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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: Green Tie Ball: Seafood Boil, Umbrian Sunday Supper, and Festiv-Ale

Green's Green Tie Ball


This Saturday is Chicago Gateway Green's Green Tie Ball, the best culinary & entertainment fundraiser of the year!


From David Lissner "The Food Dude "As a board member of Chicago Gateway Green, I am extending a special offer for you to purchase Gala tickets at $100 ($50 off) to attend this Saturday, September 13th.  The invitation is attached. 

Please go to  www.greentieball2014.eventbrite.com​, select the quantity of tickets in the "Gala Ticket" section and scroll down to bottom to enter the promotional code LISSNERGTB before you click “Order Now”, fill out the information it requires and then you will receive an email with your tickets to print out.   

Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at GTB!

Green Tie Ball

Seafood Boil at Spritzburger

No better way to cap off summer than with a refreshing seafood boil. It's all going down September 14 at Spritzburger, wherein East Coast expat Dan Smith does his native shores proud with an array of shrimp, crab, crawfish, clams, mussels, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. It's all served family-style, as it should be, along with cole slaw and cornbread and fresh baked pies by Gale Gand. Plus, the all-you-can-eat feast will include Midnight Moon and Catdaddy cocktails. It takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on the patio, if weather cooperates, and costs $40 per person. Call 773-868-9866 to make a reservation or visit here

Umbrian Sunday Supper
This month, the themed Sunday supper menus at Azzurra hone in on Umbria, a land-locked locale renowned for its rusticity, grains, and produce, exemplified via a four-course family-style tasting menu at Wicker Park's preeminent Italian restaurant. This weekend/month's menu features sliced local soppresatta and coppa focaccia crostini, market vegetable salad, housemade pasta with pancetta, sausage and tomato, farrotto, housemade porchetta, grilled rainbow trout, and chocolate crema for dessert. The cost is $23 per person for adults, $12 for children eight to 12, and free for kids under seven. Reservations can be at Azzura. 

Craft beer tasting events are even better when proceeds go to a good cause. Festiv-Ale is back and more beneficial than ever this year, taking place September 12 at Carmichael's. The craft beer event features over 25 breweries and 800 attendees, with all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A VIP reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., followed be general admission until 11:00 p.m. Entry is $100 for VIP or $65 for regular. More info here

- Matt Kirouac


Neighborhoods: Lincoln ParkLakeviewWicker Park

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