“The Dish” From Tastes of Chicago

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Marc Malnati responds to The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart from the streets of New York.

'Tis the season for gift giving - and not just for your friends and family. If your company is looking to thank long-standing customers for their business or recognize valued employees for working so hard then we've got you covered. There's no better way to brighten someone's holiday than with fully prepared and no-hassle corporate gifts. Delicious deep dish pizza, Italian beef, hot dogs, cheesecake, gourmet popcorn, and so much more!

Looking to personalize your gift? We can do that, too. We offer authentic deep dish pizza pans and customizable spatulas that can be shipped nationwide or provided in the Chicago area for business that would like to give their staff, clients, and vendors a Chicago-themed gift. Our dedicated corporate concierge team is waiting to to personally assist you with all of your gift-giving needs while working within your budget. Click here to browse gifts or contact us if you would like some suggestions - we’re happy to help!

Lou Malnati's Tastes of Chicago Corporate Gifts | Gift Box TowerLou Malnati's Tastes of Chicago Corporate Gifts

Contributed by Meghan R.

Dark and stormy is the preferred weather for the ghosts and goblins roaming around on All Hallows Eve, but for trick-or-treaters, rain can put a damper on their candy collecting.

Halloween in Chicago calls for comfortable temperatures in the low 60s, with rain throughout the day.  But a little rain won’t stop the Halloween fun, dark and stormy just makes the mood all the more spookier!

See what’s brewing around the area:

  • Lake County Trick or Treating Hours
  • Cook County Trick or Treating Hours
  • Fear City Haunted House in Morton Grove is open for its final weekend Wed.- Sat., Oct. 30 & 31 and Nov. 1 & 2 (7 pm -midnight).  Fear City is at 8240 Austin Ave. in Morton Grove.  General admission $25.
  • Screams in the Park Haunted House is open Oct. 30 & 31 (7pm-11 pm) and Nov. 1 & 2 (7pm-midnight) at MB Financial Park. The attraction is not recommended for children under 10. Tickets are $15-$25.
  • Get your scare on at the Adler this Halloween! Friday, October 18 through Sunday, November 3, the planetarium will transform into a “spooky” space - complete with Trick or Treating. Take a special “Spooky Space” Atwood Sphere tour, get slimy in their “Slime Science” family workshop, and listen to some eerie tales in the “Stories Under the Moon”.  And they need the help of their youngest explorers to help track down a mysterious alien who has crash-landed in Planet Explorers!  1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. October 18-November 3, 2013. General Admission: $12 adults (12-64); $8 children (3-11)

Contributed by Meggie L.


The 43rd Annual Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Benefit was a huge success! We were able to raise a record breaking amount, nearly $240,000!!!!!

We’ll be able to donate our highest amount yet to cancer research and treatment programs at our three beneficiaries: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Gilda’s Club.

The event took place at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows and our theme was “Don’t Stop Believin’, Rock Against Cancer.” Over 400 guests showed up decked out in their best 80s outfits for a totally ‘80s party! They enjoyed delicious food and danced the night away to classic hits from the 1980s.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers and contributors who helped make this event such a success!

Lou Malnati's 43rd Annual Cancer Research Benefit | The Meadows Club
Click here to view more pictures from our totally 80s party!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall around here!  The change in seasons also brings about a change in cuisine.  We’re looking forward to apple pie, pecan pie, apple pancakes, and more!  What’s your favorite fall-inspired dish?

Contributed by Meghan R.

Time to Bear Down!  Who’s ready for football season?  You know we are…

Did you know that almost 40 million people visit Chicago annually?  It’s no wonder when you consider Chicago is home to more than 7,000 restaurants, 200 theaters, and countless historical sites and museums.  Chicago has something for everyone but sometimes you have to go off the beaten path in order to uncover local favorites and hidden gems.

  • Money Museum - Tucked inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is the Money Museum where visitors can receive a free tour and view exhibits like a giant glass cube stuffed with one million $1 bills and a display that shows the difference between counterfeit bills and fake bills.  The museum is currently closed for renovations but will reopen on Monday, September 30.
  • Driehaus Museum - This 3-story mansion turned museum belonged to banker Samuel Nickerson and depicts what life was like during America’s Gilded Age.
  • Chicago Greeter - Explore Chicago with a city-wise local on a free 2-4 tour. Make sure to register 10 days in advance.  Chicago Greeter visits are completely free, including the cost of public transportation from spot to spot.  All Greeters are volunteers and provide this service free of charge.

These are just a few of the hidden gems scattered around the city.  The best way to uncover more is to hit the pavement, ask some locals, and start discovering!  What are some of your favorite off-the-beaten-path places in the city?

Contributed by Meghan R.

Chicago Air and Water Show | CityOfChicago.orgIf you’re in the Windy City this weekend, don’t be alarmed if your windows begin to shake or you hear an unexpected roar. The skies will be buzzing and water flowing as the annual Air & Water Show takes place in Chicago. While you are sure to hear or see a glimpse of it no matter where you are, below are a few ideal spots to get a great view of the air or water portion of the show.

  • For the ultimate view of the water show, it is best viewed from a boat. If you have a boat or a friend with a boat, you’re golden! But if you are not so lucky, the next best thing is a cruise. Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago, and Mystic Cruises are all offering special outings over the weekend, many of which include food and beverages.
  • North Avenue Beach: The epicenter of all the action. The best place to see all the water action, and not miss any of the high flying planes. Best to get there early!
  • Oak Street Beach: Just a mile south of North Avenue Beach, this beach offers smaller crowds and a good but not great view of the water portion. An excellent option if you are more excited for the high flying planes.
  • The John Hancock Observatory & Willis Tower: These landmark observatories offer an eye level view of many of the planes soaring about Chicago. However, they do charge a fee and are indoors. They also offer limited vision of the water show.
  • Navy Pier: Anywhere along the pier, you have a stellar view of the action. Crowds are the only downside.

Contributed by Meggie L.

Millions of students across the country are getting ready to leave home and head off to college.  A lot of times, this means leaving almost everything you love behind for the next 9 months.  But just because they have to leave home, doesn’t mean they can’t get a taste of home while they’re away!  And that’s where we come in…

Brighten the day of your college-bound loved one and make them feel closer to home with one of our Chicago-style gift packages!

Contributed by Meghan R.


Congratulations to Instagrammer @colincomer!  Colin’s photo has been selected as the August 3rd winner in our #Lollapalooza Snap-a-Slice Instagram Contest!  http://bit.ly/19GzUsB

Snap a picture of your slice when you visit our booth (#18) in Chow Town North at Lollapalooza, tag it with #loumalnatis & #lolla when you post it to Instagram, and you could win too! For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/snap-a-slice