Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lobby Lounge Royal Wedding Viewing

Chicagoans are invited to enjoy all day coverage of the British Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29 at Lobby Lounge located in the ShowPlace Icon Theatre.  Guests can watch the wedding on five 50 inch HD TVs located throughout the lounge while indulging in a themed champagne cocktail the “Royal Wedding.”  Food specials will also be featured in addition to bites that are regularly available from the menu including Signature Pizzas, Panini’s, Desserts and Meat and Cheese Plates.

WHEN: Friday, April 29, All Day Coverage beginning at 12PM

COST: No cover.  Drink special is $12 each

Royal Wedding ($12)
Grape Infused Vodka blended with Moscato and garnished with Purple Grapes

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


Chicago q Brunch Specials

Chicago q, the city’s newest hot spot for upscale barbecue, is adding a rotating roster of brunch specials every Saturday and Sunday to their already versatile lunch menu. Specials, created by Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen, will satisfy brunch-goers’ “sweet tooth” and the “meat tooth” by featuring house-made confections and smoked meats. Menu specials include Fried Chicken and Waffles, a deep fried airline chicken breast served with a savory buttermilk waffle; Kobe Brisket Hash, Brisket hash served with two eggs of choice and buttermilk biscuit; and Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast; Texas toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese topped with walnut butter, served with home fries.

Specials will rotate on the menu, complete menu of possible specials is below.

WHEN: Select specials available Saturdays and Sundays, lunch service

WHERE: Chicago q 1160 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 312.642.1160

Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast
Texas toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese topped with walnut butter, served with home fries.

Smoked Chicken Eggs Benedict
Corn bread topped with smoked chicken, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce and home fries

Fried Chicken and Waffles
Deep fried airline chicken breast served with a savory buttermilk waffle

Veggie Omelet
Grilled zucchini, yellow squash, trumpet mushrooms, red onions, cheddar and monetary jack cheese

Kobe Brisket Hash
Brisket hash served with two eggs of choice and buttermilk biscuit

Cityscape Bar Hosts “Vino with a View” Sampling

Cityscape Bar, located on the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, will host their April  “Vino with a View” wine sampling on Thursday, April 21.

Guests are invited to sip and swirl an array of wines while enjoying stunning panoramic views of downtown’s River North.  All attendees of “Vino with a View” will receive a 20% discount off dinner in ItaliAsia Restaurant after the event.  In addition, they can enter to win an ItaliAsia “Tasting Room with a View Party” for 8 people which includes a five-course tasting menu paired with specialty wines. 

Hosted by Tenzing Wine and Spirits, the event will highlight several varietals including: 2007 Naia Naiades, 2009 Vina Nora, 2007 CC Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Clos de Los Siete.  Patrons can indulge in an assortment of small bites including Antipasto Trays, Cheese and Dried Fruit.

WHEN: Thursday, April 21 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

COST: COMPLIMENTARY (limited reservations available)
              Reservations Required:

After the wine sampling, guests can use their 20% discount to dine at ItaliAsia Restaurant located adjacent to Cityscape Bar where they will discover a creative fusion restaurant with a menu offering a kaleidoscope of flavors from Italy and Pan Asia that creates a taste sensation of East meets West.

Cityscape Bar
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza – 15th Floor
350 W. Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654

Chevy Chase Country Club Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Chevy Chase Country Club kicks off their monthly ballroom dance classes on Wednesday, April 20 with the first dance of the season: an exciting evening of Tango in the historic Grand Ballroom.  Originated in the mid-1800s, the Tango encompasses many styles that developed in Argentina and further, around the world, making it a truly global dance tradition.  Complete 2011 ballroom dance schedule available below.

This event features live music by the 10-piece Dick Elliot Orchestra and instructional dance lessons by Chicago legends Bob and Penny Urbon, followed by three hours of open dancing.  For those who need a little liquid courage, a cash bar is available (prices range from $3 – $10).  

The majestic Chevy Chase Country Club Grand Ballroom maintains its original integrity from the 1920s, and its 5,000-square-foot hardwood dance floor, stage area and state-of-the-art sound and lighting system provide the perfect setting for ballroom dancing.  The Abbey, with its vaulted ceiling and vintage horseshoe-shaped bar, provides a cash bar and is a great spot for gathering and socializing over cocktails in between dances.

   WHEN: Wednesday, April 20
                   Doors Open: 6:00 PM 
                   Dance Lesson: 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM 
                   Open Dance: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

   COST:   $13 per person – tickets can be purchased at the door.

   WHERE: Chevy Chase Country Club
                      1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue
                      Wheeling, IL 60090        
                      (847) 465-2300

ShowPlace Icon to Premiere “An Affirmative Act”

ShowPlace Theatres announces an exclusive run of their newest feature film, An Affirmative Act, at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatre beginning April 1, 2011. An Affirmative Act is the first-ever courtroom drama about the legalization of gay marriage. The premise of the film is unique – a lesbian couple is charged with fraud for marrying under the false pretenses of being a heterosexual couple. They did so in order to adopt their child and obtain equal benefits and rights. Defended by a charismatic heterosexual attorney, but fought by a governor seeking to protect his anti-gay marriage bill, a massive media-covered courtroom battle ensues. The film stars multiple Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees and was written and produced by veteran producer and best-selling author Ken Del Vecchio. The all-star cast features Blanche Baker, (Emmy winner; Sixteen Candles), Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award/4-time Golden Globe/9-time Emmy winner and nominee), Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner), and Eric Etebari (Witchblade; The Lincoln Lawyer). A legal thriller filled with twists and mystery from beginning to end, An Affirmative Act has been described by Echelon Magazine as “a riveting courtroom drama guaranteed to inflame the passions of the masses”. “I’m thrilled to have created a movie that elicits such a strong response on a topic that is so important in our country right now,” says Ken Del Vecchio, writer and producer of more than 15 star-filled feature films. “The law, the courtroom and politics are central to this film. But it’s the personal struggle to obtain equality that is at its heart. Today, we need to bring attention to this issue so that justice is ultimately served.”

WHEN: Beginning Friday, April 1
COST: $12.50 adults; $10 children (must be accompanied by adult)
TO RESERVE: Advance ticket purchase available 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
For Showtimes please visit

Tuscany Restaurant Passover Dinner

Guests are invited to enjoy Passover dinner at Tuscany in Wheeling this April.  Patrons can dine from a 3-course prix fixe menu served family-style with items including Chopped Liver, Gefilte Fish with Horseradish, Golden Chicken Broth with Matzo Ball, Oven-Roasted Brisket of Beef, Whole Roasted Chicken, Fresh Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish and more.  Menu available below.

WHEN: Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19

COST: $25.00 adults 
              $14.95 (children under 10)

RESERVE:   847.465.9988

Chopped Liver
Gefilte Fish with Horseradish
Golden Chicken Broth with Matzo Ball

(Choose one)
Oven-Roasted Brisket of Beef 
Roasted Half Chicken
Fresh Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish
Includes side of Fresh Green Beans in Garlic and Olive Oil, Sweet Potato

Tray of Old-Fashioned Honey Cake and Sponge Cake and Macaroons

Also includes Coffee, Tea or Fountain Beverage

550 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090

Carlucci Hosts Winemaker Reception

Carlucci will host an exclusive winemaker reception featuring special guest Winemaker Mike Westrick of Sterling Wineries.  Patrons will enjoy a sampling of Sterling Vineyards Wines, which will include Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and more.  The wines will be expertly paired with small bites including Traditional Italian Sausage and Sweet Peppers, Breaded Deep Fried Risotto Balls with Fresh Mozzarella, Crispy Galamod (calamari), Mozzarella Con Prosciutto, and Orecchiette Pasta Firenze.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

COST: $25 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

RESERVE:   Reservations required.  630.512.0990

WHERE:  Carlucci Restaurant
                    1801 Butterfield Road
                    Downers Grove, IL 60515