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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

Sweet of the Week: Chicagoland Sundae at Parlour at the Pavilion

During the holidays, dessert appetites pivot more towards pie and hot chocolate than cooler things like sundaes and shakes. This would be a grievous mistake to give in to such seasonal habits, as you'd be missing out on some killer ice cream artistry happening at Parlour at the Pavilion. Revered for its afternoon tea service, the leisurely lounge adjacent to Travelle in The Langham, Chicago is quietly turning out some of the best sundaes in Chicago. Borrowing a page from the Margie's Candies playbook of excessive indulgence served in enormous bowls the size of bathtubs, Parlour at the Pavilion serves to offer a gourmet riff on the decadent dessert template. This is especially evident in the Chicagoland sundae, a fitting homage to our fair city. 

Parlour at the Pavilion
Chicagoland sundae at Parlour at the Pavilion

The new ice cream concept at the Pavilion is the handiwork of pastry chef Scott Green, who exhibits his saccharine dexterity with ice cream sundaes as intricate and composed as most fine entrees. Each sundae is masterfully crafted and presented, served in herculean bowls heaped with scoop after scoop of vibrant ice cream and its accompaniments. Chicago's proud namesake sundae here, the Chicagoland, is appropriately one of best. Indicative of Chicagoans' honorable love for all things sweet and excessive, the sundae includes chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, chocolate ice cream, Garrett's caramel popcorn, cheesecake bites, chocolate cake, hot fudge, salted caramel, whipped cream, and cherry. Each bite is complexly sweet, chewy, fudgy, and rich, with each element lending a different component of sweet in its own way. Adorably, the sundae comes outfitted with a mini Chicago flag. 

It's Americana at its finest, which works out perfectly considering Chicago is the quintessential American metropolis.


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

Situated in a landmark Mies van der Rohe tower, Travelle's concept is inspired by ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. Guests may indulge in the "Chef's Table" or "Cellar Table"...




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