DINING OUT FOR LIFE, Theater Thursday and more.


Tonight’s Theater Thursday offering at City Lit/


Treat yourself for a good cause. DINING OUT FOR LIFE is an annual fundraising event where 2500 restaurants nationwide donate a portion of their proceeds to fight AIDS.  In Chicago 80 restaurants are participating, with some donating up to 33% of the money taken in today, for the cause.  You can eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining Our for Life takes place all day, check participating restaurants for hours. To see the list of participating restaurants go to www.diningoutforlife.com.


The Chicago Advertising Federation will host a luncheon featuring former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers today at The Palmer House Hilton.  11:30a.m. reception; noon, luncheon.  847 375 4728.


Art Chicago, the blockbuster international contemporary and modern art fair, celebrates its 30-year anniversary starting tonight at the Merchandise Mart. The fair, considered to be North America’s premiere art event, features 140 art galleries from around the world.  Tickets for tonight’s ART CHICAGO AND NEXT OPENING PREVIEW are $40. 6p.m to 9p.m. Tickets for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are: Adults $20 daily, $25 multi-day pass; Seniors, Students or Groups $15 multi-day pass. Children 12 and under free.To purchase tickets visit: artchicago.com. 312 527 3701.


Step back in time to the 1950s with the soft sound of jazz music from early in that decade. Enjoy a desert buffet and gourmet coffee in the City Lit Theater lobby.  Then step inside for the production of The Body Snatchers.  Follow the tale of a small-town doctor who discovers that people around him are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.  Then learn the-behind-the-scenes story from an informative talkback with the actors and adapter/director Paul Edwards. Event 7p.m., show 8p.m.; 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, Tickets $30, boxoffice@citylit.org or 773 293 3682.


City Lit Theater is located in Chicago’s Edgewood neighborhood not far from the Andersonville area where there is a behemoth choice of dining and drinking possibilities.  If you want to go causal, try Hamburger Mary’s, good food with an attitude, 5400 N, Clark (at Balmoral); Charlie’s Ale House, part of a chain with great pub food kicked up a notch, 5308 N. Clark; or En*Thai*Ce Noodle Shop, great bargain Thai, 5701 N, Clark.  

If you’re looking for something a little more upscale there is a don’t miss–you’re going to love it– French bistro, La Tache, 1475 W. Balmoral (at Clark).  Reservations recommended.  All are about a mile from City Lit.

If you are looking for something closer, the Edgewater Beach Cafe is one block east of the theater on Sheridan Rd. and gives a 15% discount to diners if you visit them on the same day you go to the show. It is really more than a cafe.  A pleasant surprise awaits diners–wrapped inside of a somewhat unlikely pink stucco building that has a long history in the Windy City. The menu is French inspired, a bit pricey, but very good. Reservations are recommended. 5545 North Sheridan Road, 773 275 4141.  They also offer $6 validated parking.

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