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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

Chicago-centric Restaurant Food Films Travels to Paris

Delving further than any film has ever delved into the relationships that arise in restaurants, Open Tables is a Chicago-based independent film shot exclusively in many of the city's top restaurants and bars. The film hones in on friendships and romantic relationships that unfold at dining tables, and how in this day and age restaurants play a crucial role in urban interconnections. Director Jack C. Newell has led a cast of characters through top-tier restaurants such as Perennial Virant, Topolobampo, Sepia, Longman & Eagle, Sixteen, and many more. Now the romantic comedy has wrapped production in Chicago, and is ready to jet off to Paris to finish filming.


A film about Chicagoans falling in and out of love in restaurants would not be complete without a jaunt to Paris, a city synonymous with romance and food. While most of the production took place in Chicago, a portion is to take place in the City of Lights. The film crew heads to Paris next month, joined by local Parisian actors and crewmembers. Excpect lots more food, plenty of romance, and all the croon-worthy Parisian accents you could dream of.


Open Tables is set to hit the table in 2014, at which point it will make the independent film festival circuit.


Open Tables
(Open Tables filming at Trenchermen)

Neighborhoods: River NorthWest LoopRiver NorthLogan SquareOld Town

Rick Bayless's upscale Mexican eatery is adjacent to its more toned-down sibling, Frontera Grill.

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Green City Market, the restaurant features seasonal dishes and cocktails. Virant is also responsible for the small-plates menu in the rooftop lounge, J. Parker.

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