Customers enjoy VB to Go’s classic Italian-American entrées in the comfort of their own domiciles, nestled next to sides of salad, steak fries, and bread that come standard. The giambotta is a mélange of sausage, black olives, and an Italian grandmother's garden's worth of veggies bathing in a light tomato sauce ($11.95), and battered slices of eggplant parmigian arrive draped in mozzarella ($10.50). Sixteen-inch specialty pizzas house hearty portions of toppings, with Windy City classics such as italian beef, giardiniera, and mirrored shavings of the Bean ($17.75). Pasta dishes swathe savory aliments such as the ricotta and spinach that meld inside stuffed shells ($9.25) or the shrimp and spicy tomato sauce that accent the capricciosa ($12.95).
For some, the word "barbecue" brings thoughts of burgers and hot dogs blackening on a backyard grill. But Kostas Antypas and Lukas Pulos?the Greek?born owner and chef, respectively, at Zagat-reviewed Smoked on Rose?are out to show diners a broader, more delicious world of barbecue. They honor all-American traditions by smoking brisket, ribs, and pork shoulder over fragrant wood chips, creating what one Franklin Park Herald-Journal writer described as "a simple celebration of hickory flavor," and also present the flavors of the Greek Islands in elegant dishes such as roasted suckling pig and tender broiled octopus. At times, Grecian and American flavors come together in harmony; take the pulled-pork pita, for instance, with creamy tzatsiki sauce to balance its smoky notes. Some of the most popular menu items include smoked ribs, brisket, pork, chicken, baby suckling pig, broiled lamb chops, fresh Greek fish sides, and the appetizers. Smoke-inspired art and hardwood floors set a casually refined scene in which to feast, and cocktails from a full bar satisfy the craving for a cold drink.
Modern Way Cleaners and Addison Cleaners’ compassionate staff participates in regular green-cleaning by recycling hangers, wielding fabric tote bags, and cleansing apparel with a hybrid of high-efficiency wet-cleaning and biodegradable solvents that eschew caustic chemicals and respect fragile textiles. Cleaners bust the stains from a range of wardrobe members, freeing pants ($4.50) from the scourge of spilled soup and preparing wool coats ($13.95) for the rest of winter’s rage. Each service endures Modern Way’s four-point inspection, where an astute employee quadruple-scrutinizes pieces for absent buttons, undesirable blemishes, and half-finished embroidery of favored constitutional amendments.
The Dominican University Performing Arts Center's creative spirit swells in a season highlighted with multicultural music, dance, and drama. As a string quartet, Ethel's Juilliard-trained musicians pluck a viola, a cello, and a pair of violins to their own original compositions and those of contemporary composers. These skilled performers join with Grammy–winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal for a cross-cultural mélange of melody-making inside the Lund Auditorium, whose acoustics are regularly tested by opera-singing mimes.