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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Weekday Planner: Tasting Tuesday Nights, "Staff Meal" Mondays, Lunch at TETE, and the Goût de France

Tasting Tuesday Nights

Unlimited wine, cheese, and dessert bites are a nice way to get through the work week in one piece. With its newly instated Tasting Tuesday Nights promo, Marion Street Market is here to hold your hand and comfort you through the daily grind. The Oak Park staple offers unlimited wine, cheese, and bites from the menu and dessert for $20 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m in the market's tasting room. Guests can expect a new array of seasonal treats each week, selected by chef Steve Chiappetti. Examples include Gouda cheese lollipops, sweet pea soup, and carrot cake. Beverage manager Heather Yargus gets in on the fun by collaborating with Chiappetti each week to march bites with brews and wines. 

"Staff Meal" at Le Colonial

Rather than ask what the chef thinks you should order, do as the Romans do (so to speak) and order the "staff meal" at Le Colonial. This new weekly promotion takes place every Monday evening, allowing diners to try something different and offbeat in the upstairs bar. Specials cost $14 and change weekly, featuring dishes like seafood pho, Vietnamese bibimbap, and vit xao, a stir-fried duck dish with mixed vegetables in a light sauce of sate spice, chili, and garlic. 


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Get your taste on at Marion Street Market

Eat Lunch at TÊTE Charcuterie

You love it for dinner, now you can love it for lunch. TÊTE Charcuterie just joined the West Loop weekday lunch fray, but in a decidedly more casual format than its neighboring brethren. The grab-and-go lunch menu is as convenient and approachable as it gets, served counter-service style off a butcher paper menu. The takeout-focused offerings include sandwiches like Italian sausage, jalapeño-cheddar brat, and jambon beurre with salted butter and Comte cheese. The communal table will also be open for dining in. Sandwiches cost $12 and come with salt and pepper chips and a can of La Croix. 

Goût de France at Cafe des Architectes

French cuisine steps into the spotlight in a big way this coming week, as Cafe des Architectes prepares to participate in Goût de France, a global dining initiative designed to promote French cuisine. Organized by Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Goût de France finds more than 1,300 restaurants across the world to participate in a prix fixe dinner on March 19. In Chicago, your go-to destination is Cafe des Architectes, where chef Greg Biggers and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky have crafted a five-course homage to French fare at its finest. The menu includes aperitifs and truffled gougeres; foie gras torchon with berry jam and cheddar doughnuts; seared sweetbreads with Boursin polenta, sherry lacquer, and cippolini onions; crispy skin whitefish with beets, leek fondue, and thumbelina carrots; amish chicken ballantine with apricot jus, mushrooms, and celery root; and a chocolate sphere with cherry, hazelnut, and gold leaf for dessert. The cost for dinner is $85 per person, plus $48 for optional wine pairings. Call the restaurant for reservations. 
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The Sofitel's red-hued, lobby-level restaurant serves American contemporary cuisine with French accents. The menu is seasonal and Executive Chef Greg Biggers works with many local farmers and purveyors to insure...

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Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski are behind this September 2013 launch specializing in house-made charcuterie.

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A 2013 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient and a Certified Green Restaurant, Marion Street Market offers upscale casual dining with a menu sourced from local and sustainable ingredients, along with a...

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