Monthly Archives: May 2010

Opening Soon: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Oakbrook Location

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse announces the opening of their third and latest dining destination in Oakbrook scheduled to open June 1 with an opening event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Chicago on May 31.  Located at the corner of Spring Road and Commerce Drive, Gibsons Oakbrook will be spearheaded by Gibsons Corporate Executive Chef Randy Waidner and Executive Chef Brian Key.  Gibsons Oakbrook will embody the classic Gibsons dining experience with big flavor steaks and chops, fresh fish daily, and impressive lobster tails—all matched with an extensive wine list.  Gibsons Oakbrook will bring an upbeat, upscale atmosphere to Oakbrook with live music selected by Professor John, generous portions of celebrated food, and legendary service for both lunch and dinner.

The interior space, designed by Mark Knauer (known for his design of the original Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Luxbar, and Quartino among others), will have high ceilings, elegant chandeliers and rich wood paneling to recall the classic steakhouse style for which Gibsons has become famous.

Gibsons Oakbrook boasts numerous outdoor spaces which have the capacity to seat 200 and include a lounge area with three toasty fire pits, an Alpine Waterfall feature off the outdoor dining area and a full outdoor bar.

Says Managing partner Gregg Horan, who opened the highly successful Rosemont location along with sister-restaurant Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House in Naperville, “Gibsons’ Oakbrook location is almost complete and the staff is excited to get up and running. We think it is a great market for Gibsons style food and service and have been trying to open a restaurant here for a long time. We’re looking forward to being a member of the community and creating 180 jobs in the neighborhood.”

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse on Rush Street was founded in 1980 and is celebrating its twentieth year in business. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse started a revolutionary dining style in Chicago and expanded to Rosemont in 2000.  A favorite of celebrities like Johnny Depp, Jeremy Piven, and Michael Rappaport, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse was recently recognized as the tenth highest grossing independent restaurant in the country by Restaurants & Institutions, Gibsons is an explosive concept.

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – OAKBROOK
2105 Spring Rd
Oakbrook, IL  60523

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse embodies the big city dining experience with big flavor steaks and chops, fresh fish daily, and enormous lobster tails—all matched with an extensive wine list. An evening out at Gibsons will include a fun and happening atmosphere with light entertainment, large portions of great food, and uncompromising service.


Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza Opening Soon

A Slice of Heaven in Schaumburg

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza announces a high-energy dining experience in the former Alumni Club space in Schaumburg.  The destination at 871 E. Algonquin Rd, also formerly The Snuggery in 1981, has been a long-running Chicagoland favorite for the past two decades.  Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza will begin serving hungry locals with a fun, casual style of service offering world-class specialty pizzas, panini and wraps, prime burgers, unique organic salads and a large array of appetizers, all at prices that are easy on the wallet.

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza has been brought to life with a whirlwind makeover accompanied by new sound, lighting and stage for DJs, bands and endless entertainment options in an exciting weekly line-up.  There are separate dining rooms for large groups, families and young adults as well as a unique high-energy area for sports viewing and late-night partying.  The décor exudes a colorful, psychedelic appeal with the walls covered in unique memorabilia from the 1960’s to 1990’s, including an eccentric collection of music, entertainment and sports memorabilia.  There is ample, free parking and accommodations for private parties, including a glassed-in “skybox” with fireplace, overlooking the restaurant and grounds.

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza will offer dine-in, carry out and curbside pick-up for those late night cravings and two beautiful private party spaces for any occasion.  This 15,000 square foot, group-friendly, casual dining establishment will accommodate up to 750 people in the dining room and bar area.


Mad Mark’s also boasts the largest outdoor dining and drinking patio in Chicagoland, seating over 350 people and overlooking a pond and acres of manicured parkland.  The outdoor entertainment complex has been given a complete remodel and also features a sand volleyball court, six professional Bagz courts, a basketball court and an outdoor bar and grill perfect for dining or cocktailing alfresco.  The space was previously heralded as the “Best Sports Bar” three years in a row in a Chicago Tribune Readers Poll and “Best Beer Garden” in 2007 and 2008 by Suburban Nitelife, and Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza is looking to continue this coveted trend for its existing audience, while redefining the dining experience for a whole new market.

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza will be a hot spot for watching sports, equipped with over thirty 50”-63” HD plasma TVs and stadium surround sound.  Guests can request a “Fan Can” (personal tabletop speaker) to listen to their game of choice right at their table.  Mad Mark’s has the latest in high tech toys for free play in between the action: Golden Tee Golf, Silver Strike Bowling and Bar-top games.  In addition, free Wi-Fi will be accessible to all customers, as well.

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza is ideal or hosting all types of private parties, for any large-group or sporting event.  Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza can accommodate graduation parties, birthday parties, showers, luncheons and corporate events of any size.  Amenities include multiple plasma TVs, full audio support and special menus.


Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza offers carry-out and curbside pick-up, along with take-and-bake pizza.  The full menu will be available for carryout and pick up.  An online menu can be found at or by calling (847) 397-3100.

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza is located at 871 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg.  Please call (847) 397-3100 for more information or visit online at

There’s something for everyone at Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza!

Tapas Valencia and Meson Sabika Summer Drink Menus – Cocktails with Spanish Flair

Tapas Valencia and its popular sibling restaurant Meson Sabika in Naperville have recently unveiled their new summer drink menus.  Guests can enjoy creative libations on the patio at either restaurant all summer long in addition to the $2 Tapas Happy Hour from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM every Monday – Friday.  Sample of menus below, full menu available upon request.

Rio Sunset
Leblon Cachaca, Cointreau, fresh lime and orange juices

Raspberry Mojito
Freshly made Mojito with rum and raspberry puree

Chocolate Heaven
Vanilla Vodka, White and Dark Godiva Liqueur and splash of cream


The Ultimate Caipirinha
Cabana Cachaça, fresh lime and sugar

Cabana Cachaça, Licor 43, coconut puree, lime juice

The Island
Elderflower Cabana Cachaça, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, guava puree, lime juice

1025 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

1530 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312.842.4444

Pinstripes June Music Lineup

Guests Enjoy House Cocktails with Live Music

Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and Bistro invites guests to enjoy some of Chicago’s best live blues and jazz every Friday and Saturday night at both the Northbrook and South Barrington locations.

Featured performers include Grana Louise (internationally recognized, award winning Blues and Opera vocalist), Skinny Williams (accomplished Saxophonist, composer and performer) and Marty Sammon (Keyboardist for the legendary Buddy Guy).  Guests are also invited to play an active role in the performance when they will be offered the rare opportunity to play or sing with these musical legends.  Full live music lineup available below.

While listening to the music, guests 21 and older can enjoy one of Pinstripes House Cocktails including the Puccini (Absolut Mandarin, mango juice, splash of sparkling wine, served over ice with a lemon and orange twist – $9), Limoncello Martini (Housemade limoncello, fresh lemon, Grand Marnier, splash of sour – $9), and more.

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM


Pinstripes, Inc.
1150 Willow Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

100 West Higgins Rd
South Barrington, IL 60010


Friday, June 4 – Audley Reid
Saturday, June 5 – Skinny Williams
Friday, June 11 – Skinny Williams
Saturday, June 12 – Audley Reid
Friday, June 18 – Bruce Williams
Saturday, June 19 – Robert Davis
Friday, June 25 – Grana Louise
Saturday, June 26 – Skinny Williams

Friday, June 4 – Marty Sammon
Saturday, June 5 – Audley Reid
Friday, June 11 – Audley Reid
Saturday, June 12 – Skinny Williams
Friday, June 18 – Skinny Williams
Saturday, June 19 – Ray Silkman
Friday, June 25 – Audley Reid
Saturday, June 26 – Grana Louise

Mystic Blue Presents “Blue After-Dark” Nightclub on the Lake

Mystic Blue announces their annual summer Blue After-Dark (BAD) Cruise series, including the next wave – the Latin, House on the Lake, Pride and Market Days themed Cruises.  Chicagoans are invited onboard Chicago’s only “floating nightclub” to dance all night to DJs spinning on the observation deck.  All BAD Cruises include an original martini menu; complimentary late-night hors d’oeuvres; DJs and dancing on the outdoor observation deck, and unbeatable views of the Chicago skyline glittering at night. Participants must be 21 or over.

Below is a complete schedule of Mystic Blue After-Dark cruises. All prices below are per person and do not yet include taxes and other fees. Complete menus are below; photos and further details are available upon request.

Reservations are required for Mystic Blue After-Dark cruises and can be made by calling (877) 299-7783 or by visiting

BAD Moonlight Cruises

Keep the party going this summer aboard Chicago’s hottest nightclub every Saturday night starting June 12!  Dance to hip-hop, club and R&B mixes spun by some of the city’s premier DJs on the observation deck.
Board 12:15, cruise 12:45-2:30am, $35.90 per person
Select Friday Moonlights also available.  Visit for complete schedule.

Latin BAD Moonlight Cruise
All Latin Moonlight Cruises Latin DJs spinning inside, a live salsa band on the observation deck (see schedule below), a Latin-themed Appetizer menu, 30-minute Salsa dance lesson and Bud Light Lime and drink specials.  $35.90 per person.
Friday, June 11 featuring Grammy nominee Angel Melendez Tribute to “El Cantante”, Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 – 2:30 AM
Friday , July 23, featuring William Gomez Con Cache Orchestra, Board 10pm, cruise 10:30-1:00am
Friday, August 27, featuring Afinca’o, Board 11:45pm, Cruise 12:15am-2:30am
Saturday, September 25, featuring Carpacho & Su Super Combo, Board 12:15am, Cruise 12:45-2:30am

“House on the Lake” BAD Moonlight Cruise
Friday, June 18
Board 10:00 PM, Cruise 10:30 – 12:30 AM, $35.90
Hors d’Oeuvres Buffet Menu, “Euro” House-style DJ entertainment and drink specials.

Pride BAD Moonlight Cruise

Friday, June 25
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 – 2:30 AM, $35.90
Hors d’Oeuvres Buffet Menu, DJ entertainment, Pride Parade Theme and drink specials.

Market Days BAD Moonlight Cruise
Friday, August 6
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 – 2:30 AM, $35.90
Hors d’Oeuvres Buffet Menu, DJ entertainment, Market Days Theme and drink specials.

Blue After-Dark Moonlight Menu

Vegetable Crudités
With Ranch Dressing
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
With Bleu Cheese Dressing
Pulled Steak Panini
Shredded Sirloin Slow Roasted with Caramelized Onions, Crimini Mushrooms, Monterey Jack Cheese and served on a Toasted Garlic Roll
Crispy Breaded Three-Cheese Ravioli
Served with Zesty Marinara
Seasoned Potato Chips & Pretzels
An Assortment of Desserts

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.

Carnivale University – Summer School: Mojitos 101

Carnivale’s sommelier Elizabeth Mendez will lead this hands-on class featuring two mouthwatering mojito recipes from the festive Latin restaurant’s signature cocktail menu.  One is the classic Mojito and the other is a unique just-in-season Strawberry Mojito.

Participants will learn the history of this classic Cuban cocktail while creating and sampling perfectly muddled mojitos and appetizers by Chef Mark Mendez.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

COST: $25

RESERVE: Reservations required, call 312-850-5005

Carnivale University is a comprehensive schedule of Mixology and Latin Cooking Classes, Unique Dinners and Entertaining Seminars — the perfect way for Chicagoans to learn about Latin culinary culture.  Carnivale University syllabus includes brand new events along with Carnivale favorites like Mojitos 101, Margaritas 101, and signature Wine Classes and Tequila Dinners.

Dawali Best Recipe Contest

Winner Receives Recipe on Dawali’s Menu, Gift Certificate & Hotel Stay

Beginning this June, Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen in Albany Park will hold their first annual Best Recipe Contest.  Guests can submit their favorite recipes built from ingredients currently on the Dawali menu beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 30 by visiting Dawali’s website, Facebook page or by stopping into the restaurant.

Dawali’s Owner and Executive Chef, Nasser Amer, will select five top recipes.  The finalists will be notified Monday, July 5 and invited to a taste test event on Thursday, July 15 where guest judges will choose the best recipe.  The event will be held on Dawali’s newly opened patio that is open for lunch and dinner daily with seating for 30.

The winner of the Best Recipe Contest will receive their recipe on Dawali’s menu for three months, a $100.00 gift certificate to Dawali and a complimentary one-night stay at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen
4911 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625