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Lincoln Park ZooLights Festival with Singles Cocktail & Dinner Party in Chicago

Each holiday season, the *Lincoln Park Zoo* hosts the magical "ZooLights Festival" featuring colorful displays with millions of lights spread among the animal exhibits. It is among the biggest attractions of the year for the zoo.

Join New Single Friends and Gourmet Connections in a pre-tour cocktail and dinner party at the popular Lincoln Park trattoria, *Rocco Ranalli's*. After dinner, we will stroll as a group a couple blocks east to the Zoo to tour the grounds, and gaze at the animal exhibits and the lighting displays. Bring your camera, your walking shoes and some warm clothes, since we are not far from the lake. It should be a terrific holiday time.

You'll want to arrive early to get street parking if you can on Armitage or Clark or other nearby street. The restaurant has valet parking for $10. This will also maximize your zoo time after dinner. Buses to the area also come down Lincoln, Clark and Armitage.

Here are the exciting party details:

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When? - Saturday, December 15, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

What? - Lincoln Park Zoo "ZooLights Festival” Party - a Magical Night of Food,
Festival, Conversation and Fun at the Popular Italian Trattoria

Where? - *Rocco Ranalli's Café and Pizzeria*
1925 N. Lincoln Ave. (1 block South of Armitage) in Chicago’s Lincoln Park

How Much? - $32 or $34 depending on entrée choice)
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Each December, the *Lincoln Park Zoo* opens itself up for strolling through brightly lit displays with millions of lights spread throughout the impressive animal exhibits during the evening hours of 5:00-9:00 p.m. We are hosting a party surrounding that special event with a group outing after cocktails and dinner to the Zoo.

The party gets started early at a reliable and tasty fixture of Lincoln Park dining is the pasta and pizza restaurant called *Rocco Ranalli's Café and Pizzeria*. This appealing casual checkered table cloth Italian trattoria is situated on Lincoln Avenue, a block west of Clark Street and the Zoo, and a block south of Armitage.

Meet and socialize with lots of other singles in the rustic casual warmth of *Rocco’s Ranalli’s* while enjoying its culinary pleasures and selections from its impressive selection of craft beers, wines and mixed drinks. The trattoria serves up a tasty array of pizzas and other Italian faire along with some first-rate barbecue and a few Mexican specialties like fajitas.

Your zoo adventure begins with a get-acquainted cocktail hour. This is followed by a full "seated" dinner with your choice of seven distinctive, palate-pleasing entrées:
- Four Layer Lasagna - Classic Homemade Lasagna with Your Choice of Marinara or Meat Sauce, served with a side of Garlic Bread
- Barbecued Chicken - Half a Chicken, Grilled and Basted with Rocco’s Homemade BBQ Sauce, served with French Fries and Coleslaw
- Fajitas - Your Choice of Steak, Chicken, Combo or Vegetarian Fajitas, sautéed with Green Peppers and Onions, served with either Flour or Corn Tortillas, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Lettuce, Cheese and Tomato on the side. Served with Spanish Rice, Salsa and Refried Beans
- Fish and Chips – Fish Fillets, dipped in Beer Batter and Deep-fried Crispy. Served with Tartar Sauce, Fries, Lemon Wedges and Coleslaw
- Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs – Spaghetti, tossed with Your Choice of Meat Sauce, Alfredo Sauce or Marinara with Two Meatballs or Grilled Chicken
- Thin-crust "Rocco's Special" 10-inch Personal Pizza with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Onions and Roasted Peppers
- Thin-crust BBQ Chicken Pizza with Red Onions, Cilantro and Zesty Barbecue Sauce

You dinner also includes a crisp House or Caesar Salad or Soup.

After dinner, we will gather and stroll a block east to the *Lincoln Park Zoo*.

Your entire evening is $32 for most entrées or $34 for the specialty pizzas, including dinner, tour with the club, taxes and tips for advance registrations. Walk-ups without reservation will also be accepted with cash at the door for a dollar more. Please do not request to attend the Zoo tour only. Casual attire. Street or pay valet parking ($10) in the area. If you get there early, you may want to park on Armitage or Clark.

Register on our secure server with your charge card or Pay. Pal account at:

www.GourmetConnections.com/singlepage.html , or make arrangements to pay cash at the door.

There will be lions and tigers and lights -- Oh my!

Senny

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