The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first RestauranTour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m on Wednesday, October 20. The tour’s tagline “a culinary exploration of Northcenter,” says it all. This is not a pub crawl – no booze, bottles or beer steins involved – but rather, a tantalize-your-taste-bud tour of 15 local eateries, each of which will serve-up a sampling of one of their signature delectables in a 2-3 ounce portion.
Foodies take note: you can eat your way through Northcenter for just $30 (advance online ticket sales); $35 (day of event). The tour will kick-off at Coonley Elementary (4046 N. Leavitt Street) at 4:45 p.m. Each ticket holder will receive an official “sampling passport” and route map, which will serve as guides down one of a couple designated tour paths.
“The last couple of years have been very hard for restaurants,” says Brad Ball, associate director of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. “The economy has hit us all hard, and the first thing that many people did was dial-back on eating out.” Ball hopes that the Chamber’s first restaurant tour will remind area residents that one of the great things about living in Chicago, and particularly Northcenter, is the sundry of noteworthy restaurants that perch on every corner. “We want people to have the opportunity to try a variety of Northcenter restaurants and finish the evening with a good idea about what each of the 15 stops on the tour is all about,” says Ball.
The Chamber’s venerable objectives for the evening do not stop here. In addition to supporting area restaurants, the Chamber is hoping that the tour will serve a second purpose: supporting the initiatives of three area schools and their associated parent-teacher organizations. $5 from the sale of each ticket purchased prior to the event will be filtered directly back to Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, John C. Coonley Elementary School or Concordia Place. Tickets to benefit these local schools must be purchased online (during check-out, identify the institution you wish to benefit from the sale of your ticket by selecting from appropriate drop-down box).
So, reserve your space today, support local eateries, help a neighborhood school, and prepare for a wild food chase of an adventure!
|Brownstone||Colby Meatloaf over mashed potatoes with a side of smoke mac and cheese|
|Browntrout||Whitefish Brandade, Fennel, Corn and rooftop Herbs|
|Corner 41 Bar and Grill||BBQ Chicken Wings, Mini Meatballs and Eggplant Steak|
|Crepes a Latte the Café||Choice of dessert crepe topped with whipped cream: Nutella Banana Crepe or Chocolate & Fresh Strawberries Crepe|
|Drew’s Eatery||Sloppy Drew or Sloppy Vegan with a side of chips or Pumpkin Ice Cream Sundae (regular or vegan)|
|Glunz Bavarian House||Sausage Appetizer Buffet|
|Jury’s||½ order of the Bruschetta|
|Mio Bento||Chicken Teriyaki, sushi and salads|
|Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro||Double Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Peanut Butter Cream|
|O’Donovan’s||Bruschetta of the Week|