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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

New Patios Are Better Late Than Never

With Labor Day looming, back-to-school season in full force, and the fleeting heat dissipating, it might seem like summer is over, right? WRONG. To help assuage our seasonal woes, two restaurants are opening up late-season patios, proving that some things are better late than never. 

(Soon you'll be able to eat this on Municipal's new patio)

Dim sum just tastes better al fresco. It's a fact. That's why you'll want to make a bee line to Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor to take advantage of their new patio. Situated in the unfairly gorgeous Lakeshore East enclave, the restaurant setting is lustrous enough as is, let alone when you allow diners to dine outdoors and bask in the urban glitz. Perch yourself on the sprawling, serene patio and dig into shrimp dumplings, BBQ pork buns, oxtail potstickers, wok-braised octopus, foie gras egg tarts, and lots more. 

Another new patio is on its way to River North come early September. Because let's be honest, a crisp fall breeze is more enjoyable than humid, sweaty summer air. Said patio can soon be found at Municipal Bar + Dining Co., where a sprawling outdoor space boasts flat-screen televisions, comfy seating, and a killer sound system. With seating for up to 85 guests, the patio will feature Municipal's full dining menu of mod American bar fare curated by chef Guillermo Tellez, including a roasted prime rib French dip, crab cakes, and honey BBQ roasted pork, among others. Not to mention the libations, which run the gamut from craft beers and wines to specialty house cocktails crafted by the Tippling Brothers. VIP bottle service is also available. Patio hours will be Monday-Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River NorthMillennium Park

The upscale sports and cocktail lounge pays homage to Chicago's rich architectural landscape. Design elements include salvaged city relics, riveted metal and graphic layered wall murals of digitally reinterpreted EL...

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Traditional Chinese dim sum takes the stage at Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor, a partnership with Chinatown's Phoenix Restaurant. Small plates of Chinese finger foods prepared by "Food Buddha" Rodelio...

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