Food Fun Friday - Father's Day is Coming!

Food Fun Friday - Father's Day is Coming!

It is Father's Day next week! As much as Dad would love to be left alone, I have some great events for you to celebrate dear old dad. there are also some other great events coming up next week and the last section of Summer Ideas.

Enjoy the awesome weather!

Note: The info has been pulled and edited from various press releases.

On Tuesday, June 10, Roka Akor Chicago, 456 N Clark, and The Japan America Society of Chicago invite guests to taste and discover a variety of premium sakes straight from Japan for the society's 21st Annual Sake Tasting event. Experts from seven of Japan's finest sake breweries will set up tasting stations around the restaurant, and welcome guests to ask questions and interact while tasting the different sakes. Home to one of the largest sake collections in the country, Roka Akor will offer a selection of contemporary Japanese appetizers for guests to enjoy during the tasting.

The cost of the event is  $70 per ticket includes; Tickets can be purchased here.

The Boarding House - the restaurant uniquely-owned by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh - will host a new series featuring signature pizzas and wine pairings selected by different sommeliers each month.  Aptly named "Let's Eat Somm Pizza!", the series highlights the popular coupling of pizza and wine, as well as shines a light on the impressive sommelier talent found throughout the city.

June 2014

  • Sommelier: Arthur Hon, Sepia
  • Pizza: Hawaiian: Pineapple, Ham, Mozzarella cheese, Tomato Sauce
  • Wine: 2005 Yves Breussin, Vouvray Moelleux Réserve, France
  • Tasting Notes: Made from the Chenin Blanc grape, Vouvray is a most versatile wine. It may range from crisp and lean to syrup-like nectar. Yves Breussin's sweeter moelleux evokes honey, pineapples, pear, peach and tropical fruits which provides the perfect foil for the saltiness of the ham while enhancing the sweet tanginess of the pineapple.

July 2014

  • Sommelier: Fernando Beteta, Master Sommelier, Tenzing
  • Pizza: Spicy Italian Sausage, Shaved Fennel, Fennel Seed, Mozzarella, Olive Oil, Salt and Cracked Pepper.
  • Wine: 2012 Mauro Molino Barbera d'Alba, Italy
  • Tasting Notes: Served lightly chilled, the wine enhances the anise flavors from the fennel, and the bright acidity is refreshing. The wine is low in tannins with no oak and doesn't overpower the spiciness from the sausage.

The "Let's Eat Somm Pizza" special will only be available in the restaurant's bar and is offered daily with the exception of Sundays. Pricing will vary slightly each month based on selected wines and toppings. For more information visit www.boardinghousechicago.com or call (312) 280-0720.

312 Chicago, 136 N LaSalle, is partnering with internationally acclaimed wine producer, Ponzi Vineyards, to present “Girls’ Night Out” on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30pm. In the spirit of celebrating influential female leaders in the wine industry, Girls’ Night Out will take guests on a greater exploration of perfect pairings hosted by President, Maria Ponzi. Following a welcome wine reception, the evening will showcase a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Luca Corazzina, with pairings seasonally-curated by Maria Ponzi and 312 Chicago Manager, Tina Majethia.

On hand will also be representatives from Tenzing Wine & Spirits and Wilson Daniels, both wholesale importers and distributers of premium wines. Second generation vintners and sisters, Luisa and Maria Ponzi, launched the Girls’ Night Out dinner series in February 2014.

COST: $85 per person - inclusive of alcohol, tax and gratuity

RESERVATIONS: 312-696-2420

School’s out for summer, and Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap would like to remind Chicago how much fun it is to be a kid again by hosting Jake’s Wing Bash on Thursday, June 12th, 2014. Jake’s, located at 41 E. Superior, will introduce their newest flavor and a childhood classic reinvented: PB&J wings.

The celebration will take place on the second Thursday in June from 6:00-8:00pm in the newly renovated Keg Room and outdoor patio picnic tables. The evening will be complete with live music and giveaways from Left Hand Brewing. For $35/ticket, guests will receive two beer tickets and enjoy all-you-can-eat wings for the evening and live entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase on Brownpapertickets.com.

Left Hand Brewing will be partnering with Jake’s for the event and serving their signature Milk Stout to allow guests to have an adult glass of milk with their PB&J.

PB&J lovers interested in participating in a wing bash to remember should mark their calendars and get their taste buds ready. For more information on Jake’s Wing Bash, call 312-266-0400, visit www.jakemelnicks.com or purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/699239.

Please join us Wednesday, June 18th for a fun-filled Peruvain Street Food Feast where Tanta's chef team will be serving Cebiches, Anticuchos, Empanadas, Sanguches & Causitas. Bar refreshments include the Traditional Pisco Sours, Pisco Draft Cocktails, Draft Beers & House Wines.

Reception will be held on the restaurants second floor on our Rooftop & Private Dining Lounge from 5:30pm - 8pm. Price is $125/per person (inclusive of tax & gratuity). Space is limited.   For reservations please contact our Event Manager, Lucy Kendall at events@tantachicago.com. A valid credit card is required to secure your reservation.  Payment will be charged on June 18th.

Café des Architectes will celebrate Fête de la Musique on Saturday, June 21 with a live jazz brunch.  A summer festival originating in France, Fête de la Musique promotes music from all over the world, often through impromptu performances. The Isaiah Spencer Jazz Trio will be playing from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Known for his innovative sound, Isaiah Spencer has carved out a unique reputation in Chicago and on the national and international music stage.

Café des Architectes - Fête de la Musique Jazz Brunch

(312)324-4063 20 E. Chestnut St. (inside Sofitel Chicago)

www.cafedesarchitectes.com

TRUFFLES

Executive Chef John Coletta and the entire customer-obsessed Quartino staff invite you to experience the delicate and fragrant aromas found in foraged Italian Summer Truffles June 1st, through July 31st. Chef Coletta  will offer endless ways for diners to experience Italy’s finest  Summer Truffles.

Truffles will be available to add on to ANY of the authentic regional Italian preparations on the Quartino Menu, for only $5 per dish (5g or 1/6oz).

Italian Truffles are abundant during the summer months, and are best enjoyed shaved fresh onto seasonal dishes ranging from vegetable salads, to light paste, to delicate risotti.

Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
626 North State Street, Chicago - 312.698.5000

NOT Father’s Day

A unique Father’s Day promotion that Municipal Bar + Dining Co. (216 W. Ohio St.) will be offering next Sunday, June 15, in the hopes that you’ll consider including it with your coverage. This year, Municipal will be celebrating all of those that don’t have kids with “Not A Father’s Day” food and drink specials! Taking inspiration from the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mom”, the upscale River North sports bar and restaurant will offer $5 Jameson shots, $0.25 wings, and games like Bags in-house for the non-dads out there.

Father’s Day!

On Saturday, June 14, South Water Kitchen will be hosting a special five-course Father’s Day Beer Dinner, from 5-10pm. Each course of the menu, which is crafted by Executive Chef Roger Waysok and Head Bartender & Certified Cicerone Dan Rook, is infused with local craft beer. Chef Roger caters to Dads with unexpected twists like Buffalo-Style Quail (his riff on Buffalo Wings) and Stout-infused Bacon Jam Doughnut Holes whiles Dan Rook pairs each course with a taste of local craft brew.

The cost is $68/person and reservations can be made online at www.southwaterkitchen.com or by calling 312-236-9300.

This Father’s Day, June 15, Chicago q invites dads to indulge with $5 pours of Angel’s Envy q Bourbon. Produced in oak barrels, the Angel’s Envy q Bourbon boasts a residual maple syrup flavor giving it a bit of sweetness. The blend also contains corn, which creates a sweet, more approachable bourbon for those who are novices in drinking this alcohol.  Chicago q 
1160 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.642.1160
@chicagoqBBq

Touch dad's heart with dim sum brunch on Father's Day!  Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge, 624 Davis Street – Evanston, recently launched a new dim sum service, offering nearly 60 items for weekend brunch and is open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Invite dad to experience this unique, culinary art from the Cantonese provinces of Southern China. Translated to "Touch the Heart", dim sum is a shared social experience traditionally enjoyed with tea and a collection of small, savory dishes such as dumplings, stuffed buns and noodles.

Koi's dim sum brunch provides guests a taste of the traditional dining experience; a common morning ritual to start the day in Chinese communities. Brunch beverage specials, including mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails, will be available for $5 along with a bottomless option for $10.

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge  (847) 866-6969

Let Unite Urban Grill, 1450 W Chicago Ave, work the grill this Father's Day! The neighborhood restaurant will be serving their seasonally-inspired menu on Sunday, June 15th - with grilled steaks, seafood, sharable snacks and veggie-focused items. For the ultimate steak-lover, the restaurant will be serving a 22 ounce, larger-than-life 'Cowboy Steak' from Painted Hills Farm. Dads can wash it all down with one of the restaurant's signature neighborhood cocktails, craft beer or a selection from their boutique wine list.

As a special gift, owner Joe Krouse will be giving each Father a bottle of his signature basting sauce to help amp up their grill recipes this summer. Reservations are recommended.

Unite Urban Grill - (312) 455-8900

This Father's Day, treat dad to a legendary meal at Michael Jordan's Steak House. The first 23 dads who order MJ's favorite steak, the Prime Delmonico ($49), on Father's Day will receive a complimentary engraved steak knife to commemorate the meal.

Michael Jordan's Steak House - 505 N Michigan Ave  (312) 321-8823

For those who want to treat dad to delicious barbecue this Father's Day, but don't want to spend time slaving over the grill, Old Crow Smokehouse, 3506 N Clark St, is offering Old Crow Ribs-To-Go. One order of the Old Crow Ribs-To-Go will include a full slab of pork baby back ribs made with Chef Tony Scrugg's signature "Scruggs Rubs" and slow-smoked over applewood logs. Guests can place their order by calling 773-549-1280 and can pick up their Ribs-To-Go at the restaurant.  Then, simply place the ribs in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, when you're ready to serve, simply heat up and finish off with the restaurant's mouthwatering beer-BBQ sauce. One order of Old Crow Ribs-To-Go includes fries and summer pickles for $23.95.

Old Crow Smokehouse (773) 537-4452

The Boarding House has a 450-bottle wine list curated by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh paired with Mediterranean fare is the perfect fit for the father who prefers the finer things in life. The River North restaurant will be open for its regular evening business hours on Father's Day. Available on a walk-in basis, guests can opt  for a casual dinner in the bar or adjoining patio, or lock in a seat with a view by making a reservation for The Boarding House's grand dining room.

The Boarding House 720 N Wells St. (312) 280-0720

On Saturday, June 14, South Water Kitchen will be hosting a special five-course Father’s Day Beer Dinner, from 5-10pm. Each course of the menu, which is crafted by Executive Chef Roger Waysok and Head Bartender & Certified Cicerone Dan Rook, is infused with local craft beer. Chef Roger caters to Dads with unexpected twists like Buffalo-Style Quail (his riff on Buffalo Wings) and Stout-infused Bacon Jam Doughnut Holes whiles Dan Rook pairs each course with a taste of local craft brew.

The cost is $68/person and reservations can be made online at www.southwaterkitchen.com or by calling 312-236-9300.

Surprise your dad this Father’s Day with a gift basket from TÊTE Charcuterie, because the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach. The basket – which is priced at $45 – includes four house-made sausages, house-made pickles, a t-shirt, and a $10 gift card… It will be the most delicious part of your dad’s special day. Feel free to mix and match the 4 sausages to compliment dad’s tastes—think salty, savory and spicy or all of the above. TÊTE Charcuterie will be taking orders for the Father’s Day gift basket now through June 6th, and will ship anywhere, so call 312.733.1178 to order yours now!

Frontier Father’s Day Smoke Out

Chicagoans who visit Frontier this Father’s Day will enjoy an all-you-can-eat smoke out for $25 per person. The barbecue will be held all day and feature smoked chicken, pork, beef ribs, mac and cheese, potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread and more. Drink specials will include $4 Tecate cans and $3 High Life drafts.

1072 North Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60642

773.772.4322 www.thefrontierchicago.com

Give the Gift of IVme

  • Base Package: $139/$119 (if no oxygen)

This Father’s Day Day, IVme Hydration Clinic invites guests to give their dad the "Gift of IVme" with an IVme gift card. Designed for those who are suffering from dehydration due to hangover, exhaustion or cold or flu symptoms, revive hydration clinic offers patients expedited hydration therapy through IV delivery of fluids, nutrition and medication. The gift cards are good for one session and are available for purchase at the clinic.

1437 N. Wells St. Chicago, IL 60610

312-350-1822 www.ivmechicago.com

Father’s Day Special at Kanela

Kanela will celebrate dads with  a Father’s Day special featuring a complimentary Kanela Radler cocktail to any dad who orders the new Steak & Eggs with a sunny side up egg, 6 ounce marinated butterfly steak, asparagus, and A1 hollandaise sauce for $14.

Lakeview:

3231 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657

773.248.1622 www.kanelacafe.com

Old Town:

1552 N. Wells St Chicago, IL 60610

312.255.1206 www.kanelacafe.com

Dad's Day Out at Lottie's Pub

This Father's Day, Lottie's will offer a FREE beer brand sampling featuring Deschutes, Greenbush, Ale Asylum and Ballast Point as well as a Woodford Brand Sampling. Lottie's will also offer half-off the entire kids menu, $3.50 pints and $5 Woodford. Guests can participate in a Golden Tee Hole-in-One Tournament from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and win prizes including golf bags and gift cards.

1925 W Cortland Chicago, IL 60622

773.489.0738 www.lottiespub.com

Father’s Day Alfresco Dining & Drinking at MAK

Perfect for outdoor Father’s Day dining, MAK offers casual al fresco dining, weather permitting. The patio features seating for 28 guests and full menus are available. Now serving alcohol, MAK offers a unique selection of Asian Beers including Sapporo, Kirin Light, Tiger, Tsing Tao, and Hitachino White as well as sake and wine. MAK offers the dynamic flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine with a healthy and modern twist featuring flavorful food based on recipes handed down from generations.

1924 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622

773.772.6251 www.makrestaurant.com

Father's Day at The Pony

Chicagoans can visit The Pony and treat Dad to a Golden Tee Hole-in-One Tournament from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Featured specials will include $5 24 ounce John Daly Pony Punch and $2 Arnold Palmers.

1638 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60657

773.828.5055 www.theponychicago.com

RIVA CRAB HOUSE on Navy Pier

$1 Oysters for Dad

Guests can treat Dad to RIVA Crab House’s summer Dollar Oyster Special in celebration of National Seafood Month. The special is available now through Monday, June 30 in the upstairs bar and dining room only from 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily*.

*Six piece minimum. Minimum purchase required. Available in upper level bar

and dining room only.

700 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

312.644.7482 www.rivanavypier.com

Father’s Day Taco Special at Takito Kitchen

Takito Kitchen invites Chicagoans to treat Dad this Father’s Day with a special $20 Waygu Steak Taco created by Executive Chef/Partner David Dworshak. The taco features Maytag bleu cheese, avocado, bacon (smoked pork belly), Urban Till lettuce, all inside a beer tortilla.

2013 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60622

773.687.9620 www.takitokitchen.com

Father’s Day Special at Terrace on Clark

  • Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15

In celebration of Father’s Day this June, Terrace on Clark will offer all Dads a complimentary select draft beer with the purchase of any $10 flatbread pizza. For reservations, visit terraceonclark.com/reservation.

77 W. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601

312.374.3111 www.terraceonclark.com

Ceres’ Table  3124 N Broadway St (773) 922.4020

This Father’s Day, dear old dad deserves more than the usual home-grilled fare of hamburgers and hot dogs. Indulge his love of great food and great beer with a trip to Ceres’ Table for brunch or dinner. All dads who dine at the restaurant throughout the day will be treated to their first draft beer on the house as a way of thanking them for all they do! Ceres’ Table’s draft beer selection includes Midwest favorites like Goose Island Matilda, Ale Asylum Bedlam! and Greenbush Anger Black IPA— all pair perfectly with the restaurant’s new wood-fired pizzas, salumi, crudi and other Italian-inspired plates.

 

Summer Fun Options

Get serious about comedy this summer

·         Picture 400 women performing in 70 shows over the course of 4 days, and you’re at the 3rd Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. From June 5-8, comediennes from around the country – and world – will unite in Chicago to embrace the best in female comedy. The festival features everything from improv and standup, to musical and vaudeville, with headliners such as SNL writer Katie Rich and Chelsea Lately contributor Beth Stelling. Workshops are available as well. For tickets or more information, visit www.chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com.

Prepare Ye for the most anticipated show of the summer

·         The Marriott Theatre is proud to present a unique revival of one of Broadway’s most legendary rock musicals, GODSPELL. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking reflection on the life of Jesus, embracing the message of community, kindness and love.  Director and Choreographer Matt Raftery delivers a fresh, organic, intimate production, literally “illustrating” the parables of the New Testament and bringing its lessons to life on the Marriott stage. For tickets, call 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.

Live Happily Ever Laughter

·         From Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre The Second City comes the smart, cutting edge revue, Happily Ever Laughter, presented at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives and scenes pulled from the morning headlines, Happily Ever Laughter features some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from The Second City’s 53-year history. The Second City continues to deliver hilarious, satirical revues as the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. Dinner is available beforehand at an extra cost. Visit www.theatreatthecenter.com.

Put a sizzling twist on your typical fundraiser

·         Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, puts a spin on the traditional fundraiser with THE FUN HOUSE – a festival of FUN!, an annual event to benefit the nonprofit Chicago-based venue on June 14 from 3 p.m.-12 a.m. THE FUN HOUSE will feature family-friendly indoor and outdoor entertainment, a performance by The Jesse White Tumblers, a photo booth, interactive games and more! Tickets for the event are only $10 for folks 15 years and older and free for folks under 15 years of age. All proceeds directly benefit Stage 773. For tickets, visit www.stage773.com

Escape the summer heat with a massage and facial  

·         Enjoy mini massages, refreshments and tours of the brand new Massage Envy Spa Mount Prospect, at their Grand Opening event on Tuesday, June 17 from 5-6:30 p.m. Mayor Arlene A. Juracek and the Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance for a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. The new clinic will be located at Randhurst Village Shopping Center, 1052 Center Drive in Mount Prospect, and will feature 3,600 square feet of space with 14 therapy rooms, 4 spa rooms and a tranquility room. Email massageenvy@heronpr.com to rsvp to the event.

·         There’s a fresh face in the north suburbs: Massage Envy Spa will open in Niles/Skokie in July at Village Crossing Shopping Center, 5661 W. Touhy Ave., Unit A. The relaxing 3,600+ square-foot clinic has 9 therapy rooms and 4 dual-purpose rooms. The spa is centrally located to serve the communities of Niles, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, and the Chicago neighborhoods of Edgebrook, Wildwood, Sauganash, Norwood Park, Jefferson Park and Edison Park. Like them on Facebook for a chance to win a free facial or massage. For more info, call 847.588.0900 or visit www.massageenvy.com

For the perfect family summer outing

·         Throw on a kilt and pass the haggis at the 28th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games on June 20-21 in Itasca. The festival, which benefits the Scottish home, Illinois' oldest charity, is open to the public on Friday, June 20 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm and Saturday, June 21 from 8:00am - 9:00pm. The CHICAGO SCOTS invite everyone to be Scottish for this weekend-long annual summer celebration. Offering an extensive array of unique Scottish traditions, revelry, and culture for the whole family! Visit www.chicagoscots.com for more information.

Step into the spotlight and S-H-I-N-E on stage

·         Drury Lane Theatre will continue its landmark 30th anniversary season with the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical comedy THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. The show previews June 19, opening Thursday, June 26 at 8 p.m., and running through August 17 . To raise the comical bar, four audience members get the opportunity to participate in this hysterical musical as onstage contestants. For tickets, call 630.530.0111 or visit www.drurylane.com.

For the perfect outdoor summer performance

·         First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83, Oak Brook, presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on its outdoor main stage as part of the Shakespeare Under the Stars summer series. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR stars Shakespeare’s greatest comic character, Sir John Falstaff, who was too huge to be contained by his original appearance in Henry IV. Short on money, the rotund Falstaff sets out on a quest to seduce not just one, but two wealthy married women, who then decide to turn the tables on Falstaff and teach him a lesson in fidelity and honesty. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.firstfolio.org.

Grab your cowboy boots for the down-home, boot-stompin’ musical of the summer

·         After 200 episodes and 9 seasons as America’s beloved 1960s sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies is making strides on stage as a musical for the first time ever. Theatre at the Center presents the World Premiere of THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE MUSICAL, running from July 10 through August 10 with a press opening on Sunday, July 13. Written by David Rogers and Amanda Rogers, and directed by Jeff Award nominee David Perkovich with a musical score by award-winning Chicago composer Gregg Opelka, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE MUSICAL follows the nouveau-riche Clampett family as they move to the privileged society of Beverly Hills after discovering an oil reserve on their land. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theatreatthecenter.com.

The perfect Father’s Day gift

·         Looking for Father’s Day gift ideas? Grab a few tickets to see Chris Lemmon portray his father in the World Premiere of Chris Lemmon in JACK LEMMON RETURNS! Due to popular demand, the show will be extended from June 25 through July 20 at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street. The production that has been called "A very classy solo tribute!" (Chicago Tribune); "An honest, loving ‘living memoir’!" (Chicago Sun-Times); and “An affectionate and all-together absorbing tribute!”  (TimeOut Chicago) will return to Chicago for this strictly limited engagement. The production is written and directed by Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein and last season’s smash hit Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane) and based on the true story of the legendary Jack Lemmon (Mister Roberts, Some Like it Hot, Days of Wine and Roses, The Odd Couple) and his relationship with his son, actor and musician Chris Lemmon (Duet, That’s Life, Lena’s Holiday, etc.). For tickets or more information, visit www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

Unlock your inner artist this summer

·         Discover Oak Brook’s newest chic hotel, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, officially opening its doors this July after undergoing a $25 million transformation. Located in the former Renaissance Hotel building, the brand new property boasts a spectacular new outer façade, which opens into the brand’s signature, award-winning arrival experience, Le Méridien Hub™. Re-interpreting the traditional lobby into a social gathering place, the Hub consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to the hotel’s UNLOCK ART™ partner, The Elmhurst Art Museum; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack featuring the music of French Bossa Nova band, Nouvelle Vague. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.lemeridienoakbrook.com.

For a romantic summer date night

·         Having been the site of 137,963 first dates and 16,254 engagements, Chicago’s most romantic restaurant Geja’s Café will celebrate its 49th Anniversary Sunday, June 29 through Friday, July 4. Geja’s will offer 49% off all food bills and will host its 5th annual recipe contest and 4th annual poetry challenge during the 6-day anniversary celebration. Guests are encouraged to compose original poetry about their experiences at Geja’s over the years. Aspiring fondue foodies are invited to submit an original dipping sauce to accompany Geja’s signature meats and seafood entrée. The winners from each contest will win a dinner for 6 with selected premium wines. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.gejascafe.com.

Take a staycation at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park with exclusive summer packages

·         The perfect treat for the runner in your family, The Runner’s Reward Package at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park includes overnight accommodations in a luxurious guestroom as well as a soothing 50 minute Journey Pedicure in mySpa to pamper tired feet. Rates start at $275.

·         The Urban Goddess Package is an ideal option for a lovely summer escape with friends. Steps from Michigan Avenue shopping and the city’s hottest nightlife destinations, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is a sophisticated oasis for an unforgettable girlfriends getaway weekend—whether plans include relaxing at the hotel’s peaceful retreat, mySpa, or going out on the town. Rates begin at $299 and include accommodations for two as well as a $100 credit per room/per paid night to apply to a service at mySpa.

·         Summer vacation is quickly approaching and for many locals, that means consistent (and sometimes stressful) visits from family and friends. For those who need a little more space to accommodate out-of-town guests over the spring and summer holidays, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park offers its Relatives and Room Service Package.  The package includes overnight accommodations and a $25 food and beverage credit.  Rates start at $244.

·         No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the stunning Magnificent Mile, which features world-class shopping destinations and sophisticated locally-owned boutiques. The To Give or to Get Shopping Package provides guests with a $50 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue, a benchmark for luxury shopping that is synonymous with extraordinary customer service. Also included in this package is a lavish breakfast buffet in aria Restaurant to kick off a day exploring the iconic shops on Michigan Avenue as well as overnight accommodations. Rates begin at $265.

·         For those who are celebrating their anniversary, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park provides a relaxing, romantic retreat. As part of the Suite Memories offer, couples who bring proof that they are celebrating their anniversary during the same month of their stay will receive an upgrade to the best available room in the hotel.   Rates begin at $169. For reservations, visit http://www.fairmont.com/Chicago and use booking code PSUI.

 

Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at joe@chicagofoodsnob.com

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