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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 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

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