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Club Lucky on NYE; Zealous is closing
Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—Traditional Italian restaurant Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia Ave., is hosting its 22nd Annual New Year's Eve. Final seating will include live music by The Downtown Charlie Brown Blues Band; hats, noisemakers and streamers for each guest; and one bottle of champagne per couple. Paying the $30 beforehand guarantees seating; call 773-227-2300 or visit .

—Zealous, 419 W. Superior St., will end its run of almost two decades New Year's Eve, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It is with a heavy heart," chef Michael Taus emailed, "that I announce Zealous Restaurant has decided not to [sign] a new lease which would increase [rent] three-fold." Taus hinted that he may start a new restaurant after a hiatus. A Windy City Times review of the restaurant is at

—Grace has opened at 652 W. Randolph St. Menus are divided into "flora" and "fauna," with dishes such as the Buddha's Hand (with osetra caviar, kumquat jam and chive blossom) and Scottish salmon (with crispy red cabbage, citrus pudding and marigold). The restaurant offers two eight-12-course chef's tasting menus, one of which highlights vegetables, though it's not entirely vegetarian. See .

—The restaurant 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey Pkwy., is hosting beverage dinners on Jan. 18 and 25. The first ($70) will feature Greek wines while the second ($50) will showcase seasonal brews by Chicago's Revolution Brewing. Each dinner begins at 7 p.m.; the Jan. 18 dinner will feature food such as whitefish, sweetbreads and olive oil cake while the Jan. 25 event will have bay scallops, braised goat and caramel-apple upside-down cake, among other things. Call 773-234-2320.

—Sisters Carol Himmel and Diana Himmel—Krewer, are opening Himmel's, a European-style eatery in the heart of Lincoln Square at 2251 W. Lawrence Ave., on Jan. 1. Revamping Pizza D.O.C., the menu will continue to have pizzas and pasta dishes; however, it will also include bone-in-ribeye, pork shank, half-roasted chicken, pork schnitzel and other items. See .

—The Oakbrook Terrace location of Ditka's Restaurant will have a three-course New Year's Eve dinner for two ($99, not including beverages, tax or gratuity) that includes crab bisque or Caesar salad; "Da Pork Chop," filet mignon, prime rib or Tasmanian king salmon; and ice cream, flourless chocolate cake or key lime "icebox" pie. See .

—VIP tickets are available for Baconfest 2013, which will take place April 20 at the UIC Forum. The passes are $200, and are non-refundable and non-transferrable. At least 50 exhibiting chefs are slated to attend each of the fest's two sessions; there will also be bacon entrepreneurs, bacon-loving brands and liquor sponsors. See

—Chef Luca Corazzina of 312, 136 N. LaSalle St., is offering classes on Saturdays, 12-2 p.m., for $45 each. The Jan. 12 class is "Art of Pasta," while "Carnevale de Venezia" is Feb. 9 and "Art of the Fish" takes place March 9. Email or call 312-696-2420.

—Chicagoans are invited to give the gift of Gibsons signature steaks this holiday season. For $299, customers will receive four (22-ounce) W.R.'s Chicago Cut bone-in ribeyes with a bottle of Gibsons Seasoning Salt. Steaks are delivered uncooked, and the price includes overnight shipping to anywhere in the continental United States. See

—Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., is offering 10 percent off all carryout orders Sunday through Thursday during January. Chicago q offers delivery options available through for a la carte and catering orders; the minimum purchase requirement is $15. Call 312-642-1160.

—Bottleneck Management—which oversees the operation of eateries such as The Boundary (1932 W. Division St.), Old Town Pour House (1419 N. Wells St.), South Branch (100 S. Wacker Dr.), and Sweetwater Tavern and Grille (225 N. Michigan Ave.)—is offering "Naughty vs. Nice" holiday beer menus. Among the "nice" beers (under 7 percent alcohol by volume) are Bell's Winter White Ale and Shiner Holiday Cheer while Sam Adams Merry Mischief and Lagunitas Brown Shugga are just a couple of the "naughty" items (more than 7 percent alcohol by volume).

—Ceres' Table, 4882 N. Clark St., is having a five-course tasting menu for New Years' Eve. Among the offerings are Jonah crab salad with celery root remoulade, creme fraiche, salmon pearls and American caviar; and Maine lobster ravioli, tomatoes, leeks, fennel and a lobster-cream sauce. (A three-course menu is available until 7 p.m.) See .

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