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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

Get A Taste of Your Favorite Local Chefs At These Events

By Audarshia Townsend

Mark my words: 2014 will go down in history as Chicago’s busiest year for restaurant and bar openings. And not just any old restaurant openings; we’re talking the cream of the crop of restaurateurs and chefs setting up shop all around town.

From the winter arrivals of Kinmont (from the team behind Nellcote, Old Town Social, RM Champagne Salon) and Cicchetti (former Blackbird chef helms this one) to summer hot spots The Promontory (Longman & Eagle, Dusek's Board & Beer guys), RPM Steak (Lettuce Entertain You) and River Roast (Levy Restaurants), it’s been one helluva year thus far. It’s so busy, in fact, that it’s impossible to visit them all, which is why we’re excited for several chef-related events coming up. Not only do they benefit some awesome charities, but they also give you a grand opportunity to check out a bunch of chefs/new restaurants in one fell swoop:

Chicago Gourmet. Beginning August 18 (and through Sept. 18), you can visit up to five restaurants to earn a ticket to the annual upscale food frenzy featuring local and internationally acclaimed chefs. The Dining Around program offers you a chance to discover some hot new spots or become re-acquainted with some of your favorites. You just have to spend a minimum of $35 at each spot. The actual Chicago Gourmet event takes place Sept. 27-28, featuring the likes of Duncan Biddulph (Kinmont), Thomas Lents (Sixteen) and Matt Troost (Three Aces). This year, 100 percent of the proceeds from the online auction and raffles will be donated to the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to provide scholarships for aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals. Click for tickets.


Father and son team Jimmy Bannos Sr. and Jimmy Bannos Jr. at Chicago Gourmet in 2013

Rockin’ Lobster Bash. For this annual event, you’ll get to sample seafood-focused dishes from a number of Michelin-starred, James Beard-honored chefs. WXRT-FM and Supreme Lobster Co. team up again to present the likes of Curtis Duffy (Grace), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Cary Taylor (Big Star) and a host of other culinary stars. They’ll serve aboard the Columbia Yacht Club (111 N. Lake Shore Dr.) 6-10pm August 11. Rockin’ Lobster Bash benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It’s $85 per person. Click for tickets.

The Sound Opinions Summer BBQ. Benefiting the WBEZ-FM public radio station, this first-ever BBQ will be held on the station’s Navy Pier terrace and hosted by media personalities Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. For $50 per person ($40 for WBEZ members), you’ll get to sample ‘cue from the likes of Leghorn Chicken, The Butcher & Larder, Kuma’s Corner and Parsons Chicken & Fish. It takes place at 7pm August 20, with fireworks at 9:30pm. Click for tickets.


Nellcote's Jared Van Camp at Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation." (Photo: Galdones Photography)

Taste of the Nation. Share Our Strength’s annual affair returns to Navy Pier Ballroom, featuring some of the hottest chefs and mixologists in town. At the top of the list: The likes of Richie Farina (Moto), Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat), Michael Sheerin (Cicchetti), Anthony Martin (Tru), Matthew Kirkley (L2O), Fabio Viviani and David Blonsky (Siena Tavern), and Charles Joly (The Aviary). It’s $125 per person ($250 for VIP) and happening 7-10pm August 13. Click for tickets.

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