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Chicago Gourmet 2013 September 27-29

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Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers.

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P.F. Chang’s Wine Bottle Sale

According to Google we’ve got a lot of P.F. Chang’s fans visiting. Good news for you, for the rest of July they’re offering 1/3 off all bottles of wine on Mondays and Tuesdays in celebration of their 18th anniversary and the new wine program. More details here. Vineyard 518

Ideal Date Night Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block: November

Again here I am STRONGLY encouraging you to try out one of the following Couple’s Nights at the Chopping Block. Two locations, one being in Lincoln Square and the other located in the Merchandise Mart, make it an easy date night to get to, no matter your location. Both are accessible via public transportation and we’ve never had issue finding near by parking in Lincoln Square.

Not only are you assured a delicious meal, you may:

  • Meet other couples.
  • Learn a new technique in the kitchen, or try a new food.
  • Challenge your partner with your knife skills and knowledge of all things culinary!
  • Impress, impress, impress.. both yourself and your date.

So here are your options for the month of November:

Couples Cooking: Fireside in Vermont

Bring a date and warm up with these cozy recipes.
Gruyere Cheese Fondue; Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette; Maple Glazed Salmon with Celery Root and Potato Hash; Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Sauce.

Date Night: Mambo Italiano

Authentic Italian cooking. Mamma mia!
White Bean and Sage Bruschetta; Porcini Mushroom and Herb Risotto; Eggplant Parmesan; Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.

Wine and Dine

Have a blast learning fresh, new ways to make dinner fun!
Mushroom, Bacon and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Tart; Herb Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Potatoes and Root Vegetables; Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fig Balsamic Glaze.
Two glasses of wine or beer per student are included in the price of the class. You must be 21 or over to attend.

As always take a look at their calendar and try something else that interests you as well. Make any cooking experience your ideal date night.

Ever Want to Work in a Record Store?

Well here’s your chance, twice! Take your significant other and live vicariously through the like of Rob Gorden (John Cusack’s High Fidelity character) and Corey (Liv Tyler’s Empire Records character) as Lincoln Hall hosts two of the greatest record store movies of all time. Picnic baskets not necessary with the great food and drink deals.

Lincoln Hall Hosts “High Fidelity / Empire Records” Double Feature – August 18

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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

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