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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

Dining Chicago Brunch Bites: Sophie's and Azzurra

In this week's batch of Dining Chicago brunch bites, Sophie's launches brunch on Mother's Day and Azzurra rolls out a fruitful new brunch menu for spring. 


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Just in time for the biggest brunch day of the year, Sophie's is getting into the brunch game. With American classics in mind, Sophie's chef Ron Aleman has crafted a menu of sleek brunch favorites such as crab cake Benedict, steak & eggs with poblano chimichurri, cobb salads, lobster salad rolls, and farmers' market vegetable omelettes. For early spring, this means ramps, wild mushrooms, and asparagus. That same attention to invigorated classics parlays onto the beverage menu as well, in the form of rhubarb-grapefruit mimosas. Once Mother's Day comes around, Sophie's will henceforth serve brunch on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

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In Wicker Park, Azzurra bolsters its seasonal brunch menu for spring with items such as cured salmon, Nocino Italian toast, porchetta panino, spaghetti carbonara, and polenta-crusted trout. Seasonal fruits lay the framework for Azzurra's new bottomless bellinis program, wherein $14 buys guests a ceaseless onslaught of fruit-infused bubbly, the perfect celebration of warm-weather drinking. 


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Neighborhoods: Wicker ParkStreeterville

Rustic Italian cuisine lands in the heart of Wicker Park at Azzurra EnoTavola, the latest endeavor from acclaimed Italian restaurateur Marty Fosse (Anteprima, Ombra).


Named in honor of the legendary Sophie Gimbel--the American designer who ruled Saks Fifth Avenue's couture department for 40 years in New York--the seventh-floor restaurant is the first of many...

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