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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Brunch Bites: New Bargain Brunch Series at Under the Table, Specials at Kanela

Brunch in Chicago is always full of surprises. One day you might be enjoying a multi-course under-the-radar brunch from a pop-up restaurant in Evanston, and the next you might be binging on free monkey bread in Old Town.


Under the Table is currently offering a special deal via Gilt City for its brunch menu. The clandestine pop-up restaurant, currently situated at Company in Evanston, strives to serve fine dining caliber cuisine in a casual, offbeat setting, all at accessible prices. The restaurant does dinner service as well, but brunch is fun way to try out their progressive wares. The current deal, available through September 11, allows customers to purchase a brunch ticket for $49, which includes a five-course brunch with a mimosa flight. That's a damn good deal. Check out the Gilt City deal here.


Evidently September is National Breakfast Month, which means you need to put down the shoddy granola bar and pay due respect to the morning meal. For instance, if you head to Kanela Breakfast Club, you can enjoy complimentary monkey bread all month long. Well, Monday through Friday anyway. Don't be ridiculous. Guests dining at either Kanela location need only mention the monkey bread offer to enjoy the spoils of the cinnamon-y, honey buttered treat. The offer is good for one per person per table. Then on National Coffee Day on September 29 (aka Caffeine Christmas), Kanela will dole out complimentary cups of Julius Meinl coffee when guests purchase the loukoumades, Greek doughnuts with lemon honey and toasted walnuts.


Monkey bread at Kanela Breakfast Club
(Monkey bread at Kanela Breakfast Club)

Neighborhoods: LakeviewNorth Suburban

Fresh local farm ingredients feature at this Lakeview spot, which opens for breakfast daily and dinner on weekends.

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Company is not your traditional restaurant. Located in an nondescript building in Evanston, the tiny space serves as a permanent pop-up space for chefs to come and cook something outside...




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