Checkered tablecloths and vintage black-and-white photos from the 1940s evoke small-town Tuscany at Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop & Cafe, whose chefs have assembled authentic Sicilian-style cuisine for more than 30 years. Homemade pomodoro sauce mingles with the porcini mushrooms and caramelized onions that fleck risotto, and fresh baby clams or mussels frolic through linguine entrees. To create paninis, chefs crown toasted ciabatta bread with such accoutrement as jarlsberg swiss cheese, yellowfin tuna imported from Italy, and childhood memories of revered measuring cups. Diners complement bites with Italian beers and wines, including a crisp, fruity prosecco and a medium-bodied chianti, whose tart red-fruit and chocolate flavors pair well with spinach ravioli and still-life paintings of Hershey's bars.
A family-owned Chicago bakery furnishes the eatery's fleet of traditional italian pastries, such as cannoli and more than 30 kinds of italian cookies. Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop & Cafe also proffers comprehensive catering spreads, dishing up pans of lasagna, ravioli, and chicken marsala that can feed up to 15 partygoers, or custom orders that can sate finicky flatware.
The Picnic Basket is the perfect place to cap off your meal with a sweet treat.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on The Picnic Basket's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to The Picnic Basket — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to The Picnic Basket for easy seating.
Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion.
For the tastes of The Picnic Basket from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Or, take your food to go.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near The Picnic Basket.
You won't find better prices in town than at The Picnic Basket, so grab all the snacks you can carry.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at The Picnic Basket.
At The Original K-9 Cafe, chefs mold fresh, natural ingredients into dishes fit for humans, but specifically crafted for their canine friends. With an eye on nutrition, they whip up tasty Muttloaf, stuffed manicotti, and even “Yappy Hour” drinks such as the Muttini, which boosts digestive health. The menu also includes fresh marrow bones and other deli eats, desserts such as mini peanut-butter bars, and Bowser Beer, a brew concocted from beef broth. Pups can chow down on healthful meals every day thanks to weekly meal plans, or unwind after frustrating weeks of building oubliettes for mailmen with brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
At the spa, relaxation comes in the form of paw massages, nail clipping, and conditioning fur butter treatments that undo damage done to pooches’ coats. The boutique also helps owners dote on doggies with gifts including college jerseys, toys, and treats.
In 1961, Bob Terese and Corinne Owen opened a small pet shop in downtown Chicago. Part of their mission: to employ workers with developmental disabilities so they can lead productive and fulfilling lives. Lambs Farm has since relocated and expanded into a 70-acre campus, which has a variety of residential and vocational programs that continue to help those in need. Nearly 250 individuals take part in the services, including group homes and individual apartments, access to employment opportunities and a number of recreational services, such as camping and hobby clubs. In addition to the expansive Garden & Pet Center, the campus also has a farmyard, a bakery, and assorted shops that sell goods handcrafted by Lambs Farm residents.
When you're ready for dessert, Dairy Queen's ice cream will hit the spot.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
The ice cream shop has catering services as well.
Store your car in a nearby lot or pass it off to the valet service at Dairy Queen.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Dairy Queen.
You can enjoy a delicious meal at Dairy Queen for a bargain rate, with most tabs there running well under $15 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Dairy Queen's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.