Suburban restaurants turn to virtual dinners, wine tastings during the pandemic
Suburban restaurateurs are getting creative during the pandemic by offering a range of virtual events, from wine tastings and classes to six-course dinners that include a Q&A with the chef.
Best Bets: Darlene Love is back on screens for the holidaysDarlene Love performs an online "Love for the Holidays" concert, composer and pianist Jim Brickman performs virtual "Comfort & Joy at Home LIVE!" for North Central College and Vanessa Williams headlines the "Women of Broadway" virtual concert series Saturday.
Spotlight: Vanessa Williams headlines virtual'Women of Broadway' benefitNorthlight Theatre presents TV and Broadway star Vanessa Williams in concert, and some of the Chicago area's leading actresses perform Maria Irene Fornes' off-Broadway hit "Fefu and Her Friends," this week in Chicago-area theater.
Book review: Retired hit man can't outrun his lethal pastFor nearly 40 years, Thomas Perry has been steadily building one of the most impressive bodies of work in contemporary crime fiction. His 1982 thriller, "The Butcher's Boy," won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and, decades later, remains a notable debut. Perry's latest, "Eddie's Boy," circles back to that early masterpiece, bringing a long-gestating narrative to an elegant and satisfying conclusion.
Feder: WBBM Newsradio hosts 25th annual 'Good Neighbor Radiothon'Starting at 7 a.m. Friday, WBBM Newsradio anchor Pat Cassidy will host the "Good Neighbor Radiothon" on Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM to raise money for The Salvation Army.
Dining events: Virtual pop-up Chef Bill Kim's Pizza & Parm Shop debuts in Oak BrookNew virtual restaurant Chef Bill Kim's Pizza & Parm Shop opens Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Oak Brook. Also on the dining scene: Di Pescara serves up a new Supper Club dinner to-go, CityGate Grille offers a free app to anyone wearing an ugly holiday sweater while eating on the heated patio, and Seasons 52 intros the new The Green Box meal deal.
Sound check: Joe Pug, Jeff Tweedy and iHeart's Jingle Ball go onlineA look at some of the hot livestreams this week, from folk, pop and blues artists to a little holiday jazz.
New to streaming this week: Selena series, 'Mank,' 'Shameless' and Shawn MendesNetflix's "Selena: The Series" with Christian Serratos debuts Friday, "Mulan" will finally be free for Disney+ subscribers Friday, and Shawn Mendes releases his new album, "Wonder," on Friday.
How to enter our holiday lights contestIt turns out isolation leads to illumination. Forced to stay home because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, many suburbanites have put up their holiday lights a bit earlier than usual. Their efforts bring a welcome bit of cheer -- and could lead to some great prizes.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Barenaked Ladies, Lawrence Arms and more bring the musical jolly to your holidaysIt's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas as artists bring their musical acts streaming to you this year.
Where to cut your own Christmas tree in the suburbsAt least one holiday tradition can still be safely observed despite COVID-19: picking out the perfect Christmas tree for your home. Here's where you can cut your own in the suburbs.
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: No my friends, Thank YOU!Like so many other people do this time of year, Thanksgiving is the time I truly take a few steps back and reflect upon the blessings in my life. This year, MAN this will be hard to do! But still, I have been blessed with so much up until the pandemic hit, I feel there is still a bit of credit left in the "Count your blessings" Department!
Through the Film Magnifier: Glen Campbell, Steve Garvey, Globetrotters, Scrabble tournaments and more
Through the Film Magnifier: Chubby Checker, Harrison Ford, Astronaut Jim Lovell and Dance Fever contestants