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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

III Forks Beefs Up Lakeshore East's Al Fresco Scene

One of the city's premier patios is open for the season, with a new menu to match courtesy of III Forks. With sprawling views of Lakeshore East, an urban Mecca so stunning it will make you want to uproot your life and move into the restaurant immediately, III Forks' prime rooftop patio is destination number one for al fresco supremacy. It's made all the better by the addition of a new menu by executive chef Billy Caruso. 


III Forks
(III Forks. Steak with a view.)


The rooftop lounge at III Forks, nestled atop Millennium Park by the lake, surrounded by highrises and high living, is a vista like no other. Especially given the coastal-esque vibe of the lounge space. Cabanas, stone fireplaces, heaters, and preeminent views make for an exceptional setting in which to enjoy your steak. There's also an elongated pine and granite bar to bolster your drinking experience, which you'll want to do here considering their ample (and partially new) beverage list. Weather permitting, the rooftop space is open daily from 4:00 p.m. until midnight through the warmer months. Take advantage while you can. 


And while you're up there lounging, enjoy some of Caruso's new dishes created exclusively for the patio. There's lamb meatballs with caramelized fennel demi, seared scallops with housemade bacon jam, tomatoes and Burrata, steak tartare, Texas-style lobster tail with remoulade, and a New England-style lobster roll. The "beef market" portion of the menu boasts a selection of filets and rib-eyes, with optional supplements such as blue cheese and Parmesan. 


To drink, III Forks has rolled out a plethora of new potables. Fresh new cocktails include The Nessa with Absolut mango, Seven Daughters Moscato, peach schnapps, raspberry liqueur, and a splash of lemon-lime soda; the Chicago Gentleman with bourbon, Vermont maple syrup foam, Bitter Truth aromatic bitters, and orange zest; and Bury Me With Smoke, featuring Maraschino liqueur, Chartreuse Yellow, mezcal, No. 3 gin, and lemon juice. 


Prime patio, prime beef, and prime libations. Game, set, match. 


- Matt Kirouac

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