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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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New Chef, New Dinner Menu at Elate

American Market Cuisine by Executive Chef Mike Noll

Dinner Service
Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

Elate restaurant in River North has recently appointed Mike Noll as the Executive Chef. Noll will offer contemporary American, rustic cuisine that incorporates locally-sourced ingredients on each of his breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night menus. All of Elate’s menus are ever-changing due to seasonal readiness and market availability.

Elate and Chef Noll are pleased to release the new dinner menu. The offerings include selections of flatbreads, charcuterie, raw, small plates and entrees, ranging from $10-$27. The complete menu is below.

Noll, now Executive Chef, initially joined Elate as the Chef de Cuisine (under consulting Executive Chef Chris Curren). His previous positions include such celebrated restaurants as Moto, Butter, Powerhouse, Schwa and Jam. He credits Chef Michael Carlson’s and Chef Jeff Mauro’s passion and love for their craft as a major influence on his career. Mike Noll originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his interest in cooking began under the tutelage of Michael Barbado at Peppercorns and Toni Pais at Baum Vivant.

111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654

New Dinner Menu at Elate


Salsiccia 13
sausage/ giardiniera/ mozzarella

Smoked Ham & Egg 14
gouda cheese/ caramelized onion/ truffle potato

Fig & Asian Pear 12
goat cheese/ arugula/ spiced walnuts/ sweet onion cream/ sesame


Meat and cheese 16
ever-changing selection of meats and cheeses

Country-style pâté 11
pork/ red onion marmalade/ cornichon

Pork Sausage 10
sauerkraut/ beer / bacon aioli/ potato


Oysters 1/2 Dozen 18
choice of east or west

Salmon Crudo 14
mirin / togarashi/citrus/ cilantro

Tuna Tartare 14
coconut/ passion fruit/ jalapeño/ sesame


Spinach Skewer 12
sherry/ molten egg/ truffle cream/ pork chicharron

Maya Prawns 14
piquillo pepper/ watercress/ orange/ caper/ almond

Parsnip Risotto 10
curry/ pistachio/ cilantro/ dried cherries

Mussels 14
confit garlic/ verjus/ pancetta/ smoked black grapes

Summer Peach 12
romaine/ gorgonzola/ anchovy/ olive/ hazelnut

Octopus Confit 13
chorizo/ eggplant/ shiso/ yuzu 13


Scottish Salmon 24
heirloom tomato/ melon/ black garlic/ cucumber

Amish Chicken 22
sweet pea/ farro/ artichoke/ mint

Scallops 27
parsley root/ pickled jalapeño/ asian pear

Market Fish and Chips 17
Gumballhead beer batter/ house tartar/ malt vinegar 17

Duroc Pork 26
chorizo/ poblano/ corn/ chile

Elate Burger 14
creamed leeks/ applewood bacon/ hand cut fries

Short Rib 27
carrot/ turmeric/royal trumpet/ coco nib


Roasted Beets/ Frites/ Herb Salad 7

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Nacional 27 Offers Special Prix Fixe Menu for the New Year

“Feliz Año Nuevo” Three-Course Dinner, $20.11

Served Monday through Thursday during regular restaurant hours
Start Date: Monday, January 3, 2011
End Date: Thu
rsday, February 24, 2011

Once all of the holiday hoopla dies down, it’s time to treat yourself to a festive meal to commence the new year. To get 2011 off to a sumptuous start, Nacional 27 is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu priced at $20.11 per person.

Featuring some of the River North Latin hot spot’s signature dishes, such as smoked chicken empanadas, grilled marinated skirt steak and Gunthorp Farms suckling pig, Nacional 27’s 2011 prix fixe menu is an affordable way to celebrate new beginnings.

The “Feliz Año Nuevo” menu will be served Monday through Thursday during regular restaurant hours (Monday through Wednesday 5-9:30 p.m.; Thursday 5-11 p.m.) from January 3 to February 24, 2011.

Nacional 27’s “Feliz Año Nuevo” $20.11 Prix-Fixe Menu

STARTERS (select one):

Shrimp and Scallop “Taco” bibb lettuce, avocado, ime

Boniato and Plantain Croquetas roasted garlic aioli

Smoked Chicken Empanadas ancho crema

Tortilla Soup avocado

Ensalada Verde pomegranate vinaigrette

N27 Signature Tapas Platter (add $5)

Ceviche Platter (add $10)

MAIN COURSE (select one*):
*for parties of 5 or more guests, choose three main courses to be served family-style

Vegetable “Paella”

Grouper Huachinago tomatillo salsa, cilantro sauce

Farm Raised Chicken Mole Verde winter squash, caramelized onion

Chicken Enchiladas, Black Beans & Rice mole verde

Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak Costa Rican potatoes, salsa criolla

Gunthorp Farms Roast Suckling Pig spicy eggplant, black beans (add $5)

DESSERT (select one):

Cinnamon Churros

Grand Marnier Callebaut Chocolate Cake

Ice Cream


Nacional 27
325 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60610

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Say Ole to a Mid-Day Mexican Buffet

Zocalo Launches Lunch Promotion

Every Tuesday

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North has introduced an enticing lunch offer. Bucking the phrase “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” the restaurant encourages you to bring a buddy any Tuesday for a complimentary multi-course lunch.

With the purchase of one lunch buffet, your friend will receive his/her lunch for free. Zocalo’s Mexican all-you-care-to-enjoy lunch includes such items as crispy taquitos, empanadas, tamales, enchiladas, slowly braised and grilled meats with house-made tortillas, Mexican rice, refried black beans, soup, salad and salsa bar plus dessert, for $10.95.

Reservations are welcome, not required. The ala carte lunch menu is also available.

Following Lunch service, the Tuesday dining deals will be offered beginning at 5:00pm:

Hora Feliz!
Happy Hour
Half-price appetizers in the bar area 5:00pm-7:00pm

Mas Tacos y Tequila, Por Favor!
All you care to enjoy tacos $12
(barbacoa, chicken tinga, Yucatan-style pulled pork, birria)
Half-off all tequila, including flights

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610

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RB Grille Introduces Weekly Prix Fixe Option

Three Course Menu, $30


Three courses, $30

RB Grille, the contemporary American restaurant located in the heart of River North, will introduce a weekly prix fixe dinner option beginning Monday, September 6. Every Monday through Friday between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, Executive Chef Christopher McCoy will offer a three course menu for $30. Selections include an appetizer, main course and dessert (listed below).RB Grille offers a variety of libations to complement any meal, such as hand-shaken signature martinis, over 150 wine selections by the glass or bottle (a select list of bottles are half-price on Wednesdays) and award-winning beers from the adjacent Rock Bottom Brewery.

Fixe Menu
$30, tax and gratuity additional
choose one plate from each course 

Course One

Lump Crab Fritters
Jumbo lump crab rolled in panko crumbs served with a Creole remoulade

Mini Lamb Chops
Roasted and resting medium rare over our fresh market slawSeared Ahi Tuna
Seared rare and served sashimi-style over Napa slaw

Course Two

Alaskan Halibut
Horseradish-crusted on crisp green beans, Roma tomato and basil, served in a lemon buerre blanc

Bone-In Pork Chop
Slow-roasted pork chop with sage, peach compote and bacon; accompanied by sweet potato fries 

Seafood Capellini
Chef’s daily selection of fresh seafood, butter-poached over capellini pasta with lobster and San Marzano tomato sauce; garnished with goat cheese and garlic crostini

Crusted Filet Medallions
Center cut beef tenderloin crusted three ways with broiled asparagus – horseradish, peppercorn and signature crusted

Course Three

Key Lime Pie
Tart key lime mousse topped with chantilly on a cookie crust

Peanut Butter Cream Pie
Ultra-creamy peanut butter mousse, rich chocolate ganache and crushed peanut butter cups

Mini Cobbler
Seasonal selection served ala mode

The regular dinner menu is also available in addition to the prix fixe. Dinner service is Sunday-Thursday 4:00pm-11:00pm; Friday-Sat 4:00pm-12:00am. Reservations and walk-in dining guests are welcome. Tax and gratuity is not included in the $30 menu.

RB Grille
One West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

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Zocalo’s New Daily Dining Deals

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has announced a new daily dining deal line-up that is now available to dining and bar guests. The schedule of offerings is listed below.

Zocalo updates the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine, through braised and slow roasted meats, Yucatan-style marinades, classic Oaxacan moles and seafoods and ceviches as served on the beaches of Mexico. Tequila is certainly an important element to the restaurant, as over 130 varieties of 100% Blue Agave and Mezcal selections are offered neat, or served in signature margaritas and custom cocktails.

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar: Modern Taste. Authentic Mexican.


Available Everyday
Hora Feliz  – Happy Hour
Half price appetizers in the bar area 5pm-7pm

Margarita Madness

Zocalo Margaritas $5
Tropical Margaritas $6 (Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Passion Mango, Guava)

Mas Tacos y Tequila, Por Favor!

All you care to enjoy tacos $12
(Barbacoa, Chicken Tinga, Yucatan-style pulled pork, Birria)
Half off all tequila, including flights

Wine & Dine

Create your own 3 course dinner $25
Half price (all) bottles of wine

Dine at Nine

All food items half price after 9pm (dine-in only, excludes tax and gratuity)
Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas $5

Friday and Saturday
Live Music and late night Tequila Lounge

Live music and DJ after 8pm (Latin funk, global beats, deep house)
Late night menu offered; Half price appetizers 10pm-Midnight
Bottle service and tequila locker service available

Dine with me!

Buy one entree, receive one free (with purchase of an appetizer and dessert)
Cerveza Victoria $3, Modelo Especial $3

Lunch Service: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm

Dinner Service: Sunday-Tuesday, 5pm-10pm; Wednesday-Thursday 5pm-11pm;
Friday-Saturday, 5pm-Midnight

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610

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Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar Hosts Partida Tequila Tasting Event

Thursday, July 8
6:30pm – 9:00pm

$20 per person

Mexico’s national spirit will get the attention it deserves during Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s monthly tequila distillery events. Taking place on the second Thursday of every month, these spirited soirees will highlight different tequilas through informal tastings, specialty cocktails and Zocalo’s flavorful Mexican fare.

Partida Tequila will be in the spotlight on Thursday, July 8 from 6:30-9 pm. Guests will get to taste tequilas, as well as summer cocktails created by resident tequila ambassador Victor Baheza.  Passed appetizers from Zocalo’s menu will keep tequila tasters in the game, while live Latin music will set an upbeat vibe. The cost to attend Zocalo’s Partida Tequila tasting is $20 per person, which includes two specialty cocktails, the tequila tasting, passed appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, Partida Tequila and more.

Zocalo’s weekly “Dine at Nine” promotion will also be in effect, offering half off all food items after 9 p.m. (must make a reservation and mention offer), as well as pitchers of Zocalo Margaritas frozen or on the rocks for $20 and pitchers of Tropical Margaritas (Blood Orange, Prickly Pear, Passion-Mango, Blueberry) for $25.

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610


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