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Today I'm stepping out of the shadows to discuss the future of RayKo Photo Center.
The operation simply isn't generating enough income. As the proprietor,
I will need to make some significant changes as I can no longer carry
it alone. My intention here is to proceed with you informed and
hopefully in a position to affect a favorable outcome.
My strongest hope is that RayKo will be able to continue, but under the
patronage of another individual. Or under the patronage of a consortium
of individuals which could, or could not, include myself. With the right
person at the helm, someone who has business skills and fire in their
belly, RayKo could be a successful enterprise.
Unless new patronage emerges, RayKo Photo Center will close to the public on April 30, 2017.
In the meantime, starting February 1, 2017, our hours of operation will be:
Whatever the future holds, I'd like to thank you for joining me in this
wild and fulfilling ride. I will try my hardest to continue to keep you
informed. Please contact me with any inquiries about the details and
logistics of the business.
Application Deadline is February 28, 2017 at 5pm CST
DCASE is pleased to
announce the 2017 CityArts Program grants program, providing general
operating support to Chicago-based, arts and culture-focused, non-profit
organizations with budgets under $2 million. More information available atchicagoculturalgrants.org.
The Year of Public Art
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and
the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
have designated 2017 the Year of Public Art with a new 50x50
Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a
new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more -
representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.
For more information about upcoming opportunities for local artists and
arts organizations, please visit cityofchicago.org/yopa.
Making a Chicago Farmers Market Workshops: How to Bring Fresh Foods To Your Community
Check out one of our
Chicago Farmers Market workshops presented in collaboration with One
Book, One Chicago! Whether you're an entrepreneur or just a curious
resident, this workshop explores the history and growth of local markets
in Chicago - and offers simple tools, training and tips to start your
Chicago-based artists and
organizations are invited to submit proposals to participate in the
2017 season of Night Out In the Parks. Supported by the City of Chicago
and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago
Park District's Night Out in the Parks annually brings more than 1,000
community-building activities and neighborhood-based cultural events to
parks across Chicago. Eligible arts organizations and artists can apply at www.nightoutintheparks.com. Non-profit status is not a requirement for interested participants.
Performance Applications Open for DCASE Festivals
Applications are beginning to open for several 2017 DCASE festivals and events. Please check cityofchicago.org/dcase for more information.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602
CHICAGO BLACKHAWK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TEAMS UP WITH MB FINANCIAL PARK TO
PRESENT FIFTH ANNUAL “SKATE WITH THE GREATS” SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Current Chicago Blackhawk Duncan Keith and Legendary Chicago Blackhawk Alum Tony Esposito In Attendance, Among Others
Proceeds To Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
MB Financial Park at Rosemont has once again partnered with the
Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to present the fifth annual “Skate
with the Greats” Saturday, Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at MB Financial
Park at Rosemont. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald
House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).
“Skate with the Greats” will offer hockey fans the opportunity to meet current Chicago Blackhawk player Duncan Keith as well as legendary Chicago Blackhawk alumni including the great Tony Esposito,
who will be on-site at MB Financial Park signing autographs. Attendees
can also meet and skate amongst other Chicago Blackhawk alumni including
Murray Bannerman, Daniel Carcillo, Eric Daze, Ben Eager, Cliff Koroll,
Reggie Kerr, Steve Konroyd, Peter Marsh, Grant Mulvey, Troy Murray, Jack
O’Callahan, Phil Russell and Brent Sopel (players subject to change).
“The Village of Rosemont is thrilled to welcome “Skate with the Greats”
back to MB Financial Park in 2017,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens.
“The event is the perfect addition to the existing events and offerings
at FROZEMONT and we’re proud to kick off the New Year with an event
supporting such a great organization as Ronald McDonald House Charities
of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.”
“We are grateful to partner with the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni
Association once again for the “Skate with the Greats” event,” said
Holly Buckendahl, CEO of RMHC-CNI. “Their support helps provide hockey
fans of all ages with the fun and unique opportunity of meeting and
skating with beloved hockey players of past and present.”
Tickets to “Skate with the Greats” can be purchased online at www.RonaldHouseChicago.org/skatewiththegreats.
Adult tickets are available for $125 each and $75 tickets are available
for children ages 12 or younger. A special family four-pack of tickets
is available for $350, with each additional ticket available for $100.
Each ticket will provide attendees a 30-minute skating session on the MB
Financial Park ice rink. Tickets will also allow access to a 30-minute
autograph session at Kings Bowl. A silent auction, offering exclusive
items including Chicago Blackhawks memorabilia and experiences, will
also be offered at Kings. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
When ordering tickets, fans will be able to indicate their preferred
time frames for ice skating and autographs by selecting a session
number. Session number details can be found below. Each session is
limited to 125 registrants. “Skate with the Greats” overall attendance
is limited to 500 attendees. Guests may bring their own skates, but free
skate rentals will also be available at MB Financial Park.
In order to ensure participation from all event attendees, “Skate with
the Greats” guests are limited to one autograph and one photograph from
each legend and current Chicago Blackhawk player.
About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois: Rosemont,
Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is
conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes
from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Donald E. Stephens
Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, Allstate
Arena, Rosemont Theatre, Fashion Outlets of Chicago and a host of
entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve
based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. MB Financial Park
at Rosemont features an array of great dining and entertainment options.
For more information, visit www.Rosemont.com.
About The MB Financial Park at Rosemont: MB Financial
Park at Rosemont is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining
complex whose 13 venues offer upscale international cuisine, live music
and comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. Conveniently
located near O’Hare International Airport, MB Financial Park at Rosemont
is easily accessible from Chicago as well as the suburbs. The address
is 5501 Park Place, a new looping street situated west of River Road
between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues. A 20-minute drive from
Chicago’s Loop, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is walking distance from
the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont
station and Rosemont Theatre. Convenient parking is available. For more
information visit www.mbparkatrosemont.com.
tap is always flowing at Dovetail Brewery, and New Year's Eve is no
exception. Dovetail, an increasingly popular and critically-praised
Chicago-based brewer of authentic continental European style beers, will
stay open late and continue to pour beer in its taproom well into 2017,
until 1 a.m. Dovetail is located at 1800 W. Belle Plaine at North
Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood and there is no cover charge to get in.
Dovetail will have cold glasses of all their regular beer to help
you ringin the New Year. Right now, their golden Lager, yolky
Hefeweizen, smoky Rauchbier and robust Holiday Bock are featured on tap.
Come in, try one of these fresh, rich beers, or try all three. What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with a beer in your
hand AND your dog by your side? Dovetail's taproom is dog friendly, so
you don't have to worry about leaving your dog home alone. Now, you can
celebrate the New Year with the entire family!
Since Dovetail is
open late, swing by after dinner, bring your family, bring your
friends, bring your dog, and come thirsty. The New Year's Eve party at
Dovetail will be nothing but great beer and even better company.
About Dovetail Brewery Dovetail Brewery, located at 1800 W. Belle Plaine in Chicago,
Illinois, is a craft brewery owned by brewers Hagen Dost and Bill
Wesselink, specializing in delicious, balanced beers brewed using
traditional German and Belgian brewing methods. Signature beers include
unfiltered German-style lagers, traditional Hefeweizen, Rauchbier and
Lambic-style sour beers. Dovetail Brewery also produces a variety of
special seasonal beers. Taproom
hours are: Tuesday- 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Wednesday- 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.;
Thursday- 2 p.m. - 10 pm; Friday- 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday- 11 a.m. -
11 pm; Sunday- 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The 22,000-square foot brewing facility includes an attractive tap
room that is open to the public for drinking and retail sales. The tap
room and loft area are also available as a rental space for private
Dovetail Brewery delivers beer by the keg to venues near
the brewery and also to some select venues closer to the Loop. All bars,
taverns and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area that wish to
serve Dovetail beer on tap are welcome to pick up kegs, in two sizes, at
the brewery during normal business hours.
The 22,000 square foot brewing facility includes an attractive tap
room that is open to the public for drinking and retail sales. The tap
room is also available as a rental space for private events.
Brewery delivers beer by the keg to venues near the brewery and also to
some select venues closer to the Loop. All bars, taverns and
restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area that wish to serve Dovetail
beer on tap are welcome to pick up kegs, in two sizes, at the brewery
during normal business hours.
For more information about Dovetail Brewery, please visit the brewery's website at
http://dovetailbrewery.com, their newsroom at http://www.newsline360.com/dovetailbrewery
or contact Bill Wesselink or Hagen Dost by email. For information about
special promotions and private events, contact Adrianne Dost by email.
For additional information, call 773-683-1414.
Celebrate the Start of 2017 at Fork with a Special New Year's Eve 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu
you are looking for a great meal to enjoy as you ring in the New Year,
Fork (4600 N. Lincoln Ave) is the place to be. Under the leadership of
owners David and Paula Byers and Executive Chef Timothy Cottini, the
rustic gastro pub with a large craft brew selection and contemporary
American cuisine has become a food lover's mainstay in the Lincoln
For New Year's Eve, Fork will present a
special four-course Prixe Fixe menu ($70 per person with a $28 wine
pairing). Start off with the chef's Amuse with Endive, Red Pepper Goat
Cheese and Gremolata. Paired with the wine choice of Gruet's NV Blanc de
Blancs "Sauvage" from New Mexico, the night begins on a high note.
Move into the second course, for which there
are three options. The first choice is Gold Beet Carpaccio with Fourme
D'ambert, Pickled scallions, Arugula and Pink Radishes. Pair it with a
Jean de James wine, an NV Brut Rose from Crement de Bordeaux, France.
Another second course option is the Truffled Risotto with King Trumpet,
Shitake and Oyster Mushrooms and Truffle Burrata. This dish will be
paired with a glass of Ernest Meurgey-Perron's 2012 Pinot Noir from
Burgundy, France. The last option is the Lamb Confit with Whipped Sweet
Potato, Caramelized Parsnips, Roasted Grapes and Lamb Demi, paired with
Pierre Dupond's 2012 Cotes du Rhone "Chantenaire" from France.
There are four third course selections.
Option one is the Poached Dover Sole with Champagne Vanilla Sauce,
Fennel Braised Apple and Vanilla Leeks, paired with Eldos De Padrinan's
2014 Albarino Rias Baixas from Spain. The meat choice is an 8oz Dry Aged
New York Strip with Confit Fingerlings, Bone Marrow Flan,
Coriander-Orange Glazed Carrots and Bernaise. The steak will be
accompanied by Mount Veeder's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa,
California. The vegetarian entrée is a Red Cabbage Steak, Balsamic
Garlic Glaze, Sauteed Spinach and Fig Burrata, paired with a Los Cardos
2015 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The poultry selection is Pheasant
Crusted Breast, Braised Thigh, Gnocchi, Green Beans, Fig and Cherry
Demi, paired with a Graves 2009 Chateau Grand Abord from Bordeaux,
close out the evening, guests will be served a full spread of Chocolate
Éclair with Praline Cream, Dark Chocolate Truffles and White Chocolate
Mousse with Raspberry Jelly. A dessert wine will be brought out, a
Malvira 2014 Brachetto from Italy.
sampling Fork's special tasting New Year's Eve menu, your taste buds
will be sufficiently satiated and you will be ready to ring in the New
Fork, located at 4600 N. Lincoln Ave., is a
popular rustic gastro pub from owners David and Paula Byers and the very
talented Chef Tim Cottini. The restaurant emphasizes a craft brew and
wine flight menu plus cheese, charcuterie and farm-to-table American
eats. Chef Tim takes fresh, locally sourced ingredients and turns them
into easygoing comfort food. The standout fried chicken & waffle
with candied maple-pecan bacon was voted the best chicken & waffles
in Chicago by Thrillist.
is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5
p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar is
open until midnight weekdays and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. All major
cards are accepted; ample street parking is available. Fork also is
available for private events. For more information, please contact Fork
at (773) 751-1500. Visit the website at www.forkchicago.net.
Ring in 2017 at Knife with a Special New Year's Eve Tasting Menu
the start of 2017 at Knife Restaurant (4343 N. Lincoln Ave.;
773-799-8283), the enticing new steakhouse near Lincoln Square. Owners
David and Paula Byers, Executive Chef Tim Cottini and
mixologist/bartender extraordinaire Anthony Munger invites diners to
join them for a sophisticated, intimate New Year's Eve, when they will
present a special tasting menu in addition to the regular menu.
The tasting menu will consist of three
courses priced at $90 per person. Start off with the Chef Cottini's
chef's choice of appetizers: Beef Tartar with Bordeglaze, Apple and
Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms and Beef Fried Toasts. Another delicious
appetizer option is Lobster Thermidor. Last but not least, Celery Root
Risotto and Fresh Black Truffles is also an appetizer choice. Moving
into the entrée options, guests can choose one of three dishes: Winter
Vegetables, a study of the winter's bounty provided by local farmers;
Truffle Crusted, Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin; or the elegant Dover Sole
with Porcini Mushroom Mille Feuille. To close out the evening, guests
indulge in the Chocolate Mousse with Bittersweet Chocolate, White
Chocolate and Tart Cherries.
Knife Restaurant, which opened in October,
has quickly gained an enthusiastic following with its contemporary,
elevated interpretations of traditional steakhouse fare, exceptional
wine selections by the glass and bottle, and extraordinary cocktails.
The varied menu expands on Cottini's well-honed farm-to-table
philosophy, with in-house dry aged beef as its distinctive culinary
Knife, located at 4343 N. Lincoln Avenue in
Chicago, opening October 18, will be a new contemporary steakhouse from
David and Paula Byers and Chef Tim Cottini, the team behind the popular
Fork restaurant in Chicago's Lincoln Square. Knife is inspired by
traditional steakhouse food and beverages and gives them a modern
interpretation, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
will be open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through
Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday and
Monday. All major cards will be accepted; ample street parking is
available. Knife also will be available for private events. For more
information, please contact Knife at (773) 799-8283. Visit the website
Ring in the New Year with a Special New Year's Eve Prix-Fixe Menu at Ixcateco Grill
Ixcateco Grill (3402 W. Montrose, Chicago;
773-539-5887) is serving up an authentic Feliz Año Nuevo celebration
with new menu creations from Executive Chef/owner Anselmo Ramirez. The
special dishes all reflect the authentic Mexican flavor Ixcateco is
known and loved for but also contain new twists, much like the start of a
new year. The three course Prix-Fixe dinner menu is $65 per person plus
tax and tip.
your night with a choice of appetizers; Empanadas Vegetarians with
stuffed vegetables, goat cheese and smoked molcajete salsa, or Ensalada
de la Casa, a mixed green salad with
cherry tomatoes, almonds, cincho queso, crispy corn tortilla strips and a bright lemon dressing.
For entrees, choose between Salmon en Mole de Calabaza, wood grilled salmon with pumpkin squash mole, saffron rice and sa
utéed vegetables; Pozole de Camarones, wood grilled shrimp,
hominy stew, crab, cabbage, radishes and oregano; Puerco Estilo
Agostadero, wood grilled pork, mole agostadero, chunky garlic mashed
potato, dried fruit and sesame seeds; and Carne Asada, wood grilled
skirt steak, tomatillo salsa, black beans, plantains, sour cream and
cheese. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.
Save room for Ixcateco Grill's succulent
Tres Leches Cake. With a moist cake base, light whipped topping,
chocolate shavings and a sprig of mint, the cake is the perfect palate
cleanser between dinner and champagne.
Remember to bring your own bubbly as Ixcateco Grill is BYOB.
Year's Eve dining begins at 5:30 p.m. The last seating is at 10:30 p.m.
Call 773-539-5887 for a reservation or make it on-line at http://www.ixcatecogrill.com.
About Ixcateco Grill
Ixcateco Grill is an intimate casual Mexican
restaurant featuring authentically prepared dishes from the central and
southwestern regions of Mexico, by chef/owner Anselmo Ramirez. BYO is
encouraged. The restaurant is located at 3402 W. Montrose in Chicago's
Albany Park neighborhood. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on
Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Ample street
parking is available. All major cards are accepted. Reservations are
highly recommended. For reservations, please call the
restaurant at 773-539-5887. The website is www.ixcatecogrill.com. Follow Ixcateco Grill's news at http://www.newsline360.com/ixcatecogrill, Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ixcatecogrill, Twitter at http://www.twitter.corm/ixcatecogrill and Instagram at
Kick Off New Year's Eve Early with Prairie Grass Cafe
big plans for New Year's Eve? Come to Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie
Blvd., Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) early to start the night out right.
Continue the party with your friends later, but get the festivities
started with your family from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate New Year's Eve with Prairie Grass Cafe by
enjoying delicious food from its regular a la carte menu. From the Wild
Lake Superior Whitefish with Cauliflower Puree and Delicata Squash, to
the Crispy Half Boneless Chicken with Acorn Squash and Wild Rice, to
Chicago Magazine's #1 Sirloin Burger with Mild Amish Blue Cheese Topping
and Warm Beefsteak Tomato, the Prairie Grass menu never disappoints.
Come for the dinner, and stay for the
dessert. Treat yourself to one last indulgence in 2016 with a Prairie
Grass signature dessert, like the Warm Chocolate "Muk Muk" with Crème
Anglaise or the Sticky Toffee Date Cake served with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Pair your desserts with Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Forte.
you want to end your 2016 with a bang, there is no better way than to
start the evening at Prairie Grass Cafe. Don't wait, book your table
now! Call at 847-295-4433 or go to http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com to make reservations today.
About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL;
847-205-4433) supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable
farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season.
Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. and dinner Monday through Sunday. Dinner is served Tuesday -
Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to
10:30 p.m., and Monday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe
also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2
p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please
(847) 205-4433 or visit prairiegrasscafe.com. Follow Prairie Grass Cafe news at newsline360.com/prairiegrasscafe and on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrairieGrassCafe.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT 210 RESTAURANT & LIVE MUSIC LOUNGE
Join us for the ROLLOVER New Year's Eve Bash!
will be THE PLACE to party this New Year's Eve. Everything you could
possibly want to usher in the New Year will be right here: great food,
fabulous drinks, a great band, a high-spirited crowd, and the coolest
atmosphere this side of Chicago!
festivities begin at 9 p.m. and run until 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Louie Zagoras and ROLLOVER return to party and bring in the New Year.
Join us for a wonderful night of dining and festivities. Tickets are $20
and include a midnight champagne toast. Buy tickets
New Year's Eve Early Show with Piano Man Warren Beck
you prefer an earlier and more relaxed New Year's Eve celebration, 210
is still the place to be! Piano Man Warren Beck will be featured at the
210 New Year's Eve Early Show from 5-7:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy a
wonderful dinner menu from Chef Jeff Tomchek while you sing along with
one of Chicago's finest piano bar entertainers. Tickets for the Warren
Beck show are $10. Buy tickets here.
About 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge
210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge
, located at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood, Illinois, is a true
supper club where guests enjoy live music five nights a week and
delicious chef-driven dining. 210 is a community of musicians, food
enthusiasts, and neighbors-an inviting, comfortable and romantic
environment where singles, couples and families escape from their
everyday life to relax, enjoy and indulge. 210 Restaurant & Live
Music Lounge is open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday and
Sunday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday for live music and lunch.