Thursday, January 31, 2013


Celebrate The World’s Largest Party with Live Entertainment and Flavorful Menu Specials

 Let’s get louco! Join SUSHISAMBA for the annual Carnaval celebration that will exhilarate all your senses. On Tuesday, February 12th from 8pm on SUSHISAMBA will host a special Carnaval festivity to mark Rio de Janeiro’s most extravagant celebration. In addition to the delectable menu specials, revelers will enjoy live performances by shimmering samba dancers dressed in elaborate costumes, the beats of booming batucada drummers, dj’s and more…

Guests can cheer on the night with a refreshing Carnaval Caipirinha $12 (Leblon Cachaça, tangerine juice, honey, lime) and dazzle their taste buds with Brazilian menu specials:

Tangerine Honey Caipirinha
Leblon Cachaça, tangerine juice, honey, lime
Black Truffle Bolinhos de Bacalhau
celeriac purée and chimichurri oil
King Crab Palmito Salad
heart of palm, papaya, passion fruit vinaigrette,
candied cashew
Duck Confit Acaraje
cilantro crema and gremolata
Carnaval Roll
shrimp tempura, avocado, tuna, shrimp, quinoa salad,
lotus root chip, chimichurri-ponzu, spicy mayo
Lucuma Cheesecake
passion fruit-mandarin gelée, coconut, chirimoya sorbet

SUSHISAMBA will broadcast a live feed of the celebration in Rio de Janeiro, bringing the energy and excitement of the world’s largest party straight to the heart of Chicago. 

WHERE:           SUSHISAMBA rio
              504 North Wells                          
              Chicago, IL 60654

WHEN:           Tuesday, February 12th
                From 8pm to close

SUSHISAMBA is operated by Samba Brands Management, which was founded by Shimon Bokovza, Matthew Johnson and Danielle Billera. In addition to overseeing SUSHISAMBA locations in New York, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and London, Samba Brands Management has SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Miami and Duck & Waffle in London. With over 13 years of experience, the company continues to expand their cutting-edge concepts. Their projects are unpredictable, their venues are impressive and their visions set trends in the industry for years. For more information, visit


Celebration To Kick Off Super Bowl Weekend On February 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, January 30, 2013 – The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, an NFL sanctioned event currently in its 14th year, joins together NFL players, Grammy Award-winning artists, and special guests, on one stage to kick off Super Bowl Weekend. The show will take place on February 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM, at the University of New Orleans, Lake Front Arena.
TV Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of
, Jawn Murray joins Super Bowl Gospel Celebration as the official Social Media Ambassador.  Murray will host a social media lounge for invited tastemakers, influencers and media professionals during the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration as part of Super Bowl XLVII weekend.
Murray is the latest addition to Super Bowl Gospel Celebration's already all-star lineup of talent.  Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC’s “The View,” Sherri Shepherd and seven-time Grammy Award-winning gospel musician, Kirk Franklin were previously announced as the hosts of the show. Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will include performances by top gospel and contemporary Christian artists Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans, Bishop Paul S. Morton, and this year’s NFL “Players’ Choice” hip-hop Christian artist Lecrae.
The Washington, DC-based media personality will also host an interactive Twitter chat for Super Bowl Gospel on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 9pm ET.  The popular Pop Culture Expert—who appears weekly on CNN's sister channel HLN discussing the hottest viral videos and online trends—will give away tickets and special prizes to online participants.
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was launched in Miami in 1999 during Super Bowl XXXIII weekend.  In 2002, the event became the first, and remains the only concert sanctioned by the National Football League (NFL). The show has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-after-year, selling out venues in major Super Bowl host cities including Dallas, Tampa, Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston and Phoenix.
For details on Super Bowl Gospel Celebration's Social Media Lounge and Twitter chat, email:


Celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend by shopping ‘Tax Free’ February 16-18, 2013
Chicago, IL (January 28, 2013) – The 900 North Michigan Shops is once again celebrating Presidents’ Day weekend with a rare three-day shopping event where shoppers can splurge ‘TAX FREE’ on Saturday, Sunday and Presidents’ Day Monday! Grab some great deals as more than 35 retailers will offer a 9.25% discount (equivalent to Cook County sales tax) to all shoppers, including sale items!
For the fifth year, shoppers can take advantage of this once-a-year shopping extravaganza available exclusively at 900 North Michigan Shops’ retailers including: J.Crew, Michael Kors, MaxMara, Club Monaco, L’Occitane, Intimacy Bra Fit Stylists, L.K.Bennett, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, DNA2050, Montblanc, Charles David, Original Penguin, Mezlan, The Shop at Equinox, Galt Toys & Galt Baby, Sermoneta Gloves, Karen Millen, space519 and more!
In addition, as a Presidents’ Day bonus, shoppers can park at a special “Alexander Hamilton” rate – only $10 for the entire day from Saturday, February 16 through Monday, February 18. Parking tickets must be validated with purchase.
For a full listing of participating retailers, please visit
. Individual store exceptions may apply.
Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, 900 North Michigan Shops features 70 luxury retailers on seven levels, including Gucci, MaxMara, Michael Kors, DNA2050, Club Monaco, J.Crew, Lululemon Athletica, Williams-Sonoma and many more. Over its two-decade residence, the 900 North Michigan Shops has provided the Magnificent Mile with a diverse collection of luxury lifestyle brands, demonstrating its commitment to maintaining Michigan Avenue as an internationally recognized shopping mecca.
900 North Michigan Shops is located at 900 North Michigan Ave. For more information, call 312.915.3916 or visit
Store hours: Monday - Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM; Sunday 12 PM to 6 PM.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Second Lillie's Q in Chicago to open in Chicago French Market on Wednesday, January 30 2013

Second Lillie's Q in Chicago to open in Chicago French Market on Wednesday, January 30

Lillie’s Q chef/owner Charlie McKenna will open his second Lillie’s Q location in Chicago featuring award-winning competition BBQ and Southern favorites inside the Chicago French Market in the West Loop (131 N Clinton St) on Wednesday, January 30.

At the Lillie’s Q Chicago French Market location, McKenna’s will serve about half of the same menu he serves at the Lillie’s Q in Bucktown. One dish that will only be available at the Lillie’s Q in the Chicago French Market will be scratch-made kettle chips dusted with either pimiento cheese powder or Lillie’s Q “Carolina Dirt” BBQ rub.  The full Lillie’s Q Chicago French Market menu is below and attached.

The Lillie’s Q in the Chicago French Market will serve food from 10am until 7pm Monday thru Friday, and 10am until 4pm on Saturday. Lillie’s Q will also sell its full retail line of six different BBQ sauces (Hot Smoky, Smoky, Carolina, Carolina Gold, E.N.C., Ivory) in 16oz glass bottles and its two rubs (Carolina Dirt and Q-Rub) in 16oz bags) at the French Market location as well. Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted as payment.

McKenna opened his Lillie’s Q location in Bucktown in July 2010. He also co-owns and helped open the first Lillie’s Q with his parents in Destin, Florida, in 2008. McKenna – a former sous chef at both TRU and Avenues in the Peninsula Hotel – won the prestigious Memphis In May BBQ competition in 2007 in the whole pork shoulder category and placed in Top Ten every year from 2006 through 2010 and finished 12th in 2011.


Smoked Pork, Brioche Bun $7
PULLED CHICKEN Smoked Chicken, Brioche Bun $8
TRI-TIP Smoked Beef, Brioche Bun $8
HOT LINK Smoked Hot Link, Brioche Roll $8
Add Southern Style to any Sandwich for $1
CRAWFISH ROLL Tarragon, Tomato, Shallot, Brioche Roll $12

Smoked Meats, Tomato, Corn, Lima Beans $7
Q SALAD Boston Bibb Lettuce, Southern Caviar, Tomato,
Avocado, Red Onion, Cornbread Croutons $9
Add Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken for $2 or Add Tri-Tip for $5

1/2lb/1lb $9/$17
TRI-TIP 1/2lb/1lb $10/$18
PULLED CHICKEN 1/2lb/1lb $13/$21
SMOKED HOT LINK 1/2lb/1lb $10/$18
QUARTER CHICKEN Breast, Wing, Carolina Dirt $8
BABY BACK RIBS Ribs, Carolina Dirt, Apple Glaze
Four Bones $9 ~ Eight Bones $15 ~ Twelve Bones $19

Pimiento Cheese Powder or Carolina Dirt $2
PIMIENTO CHEESE Cheddar, Pimiento, Jalapeño $5
BOILED PEANUTS Seasoned Peanuts $4
BAKED BEANS Pork Drippings $4
STONE GROUND GRITS Housemade Bacon $4
COLLARD GREENS Greens, Ham Hock $5

8oz Bottle $2

16oz Bottle $8


About Lillie’s Q: Chef Charlie McKenna (formerly the sous chef at Tru and Avenues) opened Lillie’s Q restaurant in July 2010 specializing in award-winning competition BBQ, Southern favorites and sides in Bucktown as a homage to his family’s deep cooking roots. McKenna has competed on the competition BBQ circuit with his father and friends the last 10 years, and the team won the prestigious Memphis In May BBQ competition in 2007 in the whole pork shoulder category and placed in Top Ten every year from 2006 through 2010 and finished 12th in 2011. McKenna opened an outpost of Lillie’s Q in Destin, FL, with his parents in 2008. At Lillie’s Q in Chicago, McKenna is smoking pork shoulder for pulled pork, tri-tip, baby back ribs, and chicken in two custom built smokers over peach wood and lump charcoal. McKenna began cooking Southern favorites and sides with grandma Lillie and his mother at an early age and those standouts make their way onto the Lillie’s Q menu via shrimp & grits, pimiento cheese, fried pickles, boiled peanuts, Brunswick stew, baked beans, macaroni & cheese and banana pudding.  Lillie’s Q features moonshine-based specialty cocktails (like the “Morning Lillie” that’s a play on a Bloody Mary with a housemade meat stick), 10 All-American craft drafts and a rotating selection of about 30 All-American craft bottled beers. Located at 1856 W North Ave (773.772.5500), Lillie’s Q serves lunch and dinner daily from 11am-10pm Sunday thru Wednesday, and 11am-11pm Thursday thru Saturday. “Like” Lillie’s Q on Facebook at and follow Lillie’s Q on Twitter at and check out Lillie’s Q on YouTube at

Women & Children First Upcoming Events (Chicago)

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Sunday, February 3rd - Polly Campbell
4:30 p.m.

In Imperfect Spirituality, Polly Campbell shows you how to integrate the aha! moments in your everyday life with traditional spiritual techniques to increase your personal growth and well-being. Imperfect Spirituality is filled with practical tips and examples that will encourage you to amp up your optimism, let go of worry, and embrace your authentic self to offer your true gifts to the world. Polly Campbell is a writer and speaker who specializes in personal development and spiritual topics. She is a blogger at and, and also teaches on the Daily Om. For more than two decades, Polly has studied and applied the techniques she writes and speaks about to her own life. She lives with her family in Beaverton, Oregon.

Friday, February 8th - Amy Andrews
7:30 p.m.

This new memoir in letters tells the story of a spiritual friendship between two women. When Amy and Jess first began exchanging letters eight years ago, they had no idea where this antiquated practice might lead or what they would write. They only knew they were both seeking God, they both struggled with persistent doubt, and it would be better to seek and struggle together. They never would have guessed the story they entered. When they faced tragedy, they did it together--their correspondence was their tether in the darkness. Raw and intimate, humorous and poetic, their letters are a memoir in real time and reveal deeply personal and profound accounts of conversion, motherhood, friendship, and grief. Amy Andrews is a recipient of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and teaches mathematics at Northwestern University. She lives in Evanston with her husband and children but lived in Andersonville when the letters in this book were being written. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 13th - Francesca T. Royster
7:30 p.m.

Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post-civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians-such as Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello-who demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique. In addition, these artists sought to engender new sexualities and desires and escape the sometimes-constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community. Francesca T. Royster is Professor of English at DePaul University, where she teaches a variety of courses, including performance studies, critical race theory, and gender and queer theory. She is the author of Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon as well as numerous book chapters and scholarly essays in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Performance Research International, and Women in Performance, among others.

Friday, February 15th - Debra Bruce and Andrea Witzke Slot
7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Poetry 
Survivors' Picnic  
To find a new beauty  

Debra Bruce's latest book of poetry, Survivors' Picnic, was published in 2012 by Word Press. She is the author of three previous collections, Pure Daughter, Sudden Hunger, and What Wind Will Do, and her work has been published widely in journals, including The Atlantic, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. She has been the recipient of many prizes and awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry magazine, and the Chicago Public Library's Carl Sandburg Award. Debra is a professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University. Andrea Witzke Slot is author of To find a new beauty, and her work can be found in such journals as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and Southern Women's Review. She is currently working on a novel, a second poetry collection, and an academic manuscript that explores multi-voiced poetry as a source of social justice and democratic understanding. Andrea teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal as well as an associate editor at Rhino Poetry. Both poets will be reading a mix of published work and poems-in-progress. 

Saturday, February 16th - Sappho's Salon
7:30 p.m.
Sappho's Salon Presents Lesbian Movie Night Featuring Bound
 $7 to $10 suggested donation for food and wine

At the latest installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends, Sappho's Salon presents our first-ever lesbian movie night. Join us for popcorn and other theater snacks and lots of campy good fun as we enjoy a screening of the lesbian noir classic Bound. The first film directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski (Cloud Atlas), Bound is a sexy crime thriller starring Meg Tilly as the moll and Gina Gershon as the ex-con handy-woman who cleans her pipes. Proceeds benefit the Women's Voices Fund. 

Sunday, February 17th - S. Bear Bergman's Speakeasy Show
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation $15)

Writer, storyteller, gender-jammer, and raconteur S. Bear Bergman is coming to town, bringing his usual mouthful of tender, dirty, complicated, challenging joyful words. But this is not just a reading-a Speakeasy is a whole show. Expect jokes, stories, smut, and rough drafts, plus Improv Storytime, where the audience provides the story topic and Bear tells a fresh, unrehearsed story. Come enjoy the snap and crackle of a live show--something that cannot be repeated, paused, or saved. S. Bear Bergman is the author or editor of five books (most recently the anthology Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, with Kate Bornstein), four award-winning solo performances, and numerous contributions to anthologies on all manner of topics from the sacred to the extremely profane. A long-time activist, Bear continues to work at the points of intersection between and among gender, sexuality, and culture and spends a lot of time discouraging people from installing traffic signals there.

Thursday, February 21st - Christine Sneed
7:00 p.m.

Christine Sneed's first novel, Little Known Facts, is the story of Renn Ivins, a film actor of Harrison Ford-like stature, and the people whose lives are connected to his--girlfriends, children, ex-wives, and those on the periphery who long to experience the glow of his fame. In particular, Renn's grown children, Anna and Will, who live in their father's shadow and find it difficult to achieve personal and professional successes of their own, are both drawn to and repelled by him. Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects-especially on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst. Christine Sneed tells a story of influence and affluence; of forging identity, happiness, and a moral compass. She teaches creative writing at DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Pacific University. Her short story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and Ploughshares' 2011 first-book prize, the John C. Zacharis Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, and a number of other journals. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, February 23rd - TEDx Windy City
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Northwestern Law School, Thorne Auditorium, Chicago
We are very pleased to be the official onsite bookseller for TEDx Windy City!

TED is an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design--three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. And it's an all-Chicago speaker line-up!

Speakers and performers include: noted feminist and Northwestern University professor Deborah Siegel (Sisterhood, Interrupted); Fawzia Mirza, actor and creator of the one-woman show Me, My Mom & Sharmila Tagore; photographer Dennis Manarchy (The Vanishing Cultures: An American Portrait); Christopher Knowlton and his Dance Team; and Elise Zelechowski, founder and executive director of Rebuilding Exchange. And many other speakers and performers!

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Wednesday, February 27th - Michael Hainey and Barbara Hainey
7:30 p.m.

At the age of thirty-six, newspaperman Bob Hainey was found dead, alone near his car, on Chicago's North Side. As an adult, his son Michael (who was just 6 years old when his father died and grew up to be a journalist as well) goes in search of the truth about his father's life and death, because the stories he'd been told about his father had never quite added up. In his quest, Hainey beautifully conjures a Chicago of a bygone era-when the city had five thriving papers, each with its own designated bar where the staffers drank and told stories.Yet at its heart, After Visiting Friends is a moving account of one man's attempt to uncover his family's long-buried secrets. Combining his journalist's investigative skills and his poet's ear for language, Michael Hainey vividly renders his search, both factually and existentially, for the truth about his father. Join us for a special conversation, as Michael's mother, Barbara, will be joining him on our stage to share her unique perspective on the story. Michael Hainey is the deputy editor of GQ and has been with the magazine for 10 years. His poetry has appeared in Tin House, amongst other places. Hainey attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and currently lives in New York City.

Kobo Arc 
Women & Children First is now selling Kobo Arc tablet, the newest member of the Kobo e-reader family.
The Kobo Arc, available in white, comes in three memory sizes: 16 GB ($199); 32 GB ($249); and 64 GB ($299).

The Arc tablet has multiple capabilities and can be used for eBooks, music, movies, apps, games, and web browsing. The Kobo Arc, designed for comfortable reading, is the only tablet that learns what users like and helps them discover eBooks and other content connected to their interests. To learn more about the Kobo Arc, visit

Save These Dates!
Tuesday, March 12
Lesléa Newman will be reading from October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.

Wednesday, March 13
Terry Tempest Williams will be reading from When Women Were Birds, which will be released in paperback in February.

Thursday, April 11
Lucy Knisley will be reading from her new book, Relish.

Wednesday, April 17
World Book Night book givers party

Thursday, April 18
Meg Wolitzer will be reading from her new novel, The Interestings.

Thursday, April 23
World Book Night

Book Groups
Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.
- Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:15 p.m.
- Selections from The Portable Dorothy Parker (See store website for list of pieces we'll be discussing.)

Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m.
- The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (7:00 p.m. selection meeting, 7:45 p.m. discussion)

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:15 p.m.
Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill

Romantic Valentine's Day Gifts, Eurofest and Paczki Day Featured this February at the Chicago French Market

Romantic Valentine's Day Gifts, Eurofest and Paczki Day Featured this February at the Chicago French Market
   The Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton, Chicago; 312-575-0306) is offering a variety of gift options perfect for Valentine's Day. Whether you are in the market for a traditional box of chocolates or an indulgent caviar and champagne set for two, the Chicago French Market has everything you need for one-stop shopping. Also featured this month, are Eurofest February 9 and Paczki Day February 12 as well as weekly live music performances.

Try the Three Newest Chicago French Market Vendors

You are cordially invited to visit the three newest vendors at the Chicago French
Market. First stop at Beavers Coffee + Donuts, a unique shop that serves original sugar-dusted and gourmet donuts covered with indulgent toppings such as chocolate, strawberry and peanut butter.
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Next, pick up lunch or dinner at Le Cafe du Marche (312-575-0306). The eatery is a special taste of France which debuted at the Chicago French Market this past January. Cafe du Marche offers French sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads and desserts. Brought to you by the owner and chef of Bistro Voltaire in River North, the new booth will feature the popular Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwich), Le Chasseur (duck confit, caramelized onions and lettuce) and other French specialties.
Lillie's Q logoAnother tasty lunch or dinner option is Lillie's Q , the latest vendor to join the Chicago French Market family. Chef Charlie McKenna is known around town for his Bucktown eatery, and this February he is bringing the same delicious BBQ flavors to the market. The new Lillie's Q booth will feature a slimmed down version of the Bucktown menu. Yet one unique dish to the Chicago French Market will be Chef Mckenna's made-from-scratch kettle chips dusted with pimiento cheese powder or Lillie's Q "Carolina Dirt" BBQ rub.

Pickup Traditional Red and Color Roses at Les Fleurs
For Valentine's Day, a bouquet of long stem roses is always an appropriate gift. The Chicago French Market's resident florist, Les Fleurs, will be showcasing Long Stem Red and Colored Rose Bouquets $65/bouquet and Cymbidium Orchid Stems $30/stem. More information on Les Fleur available at (312) 463-1111.

Two Valentine's Day Drink Recipes from Bello Tea
Spending Valentine's Day at home or going to a potluck party? Bello Tea (312-380-0707) at the Chicago French Market has offered up delicious recipes for two tasty Valentine's Day drinks. The Bello Mojito is made with delicious hibiscus spearmint tea, freshly squeezed lime juice, sparkling water and finished with a touch of sweetness. For a grownup beverage, try your hand at making Lara's Caipirinha Bubbly ''Champagne.'' This easily prepared drink combines Bello Organic Lara's Caipirinha Herbal Tea with sparkling juice or champagne with a fresh strawberry. Look below for step by step instructions on how to prepare both of these drinks.

Bello Mojito
Serves 2

8 oz. of Bello Hibiscus Spearmint Tea 
1 oz. of Fresh squeezed lime juice
2 oz. of Simple Syrup ( ½  water, ½ sugar)
1 oz. of Sparkling Water
Fresh mint
Slices of lime

Brew Hibiscus Spearmint Tea and chill it until ready to prepare. In a martini shaker, muddle mint and lime slices together. Add simple syrup, lime juice and tea. To that add ice and shake well. Strain it into a martini glass and add sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of lime. For a fun twist add your favorite rum. Substitute sugar with agave, if preferred.

Brewing Hibiscus Spearmint Tea
Add 2 tsp. of Hibiscus Spearmint tea to a tea pot then add 8 oz. of boiling water. Let it brew for 5 minutes. Strain and chill.

Lara's Caipirinha Bubbly 'Champagne'
Lara's CarpirinhaetIngredients:
1-2 oz. of Bello Organic Lara's Caipirinha Herbal Tea
6 oz. of Sparkling Juice or Champagne
A fresh raspberry or strawberry

Pour Sparkling Juice or Champagne into a glass. Add Lara's Caipirinha tea and garnish with fresh raspberry or strawberry.

Brewing Organic Lara's Caipirinha
Add 3 tsp. of Lara's Caipirinha to a tea pot, and then add 8 oz. of boiling water. Let it brew for 5 minutes. Strain and chill. It yields 4-8 servings.

Delightful Pastries Offers Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and other Valentine's Day Gifts
Delightful Pastries at the Chicago French Market has arranged an assortment of gift
packages filled with delicious pastries and sweets for Valentine's Day. Treat your sweetie to a dozen fresh strawberries dipped in bittersweet dark chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate ($25). Delightful Pastries also has a Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Tart ($30), this luscious treat is a sweet buttery tart layered with chocolate ganache and covered in fresh raspberries.

The Heart Shaped Chocolate Mousse Torte ($6.75) is perfect for two to share. This moist chocolate sponge cake is layered with chocolate mousse and decorated with rosettes of whipped cream. Also Delightful Pastries has a number of Valentine's Day gifts under $20. These mini bundles include an assortment of raspberry and chocolate Parisian macarons, beautifully decorated gingerbread and sugar cookies, sweet gift boxes of handmade truffles and other chocolates. Place your orders at (312) 234-9644.
Delightful Pastries gift options don't end there. Here are two gift box packages with loads of Valentine's Day goodies.

Sweetheart Gift Box- $30
  • ginger bread and sugar cookie hearts
  • small box of raspberry and chocolate Parisian macarons
  • cookie bag of your choice
  •  ¼  lb. handmade chocolate bark or ¼  lb. handmade truffles

You're Amazing Gift Box- $50
  • heart cookie sandwich with chocolate butter cream
  • black and white cookie and cupcake
  • large box of raspberry, passion fruit and chocolate Parisian macarons
  • box of rum balls and chocolate pecan turtles
  • maple cranberry almond granola
  • two chocolate dipped strawberries
Strawberry Espessone sendLavazza Espression's New Strawberry Èspessone and Oscar Party Treats
Lavazza Espression (312-207-0500) at the Chicago French Market is featuring two special Valentine specials, the Strawberry Èspessone™ and a gift with purchase promotion.

Strawberry Èspessone™ (small $2.95 - large 3.75)
It's love at first taste with a fresh and velvety strawberry foam layered over decadent Italian drinking chocolate or a smooth espresso shot.

Lovely Shopper Promotion
Receive a complimentary "Falling in Love with Coffee" Shopper tote with the purchase of a pound of whole bean coffee ($13.50 - $14.75) through February 14.

Oscar® Experience: Chicago 2013
Join Lavazza Espression at Chicago's only official Academy-sanctioned Oscar® party.  Lavazza will be preparing unique coffee creations throughout this annual event at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Visit Pastoral for its Decadent Valentine's Day Offerings
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine at the Chicago French Market is catering your special Valentine's Day evening at home with pre-packaged bundles. The first is Caviar for Two with Grower Champagne ($159.99). Each tin of farm raised Oscietra caviar from Italy is Friend of the Sea certified and can be traced back to sourcing and production with designation on the label. This caviar is well matched with Picolo, a triple-crème from Andante Dairy in California and crisp mini toasts from France. Purchase this gift for pre-order here. 

If your special Valentine is a chocolate lover, pick up the
Fulton Photos 022et  Katherine Anne Confections Truffle Duo ($6.99). These seasonal treats are locally made in Chicago by confectioner Katherine Anne, who has been making delicious confections since she was just 10 years old. Silky ganache and well balanced flavors make these local treats delectable.

For serious chocolate connoisseurs, Pastoral also is offering Midnight Oasis Drinking Chocolate ($19.99) a rich mix of 70% cacao, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. Drinking chocolate is a tradition which dates back to the Mayans and is thicker and richer than a hot cocoa. The powder should be mixed with 6 oz. of warm milk for a dense, chocolate treat.

The Pralus Mini 'Tropiques' Tower ($11.99) is an unforgettable tower of confections featuring a collection of ten 5 oz. single-origin chocolates featuring cacao sourced from all over the globe and transformed by Francois Pralus in Roanne, France. Each square is from a different country, allowing you to travel the world in one sitting. Taste the flavors of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Sao Tome islands, Ghana and more. Pick up any of these Valentine's Day treats at Pastoral at the Chicago French Market. Place your orders at (312) 454-2200.

French Conversation Cookies, Mascarpone Heart Cheesecake and more at Vanille Patisserie
Vanille Patisserie, the French bakery at Chicago French Market is offering a variety of Valentine's Day treats for the big day. In lovely heart shaped pre-packaged Chocolate, Vanilla and Raspberry Macarons are available in sizes of 8 ($15) and 18 ($32) pieces. Vanille's French Conversation Sugar Cookies ($3 each), Mascarpone Heart Cheesecake ($5.75 serves 1) and heart boxes of handmade chocolates also are available (3 piece $5.95, ½ lb. box $25, 1 lb. box $47).

Vanille Patisserie wants you to start the week off with your best foot forward.  Starting Monday February 4th, every Monday at the Market, get a complimentary coffee with the purchase of any bakery item. Place your orders at (312) 575-9963.
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city freshValentine's Day Dinner and Dessert by City Fresh Market
Surprise your loved one with a special dinner from City Fresh Market. The Chicago French Market vendor known for fresh produce, meats and seafood will be featuring Surf and Turf (New York Strip Steak and Lobster Tail at $21.99 per package), Filet Mignon ($20.89/lb.), Lobster (12.99/lb.) and King Crab Legs (18.99/lb.).

Also, for a special Valentine's Day treat, the pastry counter will be showcasing its Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Heart Shaped Cakes. For more information call (312) 575-0230.
 Wisma LasagnaetVisit Wisma for Special Savings this Valentine's Day For an affordable, organic and local dining option for Valentine's Day, Wisma (312-382-1805) at the Chicago French Market will be offering holiday savings consisting of 25% off any two dinners when purchased February 13-14. Try Wisma's featured Vegetable Lasagna ($11) or Shells Carbonara ($9).
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan's Valentine's Day Gift Options
The Chicago based soap manufacturer has designed a special Valentine's Day gift package, perfect for your loved one. The Chicago based soap manufacturer will offer four heart shaped soaps nestled in a box made with Bloomer's Cocoa. It's a perfect gift at $15.
Chicago French Market Music and Events

Harris_cover photo_1et Thursday, February 7 - Rush Hour Music with the Harris Family
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary

The Harris Family consists of three Chicago siblings all too young to drive: Olivia, Jack and Julia. The three siblings grew up listening to folk, gospel and rock music while developing a passion for artists like Joni Mitchell and Crosby Stills and Nash, which influenced their sound. Two years ago, The Harris Family started playing block parties and farmers markets around Chicago. They have since appeared at multiple venues including the Lincoln Park Whole Foods, St. James Cathedral Café, Macy's on State Street, The Old Town Art Fair and at the Chicago French Market. The kids surprise and delight both young and old with their tender harmonies and infectious joy. Catch them for a Rush Hour Music special at the Chicago French Market 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. February 7.

Saturday, February 9 - Eurofest 2013
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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complimentary

Join us for Eurofest 2013 which showcases European fare, artisan vendors and specialty food products located within the Chicago French Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 9. This complimentary event will feature intimate tastings of the market's unique European inspired culinary scene.

Some of the featured items are: English Tea Lattes from Bello Tea and Italian Olive Oils from Oh Olive. City Fresh Market will offer a mix of Bureks and European Sausage and Cakes. Vanille Patisserie will feature its French Macarons and Wisma will offer Beef Stroganoff, Linguini with Italian Sausage Ragu. You can also sample Lavazza Espression's Affogato al Caffe, The Hot Dog Guy's Ditka Spicy Polish Sausage and The Spicy Monkey's Brunswick Stew.

Explore the many foods and beverages while you listen to cultural music and watch demonstrations throughout the day.

FB-paczki-2013etTuesday, February 12 - Paczki Day
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Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday) may sound like an excuse to have a mid-February donut feast, but it's much more than that. The Paczki is a Polish doughnut (fried dough filled with fruit preservatives, sweet cream or chocolate custard and topped with powdered sugar or glaze).  Historically, Fat Tuesday was an opportunity for Polish Catholics to eat all the sugar, eggs and lard in their house before Lent. But these days many people around the city, Catholic or just celebrating Mardi Gras, know a good holiday when they taste it.

Delightful Pastries will be featuring the Polish pastry in a variety of fruity flavors including: Apricot Jelly ($2), Strawberry and Custard ($3), Plum Butter ($2) and Rose Petal Jelly ($2). The shop also makes a delicious Drunken Paczki. These sweets are made from different types of liqueurs including Patron Cocoa XO and chocolate custard ($3) and Vodka Vanilla Bean Custard ($3). Paczki Day orders can be taken up to February 8 by calling (773) 545-7215. Stop by the Chicago French Market this Paczki Day, February 12 to fill up on your share of sweets.

Wednesday, February 13 and February 27 - Lunch Hour Music with Chris
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary
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Notable Chicago musician Chris Goranson is coming to the Chicago French Market for a Lunch Hour jazz performance, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 13. Goranson is a guitar teacher with a degree in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University. Currently, Goranson plays in a rock band called OurGlass, who has had several gigs at Ace Bar in Lincoln Park and OurGlass recently performed for JBTV. Catch the Libertyville native again, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 27 for another Lunch Hour performance at the Chicago French Market.

Pastoral_vertical logoThursday, February 14 - Pastoral Cheese, Bread and Wine Tasting
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Complimentary

In honor of Valentine's Day, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine will be hosting their special wine tasting featuring varieties of artisan sparkling and dessert wines.

Thursday, February 21 - Rush Hour Music with Coventry Jones
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary

Coventry Jones will be stopping by the Chicago French Market for a special Rush Hour performance 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. February 21. Jones is a dylan-esque singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, WI. He combines his critically acclaimed vocals with styles ranging from folk to delta blues.

Thursday, February 28 - Divine Dine & Wine
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Six Chicago French Market vendors will be participating in the upcoming event, Divine Dine and Wine. The evening organized by the West Central Association (WCA) will feature local chefs and restaurateurs to benefit the WCA. Chicago celebrities and hosts of Windy City Live, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner will co-host the event. The duo is known for their ease with guests, warmth and quirky humor.

The six participating Chicago French Market vendors are Lavazza Espression, Lillie's Q, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine, Saigon Sisters, Vanille Patisserie and Wisma. They will be joined by tops chefs from the West Loop, Fulton Market, Fulton River District, Randolph Street, Greektown and Taylor Street.

The event will be held at Venue One (1044 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL). Tickets are available for sale now for $125 and can be purchased here.

About Chicago French Market
Chicago French Market is a European-inspired market offering an array of local produce, meats, seafood, breads, pastries, cheese, wine, chocolates, pastas, artisan-made goods, specialty drinks, flowers, prepared meals and a seating area for customers. Chicago French Market's diverse group of local vendors stay open year-round, six days per week, and is located within the new MetraMarket development at 131 N. Clinton St. (between Washington and Randolph Streets).

Chicago French Market offers complimentary garage parking with entrances at 164 N. Canal St. and 165 N. Clinton St. for one hour or less with a minimum purchase of $20 or more (receipt required).

For more information, visit "Like" Chicago French Market on Facebook at and follow the market on Twitter at @ChiFrenchMarket or at #ChicagoFrenchMarket.