Feb 052018
 

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As it enters its 27th year, First Look for Charity has helped raise nearly $48 million for Chicago-area charities. Attendees at the charity gala will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres; champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays – all while being the first to see the nation’s largest auto show – the Chicago Auto Show – before it opens to the public the following day.

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than one million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space.

The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity

  • Will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7-11 p.m.
  • Is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier, single-day fundraisers
  • Annually raises more than $2.5 million for 18 local charities
  • Last year, a record $3 million was raised for 18 local charities.
  • Goal for 2018 is to reach $3 million.
  • Two attendees will have the chance to win one of two cars: a 2018 Ford Mustang or 2018 Ford Expedition
  • An expected 200,000 samples of world-class food and beverages will be available during the event
  • Tickets can be purchased at FirstLookforCharity.org
  • Follow the conversation on social media with #FLFC18

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Click here to see Molise PR client Real Urban BBQ and 2018 Chicago Auto Show chairman John Hennessey talk about the upcoming event with Dina Bair on WGN Midday News:

 

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Chicago Restaurant Week is the ideal time to try out new restaurants. This year join Gene & Georgetti at both their Downtown and Rosemont locations for a special menu, created by Executive Chef Luis Quiroz, starting January 26 through February 8.

The Prix Fixe Lunch Menu, $22, features

First course choice of:

  • Roasted Apple Salad Organic Bibb and Belgian Endive with Roasted Apples, Pecans, and Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Mustard-Cider Vinaigrette Beet & Orange Salad Roasted Beets Tossed with Oranges, Radishes, Red Onion, and Goat Cheese on a bed of Romaine Leaves; Orange Vinaigrette
  • Soup of the Day

Second course options include:

  • Steak Sirloin Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Melted Provolone Served on a Rustic Italian Bread with Caramelized Shallot Mayo
  • Pistachio-Crusted Great Lakes Whitefish Served with Green Beans Topped with Basil-Beurre Blanc
  • Cajun Chicken Sautéed Breast with Cajun Spices and Mushrooms Finished in a Cream Sauce and Served Over Linguine

The final course features a choice of Gene & Georgetti’s delicious desserts:

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Flan
  • Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake

The Prix Fixe Dinner Menu, $44,

First course choice of:

  • Trio of Eggplant Involtino Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach-Prosciutto, and Roasted Garlic, Baked in a Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
  • Charred Octopus with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes; Olives, Capers, and Fingerling Potatoes, Dressed with a Parsley Vinaigrette
  • Orange & Strawberry Salad Tossed with Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Almonds; Strawberry Dressing.

Second course options are:

  • 10 oz. Prime New York Strip Steak Accompanied with Steamed Asparagus and Black Truffle Maitre D’Butter
  • Tuscan Salmon Broiled Atlantic Salmon Finished with Olives, Roasted Peppers, and Artichoke Hearts
  • Cajun Chicken Sautéed Breast with Cajun Spices and Mushrooms finished in a Cream Sauce and served over Linguine
  • Rigatoni with Crumbled, Mild Italian Sausage and Peas in a Light Tomato Cream Sauce

The final course features a choice of Gene & Georgetti’s delicious desserts:

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Flan
  • Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake

The Chicago Restaurant Week menu is designed for each guest to enjoy individually. There are no substitutions to the prix fixe menus. Regular restaurant menu items will be available as well. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

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Dec 022017
 

Union Hospitality Group, which owns Union Sushi & Barbecue Bar, The Franklin Room and The Madison Bar & Kitchen is proud to announce TakeOut4Cancer, a new initiative where $1 from every meal delivery will benefit Imerman Angels, a free one-on-one cancer support community.  The partnership launched on #GivingTuesday, November 28.

Each order is delivered (via the restaurant directly, DoorDash or Grubhub) in a complimentary, reusable keepsake tote.

“As our restaurant concepts continue to expand in the city, our delivery service continues to grow into new neighborhoods,” says Mike Schatzman, owner of Union Hospitality Group. “We realized this is an ideal community outreach platform for charity- with the support of our customers who order from us, but at no additional cost to them.”

“We’re grateful to Union Hospitality Group for developing this innovative program and selecting us as beneficiary,” says Imerman Angels CEO & Executive Director Ben Bornstein.   “Not only will the funds help support Imerman Angels, but we will also be able to directly reach more homes with our mission to provide free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.”

To learn more about Union Hospitality Group’s new delivery service for charity program visit www.TakeOut4Cancer.com. For information on Imerman Angels, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Click here to see the team talk about the partnership on the Steve Dahl Show:

Oct 052017
 

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Randhurst Village, at the corner of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect, will present its annual Halloween Fall Festival, a free family festival featuring fun activities and events including a pet costume parade, exotic owls from the Stillman Nature Center, performances and fun crafts on Saturday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festivities kick-off in center court (between The Children’s Place and Carson’s) along Randhurst Village Drive at 11:30 am and continue until 4 pm. The event opens with a costume pet parade, sponsored by the Daily Herald. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Registration opens at 11:30 am in front of AMC Theatre. For more information, visit http://events.dailyherald.com/.

More free family fun begins at 1 pm with pumpkin decorating stations, keepsake hats made by you with the help from the Rad Hatter, stunning live owls will join the fun, along with other awesome performances. Take a break and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, treats from some Randhurst Village restaurants and more. Everything will take place outside Carson’s south exit in the street and courtyard area.

New features this year include an energetic Balloon Show by Magical Balloon Dude Dale. A show for all ages blends comedy, artistry and music in a one-man balloon show with incredible balloon designs. The 30-minute show will begin at 1:30 pm. At 2:30 pm, the stage turns over to Ryan Freeman and team from RC Juggles Entertainment for an astonishing and enjoyable Magic Show. Guests will be amazed by illusions, impossible escapes, mind reading and comedy.

The free event will also feature the engaging Rad Hatter, Tony Melendez, who will teach kids and parents how to create their own over-the- top, spectacularly designed keepsake hats.  Stop by the pumpkin decorating stations and take home your own pumpkin! (Pumpkins for kids only, one per person.)

Special guests will again include majestic owls from the Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington.   Spice up your Halloween look with a visit to one of our glitter tattoo artists and take a ride on the horse-drawn wagon through Randhurst Village. 

Guests will be dazzled by the sand sculpture created by The Sand Sculpture Company in Woodstock, IL. They are the current record holder for the World’s Tallest Hand Built Sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records, and pending a record for the World’s Tallest Sand Sculpture at 34’ 8 5/8”. Master sculptor Ted Siebert will create a scary sculpture of Frankenstein and his family – watch it unfold beginning October13 in front of AMC Theatre. 

Randhurst Village is located at the intersection of Rand Road (Rt. 12) and Elmhurst Road (Rt. 83) in Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.

For more information, visit www.RandhurstVillage.com or call (847) 259-0500. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Mark Spreyer stopped by WGN TV Morning News prior to the fest to chat about some feathery friends, and Magical Ballon Dude Dale and Jonathan from RCJuggle Entertainment also made an appearance to get viewers excited for the weekend’s festivities. Check it out below:

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Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Chicago PR client, is welcoming autumn with a pumpkin patch outside in the Hard Rock parking lot, along with a Bank of America Chicago Marathon post-race celebration at the cafe. Additionally, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will host its Hard Rock After Dark series featuring live band karaoke on Thursday nights and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Shop, Carving Parties & More

c8c46d1e6f0b3ea5943bc9e7_560x270Beginning October 1 through November 3, Hard Rock Cafe is turning its parking lot into a one-stop Halloween shop courtesy of Pumpkins Chicago. Each day from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. guests can enjoy a pumpkin patch containing an array of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks and hay bales. In addition, a Halloween shop will be present featuring signature Halloween items like costumes, Halloween pails, carving kits and more

Private pumpkin carving parties on Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s patio are also available for booking for groups of 30 or less. Tickets are $35 per person and include a pumpkin, a carving kit, paint and stationed Hard Rock Cafe appetizers.

To make your pumpkin carving party reservations, please call 312-943-5572 or email Kristy Sullivan at Chicago_Sales@hardrock.com.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Goose Island Post-Race Celebration

On Sunday, October 8,e76af7fb880aa12649ffffd7_560x372 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will embark on 26.2 picturesque miles through downtown Chicago towards the finish line for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Participants and spectators are then invited to join the Goose I
sland Post-Race Celebration outside in the Hard Rock parking lot from 3 p.m. 7 p.m., where guests can enjoy drink specials at the Goose Island Garden and live entertainment throughout the day.

Admission to the post-race celebration is free.

Hard Rock After Dark – Live Band Karaoke on Thursdays and Live Music Fridays and Saturdays

Rock star guests can take the Hard Rock stage for live band karaoke, Thursday’s at 9 p.m., and belt out the greatest hits from their favorite artists backed by a full band. During the show, guests can enjoy drink specials including $4 Goose Island, Revolution, Metropolitan and Half Acre on draft, $5 select well cocktails and house wine.

Guests are also invited every Friday and Saturday night from 9 – 11 p.m., to stop into the cafe for a night of free live music.

Hard Rock After Dark is open to all ages.

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

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Sep 062017
 

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Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949 and a Molise PR client,” is celebrating 68 years of Handcrafted HappinessTM with a birthday bash in September to thank loyal fans with special offers, prizes and sweet surprises all month long. The Garrett Popcorn Shops 68th Anniversary Celebration includes 68-cent bags of Garrett Mix, and the opportunity to win complimentary Garrett Popcorn for a year!

68-Cent Treat-Size Anniversary Bags

Every Wednesday in September, visit any Chicago Shop from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and snack like a champ with 68-cent treat-size bags of Garrett Mix, the perfect combination of the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp® and the savory goodness of CheeseCorn.

$19.49 Signature Tin Special

From Monday, September 18 – Sunday, September 24 only, Garrett fans are invited to indulge in a 1 Gallon Tin of Garrett Mix in any Signature Tin design for a celebratory throwback price of $19.49, available in Chicago Shops (or available online at GarrettPopcorn.com in a Surprise Tin design, price excludes shipping.)

Win Fabulous Prizes Including the Ultimate Prize of Garrett for a Year

From September 1 – September 30 fans will receive a complimentary Scratch & Win card with each Shop purchase to redeem on their next order. 68 lucky fans across the country will win the 68th Anniversary Ultimate Prize of Garrett Popcorn for a Year. Other featured prizes include size upgrades, Garrett freebies, special price offers and more.

Surprise Parties with Complimentary Garrett Popcorn and More!

Also, keep an eye [and nose] out for pop-up Surprise Parties around the city to score complimentary Garrett Popcorn and Scratch & Win cards throughout the Garrett Popcorn Shops 68th Anniversary Celebration. Surprise Parties will be announced through Garrett social media channels including Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook.

In Chicago, Shops are located at: 625 North Michigan Ave., 151 North Michigan Ave. (Millennium Park), 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.  The Shop located at Navy Pier will close in September for remodeling and re-open in late Spring/early Summer 2018.

For more information, visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

Recently, Garrett Popcorn’s Jaclyn stopped by the CBS46 Plugged In studio to chat more about the initiative! Click below to view the full segment:

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Aug 312017
 

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Petterino’s gears up to celebrate 10 years of Monday Night Live

“MNL began a decade ago with a simple concept – provide a unique entertainment option in Chicago’s theater district on a typically “dark night”. We’ve blended a sophisticated setting, professional atmosphere and appreciative audience for established and emerging singers to try out new work or simply have some fun,” says MNL executive producer, founder and co-host Denise McGowan Tracy. “We’re thrilled that it caught on and that the unique combination of talent, supper club setting and location has made MNL one of the longest-running open mic concepts in Chicago.”

Nearly 800 singers have stepped onto the stage over the years. Cast members from dozens of touring and local productions from theaters including The Goodman, The Lyric Opera, Porchlight Music Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Broadway in Chicago, and many others have popped up in MNL’s audience. Jazz artists, cabaret performers, opera singers, pop vocalists have also shared their musical talents.

The anniversary celebration will run for a month every Monday beginning September 25.

Each evening will feature $10 wine bottle specials; and a complimentary slice of birthday cake and Champagne toast for guests.

September 25 – The SOLD OUT kick-off event promises appearances by old friends and new from the cabaret community in the impromptu format that has delighted crowds over the years

October 2 – Special guests from the cast of Billy Elliott at Porchlight Music Theatre

October 9 – Special performance from the cast of Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Theatre

October 16 – Special guests from the cast of the regional theatre premiere of Fun Home at Victory Gardens Theater

 

Monday Night Live $19.95 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu and Specialty Cocktail

As always, audience members may dine on the extensive Petterino’s menu and avail themselves of the MNL special menu, as follows:

The Dynamic Duo cocktail celebrates vivacious co-hosts Beckie and Denise; gin, pomegranate, orange juice and lime juice, $10.

Featured starters, choice of one: Choice of Tomato Bisque or Soup of the Day; Caesar Salad or Petterino’s Salad; or Crispy Fried Calamari.

Featured entrees, choice of one: Five Cheese Ravioli, burrata, pomodoro sauce; One Hundred Layer Lasagna, parmesan, ricotta, and Bolognese; Almond Crusted Whitefish, vegetable gratin; or Chicken Pot Pie, all white meat, asparagus, baby carrots, peas, green onions.

Featured dessert, choice of: Seasonal Sorbet, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Peppermint or Vanilla Ice Cream.

Petterino’s Monday Night Live begins at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. There is no cover charge, however there is a $19.95 food and beverage minimum. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 312.422.0150.

Denise McGowan Tracy, who pitched the idea to Lettuce Entertain You and produces and co-hosts the evening, has been a presence in Chicago’s entertainment community on-stage and behind the scenes for over 30 years. She was the manager and House MC at the storied Lettuce Entertain You nightclub, Byfield’s, in the 1980s. She’s been a television host, Director of Entertainment for Navy Pier and is now the President of her full-service event company, DMT Entertainment and Events. www.dmtentertainment.com She was honored by the Chicago Cabaret Professionals with their Gold Coast Award in 2014 for her career-long efforts to promote and encourage local talent. She returned to performing at MNL in 2007 after what she refers to as, “… a brief 25 year-hiatus.”

Beckie Menzie is one of Chicago’s most sought after performers and musical directors in Chicago and beyond. Hailed as, “indispensable to Chicago Cabaret” (Chicago Tribune), Beckie’s Carnegie Hall debut was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Now & Then series; other NYC credits include Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland. Beckie has received four prestigious After Dark Awards as well as the Gold Coast Award from Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Menzie also provides musical direction to many local and national artists and tours in concerts around the country with singing partner, Tom Michael. www.beckiemenzie.com

About Petterino’s

Steps from Michigan Avenue, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, Petterino’s specializes in classic Italian dining, prime steaks and fresh seafood. In addition to lunch, dinner and brunch, Petterino’s offers pre-theatre and after-work specials as well as power lunches for the downtown business community. www.petterinos.com

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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 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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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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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:

Photo Jun 23, 12 06 06 PMJeff Shapiro was joined by Skokie mayor George van Dusen, along with friends from the Skokie Chamber of Commerce, to do the official ribbon cutting.
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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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May 112017
 

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Give a gift that gives back this Mother’s Day. Garrett Popcorn Shops®, Making Moms Happy Since 1949, announces the keepsake Spring Tin design and the Garrett® Spring Collection, with 10 percent of sales* going to Infant Welfare Society, an organization that ensures barrier-free access to services and provides a multi-service healthcare home to some of Chicago’s neediest children and their families.

The Garrett Spring Collection features hot air-popped, lightly glazed Garrett Popcorn fully enrobed in four new, premium Belgian White Chocolate recipes: Strawberry, Orange, Lime and traditional White Chocolate. These indulgent and naturally flavored recipes are available in Shops and online:

  • Keepsake Spring Tin –1 Gallon Spring Tin filled 50/50 with CaramelCrisp® and any one Belgian White Chocolate recipe for $34.95, plus shipping for online orders.
  • The Spring Collection Gift Box –Four clear Half Quart Tins in a decorative Gift Box, each filled with one of the four Spring Collection recipes for $34.95, plus shipping for online orders.

“Given the success of The Garrett Spring Collection Gift Box which we launched in time for Easter, we are excited to expand our Belgian White Chocolate options both for Mother’s Day and this worthy cause through our Garrett Cares initiative,” says Chef David Funaro, Vice President, Lead Chef for Garrett Popcorn Shops.

“Garrett Popcorn Shops is an incredible partner to Angel Family Health, our wonderful Auxiliary and to our patients,” says Michelle Di Benedetto, Vice President of Institutional Advancement of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. “Angel Family Health depends on the generous support of corporation, foundation and individual partners to help us ensure that hundreds of patients who would ordinarily go without healthcare services are able to access vital services.”

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.

For more information on Infant Welfare Society visit www.infantwelfaresociety.org.

*Infant Welfare Society promotion period April 28 – May 21, 2017. U.S. sales only, up to $20,000.

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The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, the upscale events venue at 9421 W. Higgins Road, and Chicago PR client, will host Mother’s Day Brunch on May 14, with seatings beginning at 11 a.m., and available every half hour until 4 p.m.

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Estate includes:

  • Complimentary mimosas (MOMosas!)
  • Classic brunch fare including French toast, frittata, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs and bacon
  • A carving station featuring slow roasted prime rib, ham and turkey
  • An antipasto station
  • A ‘500 North Station’ featuring Gene & Georgetti classics including Chicken Alla Joe, Sausage Alla Joe, Meatballs and Garbage Salad
  • Fire & Ice Seafood Display with whitefish escabeche, clams casino, ceviche and a shrimp cocktail
  • Pasta bar featuring rotini with fresh tomato sauce, and penne primavera
  • Kid’s Corner featuring mac & cheese, chicken fingers, mini hot dogs and waffle fries
  • Sides including sweet potato wedges, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, honey-glazed carrots and a refreshing romaine iceberg salad
  • Dessert and coffee station

The Estate’s Mother’s Day Brunch costs $46 for adults, and $19 for children ages 11 and younger, plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet service is also available.

For reservations or more information, please contact a reservation specialist at 847.653.3302 or email RSVP@geneandgeorgetti.com. A credit card is required to hold reservations.

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