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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

Food with Integrity

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We recently had a chance to sit down with some of the marketing folks and a chef/guacamole mixologist at Chipotle so they could give us and other media-blogger-types their schpiel on their “Food with Integrity” program. They told us about their farm-raised this, organic that, yada yada and get a free burrito – and, being the connoisseurs that we are, we will sit through just about anything for a free burrito. We had heard some of it before – the organic vegetables, the farm-raised meat – but there were a few interesting points.

The chain has started a new program with all of its Loop locations (and they’re hoping to expand as much as possible) to send all leftovers at the end of the night to Pacific Garden Mission, a south side homeless shelter. How cool is that? And, really, how hard would it be for other restaurants to do this? Here’s hoping a trend is started to help give back to those who need it most.

Chipotle is seeking LEED certification for many of its new restaurants, which would make it among the first in the country to do so.

They’ve put a huge stress on local farming for all their area restaurants. The goal is to be 100 percent local in the future. Go Illinois!

Did you know Chipotle accounts for 4 percent of the total guacamole production in the entire county? Up to 60 avocadoes go into each batch of their savory guac.

Most importantly to anyone dining, they make a mean burrito. If you thought they were good before, you should try ‘em when they’re free. Check out their Chicago locations, including the newest one in Logan Square.

Think Valentine's Day is a silly, manufactured holiday? It's probably the least ridiculous day of a month which also includes Plum Pudding Day (February 12), International World Thinking Day (February 22) and Public Sleeping Day (February 28). That's a lot of presents.

We were getting pretty tired of every day in the calendar having to commemorate something, but that was before we heard of the deals going on today for National Pizza Pie Day. Promotions like free slices at Frasca (4:30-7 p.m.) and a buy-one-get-one-free pie special at Dunlays on the Square sure got us in a celebratory mood.

If you can't make it to one of these spots, at least stop into your local parlor to celebrate with a slice or two. Just don't be surprised if your holiday greeting is met with a blank stare.

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Frasca's pepperoni pizza tastes even better when it's free.

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


From the Crumb

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Highlights from Centerstage Chicago's latest Crumb newsletter:

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Just opened: Trader Vic’s
The birthplace of the Mai Tai finds a new home.

Off the Beaten Path: Tannourine
The best baklava on Kedzie Avenue.

Weekly Treat: Shot and a Beer at Bill’s Blues Bar
Get $2 PBR cans and $3 Jager shots every day at this Evanston music joint.

Man We're Crazy About: Theory
Sports rule at this classy River North hangout.

For more about what's going on this week, sign up for the Crumb newsletter.

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Dunlays on the Square is offering a Super Bowl party any Pittsburgh Steelers fan couldn’t resist. The Logan Square bar (owned by Pittsburgh natives) is serving up a special Steelers-centric brunch menu for its Super Bowl party on Sunday, including Roethlisbergers (named after the Steelers QB, $9), Larry “Foote” Long hot dogs ($7) and Polamalu's Pulled Pork Fries ($9), starting at 10:30 Sunday morning. The bar will also serve $2 Iron City beers (Pittsburgh brewery).

Needless to say, if you’re an Arizona Cardinals fan (and we’re not sure if there even is such a thing) this is probably not your kind of party. And if you have no idea what we're talking about, maybe you'll want to head here instead.

Check out our picks for other Super Bowl parties around town, and some tips if you’re throwing the party at your place.

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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Q. Where can I go to both use and kill brain cells simultaneously?

A. "Trivia Thursdays" at the Silver Cloud Bar & Grill in Bucktown — a weekly trivia contest at this retro bar. The jeopardy begins at 10 p.m. The winning team gets a $50 gift certificate to the bar. Good details here.

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