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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

What to Eat This Week: Oyster Hour, Mondays at County, Greek Wine Dinner, and Moscow Mules

Oyster Hour at Acre

Nothing puts the "happy" in happy hour quite like bivalves. Through March, Acre hosts daily oyster hours that are actually several hours each. For a scant $1.25 a pop, oysters come in a variety of options, featuring both East Coast and West Coast offerings. Oyster hour takes place on weekdays from 5:00 p.m. until midnight and on weekends from 3:00 p.m. until midnight. Slurp and get happy.

Vintage Attraction

A New Day to Eat at County

Mondays just got a lot less sucky, thanks to the arrival of Monday hours at County and the onset of fried chicken specials. The Taylor Street barbeque haunt is now open seven days a week, so you're never too far from brisket, ribs, and other meaty delicacies. Plus, County is introducing a new Monday special: fried chicken wings with fries for $9. The specially seasoned and breaded wings come with a honey-Sriracha sauce, ideally supplemented with a shot of Old Heaven Hill and a Lone Star beer for $5.

Acropolis Now Book Dinner

Wine, food, and literature converge for a special evening at Taxim on Monday, February 10. In honor of Vintage Attraction, a semi-autobiographical novel by Charles Blackstone on the allure of Greece and his romance with now-wife Alpana Singh, Taxim will present a three-course wine dinner showcasing Greece in all its romantic glory. Blackstone will be in attendance to read from his book, describing Grecian love as diners tuck into Grecian food. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $65 and includes an autographed copy of the book. Reservations can be made by calling 773-252-1558.

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Toast to Sochi With Crafthouse Moscow Mule

If you enjoy Russian-inspired cocktails but hate Russian bigotry, Crafthouse Moscow Mules are the perfect way to toast the Winter Olympics! An apropos option from Charles Joly's (The Aviary) venerable line of bottled cocktails, the Crafthouse Moscow Mule features small-batch vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and cane sugar, all natural and all refreshing. Pick up a bottle at a boozy beverage outlet near you, pour over ice, garnish with a lime, and sip with vigor.

- Matt Kirouac

In October 2010, the owners of Charlie's Ale House and Anteprima re-concepted their Andersonville tavern into a casual and relaxed restaurant with a menu of simple, seasonal American fare. In...

David Morton and Michael Kornick open a chef-driven BBQ joint in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Gennaro's Italian restaurant. There are 40 seats inside and 50 seats on...

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