As Leo’s signature dish, calamari pops up many times throughout the restaurant's menu: as a golden-fried appetizer, entangled in seafood pasta with clams and mussels, or paired with shrimp under a covering of marinara sauce. Squid is not the only specialty, however. A large part of the menu is devoted to Sicilian- and Neapolitan-style pizzas. One popular version is the Grandma's pizza (focaccia di nonna) with crushed san marzano tomatoes, fresh garlic, tuscan olive oil, and housemade mozzarella. To expand on the Mediterranean theme, the kitchen also cooks a few Greek dishes, including pork souvlaki and Greek-style pasta, which is just noodles shaped like busts of Aristotle.
Green Home Solutions Chicago's founders consider themselves to be equal parts scientists and business people. Their main job: combing through the wild diversity of nature to find effective and safe treatments for those irritants that can plague a home. From there, they develop products derived from natural compounds to address particulates such as mold and creepy crawlies such as termites or that ghost who lives in your television. The team's treatments are safe for families and pets to be around after they've dried, unless your pets happen to be bugs.
Phil and Sue Horan not only wanted their own yard free of mosquitos, but they wanted others to experience the same sense of relief. This desire led them to create Mosquito Busters of Illinois, which employs licensed and insured technicians to spray repellent around outdoor living spaces and yards. The business does more for the community than simply rid it of mosquitoes: the Horans donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities and nonprofits.
Mingle Around plays matchmaker for nearly 10,000 Chicago members searching for love and friendship with its themed singles mixers and parties. The Nuts and Bolts mixer beckons upward of 150 soloists from their late 20s to early 40s, equipping each woman with a nut and man with a bolt. Throughout the evening, eligible attendees mingle while trying to find their matching hardware pieces and fill the dance floor as a DJ spins tunes to mask the sound of mating calls. Depending on the venue, minglers sip and nibble on complimentary or discounted cocktails and appetizers as they explore each other's personalities. Once matched, couples return for a new set of hardware and a raffle ticket, and after 10 p.m., prizes such as cash, gift cards, and medical care for wounds caused by Cupid's arrows are doled out. In addition to forthcoming Nuts and Bolts soirees, partygoers may preserve this Groupon for one of Mingle Around's seminal Speed Dating or BlackJack Parties to be announced at a later date.
There is a war brewing across America's patios and backyard barbecues. Mosquitoes, ticks, and all pests capable of drawing up battle plans disrupt outdoor gatherings with their bites—a nuisance that the techs at Mosquito Squad Chicago hope to eradicate. Using their EPA-registered system, they mist pest-laden areas with a control solution that repels up to 95% of tiny infiltrators. Alternatively, they can take a natural approach that eschews chemicals for bug-repelling essential oils. However, the bug fighters aren't just focused on making outdoor events more comfortable; they also hope to quell the spread of insect-carried diseases such as West Nile virus.