Monthly Archives: October 2010

Grotto Oak Brook Hosts Jordan Winery Dinner

Guests can take a tour of Alexander Valley this October as Jordan Winery hosts an exclusive wine dinner at Grotto Italian Steakhouse in Oak Brook.  Master Sommelier Serfin Alvarado will host as patrons enjoy 5-courses expertly paired with an array of Jordan wines.  Menu highlights include: Capellini with Crab Meat, Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Sauce, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Apple Tart and Wild Berries.  Featured wines include: Jordan Chardonnay, Jordan Cabernet, Jordan Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rivie’re Russe (full menu and pairings below).  

WHEN: Thursday, October 21
7:00 PM

COST: $85.00 per person

RESERVE: Reservations required.  630.571.5700

Beef Carpaccio, Crostini of Smoked Salmon

Arugula with Apple, Pears, Fried Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Capellini with Crab Meat and Asparagus with Garlic Oil

Main Course:
Beef Tenderloin topped with Cabernet Sauce, Wild Mushrooms and Au Gratin Potatoes

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Apple Tart and Wild Berries

About Grotto Italian Steakhouse
Grotto Oak Brook is conveniently located in the Oak Brook Promenade Shopping Plaza.  They offer a wide variety of Italian favorites as well as Prime Steaks and Fresh Seafood with an emphasis on serving the finest ingredients.  Friday and Saturday features Live Music in the Lounge where patrons can enjoy more than 30 wines by the glass and a very extensive private wine collection by the bottle.  With multiple large banquet rooms, Grotto Oak Brook is the perfect venue for Business Meetings, Private Parties, and Wedding Receptions.  Grotto boasts contemporary but stunningly elegant interior design and atmosphere—where guests can have fun, relax and enjoy listening to up-tempo music, while dressed in business or casual attire.

Grotto Italian Steakhouse
3011 Butterfield Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Lakeview Baseball Club Tickets for Northwestern vs. Illinois

This November 20, Chicagoans can watch the highly anticipated Northwestern University versus University of Illinois game at Wrigley Field from a sky-high rooftop vantage point at Lakeview Baseball Club.  Capacity is limited to an intimate 100 people, so football fans are encouraged to reserve their spots early.  

Reservation price includes watching the game in style on one of Lakeview Baseball Club’s three levels of space (heated third-floor Club Room, rooftop bleacher seating for 100, outdoor seating on two levels), beer and wine at two bars and full game-day buffets.  

Game menus include tailgating classics like build-your-own nachos, chili bar, and quesadillas along with classic comfort foods like beef brisket, mashed potatoes and four cheese lasagna followed by Ghiradelli Chocolate brownies and assorted gourmet cookies.

With great views over right field, Lakeview Baseball Club was the first of the rooftop clubs, is the only private club across from Wrigley Field and is best known for its sign reading “Eamus Catuli!” (roughly Latin for “Let’s Go Cubs!”) on its façade.

WHEN: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Kickoff: 2:30pm
Doors Open: 1:30pm 

COST: $225 per person.  Reservations subject to availability, times and prices are subject to change.

RESERVE: Members can email their reservation request to

WHERE: Lakeview Baseball Club
3633 N Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60613

Mad Mark’s Presents “Marktoberfest”

Weeklong Celebration – Great Specials and Events

Mad Mark’s Pizza and Sports presents an exciting line-up of specials and events with their first annual MARKTOBERFEST Monday, October 18 through Sunday, October 24.  As Schaumburg’s headquarters for beer drinking, pizza eating and sports viewing, Mad Mark’s boasts a week of spectacular beer and food specials, over 30 plasma and big screen televisions for watching the big games, and a menu perfect for MARKTOBERFEST.  Complete schedule is below:


Marktoberfest October Beer of the Month: Sam Adams Octoberfest, $3

Monday, 10/18
$2 Miller Light and Coors Light Drafts
            – $3 Bacardi Drinks
            – Half Price Carryout Pizza
            – Kids Eat Free (after 4 PM with dining adult)
            – Roaming Magician, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 10/19
The Original $4.00 Half-pound Black Angus burger, (add a buck for deluxe)
            – $1 Drafts, $2 Drinks
$3 Flavored Svedka Vodka
            – $3.50 Captain Morgan
            – $3.50 Bombs w/ Roaring Lion
            – Twisted Tuesdays: Featuring DJ Rich Too Much Funk, 9:00 PM

Wednesday, 10/20
Half price pizza (after 4 PM dine-in only)
            – $3.50 Flavored Long Islands
            – $2.50 Bud Family Bottles & Drafts

Thursday, 10/21
Broasted Chicken & Ribs, $11.99
Quarter broasted chicken and a half-slab of ribs.  Served with mashed potatoes and gravy or fresh cut fries and kickin’ coleslaw with corn on the cob.
Pulled Pork Dinner, $7.99
Slow-smoked pork pulled and BBQ on Texas toast with mashed potatoes and kickin’ coleslaw.
            – $2.50 Bud and Bud Light Bottles and Drafts
            – $8 Bud and Bud Light Pitchers (48 oz.)
            – Thursdays Unplugged: Acoustic Rock featuring C-FACTOR  starting at 9:30 PM

Friday, 10/22
Mad Mark’s Fish Fry,  $10.99
A generous portion of fried lake perch with kickin’ coleslaw, tartar sauce and fresh-cut fries. Served with choice of soup or salad.
$3.50 Captain Morgan
            – $3.50 Sauza Margaritas (on the rocks)
            – DJ Sneek spinning live after 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10/23
Rib Dinner, $14.99
Full pound and a half-slab & soup or salad, served with choice of side dish and kickin’ coleslaw.
$3.50 Miller Light Aluminum Pints
            – $3.50 Flavored Svedka Mixers
            – $3.50 Bombs
            – $5 12” Thin Crust Cheese Pizza from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, dine-in only, with beverage purchase
            – DJ Sneek spinning live after 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10/24
Broasted Chicken Dinner, $7.49
Choice of Original Recipe or Hot and Spicy marinated chicken hand-battered and pressure fried. Served with choice of soup or salad, homemade mashed potatoes, gravy and corn on the cob.
35¢ Wings
$5 12″ Cheese Pizza, (11 AM – 4 PM/Dine-in only/Thin crust/w beverage purchase)
            – $5 Absolut Bloody Mary Bar
            – $2.50 Bud/Bud Light Drafts
            – $8 Bud/Bud Light Pitchers (48oz)
            – $3 Mimosas

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

Chicago Cut Steakhouse to Unveil Breakfast

Chicago Cut Steakhouse announces the launch of their power breakfast and weekend brunch beginning Monday, October 18.  Breakfast will be available Monday through Friday from 7AM to 10 AM and Saturday and Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse – located in the heart of Chicago’s business district at 300 N. LaSalle and right on the Chicago River – provides the perfect backdrop to impress clients or out-of-town guests alongside the City’s impressive skyline.  The delectable breakfast menu will feature updated traditions including Starters, Fruit and Berries, Grainery, Organic Farm Eggs, and much more.  Breakfast menu highlights will include: Citrus Smoked Salmon Bagel ($11), Chicago Cut Corn Beef Hash ($12), Organic Egg White Omlette ($14), and Vanilla Challah French Toast ($12).  A sample of the breakfast menu is below and the full menu is available upon request. 

Guests are also invited enjoy the restaurant’s daily lunch and dinner menus along with a global wine list  presented via interactive iPads that offers flyover panoramic views of each vineyard and 360-degree scans of each bottle on offer.

Smoothie of the Day $6 
Citrus Smoked Salmon Bagel $11
Chive Cream Cheese, Capers, Red Onion and Vine Ripened Tomato 

Fruit and Berries:
Seasonal Berry Bowl $9 

Irish Oatmeal $7
Choice of brown sugar, dried berries, mixed nuts, steamed milk or fresh berries 

Chicago Cut Steakhouse Homemade Granola $9
With milk or organic low fat yogurt and berries 

Organic Farm Eggs:
Chicago Cut Corn Beef Hash $12
Roasted Potato, Sweet Onion, Corn Beef and two Farm Poached Eggs garnished with Tomato Marmalade 

30-Day Dry Aged Prime Steak and Eggs-Petite New York Strip $25
Two Poached Eggs, Hashbrown Potatoes and Hollandaise

From the Griddle:
Buttermilk Waffles $12
Maine Blueberry Jam and Devonshire Cream 

Vanilla Challah French Toast $12
Banana and Caramel

Chevy Chase Country Club Football Specials

Chevy Chase Country Club kicks off every Sunday with all day food and drink specials available while customers watch the Sunday NFL games in The Gable Room Bar & Grill.  For only $9, guests will receive a pitcher of draft beer along with a choice of appetizer.  Football fans can enjoy all-time favorites like Mozzarella Sticks, Chicken Wings, and Popcorn Shrimp among other tailgating favorites.  Complete menu is below. 

Chevy Chase offers the perfect setting to watch the big game, whether it is after a round of golf on their award-winning, competitive golf course, or while eating dinner off the full menu.  The Gable Room Bar & Grill features four flat screen televisions showcasing all the football action while patrons cheer on their favorite teams.  

WHEN: Every Sunday from 9 AM – Game End

COST: $9 Pitcher of Beer and One Appetizer (Beer offering subject to change from week to week)

1000 North Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 465-2300 

MENU: Basket of Fries – A plethora of warm French fries
Chips & Salsa – Homemade chips & salsa
Mozzarella Sticks – Cheesy sticks of deliciousness 
Chicken Tenders – Choice of BBQ sauce or ranch dressing
Popcorn Shrimp – Golden brown fried popcorn shrimp
Chicken Wings – Choice of BBQ sauce or ranch dressing

Icon Theatre Opera Series Brunch

Opera fans and music lovers are invited to experience twelve screenings from The Metropolitan Opera this 2010 – 11 season.  Guests can catch all the action beginning October 9, 2010 through May 14, 2011 at the Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon Theatre located in the South Loop.  LIVE operas will be broadcast on Saturday during which patrons can indulge in an array of brunch items including a Truffled Egg and Bacon Pizza as well as Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials.

The broadcast will be presented live on the big screen in the auditorium at Icon with cutting edge digital cinema projectors with 26,000 watts of power for distortion-free listening.

The full 2010 – 11 Metropolitan Opera LIVE and ENCORE schedules are available upon request.

WHEN: Saturdays, October 9, 2010 – May 14, 2011                
Brunch: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

COST: Ticket pricing for LIVE shows:
$26 Adult
$24 Senior
$20 Child
$288 Live Season Ticket (available to Extras members only).

TO RESERVE:         Visit

Bloody Met Mary $9
House Spicy Bloody Mary Garnished with Coppa meat, Cocktail Onion, Gorganzola Cheese, Olive and Lime

Drama Filled Mimosa $7
American Champagne, Orange Juice and Grenadine Topped with a Strawberry

Truffled Egg and Bacon Pizza $13
Egg Pizza with Balsamella Sauce, Provolone and Fontina Cheeses, Bacon and Chives topped with truffle oil and cracked black pepper 

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 Lobby Lounge:
4pm-11pm Monday-Thursday
12pm-11pm Friday-Sunday
For Showtimes please visit

Carnivale University Fall Semester

Next Up: Alcohol-Free Dinner 

This October, the Carnivale University Fall Semester will continue with a brand new alcohol-free dinner featuring Carnivale’s dishes paired with specialty non-alcoholic cocktails.  The dinner will feature 4-courses with highlights including: Austrailian Barramundi, Crispy Pork Belly and Cinnamon Stick Flan for dessert (full menu available upon request).

Carnivale University offers 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.  The Carnivale University Fall syllabus will include Carnivale favorites like Mojitos 101, signature dinners and cooking classes.

WHEN: Thursday, October 28

COST:  $65 per person

TO RESERVE: Reservations Required. Call (312) 850-5005

702 West Fulton Market
Chicago IL 60661