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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
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Fourth of July Dining and Drinking Guide 2014

There is nothing more patriotic than bingeing on grilled meat and drinking yourself stupid. Wave your inner American flag this Fourth of July at any one of the following dining/drinking destinations in Chicago to properly celebrate our American freedom; especially the freedom to eat, drink, and be merry. 


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(Tavern on Rush displays pina colada patriotism)


EPIC: Seeing as July is National Grilling Month, appropriately enough, EPIC is inviting guests to wander up to the rooftop and partake in a little urban cookout. EPIC owner Steve Tavoso will be manning the grills, serving up American classics for the Fourth of July such as hot dogs, brats, and ribs. To drink, there will be red, white, or blue sangria and root beer float shots made with ROOT and Bailey's.  


Porkchop: No better way to bolster your patriotic spirit than with a good old fashioned al fresco pig roast. Porkchop is doing it up right in the West Loop with their patio party, featuring pork aplenty alongside chicken, Red Bull bourbon lemonade, and whiskey galore. 


Trump International Hotel & Tower: Rebar in the Trump International Hotel & Tower offers a lavish vista for all the downtown fireworks action, especially since guests can simultaneously imbibe Firecracker cocktails comprised of Ciroc Berry vodka, muddled strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries, and simple syrup. It's all garnished with fresh blueberries, star fruit, and an American flag. Upstairs, the Terrace at Trump is getting festive in its own right with fruit raspados made with vanilla ice cream, berries, shaved ice, and red, white, and blue syrups. 


Ombra: Just because Ombra is Italian doesn't mean the Andersonville restaurant can't celebrate its American spirit. The dainty Italian haunt is serving up special red, white, and blue bellini flights for the Fourth, made respectively with strawberries, white peach, and blueberries. 

Frontier: One surefire way to up the American ante on Fourth festivities is by cooking a bison barbecue. Frontier does just that on July 5, where for $40 per person, guests can indulge in a meaty melee of all-American comfort. From 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the barstaurant will be offering a bison BBQ and craft beer tasting, which includes bison burgers, bison sausages, smoked chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and mac & cheese. Craft beers to be sampled include products from Greenbush, Metropolitan, and Lagunitas.   

Takito Kitchen: Fried chicken is essential eating on the Fourth of July. Even if said chicken is folded inside a tortilla and served well outside the traditional template. Takito Kitchen continues to innovate and satisfy with its holiiday special pairing. For $20, diners get fried chicken tacos and a choice of wine, either Chandon American Summer or Charles and Charles Rosé.

Shaw's Crab House: Both Shaw's Crab House locations embrace their patriotic spirits this holdiay by discounting oyster deals in the bar all day long to 50% off. This entails enjoying East or West Coast oysters at a delicious discount. Plus, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the Schaumburg location will offer offers for just $.50 a pop, while the Chicago outlet will feature a New Orleans-style crawfish boil for $30 per person. 

Tavern on Rush: Things get refreshing and delicious at Tavern on Rush in the form of the quintessential summer sipper. Tavern's Fireworks Strawberry Pina Colada is the perfect salute to Americana, made with strawberry puree, Cruzan rum, coconut, pineapple, and Blue Curacao. 
 
Bub City: Celebrate the Fourth like a true patriot by eating barbecue and giving back to the community at Bub City. As if enjoying down-home-style 'cue and Bloody Marys isn't patriotic enough (the restaurant is also opening its doors early at 10:00 a.m.), a portion of proceeds for the day will go to USO Illinois. Plus, all service men and women will receive 50% off their food. 

Additionally, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is amping things up with a friendly cocktail competition. 
 
Currently, the bar and restaurant is offering two Fourth of July-inspired cocktail specials, Sammie's American Dream made with Tito's Handmade Vodka, St-Germain, fresh watermelon, lime, mint, and blueberries; and Kevin's Patriotic Elixir featuring Jeremiah Weed, strawberry puree, and lemonade. Once July 4 arrives, lead bartenders Sam Scholl and Kevin Blake will go head-to-head with a little friendly cocktail competition. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., votes will be counted for the special cocktail over the past two weeks, along with input from the judging panel. When it's all said and done, a cocktail champ will be announced, taking home the glory. 

- Matt Kirouac

 


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Attached to the Illinois Center complex, this urban tavern offers a patio poised for people watching, late hours (till 11 p.m. by Loop standards) and an eclectic menu.

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The luxury outdoor lounge offers an enviable view of the Chicago River and Navy Pier fireworks. It's also popular during the summer for its unique settings that change annually: from...

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The River North venue offers several experiences in one: It's a fine-dining steakhouse, sports lounge on the first floor, and after-hours hot spot. The summer rooftop lounge draws crowds for...

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The New England vibe of the seafood-focused Shaw’s Crab House helped make it an institution. But Shaw’s also is famous for doubling up as one of Chicagoland’s best steakhouses. Alongside...


The guys behind Lottie's and the Pony Inn have opened a third location, featuring the down-home cooking of chef/partner Brian Jupiter. The chef highlights Southern American cooking that's updated with...

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This West Loop venture is part diner, part rock 'n' roll. Highlights on the regular menu include the pork belly sliders, sausage lollipops and chicken fried chop. There are even...


More modern tacos come to Wicker Park to compete with stalwarts Big Star and Antique Taco with the arrival of Takito Kitchen in March 2013. Owners Anshul Mangal and Mario...




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