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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Element Collective Rolls Out the Red Carpet

In case the incessant and unavoidable hype hasn't made it blatantly obvious, the Academy Awards are coming up on March 2. Just because you surely didn't get an invite to the show or any of the adjacent parties doesn't mean you can't celebrate, right? Right. Element Collective brings a little bit of Hollywood pomp and circumstance to Chicago this year with dual Oscar parties at Nellcote and Old Town Social, complete with red carpets, photographers, and movie-themed cocktails and other specials. You'll feel like Hollywood royalty, minus the possibility of actually winning any film award. But hey, there's always next year.

Oscar red carpet at Nellcote
(Last year's "orange carpet" at Nellcote. Photo: Nellcote)


Come March 2, Nellcote is the place to be for Chicago's most fashionable and most film-obsessed. The West Loop restaurant is partnering up with Garmental, a revered local fashion and lifestyle blog, for a tres chic evening befitting a Hollywood glam squad. Stylist Suzanne Kopulos takes the mic leading readings of the best- and worst-dressed on the red carpet for the viewing party. Attendees will have the opportunity to pretend they're Angelina and Brad for an evening, thanks to a full-fledged step-and-repeat with paparazzi-like photogs in place to stroke egos. Prizes are in fact on hand for best dressed guests, so even if it's not an Oscar, at least it's something. $10 pizzas, $5 bubbly, and film-themed cocktail specials are also on deck, including The Wolf of Wall Street made with bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, and orange bitters; Gravity made with vodka, Sorel liqueur, lime, and allspice syrup; and Her, featuring sparkling wine, Ketel orange, lime, and simple syrup.

Old Town Social

Over at Nellcote's sister spot, Old Town Social, things are getting just as lavish. There will indeed be a red carpet complete with a "red wall" with paparazzi, so come dressed to the nines and ready to have your personal space violated (just kidding). Here, special cocktails are award-worthy, with drinks such as Best Picture made with Grey Goose vodka, Bitter Truth allspice liqueur, fresh pear puree, fresh lemon juice, and vanilla bean; Best Actress with Cazadores reposado tequila, aperol, orange liqueur, fresh lime, agave nectar, grapefruit, and orange blossom water; and Best Actor with Bombay Sapphire gin, aperol, sweet vermouth, and blood orange gastrique. Prizes will be doled out for best dressed patrons and a DJ will spin cult classic movie soundtracks during pesky commercial breaks. Groups of six or more also earn a comp bottle of Prosecco, so bring your pals!

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Old TownWest Loop

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