Friday, March 31, 2017

It's Friday! Where to go in Chicago area for Lenten meals

As the Lenten season moves on, you may be on the lookout for some new places to try that are offering up some really good seafood (or vegetarian meals). Well, look no further. Here is Chicago Foodie Sisters' guide to some of the top spots to enjoy seafood during the final weeks of Lent.


fourteensixteen in LaGrange

Lent features will rotate every two weeks:
Week 1-2:
Fired goat cheese and root vegetable fritters - poached pears, aged balsamic $10
Poached lobster tail - brussels sprout & yukon gold hash, brown butter emulsion, lemon $25
Week 3-4:
Peruvian shellfish ceviche - sea asparahus, shrimp, scallops, radish, red onion, cilantro, habanero $12
Rushing Water's Trout - farro, rainbow swiss chard, meyer lemon byre blanc $21
Week 5-6:
Pan seared scallops -poached apricots, parmesan crisp, hydro watercress, ramps, caper vinaigrette $16
Shrimp Orcchiette - classic soffritto, stewed tomatoes, italian parsley, pecorino $18
 
Kinfork (in Schaumburg) and Rack House (in Arlington Heights)

Fish & Chips will be offered every Friday through Easter:
Fresh Pacific Pollock fried crispy in our house beer batter with slaw, fresh lemon, and remoulade. Choice of fries or tots $10

LaVoute in Homwood

Every Friday this Lenten season, La Voute will feature a variety of seafood specials ranging from Crab Cakes to Mussles to Salmon and so much more.  And during Lent and beyond you can enjoy crab legs every Wednesday.

Arami in Chicago
 
Chicagoans can enjoy an extensive meat-free menu this Lenten season, including a variety of sashimi, nigiri, and maki fare. Highlights also include Hokkaido Miso Ramen with vegan kimchi, Japanese mushrooms, fried tofu, and negi ($14) and Kankoku-Nabe ($16).  Reservations are available seven days a week via Reserve.

FIG & OLIVE in Chicago
 
The sophisticated, French-Riviera inspired restaurant in the Gold Coast offers seafood options in an elegant setting for diners observing Lent. With a menu showcasing fresh, Mediterranean-style ingredients, guests of FIG & OLIVE enjoy Sea Scallops with honey roasted carrot, orange segment, citrus and charmoula ($19); Salmon Crudo with pomegranate, grapefruit segment, pink peppercorn and pomegranate dressing ($16); Crab Cake with horseradish, preserved lemon mayo and cilantro ($16); Riviera Salmonwith braised endive, baby kale, cauliflower purée, olive and piquillo condiment ($26); Branzino a la Plancha with haricot vert, yellow wax beans, roasted potato and green harissa sauce ($32), and more. For more information, please visit FIG & OLIVE’s website or call (312) 445-0060.

Homestead on the Roof in Chicago
 
Leave traditional notions of pot pie at the door, because this Lenten season Executive Chef Scott Shulman is serving up something special at Homestead on the Roof. Putting his own unique spin on the classic comfort food item, behold the Lobster Pot Pie. A homemade pie shell created in-house by Executive Pastry Chef Chris Teixeira, this signature item is filled with decadent Maine lobster, seasonal vegetables, and lobster bisque. Hello, Lent. For more information, please visit Homestead on the Roof’s website or call (773) 332-2354.

Keith's in Whiting, IN

I made my first visit there recently after being urged to go there form friends for several years. There's a significant number of seafood entrees on the menu as well as seafood specials. I enjoyed some salmon with a lemon caper sauce that was amazing. My lunch portion came with soup or salad for just $14.

Latinicity in Chicago
 
The meat-free options are limitless at Latinicity. The foodhall is home to ten unique kitchens, including MariscosSpanish for “seafood”, where diners can enjoy calamari, mussels, fish & chips and oysters.  Latinicity also serves up classic ceviches, salads and tortas, with Lent-friendly options to go around.  Reserve a table at Pata Negra, the full-service tapas restaurant within the foodhall, to enjoy small bites like gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), pulpo de la gallega (octopus), or montadito de congreja (crab toast). 


Vermilion in Chicago
 
Known for its bold Indian-Latin cuisine, the fusion restaurant offers an array of seafood and vegetarian options.  Appetizers include Toasted Coconut Shrimpwith kashmiri mirch chimichurri and lychee jalapeno salsa, Blue Corn Crusted Scallops with Peruvian corn, calabasa, chipotle and goat cheese, and Grilled Peruvian Pulpo Octopus, featuring tangy tiradito sauce and jicama slaw. Signature Latin entrees include Vermilion’s Caldeirada De Peixe, a savory Brazilian seafood stew served with tomato rice, and Plantain Crusted Seasonal Whitefish, seasoned with cilantro mint and served with roasted corn tomatillo salsa. Another staple is the Lobster Portuguese, voted as a top dish worldwide by USA Today. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling (312) 557-4060. 

BRIO Tuscan Grille in Lombard

They say variety is the spice of life, and BRIO Tuscan Grille Lombard in Chicago is embracing this philosophy with an array of new dishes on the “A Variety of Flavors” lunch and dinner menus. Available Tuesday, Feb. 28–Saturday, April 15, the menus present two exciting new appetizers, three entrées (including two mouthwatering seafood dishes), a divine dessert, and delightful wine options. 

I was in recently to try out some of the menu items from this list of limited-time selections. The calamari was fantastic and the Peroni Beer-Battered Fish & Chips hit the spot. The North Atlantic cod was crispy on the outside, succulent and so flavorful on the inside. It came with fries and Brussels sprout slaw for $17.95. The pasta dishes are always pretty awesome and this menu includes a Lobster and Black Pepper Shrimp Ravioli.


The Florentine in Chicago
 
The Florentine located in the Loop inside the JW Marriott is one of my absolute favorite dining spots in the city. Venture in for seafood appetizers and entrée options crafted by Executive Chef Zach Walrath. The Italian dining destination offers an elegant, seasonal menu with dish highlights including Capesante: hudson canyon scallops, parsnip puree, red cabbage, gala apple, pancetta ($20); Branzino:whole mediterranean sea bass, giant white beans, puttanesca, basil, lemon ($42); Salmone: faroe island salmon, shaved fennel, orange, grapefruit, treviso, pomegranate agrodolce ($32); Trota: pan roasted trout, creamed escarole, fingerling potatoes, smoked trout, capers ($35). 
 
For Lent-friendly imbibing, tasty mocktail selections include Mixed Berry Italian Cream Soda with farmers market mixed berry simple syrup, sparkling water, topped with cream; A rif on a Caipirinha with muddled lime, jalapeno, cucumber, agave nectar and topped with soda; and Pomegranate & Mint Mojito: the classic without the liquor. For more information, please visit The Florentine’s website or call (312) 660-8866.
 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

From the Inbox: Your Bacon Dreams Come True This Weekend

It's often said that everything is better with bacon -- and no where is that more true than at Baconfest Chicago. The big meaty mania festival is back Friday and Saturday at UIC Forum for three sessions. Do you have tickets?

Chicago's Premiere Food Festival the 9th Annual Baconfest Chicago
A Bacchanalia of Bacon; March 31 & April 1 @ UIC Forum

The 9th Annual Baconfest Chicago will be held on March 31 and April 1 at the UIC Forum. Chicago's premiere food festival will feature over 150 top chefs and world-renowned restaurants. It is a unique showcase for bacon talent from Food Network stars, Michelin honored chefs (Stars and Bib-Gourmands!) and James Beard nominees, side by side with beloved local chefs on the rise.  

Participating chefs in each session will also compete for the Golden Rasher Award, an award to celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts.  A panel of judges will award for "Most Creative Use of Bacon" and "Best Front of House Presentation."  A portion of proceeds from Baconfest Chicago are donated to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Sponsor Jewel will bring unlimited bacon samples and and will give attendees coupons for free bacon.


What:
9th Annual Baconfest Chicago
Baconfest Chicago 2017 Menu.
Tickets are  still available at http://baconfestchicago.com/ticket/.

Who:
Baconfest Chicago by the Numbers
  • Over 8,000 pounds of Nueske's bacon
  • 4 tons of bacon consumed over two days
  • A bacon marathon featuring 25 miles of bacon strips
  • 150 of Chicago's top restaurants, 40 first-time participants
  • More than 4,500 foodies over three sessions

When:
Friday  Dinner - March 31
6:00PM - 7:00PM Cooking Channel VIP Hour
7:00PM - 10:00PM General Admission Period
Saturday Lunch - April 1
11:00AM - 12:00PM Cooking Channel VIP Hour
12:00PM - 3:00PM General Admission Period
Saturday Dinner - April 1
6:00PM - 7:00PM Cooking Channel VIP Hour
7:00PM - 10:00PM General Admission Period


New 2017 Baconfest Chicago Sponsors:
  • Small Town Brewery will sample the following: Not Your Mom's Hard Iced Tea, Strawberry Rhubarb Beer and Apple Pie beer.
  • Cicero Beverage Company will team up with Bakon Vodka to offer a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar featuring a bacon-infused mix, horseradish accented mix, Bakon vodka, and an array of garnishes.
  • Metric Coffee booth will be pouring their nitro-cold-brew coffee called Hellion.
  • Pure Leaf tea will be brewing up samples for guests to try and Bai will be passing out refreshing antioxidant infusions.
  • Partner Tahoe Kitchen Co will feature artisan olive oils and kitchen implements.

About Baconfest:
Baconfest Chicago holds its ninth tasting event on March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt). Ticketholders gain access to a bacon-wonderland where the city's best chefs hand out amazing creative bacon snacks. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon products. The best mixologists and brewers hand out bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, Baconfest gives out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world). Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. In addition to hosting a food drive and raffle at the event, Baconfest Chicago donates a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Since 2009, Baconfest's support has resulted in more than $360,000 for Chicago's food bank, which translates into more than 1,100,000 meals for hungry people in the area.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

From the Inbox: Get your tickets to Blue Chip Brewfest

From the inbox today...
One of my favorite beer events is coming up soon! Blue Chip Brewfest will feature over 300 beers from dozens of craft brewers from the Midwest and beyond. Get your tickets to the April 8 event through Ticketmaster.com or the casino box office. And you'll find a little Brewfest-related reading on past Brewfests here and here and here and here and here and here.


Blue Chip to Host Seventh Annual Blue Chip Brewfest April 8

More than 300 brews from more than 80 specialty breweries will be available to taste at the ultimate beer sampling event, the Seventh Annual Blue Chip Brewfest, sponsored by Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City, Indiana, on Saturday, April 8 from 1:30 to 5 pm. Last year’s sold-out event attracted more than 2,500 beer enthusiasts.

Three ticket packages are available, including the Brewmaster package, which includes lunch with Laura Bell from Bell’s Brewery in the Orleans Ballroom from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, the VIP Session, with the Dogfish Head Beer tasting event in the Sam’s Town Ballroom from noon to 2 pm, early entrance to the main tasting event at 1 pm and a commemorative pint glass and t-shirt. The VIP package includes the Dogfish Head Beer tasting event, a pint glass and early entrance to the main tasting at 1 pm and the general admission package includes the main tasting event from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. The $15 designated driver ticket includes complimentary specialty soda and water.

Tickets are $99 for the Brewmaster Package, $75 for VIP admission, $45 for regular admission and $15 for designated drivers and are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the Blue Chip Gift Box in the casino pavilion. Guests must be 21 or older, with a valid state or government-issued photo ID.

Blue Chip will hold a silent auction during the event for premium items and other beer-themed collectibles. Proceeds will benefit a local charity. 

Live entertainment will be provided by the Allen Wronko Band. Food offerings available for purchase include brats, hot dogs and pretzels. All of the Blue Chip restaurants will be open. 

About Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa
Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is the premier entertainment destination in Northwest Indiana. Located an hour’s drive east of Chicago in Michigan City, Indiana, Blue Chip features a 65,000-square-foot single-level casino, two hotel towers with a total of 486 upscale rooms; five restaurants, a spa, full-service salon and fitness center, two gift shops and the 20,000-square-foot Stardust Event Center. For more information, visit www.bluechipcasino.com. Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Boyd Gaming and Blue Chip press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yoder's Horseradish

Each time we make a visit to Amish country, we come back with a lot of food souvenirs. On our most recent visit, we stopped at Yoder's Meat and Cheese Company. We often head home with all kinds of goodies - baked goods, cheese, tea, jellies. This time I also grabbed a pack of knockwurst  - and to go along with it, a jar of fresh Yoder's horseradish. Good stuff! If you need to clear your sinuses, this will for sure do the trick. I use just a dab. :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Swedish Meatball Gravy

I am a fan of Ikea's Swedish meatballs that are served in the cafe.

I am not a fan of making gravy.

It all stems back to an incident that happened just after I got married. I was a young newlywed eager to cook for my hubby. I decide to make biscuits and gravy for breakfast and tried to make it having my mom guide me through the steps over the phone. After I had added some milk and was stirring and stirring and stirring, it didn't seem like it was thickening up much. However, my mom instructed me to add another cup of milk. At that point it was more like soup than gravy. So, I told mom I'd add more milk, then hung up the phone sure that she had no clue what she was saying (despite the fact that she'd been cooking for a family for close to four decades.) I didn't listen. I added no more milk. Then suddenly it started to thicken and I thought I'd be eating a perfect plate of gravy. I turned off the heat. It got thicker and thicker. By the time my husband picked up to plate, the gravy was literally like a pancake. You couldn't spoon it. You had to cut it with a knife. My poor hubby didn't bat an eye. He was a trooper and sat down and ate it. All of it. Like it was a pancake. No complaints. But I never ever tried to make gravy again. I was terrified of it.

So, it's 25 years later. I bought frozen meatballs at IKEA. But what are Swedish meatballs without the gravy? So, I looked around the internet for some recipes and gave it a try. And hey...I actually made gravy. And it was good!

4 tsp. butter
1/3 cup flour
4 cups beef broth
1/2 cup milk

Melt the butter in pan and gradually whisk in four to make a roux. Slowly add broth and cook over low heat. Add milk. Continue cooking until it thickens. Add heated meatballs to pan or spoon over heated meatballs.

Oh, and grab a jar of lingonberry jam to go along with it!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Edinger's Filling Station in Pontiac, Illinois

A couple months ago my parents moved to central Illinois to live with my sister. It's really strange. For the past 13 years they've lived less than 10 minutes away and I saw them often. Before that they lived in the house I grew up in and when I got married, we bought a house about 20 minutes from them. So, for my whole life I never lived more than 20 minutes away from them. It's been an adjustment.

Since I work from home, I'm able to pretty much set my own hours and I have the flexibility of heading out for lunch. Dad would accompany me often for lunch at various places in the area. Sometimes we'd hit favorites of his, like Schoop's or Olive Garden or Fuddrucker's or Lincoln's or Miner Dunn. Other times we would try out new places I had been eyeing. If I was busy working and decided on a whim at 10:45 a.m. that I'd like to go out lunch at 11:30, I could always call up dad and he'd be ready to go. I really, really miss that.


Now he lives just over 2 1/2 hours away. In January, when his birthday was coming up I suggested we find a place in the middle where we could meet for lunch. We decided on Edinger's Filling Station in Pontiac and one of my sons came along to see Grandpa for a birthday lunch.

The place is adorable with a fun retro diner feel. It's open for breakfast and lunch with a large menu of classic diner food. The place was charming and very clean with a friendly staff. We all got something somewhat light and were all happy with our food. Dad had an order of biscuits and gravy, my son got spaghetti and I had some mac and cheese that was delicious.

The place was quite busy at lunchtime, but we just had to wait a couple minutes for a table to be cleared. It was so nice to linger at chat and see Dad for lunch again. We decided we'd continue our lunch dates about once a month in a place in between the two of us along I-55. We've had 3 lunch dates so far with another planned soon. Edinger's will definitely be a place we will revisit and I'd recommend it to anyone traveling I-55 through Pontiac or cruising the old Route 66.


IKEA's Handy Dandy Accessory Holder

A walk through IKEA for me is like cutting a kid loose in a toy store. I want one of everything - from furniture to bedding to dishes. I also can't resist grabbing things as I head through the kitchen area. There are always fun and reasonably priced gadgets and utensils. Europeans are extremely focuses on efficiency and it's fun to see the space saving products throughout the store.

I grabbed a couple of these stainless steel utensil holders. With the large collection I have, I have a full overflowing drawer in my kitchen full of spoons and scrapers and spatulas and tongs. This fits neatly in the corner for the extras. I also grabbed one for hubby's outdoor man cave. He now has one beside the grill filled with stainless tongs, knives and brushes so they're always at his fingertips as he cooks.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Magisso Magnetic Tea Ball

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love my tea. After many years of drinking strictly tea bags, I was introduced to lose leaf tea and I now drink it often. I've had a number of different tea balls over the years, but the magnetic tea ball from Magisso is definitely my favorite.

The ball sticks to the top of your tea pot, so after it steeps, you use your spoon to lift it up and you're ready to go. There's no transferring it back and forth while it drips. And better yet, my favorite teapot is a metal one I received as a wedding shower gift many moons ago. I can warm my water directly in it on the stovetop, then stick my tea ball right to the lid and let it steep. Anything that makes teatime quicker and more relaxing is a winner in my book. This Finnish company makes many other cool kitchen and home products. Give the website a look - magisso.com.




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Where to get some grub and have some fun for St. Patrick's Day in and around Chicago

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays where we give ourselves permission to overindulge. And there are a lot of place in and around Chicago to enjoy Irish classics this week. Here are a few:



The Reuben Spud from McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli in Vernon Hills, Geneva and Naperville 

Wear green on Saturday and get a free Green Tea! Try out the Reuben Spud an oven-baked potato topped with corned beef sauerkraut, Thousand Island and Swiss cheese. Enter the online Pot(ato) of gold contest to win a gift card.The limited time only, Irish-inspired Reuben Spud can be found at participating McAlister’s locations from March 13-17.



Freddie's Steakhouse in Hammond, Indiana

St. Patrick's Day only

Enjoy corned beef and cabbage and Shepherd's Pie. $10.95 for lunch and $12.95 for dinner. Have a pint of green draft beer or Killian's Red and listen to the Shriner's Pipes and Drums at 5:30



Olive Theory in Downers Grove


The end of the rainbow lands at Olive Theory Pizzeria in Downers Grove this St. Patrick’s Day. The Best Pizza Place in Illinois (According to Buzzfeed) is the pizzeria is celebrating the luckiest day of the year with an all-green $4 pizza, inspired by the lucky four-leaf clover. Available from Friday, March 10 through Friday, March 17, this delicious green treat features a garlic pesto base and mozzarella cheese topped with spinach and clover-shaped green peppers, finished with parmesan cheese.



Tortoise Supper Club in Chicago

St. Patrick's Day only


Guests can enjoy Corned Beef Sandwiches served with Rosemary Frites ($12,) Beef Barley Soup made with Irish Stout, Pearl Onions and Bacon ($6.95,) and Guinness Cans ($7.)


Round the Clock in Lansing and Schererville and Highland, Indiana
March 13 - 19

Get a corned beef and cabbage for $8.99. Also on the menu is Shamrock Pie (chocolate creme filled with pieces of Andes mints in an Oreo crust, topped with green whipped cream and Andes mint pieces.)  Get a free slice with a lunch or dinner entree.





ACME Hotel Company
15 E. Ohio Street
(312) 894-0800
 
The lifestyle boutique hotel in River North is putting a St. Patrick’s Day twist on its Morning Joe™ coffee delivery service, offering guests a complimentary Irish Morning Joe™, to kick off their celebrations. Guests can simply request a time for delivery and a piping hot coffee spiked with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream in a signature ACME thermos will arrive at their hotel room door.



Michael Jordan’s Steak House
505 N. Michigan Avenue
(312) 321-8823
 
Check out the bright green Chicago River, then head to Michael Jordan’s Steak House to refuel for the day. On March 11 and March 17, the Michigan Avenue dining spot will feature a New York Strip and with Irish bacon, Boxty and creamed cabbage ($44) and house cured Corned Beef Brisket with Boxty and creamed cabbage ($26). Michael Jordan’s Steak House is open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch and 5 p.m. daily for dinner featuring steaks, burgers, salads and more.  For more information, please visit www.mjshchicago.com.





Henry’s
18 West Hubbard St.
Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day party 
Thursday, March 16th is a celebration of St. Patrick's Eve at Henry's! Enjoy D.E.W. & a Brew drink specials while watching live music performances from The Bearfish Paddlers & Flatfoot 56.

What's Included:
  • Free admission into Henry's
  • D.E.W. & a Brew pairing specials served throughout the night
  • 2 incredible live music performances from The Bearfish Paddlers and Flatfoot 56


Lion Head Ultimate Sports Pub & The Apartment Lounge
2251 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 | (773) 348-5100 | www.LionHeadPub.com
Saturday, March 11
Open until 3 a.m.
Kegs & Eggs (Free Breakfast Buffet from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. with beverage purchase)
Bag Pipers, $3 Green Miller Lite and Coors Light Drafts, $5 Aluminum Pints and Jameson Shots.
Friday, March 17th 
Open 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
$3 Green Miller Lite and Coors Light Drafts, $5 Aluminum Pints and Jameson Shots



Cupitol
812 Grove Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 868-8078
 

Cupitol guests will be lucky this St. Patrick’s “week” with traditional specials to celebrate the Irish. The all-day European-style eatery will offer house-made Irish Soda Bread for the week, in addition to rolling out a mint shake! Cupitol offers house made fare for all dining periods, featuring specialty roasted European coffee, fresh baked breads and a variety of vegan and gluten free offerings.


J. J. Kelley's in Lansing





























Hewn
810 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 869-4396
 
Hewn is going green for St. Patrick’s Day! To get into the holiday spirit, the Evanston bakery will be making delicious soda bread – the Hewn way! Head Baker Ellen King uses rolled oats from Hazzard Free Farm to create the favorite variety, adds golden raisins and a touch of buttermilk for extra flavor. Chocolate lovers can indulge in a selection including Valhrona Chocolate Chips – a childhood favorite of Ellen’s, who’s mother liked to add chocolate chips to soda bread. Known for hand crafted, artisan breads, Hewn’s unique take on the traditional St. Patrick’s Day indulgence is a must try!




fourteensixteen in La Grange
14 W. Calendar Ave, La Grange
http://www.1416lagrange.com
An Irish whiskey, Bushmill 10 year ($9), and beer on tap, 'The Craven' Irish stout ($7) will be featured.


urbanbelly
1400 W. Randolph Street | 1542 N. Damen Avenue
(773) 583-0500 | (773) 904-8606
 
Throughout the month of March, the city’s urbanbelly locations will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Asian-style twist from Executive Chef Bill Kim. urbanbelly diners can enjoy Corned Beef Ramen with Napa cabbage and a chicken pho based broth.  With two locations in the West Loop and Wicker Park, urbanbelly is modern noodle and dumpling-focused restaurant and has been a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand recipient several times. 


Rack House

Rack House 
222 E. Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights








The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division Street
(773) 489-5050
 
Join The Fifty/50 in celebrating the Emerald Isle all week long, from March 11 through St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. For parade day on Saturday, The Fifty/50 offers a $35 all-you-can-drink package from 9:00 a.m. ’til noon, including a breakfast buffetDJ and express entry (no waiting in line!). There could even be an ice luge, and who knows, guests might get a glimpse of a leprechaun. Keeping the party going after noon, and all week long, The Fifty/50 offers daily specials of $5 pints of green beer$7 Jameson shots$8 Irish car bombs and $3 corned beef sliders



The Florentine
151 W. Adams Street
(312) 660-8866
 
The Florentine, an Italian dining destination located in the Loop, will feature a festive hand crafted cocktail for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this March. Guests dining in can sip on the lucky Black Jack made with Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey, rhubarb compote, ginger beer and Angostura bitters while enjoying delicious bites crafted by Executive Chef Zach Walrath.

The Florentine














Chicago Firehouse





























Finn McCool’s Irish Sports Pub
1941 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 | (847) 303-5100 | www.FinnMcCoolsPub.com
6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Chicago's Largest Tent Party!
Free Parking
3 days of live music with Bag Pipers, Leprechauns, Green Beer, Corned Beef Sandwiches and DJs.
 
Thursday, March 16th
Open at 5 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m. and bag pipers at 8 p.m.
8 p.m. – Too White Crew (featuring “Fly Girl” dancers)
$4 Green Miller Lite Drafts
$5 Large Blue Moon Drafts
$5 Jameson Shots
$6 Vodka Lemonades
$6 St. Patty’s Punch
$7 Guinness Drafts
 
Friday, March 17th 
Open at 11 a.m. with entertainment at 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.
7:30 p.m. – 87Nine (classic rock cover band)
10 p.m. – Hairbanger’s Ball (rock band)
$4 Green Miller Lite Drafts
$5 Large Blue Moon Drafts
$5 Jameson Shots
$6 Vodka Lemonades
$6 St. Patty’s Punch
$7 Guinness Drafts
 
Saturday, March 18th 
Open at 11 a.m. with entertainment at 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.
7:30 p.m. – Red Rebel County (party tunes with traditional Irish bar-room music)
10 p.m. – 7th Heaven
$4 Green Miller Lite Drafts
$5 Large Blue Moon Drafts
$5 Jameson Shots
$6 Vodka Lemonades
$6 St. Patty’s Punch
$7 Guinness Drafts
 
Advanced discounted tickets available at www.FinnsFest.com including a 3-day pass for $20.
Discounted rooms at Wyndham Garden Schaumburg Chicago Northwest for $89. Call (847) 397-1500 and ask for Finn McCool’s Company Rate.



Club 220 North at Moretti’s Lake in the Hills
220 N. Randall Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156 | (847) 854-7220 | www.Club220North.com
Friday, March 17th
No Cover before Midnight
Wear green for beads
DJ and Dancing until 3 a.m.
$5 Jumbo Flavored Long Islands
$5 Bombs



Kinfork BBQ & Tap

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg






Snuggery McHenry
801 N. River Road, McHenry, IL 60050 | (815) 578-9600 | www.SnuggeryChicago.com
Open at 11 a.m.
$9.99 Corned Beef Sandwiches and $12.99 Corned Beef Dinners (with cabbage, carrots, red skin potatoes)
 
Friday, March 17th 
All request DJ at 8 p.m.
$3.50 Large Miller Lite & Coors Light Drafts
$5 Sub Zero Jager Barrel Bombs
$5 Tiramisu Shots
 
Saturday, March 18th 
Hosted Karaoke with Sundowner Entertainment at 9 p.m.
$3.50 Large Miller Lite & Coors Light Drafts
$5 Sub Zero Jager Barrel Bombs
$5 Tiramisu Shots


Bag Pipers will perform throughout the day plus Corned Beef Sandwiches