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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

Weekday Planner: Eataly Anniversary, BrewLights, and Harris Theater Marketplace

Eataly Turns One

It seems like only yesterday people were stampeding each other over pizza and Nutella on Eataly's opening day in Chicago. It's hard to believe the Italian behemoth is turning one already. They grow up so fast! In honor of the momentous occasion, Eataly is hosting a first birthday bash to end all first birthdays. On December 2, nine Chicago restaurants and their chefs will be in attendance at Eataly, cooking as part of "una serata tra amici," aka an evening with friends. Starting at 5:00 p.m., one guest chef will contribute menu items to one of Eataly's restaurants. Joe Frillman of Balena will cook for Eataly's salumi and formaggi area, Chris Marchino of Cafe Spiaggia will cook at Baffo, Tony Quartato of forthcoming Formento's will cook at La Carne, Marty Fosse of Anteprima will be at Pesce, Erik Freeburg from Bar Toma will be guest cheffing in the pizza restaurant, Chris Pandel from The Bristol will be manning mozzarella, and Matthias Merges from Yusho will be at the fritto/crudo/piazza bar. No tickets or reservations necessary. 

Eataly Anniversary, BrewLights
Eataly Anniversary, BrewLights


 

BrewLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Christmas lights are a lot more magical with beer involved. In line with the Lincoln Park Zoo's annual ZooLights festivities, Louis Glunz Beer has curated a special rendition called BrewLights, taking place December 3 in the Zoo from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Not only are guests able to peruse the zoo, gawking at Christmas lights, but they'll be well fueled on craft beer, with a dozen beers on tap throughout the property. Tickets purchased by December 1 are $40 per person, or tickets on the day-of are $50. It's $15 for designated drivers. Beers on tap in the Zoo include Anchor Christmas, Berghoff Germanic, Crabbies Ginger, Hirter Morchl, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Stiegl Goldbrau, Wyder's Dry Pear Cider, and more. 

Italian Market Via Harris Theater

The only thing more unexpected than a Zoo filled with Christmas lights and beer may very well be a theater filled with Italian food. The Harris Theater plays host to a performance and food event on December 3 to celebrate the debut of Italy's Teatro Regio Torino opera company performing William Tell. It's apropos that the theater would welcome a slew of food and beverage vendors for a one-night event, considering the opera's composer, Rossini, has long been considered a "foodie." Starting at 7:00 p.m., the theater lobbies will be transformed into an Italian marketplace filled with goods for attendees to dine on before the performance and during intermission. Vendors include Enolo Wine Cafe, Macello, Sugar Hills Bakery, and Lavazza Coffee. 

- Matt Kirouac


Rustic Italian cuisine is the bill of fare at Cafe Spiaggia, the more casual of the two Spiaggias operated by acclaimed chef Tony Mantuano. Perched atop the Magnificent Mile, boasting...

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Italian-focused restaurant and lounge takes Meatpacking District's theme to heart as guests pass through the clear, plastic cooler strip curtain into a warm, loft-like space with original wood beams and...


Anteprima serves Italian home-style cooking with an emphasis on local and organic producers. What's super cool is that diners may order the popular house-made pasta dishes in half-size portions. Tagliatelle,...


Baffo is the fine dining restaurant at Eataly, accessible through a separate, designated entrance. The restaurant focuses on antipasti, housemade pastas, entrees, and desserts, all served in an elegant, relaxed...


Adjacent to sister restaurant Roka Akor, Enolo Wine Bar offers a variety of chef-driven Italian fare to match a global selection of vino as well as craft beer and specialty...

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