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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

Introducing Footman Hospitality

Chicago isn't lacking in the restaurant group department, what with juggernauts such as Boka, One Off Hospitality, and Heisler spreading throughout the city faster than the Gwyneth Paltrow disease in Contagion. But the cool thing about this city is how supportive the industry is and how the success of one bolsters opportunities for others, opening new doors for new groups, new restaurants, and new bars. The latest in Chicago's ever-burgeoning dining and drinking group gamut is Footman Hospitality, an organization that sounds like an opulent version of the ninja thieves in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but with much greater promise.


Footman Hospitality
(Footman Hospitality)


The trifecta behind Footman is Chris Haisma, Jason Freiman, and Nick Podesta. The former was Director of Operations for Boka Restaurant Group (whodathunk!), while the latter two hail from Wicker Park's Bangers & Lace and The Anthem. The company name derives inspiration not from cartoon ninja thieves, but 19th century servants, the true workhorses of noble households. The ardent commitment to hard work and diligent service is what drove the Footman moniker, and although Haisma, Freiman, and Podesta aren't servants (don't ask them to do your laundry), they capture that essence of service. 


Their first outing as a new trio is, fittingly, an expansion of the Bangers & Lace brand. Esteemed as Wicker Park's utmost destination for craft beers and sausages, B&L is poised to put down new roots in Evanston in the fall. The format and motif at the 4,200 square foot space is similar to the woodsy, cabin-y vibe of the original, outfitted with 32 beer taps and rotating beer kegs. 


In the future, look for more Bangers & Lace expansions as Footman Hospitality continues to establish a foothold. 


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Wicker Park

Footman Hospitality, one of Chicago's burgeoning bar and restaurant groups, is the force behind this Belgian-English bar and restaurant. Craft beer is king at this Wicker Park haunt, with an...

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