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“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

Driving along Montrose Avenue, one sees many types of signage along the way. If you start at the Lake, heading west, you will see many ethnic signs (mostly Spanish) and then, when you hit Western Avenue, you begin to see one of Chicago’s truly changing areas. Yes, you [Read More]

Whatever became of “the Fatman” in Lake Bluff? Want to bet?

Whatever became of “the Fatman” in Lake Bluff? Want to bet?

Recommended *** Driving to Lamb’s Farm in Libertyville or just to the “toll-Road”, or for you Harley fans on Route 176, you always saw the “Fatman” sign. A bowling center that is now just a memory. What happens to a building that housed 16 [Read More]

La Scarola- “real” Italian dining

La Scarola- “real” Italian dining

For year, I have driven down Grand Avenue, near Milwaukee Avenue/Halsted and never noticed that there was a restaurant near the corner of Grand and the other streets- 721 to be exact. The restaurant is named La Scarola and has been there for over 20 years. Amazing! How [Read More]

EscapeHouse/SafeHouse- Chicago Style

EscapeHouse/SafeHouse- Chicago Style

What a night! We had heard about the “EscapeRoom” adventures, several times, and decided it was time to test our skills. The Original Safe House from Milwaukee (circa 1966) has made the trek to Chicago for more adventure, adding the EscapeRoom as well. They [Read More]

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille- Oak Brook

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille- Oak Brook

When we check out a dining spot, our normal system is to have four people, allowing us to order several differnet appetizers, entrees and sides (as well as desserts). That has been our modus operandi for years. Tonight, we were asked to come to Oakbrook Center to a Texas [Read More]

“Hoots” Hooters for the family

“Hoots” Hooters for the family

I have only been to Hooters once. It was with a group of guys who were in town and only wanted to taste the wings, while enjoying the view. I love a good “wing”. Years ago, my son worked at a place in Mundelein that was known for Buffalo Wings, and every night [Read More]

210 In Highwood- revisited

210 In Highwood- revisited

Recommended *** I guess one could say, “still” as part of this rating, but I will tell you that now that 210 has been running for a while. it is not the quiet little spot in Highwood that it was last Summer. First of all, as I had mentioned back then, they have [Read More]

Getting to one’s “Grassroots”

Getting to one’s “Grassroots”

The Mercury Theatre is one of my favorite local venues. Over the years, I had only dined in the adjacent Deleece’s a few times, but now that John and Lynne have changed the restaurant to a “farm to table”, and after tasting a few of their items, we came in [Read More]

Francesca’s North- Italian dining on The North Shore

Francesca’s North- Italian dining on The North Shore

Highly Recommended **** Over the years, I have dined in some of the Chicago area restaurants under the banner Mia Francesca. Most notable, the original (or as one might refer, the flagship) in the Wrigleyville area, and of course, the Taylor Street location. While it has [Read More]

Division Street meets Highwood

Division Street meets Highwood

Most Chicagoans know that if they desire Puerto Rican cuisine, Division Street is where they should head. Once you drive between the metal flags flying over that street, west of Western Avenue and east of California, you are in what is termed “Little Puerto [Read More]

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“Spamilton”  An American Parody

“Spamilton” An American Parody

Recommended *** Back in time, theater-lovers watched parodies of their favorite Broadway shows in an intimate setting, [Read More]

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** I loved The Artistic Home’s production of “The School for Lies”, a modern satire done in [Read More]

“The Tin Woman”

“The Tin Woman”

Highly Recommended *****  Many of us take the ride to Munster ( just a hop, skip and jump from the “loop” [Read More]

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

Driving along Montrose Avenue, one sees many types of signage along the way. If you start at the Lake, heading west, [Read More]

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** Pride Films and Plays production of “The Nance” takes us into the naughty world of burlesque in [Read More]

“Beauty’s Daughter”

“Beauty’s Daughter”

    Highly Recommended **** For over 30 years, American Blues Theater Company has been bringing stories of [Read More]

“My Son The Waiter : A Jewish Tragedy”

“My Son The Waiter : A Jewish Tragedy”

HEEEE’s BACK! Brad Zimmerman is back in the Chicago area doing his thing . . telling his story! As someone who [Read More]