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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: Meatball Day Specials, Death & Co Book Launch, Travelle Cocktail Event

Meatball Day Specials for National Meatball Day

March 9 is National Meatball Day. But you surely already knew that because you have your priorities in check. To celebrate this saucy holiday, Davanti Enoteca is rolling out a week's worth of meatball specials. Available March 9 through March 12, the Italian sensation will be offering a variety of meatball specials featuring the restaurant's signature prosciutto-veal combination for $10. Specials include prosciutto-veal meatballs with braised greens and shaved pecorino; prosciutto-veal meatballs with toasted slider baguettes, shaved pecorino, and housemade giardiniera; spaghetti with prosciutto-veal meatballs, red chili flake, and Parmesan; and mascarpone polenta with prosciutto-veal meatballs. 

Meatballs at Chop Shop

Don't go too crazy though, because you need to save room for meatballs at Wicker Park's meat wonderland, Chop Shop. This deli-cum-restaurant-cum-bar-cum-dreamscape knows a thing or two about meatballs, especially considering co-owner Mario Minelli lends the recipe from his family's 60-plus year-old kitchen archives. In honor of Meatball Bay, Chop Shop will be offering a special of Mama Minelli's meatballs and spaghetti for $10 at lunch and dinner. And don't forget that every Monday, meatball subs are $6 and epically delicious.

 

Davanti Enoteca
Meatballs at Davanti Enoteca



Death & Co Book Launch at Barrelhouse Flat

It's not all meatballs and spaghetti this week, folks. Barrelhouse Flat is hosting a pretty nifty event itself, as it prepares to serve as the official stop for the Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails book tour. Authors and Death & Co founders David Kaplan and Alex Day will be in attendance from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, along with Death & Co's head bartender Eryn Reece, who will take over Barrelhouse Flat's second floor lounge. Tickets for the boozy soiree are $55 per person, which includes a copy of the Death & Co book and admission to a private three-hour cocktail reception with the crew. Purchase tickets here

Grey Goose and Dewar's at Travelle

In other cocktail news, Travelle is hosting an intoxicating shindig of its own on March 9. The Travelle Lounge's "Grey Goose & Dewar's in the Bar" event brings together ambassadors from Grey Goose and Dewar's with thirsty guests. For one evening only, they'll shake up special cocktails with unique infusions between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Said drinks include Grey Goose V/X infused with Cognac by Julien Lafound and tastings of single malts like Dewar's 12 and 18, Criagellachie 13, and Aberfeldy 12 by Gabriel Cardarella. 

- Matt Kirouac


Former The Violet Hour 'tender Stephen Cole runs the beverage program at this ambitious cocktail lounge setting shop in Lincoln Park. He's gathered some of the top mixologists in town...

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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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