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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

Wing It at Rockit

The return of football season means the return of incessant cravings for chicken wings. The quintessential tailgate food is as inexorably linked with the early fall season as pumpkin spice lattes and cups of cider. Hence, Rockit's annual wing fest, Wing It, comes at the perfect time both at the Rockit Burger Bar and Rockit Bar & Grill. The duration of the week from September 8 through September 12, executive chef Amanda Downing cooks up a slew of unique wings, featuring a different one each day. Pretend they're Pokemon cards and catch them all!

Rockit wings
(Wing It at Rockit)    

Monday, September 8 - Chicken 'n' peppers wings are sort of like an Italian sub of some sort, but sticky-spicy-sweet and in handheld form. Made with a spicy balsamic glaze, the wings get a dash of sweet baby bell peppers and pepperoncini peppers.
Tuesday, September 9 - Now things get a little crazy with Downing's flying pig "wings." Note the quotations, because these are not actual wings, but rather crispy fried pig ears flecked with fleur de sel and smoked paprika. 
Wednesday, September 10 - Not all wings are made with chicken. Duck wings are equally deserving of adoration, especially considering how luscious and fatty they are compared to chicken. Downing gives her mighty duck wings the sweet & sour sauce treatment, along with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and bell peppers. 
Thursday, September 11 - And let's not forget about turkey. Large birds that they are, the Thursday turkey wings are quite hulking and packed with flavor. Particularly, taco-inspired al pastor flavor. Here, turkey wings (and legs!) are made with pineapple, cilantro, and pickled red onions. 
Friday, September 12 - Rounding out the week, Wing It finishes with a spicy kick. The kung pao wow wings feature a heady bath of kung pao sauce, scallions, and crushed peanuts. 
All wing specials cost $12 per plate. 

- Matt Kirouac
Neighborhoods: WrigleyvilleRiver North

A spin-off of River North's popular Rockit Bar & Grill, gourmet burgers are the name of the game at Wrigleyville's Rockit Burger Bar.

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The burgers, the beer and the beats keep the crowds coming back to this River North hot spot. A tourist and local favorite, Rockit recently underwent a renovation and thorough...

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