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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Halloween Dining and Drinking Guide

Halloween is a time for spooky revelry, pumpkin-flavored everything, fun-sized candy, and hokey costumes. But since we're all adults, it's also about booze. And dancing. And frivolity. And food that didn't come out of the grocery store candy aisle. Celebrate accordingly at one of these Chicago restaurants or bars this Halloween: 


Billy Sunday
(Ichabod Cranium at Billy Sunday. Photo: Billy Sunday)
 
 
Haymarket Pub & Brewery: With "spooky" lunch fare, treats, crafts, games, and classic Halloween movies on deck, Haymarket Pub & Brewery is the place to be this Halloween season. The brewpub is hosting a special pre-Halloween event on October 26 with fun for the whole fam. Costumes are encouraged for the soiree, which runs from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  In addition to an adults' buffet, there's also a designated spread for kids, plus a piñata that gets smashed at 1:00 p.m. Be there. To snag a seat and ensure a goody bag, RSVP to 312-638-0700 or janna@haymarketbrewing.com. 
 
 
Underground: Embracing its inner sideshow/freakshow, Underground hosts "Sideshow Wunderground" on Halloween from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m., a night of guaranteed revelry and holiday antics. Along with a special DJ set by The Jane Doze, expect all sorts of carnival-esque experiences. For table reservations, email host@theundergroundchicago.com. 
 
 
Billy Sunday: I can't think of a more perfect Halloween libation this year than the Ichabod Cranium at Billy Sunday. This communal, group-sized drink is literally served in a flaming pumpkin. Get it? Just like the flaming pumpkin the Headless Horseman mercilessly hurled at Ichabod Crane! It's filled with bourbon ice, Applejack-cider fizz, and vermouth di Torino. 
 
 
West Town Bakery & Diner: If you're looking to stock up on unique sweets that go beyond mini candy bars and pumpkin-shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, head to West Town Bakery & Diner. Here you'll find a dazzling assortment of pumpkin doughnuts, Halloween sugar cookies, and special cupcakes like Dirt and Worms (devil's food cake filled with vegan chocolate mousse, topped with chocolate frosting, cookie crumbs, and gummi worms), Monsters Under Your Bed (apple cake filled with cider caramel, topped with purple vanilla frosting and marzipan eyeballs), and Witches Brew (chocolate stout cake with chocolate chunks and vanilla frosting). 
 
 
Rockit Burger Bar: Ahoy matey! Pirates are taking over Rockit Burger Bar this Halloween. But instead of slitting everyone's throat to pillage a ship, they come with good intent to liquor everyone up and have a good time. For $40, guests can partake in a boisterous spread of cocktails, beer, and an all-you-can-eat buffet from 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Get your tickets here
 
 
Roka Akor: Another apt potable this season is The Witching Hour at Roka Akor. Fusing Asian ingredients with spooky sentiments, this cocktail contains sweet potato shochu, Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cardinal, lemon juice, Chinese five-spice bitters, and egg whites. Sounds like something the cast of Hocus Pocus would brew up. 


County Barbeque: Since Halloween is too fun and tasty to confine to one day, County Barbeque is extending the merriment over the course of a few days. From October 30 through November 2, the restaurant will transform their patio into a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales, and a fire pit for s'mores-roasting. Inside, they'll have specials on bourbon flights, Evil Twin Hipster Ale, and Schlitz. 
 

- Matt Kirouac

A celebrity hot spot that has attracted the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly, Vince Vaughn, Fergie and Macy Gray, with a sprinkling of local hot shots. They'll even send...


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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That’s especially true at Roka Akor, serving prime steak and pristine seafood.d. Roka Akor has received widespread recognition for their time-tested ability to source some of the most excellent meat...

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The pub and brewery date to 2010, but the building is 100 years old, at the exact location of the Haymarket Riot of 1886. The bar offers 32 brews on...


The team from The Fifty/50 and Roots Handmade Pizza is behind this two-level, 8,500-square-foot space with sit-down cafe, bakery and private party room.


David Morton and Michael Kornick open a chef-driven BBQ joint in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Gennaro's Italian restaurant. There are 40 seats inside and 50 seats on...

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