Chili’s will give away 27,000 melted chocolate cakes

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National Chocolate Cake Day

Yes, chocolate lovers, National Chocolate Cake Day is a real thing. To celebrate the day – Thursday, January 27 – Chili’s Grill & Bar is giving away 27,000 melted chocolate cakes. To get one, sign up for My Chili’s Rewards between January 27 and February 3 and a free cake will be added to your redeemable account within 30 days. Already a member? Order a starter on January 27 and you’ll get a free melted chocolate cake.

Chili’s Grill & Bar has locations in Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Batavia, Bloomingdale’s, Bolingbrook, Crystal Lake, Downers Grove, Gurnee, Hoffman Estates, McHenry, Naperville, Plainfield, Romeoville, Rosemont, Round Lake Beach, South Elgin, St Charles, Streamwood, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Wheaton and more.

Geneva Restaurant Week

Luckily for diners, there’s still time to take advantage of Geneva Restaurant Week, which now runs until Sunday, January 30. This year, the “Dine Out for $9” theme means lunch and dinner specials include nine in the price. . Participating restaurants include Altiro Latin Fusion, Atwater’s in the Herrington, Copper Fox, Cotto a Legna, Craft Urban, Del Barrio Mezcaleria, FoxFire Restaurant, Geneva Ale House, Gia Mia, The Little Traveler Atrium Cafe, Livia Italian Eatery, Nobel House, Preservation, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rookies All-American Pub & Grill, Stockholm’s, and The Walrus Room.

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Smashburger opens its new location Friday, January 28 in Naperville.
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Smashburger opens in Naperville

Smashburger – known for their signature burgers (smoked bacon brisket burger, anyone?), crispy grilled chicken sandwiches, Smashfries, salads, shakes (salted caramel coffee, Oreo, peanut butter, to name a few to name a few) and more — opens its sixth fast-casual Illinois location in Naperville on Friday, January 28. Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Smashburger is at 2736 Showplace Drive #100, Naperville, (630) 864-5119,

Long live the 6 years

Half Day Brewing Company in Lincolnshire is celebrating six years in business with daily specials until Sunday 30th January. Tuesday is signature burgers at half price; Wednesday is half-price tacos; Thursday is half-price applications and $10 growler refills; Friday and Saturday, enjoy $5 Titos and half-price bottles of wine; and Sunday it’s party time with $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Half Day Brewing Company is located at 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire, (847) 821-6933,

Ready for game day

Oaken Bistro + Bar is ready for football. In addition to showing NFL Divisional playoff games on its multiple HDTVs on Sunday, Jan. 30, Oaken will serve $6 Buffalo Chicken Sliders to pair with $6 craft beers.

Oaken Bistro + Bar is at 200 N. Field Drive, Lake Forest, (847) 582-6410,

New, new, new

Libertyville’s Main Street Social is honoring the New Year with new menu items. Options include apple salad with crisp honey apples, blue cheese, pistachios and berry balsamic; carne flatbread with prosciutto sausage, fireball pepperoni, crispy Brussels sprouts and balsamic glaze; bucatini pasta cacio y pepe; scallops with wild mushroom risotto; and the 18-ounce bone-in rib eye, 16-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip, or 9-ounce prime tenderloin, all served with mashed potatoes and charred broccolini.

Main Street Social is at 608 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, (847) 549-3490,

White Elephant Dinner at Tokio Pub

It’s never too late to exchange gifts with a white elephant, is it? That’s what Tokio Pub in Schaumburg thought, which is why the restaurant is hosting a four-course white elephant dinner from 6:15-8:15 p.m. on Monday, January 31. Here’s what you need to do: Bring a wrapped gift to be exchanged for a new gift. But keep in mind that whoever chooses a gift after you might steal your gift, which means you’ll have to choose a new one. And it spins again and again. For the meal itself, expect dishes such as crispy garlic tuna and barbecue eel guacamole sushi rolls, a chicken skewer with a chipotle-lime aioli sauce, a minced steak with a sauce of mushrooms and wasabi juice, and for dessert, a cherry cake with nuts, caramel sauce and whipped cream. Dinner is $64 per person. One must reserve.

Tokio Pub is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181,

The Big Bowl celebrates Chinese New Year with limited-time specials from February 1-10.

The Big Bowl celebrates Chinese New Year with limited-time specials from February 1-10.
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Happy Chinese New Year!

The Big Bowl honors Chinese New Year with special dishes available from Tuesday, February 1 through Thursday, February 10. Take your pick from General Tso’s Chicken Meatballs, Sichuan Shrimp and Pork Noodles (which symbolize longevity), Crispy Ginger Cod, Chinese 5-Spice Cake and Cheesecake bananas (which symbolize the New Year’s sweetness of life) and blood orange sangria.

Big Bowl is at 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881,

Harry Potter Dinner #3

Harry Potter fans are in luck: The Chocolate Sanctuary has added a third Harry Potter Chef’s Dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 3. , roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and Amortentia (love potion), and treacle tart and Felix Felicis (liquid luck).

The Chocolate Sanctuary is located at 5101 Washington St., Gurnee, (224) 944-0808,

Say thank you

Tap House Grill, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary in St. Charles, thanks its customers with daily specials from Monday, January 31 through Sunday, February 6. Monday, boneless, fried wings for $5.99; Tuesdays are half-price burgers; Wednesdays are half-price tacos; On Thursday, braised beef with root beer and a Gouda cheese sandwich for $7.99; Fridays are $5 Sunset Martinis, $4 Tito’s drinks and $3 Fireballs; Saturdays are half price wine, $4 mules and $4 sangrias; and on Sunday, all-you-can-eat bone-in wings for $9.99 and Bloody Marys for $4.

Tap House Grill is at 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 443-1664,

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