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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – LOOP, PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, GOLD COAST, EVANSTON
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LOOP

Filini, the modern Italian restaurant opened this week along with the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.  Following in the footsteps of the master director, the sight is one to behold.  With attention to detail you notice the homages to local architecture-a brick wall mimicking the skyline and floor mosaics modeled after Chicago's tree grates. The lobby is a well-cushioned room across from the lounge with couches everywhere and a 50-foot-long gas fireplace, flickering ever so softly.

PORTAGE PARK

The Eighth Annual Chicago Filipino American Film Festival starts Friday night with refreshments. Meet special guests Bessie Badilla and Lyca Benitez-Brown (DANCE OF MY LIFE) and other filmmakers whose works will be featured at CFAFF 2011. Tickets are available at the Portage Theater Box Office from Friday, November 4.

LAKEVIEW

Eric Aubriot, the two-times James Beard nominee, is back. He's quietly opened Revolver, which feels a lot like a neighborhood family spot, probably because it used to be Xippo. It's got the same décor - jet-black furniture, airplane-propeller fans - but way different food (pâté, seaweed salad). You know what to do.

GOLD COAST

TR Napa Valley, which is basically a California Wine Country brochure come to life, is open in the Gold Coast. It's basically a place you and, oh, approximately one other person (maybe three, if you're willing to get really close) can sneak in for a glass, purchase a bottle for the local BYOB. Or for 50 bucks, join their wine club, entitling you to wine discounts and concierge services in Napa.

EVANSTON

Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced $1 billion in funding for improvements to the CTA's Red and Purple lines -- including new rail ties for the Purple Line through Evanston. The updates to the El should eliminate slow zones that now affect about a quarter of the route. Officials say the new project will create 2,700 jobs.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2011 5:05 PM by Dean's Team

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