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Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM

Weekday Planner: Chicago Restaurant Ombra's Wood-fired Oven, Trash Fish Dinner, Sunnyside of Lincoln, and Public House Beers

Bask in the Warmth of Chicago Restaurant Ombra's New Wood-fired Oven

Andersonville's diminutive Venetian small plates spot just got a massive new addition. With the debut of its 4,000 pound wood-fired oven, Ombra is now heating up everything from pizzas to steak, amplifying its menu substantially. New menu offerings include margherita pizza; red pizza with pancetta, arugula, and tomato; white pizza with ricotta, grilled vegetables, and pesto; skirt steak with faro and romesco; and Scottish salmon with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, and arugula pesto. 

Trash Fish Dinner

Don't let the name deter you. What some might deem bycatch, Paul Fehribach at Big Jones treasures for its sustainable, delectable purposes. Along with a miscellany of guest chef talents, Fehribach is poised to showcase lesser known, commonly less desirable fish such as triggerfish, triple tail, and bluefish on May 19. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the event features a family-style spread prepared by the likes of New Orleans' Susan Spicer, Kansas City's Colby Garrelts, Phillip Foss from EL Ideas, Brandon Baltzley from TMIP, and Andres Padilla from Topolobampo. The cost to attend is $125 per person and tickets can be purchased here

(Wood-fired action at Ombra)

11 Days of Craft Beer at Public House

In honor of Chicago Craft Beer week, running through May 25, Public House is featuring a limited number of specific craft beers each day. May 19, the featured beer is Rogue Mom Hefe Weizen, followed by Revolution Jukebox Hero on May 20, Baderbrau Chicago Pilsener on May 21, Local Option Morning Wood on May 22, Brewdog Storm on May 23, and a couple others for the weekend: Boulevard Boss Tom's Golden Bock and a grand finale of beers collected from the days prior. 

Sunnyside of Lincoln

Kicking off street festival season on May 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Sunnyside of Lincoln brings together a smorgasborg of Lincoln Square/North Center restaurants, live music, and a meticulously landscaped backdrop. The festival, which costs $45 to attend, includes two dishes and two drinks at each establishment, including Due Lire, The Grafton, and Bistro Campagne. Guests can move from one location to the next with their beverages, which may include beer provided by Begyle Brewing Co. Tickets can be purchased here

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Rick Bayless's upscale Mexican eatery is adjacent to its more toned-down sibling, Frontera Grill.

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A warm and friendly neighborhood French bistro opened in summer of 2002 by Chef Michael Altenberg. "Campagne" means "countryside", and symbolizes the restaurant's deep connection to the land that yields...

Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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This Italian restaurant in Lincoln Square opened in November 2010 with a chef who was previously at Bice and Gioco. Dishes include antipasti like calamari and mussels, pasta like gnocchi...

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The owners of Bull & Bear have expanded their self-serve beer and liquor tap concept to their second bar, which is also located in River North. They're only located at...

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Former MeatyBalls food truck owner Phillip Foss opened a ballsy, six-seater in the heart of Pilsen to explore the food he really wants to cook. To snag a hard-to-get reservation,...

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A cozy, comfortable tavern next to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square, The Grafton offers Irish and American cuisine, as well as a wide range of...

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