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Hottest New Brunch in Chicago

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, with new restaurants and menus emerging seemingly every week. Especially lately, the city has seen a surge in reputable brunches debut, each offering a stylistic and innovative approach to the weekend pastime. From internationally inspired dim sum to morning fare rooted in culinary traditions of France and Spain, […]

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May 24, 2018 11:51 PM
The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM

Weekday Planner: Five Breweries Dinner, Sardinian Lamb Jam, LYFE Week, Promos at JIMMY

Second Annual Sardinian Lamb Jam at Terzo Piano

Lamb steps into the spotlight on March 5 at Terzo Piano for the second annual Sardinian Lamb Jam. Taking place 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the event features a slew of restaurants and chefs competing in a chummy lamb cook-off in anticipation of spring to come. The walk-around event offers various Sardinian-inspired lamb creations from chefs like Megan Neubeck (Terzo Piano), Chris Marchino (Cafe Spiaggia), Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig), and John Hogan (River Roast). While noshing and sipping Sardinian wines, guests will be able to vote for their favorite dishes. The event costs $85 per person and tickets can be purchased here.

Five Breweries Dinner at TWO

What's better than a beer dinner? A beer dinner that features five breweries, of course. Chef Kevin Cuddihee and the crew at TWO are welcoming five Midwestern breweries for a special beer-tastic dinner on March 5. The five-course affair features a different seasonally inspired dish paired with a specific beer from the likes of Solemn Oath Brewing, Off Color Brewing, Penrose Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, and Brewery Vivant. And in case all that beer wasn't enough, the dinner will be preceded by an hour-long reception at 6:00 p.m. featuring beer samples that are not featured on the menu. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. and features dishes like pistachio-crusted oysters, wild mushroom and baby spinach salad with ricotta fritter, butter-poached wild salmon with bourbon-maple glaze, coffee-rubbed lamb, and s'mores. Dinner is $70 per person. 


Terzo Piano
Sardinian provisions for Terzo Piano's Lamb Jam.

LYFE Week at LYFE Kitchen

March is National Nutrition Month. Yay. Might as well make the most of it by eating healthful food that also tastes good at LYFE Kitchen. To kick off Nutrition Month, the restaurant is hosting LYFE Week from March 1 through March 7, with themed samples during breakfast and lunch for patrons. This wholesome goodness includes gluten-free margherita flatbreads on March 2, hibiscus-beet LYFE water on March 3, Greek yogurt bowls on March 4, ginger-pomegranate lemonade on March 5, chipotle-potato hash on March 6, and carrot-walnut zucchini muffins on March 7. 

Weekly Promos at JIMMY

Speaking of weekly themed specials, JIMMY is featuring a handful of weekly promos through April 4. Wednesday to Friday, the bar is offering Wine Down specials of select $6 glasses and $5 appetizers from David Burke's Primehouse. Wednesdays are also Tea & Toddy days, which entails a $12 pot of toddy, a $30 pot of toddy with sweet and savory snacks, or a $7 pot of tea. Thursdays are Uptown Express Vinyl Night, with DJ Will Galvan at the wheel spinning contemporary and vintage recordings from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Then Galvan is back on Fridays to play his own unique mixes and mash-ups from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. 

- 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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The Purple Pig is a Mediterranean wine bar helmed by chef/partner Jimmy Bannos Jr. The restaurant offers cheese, swine, and wine, among other standout dishes, showcasing the flavors of Italy,...

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Opened in May 2009, this restaurant in the Art Institute of Chicago's new Modern Wing, features the contemporary Italian cuisine of Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano. Named for its third-floor location,...

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There's an emphasis here on Midwestern farm-to-fork cuisine and décor, with a strong beer and cocktail program. TWO is also very neighborhood friendly and has thankfully ditched the small-plates trend...

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Hospitality veterans Larry Poston, David Rabin and Johnny Swet are behind the Chicago outpost of a New York original. The classic cocktail lounge pays homage to the 1970s with a...


Wholesome vegetarian-friendly fare forms the foundation for Lyfe Kitchen, a California-based mini chain of quick service eateries. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering healthy choices throughout...

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