Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza Entertainment Schedule

Schaumburg’s One-Stop-Shop for Entertainment

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza announces their weekly entertainment schedule.  Featuring Bagz tournaments, food specials, magicians, live music, Headliner DJs and more, Mad Mark’s presents endless entertainment options for guests of all ages.

Guests can enjoy free Bagz available 7 nights a week, with no reservation necessary.  Volleyball leagues are forming for the summer and fall; so interested participants are urged to call the restaurant for more information.  Guests can also participate in a buy-in Bagz tournament on Tuesday nights and a Miller Sponsored Bagz tournament every Thursday.  The weekly winner of the Miller Bagz tournament will receive a $100 prize.

Ongoing Entertainment Schedule:
Monday: Mad Mark’s Magical Mondays:
Features live Magician James Sanden in the restaurant from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Kids Eat Free (after 4:00 PM) and Carryout Pizza is Half-Price

Tuesday: Twisted Tuesdays: Headliner DJ, Rich “Too Much Funk” from 9 PM – 1 AM
Special late night menu available until 12 AM

Wednesday: Country Thunder Night!: DJ Hillbilly plays Country hits from 7 PM – 1 AM
Live country bands take the stage from 9 PM – 1 AM
Upcoming country bands include:
– Smokin’ Gunz (June 16)
– Lucky Town (June 23)
– Hillbilly Rockstarz (June 30)
Half-price pizza (after 4 PM, dine-in only)

Thursday: Don’t Worry be Happy Hour from 5 PM – 9 PM in the garden with:
Steve Persky “The Steel Drum Guy”
Live Acoustic Rock Thursdays in the garden from 9 PM- 12:30 AM

Friday: Don’t Worry be Happy Hour from 5 PM – 9 PM with:
DJ Marty B featuring classic rock and Motown hits
Headliner Guest DJs from 9 PM – 3 AM.  Upcoming Guest DJs include:
– Tim Spinnin’ Schommer (June 18)
– Mach 1 from 103.5 Kiss FM Beat Freaks (June 25)
– DJ Spin – B96 Street Mix (July 2)
Special late night menu available until 2 AM

Saturday: Headliner DJ, DJ Bobby D from 9 PM – 3 AM
Special late night menu available until 2 AM

Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza
871 E. Algonquin Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 397-3100


Vital Juice Launches in Chicago

Windy City women have an important new resource with the rollout of Vital Juice Chicago  – the free daily email newsletter will begin covering the city’s health and wellness scene on June 16.

Each weekday morning Vital Juice Chicago subscribers will get one short, timely story on the personalities, businesses, events and more that contribute to the city’s healthy scene – and the tips are delivered straight to their inboxes.  It is free to subscribe at

“We hope to provide Chicagoans with the most relevant and actionable recommendations, information, tips and trends in fitness, nutrition, beauty and wellness,” explained Vital Juice Co-Founder Amanda Freeman.

“We see an increased interest in healthy living throughout the Chicago area,” added Co-Founder Lisa Blau, “and we’re here to respond to that demand– Vital Juice Chicago is a roadmap to wellness within this community, this city.”

Vital Juice has pegged Chicago-area wellness writer Maya Henderson as editor of its new edition.  Henderson, who has written for Time Out Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times and ChicagoNow, says she is excited about her new post and predicts that many Chicagoans will “quickly become addicted” to the daily emails.

“There’s finally a way for Chicago’s health and fitness community to find out about the best classes, workouts, holistic spa treatments and healthy events five days a week,” she said. “I couldn’t be more excited to share the latest and greatest in this city with our readers.”

Vital Juice Chicago joins the e-publication’s four existing editions: Everywhere (national), New York, Los Angeles and Moms.  Founded by Lisa Blau and Amanda Freeman in 2007 as a free, go-to resource for women focused on leading healthy lives, the company is online at

To download a copy of the Vital Juice logo, click here:

KOI and Chen’s Celebrate Half-Year Day

Half-Price Chinese Plate Entrées

In honor of Half-Year Day, the half-way point of 2010, Koi in Evanston and Chens in Wrigleyville present half-price Chinese Plate Entrées on Thursday, July 1, 2010.  Chinese Plate entrées include General Tsao’s Plates, Szechwan Plates, Sesame Plates and more.

Plus, guests at Chens can wash down their entrées with Chens’ signature martinis, also offered at half-price ($4 instead of $8).  Martinis include the Frozen Mango, Classic Cosmo, Key Lime Martini, Chocolate Raspberry and more than 20 others.

Half Price items available dinner only, dine-in only.

COST: Chinese Plates range from $5.99 – $7.99 (originally $10.99 – $14.99)
Chen’s Martinis – $4 (originally $8)

WHEN: Thursday, July 1, 2010
Dinner service

624 Davis Street, Evanston, 60201
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10 PM | Friday-Saturday 4:30 PM-11 PM

3506 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657
Sunday-Thursday: 4-11 PM | Friday-Saturday 4 PM – Midnight
Cubs Home Game Days: Open at 3:00 PM

Excalibur’s Monthly Showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Michael Jackson Tribute

Onesti Entertainment, Excalibur & Vision Nightclubs present Final Fridays at the Haunted Castle, featuring a monthly midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in its 35th anniversary year.  Showings of the cult classic will take place at midnight on the last Friday of every month, beginning June 25.  Audience members are invited to dress the part and participate in the interactive viewing experience along with live actors singing, dancing and “time-warping” along with the film.  Classic Rocky Horror props will be for sale ($2-$5) and provided by the “actors” for audience partici-(SAY IT!)-pation.

Specialty cocktails available for $5 each for the festivities and include the Sweet Transves-tini for the Screaming Orgasm, the Time Warp and of course a Virgin Mary.  Screening will take place upstairs on a 16-foot screen, with seating for 250 on two levels.  The film will also be shown on five large flat-screen televisions around the main stage for additional viewing.  Photos available upon request.

Doors will open at 9:30 PM with “Gone Too Soon… A Tribute to Michael Jackson” starring the country’s top MJ impersonator, Rico!  This exciting opening performance takes place on the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s tragic passing. With classic MJ glitzy costumes and signature dance moves, Rico makes audience members feel as if they are in the room with “The King of Pop” himself. “Thrilling” performance starts at 10:30 PM.  Photos available upon request.

WHEN: Friday, June 25 at MIDNIGHT, Last Friday of every month
Rico Michael Jackson performance at 10:30 PM
Doors open at 9:30 PM

COST: $15 per person, available at the door

Excalibur & Vision Nightclub
632 North Dearborn Street, Chicago
(312) 266-1944

DATES: Upcoming show dates:
Friday, June 25
Friday, July 30
Friday, August 27
Friday, September 24
Friday, October 29
Friday, November 26
There will not be a show on December 31

About The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror is the first and only true audience partici-(SAY IT!)-pation movie. People yell back lines at the screen during the extended pauses between dialogue, dress up in costume and act out the film, and throw props various times during the film. The audience participation phenomenon was observed as early as the film’s first run in 1975 (when it bombed during limited engagements in 7 of 8 cities), and was later re-released as a midnight movie where the audience participation really began to flourish. And by the way, for the “gore sensitive”, Rocky Horror is NOT a horror film. It is a rock-musical send-up of old science-fiction and horror films.

About Rico Michael Jackson
Enrico Hampton is known to many as “Rico Michael Jackson” Chicago’s most renowned Michael Jackson Impersonator.  For the past few years, Rico has “Thrilled” thousands with his spectacular performance showcasing Michael Jackson.  Whether performing for adults or children, they are all mesmerized by his unbelievable likeness to the King of Pop.  His life as an entertainer has been event filled, performing for various community events, schools, churches and charities.  Rico’s breathtaking performances has lead him on a journey around the country from LA to New York.  His musical magnetism has drawn recognition and praise from the Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, who honored the multi-talented entertainer with a proclamation proclaiming December 5th Enrico Hampton Day in the City of Chicago.

The Portage Opens in Portage Park

The Portage announces a gastropub and restaurant to open Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in the heart of Portage Park.  The Portage will serve welcoming, affordable classic American cuisine and comfort food by Executive Chef Jeff Brantley.

The Restaurant
The overall space designed by owner, Quay Tao, is clean, modern and comfortable with rich woods, recessed lighting and plush red upholstery in the main dining area.  The walls are a soft gray and seating includes bold, warm red fabric banquets.  The space exhibits an elegant yet casual, intimate feel.  The décor is contemporary and simple to reflect a menu with similar priorities. Says Tao “I wanted to create an interior that reflects affordable luxury to create a welcoming dining experience for our guests – many of whom will be Portage Park neighbors.”

The Portage offers seating for 28 in the main dining room.  A granite bar with seating for 16, features a 47” plasma TV and red leather bar stools.  The private lounge area called the “Library Room,” is ideal for private dining and wine and food tastings.  The room, that can seat 10 – 12 guests, will also function as a lounge with a leather couch, a collection of books and 47” plasma TV.  The expansive patio area in the back garden will seat 45 and includes slate tile flooring and Brazilian hardwood walls.

The Menu
The Portage will showcase Classic American cuisine by Executive Chef Jeff Brantley.  The seasonal menu will feature Appetizers, Soups and Salads, Entrées, and Desserts ranging from $4.95 – $18.95.  The Portage will be open dinner seven days a week, serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday and they will soon be open for lunch. (See below for full hours of operation).

Brunch and Dinner menu highlights include Duck Fat French Fries (House-Cut Potatoes, Fried Crispy in Duck Fat, served with a Duo Dipping Sauce: $4.95); Roasted Organic Beet Salad (with Toasted Marcona Almonds, Goat Cheese, and Pink-Peppercorn Vinaigrette: $7.95); Pan Roasted Adobo Salmon (On Bed of Fava Bean Succotash, Frisee, and Grilled Asparagus Ribbons: $17.95); The Portage Kobe Burger (Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Red Onions, House-Made Pickles, Romaine Lettuce, and a Spicy Aioli on a Polish Egg Bun: $10.95); Frutti Di Mare (Pasta, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Swiss Chard, and Garlic Tomato Cream Sauce: $15.95).  Full menus are available upon request.

The Portage will be BYOB through the end of June.  Full brunch, lunch, wine and cocktail menus are coming soon.

About Executive Chef Jeff Brantley
Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Jeff started working in restaurants at the age of sixteen.  After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Hospitality Management, Jeff went to work at the famed City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi with James Beard honoree, Chef John Currence.  He then moved to Chicago to attend Le Cordon Bleu’s culinary program at the Cooking and Hospitality Industry of Chicago. Upon graduating, Jeff cooked in the acclaimed kitchens at X/O and Il Cuomo before becoming Executive Chef at Tizi Melloul in River North.  When not at work, Jeff is active in the local restaurant community building strong relationships with local markets and farms and finding ways to incorporate sustainable and “slow food” into his everyday life and now The Portage.  Says, Brantley, “I’m excited to get to know our neighbors and offer them fresh, creative, affordable food.”

Quay Tao – Owner and Managing Partner
As an entrepreneur, restaurant owner, operator and consultant, Quay Tao brings more than 15 years of impressive experience to The Portage.  Tao has played a major role in the conception and operation of some of Chicago’s most successful and acclaimed restaurants.  Tao established himself as a manager at Le Colonial Restaurant, a staple in the Gold Coast.  He then opened the popular Tizi Melloul (1999), MOD (2001) and Acqualina (2004) restaurants a co-founder and managing partner in all three ventures.  All three restaurants have been reviewed and received accolades by publications such as Food and Wine, Chicago Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Gourmet.  MOD and Acqualina were both named as best new restaurant by Chicago Magazine while Tizi Melloul was highlighted on the hit show Check, Please!

About Neil O’Mara – General Manager
With 20 vibrant years of restaurant experience at notable restaurateurs including Jerry Kleiner and Anan Abu-Taleb (Maya Del Sol), Neil O’Mara has honed his craft and palette as a top manager and beverage director for some of the finest dining destinations in the Chicago area – most recently as founding General Manager of Jerry Kleiner’s 33 Club in Old Town.  Neil recently moved to the Portage Park area and is looking forward to exploring everything the neighborhood and surrounding area has to offer.  “Quay and I are really charged about creating a fun, welcoming restaurant that will become a lasting favorite for the local community and visitors to this unique area.”

3938 N Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

Monday- Thursday: Dinner 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday: Dinner 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Saturday: Brunch 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM; Dinner 5:00 PM- 10:30 PM,
Sunday:  Brunch 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM; Dinner 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue Air & Water Show Cruises

Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago, and Mystic Blue announce a full schedule of cruises with premium views aboard their newly renovated vessels during the Air & Water Show in Chicago this August.  Guests can catch all of the dynamic action, complete with lake breezes and the gorgeous skyline as a backdrop.  All cruises include extensive buffets and live entertainment.

To view a complete schedule of all Air & Water Show Cruises, please visit All prices below are per person and do not yet include taxes and other fees.  Complete menus, photos and further details are available upon request.  

Early Air & Water Preview Show Cruise
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30 – 12:30 PM; $59.90

Afternoon Air & Water Preview Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30 – 5:00 PM; $64.90

Spirit of Chicago
Early Air & Water Preview Show Cruise
Board 10:30 AM, Cruise 11:00 – 1:00 PM; $44.90

Afternoon Air & Water Preview Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30 – 5:00 PM; $54.90

Mystic Blue
Early Air &Water Preview Show Cruise
Board 10:30 AM, Cruise 11:00 – 1:00 PM; $39.90

Afternoon Air &Water Preview Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30 – 5:00 PM; $49.90

Mystic Blue
Early Air &Water Show Cruise
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30- 12:30 PM; $44.90

Afternoon Air &Water Show Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30—4:30 PM; $59.90

Early Air & Water Show Brunch
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30—12:30 PM; $64.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Brunch
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:45—4:45 PM; $79.90

Spirit of Chicago

Early Air & Water Show Cruise
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30—12:30 PM; $49.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30—4:30 PM; $64.90

Mystic Blue
Early Air &Water Show Cruise
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30—12:30 PM; $44.90

Afternoon Air &Water Show Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30—4:30 PM; $49.90

Early Air & Water Show Brunch
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30—12:30 PM; $64.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:45—4:45 PM; $69.90

Spirit of Chicago
Early Air & Water Show Cruise
Board 10:00 AM, Cruise 10:30—12:30 PM; $49.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Cruise
Board 2:00 PM, Cruise 2:30—4:30 PM; $54.90

Reservations for all cruises are required.  Contact information can be found below.
For the Mystic Blue, call (877) 299-7783 or visit
For the Odyssey, call (866) 305-2469 or visit
For the Spirit of Chicago, call (866) 273-2469 or visit

Pinstripes Dinner on the Fly

$12 Dinner Sunday through Thursday

Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and Bistro invites guests to eat on the fly with their exclusive $12 “Dinner on the Fly” menu.  Available Sunday through Thursday nights, the menu features Pinstripes’ favorites such as BBQ Ribs and Chicken Breast Combo, Eggplant Parmesan, Bottomless Soup & Salad, and more.  Dinner on the Fly includes a non-alcoholic beverage.  Complete menu and descriptions available upon request.

In addition to “Dinner on the Fly”, guests who spend $50 or more on food and drink will receive a $25 PinTreat towards bowling or bocce.  Those who spend $100 or more on food and drink will receive a $50 PinTreat for bowling or bocce.  PinTreats can be earned any day of the week and can be redeemed Sunday through Thursday.  PinTreats cannot be used towards private parties.

WHEN: Dinner, Sunday – Thursday

COST: $12 (excludes tax and gratuity)

Pinstripes, Inc.
1150 Willow Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

100 West Higgins Rd
South Barrington, IL 60010