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Chili No More   Chili Lili’s photo by Adam Ryan Morris. The sign on the door of Chili Lili’s Chili Bar indicates that the Third Ward restaurant is closed “to reorganize.” Owner Jay Schiek says he’s working on a new concept for the space, which his chili-focused restaurant occupied for a year. “Milwaukee was not ready […]

Chili No More

 
Chili Lili’s photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

The sign on the door of Chili Lili’s Chili Bar indicates that the Third Ward restaurant is closed “to reorganize.” Owner Jay Schiek says he’s working on a new concept for the space, which his chili-focused restaurant occupied for a year. “Milwaukee was not ready for this,” Schiek said of the past-tense business, which offered chili in forms ranging from Cincinnati style to Buffalo chicken. Schiek would not reveal details of the next incarnation but hopes to reopen soon. (525 E. Menomonee St., 414-897-0555)

Life Line
Dine at a local restaurant on a certain designated day and you’ll fight AIDS/HIV. It’s that simple. This Thursday (July 28) is the 15th year of Dining Out For Life, a national event where participating restaurants agree to donate a portion of their proceeds that day – 20 percent to more than 45 percent – to One Heartland. What is One Heartland? It’s a national nonprofit devoted to helping children, youth and adults affected by AIDS/HIV. (One way the organization does that is through its camping program.) Restaurants participating are located as far north as Port Washington and as far south as Racine. Some local participants: Tess, Cempazuchi, Saz’s, Balzac, Jake’s Deli, Bel Air Cantina, centro cafe, Classic Slice, Harry’s Bar & Grill and The Knick. To view others, click here.

Brady Day
Brady Street is going to be a scene this Saturday (July 30). Three music stages will offer local sounds from bands like the Ragadors, De la Buena and Kings Go Forth. Looking for some live pro wrestling? There will be a stage for that sort of entertainment, too – at the Brady Street Festival. The festival runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m.. For those planning to hit the fest just for the food, Cheesefest – the tent will be located on Brady, near Astor Street – will be in operation from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. In past years, the tent has featured Wisconsin-based cheese makers like Roth Kase, Carr Valley, Uplands, Sartori Foods and Saxon Creamery. No word on what’ll be in the tent this year.

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