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Carnival 2012 at Nacional 27

Rio-style Celebration with Brazilian Beats and Cachaca Drinks   

Tuesday, February 21
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

Can’t make it to Rio de Janeiro this year?  Nacional 27 in River North will offer the next best thing at their “Carnival 2012″ cocktail party on Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Nuevo Latino restaurant and lounge, inspired by the flavors and ingredients from the 27 countries comprising Central and South America, will feature live Brazilian music by the Bossa Tres Trio from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and custom cocktails made with Brazilian-based ingredients.

In-house mixologist and general manager Liz Samples will offer three different types of Caipirinhas, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaca (a Brazilian liquor made from distilled and fermented sugarcane juice).  Guests may select the Classic Caipirinha, the Smooth & Spicy Caipirinha made with coconut, mango, ginger and lime or the Lux Caipirinha, made with yuzu sour juice ($8 each).  The restaurant will also feature a Veev Acai Berry-blended Mojito for $10.  Acai is a “superfood” berry found in the Brazilian Amazon.

Executive Chef Francisco Vilchez’s full tapas and dinner menus will be available.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610

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StyleChicago’s “South Beach Style” at Nacional 27

Fourth Annual Ultimate Girls Night Out Event

Thursday, March 1
6-9 p.m.VIP Tickets $45 (includes goodie bag) General Admission $35

Nacional 27 will hold the fourth annual StyleChicago “South Beach Style” girls night out event on Thursday, March 1 from 6-9 p.m. This fun, very girly party with a Latin twist includes: creative cocktails; Hey Mambo wine; Peroni beer; a variety of passed tapas, ceviche and small plates; Salsa dancing instruction; Zumba lessons; fabulous fashions; and spa and beauty services. All ticket holders will have a chance to win designer prizes and giveaways.

VIP tickets are $45 and include early admission (5:30 p.m.) and the highly sought-after, signature StyleChicago goodie bag with over 30 fabulous items (general admission tickets are $35). This event is for those 21 and over. Tickets may be purchased at StyleChicago.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron

Chicago, IL 60610

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Academy Awards Viewing Party

ZED451 Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Sunday, February 26
6 p.m.  Red Carpet Coverage
7 p.m. The 84th Academy Awards

Free to attend

Now that the nominations have been announced, the anticipation begins. Find out who will be awarded with an Oscar during ZED451’s Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday, February 26. Guests are invited to walk the red carpet into Zed451’s urban-chic lounge, where both the celebrity red carpet arrivals and awards ceremony will be shown on the 10-foot projection screen. A ballot contest will be held to predict the evening’s winners, and the party guest with the most correct guesses will win a $150 gift certificate to the restaurant.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the awards festivities and fashion statements while sipping one of the special, Oscar-themed cocktails (menu outlined below). Additional Sunday drink specials include $3 mimosas and $3 pints of craft beer (Goose Island Green Line, Goose Island Matilda, New Belgium Fat Tire, Victoria Vienna Lager, Metropolitan Krankshaft, Bell’s Best Brown, Dark Horse Amber Ale, Finch’s Threadless, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout and Stella Artois).

ZED451’s “Big Screen” Burger will be offered for $5 (8-ounce Angus burger on homemade pretzel bun with butter pickles and pickled shallots, or with maple Cajun bacon and choice of cheese) and the full “Cravings” lounge menu will also be available.

Table reservations are welcome, please call ZED451 at 312.266.6691 or visit ZED451.com.

Academy Award Winning Cocktails

Hollywood Stars Sangria 10 glass, 38 pitcher
Red apple sangria

The Artist 12
Rock Sake, Canton ginger liqueur, rosemary-infused simple syrup, lemon juice

Moneyball Muddle 10
Muddled cucumber and sage, grapefruit juice, Hendrick’s gin, Chartreuse liqueur

…And The Envelope, Please 10
Rosemary, El Tesoro tequila, agave nectar, splash of soda, rosemary sprig garnish

Midnight in Paris 11
St. Germaine liqueur, Vita coconut water, floating orchid                                                 

The Red Carpet 12
Muddled strawberries, blackberries and lime, Pyrat rum, splash of Sprite

War Horse Woodford Reserve 11
Woodford Reserve Distiller Select infused with green apple syrup, caramel, green apple garnish

Hugo 11
Muddled blueberries and mint, house made simple syrup, Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, splash of soda

The Tree of Life 12
Pear-infused Svedka vodka, pumpkin puree, cointreau, nutmeg, cinnamon

739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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ZED451 Adds Live Music Line-Up

Acoustic Sounds Every Wednesday in the Fireside Lounge

Starts Wednesday, January 11
Live music featured every Wednesday evening
7-9 p.m.

Free to Attend

Starting Wednesday, January 11, the sounds of acoustic songs will fill the Fireside Lounge at ZED451. Each week, on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m., the cozy, ski lodge-like setting will welcome a variety of live, local acts to the River North restaurant’s bar area. The performances (schedule below) are free to attend.

ZED451’s Fireside Lounge offers a large variety of creative, liquid market cocktails, craft brews and hand-selected wines, in addition to a full a la carte “Cravings” menu (pad Thai tacos, char-grilled sirloin salad, calamari fries, house-cured duck pastrami Reuben sliders, maple Cajun BLT, spiced chicken samosas, Aegean flatbread and more) from 4:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Fireside Lounge, Live Acoustic Line-Up
Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.

1/11 Scottie Long
1/18 Marlon Longid
1/25 Seth Bradley

2/1 Chris Buehrle
2/8 Scottie Long
2/15 Danny May
2/22 Marlon Longid
2/29 Seth Bradley

739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Classic Cocktail Class with Ketel One Vodka and Nolet Gin

Learn Libations Through an Interactive Spirits Station at Franklin Tap

Wednesday, January 25
5-7 p.m.

No cost to attend
$7 Ketel One and Nolet Gin cocktails

Franklin Tap will host a Ketel One Vodka and Nolet Gin classic cocktail class and distillery sampling on Wednesday, January 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The educational (and fun) event will be led by Ketel One ambassador Daniel Kaman and Nolet ambassador Mike Mallory. Guests will sample spirits, learn how to shake and stir classic gin and vodka cocktails, and have the opportunity to try the interactive “mix your own martini” station.

Resident mixologist, Lisa Selman, has created two specialty, modern classic cocktails for the event. The “Spiced Pear” (Ketel One, lemon juice, pear nectar, clove simple syrup and liquor 43) and “Winter Fizz” (Nolet gin, cranberries, cinnamon simple syrup, sage, lime juice and soda) will be offered for $7, as will all Ketel One and Nolet gin cocktails and martinis that day.

Simply arrive at 5 p.m. or call Franklin Tap to reserve a table for the distillery sampling and cocktail class.

Nolet Distillery is a family-owned company with roots going back 10 generations. By uniting craftsmanship with modern technology, Nolet Distillery is successfully producing premium spirit brands in Schiedam, Holland for distribution across the world. The history of excellence is confirmed nowadays in the brand Ketel One, among the leading super premium vodka’s worldwide.

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 212-3262


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New Year’s Resolutions at Nacional 27

“Look Better Now” Menu and “Feel Better Now” Cocktails

January 2 – January 27

Monday through Friday

Keep your resolutions intact, your waistline slimmer and your wallet fuller this January at Nacional 27. The “Look Better Now” menu, comprised of three courses of refreshing, flavorful, Latin-inspired dishes, will be offered  for only $20 per guest. The “Look Better Now” prix fixe is the perfect way to purge the gluttony of the holiday season.  The coordinating “Feel Better Now” cocktail menu is made with fresh, bright fruits and spirits for $8 each.

Each of the new year’s special offerings will be available Monday-Friday throughout the month of January 2012. Monday through Thursday, the dining hours are 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and on Friday, dinner is available from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 312-664-2727.

“Look Better Now” Menu at Nacional 27
three courses, $20

Course One, choice of:

Scallop Skewer
lemon oil, salsa cruda & chimichurri slaw


Hearts of Palm Salad
avocado, olives, papaya

Course Two, choice of:

Poached Salmon
piquillo pepper sauce, grilled latin vegetables, chimichurri


Ahi Tuna
lime-citrus marinated, fire roasted corn, avocado and cilantro salsa


Latin Spiced, Grilled Farm-raised Chicken
thyme, parsley, lemon sauce and quinoa salad of pickled onion and grapefruit

Course Three, choice of:

Grilled Pineapple
coconut sorbet, candied brazil nuts and caramel drizzle


Dark Chocolate-Spiced “Kit Kat” Bars
macadamia-crusted dark chocolate truffles

“Feel Better Now” Cocktails at Nacional 27

Grapefruit Fizz
grapefruit vodka/grapefruit segments/mint/honey/egg whites/bitters $8

VeeV acai spirit/el jimador reposado/blackberry sorbet/lime juice $8

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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New Bar Bite Menu at III Forks

Smaller Plates and Sandwiches in the Lounge Area

III Forks Prime Steakhouse unveils a new “bar bite” menu today in the lounge area. Chef Tommy Nevill has taken some of the most popular dishes from the rooftop and dinner menus to create smaller plate and sandwich selections for guests in III Forks lavish, lounge area. Nevill has included sharable dishes, such as blue cheese taro chips, artisanal cheese plates and Kobe sliders, as well as wedge salad wraps, ahi tuna, prime burger and steak tartar. All of the bar bites may be paired with one of the many hand-selected wines offered at III Forks, or the list of creative, seasonal cocktails.

III Forks is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to Midnight.

Bar Bite Selections

Blue Cheese Taro Chips 6.95
thin sliced taro root, gold and red beet chips with creamy Point Reyes blue cheese sauce and blue cheese crumbles

Wedge Salad Wraps 7.95
traditional wedge salads done not so traditionally

Artisanal Cheese Plate 12.95 / 17.95
a selection of locally produced cheeses available in flights of three and five cheeses

Kobe Sliders 8.95
on a fresh-baked roll with a sweet horseradish pickle

Ahi Tuna 14.95
blackened ahi over Asian slaw with lemon wasabi cream and black pepper rum hoisin

Duck & Waffles 12.95
duck tucked in waffle cones with port wine cherries, creme fraiche and pistachios

Prime Burger 14.95
USDA Prime Beef on fresh-baked roll, with fries

French Dip Sandwich 14.95
shaved prime rib with balsamic glazed caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and creamy horseradish sauce, with fries

Steak Tartar 19.95
chopped USDA Prime Tenderloin tossed in a mustard aioli and served in a Himalayan pink salt bowl

III Forks Prime Steakhouse
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60601


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“Sunday ’til Sundown” at Elate

A Sophisticated Way to Watch the Bears Play

Sunday, November 20
2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Stop in for brunch and stay for the game, as Elate restaurant in River North launches their “Sunday ’til Sundown” brunch party. On Sunday, November 20, Elate will offer Bears fans a sophisticated setting in which to watch the Monsters of the Midway play the San Diego Chargers (kick-off is at 3:15 p.m.).

Chef Michael Noll’s brunch menu will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring savory items, from Breakfast Pizzas to Braised Pork and Egg Tostadas, as well as sweet dishes, such as Crème Brulee Pancakes and Crispy French Toast. Bloody Marys (made with housemade mix and garnished with smoked onions, smoked pickles, blue cheese stuffed olives), Blueberry and Orange Mimosas (made with fresh squeezed juices) and Mango Mojitos will be available for $7 each. Bottomless mimosas will be offered for $20 with purchase of an entree. The complete weekend brunch menu is outlined below.

Starting at 2 p.m., DJ Lash will spin cutting-edge sounds as guests gear up to watch the Bears home game against the Chargers. Elate’s swanky “Skybox” room features a big screen HD TV with state-of-the-art speakers and seating for 20, while the spacious lounge area offers two HD TVs and a large projection screen. Watch all the action while enjoying high-end bar food (select menu after 4 p.m. will offer the Elate Burger, Mussels, Flatbreads and more), along with craft cocktails and premium, organic bottle service. Following the game, DJ Lash will spin until 8 p.m.

Served Saturdays and Sundays

salsa verde / black beans /avocado / 13

braised short rib / potato cake / béarnaise / 14

Bacon, turkey bacon or sausage / toast / house potato / 10

Choose from bacon, cheddar, tomato, scallions, mushroom / house potato / toast / 13

maple syrup / fresh berries / orange zest / 12

turkey chorizo / pickled jalapeno salad / jicama / aji amarillo potatoes / 13

vanilla bean brulee / fresh berries / 13

creamed leeks / applewood bacon / fries / 14

smoked ham / truffle potatoes / gouda / caramelized onions /sunny egg / 13

homemade tartar slaw / fries / 12

dried fig & cranberry / macadamia nut / goat cheese yogurt / 10

celery root and apple slaw / crispy shallots / cheddar / 12

whipped avocado / piquillo peppers / fries / 11

cheesy crouton / cherry tomato / 12

hand-sliced applewood bacon / 4
turkey bacon / 4
homemade sausage patties / 4
multi-grain or sour dough toast / 4
toasted bagel and cream cheese / 5
bowl of citrus segments / 6
bowl of mixed berries / 8
house potatoes / 3
egg whites substitute / 2

fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice and lemonade /sm 3 / lg 4

Elate proudly serves crop to cup coffee and espresso / 3

homemade bloody marys, blueberry mimosas and mango mojitos / 7
bottomless mimosas with purchase of an entrée / 20
crop to cup coffee cocktails / 8

111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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Eat, Drink, Dance at Nacional 27

Heat Up Your Week with New Winter Happenings

Nacional 27 has a new, weekly line-up for the Fall-Winter season. Each evening, the River North restaurant brings a variety of hot happenings, cool cocktails and culinary delights to diners, dancers and lounge guests. The event schedule is outlined below, by day. Nacional 27 is open Monday-Wednesday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Monday – Friday
“5 to 7 at N27″
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. weekly
Half Priced Tapas and Ceviche Menus
Appetizers include papas bravas; boniato and sweet plantain croqueta; pumpkin and goat cheese croqueta; steak arepa quesadilla; crispy steak nacho; skewers; empanadas; tiny tacos; ceviche; combination platters and more priced at $2.50 to $5.50 (regularly $4.95 to $10.95)

“Dinner and a Show”
Live Latin bands perform in the lounge every other Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

“Wino Wednesdays”
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. weekly
Select wines for $5 per glass.

“Salsa Lessons”
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. weekly
Complimentary salsa lessons.

“Miami Nights”
11 p.m. – 2 a.m. weekly
The sexiness of South Beach, right here in Chicago. Turn up the heat with energetic Latin beats by DJ Konsept.
Ladies: no cover charge; gentlemen: $10.

“Vida 27!”
11 p.m. – 3 a.m. weekly
Sultry salsa sounds and Latin beats by DJ X and guest deejays. Show off your sexiest salsa, meanest merengue and baddest bachata!
$10 cover charge for ladies and gentlemen.

N27 bottle service accommodations are available by request, simply call Nacional 27 to arrange. Dinner and table reservations are available by phone and through Open Table.

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727

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Pre-Theater Dining at Elate

Prix Fixe Menu Perfect for a Show-Stopping Night Out

Menu served Friday and Saturday
5-7 p.m.

$30 per person

Elate is excited to announce their new pre-theater dinner offer, a three course prix fixe menu, served Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-7 p.m. Elate welcomes theatergoers for the perfect beginning to a show-stopping evening (many of Chicago’s theaters are just a quick cab ride away). Executive Chef Mike Noll’s menu includes a starting course (spinach skewer, cauliflower puree), entree course (parsnip risotto, Scottish salmon, Amish chicken) and sweet finale (pot de crème or lemon crisp). Make the meal even more enjoyable with a handcrafted cocktail or a perfectly paired flute of champagne.

The prix fixe price is $30 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Elate will be considerably conscious of ticketholders’ time constraints. For reservations, please call the restaurant (recommended, not required).

Elate Pre-Theater Prix-Fixe Menu, $30

First Course
your choice of:

Spinach Skewer
sherry, motlen egg, truffle cream, pork chicharron

Cauliflower Puree
brown butter, ricotta, chanterelles, herbs

Second Course
your choice of:

Parsnip Risotto
curry, pistachio, cilantro, dried cherries

Scottish Salmon
baby beets, mustard, fennel, preserved lemon

Amish Chicken
chestnut, cipollini, brussel sprouts, celery root, farro

Third Course
your choice of:

Pot de Crème

Lemon Crisp

111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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