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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
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Chinese New Year Restaurant Celebrations in Chicago

One New Year down, one more to go. This week marks the Chinese New Year celebration, with events and specials taking place in restaurants all over town. 

Sunda mu shu duck
(Mu shu duck at Sunda. Photo: Rockit Ranch Productions)

Now that your New Year's Champagne-induced hangovers have finally subsided, it's time to celebrate another new year. Chinese New Year celebrations kick off this week, marking the beginning of the year of the horse, which symbolizes unexpected adventures and surprising romance. It sounds like the slogan for a Las Vegas drive-thru wedding chapel, but it certainly still merits celebration. Here's where to toast to the Chinese New Year around Chicago:


When it comes to Chinese New Year merriment, it's wise to go right to the source and hit up Chinatown. Surrounded by authentic Chinese eateries, it's hard to go wrong on any given day, but Hing Kee is hosting a dumpling-making dinner in honor of the holiday on February 1. Not only will guests learn how to make dumplings and listen to Chinese lore, but they'll be treated to a traditional Lunar New Year's feast, all for just $35. Get your tickets here.


On February 11, once the New Year has settled in for a little bit, Chinatown's Phoenix Restaurant will host a Lunar New Year dinner of its own. This one is a little more lavish, with a full-fledged banquet-style feast laden with seafood, vegetables, meats, appetizers, and more. The cost is $75, but horses are worth it. Those tickets can be acquired here.


Sunda is "horsing around" all week long, from January 27 through January 31, for the new year festivities. The mod Asian restaurant is peddling a special Chinese New Year menu honoring Chinese classics, including hot & sour soup, stuffed crab claws, golden prawns and crab cream cheese in wonton shells, mu shu duck, sesame chicken, and Szechuan pepper steak.


Guests born in the year of the horse should gallop over to 8000 Miles to cash in on special menu discounts. The 15% discount is available on Sunday, February 2 for all horses (leave the actual animals at home). Additionally, the restaurant is hosting a Lynfred Winery dinner to toast the holiday on January 30, featuring a miscellany of Chinese dishes such as jaoizi dumplings, tangerine chicken, long life noodles, and whole crispy fish. More menu specials are served on January 31, complete with a traditional lion dance, a feat designed to ward off evil spirits whilst welcoming happiness and luck.


Big Bowl goes big for its Chinese New Year celebrations. Symbolic specials are on deck January 30 through February 2, including shrimp dumplings, lobster with long life noodles, red cooked pork, and ruby red orange sangria. On January 30, guests born in the year of the horse receive a complimentary entree, while all dinnertime diners on January 31 have the opportunity to "gamble" and roll dice at their table; whatever number comes up is deducted off the total bill. February 1 marks a dumpling cooking class at the Cedar Street location at 9:00 a.m. Finally, on February 2, all guests receive a Big Bowl envelope, each one filled with either a $10 or $25 gift card, or a card for a free appetizer, dessert, or ginger-ale.

Dim sum brunch[edit]

The dim sum brunch is popular in Chinese restaurants worldwide.[11] It consists of a variety of stuffed buns, dumplings, and other savory or sweet food items that have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Customers pick small portions from passing carts, as the kitchen continuously produces and sends out more freshly prepared dishes. Dim sum is usually eaten at a mid-morning, midday, or mid-afternoonteatime.


- Matt Kirouac


Vibrant flavors explode in nearly every dish at this fun, festive eatery, part of a small chain within the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises empire. Big Bowl grinds peanuts for the...

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Vibrant flavors explode in nearly every dish at this fun, festive eatery, part of a small chain within the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises empire. Big Bowl grinds peanuts for the...

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Vibrant flavors explode in nearly every dish at this fun, festive eatery, part of a small chain within the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises empire. Big Bowl grinds peanuts for the...


Celebrated for its dim sum, dumplings and other little dishes, served from carts in the mornings, Phoenix also serves Cantonese favorites for dinner. Expect long lines on weekend mornings.


This exotic, River North concept is named after Southeast Asia’s Sunda Shelf. Sunda is owned by the Rockit Ranch Productions team, which is also behind Rockit Bar and Grill, Underground...

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Vibrant flavors explode in nearly every dish at this fun, festive eatery, part of a small chain within the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises empire. Big Bowl grinds peanuts for the...




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