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Daily Deal$: Thursday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Chen's Mandarin Szechwan Cuisine
Half-price martinis

Gallery Cabaret
$1.50 drafts and $4 pitchers of Leinenkugel Red; $3 drafts and $10 pitchers of Stella Artois

Grand Central
$2 well drinks, $5 Crown & colas, half-price bottles of wine; half-price appetizers

Kasey's Tavern
$2.50 Miller products, $4 Long Islands

Lincoln Tap Room

$4 pints of Fat Tire, $2 cans of Hamm's and Strohs, $5 Absolut cocktails

From the Crumb

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Highlights from Centerstage Chicago's latest Crumb newsletter:

Just opened: Toasted Ox
A breath of fresh air on this busy Lincoln Park strip.

Off the Beaten Path: El Taco Veloz
A colorful décor highlights an even more colorful menu.

Weekly Treat: Buy American at Toon’s
All domestic bottles are just $2, and pints of 312 are only a buck more.

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Man We're Crazy About: Dine
Get ready for Restaurant Week at this West Loop favorite.

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Daily Deal$: Friday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted
$30 3-course prix fixe including martini, appetizer and entree

Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells
$5 Patron Silver shots

Hogs & Honeys, 901 W. Weed
$2 drafts, $3 Coronas, $5 flavored Smirnoff drinks; no cover all night for single ladies

Driftwood, 1021 W. Montrose
$2.50 Miller Lite

Clybar
, 2417 N. Clybourn
$6 bombs; 35-cent wings

Open and shuttered

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Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.

Open
Terragusto on Armitage – If you don’t think a restaurant making its pasta fresh every day makes a difference, you haven’t been to the original Terragusto on Addison. Seriously, go to either location if you haven’t already. It will change your notion of how pasta should be made. You can thank us later.

Pizza Fusion – This chain, which opens in Naperville, bills itself as an environmentally friendly pizza joint, all the way down to its hybrid delivery trucks. That’s all fine and dandy, just don’t skimp on the cheese and pepperoni.

Simone’s Bar – The bar is made out of an old bowling alley lane. No matter what else may come of this place, that one feature is pretty darn cool.

Chutney Joe’s – It’s traditional Indian fare served in convenient fast-food form. Now why didn’t we think of that?

Perry’s Deli on Maxwell Street – We love the original Perry’s, which is just a few blocks from the mothership. But we wonder how we always walk out of there having spent the high side of 11 bucks. We blame Bush and the economy.

Closed … for now

Bleeding Heart Bakery – Cupcake fans were no doubt surprised by the news that Bleeding Heart was shut down Monday by city inspectors. The owners state their case here, and promise to be open by the end of the week, and definitely for Valentine’s Day.

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Open … then Closed … then open again?
iCream – The revolutionary ice cream shop that makes its treats with some sort of molecular liquid hydrogen fusion process (we admit we were never science majors) was open for about an hour and a half last summer, but had to close down because of equipment problems (maybe they weren’t science majors either). Now they’re planning a mid-February re-opening in Wicker Park. We won’t hold our breath.

Check back here every Tuesday with more openings and closings (and snarky comments, of course). And be sure to check out Centerstage Chicago's list of new restaurants and bars.

From the Crumb

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Highlights from Centerstage Chicago's latest Crumb newsletter:

Just opened: Le Conakry
Go Guinean in Rogers Park.

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Off the Beaten Path: Café Borincuba
Sample classic Cuban comfort food done Chicago-style.

Weekly Treat: Wrightwood Tap’s Two-Dollar Tuesday
All domestic drafts and well drinks are just a Jefferson away.

Man We're Crazy About: Madame Tartine
Cheeky River North bistro specializing in accessible French fare.

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Daily Deal$: Sunday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

200 East Supper Club,
200 E. Chestnut
$21.95 four-course prix-fixe menu

Duchamp, 2118 N. Damen
Half-price bottles of wine

Scarlet, 3320 N. Halsted
$6 Effen

Side Street Saloon, 1456 W. George
$3.50 pizza, $5 mini corn dogs

">Tizi Melloul, 531 N. Wells
$25 package includes bottomless glass of wine, three appetizers and belly dancing shows at 7 and 8 p.m.

1. Eating a hearty Italian dinner at Pasta Bowl on Clark, then not even having to go outside to get to the Other Side, a rather raucous bar connected to the restaurant.

2. Knowing that the crust at Pequod's Pizza isn't burnt — it's caramelized, and that's what makes the pie one of the best deep-dish in the city.

3. The pond just south of Fullerton near the lake that you would swear was a nature preserve in the middle of the country and not 100 yards from Lake Shore Drive.

Scandinavian Beer

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By 4 p.m. today, you'll hopefully have gotten a serious amount of outdoor activity in, and will be ready for a beer. May we (and by we, we mean the TOC Blog) suggest a stop at the Local Option (1102 W. Webster)? That's where Ron Shelton of Shelton Brothers importers will be, offering samples of several Scandinavian beers, including Mikkeler and Nils Oscar. For $20, you'll get grilled thuringer sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut, plus tastes of all the new brews.

It may not be quite as cool as the bacon bra, but if you're looking for a way to combine meat and underwear, Isabella Fine Lingerie's "Beers, Brats and Bras" event could fit the bill. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today at 840 W. Armitage, guys can eat brats and drink beer while browsing for a Valentine's Day gift.

Not sure about your mate's bra size, and don't want to get caught snooping in her top drawer? Just ask Isabella's Boobologist, who can give you an accurate prediction just by looking at a picture. Where do you go to school for that?

Daily Deal$: Friday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge, 1324 N. Milwaukee
$30 small-plate trios from 6-7 p.m.

Crossroads Public House, 2630 N. Clark
$3 SoCo Lime, $5 Jager bombs, $20 all-you-can-drink-and-eat

Kendall's, 2263 N. Lincoln
$2.50 Dos Equis drafts, $4 Milagro shots, $5 Kilo Kai mixers

Sam's Grill, 416 N. Clark
Double hot dog, fries and a fountain drink for $6 (including tax)

Small Bar, 2956 N. Albany
$5 pints of Steigl


Recession busters!

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Want a way to save some money, but not sacrifice your precious party time? Head to MaxBar's weekly Friday night "F*ck the Recession" (their asterisk, not ours) party. The Lincoln Park club offers drinks for a buck all night, and their "famous" (their word, not ours) $500 money drop on the dance floor at midnight.

So, let's recap: Cheap drinks and free money on the dance floor? Partying was never so prosperous!

Daily Deal$: Wednesday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Cortland's Garage, 1645 W. Cortland
$3 Bud/Bud Light bottles, $4 premium and import beers, $5 Ketel vodka cocktails; ribs tonight only

Duffy's Tavern, 420 1/2 W. Diversey
$1 Bud Light drafts

Leg Room, 7 W. Division
Half-price house drinks and martinis; $50 off bubbly

Motel Bar, 600 W. Chicago
$4 Amstel Light & Heineken, $5 Stoli cocktails (it's also burlesque night)

Villains Bar & Grill, 649 S. Clark
$2 PBR drafts; 50-cent jumbo wings


Open and closed

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Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.

Open:

Tocco – The new buzz-word among Chicago pizza (where we’re inexplicably always trying to improve upon the already perfect deep dish) is “wood-burning oven” – as if that’s supposed to make the pizza that much better. That said, this place is like Follia (from the same owners) only slightly less, shall we say, wallet heavy.

Wings Around the World –The new incarnation of WATW (recently moved from its original Bronzeville location) boasts more than 50 different sauces from nearly a dozen countries, including the Canadian-inspired “maple twist.” So, I guess we can add that to the list of “Canada’s cultural contributions,” just above Celine Dion but still well below Slap Shot.

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Increase your cultural awareness at Wings Around the World.

35th Street Café – How did a place so classy get so close to the Cell? Just askin’ …

Faith & Whiskey – Ta’too, the bar that used to be housed here, was a really weird place. Faith & Whiskey has antlers for chandeliers and real motorcycles on top of the bathroom doors. So, there you go.

Closed:

Fajita Grill – The food was fine, but the real draw was having guacamole made right in front of you, to your specifications. Mmmm. Homemade guacamole.

DeLaCosta – It’s better this way: We never knew if it was one word or three, what to capitalize and whatnot. Yes, we know we’re dorks. But we’re editors. We worry about these things.

Mangino’s – Independently owned (and reasonably priced) lunch spots in the Loop are few and far between, and this was one of the better sandwich shops around. So, yeah, take your five dollars and go grab a crappy foot long at Subway. That’s exactly what the economy needs.

Check back here every Tuesday with more openings and closings (and snarky comments, of course). And be sure to check out Centerstage Chicago's list of new restaurants and bars.

Daily Deal$: Friday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Orbit Room, 2959 N. California
$8 fish and chips, $4 Beamish

Drum & Monkey, 1435 W. Taylor
$4 drafts of Blue Moon, $3 SoCo Lime shots

Crew, 4804 N. Broadway
$3.50 pints of Goose Island Honkers, $2 cans of PBR, $9.50 fish tacos (with choice of side)

Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland
$4.50 sampler platter, $3.50 Corona

Black Duck Tavern, 1800 N. Halsted
$3 drafts of Goose Island beer

Daily Deal$: Thursday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Paddy Long's, 1028 W. Diversey
$3.50 bottles of Corona or Pacifico, $5 jumbo Smirnoffs, $3 Jager shots

Beachwood Inn, 1415 N. Wood
$2.50 Leinenkugel

WestEnd Bar & Grill
, 1326 W. Madison
$10 pizza with unlimited toppings, $15 buckets of Goose Island

Joe E's Unforgettable Lounge, 4206 W. Irving Park
$3 32-ounce Miller High Life

Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron
$8.95 tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas, $7.95 champagne, cocktails, and wine


Photo from 312 Dining Diva.

The 312 Dining Diva got a look inside Lincoln Park's newest lounge, Faith & Whiskey, 1365 W. Fullerton, scheduled to open on Friday (grand-opening party is set for Feb. 12).

Says the Diva: "The laid-back and budget-conscious bar — with an imposing tattooed wall logo, antler light fixtures, encased guitars behind the bar and dark, narrow edges similar to Angels & Kings — is a far cry from owner Hunter Cannon's glamorous West Loop spot Bon V, which is known for hosting celebrity events, including the wrap party for 'Public Enemies' last summer."

1. A Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts
Noon-10 p.m. Sunday at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater; free until 6 p.m. (7 p.m. discussion costs $15)
This day-long event showcases all aspects of Chicago's hip-hop culture, from music (performances from DJs Itch13 and Issues, and an open-mic showcase featuring Idris Goodwin and Poetry Slam champ Roger Bonair-Agrad) to art (Revise CMW will create a live mural, and there will be a gallery exhibition with works for sale from local artists) to politics (the day closes with a 7 p.m. ticketed discussion featuring William "Upski" Wimsatt, former graffiti artists and author of Bomb the Suburbs).

2. 23rd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at Pegasus Players; $12
When it comes to new work and new playwrights, Pegasus has the newest. Now in its 23rd year, the Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide, school-based program that takes hundreds of high-school kids and causes them to create hundreds of scripts. Four are selected by judges, and are performed by Pegasus actors. Sure, the work tends to smell of adolescence, but unlike a lot of playwrights out there, these kids have an iron-clad excuse. Show up to see bright young minds, slightly older theater artists helping them along and audience members supporting an amazing educational program.

3. Disco Biscuits, RJD2, Prefuse 73
8 p.m. Saturday at the Congress Theater; $25-$49.50
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The anti-Super Bowl dinner

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For those who don’t plan on watching the Super Bowl next Sunday (you know who you are, both of you) Geja’s Café is the place to be. The upscale-ish Lincoln Park fondue spot is offering a special TV-less buy-one-get-one-free Premiere Dinner on Feb. 1 (Super Bowl Sunday) and Feb. 2. That’s quite a deal when you consider Geja’s 20 or so fondue dinner combinations, which range in price from around $30-$50.

And really, if you’re a Bears fan, football season ended weeks ago anyway.

To make reservations, call (773) 281-9101 or visit Geja’s website. And if you’re one of the 800 billion people planning on watching the big game, check out places to watch here, and tips for throwing your party here.

Terragusto times two

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According to our friends at Thrillist, come Friday, you won't have to trek it out to Roscoe Village to get your fix of freshly made pasta. That's when Terragusto, known for its delicious carbs and extended pre-meal spiels, opens a second location in Lincoln Park at 340 W. Armitage. Expect many of the same offerings, with added benefits like a short list of beer, wine and signature cocktails (it's also BYOB, don't worry) and seasonal outdoor seating. "Pope's hats" alfresco? We're so there.

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When the cabin fever gets to you — remember the Jimmy Buffett song about shooting holes in his freezer? — there are few places to go more invigorating than the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It's warm, humid and stuffed full of blooming flowers.

For another month, it's also blooming with intriguing sounds. According to this article in Time Out Chicago, the conservatory's fern room now features (through Feb. 28) a project called Florasonic, "an unusual series of art installations coordinated by the Edgewater-based Experimental Sound Studio (ESS). The latest Florasonic project, Baltimore-based artist Jenny Gräf Sheppard’s 'Osmosymbiotic Echo,' fills the Fern Room with recorded birdsongs, electronic sounds and ultrasonic noises that only birds and insects can hear."

Take off the coat, stay a while. Wander, smell — and listen!

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