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Ribfest for the Non-Rib Eater (and the People Who Love Them)

By Patty Wetli

What’s a vegetarian like me doing at Ribfest? Well, for starters, it’s my job to cover the event. But my husband is also a major carnivore and I vowed for better or pork. The challenge at Ribfest, like pretty much every other outlet that doesn’t cater specifically to vegetarians, is not so much finding meatless Read the Rest…

It’s Food Day: Watch What You Eat

By Patty Wetli

Next Monday, the nation celebrates candy, er, Halloween. (Anyone handing out Heath Bars? Drop me a line.) But today, October 24, has been set aside as the first annual Food Day. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t every day Food Day? Technically, yes. But the point being made by organizers is that Americans need to Read the Rest…

Crew Shooting Ford Commercial on Byron and Lincoln – Update

By Mike Fourcher

A film crew set up on Byron St. between Lincoln Ave. and Damen Ave. in front of Sola Restaurant, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave., to shoot a commercial for Ford Motor Company this morning. The crew was expected to be on the site most of the day. Update: Phil Kuhl from Fountainhead says they’re shooting at his Read the Rest…

North Side Summerfest Focusing On Hot Dogs

By Mike Fourcher

The North Side Summerfest, the new street festival slated for August 20-21 between Irving Park Rd. and Byron Ave. St. on Lincoln Ave., is shaping up to be a hot dog-centric festival, which seems about right since there’s already a Ribfest, Burgerfest, Perogifest and Oysterfest in Chicago. “We’re asking every vendor to offer a hot dog. Read the Rest…

Sunday: Benefit For Sola Employee Jason Skorup

By Mike Fourcher

Recently, Sola employee Jason Skorup racked up some big medical bills during recovery from a lung infection. Like most restaurant staff, he doesn’t have medical insurance, but his boss, Sola chef and owner Carol Wallack and recent Top Chef contestant, Sprout’s Dale Levitski, will host a benefit at Sola, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave., “Store Up Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Mike Fourcher

Mayor Emanuel’s new culture chief knows Chicago [Sun Times] Health crisis fundraiser planned at North Center eatery [Dining Chicago] All Saints’ Episcopal Church, a Chicago landmark and sometimes theater hub [WBEZ}

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Poor Taste Chicago took a tour of Lincoln Square. House Beautiful is coming to Chicago and Ravenswood to give away free chairs. Potter and Potter Auctions ( located at 3729 N. Ravenswood Ave) will be auctioning some very important lithographs from the heyday of Magic. Will Rahm’s Ravenswood home tenant be moving soon? Sola (located Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

TimeOut Chicago looks at a new restaurant, Prix Fixe, opening tonight for dinner at 4835 N. Western Ave. Redeye has the scoop on where to get your dance on in Northcenter. Chicago Magazine lists the Indie Wed Chicago event Saturday at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave. RE Journals reports Bodine Electric is Read the Rest…

New Years Eve Dining Deals

By Victoria Wiedel

You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here’s a brief round-up of special dining events happening in the Center Square area. Chalkboard (4343 N. Lincoln) is presenting a special NYE dinner for families from 5:00 to 6:30 PM, complete with mini-burgers and mac-n-cheese for $11 (adults can Read the Rest…

Top French Fries in Center Square?

By Victoria Wiedel

Recently a discussion in the blogosphere has bubbled up regarding the best french fries in Chicagoland.  Steve Dolinsky kicked off the discussion, but only two spots are in the city of Chicago. This led Chicagoist to counter with its list, which includes Sola in Northcenter. Happily (or perhaps sadly for my cholesterol levels), I can think Read the Rest…

Calling All Mothers

By Tatum Bartlett

Stirring the pasta with one hand, typing an e-mail on the Blackberry with the other, attempting (unsuccessfully) to do a long-division check in my head, and then CRASH?the little one-year-old light of my life has just somehow managed to pull four large serving platters from the one cabinet that remains to be childproofed. Oh, the Read the Rest…

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