Aug 162017
 

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Randhurst Village (intersection of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect) is bringing together local community groups, stores and restaurants as well as special entertainment and presentations for a day filled with family-friendly fun in a one of a kind outdoor event in its Second Annual Street Fest event Saturday September 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the Centennial Celebration for Mount Prospect at this free event!

The fest will take place on Randhurst Village Drive beginning at Center Court and ending in front of AMC Randhurst theatres. This section of the Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs to enjoy the live performances.

Come early and stay all day. In honor of the Centennial, the first 500 guests will be treated with free birthday cake. And, every 100 minutes, a $100 gift certificate for a Randhurst Village store or restaurant will be given away.

The fun begins at 11 a.m., when the Daily Herald’s Matt Avery presents cars from the 1920s – taking guests back in time to when Mount Prospect was founded. Matt Avery, who weekly tells the stories of cars and their owners, will interview owners and showcase their vehicles.

Get ready to rock out with this year’s Street Fest headliner and area favorite 7th Heaven. The beloved band has charted #1 on the Midwest Billboard Charts three times in the past three years. 7th Heaven’s songs have been heard on over 7 radio stations in Chicagoland with their hits “Time of Our Lives”, “Stoplight”, “Better This Way” and “Sing”. They are also known for the famous “30 Songs in 30 Minutes” medley of songs from the 70’s and 80’s. 7th Heaven will be performing at Street Fest from 2 to 4 p.m.

The day will be filled with even more dance and musical performances by local community groups and young rising stars throughout the day. Performers include The Mount Prospect Park District’s Dance Ensembles, Trinity Irish Dancers, Forest View Elementary Choirs, Holmes Junior High School, and an amazing group of finalists from the Daily Herald’s Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent contest.

Enjoy food tastings and demonstrations by Randhurst Village establishments. Restaurants include: BlackFinn Ameripub, Buffalo Wild Wings, e+o food and drink, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Truco Taqueria and Outback Steakhouse. Participating retailers include: AMC Theatres, Carters, Orange Theory Fitness, PetSmart and many more.

A variety of non-profit and civic organizations will be onsite providing information on their unique services and offering interactive activities for the whole family. These wonderful groups provide a wide variety of support and education for the needs of the local community including, food for needy families, cancer and grief support, community care and education. Other organizations include: Lemons of Love, Lutheran Charities KARE-9 Military Dogs, Mount Prospect Fire Department, Mount Prospect Public Library, Mount Prospect Park District, Mount Prospect Police Department, River Trails Park District and The Kids Pantry.

Rounding out the day’s festivities will be old-fashioned carnival games, plus fun inflatables and yard games.

Performance times, non-profit activities and event info on stores and restaurants are subject to change. Stay up to date by visiting randhurstvillage.com for more information, or call Randhurst Village offices at 847-259-0500.

Randhurst Village is the exciting redevelopment of Randhurst Mall featuring more than 50 stores and restaurants, and is located at the intersection of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect.

Aug 152017
 

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Boys & Girls Club of Lake County (BGCLC) hosted their 15th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, July 31 at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove (4700 Royal Melbourne Drive). The Golf Outing welcomed 150 guests and raised more than $200,000 benefitting after-school and summer programs serving more than 1,000 at-risk youth; with generous support from Title Sponsors Garrett Popcorn Shops, Frango, IDEX Corporation, and The Omtvedt Family Foundation.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County Golf Outing is one of our most significant fundraisers,” says Donna Funk, Resource Development Director for the organization. “Funds raised at this event help provide the resources necessary to serve the youth in our community who need it most through positive and productive after-school and summer programs which help provide them with a path for a great future.”

Players enjoyed an afternoon of golf, lunch courtesy of Beam Suntory, and on-course beverage options. Registered golfers received access to interactive games with great prizes like ball toss, squares, mulligans and gimme string. The Shotgun Start sounded at Noon on the picturesque 18-hole course, carved into the lush surroundings of wetlands, ponds, prairies and trees. After the eighteenth hole, guests were invited to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and program.

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Additional sponsors include: Golf Cart Sponsors – Northwestern Mutual; Ace Sponsor ITW; Luncheon Sponsor Beam Suntory; Eagle Sponsors – Denise & David Bunning, Therma-Tru Doors, Leahy Family, and William Blair; Birdie Sponsors – C.H. Robinson, David Delaney, EMKAY Fleet Management, First Bank of Highland Park, FlexPrint Inc., Hall Capital, Huntington Bank, KPMG, Marsh, PwC, SUZOHAPP, Deloitte and Wells Fargo.

For more information on BGCLC visit www.bgclc.com or call Donna Funk at 847-235-6972.

Aug 152017
 

Gene & Georgetti Rosemont Celebrates National Sandwich Month in August

Featuring a selection of delectable Classic Pairings for lunch
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August is National Sandwich Month, and Gene & Georgetti Rosemont, a Molise PR client, is celebrating with a Classic Pairs lunch menu available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Classic Pairs menu includes:

  • Half BLT Sandwich, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted bread, $10.50
  • Half Turkey Club, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on toasted bread, $11.75
  • Prime Rib Sandwich, hand sliced prime rib served on a pretzel bun, $15.75
  • Crab Cake Sandwich, signature crab cake with mixed greens, tomato, and remoulade served on a Kaiser roll, $13.75

Paired with choice of:

Minestrone, Spinach Tortellini or Soup of the Day; or the signature House Salad.

In addition to the Classic Pairs menu items, additional lunch menu offerings include:

  • Cobb Salad, grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, avocado, grape tomatoes, crisp bacon, black river blue cheese and red wine vinaigrette, $14.75
  • Skirt Steak Salad, crisp romaine, cherry tomatoes, cubed cheddar, roasted red onion and balsamic vinaigrette, $21.25
  • Chicken Panzanella, crisp romaine, heirloom cherry tomatoes with chopped basil, fresh mozzarella, green onions, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette, $14.25
  • Meatball Sliders, topped with melted mozzarella and fresh marinara, served on mini sesame buns, $9.25
  • Chicken Sandwich, grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, mayo and onions, served on a pretzel bun with seasoned fries, $12.75
  • Sausage Alla Joe Sandwich, mild Italian sausage, topped with tri-colored sweet peppers and pepperoncini’s, served on a rustic Italian bread with seasoned fries, $11.75
  • Gene’s Grilled Cheese, American cheese, bacon and sliced tomato, served open faced on toasted bread with seasoned fries, $12.50

For more details or to make a reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

Aug 042017
 

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Back by popular demand, Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” and Molise PR client, announces the limited time return of their popular KettleCorn® recipe available in Shops and online August 1 August 31.

Garrett KettleCorn is hot air popped, then delicately glazed with a touch of sugar and a hint of salt, for the ultimate summertime snack. Take advantage of the Garrett Summer Weekend Quart promotion, available in Shops only every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Purchase a One Quart Tin of any Signature Recipe, including the limited time KettleCorn, and receive a complimentary One Quart Tin of equal or lesser value. Limit one complimentary Tin per guest.KettleCorn_1G_Blue_003

Limited time KettleCorn Bundles are available online only at GarrettPopcorn.com:

Handcrafted Summer Bundle, a One Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix® and a One Quart Signature Pink Tin of KettleCorn; and KettleCorn Lovers Bundle, a One Gallon Signature Blue Tin of KettleCorn and a One Quart Signature Blue Tin of Garrett Mix; both available for $44.95 plus shipping.

In Chicago, Shops are located at: 625 North Michigan Ave., 151 North Michigan Ave. (Millennium Park), Navy Pier (food court), 26 West Randolph St., 4 East Madison St., 27 West Jackson Blvd., 737 East 87th St., O’Hare International Airport, in Terminals 1 and 3, Citigroup Center at 500 West Madison St. (2nd floor), Water Tower Place at 835 North Michigan Ave. (Level 7), and in Schaumburg, at Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court.

For more information or to place an online order, visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

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Aug 042017
 

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Hasta la vista! Mercadito Chicago, a Chicago PR client, is taking guests on a culinary journey down the Gulf of Mexico region with a special Summer Experiential Dinner on Monday, August 21 from 6-9 p.m.

Hosted by Corporate Chef Aldo Ayala and special guest Paul Sauter of Diageo, guests are invited to indulge in five courses accompanied by five Zacapa Rum pours.

First stop on the tour is Xalapa, the capital city of Veracruz, where guests are welcomed with Jalapeños Rellenos de Minilla, pickled jalapeños stuffed with tuna; Garnacha de Res, corn tortilla, braised beef and chile morita; and Camarón, coconut batter shrimp, pineapple marmalade and pickled red onion.

The journey continues south to Veracruz with a special Ceviche, lime marinated fish, red onion, tomato, pickled jalapeños, olives, parsley, tomato-citrus broth and crispy capers.

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Next, guests head back north to Tamaulipas with Jaibas, lightly fried blue crab meat stuffed shells, tomato sofrito, garlic, parsley, Serrano chiles and breadcrumbs.

Guests will then take a stroll down the historic district of Campeche with Pollo Pibil, Achiote marinated braised chicken, banana leaf, pickled red onions and habaneros, sour orange salsita, mustard seeds and burnt tortillas.

The journey ends on a sweet note back in Veracruz with Vainilla, vanilla bean flan, piloncillo caramel and vanilla bean toasted nuts.

The Summer Experiential Dinner is $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

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For more information or to make a reservation, call 312-329-9555 or visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

Jul 282017
 

Savor The Summer at Mercadito Chicago
Celebrate Ladies Night on National Girlfriends Day
& Recover with a Special Brunch Menu on International Hangover Day

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PLUS, fuel up for the music festival of the year with a complimentary order of Chilaquiles with proof of fest wristband!

Mercadito Chicago, a Molise PR client, is taking advantage of summer in the city by rolling out an exciting lineup of upcoming events, including a special offering for National Girlfriends Day, a complimentary brunch menu item during music festival weekend and a brunch sharing menu for International Hangover Day.

National Girlfriends Day, August 1

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It’s Ladies Night! To celebrate National Girlfriends Day on August 1, ladies will receive a complimentary tequila beverage with the purchase of a menu item from 11:30 am to close. Ladies are invited to stop in with colleagues, a childhood friend, family member, or even an old college roommate and drink to this special friendship. Groups of four or more are required to receive the complimentary beverage.

 

Complimentary Chilaquiles with Music Festival Wristband, August 5 – 6

Fuel up, music lovers! Before hitting Chicago’s hottest music fest, fans are invited to stop in with their festival wristband Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6 from 11 am to 3 pm to receive a complimentary order of Chilaquiles with a purchase of any entree. Limit one complimentary order per table.

International Hangover Day, August 5

Join Mercadito Chicago for the hair of the dog on International Hangover Day on Saturday, August 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a special brunch sharing menu including your choice of three menu items for the table and bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

Breakfast favorites include: Huevos Rancheros, sunny-side up eggs, soft corn tortilla, black bean hash, salsa roja, salsa verde; Huevos Ahogado10f55c2262bd3050873677b0_560x372s, poached eggs, crispy corn bread, chipotle-hollandaise sauce; Chilaquiles, corn tortilla chips, Mexican cheese, crema fresca, choice of creamy tomatillo sauce or roja sauce (add fried egg for $2); Enchiladas, shredded chicken, four chiles roasted tomato sauce and Mexican cheese; Carnitas Hash, crispy potato, braised pork, fried egg and onion; or Pancakes, manchego cheese, strawberries, cinnamon butter, maple syrup.

Featured taco options include Espada, Estilo Baja, Camarón, Carne, Pollo, Carnitas de Puerco, Pastor and Hongos.

The International Hangover Day brunch sharing menu is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are limited to a two hour maximum. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.329.9555.

For more information, visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago.

Jul 262017
 

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Real Urban Barbecue’s “Vernon Hogs” location at 1260 South Milwaukee Ave is celebrating five years of smokin’ business THIS Thursday, July 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. by honoring loyal RUB fans with a special featured $5 birthday menu. All $5 meals include one side of your choice and a fountain drink. (Excludes mason jars and bottled soft drinks)

 ·      14-Hour Smoked & Sliced Brisket Sandwich

·      Slow- Smoked Turkey Sandwich

·      The Home ‘Recker Sandwich – Texas sausage topped with pulled pork.

·      Mac Attack – RUB’s award-winning homemade mac & cheese topped with pulled pork.

·      Urban Poutine – French fries topped with breaded cheese curds, pulled pork and brown gravy.

* Available for dine in or carry out orders at the Vernon Hills location only. $5 menu items available only while supplies last.

Plus, RUB Club members will receive five times the points on all purchases.

It’s not a birthday without cake! Guests will also receive a complimentary slice of pig cake with the purchase of a menu item while supplies last.

Jul 132017
 

Real Urban Barbecue, a Molise PR client, is the official BBQ partner for BBQ for the Troops, an initiative that raises funds for local military and their families through exciting events and social media campaigns. The Chicago Automobile Trade Associate (CATA) and the USO of Illinois are partnering to host the 5th annual Barbecue for the Troops on July 15. 100 dealerships throughout the area will simultaneously fire up their grills in support of our local troops.

Check out the clip from ABC 7 Chicago below that featured Real Urban Barbecue at the BBQ For the Troops Media Preview on June 28:

Chef Jeff Shapiro with Real Urban Barbecue, along with Ray Scarpelli, Chicago Automobile Trade Association Chairman, and Jessica Dolan, Vice President of Development for the USO of Illinois, made a few stops to our local TV stations to help spread the word on the weekend’s initiative.

The day began at FOX Good Day Chicago! Check out the full clip, and some photos of the delicious spread, below:

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Chef Jeff Shapiro and Ray Scapelli then visited Windy City Live! The full clip below:

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Jul 122017
 

Sip, Sip, Olé!  Celebrate National Tequila Day at Mercadito Chicago  

Enjoy a special prix fixe menu including your choice of specialty tequila cocktail

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Salud! Mercadito Chicago, Molise PR client, is raising a glass to National Tequila Day with a special prix fixe menu including a specialty Mercadito tequila cocktail of your choice, available on Monday, July 24 from 3 p.m. to Midnight.

The National Tequila Day prix fixe menu costs $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a trio of guacamole, two dishes of ceviches or botanas, four tacos, one side dish, a dessert of your choice and specialty tequila cocktail.

First, pick your beverage of choice from Mercadito’s offering of specialty tequila cocktails including: Margarita Tradicional, Gato Amargo, La Vida Rosa, Pepino el Pyu, Hibis-Calyptus, Casagria, V-9, Little Market, Paloma Diabla, Misty’s Sleeve, One-Thumbed Mayan, Smokey Pablo, Big Nose Goes to Mexico and Tres Viejos.

Begin your meal with a trio of guacamole including Tradicional, Mango, and Toreado. Next, choose two from the following: Ceviches include Camarón, Mixto, and Dorado; and Botanas including Flautas, Queso Fundido, and Corn Masa Quesadillas.

Taco options include (must be four of the same): Espada, blackened swordfish, chile de árbol aioli, cabbage-jalapeño slaw; Estilo Baja, beer-battered mahi-mahi, chipotle aioli, Mexican coleslaw; Camarón, shrimp, roasted garlic, avocado, chipotle mojo; Carne, ancho-marinated skirt steak, onion, cilantro, asparagus, leek-poblano salsa, crispy shallots; Pollo, thyme–marinated chicken, corn, scallions, garlic mojo, crispy red onions; Carnitas de Puerco, braised pork, cabbage, onions, cilantro, peanut salsa, chicharrón; and Hongos, wild mushrooms, onion, cilantro, salsa verde, queso fresco, radish, crema fresca.

Featured side selections include: Brussels Sprouts, Mac & Cheese, Elote Mexicano, Green Rice Casserole, Plátanos Machos and Arroz y Frijoles.

Finish on a sweet note with dessert options including: Torrejas de Bolillo, Pastel de Chocolate, Tres Leches, and Flan de Cajeta.

For more information or to make your reservations, call 312-329-9555 or visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

Jul 122017
 

Imerman Angels Presents the Fourth Annual Wings of Hope Gala

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Saturday, September 9

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Chicago PR firm client Imerman Angels presents the fourth annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 11 p.m. at a new location, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 East Delaware Place). The evening will celebrate the world’s largest one-on-one cancer support community and advance its mission to provide connections that enable support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

The Wings of Hope Gala is a black tie optional event that celebrates life and hope. The evening begins with a welcome reception including cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for guests to bid on impressive auction items. At 7 p.m., guests will be escorted to their tables where they will enjoy a special presentation.

The evening’s program includes a seated dinner, remarks from Imerman Angels founder Jonny Imerman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Bornstein, who will honor members of the community who have gone above and beyond to support Imerman Angels’ mission, plus a live auction featuring extraordinary items followed by music and dancing to conclude the night.

Tickets for the event cost $400, with limited VIP tickets available for $500. Early bird tickets are available for $350 through July 15. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact gala@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1301 for more information.

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Jun 202017
 

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Imerman Angels, the leading global one-on-one cancer support community and Chicago PR client, has been named a Scale Award recipient at the 2017 Creator Awards for their work in providing free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. The Scale Award, which includes a $180,000 grant, is given to established organizations that are ready to take their business to the next level.

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The event, hosted and sponsored by WeWork, received 600 applicants that were narrowed down to five Scale Award finalists who had the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and explain how and why they are ready to expand. In addition to Imerman Angels, Chicago nonprofit Bunker Labs and Detroit-based The Empowerment Plan took home top honors in the category.

Founded in 2006 by cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Imerman Angels to date has enabled more than 34,000 connections in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. These one-on-one relationships provide a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone uniquely familiar with the experience. Recent medical studies have shown that psychosocial support during and after the cancer fight is crucial to quality of life.

“We are thrilled that our work over the past 11 years has been recognized through this large award,” says Ben Bornstein, Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director. “This grant will allow us to scale our one-on-one cancer support services by expanding our presence in other US markets outside Chicago including Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, plus reach more people touched by cancer around the world by expanding our digital presence and hiring additional cancer support specialists, including those who speak other languages.”

In addition, other benefits of receiving this grant include expanding Imerman Angels’ network of partner organizations, and of course, ensuring that their services remain completely free to anyone seeking support so no one has to face cancer alone.

For more information on Imerman Angels visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Jun 202017
 

Garrett Popcorn Shops, a Molise PR client, was featured as a must-have Father’s Dat gift on Lenox Square Shopping Center’s Atlanta 11 Alive Father’s Day round up segment. Check out the full segment by clicking the photo below:

Jun 192017
 

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Classic never goes out of style. It evolves. Chicago’s original steakhouse since 1941, Gene & Georgetti, a Chicago PR firm client located downtown and in Rosemont, is celebrating National Steakhouse Month by offering a special steak and wine pairing available all June.

Join the celebration with a special 16 oz. Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye Filet. With a generous amount of marbling, it pairs perfectly with a 2012 Foppiano Estate Petite Syrah, Russian River to cut through the ribeye’s fat and bring out its rich, beefy flavor. The steak special is $57 and the wine is $13, glass; or $50, bottle; plus tax and gratuity.

New in Rosemont

Al fresco season has begun, and Gene & Georgetti Rosemont welcomes guests to the newly opened outdoor patio. Choose lunch or dinner from the regular menu, or opt for a cocktail or bottle of wine and items from the bar lounge menu.

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Jun 192017
 

Skokie is getting smokyReal Urban Barbecue, with locations in Downtown Highland Park, Vernon Hills, and Oak Brook, is proud to announce the grand opening of their fourth location in Skokie on Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m.  Located at 5238 W. Touhy Avenue just west of I-94, the restaurant will open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast; as well as offer carryout, delivery, and corporate and private catering.

Grand Opening Celebration

To celebrate the grand opening, the first 50 ‘cue fanatics in line will receive a complimentary sandwich of their choice, and the first guest in queue will win free barbecue for a year.

Plus, WLS-AM 890’s Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will broadcast live from the restaurant all morning long! Guests will also have the opportunity to enter into the USO of Illinois’ BBQ for the Troops sweepstakes sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association for the chance to win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue for 50 of their friends catered by Real Urban Barbecue, along with other great prizes like concert ticket giveaways from WLS AM.

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Additional grand opening activities are also scheduled with Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce.

A Menu That’s Smoked & Served to Perfection

Their bark is as great as their bite. Take a seat at RUB’s BBQ Bar and watch [or drool] as the magic happens in the “Smoking Room” equipped with two massive Cooshack smokers capable of producing more than 3,000 lbs. per day of “low and slow” smoked items- like baby back ribs ordered dry, wet or to “perfection”; pulled pork, Texas sausage, turkey, brisket and chicken.

Real Urban Barbecue is the first restaurant to bring the delicacy of perfectly charred, caramelized burnt ends to Chicago, and now Skokie. Top it all off with RUB’s homemade, signature sauces, and pair with comfort sides like mac & cheese, sweet potato soufflé and golden corn bake. Sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade desserts and a wide variety of gluten free options are also featured on RUB’s expansive menu.

Plus, for the first time ever, Real Urban Barbecue Skokie will offer breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning featuring made-to-order breakfast tacos, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, fresh-brewed coffee, tea and more.

Also a first for RUB, an assortment of ice-cold draft beers will be available on tap.

“Since opening our first location in 2010, we have slow-smoked and served more than 156,000 slabs of ribs and over 391 tons of brisket,” says owner Jeff Shapiro. “The numbers don’t lie, and the demand is higher than ever. We’ve heard our fans pleas, and we are so excited to bring our newest and biggest Real Urban Barbecue location to-date to Skokie.”

Real Urban Barbecue’s Skokie location features high, loft-style exposed wood barrel ceilings above handcrafted rustic wood tables and booths that seat approximately 100 guests. Coming soon, RUB’s outdoor patio will provide additional seating for approximately 30 people.

Real Urban Barbecue’s Skokie location hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Except for the grand opening date, Friday, June 23 when the restaurant will open early at 10 a.m.)

Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more information, seasonal hours, the full menu and catering information visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com or call the Skokie location at 847-947-6474 and select option #4.

Real Urban Barbecue stopped by WLS AM 890 to give Bob and Marianne a little preview of what’s to come!

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PRESS UPDATES: 

Dean Eliacostas, Executive Chef of Real Urban Barbecue in Highland Park, Vernon Hills and Oak Brook recently stopped by FOX Good Day Chicago for Memorial Day to commemorate the unofficial kick off to summer and grilling season and shared some tips on smoking and grilling some essential BBQ dishes, perfect for your outdoor festivities.

Check out the segment below!

Plus, Summer Festival Season is in full force at Real Urban Barbecue!

Chef Dean stopped by WCIU You & Me This Morning to chat about their participation in Ribfest Chicago to kickoff the summer season! Chef Dean is a natural onscreen, see the proof below:

Some of our favorite shots from RUB fans at Ribfest Chicago:
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On Friday, June 23, Real Urban Barbecue opened its doors in Skokie. Check out some photos from the grand opening below:

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PLUS, Bob and Marianne were onsite, broadcasting all morning long for WLS 890 AM! Click below to listen:


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Jun 192017
 

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, is welcoming the summer fun with Culinary Fight Club and Yappy Hour. Culinary Fight Club will take place on June 19 and feature a showdown between four local chefs with proceeds benefiting local non-profit, Fight2Feed. Yappy Hour Tuesdays will kick off on June 20 and take place on the dog-friendly outside patio.

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Culinary Fight Club Pitmaster Throw down Challenge – Monday, June 19

On Monday, June 19, Hard Rock Cafe will host a Culinary Fight Club Pitmaster Throw down Challenge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where four local Chicago chefs will battle it out in a seriously tasty cook-off. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Fight2Feed, a non-profit with a mission end hunger in Chicago by partnering with local restaurants to reduce food waste and share food with people in need.

Participating chefs will have two hours to create their best dish that combines the art of BBQ, grilling and open fire cooking. Industry experts will judge contestants based on presentation and how well the chefs have mastered the pit by cooking up the perfect protein and two sides.

Competing chefs include: Dylan Lipe, The Budlong Hot Chicken; Hipolito Sanchez, Slow Motion For Meat; Kristina Gaardbo, Chicago Culinary Kitchen and Rockin Rodizio; and Corey Rice, a Chicago home cook.

Tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or visit www.hardrock.com/chicago.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Tuesdays

Mix and mingle with pals and pups at Hard Rock Cafe’s new Yappy Hour, outside on the dog-friendly patio every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kicking off on June 20, guests can enjoy specials that include $4 Goose Island, Revolution, Metropolitan and Half Acre on draft, $5 select well cocktails, and half-priced appetizers*. Plus, your beloved pooch will receive a complimentary dog bowl with a $10 purchase. Yappy Hour specials are available on the patio only.

*Half-priced appetizers include Cauliflower Wings, Classic Nachos, Wings offered Buffalo Style or grilled with dry seasoning or tossed in Hard Rock’s Classic Rock, Tangy or Heavy Metal sauces; Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta, Tupelo Chicken Tenders.

For more information visit www.hardrock.com/chicago or call 312-943-2252.