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Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.


Markethouse – Supposed to be a mostly locally sustained menu. More updates as events warrant, as well as (we hope) a better Web site.

Naf Naf – Naperville gets what the owners bill as casual Israeli. We will forgo the easy joke about what happens if an uptight Palestinian walks in – as we have a strict policy about getting involved in holy wars.

Feast – The popular Bucktown spot opens up a new location in the Gold Coast (in the old Cru digs). Another spot is planned in Lincoln Square this summer. What will they do after that? Try to take over the world!


Zia – The New Mexican (as in the state, not recently prepared Mexican food) spot moves out to make room for the new Terragusto on Armitage. Guess we’ll have to find somewhere else to get our sopapilla fix.

Nicky’s – We’re pretty sure we’re talking about the Nicky’s Drive-Through on Roosevelt, but there’s so many damn Nicky’s restaurants on the south side, it’s hard to keep them straight.

Open (again):

Bleeding Heart Bakery – After some, uh, drainage problems last week, the popular bakery is back up and running – and offering a special "Kitchen Sink Cookie" (oatmeal with flax, dried fruits and chocolate) for $2.50.

God We Hope It Doesn’t Close:
Mr. BeefBank problems loom for the popular River North beef stand. I mean, an Italian beef is an Italian beef. But you gotta love the ambience of the place, as well as the history. C’mon, somebody’s gotta pony up to help these guys out. We got about a buck-fifty in our pockets to help the cause.

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.

Your first chance to dance

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Can't wait for the 8th Annual Chicago International Salsa Congress, February 12-15? You don't have to. The Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln) hosts a dance preview tonight. Salsa DJs will spin as a mix of Chicago troupes take the stage. The event will be capped by award-winning dancers Griselle Ponce and Andy Cruz headlining the performance. 8:30-10:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation. Get tickets here.

Griselle Ponce will make you sweat.

There's plenty more salsa to come in the days before the weekend-long extravaganza of performances and classes at the Westin O'Hare, including the Mambo Allstars at Rumba (351 W. Hubbard) on Friday and Coco Restaurant & Lounge (2732 W. Division) on Saturday.

Bike, dance and bowl on Friday

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What's cooler than cool? If you said ice cold, you'd be wrong. It's actually biking in Chicago during the winter. A big group of crazies will be hopping on their two-wheelers this Friday to ride from Daley Plaza (by the Picasso sculpture) all the way to Lincoln Square Lanes. Yup, it's the Critical Mass Polka Ride Party, and you can join up for free - or, if you value your appendages, you can just meet up with the bikers at the bowling alley for a few games and a whole lotta polka, courtesy of The Polkaholics.

The ride starts at 5:30 p.m.; the party's at 8.

polkapromoLR.jpgThe Polkaholics

Bryan Ekx spares a moment to note down a strike at Lincoln Square Lanes. (

1. Keeping your own score when you bowl at Lincoln Square Lanes.

2. Wondering if the location at 42n Latitude really is the absolute 42 degrees north latitude on the map.

3. The $5.50 matinees at the Davis Theater, which has Oscar-worthy movies without all the fuss.

What are your favorite three things about Lincoln Square?

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