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Mardi Gras at The Red Canary

An All Day Affair Featuring Hurricanes and Cajun Fare

Saturday, February 18
10 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Free Hosted Bar 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$25 Party Package 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Tune up the tuba and break out the beads – Mardi Gras is coming to The Red Canary. On Saturday, February 18, the River West restaurant and lounge will offer a number of ways to celebrate the raucous and gluttonous holiday.

The day will begin with brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and continue through with dinner (3 p.m. to Midnight) and lounge service until 3 a.m. Chef Tolentino’s featured fare will be Cajun Gumbo ($8) and Cajun Chicken Pasta ($10) and drink specials include $4 “big ass” beers, $8 hurricanes and $8 hand grenades.  To kick off the late-night fete, The Red Canary will offer a complimentary hosted bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by a three hour drink package option from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ($25 per person).

The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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Valentine’s Day at The Red Canary

Aphrodisiac Menu for Two

February 10, 11, 13, 14

$90 per couple

The Red Canary, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, is a perfectly sexy spot for Valentine’s Day dining. The decadent parlor room features a vaulted ceiling, stunning chandeliers, exposed brick and damask fabrics. Named after legendary female jazz vocalists from the Harlem Jazz Movement, the restaurant and lounge offers “Real. American. Comfort.” fare, along with an impressive selection of classic cocktails, wine and craft beer.

Chef Daniel Tolentino has crafted a special menu for two that incorporates appropriately themed, aphrodisiac-inspired dishes. The menu, offered during dinner service February 10, 11, 13 and 14, is priced at $90 per couple and includes a champagne toast, starter course, shared bite, soup or salad, entree and dessert. The selections are outlined below.

Reservations are encouraged (tip: request one of the red velvet booths). Tax and gratuity is not included in the dinner. The Valentine’s weekend menu for two will be offered Friday 2/10 and Saturday 2/11 from  5-11 p.m. and Monday 2/13 and Tuesday 2/14 from 5-10 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Menu

Shared Starter

Artisan Cheese Platter – assorted cheeses – fruits – compotes – house crackers

Shared Bite

Oysters Canary – broiled oysters – fresh spicy crab mayo

Valentine’s Toast

Champagne – fresh raspberries

Intro (select one)

Asparagus Salad – prosciutto wrapped asparagus – fennel – toasted almonds – shaved asiago – vanilla vinaigrette

Soup – wild mushrooms – white asparagus dumpling consommé

Main (select one)    

Sauteed Grouper – peach arugula salad – plantain puree – fried shallots

Grilled Lamp Chops – roasted fingerling potatoes – cran-cherry coulis

Steak Gnocchi – flat iron steak – housemade gnocchi – roasted tomato and basil sauce

Shared Sweet

Chef’s Chocolate Sampler Platter

The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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New Year’s Day Brunches Around Town

Contemporary Classics, Comfort Fare and Ethnic Eats in Chicago

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What better way to start new year’s day than with a beautiful brunch. The list below outlines a bevy of downtown options, from classic breakfast and lunch fare to ethnic eats and treats. The details for each service are included by restaurant.

BLT American Brasserie will offer their new Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Chef Laurent Tourondel’s exquisite, wide-ranging menu, guests may enjoy salads and starters, egg dishes and breakfast entrees, lunch items from the grill, sushi rolls, pizzettas and more. Each patron will receive a warm, from-the-oven popover to start the meal. Incredible bloody Marys (barbeque, balsamic and the BLT) and brunch cocktails will also be available.

Say ole! to new year’s day at Cantina Laredo. Cantina Laredo will offer their complete brunch menu featuring favorite Mexican dishes, housemade margaritasand bloody Marias from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (entrees include a mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice). Some of the dishes will include crab cake benedict, chicken fajita omelet, migas con huevos, steak and eggs with chimichurri and huevos rancheros.

The New Year’s Day Hangover Buffet at Park Grill will cure all that ails you from the night before.  Special hangover-happy foods (ham and cheese French toast, banana and nutella pancakes, mushroom and spinach benedict, flat iron steak with chimichurri, biscuits and spicy gravy), brunch cocktails and a Bloody Mary Bar will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $30 (adults) and $12 kids (ages 12 and under).

The Chicago Firehouse will feature Chef Kendal Duque’s new, winter a la carte brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Duque’s dishes include a variety of eggs benedict, omelettes, scrambles and sweets, in addition to entree salads, soup, sandwiches and butcher offerings. Brunch cocktails may be perfect for the post-party day, from the BLT Bloody Mary and Hard Arnold Palmer to the 5-Alarm Coffee Cocktail and Spiked Sweet Tea.

Elate’s market-driven brunch from Chef Michael Noll will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. and will run until 2:30 p.m. Guests may enjoy bottomless mimosas (blueberry, mango, traditional) for $20 with the purchase of an entree. Noll’s menu ranges from sweets and savories to salads and sandwiches.

Start the new year with a show! The brunch at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free-flowing bloody Marys, sangria and mimosas will be $10 with any brunch entrée purchase from Chef Mark Kasper’s menu of contemporary classics and comfort fare. Lively performances from Kit Kat’s one-and-only Madam X will take place throughout the day. Kit Kat is featuring half-price martinis from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Hangover Brunch at The Red Canary will highlight a fan-favorite: “The Hangover” entree. The dish consists of skillet potatoes with melted cheddar, braised short ribs and a sunny-side egg on top for $14. Guests that partake in the bottomless mimosas ($18) or bottomless bloody Marys ($20) will receive a complimentary entrée from the weekend brunch menu. Brunch service is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The perfect place for a post-party hangover brunch is in Timothy O’Toole’s Pub’s subterranean setting. In addition to the brunch menu (scrambles, benedicts, burritos, burgers, sandwiches, waffles and more), the Pub will also offer a bottomless mimosa bar ($16) and bottomless bloody mary bar ($20) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the football fans, sip $16 Miller/Coors family buckets, $5 Jack Daniels and Jack Honey cocktails while tuning in to over 75 screens (open until 3 a.m.).

ZED451 will start off the new year with an unforgettable brunch experience. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dining guests may partake in a mid-day meal that includes a bounty of breakfast and lunch selections. Brunch is $29 per person, mimosas will be offered for $3 and house-made bloody marys, complete with gourmet garnish, will be $5 each. (Returning guests that purchased the New Year’s Eve dinner or party package will receive bottomless bloody marys at brunch.) In the Fireside Lounge, New Year’s Day is all about football. ZED451′s 80-foot screen will show every play of the games, and from 10 a.m. to midnight, $5 ZED burgers and $3 pints of craft beer will be offered in addition to the full “Cravings” menu.

BLT American Brasserie

500 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605


111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

kitkatchicago. com

Park Grill
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602


The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60642

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
http://www.timothyotooles. com

739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Bootlegger’s Ball III: Vegas Edition

New Year’s Eve at The Red Canary

Saturday, December 31, 2011
9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“Stardust” tickets $80 per person, $150 per couple
“Golden Nugget” four course dinner tickets, $30 per person

This New Year’s Eve marks the third annual “Bootlegger’s Ball” at The Red Canary. Following in past tradition, the evening will embody a Vegas-like feel complete with two floors of (play money) casino gaming: three blackjack tables, two craps tables and one roulette table, complete with dealers.

Upon arriving, guests wishing to “strike-it-rich” will receive $5,000 in gambling money. The individual that collects the most winnings by the end of the night will be awarded a 42-inch plasma HD flat screen television! Other gamblers don’t dismay, many other prizes will be given out throughout the night.

Complimentary passed appetizers and DJ-spun music will kick-off the high-energy evening at 9 p.m., which is also the time the premium open bar begins (package ends at 3 a.m.). The top shelf bar service will include Red Bull, premium liquors, cocktails, beer, wine and shots. As 2012 approaches, a complimentary champagne toast will be served, along with roarin’ 20s party favors. The fee per couple is $150, individual guests are $80.

For revelers looking to dine before getting lucky in the casino, Chef Daniel Tolentino has created a pre-party, “Golden Nugget” dinner menu that is only available to those attending the 2011 “Bootlegger’s Ball: Vegas Edition” bash. Table reservations may be made between 7 and 8 p.m. The four course menu is priced at $30 per guest. (Hint: this is a great way to secure a booth or table for the entire night!)

“Golden Nugget” New Year’s Eve Menu
$30 with purchase of admission
select one item from each course

Grilled Oysters, spicy crab mayo, lemon
Braised Beef Ravioli, cream of mushroom, chives

Salad & Soup
Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, frisee, pinenuts
Roasted Sweet Potato Soup, fried sage

Braised Short Rib, red wine demi glaze, parmesan scallop potatoes
Pan Seared Scallops, housemade fried mac & cheese, bacon foam
Grilled Whole Quail, yucca fries, chimichurri sauce

Banana Crepes, chocolate sauce, vanilla whipped cream
Chocolate Lava Cake, vanilla ice-cream

Discounted group rates are available by contacting Jamie at The Red Canary. Call (312) 846-1475 or email events@redcanarychicago.com. Tickets may be purchased at theredcanarychicago.eventbrite.com.

The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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Father’s Day: 12 Dining Ideas for Dad

Chicago Restaurants for Every Type of Dad

Free Pints, Prix Fixes, Picnics, Gourmet Goodies and More

Sunday, June 19
Prices and Times Vary

(1) For the Dad who loves pints, pub grub and plenty of golf: Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
Pop receives his first pint free (with the purchase of another). The US Open Golf Championships will be shown on over 60 screens. Brunch, lunch and dinner will be offered on Father’s Day starting at 9:30am. 622 North Fairbanks, Chicago, 312.642.0700, TimothyOTooles.com

(2) For your Daddy, who loves All-American BBQ: The Smoke Daddy
You can’t go wrong with good ol’ American BBQ on Father’s Day. Give dad a break: get him off the grill so he can enjoy a meal with his family. The Wicker Park restaurant will be open for barbeque and blues from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Or, stay in – The Smoke Daddy will literally drive the que to you. Simply call the catering line at 773.369.6656.

Gift Alert: If Dad insists on manning that Weber, then gift him with Smoke Daddy’s Father’s Day Gift Set, which includes three BBQ sauces (Original, Mustard Q and Sweet & Smokey) and a bottle of Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary Mix for $15. Pick up is available at Smoke Daddy or order online at TheSmokeDaddy.com. 1804 West Division, Chicago, 773.772.6656

(3) For your witty, wanna-be-Brit: Blokes & Birds
If your Dad longs to be across the pond, Blokes & Birds has a most satisfying Sunday brunch  – from Scotch Eggs and Fish & Chips to Bangers and Foie Burgers. Tip: this contemporary English gastropub has a bloody good, bloody mary and over 70 global imported brews. Brunch is offered from 11am-4pm; dinner starts at 5 p.m. 3343 North Clark, Chicago, 773.472.5252, BlokesAndBirdsChicago.com

(4) For history buff Dads: The Chicago Firehouse
Dad will enjoy the history of this landmark firehouse building (did you know Backdraft was filmed here?). With a meat-centric menu and in-house butcher, The Chicago Firehouse definitely has the “chops” to make any dad glad. Open for brunch (9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and dinner (3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); gorgeous outdoor dining is offered on the large back patio. 1401 South Michigan, Chicago, 312.786.1401, ChicagoFirehouse.com

(5) For retro Dads: The Red Canary
Dad will “dig” The Red Canary’s decadent parlor room and the enormous, enclosed garden patio. He’ll “flip” for the American comfort cuisine and impressive selection of libations, including an extensive list of classic cocktails and craft beer. He’s sure to be “jazzed” by the brunch menu, featuring bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. Go Daddio! 695 North Milwaukee, Chicago, 312.846.1475, TheRedCanaryChicago.com

(6) For draught Dads: Rock Bottom Brewery
Brewmaster Chris Rafferty offers more than a dozen handcrafted ales on tap, while Chef Chris McCoy presents a large menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees (a perfect dish for every palate). Tell Dad he’s “tops” on Rock Bottom’s rooftop beer garden, while enjoying a cold pint, good conversation and amazing views of the city! Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night from 10:00a.m. to 1:00 a.m. One West Grand, Chicago, 312.755.9339, RockBottom.com

(7) For taco and tequila-lovin Dads: Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina
Take Dad out for tacos, tortas and tequila this Father’s Day. Belly up to the bar or choose from the communal tables and counter seating. If the weather’s great, head to the window for Taco Joint to-go. Fathers and families love a picnic in the park! 1689 North Halsted, Chicago, 312.951.2457, TacoJoint.com

(8) For Dads who like…Divas: Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Fun-loving and open-minded fathers will enjoy the glitz and glamor of Hollywood during Kit Kat’s fabulous Sunday brunch (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The day is filled with live performances by Diva Madam X, free flowing mimosas and bloody martinis. Dining guests may choose a la carte or prix fixe. Kit Kat will be open ’til 2:00 a.m. with half-price martinis and evening entertainment. 3700 North Halsted, Chicago, 773.525.1111, KitKatChicago.com

(9) For dapper Dads: Quince at the Homestead
If you want to treat Dad to dinner in a sophisticated setting (but your trying not to break the bank), Quince in Evanston has the answer. Chef Andy Motto’s three course Sunday evening prix fixe is only $35. Each person may choose an appetizer, entree and dessert. Tip: request a table on the front porch veranda. 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847.570-8419, QuinceRestaurant.net

(10) For the pizza-lovin’ Papa: Frasca Wine Bar & Pizzeria
Brunch will be served on Father’s Day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., featuring breakfast pizzas, omelets, fresh fruit pancakes and bottomless mimosas. The dinner menu (3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) offers a large range of wood-fired pizzas, market-fresh salads, farmer’s table charcuterie plates, seasonal pastas and hearty entrees paired with great wines. Tip: kids eat free from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m and draughts are $3 on Sundays. 3358 North Paulina, Chicago, 773.248.5222, FrascaPizzeria.com

(11) For Dads who like to park it: Park Grill
Dad will love the classic American grill menu, which is open for both lunch and dinner – and just so happens to be located in the heart of Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park. The Plaza at the Park Grill offers the best alfresco setting, just steps off Michigan Avenue and the lakefront. 11 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 312.521.Park, ParkGrillChicago.com

Plan ahead and pre-order a “Picnic in the Park” pack from Park Cafe and treat Dad to a leisurely Sunday in the park (chair rentals are available). Call 312.521-7276 extension 200.

(12) For the Father that likes to keep it local: LOKaL
This modern, European-inspired neighborhood restaurant located in Wicker Park offers Sunday brunch from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  LOKaL’s brunch features free-flowing cocktails (mimosas and marys), farm-fresh egg dishes, salads and sandwiches prepared with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1904 West North Avenue, Chicago, 773.904.8113, LokalChicago.com

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New Year’s Day Brunch at The Red Canary

New Menu Kicks Off the New Year

Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Red Canary will kick off the new year with a new brunch menu by Chef de Comfort Neal Harper. The offerings include breakfast and lunch dishes, from Benedicts to Belgians and Burgers. The Red Canary’s real American comfort fare will pair well with all-you-care-to-enjoy bloody marys (and mimosas) in celebration of “National Bloody Mary Day”. The complete brunch menu is outlined below.

$20 Bottomless Bloody Marys
$18 Bottommless Mimosas


Below items are served with skillet potatoes
Portobello Benedict, poached eggs, portobello, English Muffin, hollandaise Sauce $11
Eggs Benedict, poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffin, hollandaise Sauce $10
Canary Benedict, poached eggs, flank steak, cheddar biscuit, béarnaise sauce $12
The Southern, two cheddar biscuits, housemade sausage fennel gravy $10
Breakfast Sandwich, warm croissant, fried egg, cheddar, choice of meat $9
3 Egg Omelette $10 (choose three: bacon, sausage, Canadian bacon, cheddar, chihuahua, parmesan, peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushroom, spinach, basil, potato)

Below items are served a la carte
Buttermilk Pancakes, choice of meat, choose your style $10 (blueberry, raspberry, banana, strawberry, blackberry, apple cinnamon; S’more chocolate chips, marshmallow, cinnamon)
Belgian Waffles with powdered sugar, choose your style $10 (blueberry, banana, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, bacon, apple cinnamon)
French Toast blackberry compote, housemade bourbon vanilla syrup $9
Chorizo Chilaquiles green sauce, fried egg, chihuahua $10
Breakfast Tacos flank steak, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, habanero sauce $12
Fennel Pear Salad arugula, fennel, sunflower seeds, pear, apple shallot vinaigrette $9
Bacon Cheeseburger applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, pretzel bun, truffle fries $12
Canary Burger smoked gouda, pickled onions, whole grain ciabatta, truffle fries $11
Roasted Chili Burger poblano, serrano, jalapeno, garlic infusion, pepper jack, brioche, fries $11
Chicken and Waffles herb fried chicken, Belgian waffle, housemade bourbon vanilla syrup $13
Buttermilk Pancake Sandwich two pancakes, Canadian bacon, fried egg, bourbon syrup $11
Fried Banana corn tortilla, chocolate and caramel sauce $8
Mixed Berry Martini vanilla and whipped cream $7

Applewood Smoked Bacon $3
Canadian Bacon $3
English Muffin $2
Fennel Breakfast Sausage $3
Croissant $3
2 Eggs Any Style $3
Fresh Fruit $4
Skillet Potatoes $3
Biscuit with Amber Honey $4
Buttermilk Pancake $3

Reservations are welcomed but not required.

The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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Bootlegger’s Ball: Vegas Edition

New Year’s Eve at The Red Canary

Friday, December 31, 2010
9:00pm-2:00am, $75 per person or $125 per couple

Vegas, baby. This year, The Red Canary’s annual “Bootlegger’s Ball” New Year’s Eve bash will have a bordello-like, Las Vegas spin to the spirited soiree. There will be two floors of (play money) casino gaming: two craps tables, three blackjack tables and one roulette table, complete with dealers. Each guest will receive $5,000 in gambling “money” upon arrival and the individual that collects the most winnings will be awarded an 42″ HD flat screen television (many other prizes will be given out throughout the night).

Complimentary passed appetizers and DJ-spun music will kick-off the high-energy evening at 9:00pm, which is also the time the premium open bar begins (package ends at 1:30am). The top shelf bar service will include Red Bull, premium liquors and cocktails, beer, wine and shots. When it’s time to ring in 2011, champagne will be served, along with roarin’ 20s party favors. The fee per couple is $125.

Chef de Comfort Neal Harper has created a pre-party, New Year’s Eve dinner menu that is only available to those attending the “Bootlegger’s Ball: Vegas Edition” event. Reservations may be made between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00pm. The three course menu is priced at $25 per guest. (Hint: this is a great way to secure a booth or table for the night!)

$25, select one item from each course

Baked Chili Poppers, banana peppers, cream cheese stuffing
Deviled Eggs, candied bacon, smoked paprika
Mini Corn Dogs, Vienna beef, honey mustard

Cornish Hen, homemade stuffing, baby carrots, chicken jus
Honey Glazed Salmon, whole grain mustard, cauliflower puree, marinated golden beets
Tomato Beef Pasta, basil, parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes

Flourless Triple Chocolate Brownie, chocolate sauce, homemade chocolate ice cream
Berry Martini, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, sabayon sauce

Discounted group rates are available by contacting Jamie at The Red Canary. Tickets may be purchased at

The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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