Monthly Archives: March 2010

May Cruise Events

May brings about spring festivities that can be taken to a new celebratory level aboard Chicago’s Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue cruises with spectacular skyline views, delectable cuisine, live or DJ entertainment and more.  Mother’s Day, Gospel Brunches and Full Moon Dinners will gratify guests of all ages.

All prices below are per person and exclude taxes and other fees. Complete menus, photos and further details are available upon request.

MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 9
The distinguished Odyssey, festive Spirit of Chicago and cool Mystic Blue cruise ships will all celebrate Mother’s Day with unique, plentiful brunches and delectable, entertaining dinners.  Prices range from $54.90 for Mystic Blue’s brunch buffet to $79.90 for Odyssey’s elegant plated dinner cruise.  Each cruise will offer complimentary champagne for guests to kick off the festivities. Kids aged 3 – 12 are half price and infants 2 and under are free.  Full Mother’s Day press release with further information is available.

Odyssey Mother’s Day Brunch
EARLY: Board 9:30 AM, Cruise 10 AM – 12 PM, $64.90, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)
LATE: Board 1:30 PM, Cruise 2 PM – 4 PM, $69.90, Kids Age 3-12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)

Odyssey Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
Board 5:30 PM, Cruise 6 PM – 8:30 PM, $79.90, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 305-2469 or by visiting http://www.odyssey.com.

Spirit of Chicago Mother’s Day Brunch
Board 11 AM, Cruise 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, $59.50, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)

Spirit of Chicago Mother’s Day Early Dinner Cruise

Board 3 PM, Cruise 3:30 PM – 6 PM, $69.90, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 273-2469 or by visiting http://www.spiritofchicago.com.

Mystic Blue Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 AM, Cruise 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, $54.90, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)

Mystic Blue Mother’s Day Early Dinner Cruise
Board 3 PM, Cruise 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM, $64.90, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (877) 299-7783 or by visiting http://www.mysticbluecruises.com.

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO GOSPEL LUNCH
Sunday May 15
Board 11 AM, Cruise 12 PM – 2 PM Adults $44.90, Kids Age 3 – 12 Half Price (age 2 and under are free)
The Spirit of Chicago gets spiritual with a triumphant Gospel Lunch Cruise featuring the world-renown Tecora Rogers & The Chicago Spirituals. Now Chicagoans can celebrate the New Orleans tradition of the Gospel Lunch aboard the Spirit of Chicago.  A plentiful buffet includes Summer Salad Sampler, Thai BBQ Sirloin of Beef, Penne Al Forno, Cookies, Pastries, Fruit and more.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 273-2469 or by visiting http://www.spiritofchicago.com.

ODYSSEY AND SPIRIT OF CHICAGO FULL MOON DINNER
Thursday, May 27
A full moon occurs when the geocentric longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees.  And following is a more simple explanation of ways the phenomenon can be enjoyed aboard the elegant Odyssey, the celebratory Spirit of Chicago cruises or the fresh and modern Mystic Blue.

Odyssey
Board 6 PM, Cruise 7 PM – 10 PM
$95.90
The Odyssey’s upscale lunar cruise will include a plated dinner menu featuring Lobster Bisque, Beef Short Ribs, Odyssey’s signature Decadent Chocolate Truffle Torte and more, live entertainment and spectacular skyline views under a full moon.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 305-2469 or by visiting http://www.odyssey.com

Spirit of Chicago
Board 6:30 PM, Cruise 7 PM – 10 PM
$75.90
Guests can celebrate the moon’s stunning phase with plentiful dinner buffet including Toasted Cous Cous Salad, Thai BBQ Sirloin of Beef, Rigatoni Frutti de Mare and more, a DJ, performances by talented staff, and incredible skyline views under a full moon.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (866) 273-2469 or by visiting http://www.spiritofchicago.com.

Mystic Blue Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge
Board 6 PM, Cruise 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$55.90
The Mystic Blue’s cool vibe is the perfect nightspot for Chicagoans. The Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge features a light menu including Tequila-Lime Chopped Salad, Aloha Roasted Brisket and Malibu Steamed Vegetables, outdoor entertainment (weather permitting), live DJ and more.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (877) 299-7783 or by visiting http://www.mysticbluecruises.com.

General Information

In the event a cruise is unable to depart Navy Pier due to weather, the event will be held dockside. Ample parking with shuttle service to Navy Pier is available just off Illinois St. and Grand Ave.

Odyssey Cruises, Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue Cruises and The Seadog are owned and operated by Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises.

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Meson Sabika and Tapas Valencia Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, Tapas Valencia and sister restaurant, Meson Sabika in Naperville, will donate 5% of the sales that day to their favorite green charities, which include the Green Earth Institute, an organic non-profit farm in Naperville, and Ecology Fund, an organization that aims to acquire new funds for critical habitat and wilderness preservation using the power of the Internet.

WHEN: Thursday, April 22
Meson Sabika: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Tapas Valencia: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

TO RESERVE: For Reservations
Meson Sabika – 630.983.3000
Tapas Valencia – 312.842.4444

CHARITIES:
Meson Sabika
http://www.greenearthinstitute.org

Tapas Valencia
http://www.ecologyfund.com

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

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

Cubs and Sox Home Opener Events in Chicagoland

CITY EVENTS

10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE
330 N. State St | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 644.0300 | http://www.10pinchicago.com

Cubs Home Opener Action at 10pin
Monday, April 12
$3 Old Style and PBR Bottles
Guests can catch all of the Cubs action on 10pin’s 128-foot, high-definition video wall supported by a nightclub-quality audio system while enjoying $3 Old Style and PBR bottles.

HOURS: 11 AM – 1 AM Sun-Thurs, 11 AM – 2 AM Friday and Saturday

STRETCH RUN SPORTING CLUB & GRILLE
544 N LaSalle | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.644.4477 | http://www.stretchrunchicago.com

Sox Home Opener at Stretch Run
Tuesday, April 6
$4.50 Cocktails, $4 20 oz Drafts

Guests who stop by Stretch Run to watch the Sox Home Opener will enjoy specialty cocktails like the Black & White Sox on the Rocks with Blue Curacao, Raspberry Liqueur, Effen Black Cherry, garnished with a float of cream in a rocks glass over ice for $4.50, and 20 oz drafts for $4.

Cubs Home Opener at Stretch Run
Monday, April 12
$4.50 Cocktails, $3 Bud Light Bottles
Guests are invited to join Stretch Run for the Cubs Home Opener and sip on specialty cocktails like the Blue Cubs on the Rocks with Blue Curacao, Bacardi Limon, and Sprite, garnished with grenadine and maraschino cherry for $4.50 and Bud Light Bottles for $3.

HOURS: Daily Lunch and Dinner: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM | Kitchen: Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

SUSHI TAIYO
58 E Ontario | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.440.1717 | http://www.taiyochicago.com

Home Opener Drink Specials
Tuesday, April 6 and Monday, April 12
Sushi Taiyo will offer baseball fans half-off sake bottles on Tuesday, April 6 for the Sox Home Opener and half-off wine bottles on Monday, April 12 for the Cubs Home Opener.

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

SUBURBAN EVENTS

DURTY NELLIE’S
180 N. Smith Street | Palatine, IL | 847.358-9150 | http://www.durtynellies.com

Free Hot Dogs at Durty Nellie’s for the Cubs Season Opener
Monday, April 5
FREE Hot Dogs and Beer Specials
Durty Nellie’s kicks off the Cubs Season with FREE hot dogs on Monday, April 5 when the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.  Guests can enjoy a free hot dog with the purchase of any beverage.  Complimentary hot dogs will be available from the first pitch at 3:10 PM until the seventh inning stretch.  Guests can choose from a variety of drink specials, including $10 buckets of Budweiser and Bud Light 12 oz bottles (five beers in a bucket).

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

THE LUCKY MONK
105 Hollywood Blvd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.898.0500 | http://www.theluckymonk.com

The Monk’s Cubs and Sox Home Opener Specials
Tuesday, April 6 and Monday, April 12
$3 Specialty Draft Beers, $10 Brat and Brew Special
For both the Cubs and Sox Home Opener games, The Lucky Monk will offer $3 Monk Drafts, as well as a Brat and Brew Special which includes a Monk Draft and Bratwurst, served with French Fries and Caramelized Onions on a Pretzel Roll, for $10.

HOURS: Sunday-Thursday:  11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Bar and Lounge open until 1:00 AM | Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Bar and Lounge open until 2:00 AM

Brasserie JO Ommegang & Duvel Beer Dinner

Chicagoans are invited to Brasserie JO, one of Chicago’s foremost spots for unique local and international brews and Chicago’s only authentic French brasserie, for an exclusive dinner featuring beers from Ommegang and Duvel Breweries on Thursday, April 8, 2010.

Seatings for this four-course, open-seating beer dinner will be available from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and will feature dishes like Mussels and Clams cooked in Duvel with Dried Andouille, Steak with Cremini Mushrooms and Yellow Corn and a Cheese Course of Pont l’Évêque with Chestnut Honey. Complete menu is available upon request.

COST: $49 per person, excludes tax and gratuity

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2010
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

RESERVE: Reservations are required, call 312.595.0800

Brasserie JO / Bar JO
59 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60610
312.595.0800
brasseriejo.com

Tax Day Specials in Chicagoland

CITY EVENTS

10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE
330 N. State St | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 644.0300 | http://www.10pinchicago.com

Tax Day Deals at 10pin

Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Specials
Guests who join 10pin on April 15 are invited to enjoy Svedka Cocktails, Sam Adams Drafts and bowling games for $4.15 each.

HOURS: 11 AM – 1 AM Sun-Thurs, 11 AM – 2 AM Friday and Saturday

BRASSERIE JO
59 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 595.0800 | http://www.brasseriejo.com

Soften the Blow at Brasserie JO
Thursday, April 15
$4.01 Hopla Drafts, complimentary Tarte Flambees
Brasserie JO will offer $4.01 Hopla drafts and complimentary Tarte Flambees in the bar area to soften the blow of paying Uncle Sam on Tax Day, Thursday, April 15.

HOURS: Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5 PM – 10 PM | Fri-Sat 5 PM – 11 PM

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

Tax Refunds at Carnivale
Thursday, April 15
On Thursday, April 15, Carnivale will offer a Tax Refund to all dining guests during lunch and dinner.  Diners will receive a $15 Gift Certificate for use on their next visit.  Complimentary gift certificates will be valid through May 31, 2010.

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

CHENS CHINESE AND SUSHI
3506 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.549.9100 | http://www.chenschicago.com
KOI
624 Davis Street | Evanston, IL 60201 | 847.866.6969 | http://www.koievanston.com

Dinner Specials at Koi and Chens
Thursday, April 15
$10.99 Chinese Plate entrees
In honor of Tax Day on Thursday, April 15, both Koi and Chens will offer all Chinese Plate entrees for $10.99.  Dine-in, dinner only.  Chinese Plates include General Tsao’s Plates, Szechwan Plates, Sesame Plates and more.

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 | http://www.cityscapebar.com

Complimentary Buffet and Drink Specials at Cityscape Bar

Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Cocktails
Cityscape Bar will offer $4.15 cocktails on Tax Day, available all day .  Cocktails include the IRS Blue Lemonade Martini with Skyy Citrus Vodka, Blue Curaco and Lemonade.  Guests who join Cityscape between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Tax Day are invited to feast on a complimentary appetizer buffet with Hot Wings, Jalapeno Poppers and Grilled Fresh Veggies with Aged Balsamic.

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

DAWALI MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN
4911 N. Kedzie Avenue | Chicago, IL 60625 | 777.267.4200

Tax Day Specials at Dawali

Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Specials
Chicagoans are invited to stop by Dawali on April 15 and feast on specials like Classic Shawarma with Marinated Beef or Lamb served in a Pita with Sumac Onions, Tomato and Tahini Sauce or Dawali’s Classic Falafel stuffed in Fresh Pita Bread with Potato, Eggplant, Cauliflower and Tomato Salad for $4.15 each.

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

STRETCH RUN SPORTING CLUB & GRILLE
544 N LaSalle | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.644.4477 | http://www.stretchrunchicago.com

Cocktail Specials at Stretch Run
Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Cocktails
Chicagoans are invited to join Stretch Run on Tax Day and relieve some stress with $4.15 cocktails, including the Green Meenie with Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, Triple Sec, Tonic Water, Sour Mix, served in a pint glass over ice.

HOURS: Daily Lunch and Dinner: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM | Kitchen: Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

SUSHI TAIYO
58 E Ontario St | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.440.1717 | http://www.taiyochicago.com

Sushi Taiyo Tax Day Deal
Thursday, April 15
$10.99 Sushi and Wine/Beer
Sushi Taiyo will offer Chicagoans their choice of a Spicy Tuna or California Roll and a glass of House Wine or Domestic Beer as a Tax Day special, available all day.

SUSHI 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

TAPAS VALENCIA
1530 South State Street | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.842.4444 | http://www.tapasvalencia.com

Sangria Deal at Tapas Valencia
Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Sangria Glasses
Tapas Valencia will offer guests $4.15 glasses of Red or White Sangria on April 15, available all 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 Dinner: 4:30 PM-9:00 PM

SUBURBAN EVENTS

CARLUCCI  RESTAURANT
1801 Butterfield Road | Downer’s Grove, IL 60515 | 630.512.0990 | http://www.carluccirestaurant.com

Tax Day Drink Specials at Carlucci
Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Select Bottles of Wine, $4.15 Martinis
Guests who join Carlucci on Thursday, April 15 will enjoy $4.15 martinis off of the martini list and $4.15 bottles of select wine in the dining room.  Select wines include Malbec, Chardonnay, Merlot, White Zinfandel, and Cabernet.  Limit one bottle per table, must order entree, dine-in only.  Other restrictions will apply.

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

THE LUCKY MONK
105 Hollywood Blvd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.898.0500 | http://www.theluckymonk.com

10.40 EZ and Cheesy Pizza Deal at the Monk
Thursday, April 15
$10.40 Large Pizzas
The Lucky Monk will offer all large 16″ pizzas for  $10.40 on Tax Day.

HOURS: Sunday-Thursday:  11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Bar and lounge open until 1:00 AM | Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Bar and lounge open until 2:00 AM

MESON SABIKA
1025 Aurora Avenue | Naperville, IL 60540 | 630.983.3000 | http://www.mesonsabika.com

Sangria Deal at Meson Sabika
Thursday, April 15
$4.15 Sangria Glasses
Meson Sabika will offer guests $4.15 glasses of Red or White Sangria on April 15, available all day.

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

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

Tax Free Day at Pinstripes
Tuesday, April 13 – Thursday, April 15
In honor of Tax Day, Pinstripes will offer all gaming, food and beverages “Tax Free” (10% discount) from Tuesday, April 13 – Thursday, April 15.

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

La Madia Spring Cooking Class Series – Up Next: Pizza!

Chicagoans are invited to join Chef/Owner Jonathan Fox and La Madia for lazy Italian-style Saturday afternoons in the kitchen for Spring Cooking Classes and Wine Tasting Series.

The next theme, on April 17, will be Fox’s most celebrated craft – Pizza.  Participants will learn to make classic artisan pizza dough and proper “stretching” techniques.  Recipes include a classic margherita pizza, which includes La Madia’s signature tomato sauce, as well as a seasonal spring pizza.  Both wood-burning oven firing and home-oven baking techniques will be discussed while participants enjoy perfectly paired wine selections.  Plus guests will receive a take-home pizza making kit so they can try the recipes.

COST: $30 includes class, tastings, recipes and paired wine.

WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

RESERVE:
Reservations required. Call (312) 329-0400.  Space is limited.

WHERE: La Madia
http://www.dinelamadia.com
59 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 329-0400

Chicago Mart Plaza Offers $95 Spring Break Rate

Guests are invited to kick off spring at the recently renovated, LEED certified Chicago Mart Plaza hotel for the low rate of $95 per night.

Guests will enjoy:
·   Deluxe accommodations for two at this newly renovated River North hotel with redesigned guest rooms equipped with a 32-inch LCD flat screen television, full bath amenities, complimentary high speed wireless internet, new Serta Concierge Plus mattresses.
·   $25 food and beverage credit to be used at Italiasia, Chicago hot new Italian/Asian fusion concept, or Cityscape Bar, complete with unmatched views of the Chicago skyline and award-winning cocktails.
·   For $110 per night, the Mart Plaza offers all above package amenities in addition to parking (usually $34 value).

COST: $95 per night – Booking Code: ILYGS
$110 per night includes parking – Booking Code: ILZPI

WHEN: Starting Sunday, March 28 – Sunday, April 4

CHICAGO MART PLAZA
350 West Mart Center
Chicago IL 60654
312-836-5000
http://www.martplaza.com