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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Sweet of the Week: Danny's Macaroons

Chicago isn't lacking in macaroons, so I was a bit trepidatious when I first heard the news that New York City macaroonery (if bootylicious is a word, this should be too) Danny Macaroons was trickling into our fair city via coffee shops and quick service eateries. But trepidation be damned, after trying my first Dannyroon this week from J.P. Graziano, I am a believer. Actually, I had four macaroons, as they come in packages of two or four, and two is obviously not enough. The ones I tried had a chocolate coating on the bottom, and a treacly honey glaze. It tasted like a Mounds Bar that had been dragged through Winnie the Pooh's pantry. No need to address the fact that I inhaled a bunch of macaroons after eating an Italian sub the size of my leg.

The coolness about Danny Macaroons is twofold: rather than operate as a strict brick-and-mortar operation, they supply their wares to coffee shops and other macaroon-friendly settings where customers are likely to crave mounds of shredded coconut. The other thing is that Danny features an array of fascinating flavors, from red velvet and bourbon to rice pudding and maple pecan pie. Egad! How have I been blindly drifting through life never knowing that I needed a variety of macaroon flavors?! Because I do need them. Chicago has plenty of macaroons, sure, but not at the level of this maca-whimsy. Danny is doing to macaroons what so many boutique cupcake shops have done to cupcakes, taken a humble American confection and elevated it beyond our wildest dreams.

Danny Macaroons can currently be found at J.P. Graziano, La Colombe, Belly Shack, The Haute and the Dog, and a few others. Check out their website for more details. 

Danny Macaroons
(Danny Macaroons. Photo: Matt Kirouac)

Neighborhoods: Wicker ParkWest LoopWest LoopLittle Italy, UIC

Haute & The Dog, formerly Bagel on Damen features encased meat deals of all sorts. Choices include a Chicago-style hot dog, German (with sauerkraut), chili dog and BBQ pork with...

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J.P. Graziano Grocery has been slinging subs and Italian wares since 1937. This Randolph St. stalwart has been a pillar of the community long before the West Loop became Restaurant...

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La Colombe debuted in Chicago with a splash. This Philadelphia-based coffee company is revered on the East Coast, and had been slowly easing its way across the country. In Chicago,...


Danny Macaroons is an artisanal macaroon company based in New York City and owned by Danny Cohen. The gourmet macaroons come in more than 50 flavors, distributed to coffee shops,...


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