Monday, June 16, 2008

Back in action


Joe Segal's legendary Jazz Showcase settles into its new South Loop home, and Metromix has the first review.

Daddy Day for Obama


Where did presidential hopeful and our very own rock star Senator Barack Obama chow down on Father's Day after he gave an uplifting speech at a South Side church?!

An Ultimate Insider tells 312 Dining Diva that Obama and family opted for Asian in the form of Roy's in River North.

That Obama. Always on the cutting edge. Brunch service at Roy's is brand new, and for more on the Hawaiian-inflected menu, check out this review from Gaper's Block. Chef/partner Kevin Dusinki highly recommends the Loco Moco, a traditionally Hawaiian breakfast item with a "tower of beef, fried rice, and eggs with a penthouse suite of crispy frisee of sweet potatoes." Oh, and don't forget the "bottomless" Mimosas!

Over 30 singles scenes


People are always asking me about where they should go when they're single and over 30.

Chicago Citysearch answers the question with the results of its latest poll, which includes such local faves as English, SushiSamba Rio and, of course, Tavern on Rush.

For the love of Rosé, Roots and more . . .


Oh, what a fabulous day you'll have if you attend one of these events:

Bistro 110's mega-popular Sommelier for a Day returns, this time paying homage to the rosé. Ahhh, that's right, they're sampling more than 20 wines for guests to pick the very best for the restaurant to add to its summer wine list. Event also includes appetizers created by executive chef Dominique Tougne. 6-8pm. $35 for Levy Preferred members; $45 for everyone else.

Wine lovers can also take A Tour de France Through Wine at
Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park. You'll get to sip a variety of more than 25 French wines with appetizers in the outdoor cafe. 6-8pm. $25.

Crust offers one of the most welcoming, coziest patios in the city, and guests can enjoy their specialty organic flatbread pizzas, salads and sandwiches out there. Every Monday, diners pay half price on bottles and glasses of wine.

Tonight is the debut of Havana Club at Juicy Wine Co., with budget-friendly cocktails and cuisine. For only $5 each, guests get mojitos and Cubano sandwiches (made with roasted pork, pickles and gooey cheese trapped in a roll and pressed thin). DJ Madrid spins Cuban-influenced music to set the mood. 7pm-2am Mondays. Free admission.

And the Boom Boom Room—the city's longest-running nightlife event—gets in a New York state of mind by hosting one of the Big Apple's hottest parties. The Roots, which happens every week at Cielo NYC, invades Green Dolphin Street with famed mixmasters Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge. This is the first time this exciting event has ever traveled, so make it a point to be there. 9pm-4am. Comp admission before 10pm. Get on the list at