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National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

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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