Dining out: Shake Shack opens in Vernon Hills, Seasons 52 taps summer flavors
Shake it off
Shake Shack, known for its ShackBurgers, chicken sandwiches, griddled flat-top dogs and more, is opening its newest location at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, in Vernon Hills. The first 100 patrons in line Friday will receive Shake Shack swag. This location will feature local brews from Half Acre Beer Company and Revolution Brewing. Plus, patrons will find unique frozen custard concretes such as A Sprinkle in Time (vanilla custard, lemon curd, marshmallow, shortbread cookie and rainbow sprinkles), S'More (chocolate custard, marshmallow sauce, graham crackers and Mast Brothers dark chocolate chunks) and Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and pieces of Four & Twenty Blackbirds seasonal pie). Five percent of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Shake Shack is at 864 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, (224) 294-2010 or shakeshack.com/.
Two new rosés, a rosé lemonade and a rosé sangria are now on the menu at Seasons 52.
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What do you get when you combine summer flavors with refreshing cocktails? Seasons 52's new Rosé All Day, All Summer menu. Launched this week, diners will find seasonal dishes such as roasted corn, aged cheddar and spiced bacon flatbread; spiced bacon and burrata panzanella salad; summer corn soup; pot-roasted basil-ricotta chicken; bistro steak; and blueberry cheesecake mini indulgence. For those seeking a summer sipper, Seasons 52's Advanced Sommelier has curated a rosé menu featuring selections such as Jansz Brut Rosé (sparkling wine from Tasmania, Australia); Vanderpump Dry Rosé (a classic Provence rosé); Rosé Lemonade (Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose Vodka combined with Royal Post Rosé and lemon); and Rosé Sangria (Royal Post Rosé, honey lavender, white cranberry and lemon). Or, if you prefer other summer fruits, the restaurant also offers the new Peach Riesling Mule (Prüm Riesling, Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom Vodka, ginger beer and lime) and the Cocojito (RumHaven Coconut Water Rum, lime and mint).
Seasons 52 is at 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-4752, and 1770 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-5252, seasons52.com/.
This week, B. GOOD added the strawberry basil chill, BBQ Chicken Bowl and BBQ Bacon Burger to its menu.
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B. GOOD's BBQ
With warmer weather comes barbecue, and this year B. GOOD has partnered with Stubb's BBQ to come up with three new menu offerings that are now available. The BBQ Chicken Bowl features black bean corn salsa, cheddar, spicy slaw, romaine, super grains, scallions and Stubb's BBQ Sauce while the BBQ Bacon Burger comes topped with cheddar, caramelized onions and Stubb's BBQ sauce. Cool off with the new strawberry basil chill, a frozen beverage blended with strawberries, basil and ice. And, on July 24, a new side of mac and cheese featuring cheddar, mozzarella and Romano will join the menu.
B. GOOD is at 2555 W. 75th St., Naperville, (331) 213-2705; 1721 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (224) 353-4080; and 875 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, (224) 433-7010. bgood.com/.
Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook will be tapping Goose Island's Born + Raised on Thursday, June 20.
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Tap it in
From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook will be hosting a special tapping of the Chicago-style ale Born + Raised from Goose Island. Anyone who orders a Born + Raised during the tapping will receive free glassware from Goose Island. A full pour runs $6.50, while a 6-ounce taste is $3.50.
Old Town Pour House is at 8 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 601-1440, oldtownpourhouse.com/oakbrook/.
Scream for BOGO ice cream
What better way to celebrate the first day of summer than a buy one, get one free scoop of ice cream? Fannie May is offering just that on Friday, June 21. Plus, there's Pixie sampling from noon to 3 p.m. that day. And special deals like 10% off the entire store, $5 for 7-ounce boxes of Mint Meltaways and $1 for 1.8-ounce chocolate bars with a purchase.
Fannie May has locations in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Elmhurst, Lake in the Hills, Lombard, Mount Prospect and Schaumburg. fanniemay.com/.
If you like lobster, you'll want to come hungry to Morton's The Steakhouse's Lobster Indulgence Friday through Sunday, June 21-23. For $69 per person, the meal includes lobster bisque and lobster-cargot (shared) as the starters before moving on to the main course of steamed lobster, broiled lobster and lobster Thermidor. Sides feature lobster mac and cheese, corn on the cob and red potatoes. Wash it down with a bottle of Butter Block Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley for $49. Reservations are required.
Morton's The Steakhouse is at 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 577-1372; 699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, (847) 205-5111; 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, (847) 678-5155; and 1470 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, (847) 413-8771. mortons.com/featuring/lobster-weekend/.
Get a free filled doughnut at Krispy Kreme on Saturday, June 22.
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Have a hankering for something sweet? Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has you covered with the introduction of the new original filled doughnut filled with either classic kreme or chocolate kreme. What's even better is that you can try the new doughnut for free on Saturday, June 22. One caveat: One doughnut per guest, while supplies last.
Krispy Kreme is located at 412 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, (847) 472-9500; 17815 S. Halsted St., Homewood, (708) 991-2629; 9150 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Park, (708) 907-7979; and 110 S. Mannheim Road, Hillside, (708) 401-5292. krispykreme.com/.
With summer comes new lighter cocktails at Sullivan's Steakhouse. Try sippers like the Cinnamon Spiced Old Fashioned (Woodford rye, Disaronno, cinnamon infusion and black walnut bitters), Gold Rush (Angel's Envy bourbon, fresh lemon juice, clover honey and honey sugar cube), Summertime (Mount Gray Black Barrel Rum, passion, mango, pineapple and lemon juices) or Key Lime Margarita (Herradura Blanco, Cointreau, Nellie & Joe's Key Lime juice and agave nectar). Each drink runs $13.50.
Sullivan's is at 244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/naperville/.
Summer Solstice Martini Flight
Just in time for the summer solstice, Elgin's Martini Room is serving up the Summer Solstice Martini Flight -- five mini martinis for $16 on Wednesdays in June. Sip on the Strawberry Seduction (homemade strawberry-basil-infused vodka and St. Elder flower liqueur with white cranberry and lime juices served in a sugar-cayenne-pepper-rimmed glass with a strawberry and lime garnish), Lemon Sorbet (Pallini limoncello liqueur, peach schnapps, lemonade and whipped cream, served with a mint and a lemon twist), Southern Peach (Bushmill's Red Bush Whiskey, peach puree, Peychaud's Bitters, orange juice and lemonade with ginger beer on top), Picante (homemade cilantro-infused vodka, St. Elder flower liqueur, lime and white cranberry juices served with a fresh jalapeño slice) and Ruby Red (Absolut Grapefruit Vodka, X-Rated fusion liqueur, triple sec, pineapple juice and lemonade topped with an orange twist). If you prefer margaritas, check out Six Dollar Margarita Tuesday featuring the white peach margarita, mermaid margarita (tequila, melon schnapps, Granny Smith apple puree, pineapple juice, sweet and sour, lime and agave nectar), spring rose margarita (tequila, raspberry puree, rose water, triple sec, lime and agave), apple margarita and blackberry margarita.
Martini Room is at 161 E. Chicago St., Elgin, (847) 741-0349 or martiniroomelgin.com/.
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