New Pinstripes Ready for Chicago Restaurant Week

by Bob Johnson 0

Restaurant Week is a big deal in Chicago, and the new Pinstripes location in the Windy City’s River East neighborhood is pulling out all the stops to make its grand opening a memorable occasion.

The 33,000-sq.-ft. venue will feature exceptional Italian-American cuisine and wine; bowling lanes and indoor-outdoor bocce courts; an outdoor patio, fireplace and bocce courts; and banquet spaces that can accommodate 20 to 600 people for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and more. Guests can enjoy live saxophone music on the weekends; family play-dates, clubs and leagues; exciting wine dinners, beer tastings; Sunday brunch, and activities for all. Pinstripes currently has six other locations: Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook, Ill.; Edina, Minn.; Georgetown, D.C.; and Overland Park, Kan.

“The River East location is well-suited for our sophisticated entertainment venue,” said Dale Schwartz, Pinstripes’ founder and CEO. “We look forward to introducing ‘strikingly good food and fun’ to Streeterville and the surrounding neighborhoods, and showcasing Pinstripes in downtown Chicago.”

When entering Pinstripes on Illinois Strett, guests will be greeted by the lofty bistro and open kitchen, featuring 15 seats surrounding the cozy wood-burning pizza oven — something to be found only at the Chicago location. Chef Cesar Gutierrez showcases a menu including small plate starters, fresh salads, homemade pizzas and flatbreads, freshly made pastas, entrees featuring organic and free-range meats and produce, plus homemade soups and seasonal desserts. Diners can also feast on the complete gluten-free menu and kids’ menu, in addition to the monthly “Chef’s Features.”

The beverage menu will excite enthusiasts with hard-to-find bottles of American and Italian wines, handcrafted classic cocktails with an Italian spin, and specialty beers exclusive to the Chicago Pinstripes location.

Guests can also spend day and night at the bocce courts (five indoor, two outdoor) and 11 bowling lanes, including two private lanes. Reservations are recommended for bowling and bocce, but walk-ins are accepted as well.

For more information about Pinstripes, call 312-527-3140, or visit the Pinstripes website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Here’s the Pinstripes menu for Chicago Restaurant Week:

• Lunch Prix Fixe ($22) — Market Salad or Caesar Salad, Italian Jambalaya or Chicken Parmesan, and Homemade Gelato or Sorbet.

• Dinner Prix Fixe ($33) — Tomato-Mozzarella Bruschetta or Hummus and Avocado Platter, Boneless Short Rib or Maple Glazed Salmon, and Homemade Gealto or Sorbet.

• Dinner Prix Fixe ($44) — Jumbo Lump Crab Cake or Tenderloin Sliders, Filet Mignon Trio or Pinenut Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, and Homemade Gelato or Sorbet.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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