The Lucky Monk Live Music in June

Every Thursday at The Lucky Monk, guests can enjoy live acoustic music on the patio beginning at 9:00 PM.  The June music lineup will feature performances by 7th Heaven (June 2), Jason Sturmon (June 9), Michael Heaton Duo (June 16), Diet Soda (June 23) and Bad Medicine (June 30).  Additionally, The Lucky Monk offers Thursday specials including select Lucky Monk Brews for $3.50 and a “Pitcher This” special featuring Signature Sangria, Stoli Lemonade, Monk’s Punch, or Sailor Jerry Punch for $8 (32 oz pitcher) or $17 (64 oz pitcher).

Located next to the AMC 30 theatre just off Barrington Road, The Lucky Monk is a great place for date night, a comfortable family meal or private events.  The restaurant offers a variety of options for any event from baby showers and retirement parties to board meetings and birthday parties.  Event spaces include the Abbey Room which seats 50 people and includes a DVD player, Plasma TV, IPOD dock and wireless internet access.  The Lucky Monk also features the La Trappe Room (seats 36, semi-private), the new Priory Room (seats 15, accessibility to the fire pit and patio), and the patio (seats 70, can be divided into two semi private spaces).

The Lucky Monk
105 Hollywood Blvd
South Barrington IL 60010
(Located off Barrington Road, next to the AMC Theatre)
Phone: 847-898-0500 
Fax: 847-898-0501


Kids Eat Free at Go Roma in Warrenville

Go Roma’s flagship Warrenville location is giving parents and kids what they want—all summer long.  Kids eat free from the fresh Kids’ Menu with the purchase of an adult entrée every Wednesday and Thursday, now through Labor Day Weekend.

Go Roma kids’ meals are $4.79 for children under twelve and feature fresh and healthy options perfectly portioned for youngsters like Cheese Pizza, Chicken Strips and Potato Stix, Bowtie Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Mac n’ Cheese.  All come with a cookie and a choice of apple juice, soda or milk.  Gluten Free and whole wheat pasta are available.  

For the grown-ups, Go Roma offers a wide range of fresh Italian dishes including hearty homemade soups, hand-stretched thin crust artisan pizzas, seasonal salads, paninis, tossed pasta, Italian specialties and homemade desserts.  Complete menu available upon request.

WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, Now through Labor Day
Lunch and Dinner, Dine-in only. 

COST:    FREE for Kids 12 and under from Kids’ Menu with purchase an adult entrée
Limit one Kids’ Meal per Adult Entrée

WHERE:  Go Roma Warrenville
28361 Diehl Road, Warrenville, IL 60555, (630) 393-7662
Hours: Mon & Tuesday 11 AM – 3 PM | Wed – Fri 11 AM – 9 PM | Sat 4 PM – 9 PM

Mystic Blue and Spirit of Chicago Present “Blue After Dark” Moonlight Cruises

Mystic Blue and Spirit of Chicago announce their annual summer Blue After Dark Moonlight Cruise series with a schedule of the next wave of themed cruises, including Market Days, Pride and Latin.  Beginning June 17, Chicagoans are invited onboard Chicago’s only “floating nightclub” to enjoy DJs spinning on the observation deck.  All cruises include drink specials, complimentary late-night hors d’oeuvres; DJs and dancing on the outdoor observation deck, all set to unbeatable views of the Chicago skyline glittering at night. Participants must be 21 or over.

Below is a complete schedule of Blue After Dark Moonlight 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.  

Mystic Blue – Latin Blue After Dark Moonlight Cruises
Featuring Latin DJs spinning inside, a live salsa band on the observation decks (see schedule below), a Latin-themed Appetizer menu, 30-minute Salsa dance lesson and drink specials.  

Friday, June 17 featuring Afinca’s Band on the observation deck
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 AM – 2:45 AM, $36.90

Friday , July 22, featuring William Gomez Con Cache Orchestra on the observation deck
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 AM – 2:45 AM, $36.90

Friday, August 26, featuring Afinca’o Band on the observation deck
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 AM – 2:45 AM, $36.90

Friday  September 23, featuring Carpacho & Su Super Combo on the observation deck
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 AM -2:30 AM, $36.90

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


Spirit of Chicago – Blue After Dark Pride Cruises
Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25
Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 AM – 2:30 AM, $36.90
Hors d’Oeuvres Buffet Menu, DJ entertainment with emcee Ms. Foozie, Pride Parade Theme and drink specials.

Spirit of Chicago – Market Days Moonlight Cruises
Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6
Spirit of Chicago: Board 12:15 AM, Cruise 12:45 AM – 2:30 AM, $36.90
Hors d’Oeuvres Buffet Menu, DJ entertainment with emcee Ms. Foozie, Market Days Theme and drink specials.

Featured Menu
Vegetable Crudites
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Pulled Steak Panini
Nacho Station
An Assortment of Desserts 
Reservations are required for Spirit of Chicago and can be made by calling (866) 273-2469 or by visiting

Chevy Chase Country Club Ballroom Dancing

Chevy Chase Country Club continues their monthly ballroom dance classes with the third dance of the season to be held in the historic Grand Ballroom: the Fox Trot.  Originated by vaudeville actor Harry Fox in the United States around 1914, the Fox Trot became tremendously popular through the 1940s.  Initially danced to ragtime music, the varied styles including the Slowfox and Quickstep are now typically accompanied by big band music.

The event will feature 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, June 22
                        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

June 22:         Fox Trot
July 20:           Cha Cha
August 24:      Rhumba
September 21:  Mambo/Salsa
October 26:      Swing

Excalibur Presents The Rat Pack Summit Review Meets The Legendary Drifters

Excalibur & Vision Nightclubs and Danny Z Productions present Third Fridays, featuring monthly performances of The Rat Pack Summit Review Meets the
Legendary Drifters
the third Friday of every month continuing Friday, June 17 at 8:30 PM.

The story follows Ottavio Rogatsi, a personal valet to The Rat Pack in 1963, as he recounts anecdotes and memories of his most famous clients.  From shining shoes to fetching tuxedos and drinks, Rogatsi leads viewers on an unforgettable journey back in time.  The show features live music by Chicago Deep City Orchestra and the timeless vocals of Frank Sinatra played by Dakota Horvath (as seen on Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Regis and Kelly), Sammy Davis Jr. played by Phillip Seed and Dean Martin played by Donivan Horvath. Photos available upon request.

The next performance on Friday, June 17 features an exciting guest appearance by The Legendary Drifters, the original group, who will pop in a la The Dean Martin Variety Show by ringing the doorbell and sing one special song with “the Boys.”

Specialty classic cocktails will be available for $5 each and include the Dean Martin-i, Sammy Davis Stinger, and the Blue Eyes Martini.

Show-goers are invited to stick around and swing after the performance. Beginning at 10:30 after the Rat Pack leaves the stage, Excalibur will turn into a Swing Club complete with live music and spacious dance floor perfect for Chicagoans to strut their stuff.

WHEN:  Friday, June 17, 2010, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Doors open at 8:00 PM
Swing Club Starts 10:30 PM

COST: $15 per person, available at the door, includes show and Swing Club
Just Swing Club: $15 per person at the door.

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


312 Wednesdays
$3 Cocktails, $1 Shots, $2 Domestic Beer, Build Your Own Nachos & Pizza, Board Games, Bagz and Wii Gaming with over 500 games. 

LIVE in the Dome Thursdays
Live bands and $3 PBR, $5 Jameson Shots every Thursday

Latin Street Dancing Tropical Thursdays
Learn how to dance to Salsa & Cha Cha from LSD’s top instructors weekly

Rat Pack Summit Review
Third Friday of every month, swing dancing post-show

Flash Back Fridays
Second Friday of every month

One Last Fling Saturdays
Every Saturday, Bachelorette Party/Ladies Night Out

LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier Now Open

The newly renovated LandShark Beer Garden is now open for the 2011 summer season.  Located at the East End of Navy Pier, the beer garden is a great place for guests to unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands play five nights a week.  Residents and visitors, alike, will enjoy the outdoor atmosphere, surrounded by the unique personality of Navy Pier and the Chicago Skyline.

Headlined by its signature LandShark Lager, the new beverage menu will feature imports, microbrews and domestic beers as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks.  For guests craving a quick bite, the quick-service walk-up window will offer summer favorites including homemade pizza, brats soaked in LandShark Lager, burgers and more.

New this year to the LandShark Beer Garden, The Bait Shack Café will feature table service along with the best seats in town for Navy Pier’s summer firework shows.  The menu at The Bait Shack Café features a variety of fun summer foods such as Chicken Pot Stickers, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, LandShark Double Stacked Angus Cheeseburgers, and a Crispy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

At the center of the action by day or night, The LandShark Beer Garden is also the perfect backdrop for fun social gatherings and casual corporate events.  Full food and drink menus are available upon request.

The LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier
Navy Pier 700 E. Grand
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 595-5439

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Holidays: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

About The LandShark Beer Garden at Navy Pier
The LandShark Beer Garden, on the East End of Navy Pier, is a great place to unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands.  Residents and visitors, alike, will enjoy the outdoor atmosphere, surrounded by the unique personality of Navy Pier and the Chicago Skyline.  At the center of the action by day or night, The LandShark Beer Garden is the perfect backdrop for fun social gatherings and casual corporate events.

Bistronomic Celebrates Jacques Cousteau’s Birthday

In honor of legendary French explorer Jacques Cousteau’s birthday on June 11, Bistronomic will highlight a number of their seafood menu items, including Black Mussels ($11), Seared Scallops ($12), Bistronomic Fish Soup ($8.50), Canned Sardines ($11) and the caviar of the day (prices vary). 

Guests can also enjoy the specially created “You Don’t Know Jacques” martini ($12).  Served with Grand Mariner, Calvados apple brandy, fresh pomegranate and lemon juice and topped with sparkling wine, the “You Don’t Know Jacques” is the perfect cocktail to toast Cousteau while dining on the canopied sidewalk patio, weather permitting.

WHEN:  Saturday, June 11 during hours of operation

WHERE: Bistronomic
840 N. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611