At Rex Italian Foods, Josephine Pinello and her son Anthony prepare what Time Out Chicago describes as "rare items" from their native Sicily. Their signature schiacciatas—which are like a mixture between pizza and paninis—drew the attention of Guy Fieri's _Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which aired a segment in which Anthony Pinello reveals the secrets of the family recipe for the dish. Available in five varieties, the schiacciatas blend fresh peppers, cheese, and a variety of ingredients on panini-pressed bread, creating a dish so iconic it's depicted on the 5-euro bill, though the dish itself is only accepted as currency at banks during lunchtime. The eatery's house-made pastas, hand-stuffed Italian sausages, and imported deli meats are available for dine-in, carryout, or catering.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 17 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Glowing wall sconces glint off burnished-wood furnishings at Skores Sports Bar and Grill, where textured yellow walls hoist up 19 plasma TVs. Cheering sections perched atop bar stools can hurl hoots and hollers at the NFL and UFC athletes who grace these screens as bartenders pour craft suds from the likes of Goose Island, and as chefs conjure upscale bar fare from secret recipes and homemade ingredients. With grumbling stomachs silenced, diners can swivel hips to the toe-tapping tuneage of a DJ, live band, or internet jukebox, or hone their hustling skills on any number of dart boards or touchscreen games. Those glued to the TV or their child's science project can take advantage of Skores’ delivery services, which ferry food to patrons as late as 2 a.m.
Taco Burrito King’s cooks prepare fresh burritos, tacos, and quesadillas using energy-efficient devices and water heated by solar panels. All locations serve spicy dishes such as heaping plates of fluffy eggs with chorizo and king-size portions of fajitas stuffed with grilled vegetables, sour cream, and steak. Taco Burrito King’s staff promotes diverse community events in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, helping with church and park festivals, sponsoring sports tournaments, and recording minutes for the meetings of area secret societies. Taco Burrito King also sponsors University of Illinois at Chicago Flames basketball and is the official concession vendor for all UIC outdoor sporting events.
The trained specialists at Advanced Laser Body Care Institute take aim at aesthetic imperfections with noninvasive light and sound waves, dermal fillers, and mini facial procedures. These skincare professionals work closely with each patron to draft a custom treatment plan that considers biological variables such as skin type, skin color, hair color, and hair flavor. Unwanted stubble, troublesome fat deposits, spider veins, wrinkles, and acne blotches fade or retreat entirely under the pulchritude professionals' experienced care. Anti-aging, antioxidant-full skincare products from Vivit? and Reval?Skin revitalize visages and are available for purchase from the institute.
Basilico Ristorante’s trio of chefs—Manuel, Mario, and Italo—have been crafting the same recipes together for more than 30 years. The recipes themselves date back 80 years, which explains the Old World tastes of the spinach- and ricotta-stuffed gnocchi and the sautéed mussels in white wine sauce. Basilico’s recipes aren’t the only Italian import. The dining room’s ceiling is comprised of canvases individually hand-painted by Italian and Spanish artists. Soft music and candlelit tables evoke the intimate atmosphere of a European café, and mirrored walls allow guests to keep an eye on henchmen from rival houses.