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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 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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