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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

Weekend Planner: Ramp Dinner, Caesar Burgers, Spring Terrines, and Spirited Sandwich Flights

Ramp Dinner at Little Goat

Ramp season is fleeting and precious. Treasure it with a full-fledged ramp-themed dinner. Little Goat is celebrating ramps in all their glory on Sunday, April 27, for their next Sunday supper, an apt homage to spring with the spotlight on one of the season's most awaited provisions. The event begins with ramp snacks and drinks on the rooftop at 5:00 p.m., followed by a ramp-tastic dinner inside. The cost is $75 per person and tickets can be purchased here


Eat Caesar Burgers for a Good Cause

DMK Burger Bar continues its 365 Days of Giving campaign with its latest burger special: the Caesar burger. This burger is as mighty as the murdered ruler, featuring a chicken burger heaped with sun-dried tomato, romaine, Caesar dressing, and lemony onions. Available through April 29, all proceeds from the $10 burger benefit DMK's current charity du jour: Gateway Green. Additionally, DMK is also offering Cuban burgers and caramel corn milkshakes as specials through April. 


Caesar burger at DMK Burger Bar
(Caesar burger at DMK Burger Bar)


Spring Terrine at TWO

The best way to embrace spring is with a spring-tastic, vegetarian terrine at TWO. Because's life is too short not to eat morel mushrooms, pea shoots, peas, and green garlic all in one bite, chef Tom Van Lente showcases the best of the season in one lustrous plate, all splashed with minty green pesto. 


Spirited Sandwich Flight at SideDoor

Rounding out Whiskey Week in Chicago, which runs April 20 through April 26, SideDoor is offering a special sandwich and spirits flight consisting of three sliders and 3 oz. paired whiskey samples. Sandwiches include pulled BBQ short rib, crispy pork belly, and house-smoked pastrami, adjoined by whiskeys such as Koval Four Grain, Few Bourbon, and Cody Road Rye. The flight is $22 per person. 


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: LakeviewWest LoopWest TownStreeterville

Michael Kornick and David Morton's eco-friendly eatery features a number of chef-driven burgers made with grass-fed beef, naturally raised turkey and veggie patties promising to actually taste good.

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There's an emphasis here on Midwestern farm-to-fork cuisine and décor, with a strong beer and cocktail program. TWO is also very neighborhood friendly and has thankfully ditched the small-plates trend...

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SideDoor is a restaurant within a restaurant. Specifically, it's an American gastropub within Lawry's Prime Rib, offering a casual, modern alternative to the upscale setting next door. With a focus...




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