cash bar cocktail reception from 6 PM – 7 PM and a ballot card contest with a grand prize of a night for two at the coveted new Elysian Hotel.   33 Club will also offer an optional $50 prix fixe menu available all evening.

WHEN: Sunday, March 7

Doors open at 6:00 PM

COST: No Cover. $50 Prix Fixe menu below

RESERVE: Space is limited. For Reservations call 312.664.1419

33 CLUB

1419 N. Wells Street

Chicago, IL

312.664.1419

www.33clubchicago.com

Durty Nellie’s March Music Schedule

Every weekend, Durty Nellie’s welcomes local favorites and nationally renowned bands to the stage (See complete March concert schedule below).  In addition, Durty Nellie’s presents their New Music Thursdays featuring Your Villain My Hero and great new drink specials.

Thursday drink specials include: $2.50 Bud and Bud Light 22 oz. Draughts, $4.50 Bomb Shots (Cherry, Bacardi O and Jager), $4 Svedka Vodka Drinks, $3 Goose Island 312 and Harvest Pints, along with $2.50 Michelob Ultra and Bud Select 55.

Durty Nellie’s is conveniently located next to the Palatine Metra station and only a short ride from Downtown Chicago, making it a hot spot for any urban suburban.

MARCH BAND SCHEDULE:
Unless otherwise stated, doors open at 8:00 PM for all shows with 10:00 PM show time.

3/4         Your Villain My Hero
NO COVER

3/5         Jackpot Donnie with How Far to Austin, Murley Shertz and Green Sugar
9:00 PM
$5.00 Cover – Free with VIP

3/6         Mojo Skillet
7:00 PM
$6.00 Cover

The Lifeline with Cavalry, Amrita and The Minor League
10:00 PM
$6.00 Cover – Free with VIP

3/11       Your Villain My Hero
NO COVER

3/12       Hairbanger’s Ball
$7.00 Cover

3/13       Character Fleadh, 6:00 PM
Red Rebel County, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Rock Candy, Doors – 8:00 PM, Show – 10:00 PM, Cover $7.00

3/16       The Shamrock Showdown  – Live MMA Fights
Guests 21 and over are invited to watch amateur contenders fight their way into the pros.
Doors – 6:00 PM, Show – 7:00 PM
$25 advance ticket sales, $30 day of fight, $50 table seat, $50

3/17       St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Molly and Tinker, 11:30 PM – 3:00 PM, NO COVER charge until 8:00 PM
Irish Dancers (McNulty School), 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Merry Measure, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
iPop with Cu Roi and Muligan Stew, 8:00 PM – Close, Cover $7.00 (FREE with VIP)

3/18       Your Villain My Hero
NO COVER

3/19       Second Hand Smoke
$6.00 Cover – Free with VIP

3/20       Wedding Banned
$7.00 Cover

3/25       Your Villain My Hero
NO COVER

3/27       This Must Be the Band with Kid A
$6.00 Cover – Free with VIP

Durty Nellie’s
180 N. Smith Street
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 358-9150
www.durtynellies.com

Dawali Celebrates St. Pat’s and March Madness

Chicagoans can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness this March at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen in Albany Park and enjoy festive specials Wednesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 28.  Specials will be available at both lunch and dinner. 

St. Patrick’s Day
Wednesday, March 17
Guests who wear green attire will receive a gift card to enjoy a free appetizer on their next visit.*

March Madness
Thursday, March 18 – Sunday, March 28
Guests who wear their favorite college team’s attire during the first four rounds of March Madness will receive a gift card for a free appetizer on their next visit.*

* Gift certificates will be given with purchase to guests, limit one per guest, per day.  Gift certificates may be redeemed on next visit only, limit one per table.

Voted “Best Falafel” in 2009 by Metromix Chicago, Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen provides an affordable and nutritional well-balanced menu featuring an array of items using choice meat and the finest, freshest ingredients available.  Open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the perfect place for a late night bite.

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen
4911 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
777.267.4200
www.dawalikitchen.com

Millionaire Matchmaker Celeb at Viewing Party

WHAT: BRAVO star, local business owner, restaurateur, real estate tycoon and professional poker player Jimmy “Jimmy D” D’Ambrosio will return for his second appearance on the hit television show Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo.  Jimmy will be present for a viewing party at his very own Citizen Bar on Tuesday, March 2.

This season, Jimmy D will return in a sequel episode as he surrenders to the matchmaking talents of Bravo’s star matchmaker Patty Stanger.  Jimmy’s myriad Chicago fans, family and trendy Citizen patrons will cheer Jimmy on and hold posters high as they celebrate Jimmy’s latest claim to fame.

Jimmy D’Ambrosio, 31, made his fortune as owner of Citizen Bar, Suite Lounge and Wet Nightclub as well as having a high profile career as a professional poker player.  D’Ambrosio is the first entrant into the “Millionaire’s Club” from Chicago on the show, now in its third season.

Viewing Party Details:
Chicagoans can watch the show and meet D’Ambrosio and get inside scoops at Citizen Bar beginning at 8:00 PM.  Citizen Bar will feature a themed drink menu with cocktails ranging from $6 – $9 including: The Millionaire Martini, Patti Pop and Matchmaker Koolaid.

In addition, MCM Social, a unique outlet for Chicago’s selective singles with over 25 years of matchmaking experience, will be on hand before and after the show to offer information about exclusive upcoming events and personalized matchmaking services.  They will also raffle off a 3-month membership to MCM Social, which includes personalized introductions and relationship coaching.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 2
8:00 PM Party, 9:00 PM Showtime

COST: NO COVER

WHERE:        Citizen Bar
364 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60610
312.640.1156
www.citizenbar.com

About Jimmy D:
Jimmy D’Ambrosio, 31, made his fortune as owner of Citizen Bar, Suite Lounge and Wet Nightclub and has a high profile career as a professional poker player, which included a 175th place finish out of 8773 players at the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event that his good friend Jamie Gold won for 12 Million Dollars.  His fierce attitude and bold business sense made him a well-known fixture in the Chicago food and beverage industry, as well as the entertainment scene.  D’Ambrosio can be seen interacting with the guests at one of the many venues he owns or frequently on ESPN dominating at poker tables across the country.

About Millionaire Matchmaker:
The Millionaire Matchmaker follows Patty Stanger and her dogged staff as they give their big bucks clients complete transformations with the help of personal shoppers, date coaches and therapists.  In each episode, two wealthy clients are set up on dates hand-picked by Stanger based upon their beauty and intelligence.  Stanger’s passion for her work is intense – she truly feels this is her life’s calling.  An experienced third-generation matchmaker, Stanger founded her company Millionaire’s Club in January 2000.  Previously, Stanger was the Director of Marketing for Great Expectations, the largest and oldest dating service in the United States.  Her bluntness has made her infamous – “redheads are not the freshest produce in the aisle,” she famously said in season one – but Stanger’s big heart shines through with her genuine interest to find true love for her demanding and ever-growing clientele.

La Madia March Chef’s Table

WHAT:                       La Madia Executive Chef / Owner Jonathan Fox’s passion for pizza is demonstrated in his monthly Chef’s Table events.  March’s Chef’s Table event will include Tuscan White Bean Bruschetta, Handmade Oxtail Ravioli and a Pistachio Torta among other savory dishes and signature La Madia pizzas.

Chef’s Table guests are invited to experience first-hand the seasonal tastes and artisan influences of La Madia’s menu with a special six-course Chef’s Table the first Wednesday of each month.

For $39, guests are seated at the intimate pizza bar with a full view of the Chef’s work area and wood-burning oven.  They will watch as their pizza and other menu samplings are hand-crafted, paired with wines and explained by Executive Chef Jonathan Fox.  Guests will experience the creative process as they are treated to tastes of potential new menu items and other seasonal samplings.

WHEN:           Wednesday, March 3, 7 PM

COST:             $39 per person excluding tax and gratuity, includes six-courses and wine pairings

RESERVE: Reservations required, seating is extremely limited so participants are encouraged to book early. 

WHERE:         La Madia

www.dinelamadia.com

59 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 329-0400

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicagoland

CITY EVENTS

10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE

330 N. State St | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 644.0300 | www.10pinchicago.com

St. Patrick’s Day at 10pin

Wednesday, March 17 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM

On Wednesday, March 17, 10pin Bowling Lounge will offer festive Irish fare along with signature themed cocktails for $8.00 each.  Specialty items will include: Fish ‘n Chips, Mini Corned Beef Sandwiches and Greenie-tini’s.  Complete St. Patrick’s Day menu available upon request.

HOURS: Sunday-Thursday  11:00 AM – 1:00 AM | Friday- Saturday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

CHENS CHINESE AND SUSHI

3506 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.549.9100 | www.chenschicago.com

KOI

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

Go Green at Koi and Chen’s on St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 17

Guests will enjoy special GREEN menu items like Vegetable Dumplings ($4.95), Edamame ($4.50) and Green Tea Ice Cream ($3.95) at Koi and Chens.  Cocktail specials at Chens on St. Patrick’s Day include $3 Sapporo Drafts, $3 Sake Bombs and Half Price Martinis ($4, usually $8).  Photo of green vegetable dumpling available upon request.

CHENS HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday – Saturday 4:00 PM – Midnight

KOI 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

CITYSCAPE BAR

Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.836.5000 |  www.cityscapebar.com

Cityscape St. Pat’s Specials

Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17

In celebration of the Irish holiday, Cityscape Bar will offer special St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails and Guinness drafts, available all day from Friday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 17.  In addition, guests can enjoy complimentary appetizers including mini corned beef sandwiches, Guinness barbecue wings and vegetable crudités from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM each evening.

On Saturday, March 13, guests can watch the river turn green in-style at Cityscape Bar while enjoying beautiful views of the Chicago River and skyline.

COCKTAILS:

Leprechaun-tini, $6.00 – Skyy Citrus Vodka, Midori and Sprite

Leprechaun Spit, $6.00 – Apple Pucker and Irish Whiskey

Celtic Come-On, $6.00 – Frangelico, Jameson, Bailey’s and whipped cream

Guinness Draft, $5.00

HOURS: Monday- Thursday 3:00 PM- 1:00 AM | Friday- Sunday 11:00 AM- 1:00 AM

DAWALI MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN

4911 N. Kedzie Avenue | Chicago, IL 60625 | 777.267.4200

Wear Green at Dawali

Wednesday, March 17

Anyone who wears green to Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen on St. Patrick’s Day will receive a card for free a appetizer for use on their next visit.

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

LUXBAR

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

“Lux of the Irish” at Luxbar

Saturday, March 13 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

$30 per person, portion of proceeds benefit Misericordia

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Luxbar and watch the first-ever Luxbar float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The “Lux of the Irish” main event begins at 1:00 PM, when Luxbar will begin the St. Patrick’s Day blowout to benefit Misericordia.   For $30 per person, guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink “Lux of the Irish” St. Patrick’s Day buffet featuring items like Irish corned beef and an array of sliders.  Price includes draft beers, Guinness Flights, Jameson Whiskey samples from the Jameson girls, the Shannon Irish Rovers Pipe Band and live Irish music by father-and-son duo the Jimmy and Seamus Boyle Band.

Guests will also have a chance to win big in a raffle benefitting Misericordia.  For $3 per ticket or $10 for 5 tickets, entrants will have a chance to win four infield Cubs tickets and a $250 pre- or post-game cocktail party, over a $600 value in total along with restaurant gift certificates and more.

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

SUSHI TAIYO

58 E Ontario St | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.440.1717 | www.taiyochicago.com

IZAKAYA HAPA

Located above Sushi Taiyo at 58 E Ontario | Chicago IL, 60611| 312-202-0808 | http://taiyochicago.com

Specialty St. Patrick’s Day Rolls at Sushi Taiyo

Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Sushi Taiyo will offer patrons a variety of specialty rolls, available Friday, March 12 –  Wednesday, March 17.  St. Patrick’s Day specialty rolls listed below.

Leprechaun Roll, $10

Tempura namasake, jalapeño, avocado and a special sauce rolled with green soy paper

Blarney Roll, $10

Namasake, avocado, cilantro, tomato, and spicy mayo rolled with seaweed on the outside

Over the Rainbow Maki, $15

Toasted salmon, tempura crunch wrapped with pieces of maguro, namasake, hamachi, and unagi

The Lucky Crunch, $12

Kanikama, cream cheese, tempura crunch, and spicy mayo rolled in namasake with unagi sauce

TAIYO HOURS: Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM- 10:30 PM | Friday 11:30 AM- 11:30 PM | Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Sunday 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM

HAPA HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm | Friday: 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm | Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm | Sunday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

TAPAS VALENCIA

1530 South State Street | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.842.4444 | www.tapasvalencia.com

Tapas Valencia  St. Patrick’s Day Sangria

Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17

Guests can stop by Tapas Valencia in the South Loop for Sangria Verde (Green Sangria) available Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17 for $5.95 per glass in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM | Friday: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM | Saturday: 5:00 PM-11:00 PM | Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM | Sunday Dinner: 4:30 PM-9:00 PM

TRADER VIC’S

1030 N. State St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.642.6500 | www.tradervicschicago.com

Festive Drinks at Trader Vic’s

Wednesday, March 17

Guests who join Trader Vic’s on St. Patrick’s Day can sip on $8 Green Mai Tai’s.  This twist on the famous Trader Vic’s Mai Tai includes Trader Vic’s Rum, Lime Juice, Dash of Sugar Syrup, Splash of Blue Curacao and a Splash of French Orgeat.

HOURS: Dinner: 5 PM – 10 PM Sunday-Thursday |5 PM – 11 PM Friday-Saturday | Bar and Lounge: 4 PM – Midnight Sunday-Thursday | 4 PM – 1:30 AM Friday- Saturday

SUBURBAN EVENTS

CARLUCCI  RESTAURANT

1801 Butterfield Road | Downer’s Grove, IL 60515 | 630.512.0990 | www.carluccirestaurant.com

Carlucci St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Wednesday, March 17

Carlucci will offer patrons a festive green pasta for $16.95 and a Flaming Irish Coffee special (Coffee, Baileys, Grand Marnier, Sprinkle of Cinnamon/Sugar, topped with whipped cream and splash of DK Creme de Menthe) for $9.95 in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 AM-9:30 PM | Fri.: 11:30 AM-10:30 PM | Sat.: 4:30 PM-10:30 PM | Sun. 4:30 PM-10:30 PM

DUKE’S ALEHOUSE AND KITCHEN

110 N Main Street | Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.356.9980 | www.thedukeabides.com

Duke’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Saturday, March 13 from 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM AND Wednesday, March 17 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM

$5 cover beginning at 4:00 PM both dates

Saturday, March 13

The celebration starts on Saturday, March 13 with Irish Step Dancers performing from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, followed by the Irish tunes of Merry Measure from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Guests will rock out to the music of Rolling Stones Tribute Band, Hot Rocks, when they take the stage from 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM.

Wednesday, March 17

Guests are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Duke’s all day Irish party.  Enjoy traditional Irish music by Cú Roi from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, followed by a presentation of Irish Step Dancing from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  Mulligan Stew takes the stage at 5:00 PM, followed by the music of OCD from 10:00 PM – 12:30 AM.

HOURS: Sun. – Thurs.: 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM (kitchen 9 PM) | Fri. and Sat.: 11:30AM – 2:00 AM (kitchen 10 PM)

DURTY NELLIE’S

180 N. Smith Street | Palatine, IL | 847.358-9150 | www.durtynellies.com

Durty Nellie’s Week-Long Celebration

Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17

Durty Nellie’s guests are invited to sport green during the week-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  The festivities start on Friday, March 12 and continue through St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, March 17.  Complete schedule below.

Friday, March 12
Whitey Oday, 5:00 PM
Hairbangers Ball, Doors – 8:00 PM, Show – 10:00 PM, Cover $7.00

Saturday, March 13
Character Fleadh, 6:00 PM
Red Rebel County, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Rock Candy, Doors – 8:00 PM, Show – 10:00 PM, Cover $7.00

Tuesday, March 16
Shamrock Showdown – Live MMA Fighting
Guests 21 and over are invited to watch these amateur contenders fight their way into the pros.
Doors – 6:00 PM, Show – 7:00 PM
$25 advance ticket sales, $30 day of fight, $50 table seat, $50 ringside

Wednesday, March 17
Molly and Tinker, 11:30 PM – 3:00 PM, NO COVER charge until 8:00 PM

Irish Dancers (McNulty School), 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Merry Measure, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
iPop with Cu Roi and Muligan Stew, 8:00 PM – Close, Cover $7.00 (FREE with VIP)

HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00am | Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM -4:00 AM

MESON SABIKA

1025 Aurora Avenue | Naperville, IL 60540 | 630.983.3000 | www.mesonsabika.com

Meson Sabika St. Patrick’s Day Sangria

Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17

Guests are invited to stop by Meson Sabika in Naperville for Sangria Verde (Green Sangria) available Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17 for $5.95 per glass in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 AM – 10 PM | Fri. 11:30 AM – 11 PM | Sat. 5-11 PM | Sun. Brunch 11 AM – 2 PM | Sun. Dinner 4:30 -9 PM

PINSTRIPES, INC.
1150 Willow Rd | Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847.480.2323 | www.pinstripes.com
100 West Higgins Rd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.844.9300 | www.pinstripes.com

St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Pinstripes

Wednesday, March 17

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Pinstripes will offer a FREE game of bowling or bocce to guests dressed in green.  Diners will enjoy $3 draft beer and Corned Beef Sliders.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM | Friday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Sunday Brunch: 10:00 – 2:00 PM

Gibsons Rosemont & Hugo’s Live Music Schedule

This March, Gibsons in Rosemont and Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish Houses on Rush Street and in Naperville take their classic dining scenes to the next level with a full schedule of live music.  Every evening (hours vary, see below), guests will enjoy different styles of live music to complete their dining experience.  Admission is free. (See full schedule below.)

Featured musical groups this March at Hugo’s on Rush Street and in Naperville include Anderson “Sonny” Edwards – a soulful R&B multi-instrumentalist, and Steve Kouba a local pianist with a rock ‘n roll vibe.  Hugo’s in Naperville presents pianist and vocalist Sami Scot every Thursday from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM and every Friday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Having performed around the world, Sami Scot has become one of Chicago’s premier solo artists.

Guests can come for the steak and stay for the music as longtime Chicagoland favorite, Lenny Capp, entertains as the resident musician at Gibsons in Rosemont Wednesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM.

MARCH MUSIC SCHEDULE

Gibsons Steakhouse, Rosemont:
Wednesdays: 8:00 PM-12:00 AM, Lenny Capp Solo
Thursdays: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Lenny Capp Solo
Fridays: 8:00 PM – 12:00 PM, Lenny Capp Trio
Saturdays: 8:00 PM – 12:00 PM, Lenny Capp Trio

Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House, Rush St.:
Mondays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, John Talmadge
Tuesdays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sami Scot
Wednesdays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, John Talmadge
Thursdays: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Anderson “Sonny” Edwards
Thursdays: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Professor John
Fridays: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Anderson “Sonny” Edwards
Fridays: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Professor John
Saturdays: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM , Anderson “Sonny” Edwards
Saturdays: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Damien Williams
Sundays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Professor John

Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House, Naperville:
Wednesdays: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Professor John
Thursdays: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Professor John
Thursdays: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sami Scot
Fridays: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Sami Scot
Friday, March 5: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Steve Kouba
Friday, March 12: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Desiree Irwin
Friday, March 19: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Desiree Irwin
Friday, March 26: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, TBD
Saturdays: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Professor John
Saturday, March 6: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Desiree Irwin
Saturday, March 13: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Desiree Irwin
Saturday, March 20: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Professor John
Saturday, March 27: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Steve Kouba

GIBSONS RESTAURANT GROUP
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
1029 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611, 312.266.8999
5464 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018, 847.928.9900
www.gibsonssteakhouse.com
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
1024 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611, 312.640.0999
55 S Main Street, Naperville, IL 60540, 630.548.3764
www.hugosfrogbar.com

Carnivale March Music Schedule

New Sunday Resident Musician Margaret Murphy Takes the Stage

This March, Carnivale will take its vibrant bar scene to the next level with a full schedule of live music featuring some of Chicago’s most renowned Latin bands.  Every Wednesday from 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM and every Sunday from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM, guests will enjoy live Latin music and entertainment.  Admission is free. (See full schedule below.)

Carnivale presents their new resident musician, jazz singer Margaret Murphy, who will perform every Sunday evening from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM throughout March.  Influenced by Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn and under the guidance of saxophonist Von Freeman, Margaret Murphy has quickly become one of Chicago’s most prominent female jazz performers.

Carnivale brings 2004 Grammy Nominee Angel Melendez and his quartet to the stage on Wednesday, March 17 when the skilled composer and trombonist will lead a smooth, yet uplifting jazz set sure to stir the audience in motion.  Having played some of the great Chicago venues including The Chicago Symphony Center, Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, The House of Blues and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Angel Melendez has grown to become one of the most recognized Latin musicians in Chicago.

Additional featured bands this March include Grupo Cha Cha on Wednesday, March 31.  Led by flute and saxophonist Lise Gilly, Grupo Cha Cha plays a blend of Afro Cuban Son, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo along with Latin jazz influenced by American Rhythm and Blues.
MARCH MUSIC SCHEDULE:

Wednesdays: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
3/3 – Willie Gomez Con Cache
3/10 – Willie Gomez Con Cache
3/17 – Angel Melendez Quartet
3/24 – Carpacho & Su Super Combo
3/31 – Grupo Cha Cha

Sundays: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Every Sunday in March, jazz singer Margaret Murphy will take the stage at Carnivale.

Lobby Lounge Veuve Clicquot Package

Chicagoans are invited enjoy an upscale champagne movie  experience at Jerry Kleiner’s Lobby Lounge located in the ShowPlace Icon Theatre.  Guests can indulge in two unique “Escape Packages” sponsored by Veuve Clicquot beginning Monday, February 22 and running until supplies last.

ESCAPE PACKAGES:

Veuve Clicquot “Sakura” Rose NV

Includes a keepsake limited edition ice jacket and two VIP theatre tickets

$100

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV

Includes two VIP theatre tickets

$80

The Lobby Lounge at ShowPlace Icon Theatre

150 W. Roosevelt Rd

Chicago, IL 60605

Located just west of the intersection of Clark and Roosevelt Rd

Phone: 312.564.2104

Hours of Operation

Hours for The Lobby Lounge:

4pm-11pm Monday-Thursday

12pm-11pm Friday-Sunday

For Showtimes please visit www.showplaceicon.com

Hugo’s Naperville Glenfiddich Tasting

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House in Naperville will host a scotch tasting featuring varieties from Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, the perfect way for Chicagoans to warm up this winter.  The evening will include tastings of a 12-year Scotch Special Reserve, a 15-year and an 18-year along with a discussion led by Glenfiddich brand ambassador Freddy May. 

Guests will also enjoy a menu of passed appetizers including Bruschetta, Tuna Tartare and Hugo’s Signature Filet Sliders.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 10 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

COST: $25 per person, all-inclusive

RESERVE: Reservations required, contact Evan Schmitt, 630.548.3764

WHERE:       Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House – NAPERVILLE
55 S Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540
630.548.3764
www.hugosfrogbar.com

Pinstripes March Events

PINSTRIPES MARCH EVENTS

Pinstripes invites guests to enjoy a variety of special events throughout March.  From March Madness brackets to St. Patrick’s Day specials, Pinstripes offers something for everyone.  Guests can also enjoy one of Pinstripes numerous bowling lanes (18 lanes at Northbrook location and 20 lanes at S. Barrington) or challenge their opponents to a friendly game of bocce on any of the available courts (6 courts at Northbrook location and 10 courts at S. Barrington).

TV Tune Out Week
Sunday, March 7 – Saturday, March 13
Pinstripes encourages kids to get off the couch and get active during TV Tune Out Week.  Kids who present their TV Tune Out button will receive a complimentary game of bowling or bocce.

Party Planning Showcase Open House
Thursday, March 11 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Northbrook Location ONLY – 1150 N. Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062
Guests are invited for an evening of bowling, bocce, games, dancing, food and more at Pinstripes Party Planning Showcase.  Over 40 of Chicagoland’s top party vendors will be exhibiting their services at this open house event.  DJs, emcees and dancers of the Keith Christopher Entertainment Group will provide the entertainment.
For more information or to RSVP, contact 847.480.2323

Pinstripes March Madness
Tuesday, March 16 – Monday, April 5
Throughout the duration of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, guests who wear apparel displaying any college team logo will enjoy a FREE game of bowling of bocce.  Draft beers will be available for $3 every game day.  Guests are also encouraged to pick their favorite teams and fill out a Pinstripes bracket.  The winning bracket will walk away with one year of FREE bowling or bocce.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Wednesday, March 17
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Pinstripes will offer a FREE game of bowling or bocce to guests dressed in green.  Diners will enjoy $3 draft beer and Corned Beef Sliders.

Spring Break Special
Monday, March 1 – Wednesday, March 31
Children who visit sporting with the signature Pinstripes bracelet will receive a complimentary Ice Cream Sundae or Root Beer Float during the month of March.  Those who do not already have a bracelet can ask for one at the front desk.

Pinstripes, Inc.
1150 Willow Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
www.pinstripes.com
847.480.2323

100 West Higgins Rd
South Barrington, IL 60010
www.pinstripes.com
847.844.9300

Meson Sabika & Tapas Valencia March Specials

Tapas Valencia and sister restaurant, Meson Sabika in Naperville, will offer festive specials this March as they celebrate National Nutrition Month, St. Patrick’s Day and National Proposal Day.

National Nutrition Month
Monday, March 1 – Wednesday, March 31
MENU:

  • Pisto Manchego – Sautéed vegetables with asparagus, $5.95
  • Salpicon de Mariscos – Chilled medley of shrimp, scallops and calamari with lemon juice, bell peppers, cilantro, onions, sherry vinegar and olive oil, $6.95
  • Tilapia Marinada – Grilled tilapia with artichokes and spinach, $10.95
  • Paella Mariscos – Shrimp, mussels, clams and scallops, $15.95
  • Salmon a la Plancha – Baked Atlantic Salmon, $11.95

St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 17
Sangria Verde – Sour Apple Green Sangria, $5.95

National Proposal Day
Saturday, March 20
Both restaurants will offer a special Proposal Day menu, priced at $29.95 per person.  
MENU:

  • Berenjena con Queso y Rollitio de Salmon Ahumado Combination of grilled eggplant stuffed with roasted peppers and goat cheese drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, and smoked salmon wrapped with spring mix drizzled with mango citrus vinaigrette
  • Tapas Frias Populares Combination of garlic potato salad, sautéed vegetables and imported Serrano Ham
  • Quisquilla al Horno – Baked prawns served with angel hair pasta and drizzled with lemon butter sauce
  • Pollo y Datiles Combination of chicken tenderloin brochettes and dates wrapped in bacon
  • Mar y Montana – Combination of beef tenderloin drizzled with Vega Sindoa wine and sea scallops drizzled with saffron butter sauce served with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach
  • Pastel de Bibleia – Chocolate Heaven

MESON SABIKA
1025 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
630.983.3000
www.mesonsabika.com

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday Dinner: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

TAPAS VALENCIA
1530 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312.842.4444
www.tapasvalencia.com

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Brunch: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Koi and Chens Chinatown Menu

WHAT: Due to popular demand following their successful Taste of China series in 2009, Koi in Evanston and Chens in Wrigleyville are excited to announce the launch of their Chinatown Menu.  Featuring more traditional Chinese family recipes from various regions of China, Koi and Chens now bring to Evanston and Wrigleyville dishes that are typically only available in Chinatown.

The menu, available for dine-in, carryout and delivery, features exciting new dishes like Shanghai Ponzu Red Snapper: a crispy whole Red Snapper in a black vinegar ponzu sauce; Sliced Beef or Sole Filet in spicy broth: tender Sliced Beef or Sole Filet with napa cabbage in a Szechwan hot pepper and peppercorn bean sauce broth – a very spicy dish that cannot be prepared mild; and Vegetarian Eight Treasures: stir-fried wood ear mushrooms and dried bean curd with mushrooms, peapods, sweet red peppers, napa cabbage, bok choy, and lotus root, in a light white wine sauce.

Complete menu is available upon request.

WHEN: Available for Dinner and Lunch (at Koi only) for dine-in, carryout and delivery starting Wednesday, February 17

WHERE:        KOI
624 Davis Street, Evanston, 60201
847.866.6969
www.koievanston.com
Hours:
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10 PM | Friday – Saturday 4:30 PM-11 PM

CHEN’S CHINESE AND SUSHI
3506 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657
773.549.9100 
www.chenschicago.com
Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 4-11 PM |Friday – Saturday 4 PM-Midnight

Hugo’s Downtown Baker’s Dozen Oysters

WHAT: Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House’s Rush Street location celebrates their 13th anniversary as Chicago’s prime location for fresh fish and seafood with an oyster special.  Hugo’s will offer a chef’s selection of a “Baker’s Dozen” – thirteen oysters – for only $13 during the month of March.  Thirteen oysters normally cost $32.50, or $2.50 per oyster.

Hugo’s oyster selection features Wianno oysters from Cape Cod (white, slightly sweet and profoundly salty) and Lady Chatterly from Nova Scotia (sweet start with a briny finish and firm meat).

WHEN: Monday, March 1 – Wednesday, March 31

COST: $13 for thirteen oysters, chef’s selection

WHERE:       Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House – DOWNTOWN

1024 N Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

312.640.0999

HOURS: Mon-Sun: 3 PM-12 AM; BAR: Mon-Sun: 3 PM-2 AM

Oscar Events in Chicago

10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE

330 N. State St | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 644.0300 | www.10pinchicago.com

Oscar’s Bowling and Viewing Party at 10pin

Sunday, March 7

No cover, $8 cocktails

Chicagoans are invited to join 10pin Bowling Lounge for an Academy Awards viewing party with signature themed cocktails for $8 each.  Signature cocktail list below.  Guests can catch all the Oscar action on 10pin’s 128-foot, high-definition video wall supported by a nightclub quality audio system.

Guests who bowl a strike will have an opportunity to win an Oscar flick by knocking down the special Oscar pin.  If the Oscar pin is positioned in the headpin spot and a strike is thrown, the bowler will win an Oscar movie from the past or present on DVD.

Cocktails:

Avatar: Van Gogh Black Cherry, Blue Curacao, Pineapple, Sprite

The Blind Side: Cuervo Gold, Triple Sec, Sour Mix, Salt Rim, Lime Garnish

District 9: Bacardi O, Orange Juice, Red Bull

The Hurt Locker: Beefeater Gin, Dry Vermouth, Olive Juice

HOURS: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM

CITYSCAPE BAR

Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.836.5000 |  www.cityscapebar.com

Specialty Martinis at Cityscape

Sunday, March 7

$5 martinis

Cityscape Bar will offer specialty $5 martinis in celebration of the Academy Awards.  Cocktails listed below.

The Red Carpet Martini – Patron Silver Tequila, Patron Citronge Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Sugar Rim with Lime Wedge Garnish

The Envelope Please Martini - Grey Goose Vodka, Patron Citronge Liqueur, Apple Juice, Lime Juice, Splash of Cranberry, Garnish with an Apple Wedge

HOURS: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM

LUXBAR

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

LUXBAR Oscar Party to Benefit JDRF

Sunday, March 7

$65 per person

LUXBAR and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will bring Hollywood to Chicago for a special JDRF Academy Awards Party on Sunday, March 7 at 6:00 PM.  LUXBAR will roll out the red carpet for Chicago A-listers, including Ginger Zee, to celebrate the Oscars in style.  The evening will be full of cinema and celebs while guests watch the awards on Luxbar’s seventeen flatscreen high definition televisions.
Partygoers will be able to bid on upscale items in the silent auction (benefitting JDRF), while enjoying dinner-by-the-bite and sipping on Goose Island beers, Belvedere Vodka cocktails, and samples from the Glenmorangie Scotch and 10 Cane Rum Mojito Stations.
Menu items by Executive Chef Mike Burkauskas will include Burger Sliders, Filet Sliders, Fried Chicken Sliders, Tuna Tartare on Crispy Wontons, Chicken Empanadas, Quesadillas, and Mini Crab Cakes along with Vegetable Platters, Hummus & Pita and Fruit & Cheese.

HOURS: 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM or Last Award

SUSHI TAIYO

58 E Ontario St | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.440.1717 | www.taiyochicago.com

IZAKAYA HAPA

Located above Sushi Taiyo at 58 E Ontario | Chicago IL, 60611| 312-202-0808 | http://taiyochicago.com

Special Oscar Menu at Sushi Taiyo and Izakaya Hapa

Sunday, March 7

$10 – $11

Sushi Taiyo and Izakaya Hapa Bar and Lounge will offer festive specials in celebration of the 2010 Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 7.  Guests can enjoy themed sushi rolls and specialty martinis including the Red Carpet Roll, Up in the Air Maki, Avatar Lemonade and the Oscar-tini.  The show will air on 42 inch HDTVs up in Izakaya Hapa.

Academy Award Specials:

Oscar-tini, $11

Absolut Mandarin, Sparkling Sake, Mandarin Oranges

Avatar Lemonade, $10

Absolut Citron, Fresh Raspberries, Lemonade, Blue Curacao, Sparkling Sake

Red Carpet Roll, $10

Namasake, avocado and spicy mayo topped with marinated tuna

Up in the Air Maki Roll, $10

Ebi and tempura banana, topped with a special ume sauce sprinkled with wasabi tobiko

HOURS:  7:00 PM- 10:00 PM

THE LOBBY LOUNGE at SHOWPLACE ICON THEATRE

150 W. Roosevelt Road | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312-564-2104| www.showplaceicon.com

Oscar Viewing Party at The Lobby Lounge

Sunday, March 7

Guests are invited to catch all of the star studded action as the Academy Awards ceremony broadcast premieres on Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 PM at The Lobby Lounge located in the ShowPlace Icon Theatre.  Movie lovers can view the awards show on five 50 inch HD TVs located throughout the lounge while indulging in an exclusive “Oscar Crab Pizza” for $15.

HOURS:  7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

33Club Hosts Networking Event

33 Club and Execulife (a social networking group for business professionals) invites Chicagoans to “Meet on the Mezzanine” to enjoy an evening of cocktails and networking.  This will be a kickoff to this monthly event featuring passed small bites along with one complimentary cocktail for each guest.

Networkers who choose to stay for dinner after the event can indulge in a selection of cutting-edge versions of classic American fare and house favorites including: Chilean Sea Bass ($28), Center- Cut Filets ($18 – $24), Hand-formed hamburgers with French fries ($10- $12) and 33 Club’s Signature Red Velvet Cake ($7).

WHEN: Wednesday, March 10

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

COST: FREE for Execulife Members

RESERVE: Space is limited. To register and reserve visit www.execulife.com

33 CLUB

1419 N. Wells Street

Chicago, IL

312.664.1419

www.33clubchicago.com