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I spent Christmas Day with my family. There was laughter, and warmth, and respect, and friendship. It was a fabulous day that evoked the spirit of love and peace that this holiday celebrates.

And then I got home and checked my email.

And congratulations to Blackout! They're going on to TLT's annual contest.

And congratulations to Blackout! They're going on to TLT's annual contest.

And congratulations to Blackout! They're going on to TLT's annual contest.

And congratulations to Blackout! They're going on to TLT's annual contest.

Le Lan, the highly acclaimed French Vietnamese restaurant in River North, is getting a new chef de cuisine. Bill Kim, former chef de cuisine at Trotter's is taking over at the beginning of the year and changing the entire menu. He'll be including more Korean dishes in honor of his heritage.

In July of this year I was listening to a great band in a little dive bar with just a handful of other people. In a lightbulb over my head moment I decided I should start featuring a local band each week. The very first band to be part of ChicagoROX was Escape From Earth.

Simplistic Urge. They'll be at the House of Blues 12/15.

Simplistic Urge. They'll be at the House of Blues 12/15.

Simplistic Urge. They'll be at the House of Blues 12/15.

Simplistic Urge. They'll be at the House of Blues 12/15.

Simplistic Urge. They'll be at the House of Blues 12/15.

It's cold and snowy and wintery, but this is exactly the time to start thinking about Spring flowers. GreenNet, Chicago's Greening Network is giving away Dutch Iris and Anemone 'Glory of the Snow' bulbs.

Yesterday I had lunch at Bin 36. Located on Dearborn Street in the House of Blues Hotel, the restaurant is themed around wine, and food and wine pairings. The front of the restaurant is a retail shop where you can purchase wines from their list.

By Rebecca Taras

Smack dab in the heart of Greektown is an American restaurant themed after a 40's-style diner. Tucked into the Crowne Plaza, Dine is an anomoly in this neighborhood of gyros and baklava. But that's OK, because Greektown is known for its food, and in that respect Dine fits right in.

Visit & Vote!

Visit & Vote!

Visit & Vote!

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