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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

Weekend Planner August 29-August 31: Cirque du FMK, September Chocolate Preview, Dawson City Limits

Cirque du FMK

The greatest show on Earth is making its way to Fulton Market Kitchen this weekend and you want to be there. Because it's not very often you get to partake in cocktails, food, popcorn, and cotton candy in a sleek bar while gawking at magicians, contortionists, and "candy butchers." Particularly intrigued by the latter. Cirque du FMK makes for the perfect Labor Day kickoff, taking place from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., complete with circus acts, boozy snow cones, and lots more.  It's free to attend, with a cash bar on site. RSVP to RSVP@FultonMarketKitchen.com by August 28 to snag a spot. 


The Dawson
(How The Dawson does vodka lemonade.Credit: Nicole Ess)


Dawson City Limits
 
The final Dawson City Limits music show takes place August 31 at The Dawson, so be sure and swing by to send summer off in style. The summery Sunday series comes to a conclusion this weekend with a performance by Jenny Dragon on the ample patio from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Special food and beverage are also on deck, including a crawfish boil for $25 per person and Clint Rogers' broiled vodka lemonade for $30 per pitcher or $10 per glass. Be there. 


September Preview Party at Katherine Anne Confections

It's time once again to gather around the chocolate kitchen and taste a preview of what's to come at Katherine Anne Confections. The next seasonal preview party takes place August 29 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., wherein guests will get to sample the fall products ready to hit the counter at the Logan Square chocolatier. The event entails truffles, caramels, marshmallows, and drinks aplenty, consumed open house-style. Here's a bit of what you can expect: truffle in flavors like pear-walnut-goat cheese, cheddar-apple, port-blue cheese-thyme, and cherry-ricotta-caraway; caramels flavored with brown sugar-ginger-lime, sesame-black pepper, peach-star anise, and Merlot-pecan; and mocha marshmallows infused with Ipsento coffee and chocolate. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Reserve your spot today by calling (773) 245-1630.

 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Logan SquareWest TownWest Loop

Chicago chocolatier Katherine Duncan uses local cream, organic sugar, local fruits and herbs to make hand-dipped truffles, soft honey caramels, and pillowy artisanal marshmallows. She also teaches classes for groups.

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Art and food are in perfect harmony at this Fulton Market newcomer, set to open March 21, 2014 from a vet of Black Bull. The restaurant marries rotating art collections...

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