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Celebrate National Queso Day at Cantina Laredo

Grab a Chip and Dip Into a Complimentary Dish

​Saturday, February 10​
​11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Grab a chip and let’s dip! Cantina Laredo, located in the heart of River North, will pay homage to National Queso Day with complimentary Mexican cheese dip on Saturday, February 10.

With the purchase of any two 
brunch, lunch or dinner ​entrees, dining guests may enjoy a free bowl of Queso Laredo, featuring warm queso with seasoned ground sirloin and pico de gallo (regularly $9.99). 

Pair your modern Mexican fare with a refreshing margarita, mojito, cerveza and more from Cantina Laredo’s extensive bar menu. Executive Chef Damon Workman’s menus may be viewed here. For table reservations, call 312-955-0013 or visit​.​

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654


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New Cocktails Prepared Tableside at III Forks

Mixed, Shaken and Served at Your Seat
III Forks Prime Steakhouse in Lakeshore East has unveiled three new cocktails, prepared and served tableside. The Stirred Martini (Nolet’s gin, dry vermouth, 1888 hand-pressed olive juice); Old Fashioned (Maker’s Mark bourbon, Angostura bitters, Luxardo maraschino cherry, fresh orange wedge); and Hanky Panky (Nolet’s gin, Fernet-Branca, sweet vermouth) arrive at the table with ingredients, glassware and garnishes served to order. The “dinner and a show” cocktails, available for a limited time, are $12 each.
Pair your interactive cocktails with Chef Hans Aeschbacher’s menu, featuring Certified Angus Beef Prime 42 Day Age cuts, USDA prime steaks, Durham Ranch Wagyu by the Strube Family, incredibly fresh seafood and local favorites. For table reservations, call 312.938.4303 or visit

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January 18, 2018 · 6:39 pm

Valentine’s Day Dining at Cantina Laredo

Prix Fixe Menu with Optional Cocktail Pairings

Friday, February 9 – Wednesday, February 14

Spice up your Valentine‘s Day dinner date with Cantina Laredo‘s modern Mexican cuisine. The River North restaurant will offer a three course, $35 prix fixe menu from Friday, February 9 to Wednesday, February 14. Chef Cruz Almanza’s selections (outlined below) include mango salad, chicken and vegetable soup, sautéed shrimp with spicy mango mole, roasted half chicken, peppercorn filet mignon, mixed berries with tequila cream, and churros with a duo of dipping sauces. Cocktail pairings may be added for an additional $15.

Cantina Laredo’s regular dinner, lunch and brunch menus will also be available. For table reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit

Valentine‘s Day Menu
three courses $35; cocktail pairings $15

choice of:

Field greens with mango, mint, jicama, red grapes, spicy pepitas, queso fresco and honey vinaigrette
Creamy vegetable soup with chicken, topped with tortilla strips and queso fresco


SKYY Infusions Blood Orange vodka, fresh strawberries, basil and lemon juice, topped with soda

choice of:

Sautéed shrimp with spicy mango mole sauce, rice and whipped sweet potatoes

Roasted half chicken with grilled street corn and black beans

7 oz. Certified Angus Beef filet mignon topped with black peppercorn dijon sauce, potato confit and green beans

choice of:

Fresh mixed berries with Don Julia Tequila cream

With raspberry chocolate sauce and creamy mango sauce to dip

Cocktail Pairing:
Corazon Anejo, Bailey’s and coffee

Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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“Skinny Sips” at Cantina Laredo

Resolution Friendly, Lower Calorie Cocktails

Cantina Laredo has unveiled new lowcal cocktails for the new year. The modern Mexican restaurant and lounge, located in the heart of River North, now offers three ways to imbibe while watching your waistline (each drink is 125 calories or less). Skinny Sips may be enjoyed with lunch, dinner, brunch or simply lounging with libations.

“Skinny Sips”

Strawberry Blood Orange Smash – SKYY Infusions Blood Orange vodka, fresh strawberries, basil and lemon juice, topped with soda. 120 calories, $8.75

Hornitos Skinny ‘Rita – Hornitos Plata tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar sweetener, topped with soda. 124 calories, $8.75

Skinny Raspberry ‘Rita – Hornitos Plata tequila, fresh lime juice, raspberry and triple sec, topped with soda. 109 calories, $9

Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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“Bites at Night” Starts in December

New Hours and Late Night Dining at Bites Asian Kitchen and Bar

​​Bites Asian Kitchen and Bar, located on Clark Street in the heart of Wrigleyville, has unveiled new hours that include late night dining. Chef Derek Intapura will offer a special “Bites At Night” Asian fusion menu featuring small bites (fried silkworms; taro fries; salmon ceviche; emerald gyoza; wings with sticky rice; duck leg; basil cream mussels), handhelds (Mongolian beef burger; fried lane snapper with gren mango slaw), sliders (beef teriyaki; sloppy joe; soft shell crab), bao buns (BBQ pork; roast duck; avocado tempura), big bites (fish and chips; Singapore noodles), fried rice (squid ink; Chinese sausage; veggie), ramen (cream tonkotsu; shiitake shoyu; five spice duck) and sweets (blueberry yuzu cheesecake; Saigon tiramisu; Pandan tres leches; banana wontons; cookie dough chopsticks) from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The menu may be viewed
​Starting December 1, Bites will remain open until 2 a.m./3 a.m. The new hours are: Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 4 pm.-2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 1:30 a.m.); Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. (kitchen closes at 1:30 a.m.); and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bites is located at 3313 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657. Table reservations may be made by calling 773-270-5972 or by visiting Bites


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Holiday Tamale Trays at Cantina Laredo

Spice Up Your Seasonal Soiree with a Traditional Mexican Meal 

Heading to, or hosting a holiday party this season? Wow the crowd with a traditional Mexican dish from Cantina Laredo in River North. Now through Christmas Eve, Cantina Laredo offers housemade holiday tamales to go, filled with your choice of seasoned chicken or beef, for $16.95 per dozen.

Orders must be placed at least six hours in advance, and will be available for pick-up through Thursday, December 24. On-site catering options are also available. To place an order, call Cantina Laredo at 312-955-0014.

Holiday Tamales
$16.95 per dozen

Beef Tamale
Spiced shredded beef wrapped in corn masa served with a mild chili sauce

Chicken Tamale
Chicken simmered in a spiced verde sauce wrapped in corn masa and served with a tomatillo sauce

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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Cocktail Class at Koi

Mingle, Mix Drinks and Sip Samples

Thursday, November 9
​6:30-8:30 p.m.

Class is in session! Koi Fine Asian Cuisine in downtown Evanston will hold a handcrafted cocktail class in their lounge on Thursday, November 9. Participating guests will learn how to create six libations (detailed below) while enjoying small plates, such as spring rolls, crab rangoon and sushi. The fee to participate is $25. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Cocktail Class Menu

Whiskey Berry – house whiskey, raspberry puree, Chambord, fresh mint leaves

Koi Sunrise – Kai lemongrass, ginger Soju, aperol, peach puree, orange juice 

Cucumber Elixir – muddled cucumber, Absolut Elixir, St. Germain, lemon juice, simple syrup

Asian Mojito – muddled lime, mint leaves, light rum, house cold sake, mint syrup, ginger syrup, soda

Dragon Mai Tai – Bacardi Dragonberry, Bacardi O, triple sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, Myers rum

Dragonfly – vodka, pineapple juice, ginger syrup, lime juice, grenadine float

624 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201

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Halloween Celebration at Artango

Brazilian Carnaval with Costume Contest and More
Saturday, October 28
4 p.m -1 a.m.
Artango in Lincoln Square will get into the Halloween “spirit” with a Brazilian Carnaval celebration on Saturday, October 28. From 8-10:30 p.m., a Brazilian jazz trio led by musician Luciano Antonio will perform live Bossa Nova/Samba (no cover). A costume contest will take place at 9 p.m., with prizes for the top three guests ($100 dining gift card for first place; bottle of wine for second place; two glasses of champagne for third place).  
In addition to a lengthy list of Latin libations, a special cocktail, La Bruja (the witch) made with rum, ginger liqueur, spices and garnished with grilled orange will be offered for $10. Pair your cocktails with Chef Saul Hernandez’s Argentine menu, featuring small plates (empanadas; ceviche; beef carpaccio; caprese salad), entrees (lamb chops; grilled chicken; house made ravioli), and gaucho-style grilled steaks (prime spiral cut rib-eye; tender filet mignon; prime new york strip; prime center cut aged skirt steak). The complete menu may be viewed here.  
For table reservations, visit or call 872-208-7441.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse
4767 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625


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Halloween Cocktail at Cantina Laredo

Celebrate All Hallows Eve and Day of the Dead with an El Diablo 

Saturday, October 28 – Thursday, November 2

Cantina Laredo in River North will celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with a spooky Latin libation. The “El Diablo” cocktail, made with Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Crème de Cassis, agave nectar, mole, Angostura bitters, fresh lime juice and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, will be available for $6 from October 28 to November 2 (regularly $12).

Pair your devilish drink with Cantina Laredo’s modern Mexican fare crafted by Chef Cruz Almanza. Head over for happy hour on weekdays to enjoy discounted small plates in the lounge, Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The complete lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus may be viewed here. Cantina Laredo is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cantina Laredo

508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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III Forks Features Classic Coupe Cocktails

III Forks Features Classic Coupe Cocktails

Sip Traditional Libations in Retro Stemware 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse has unveiled three classic cocktails, offered for a limited time. The South Side, Hemingway Daiquiri and Sidecar (detailed below) are served in coupe stemware, now making a comeback among cocktail enthusiasts.

III Forks is open Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Happy Hour selections include $1 oysters, $9 III Forks Certified Angus Burgers and more, available Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations, call 312-938-4303 or visit

Coupe Cocktails

South Side

The Botanist Gin, fresh lime juice, fresh mint leaves, simple syrup $12

Hemingway Daiquiri
Bacardi Superior Rum, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, and a Luxardo cherry $12

Rémy Martin VSOP, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, and fresh lemon juice $13

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601

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