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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

Dessert News: Beurrage, The Monarch, and NoMI Chocolate Boutique

Chicago's insatiable appetite for sugary treats continues to grow, with the arrival of a new bakeshop in Pilsen, new desserts in Bucktown, and a pop-up chocolate wonderland at the Park Hyatt. Just in time for bathing suit season, new desserts arrive to make life that much more challenging. But oh is it worth it.

Worms and dirt
(Worms and dirt at The Monarch)

As Pilsen's food scene continues to expand, Beurrage marks the latest development on the 18th Street strip. Beurrage originated at the Pilsen Community Market a couple years ago, run by Jeffrey Hallenbeck and Isaiah Simpson. Due to wild demand for their goods, Beurrage began delivering to coffee shops and cafes throughout the city, eventually amassing enough funds and stability to secure their own brick-and-mortar space. The bakeshop opened on Easter, serving cafe fare morning till evening Tuesday through Friday and until mid-afternoon on weekends. Well beyond your standard bakery provisions, Beurrage offers an impressively thoughtful array of pastries, from pretzel croissants and banana-hazelnut-chocolate croissants to fig Danishes, carrot and seed bread, pies, and croissant loaf bread.

Re-imagined dessert classics take the stage at The Monarch, a Bucktown bar with a proclivity for imaginative culinary creations courtesy of Michael DeStefano. Because it's not every bar that ends a meal with key lime parfaits; a candy bar-like plate of goat cheese spread with cacao nibs, pink peppercorn, peanuts, and caramel; and an adult interpretation of the childhood classic worms & dirt made with bittersweet chocolate pudding, espresso "dirt," and gummy worms.

Over at the Park Hyatt, NoMI Kitchen's pastry chef Meg Galus embraces her inner Wonka for a chocolate-themed dessert pop-up running at the Park Hyatt Chicago Library April 26 through May 11. Utilizing rare and unique varieties of chocolate, Galus gets whimsical with a miscellany of cocoa creations, from brownies and bonbons to French pastries and personalized gift baskets. The pop-up is in session from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day.

- Matt Kirouac

Fine dining alum Michael DeStefano is at the helm of the space formerly occupied by the Wicker Park location of Uberstein. Having previously worked alongside acclaimed chef Andrew Brochu, DeStefano...

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What originated as a community baking concept in Pilsen in 2012 has blossomed into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar bakery on 18th Street at Beurrage.

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