Cheap Date Show



Food, Wine, and Fun in Chicago and Suburbs!


  • Cheap Date – September 28 2012 – Taste of Fall!

    28/09/2012 Duración: 13min

    We’re back at the microphones for a good cause!  Join us as we talk to Meghan Freebeck of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Community Shelter about their Taste of Fall event! The event takes place on Friday, October 26 and everyone is invited for an evening of great food, great music, and and auction that helps a [...]

  • Discover Woodfield #15 – Chefs’ Fest 2011 Preview!

    15/05/2011 Duración: 11min

    Cheap Date presents another Discover Woodfield show! It’s time for our annual preview of Chefs’ Fest 2011, presented each year by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau! ; The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Arlington Park, and as always, it’s going to be a great event! Listen to Joe’s interview [...]

  • Cheap Date – 12 March 2011 – Peggy Kinnane’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

    13/03/2011 Duración: 11min

    It’s time for another Cheap Date Show, and we’re excited to bring you the details of Peggy Kinnane’s 10th Anniversary Music Festival, which is being held in downtown Arlington Heights on March 17-18-19, 2011! Join us for our interview with Derek Hanley, owner of Peggy’s, to hear all the detail of this exciting event! Details [...]

  • Cheap Date – 28 June 2010 – Biggby Coffee

    28/06/2010 Duración: 21min

     We’re pleased to be back and even more pleased to bring you the tale of an Arlington Heights favorite that has returned! Listen to our review of Biggby Coffee and our interview with owner Tim Mickelson.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy this one! We love hearing from you– if you’d like to tell us about your [...]

  • Discover Woodfield #13 – Chefs’ Fest 2010 Preview

    17/04/2010 Duración: 22min

    Enjoy this episode of Discover Woodfield! Listen to our preview of Chefs’ Fest 2010, presented by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau! The event will be held on May 11, 2010 at Arlington Park Racecourse, and it promises to be a great time for all! On this show, Joe interviews Dave Parulo, the Bureau’s Director [...]

  • Cheap Date – 7 February 2010 – Chicago Beer Society

    08/02/2010 Duración: 32min

    Welcome back to the Cheap Date Show! This time around we’re visiting with some officers of the Chicago Beer Society, and we talk about this year’s Twelfth Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout, one of our favorite events of the year. Keep that feedback coming! Write us at  You can also follow us on Twitter where [...]

  • Cheap Date – 26 December 2009 – Happy Holidays!

    27/12/2009 Duración: 17min

    We’re back to wish you a happy and healthy Holiday Season!! Joining us this time around is Joe’s daughter Becca, who shares her thoughts on two of her favorite spots around the Chicago suburbs: Charles Romano’s in Des Plaines, and Chef Ping in Rolling Meadows. We also mention our beer-expert friend Chris’ recent trip to [...]

  • Cheap Date / Discover Woodfield – 25 April 2009 – Chef’s Fest 2009

    25/04/2009 Duración: 15min

    It’s our annual Chef’s Fest show! Join us for this year’s event at the Arlington International Racecourse, where we sampled many of the offerings from the 60 exhibitors who were present! Special guests Liz and Bob and Becca and Emma joined us for the festivities. We’re presenting this as a Discover Woodfield show—if you’d like [...]

  • Cheap Date – 25 December 2008 – Grand Station

    25/12/2008 Duración: 22min

    Happy Holidays! We’re back with an all-new show for you to enjoy… This time, we visit a brand-new addition to downtown Arlington Heights: Grand Station Restaurant and Cocktails! Listen in as we talk about the restaurant’s expansive drink and food menu. Drop us a line at if you’d like to share your thoughts about [...]

  • Cheap Date – 19 July 2008 – Our Favorite Things

    19/07/2008 Duración: 43min

    The one question we get asked more than any other is, “What are your very favorite places?” On this episode, you get those answers! Join us as we talk about our favorites among the 100+ restaurants and events we’ve reviewed on Cheap Date since we started doing this show. If you’re not hungry after hearing [...]

  • Cheap Date – 21 June 2008 – Slàinte!

    21/06/2008 Duración: 31min

    Tonight we visit one of our very favorite restaurants of all time: Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant and Pub in Arlington Heights. And it’s about time, too… we certainly go there enough. So pull up a bar stool, pour a Harp, and enjoy the comfort of an authentic Irish pub right here in our own town. [...]

  • Cheap Date – 7 June 2008 – Summer’s Here and the Time is Right

    07/06/2008 Duración: 32min

    Summer ’08 is here in our hemisphere, and it’s time to get out there for some Cheap Date goodness! Join us on the patio for a glass of Zolo Torrontes, this week’s restaurant review, and some recommendations for upcoming events… First off, we share our thoughts about Gumrai Thai, a relatively new restaurant in downtown [...]

  • Cheap Date – 24 May 2008 – A Visit to Harbor Country

    24/05/2008 Duración: 26min

    In Vino Veritas, as they say. No, this is not an excuse for us to drink and ‘cast, it’s a recap of our visit to Southwestern Michigan’s Harbor Country where we sampled some great wine and enjoyed some wonderful food over a beautiful spring weekend. Come along with us as we tell you about the [...]

  • Cheap Date – 10 May 2008 – Breakfast Off The Bone

    10/05/2008 Duración: 27min

    Lisa has returned, and everything is back to normal. Well, sorta. This time around we enjoy an amazing breakfast at the L&L Snack Shop in Des Plaines, Illinois. Listen to the show for all the delicious, not-exactly-lo-cal details! L&L Snack Shop is at 456 E Northwest Highway in Des Plaines, 847 803-6767. We also follow [...]

  • Cheap Date – 26 April 2008 – Chef’s Fest 2008 & Contest Winners!

    26/04/2008 Duración: 26min

    This week’s show is actually two podcasts in one, kind of like what they used to say on the old Certs commercial. First, you’ll join us for the most recent episode of Discover Woodfield! as we visit the 15th Annual Original Chef’s Fest at the Arlington International Racecourse. This is our Third Annual visit to [...]

  • Cheap Date – 12 April 2008 – Get Lucky!

    12/04/2008 Duración: 22min

    We’re on the road this week, so join us as we talk about the great time we had at Club Lucky in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Don’t forget to send in your entry to the Cheap Date Contest– there’s still time! Just tell us about your favorite Cheap Date– whatever it is, wherever it is— and [...]

  • Cheap Date – 29 March 2008 – When Pigs Fly


    Chocolate, peppers, and… bacon?? Tune in to hear about the fabulous Easter candy we scored from Vosges Haut Chocolat and Anderson’s Candy Shop, both of which are internet-ready sources for chocolate goodness. We also talk a bit about our first anniversary and the pizza at Chicago’s legendary Lou Malnati’s, which is also available through the [...]

  • Cheap Date – 15 March 2008 – The Elvish Pleasuredrome

    15/03/2008 Duración: 22min

    It’s not what you think– but it is another fabulous episode of the Cheap Date Show! We talk about our experience watching a taping of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” and then we share our dining adventure at Thai Urban Kitchen in Chicago. Listen carefully to Lisa’s description of the tofu. We also review [...]

  • Cheap Date – 1 March 2008 – A Nonstop Parade…

    01/03/2008 Duración: 31min

    That’s “A Nonstop Parade of Deliciously Seasoned Meats,” yo. Join us as we visit Texas de Brazil in Schaumburg, where Lisa had her very first experience with a churrascaria. Mmmmm… meeeaat. Joe talks about his visit to Palo Alto and offers some thoughts on Evvia Estiatorio and La Bodeguita del Medio, two really cool places [...]

  • Cheap Date – 16 February 2008 – “Carefrees” Five Bucks Apiece

    16/02/2008 Duración: 22min

    We talk about our fun evening with Jen and Alan from the Dinkycast and the famous Barely. We went to The Lamplighter Inn in Palatine, followed by a visit to Durty Nellie’s where we saw Given 2 Fly, a great Pearl Jam tribute band. We also hear from Listener Chris with his guest review, and [...]

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