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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
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

Shellfish Soirees in the Summer

Shellfish Soirees:

In the heat of summer, there are few things as quintessential and refreshing as pristine shellfish. Notably lobster and oysters, two evergreen ingredients that are particularly apropos during summer dining rituals. Recognizing shellfish's proclivity for hot-weather feasting, Shaw's Crab House and Tavern on Rush are both celebrating appropriately with respective festivals of lobster and oysters. Get your appetites (and your bibs) ready. 


Shaw's Crab House
(Get ready to pig out on lobster at Shaw's Crab House)


It's that time once again. Lobster Fest 2014. It's the Lollapalooza of shellfish, celebrated at Shaw's Crab House in Chicago and Schaumburg throughout the month of July. The fest serves to showcase Maine lobster in all its bounteous glory, featured as specials all month long. Come for the three-course family-style lobster dinner for $38 per person or the New England lobster boil entree, both on deck for dinner only. The former contains a miscellany of clam chowder, one-pound whole lobster, corn on the cob, Red Bliss potatoes, cole dlaw, and key lime pie for dessert. For an extra $16, guests can supplement their meal with an extra one-pound lobster. Because gilding the lily has never tasted better. For the New England lobster boil, the one-person entree includes one-pound whole Maine lobster, Red Bliss potatoes, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and a slice of key lime pie for $32 per person. But that's not all! Shaw's in Schaumburg is accentuating its Saturday night Grand Crab Buffet with the added bonus of lobster for July. Expect steamed and chilled lobster, lobster pasta, lobster bisque, lobster maki, and more.  


Once you've got your fill of lobster, head over to Tavern on Rush next month for their Festival of Oysters on August 5. In honor of National Oyster Day, the restaurant is serving up a smorgasbord of shellfish specials, including $1 oysters, $2 stone oven baked oysters, and $10 fried oyster baskets. To drink, Tavern on Rush will be featuing $3 bottles of Guinness and $5 glasses of Costamolino Vermentino, which should wash down all that nautical goodness quite well. 


- Matt Kirouac
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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...




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