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DINING NAHA moving, Lunchroom opens, 'March Madness'
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times...

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—NAHA, 500 N. Clark St., is moving after 18 years, serving its last meals there on Saturday, March 31. In a letter, Carrie and Michael Nahabedian said, in part, "It is time for a new home, a fresh start and feeling. A new restaurant project and a new opportunity to create more memories and experiences. Michael and I after much reflection, and with a new vision for the future, felt that we needed a change to continue growing. ... Details for the new restaurant are yet to come, and the nearby location and landmark space will be available soon. For now, we are savoring the last month in our home and remembering all the exceptional guests and staff who have made NAHA theirs, too."

—The Lunchroom, 70 W. Madison St., is now open for breakfast and lunch at 7 a.m.-2 p.m. inside the building lobby. Items include egg sandwiches, breakfast and lunch boxes, bakery items, mac 'n cheese dishes, sandwiches and salads. See .

—As the NCAA basketball tournament continues ( "March Madness" ), Oak Brook's Michael Jordan's Restaurant is offering specials. Through April 2, guests can wear their favorite collegiate jersey to the restaurant and receive free garlic bread for the table. Alsom there's a limited-edition Bracket Buster burger ( $18 ) through April 2; it includes crispy bacon, kettle chips, kosher pickles, two cheeses and homemade BBQ sauce, served with fries.

—Dog Haus, 2464 N. Lincoln Ave.— known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations—will officially celebrate the opening on Saturday, March 24, with a Free Haus Dog Day. Options include fan favorites like Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, avocado, tomato, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon-wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Chili Idol, an all-beef dog topped with haus chili, cheddar-cheese sauce and onions. Visit .

—Starting March 25, STK Chicago, 9 W. Kinzie St., is launching a monthly event called "Dare to Brunch." The Dare to Brunch menu highlights include Gold Leaf French Toast, Market Vegetable & Truffle Omelet, STK n' L'eggs and more. The monthly Sunday event will offer three seatings ( at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. ); reservations can be made at

—Old Grounds Social ( initially named FareGrounds ), 950 W Wrightwood Ave., is having its grand opening Thursday, March 29. Chef Jason Pasketwitz is leading the urban-casual menu include unique items like a Chicago style burger; think Chicago style hot dog, but in burger form. There will also be items like fish 'n chips, Neapolitan pizza, deli-style sandwiches and more. See .

—20 East, 20 E. Delaware Pl., will host "Eat, Drink, Learn Workshop at 20 East" on Friday, March 30, 6-8 p.m. There will be wine, French lessons from an instructor at the Alliance Francaise, and a demonstration from Chef Ariel about making a black sesame macaron with a chocolate caramel ganache. The $30 admission will cover small bites, two glasses of wine and a take-home portion of macarons; visit

—Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave., will have one of its rare brunch openings on Easter Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano, and Executive Chef and Top Chef Season 15 winner Joe Flamm have put together a four-course shared and individual brunch menu, inspired by the flavors and traditions of Sardinia. For $65 per person, guests will enjoy a frittata with asparagus, sausage and ricotta; culurgiones ( Sardinian ravioli ) with fava beans, pecorino and ricotta; choice of roasted lamb with fregola and roasted pepper pesto, or swordfish with fennel, carrots, blood orange, Castelvetrano olives and almond; and artichokes with fonduta and bottarga. The meal will conclude with the desserts known as seadas. RSVP at

—The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St. ( in the J.W. Marriott hotel ), will serve Easter brunch ( $75 per person and $25 per child age 12 and younger ) at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The restaurant will have antipasti such as a raw bar as well as meat and cheese; breakfast items such as almond brioche French toast, bagel and lox, and made-to-order omelets; and lunch offerings such as Italian cobb salad, fried chicken, housemade seasonal pasta and a carving station. The Florentine also will serve a la carte breakfast service from 6:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and regular dinner service from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Easter. Visit

—Benny's Chop House, 444 N. Wabash Ave., will offer lunch and dinner specials April 1 at 12-9 p.m. Highlights include 100% USDA Prime Traditional and dry-aged steaks, Japanese Tajima Kobe Beef Tenderloin, whole Dover sole and Alaskan king crab legs. There will also be a three-ounce USDA prime kid's filet and grilled cheddar cheese. Among the desserts will be hot cross buns, carrot cake, milk chocolate s'mores cheesecake and banana cream pie. See .

—City Mouse ( in the Ace Hotel at 311 N. Morgan St. ) will have Easter Sunday brunch on April 1 at 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Easter brunch will feature such specials as the lobster cakes florentine with soft-boiled eggs and creole mustard butter ( $18 ) and off-menu carrot cake old-fashioned doughnuts ( $4 ). Easter dinner follows from at 5:30-11 p.m., with signature menu favorites along with the special Cumin and chile-dusted lamb rack ( $25 ) with roasted spring radishes and green onions, and a carrot fudge cake ( $9 ) with macadamia nuts and carrot ice cream. See

—Eden, a West Lake District's destination for new American dining with Mediterranean touches located at 1748 W. Lake St., invites families for Easter Sunday Brunch. Chef/Partner Devon Quinn presents a brunch menu with items such as grilled skirt steak & eggs, quinoa cakes, housemade granola and grilled avocado eggs Benedict, and homemade sweets like biscuits with honey butter, and doughnuts. Drinks include Bloody Marys, mimosas and bellinis. See

—Italian spot 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., will be offering complimentary black truffle deviled eggs for guests this Easter Sunday, April 1. In addition to the deviled eggs, Executive Chef Luca Corazzina will be featuring fish and pasta specials all day. Reservations are encouraged but not required; visit

—Winnetka's Restaurant Michel, 64 Green Bay Rd., will serve Easter brunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ( There will also be dinner at 4-8 p.m. ) There will be duo of spring pea souffle & "cappuccino"; chilled jumbo lump crab and warm crab cake, roasted garlic and parsnip puree, sweet pea sauce; French rolled omelet with a selection of fillings, three strips of bacon, toasted brioche, crisp potato gateau; and chocolate dacquoise bombe with creme anglaise, among other offerings. Admission is $56 each ( and $28 for children under 10 ); call 847-441-3100.

—The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort has announced the return of its Easter brunch in the Grand Ballroom. On Sunday, April 1, two seatings ( 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ) will feature a chef-driven buffet, a petting zoo, a children's crafts area and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for the affair are at

—NoMI Kitchen at Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 N. Michigan Ave., will celebrate Easter with an all-day affair ( 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ). Ten stations will offer everything from breakfast and brunch favorites, to a carving station, to shellfish and sushi with dishes like roasted leg of lamb, grilled octopus soba, whole roasted chicken, duck confit salad and smoked cheddar cavatappi; there will also be an extensive selection of sweets from Jean Banchet-nominated Executive Pastry Chef Greg Mosko. The cost is $165/person; visit or call 312-335-1234.

—Celebrate a delicious Easter Sunday with family and friends at Northbrook's Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd. Easter Brunch, April 1, will be served buffet style at 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m; the price is $51 for adults and $18 for children 10 and younger. See .

—Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., will offer its new brunch menu 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1. Chef Ian Davis is featuring a variety of new sweet and savory brunch items, including osetra reserve caviar crepe cake ( smoked sturgeon, creme fraîche, cultured butter ), chicken & biscuits ( nori biscuit, sriracha aioli, tempura fried chicken ), Bohemian creme donut ( chocolate stout glaze, bohemian malted filling ) and the Foiesicle ( blackberry, white chocolate, chamomile, spruce ). Call 773-271-4710 or visit .

—River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., will serve Easter brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost $55/person, $18 for kids 5-12, and free for kids under 5. Items will include glazed ham with fruit gastrique; mashed potatoes with roasted garlic; charred cauliflower with lemon and parmesan; lLocal beets with candied pecans, goat cheese and balsamic; whole cedar-plank salmon; and key lime pie and mini-carrot cakes, among other items. RSVP at 312-822-0100.

—The Chicago Athletic Association hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave., will host "A Peter Cottontail Easter Affair" in its White City Ballroom on April 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. With a traditional culinary program from Executive Chef Christian Ragano and Banquet Chef Josh Miyake, menu items include omelets, cheese and charcuterie, smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail as well as a carving station and more brunch favorites. In addition to eats, guests can indulge in the bottomless Bloody Mary or mimosa bar. This brunch costs $100 per adult ( including a glass of rose ) and $45 per child ( complimentary for children under 5 ); see .

—This year for Easter, Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St., invites guests to a special Easter Brunch featuring Maple & Ash staples and a few surprises. There will be Executive Chef Danny Grant's slow-roasted lamb along with fire roasted seafood towers, chef-manned pancake stations, carving stations, an Easter sweets table and bottomless bubbles. Sunday Brunch at Maple & Ash is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Easter Brunch is priced at $90 per person, with the option to add unlimited bubbles for an additional $25. Call 312-944-8888 to RSVP.

—Bernie's Lunch & Supper, 660 N. Orleans St., will host its "Mixology Monday" event on Monday, April 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For $45 each, guests will be able to craft and enjoy three Tromba Tequila cocktails with the help of Bernie's bar manager and staff. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased online in advance at

—In celebration of Iceland's centennial, Iceland Naturally invites Chicagoans to Taste of Iceland. Returning for its third year, Taste of Iceland is back for eagerly awaiting locals with a four-day program throughout the city taking place Thursday, April 5-Sunday, April 8. Venues will include Baptiste & Bottle, The Dawson, Martrys, Marshall's Landing and even the movie venue The Music Box Theatre. See .

—Baconfest Chicago—a walk-around tasting event featuring creative bacon dishes from local chefs—will take place April 6-7 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Since 2009, Baconfest has raised more than $400,000 enabling partners like the Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute more than 1.2 million meals to hungry people in the area. Just a few of the restaurants that will be represented this year include Bar Roma, Candyality, Chop Shop, Wrigley BBQ, PR Italian Bistro, Old Town Social, fourteensixteen and Honey Butter Fried Chicken. See for tickets for more info.

—With an all-star cast of chefs who specialize in whole animal cooking paired with farmers responsibly raising heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 returns to Chicago on Sunday, April 8, 4-7:30 p.m. The all-inclusive feast hosted by the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave., will feature a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps. This year, competing chefs include Mario Garcia of Kitty O'Sheas, Cory Morris of Boleo at the Kimpton Gray Hotel, Ryan Burns of The Blanchard, Andres Padilla of Topolobampo and Carlos Gaytan of Mexique. For tickets ( $130-$200 each ), visit

—Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., will broadcast the Cubs home opener on Monday, April 9, at 1:20 p.m. Specials will include $5 Chicago beers ( local Chicago beer only ), $5 soft pretzels and a $6 corn dog with fries. For guests' sports viewing pleasure, there are 12 TVs including a 70-inch plasma.

—4 Star Restaurant Group will open its second Smoke Daddy restaurant at Hickory Street Capital's Hotel Zachary, 3630 N. Clark St., on Monday, April 9, to coincide with the Chicago Cubs home opener. The two-level restaurant includes a 1,500-square-foot terrace that allows guests to view all of the excitement at The Park at Wrigley. ( Some of the other eateries at the hotel will include Mordecai, Westtown Bakery + Tap, and Jeni's. )

—Kizuki, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., will offer 10 of its chicken wings for $10 for the Cubs opener. The housemade wings are marinated and crispy, and guests can choose from either a honey citrus or Tokyo buffalo sauce. The wings will be available for dine-in or delivery.

—Roanoke, 135 W. Madison St., will start its daily happy hour early beginning at 1:20 p.m. for the Chicago Cubs opener. The happy-hour menu is available in the bar area only until 6:30 p.m. Featured specials will include half-price select bottles of wine and a $16 premium beer and burger combo. The game will be shown on all five TVs in the bar area and 11 TVs in the upstairs lounge.

—The first-ever Halal lifestyle festival in America, "I Heart Halal," will showcase the range of contemporary U.S. halal at Navy Pier, Festival Hall A, Friday, April 13-15. This new three-day festival will provide a welcoming space for anyone interested in Halal living embraced by U.S. Muslim consumers. See .

—Signature '18 at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show—a modern take on the traditional keynote—welcomes 66th Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice for a discussion with National Restaurant Association President/CEO Dawn Sweeney. The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show runs May 19-22 at McCormick Place. For more information about this year's Show, visit

—Long Grove's Chocolate Fest will take place May 18-20 at 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove, Illinois. According to a press release, "While children roam the village in search of chocolate treasures during the famed Chocolate Scavenger Hunt, local vendors on cobble-stone streets wheel out chocolate-infused creations, everything from chocolate pudding pie pops to burgers lathered in BBQ chocolate sauce." See .

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