Monday, July 26, 2010

STAGE BITES: The Weekly Dining & Drinking Guide

Rashada Dawan (left), Brandon Chandler and Adrianna Parson in Bailiwick Chicago's "Aida."

Every Monday look for the week's top performances paired with the best deals before and after the show:

Aida at American Theatre Company. Bailiwick Chicago's highly regarded rendition of Elton John and Tim Rice's mesmerizing musical of star-crossed lovers. Through Aug. 1 (8pm Thursday, Friday; 3-8pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday). Get tickets here.

Flooding Shutters Logan Square Hot Spots

(Photo: Lula Cafe)

That rainstorm early Saturday morning did more damage than we thought.

Several Logan Square hot spots were forced to close over the weekend as a result of flooding in their basements.

Top cocktail-focused lounge The Whistler reopened Sunday night, but popular eatery Lula Cafe remains closed.

They issued these messages on Facebook:

How Much Do You Tip Your Barista?!


GrubStreet snagged an advance copy of Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, Steve Dublanica’s follow-up to the outrageous Waiter Rant.

Here's what they found out about what we should be tipping our baristas:

Chicago Stadiums Cleanest in the Country?!


So, we're just that good, huh?!

ESPN has compiled a list of vendor health inspection reports from major sports venues across North America, and it looks like Chicago came out on top with the cleanest: