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Free Scratch-to-Win Certificates for Chicago Area Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

Zip over to and fill out the form to get “Scratch-toWin certificates in the mail”.

You can save $10, $20, up to $25 on every visit to any of the follow Chicago-area Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. One lucky person will win a $1,000 gift card.

Your FREE Scratch-to-Win certificates will be mailed to your address, arriving within 10 business days!

Savor the Summer Scratch-to-Win

Some of the participating restaurants:
Scoozi, Pizzeria Via Stato, Hub 51, Brasserie Jo, Big Bowl Fresh Chinese and Thai, Reel Club, Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood, Wow Bao, Mity nice Grill, Mon Ami Gabi, Osteria Via Stato, Frankie’s 5th Floor Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Shaw’s Crab House, R.J. Grunts, Nacional 27, Maggiano’s Little Italy, M Burger, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba Tapas, Pintxos & Paella, Petterino’s, Antico Posto, foodlife, Ben Pao, L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge and DiPescara Fresh Seafood and Homemade Italian.

August Date Night Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block

Really any cooking class at the Chopping Block could be a great opportunity for an enjoyable Date Night ( short of maybe the Sunday morning ‘Tater Tots’ class ) but the following three speak specifically to the couple seeking a romantic, maybe challenging, definitely entertaining experience together:

Outdoor Class: Romantic Dining al Fresco

Enjoy a fabulous dinner in style on our outdoor patio while enjoying the sounds of the Lincoln Square Thursday night summer concert series!
Shrimp Ceviche with Grilled Vegetable Salsa; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Asparagus and Herb Butter; Fresh Corn Polenta; Lemon Cake with Warm Blueberry Sauce and Whipped Cream.

Date Night: ¡Olé!

Have fun while cooking an assortment of authentic Spanish snacks.
Tortilla Española with Aioli; Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs); Seafood Paella; Banana and Cajeta Empanadas.

Couples Cooking: Under the Tuscan Moon

Come learn how to create the zesty, soul-satisfying cuisine of Italy.
Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Basil, Crispy Prosciutto and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Handmade Fettuccine with Grilled Shrimp, Portobellos and Garlic; Plum and Apricot Crostata.

Classes are available at both the Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart locations for approximately $140 per couple. Definitely worth the dollars you spend and you will find yourselves well fed. Click here for the August Class Calendar.

Taste of Chicago Musical Excellence

Pick a night any night, this is the week for it. The Taste of Chicago is the place to be. Take your lady and enjoy all the city has to offer for food and entertainment. Here’s the Musical Line up for the week.

Petrillo Music Shell Schedule for Taste of Chicago

The line up at the Taste of Chicago Petrillo Music Shell pays tribute to 30 years of FREE top National entertainment spanning last three decades.

Friday, June 25, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and V103

* V103 Rap Down Rewind
* Rob Base, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh,
* Salt-n-Pepa
* Bell Biv Devoe
* 5:30 pm

Saturday, June 26, 2010

* Gavin Rossdale
* Band From TV (opening act)
* 5:30 pm

Sunday, June 27, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and Radio Disney

* Emily Osment
* Allstar Weekend (opening act)
* 3:00 pm

Monday, June 28, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and Broadway In Chicago

* Broadway In Chicago
* 6:00 pm

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago

* Los Lobos
* Los Lonely Boys (co-headliner)
* 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago

* Mat Kearney
* Brett Dennen (opening act)
* 5:30 pm

Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and WGCI

* Trey Songz
* Teairra Mari (opening act)
* 5:30 pm

Friday, July 2, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and Bud Light

* Rob Thomas
* 5:30 pm

Saturday, July 3, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and 97.1FM The Drive

* Steve Miller Band
* 3:00 pm

Sunday, July 4, 2010 – Presented by the City of Chicago and 93XRT

* Passion Pit
* Robert Randolph and The Family Band
* Alejandro Escovedo
* Carney (opening act)
* 12:00 pm

Dates: Jun 25, 2010 – Jul 4, 2010

Petrillo Music Shell
Jackson & Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60604
Admission: FREE

Website: For additional information please visit,

Accessibility: The following services are available for persons with disabilities:

* Accessible entrance(s)
* Accessible washroom(s)
* Assistive listening devices provided
* Accessible seating area available

For more information call 312.744.3316

CTAPublic Transportation: For travel information, visit

Parking: If you are driving, park directly under the action in Millennium Garages. Visit for details.

Biking: Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.

source: Explore Chicago

July Date Night Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block

My husband and I can verify first hand that these classes make for the perfect date night. We’ve taken classes at both the Lincoln Square and the Merchandise Mart locations and we will again. We prefer Lincoln Square just due to its proximity to some great after class bars but the classes themselves were equal in instruction, uniqueness of the dishes and appreciation for the results.

Don’t eat before you go and buy a bottle of wine at the Chopping Block. You won’t regret your evening out. Reserve now, the classes fill up fast.

Couples Cooking: In the Heat of the Night

These recipes will help you cool down the hottest summer nights.
Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup with Cumin-Spiced Grilled Shrimp Skewers; Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak with Gazpacho Salad; Lemon and Whipped Cream Tartlets.

Date Night: Summer in Provence

Come learn how to prepare the sun-drenched food of this rustic yet sophisticated countryside cuisine.
Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula Salad; Pan Bagnat (Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Poached Tuna Sandwiches on a Baguette with Red Wine and Caper Vinaigrette); Haricots Verts and Potato Salad with Garlic Aioli; Apricot and Almond Cake.

View July’s Class Calendar Here

Tuesdays on the Terrace

Jazz, Outdoor Patio, Art, Wine and Eats: You will find all of these things every Tuesday this summer at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Alfresco Jazz evenings are free for your listening enjoyment; food and drink are both available for purchase. Wolfgang Puck offers a dinner buffet for $22, or you can purchase grilled items ala carte for a more casual dinner. If you get there early, tables are available on the terrace but you are also welcome to bring a blanket and stretch out on the lawn. We’ve been known to purchase a bottle of wine (or two), enjoy a couple hours of night air and music and then follow it all up to a walk over to Ghirardelli’s for an indulgent ice cream treat.

One added bonus of these musical nights is the opportunity you also have for a quick walk through the museums exhibits.

This summers schedule features:

June 8 : 5:30 p.m. Brent Kimbrough
June 15 : 5:30 p.m. Hanah Jon Taylor
June 22 : 5:30 p.m. Julia Huff
June 29 : 5:30 p.m. Fred Anderson
July 6 : 5:30 p.m. Maggie Brown
July 13 : 5:30 p.m. Mwata Bowden
July 20 : 5:30 p.m. Matt Ulery
July 27 : 5:30 p.m. Corey Wilkes
August 3 : 5:30 p.m. Fred Lonberg-Holm
August 10 : 5:30 p.m. Robert Irving III
August 17 : 5:30 p.m. Jason Adasiewicz
August 24 : 5:30 p.m. Fred Anderson
August 31 : 5:30 p.m. Charles Heath
September 7 : 5:30 p.m. Barry Winograd
September 14 : 5:30 p.m. Tomeka Reid
September 21 : 5:30 p.m. Josh Berman
September 28 : 5:30 p.m. World Music Festival