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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 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)

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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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