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  • Long Grove village board hopefuls disagree on keeping video gambling Feb 12, 2015 6:40 PM
    Six village board candidates split into two campaign camps have different takes on the merits of video gambling in downtown Long Grove. One side says the revenue from betting is critical to restaurants, while the other says residents should decide whether the village permantely allows video gambling after a trial run expires this April. “Whether it degrades or somehow cheapens our Long Grove brand is something the jury’s still out on,” says challenger Michael Sarlitto.

  • Sign says it all -- Big Ange's finally close to opening in Arlington Heights Feb 13, 2015 8:50 AM
    A new hot dog restaurant planned for the former Jimmy's Place in Arlington Heights may finally be close to opening nearly two years after getting initial approval from the village.

  • No plans? A procrastinator’s guide to Valentine’s Day Feb 11, 2015 8:16 AM
    No plans? No problem. We have all you procrastinators covered with a last-minute guide to Valentine’s Day concerts like Fleetwood Mac at Rosemont's Allstate Arena and romantic stage shows like "Married Alive!" at the Raue in Crystal Lake. Plus tips on where to meet Cary Elwes of "The Princess Bride" fame in Naperville and how to snag a prime-time dinner reservation for two.

  • Make a Chinese New Year resolution to try dim sum Feb 16, 2015 9:52 AM
    With more Chinese restaurants offering dim sum on the weekends, Deborah Pankey started wondering what this brunch alternative was all about. As the Chinese New Year approaches, she gives us a dim sum primer.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Elk Grove Village Town Center Feb 12, 2015 5:51 AM
    Buffalo Wild Wings will open a location in Elk Grove Village this summer, village officials said. The popular restaurant and sports bar chain, which has some 40 locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs, is moving into a vacant strip mall space at 944 Elk Grove Town Center, near Biesterfield and Arlington Heights roads.

  • Dining events: Four courses for $12.99 at Olive Garden Feb 10, 2015 5:45 AM
    Olive Garden’s four-course Festa Italiana starts at $12.99 at locations throughout the suburbs. Try something new for Valentine's Day: ClayOven Tandoor Indian Bar and Grill in Long Grove serves a special lunch buffet on Feb. 14.

  • On the cheap: Indulge yourself at Chocolate! The Festival Feb 10, 2015 6:00 AM
    This Valentine's Day, indulge in handmade chocolate and desserts at the free Chocolate! The Festival in Elgin. For more free fun, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry offers free admission to kids ages 3-11 through Saturday, Feb. 28.

  • Mundelein's Loaded Buffalo more than a little bit country Feb 10, 2015 6:00 AM
    Mundelein's Loaded Buffalo is more than a little bit country. The new Western-themed bar is the kind of place where you work up an appetite country dancing -- and then sate it with a platter of cheese-and-chicken-topped tator tots and a craft beer.

  • Coffee shop-looking cafe casinos taking hold in suburbs Feb 9, 2015 5:35 AM
    The birth of video gambling in Illinois two years ago also spawned "cafe casinos" that have the look and feel of a coffee shop, but represent a growing share of the gambling income in the state. The quaint-looking venues with names like Dotty's and Betty's are a big business taking hold in the suburbs.

  • Try a new place to dine during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week Feb 6, 2015 4:47 PM
    Meet Chicago Northwest, the region’s official destination marketing organization, celebrates the abundance of dining choices in the Northwest suburbs by launching the second annual Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week 2015, Feb.19–March 1.

  • For better or worse, restaurant service isn't what it used to be Feb 6, 2015 6:18 AM
    If you want to understand how dining has changed in the past decade, you have to look beyond just the kitchen. You have to look at the people on the dining room floor, too. Like chefs who have incorporated influences far beyond France, servers and front-of-house managers have ventured beyond French and Russian styles of service to embrace latter-day philosophers such as Chicago restaurateur Richard Melman and Danny Meyer, the New Yorker behind Union Square Cafe. The bible for many young chefs and restaurateurs is Meyer's 2006 book, “Setting the Table,” in which he explains his notion of “enlightened hospitality.”

  • Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week returns Feb 5, 2015 6:49 PM
    Meet Chicago Northwest will launch its second annual Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week from Feb. 19 through March 1. The event presents a distinctive selection of 40 area dining establishments all offering exclusive, affordably-priced, three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

  • Dining events: Free froyo Friday at Menchie’s Feb 3, 2015 6:00 AM
    Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt celebrates National Frozen Yogurt Day with free yogurt from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at all of its suburban locations. Also, Big Skillet Restaurant in Elgin celebrates its sixth anniversary with half-off all meals all day Tuesday, Feb. 10.

  • Naperville's new Granite City Food and Brewery solid as a rock Feb 4, 2015 10:19 AM
    Large and airy, Granite City Food & Brewery on Naperville's north side has all the makings of a girl's/guy's night out, family haunt and general excuse to hang out over a beer, all rolled into one.

  • Constable: We need holiday after Super Bowl Monday Feb 5, 2015 4:47 PM
    Many of us in the suburbs have been longing for Super Bowl Monday to be made into a holiday, with schools and offices closed. Some of us got ourwish thanks to the blizzard. But my family pushed the limits of the new holiday.

  • 10 football-free alternatives to watching the Super Bowl Feb 1, 2015 6:30 AM
    Not a football fan? Not a problem. While your sports-obssessed friends and relatives are glued to their TV sets, you can be out enjoying a play or shopping at your favorite mall.

  • Crosstown Pub opens in Batavia, highlights rivalry Jan 30, 2015 5:08 PM
    The sports rivalry between Batavia and Geneva is highlighted at the new Crosstown Pub that opened Friday in Batavia. But even if you aren't into sports, there some 40 fresh-made dry rubs for the chicken wings, and dozens of craft beers on tap.

  • Dining events: New cafe offers sweet buns Jan 28, 2015 5:30 AM
    Cafe Rottibun’s specialty is a sweet treat at Westfield Fox valley; Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off with more than 250 area restaurants; Barbakoa in Geneva celebrates restaurant week.

  • Game on: Watch Super Bowl at suburban sports bars Jan 28, 2015 5:45 AM
    Got your game plan in place for the Super Bowl? If not, consider watching the game at a suburban sports bar where half-time buffets and beer specials will give even Bears fans something to cheer about.

  • Creative menu, inviting atmosphere at Nobel House Jan 27, 2015 7:47 AM
    Nobel House has been making waves in Geneva with its inspired food choices and eclectic beer list. The bustling bar and grill, a modest-sized place seating at most about 60 patrons, opened in May 2014. Diners will find such surprises on executive chef Marshall McCarty's creative menu as an adult mac-and-cheese entree served with lobster; house-smoked meats and a vegetarian “cauliflower steak.”

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