Fresco 21's drink specials are extra fresh with $5 martini Mondays made with specialty UV vodka martinis; wine down Tuesdays with half off select bottles of wine; and beer drinker's Fridays with $3 domestics and $4 drafts. Stop in Thursdays and buy one handcrafted pizza and get a second pizza free.
Fresco 21, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 447-4275 or fresco21.com.
Special martini parings highlight a five-course dinner at Mon Ami Gabi starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Hors d'oeuvres include mini beef wellington and fire grilled artichoke. Other courses include a spinach salad with multicolored asparagus, summer corn and a warm bacon dressing; a crabcake with a seafood skewer of scallops, shrimp and calamari with a lemon harissa beurre blanc and lamb en Croute. For dessert, try chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Mon Ami Gabi, 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com.
There's a new list of signature martinis and cocktails at Cab's Wine Bar Bistro. For $10 each, try the super mai tai, strawberry basil mojito and martinis, such as the chocolate-covered raspberry or the double chocolate martini. Or sip specialty concoctions such as the Dave's JD honey-bourbon-basil lemonade -- a mix of Jack Daniels honey bourbon Tennessee whiskey, fresh basil, simple syrup, lemon juice and sour mix, served on the rocks.
Cab's Wine Bar Bistro, 430 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-9463 or cabsbistro.com.
-- Sara Hooker