Park 52's 15 Minutes of Fame

Hyde Park resto hits its stride with new dining deals and drink made for winter

Park 52, Jerry Kleiner's contemporary American restaurant in so-hot-it-hurts Hyde Park (thanks to a certain former resident and polictial supernova who recently moved to Washington, D.C.), is reveling in the national spotlight by upping its already-impressive game. The resto recently unveiled a new libation specially created for the winter months, as well as an enticing lineup of dining deals.

Now featured through the end of March (when hopefully the weather will start to cooperate), is Park 52's new "Glow Wine," a modern spin on the traditional German "gluhwein." Park 52 sommelier Alain Njike concocted this libation with a blend of wines infused with spices and seasonal fruit. Each glass, which is served warm, is $15.

Also on tap at Park 52 are new special dining deals. On Mondays, enjoy half-priced bottles of specially selected wines. Wednesdays are now known as "University of Chicago and City of Chicago Appreciation Nights," which offers a 15 percent discount on food purchases with an entree for city workers, university employees, students and alumni. Thursdays bring $7 specialty martinis (which are usually $12), and an American bistro brunch will be served from 11AM-3PM on Sundays (seniors receive a 15 percent discount, while children 12 and under dine at half-price with a paying adult).

And, of course, the $44 prix-fixe menu in honor of one President Barack Obama is ongoing. At least some things never change (even though change, as we've heard, is good).

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