Let us do some of your cooking.
We won't tell. And with Wishbone it will be "home cooked" the long way--without processing, chemistry and from scratch. From sliced SMOKED BRISKET to whole BUTTERMILK PIE, we have trays of food for pick-up as late as 4 PM Christmas Eve. 1/4 and 1/2 pans make for a guaranteed balm for stress. Call early to place your order!
After a vigorous campaign to guess the weight of our pumpkin, "Bruce," the orange giant was weighed Halloween night and the fishbowl picked through to find the closest guesses from a total of 237 submissions. The three closest guesses will be getting emails notifying them that they have won either a Dinner or Brunch for Two. This year the majority of guesses were much on the low side (the Age of Trumpery) perhaps suspecting "Bruce" was dessicated or hollowed out . . . but the range was from 38 lbs to 890 lbs.
Congratulations to the Winners: Sarah Bush, B. Tanner (the closest) and Jackson Smith. Thank all of you for joining in the fun. . . . including Blanca.
"WATER DAMAGE" OPENING FRIDAY 10/6
A new photo exhibit now graces the Couloir Bleu gallery at Wishbone featuring stunning works by DAPHNE WALSH. The reception for the artist is this Friday from 6 to 9 PM and the show will continue through the end of November.
Autumn in Chicago is a time when melancholic memories catch us with the slanting sun, the return of boots and twilight settling over the broken asphalt. Daphne's photos are little jewel boxes of urban nostalgia from grainy black and white exteriors to quirky flashes of summer over the neighbors' hedge.
One part of the collection she calls the "Water Damage" series from droplets spattering the lens to strange liquid smeltings of faces and bodies submerged. . . . These are photos that evoke emotions, that pull you through time and the kaleidoscope of memory and what better time for a journey than now . . .?
Daphne offers no commentary or artist statement. The photos are left to speak for themselves, so linger a bit to savor the rich perfumes of these "fleurs du mal" of Chicago. For more information about her works, check out the curated blog by Kay Whitfield that features more of the photos you'll see. http://www.classicchicagomagazine.com/daphne-walsh-a-self-proclaimed-secret-photographer-of-chicago/
For the discerning, I should also mention that Daphne has priced her framed jewels very reasonably and can be contacted through her site: DAPHNEWALSH.COM
ABACUS makes its TV debut on frontline
Steve James of HOOP DREAMS, The INTERRUPTERS, and STEVIE fame, has made another gem of a documentary that brings out some of the best (and, to a lesser extent, worst) faces of the human condition. Many know a little about the story of the only American bank indicted for criminal fraud after the great meltdown of 2006. The rough outline is that a Savings and Loan owned by the Sung family in New York's Chinatown was selected by NY Attorney General Cyrus Vance, Jr. (yes,--the son of that Cyrus Vance) to be an example of how the system can hold banksters accountable. But ABACUS (the name of the bank) is not the story you think you've watched a dozen or more times about rogue Wall Streeters, mathematicians and con men. Matt Taibbi does put in an appearance; there is a trial; there is a run on the bank; there are crooks . . . but that's NOT why you should see it.
Beyond the suspense and heroes and villains, the film evokes sympathy for our own, man-made disasters, for a different segment of our immigrant mix and winds up flipping what we think we know about victimless crime. More to the point, there is a lesson here for all Americans in what it means to save face; to rely on family and to find our better angels. James focuses once again on the flesh and blood stories that dangle far below the headlines To say more is to be a spoiler. See it because it is RESTORATIVE! There's a glimmer of hope that shines through the darkness . . . and, wonder of wonders, some really likeable people.
Kudos to Steve James, to our producing friends at Kartemquin Films and to PBS and Frontline for airing something special that everyone should see.
Yes, Summer is drawing to a close: a new chill in the evening air but what an amazing string of glorious weekends behind us! Not long ago, Chicagoans shook their heads over nice weather wondering how we would "pay for it." Not any more. The entropy of discomfort has been broken--unless you consider the shenanigans of Lilliput.
Good time to take your bike out into the fresh air and pit stop with Wishbone's long-standing weekday bike discount. (It's Monday, remember?) Get the blood circulating for the new projects that Fall brings.
Read something good at our counter or under a tree. And dream a little.
Harold's got the blues . . .
This Friday, the 25th, Wishbone will be hosting a reception for Marc Pokempner's themed photo exhibit in our "Couloir Bleu" gallery. Drawn from his many years photographing the Chicago blues scene and the city's blood sport, politics, for the original READER and other publications, the show's title is HAROLD'S GOT THE BLUES. The collection of black and white prints is drawn from Marc's books, HAROLD! and DOWN AT THERESA'S, but features other iconic photos you'll recognize of the young organizer, Barack O'Bama, as well as never-before-seen photographs of urban life in Chi Town.
The reception runs from 6 to 8 PM with the equally renowned Erwin Helfridge playing the keyboards and, of course, a nice gathering of people. Beautiful digital prints are for sale and more information available through Marc's website http://www.pokempner.net/.
If you can't make the reception, be sure to tarry in our gallery to reflect on how far we've come (or how much remains the same) . . . as the show will be up through the month of September.
For information abut exhibiting at Wishbone, contact Guy or Michael using our contact form on this website.
More and more, fish dishes have become the most sought after dinners at Wishbone. For a limited time, we're serving one of our favorite blackened fishes wild caught off the East coast. Sounds funny to call it "Blackened Bluefish," but the Cajun seared spices seem to perfectly complement the high oil content of a fish that gets its name from the blueish tinge of its meat. At dinner it's $15.95 (the price of most pasta dishes) and comes with your choice of Two sides. . . . and, of course, our friendly service.
Come on by and have one of the healthiest meals in Chicago!
Come bike over Monday the 29th from 8 am to 2 pm for a discounted memorial day brunch with us! (Just show us your helmet!)
Gather your family and friends for an Easter Brunch at the 'Bone. Whether it's early for a light breakfast or midday for a banquet with mimosas (bottomless, too), fresh cooked ham, waffles and a dozen Benedicts, make your bunnies happy this Sunday at Wishbone.
We are taking reservations for parties of 6 or more, but ask you re-confirm the number and time an hour or so before you arrive. Call (773) 549-2663 to reserve (and confirm). As usual, our brunch is menu-driven and not prix-fixe. We'll have added treats for kids and, depending on weather, may have our patio open as well.
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