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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

What to Eat This Week: Winter Tundra Edition at Chicago Restaurants

Bourbon & Beats at Drumbar

Nothing numbs the cold quite like bourbon. Fortunately, Chicago is a bourbon-happy city and Drumbar helps combat the winter blues with its Bourbon & Beats launching Thursday, January 9. The weekly wintry promotion puts brown liquor front-and-center, with a special bourbon-focused drink menu curated by resident mixologist Alex Renshaw. Expect a number of bourbon-splashed cocktails and a bourbon flight. The "beats" side of the ampersand is the handiwork of Greg Corner, spinning rock-heavy tunes into the night. Because nothing goes better with bourbon and hypothermia quite like ROCK.

Drink Your Pain Away at Sportsman's Club

Speaking of drinking yourself into a numbed stupor, you can do so easily at brand new Sportsman's Club, the latest in a seemingly endless sea of bars from Heisler Hospitality's Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner. The first in the duo's planned neighborhood tavern series, Sportsman's Club borrows a page from bygone Chicago taverns, bedecked with vintage-y decor and situated on the edge of Ukrainian Village and Humboldt Park. The crux of the drink list is classic-inspired cocktails curated by Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy. Wines, beers, and an amaro machine round out the beverage program, and Sportsman's also offers a carry-out liquor program, convenient for customers who want to bring the party home with them.

Sportsman's Club
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Beef Up at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Patty melts, nacho mac & cheese, and bacon-flecked chicken wings are the ideal medicine for a blustery winter's night. The January specials at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap have your name all over them, spelled out in cheese sauce. A 9-oz. Angus patty melt is pressed with Swiss and American cheeses, grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, and a side of Russian dressing because why not. The featured mac & cheese draws inspiration from another cheesy comfort classic, nachos. The "super hot nacho" mac & cheese is outfitted with wing sauce, crumbled chorizo, cheddar, diced tomatoes, green onions, sour cream, and tortilla strips. Then there's the bacon and cheddar wings, Jake's signature crispy wings pimped out with melted Carr Valley applewood-smoked cheddar, chopped bacon, and a side of ranch dressing.

Dig Into the Banh Mi Burger at Burger Boss

An American classic joins forces with a Vietnamese staple at Burger Boss for the restaurant's January special, the banh mi burger. The Vietnamese sandwich-inspired burger is offered at the restaurant's original Elmwood Park location as well as the newer Southport spot in the city. This spicy creation is just the kick in the pants this season needs, featuring an Angus beef patty with house-pickled carrots and radsihes, fresh cucumber slices, jalapeños, cilantro, and sriracha-hoisin mayo.

There are multiple flatscreens to catch the big games at this North Woods-style tavern, which offers a full menu. Craft beer, spicy wings, burgers, and other elevated bar bites comprise...

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100-percent Angus Beef burgers and all-natural chicken feature at this Elmwood Park fast-casual eatery, where you can choose from their signature menu or build your own burgers and sandwiches with...

Expect seasonal cocktails as well as lively music spun by some of the area's hottest deejays. The small-plates menu is ideal for those looking for a quick bite on the...

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The first in Heisler Hospitality's neighborhood tavern series of bars, Sportsman's Club is a corner bar that derives distinct inspiration from American taverns of yore. Classic, spirit-forward cocktails are the...

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