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Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM
Dine in Summer Style at These Waterside Restaurants

  Summer in Chicago is the best time of year to dine with a waterside view overlooking sea-sized Lake Michigan, drinking in the panoramic views as you simultaneously drink wine, cocktails and beer. Whether it’s a skyscraper-sized view or a casual cafe, these are some of your best options for beachy views and waterside vibes […]

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Sep 01, 2018 08:05 PM
Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM

A Feast For Your Senses at Starving Artist 2015

In spite of its ironic name, Starving Artist is one of the best dining events of the year in Chicago. In fact, it's a sensory wonderland for the eyes and for the taste buds, as artists and chefs converge for an evening of artistry across a plethora of mediums. The 2015 edition of the annual art and food event takes place June 25 at Venue One, an expansion from the Chicago Artists Coalition loft space elsewhere in the West Loop, where the venue has previously been held. The lustrous event promises a lineup of chefs, mixologists, and artists working in tandem to entertain and entice. As is its apropos ethos, the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) strives to foster sustainable resources and opportunities for local artists in Chicago. 


Starving Artist
Starving Artist 2014, photo by Carolina Mariana Rodríguez

The multifaceted event takes place from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph St.), a mere stone's throw from the CAC's loft space on Carpenter St. The larger space affords more opportunity for attendees, with room for 500+. Chaired by Todd Heiser, Starving Artist will highlight works from local artists Marissa Lee Benedict, Amber Ginsburg, Maurene Cooper, Andrew Rosinski, Tori Terzakis, and Stacia Yeapanis, working together with chefs to create cohesive table scapes and installations. Chefs include Sean Pharr of The Bristol, Tony Quartaro of Formento's, Pat Sheerin of Trenchermen, and Shawn Doolin of Venue One. There will also be burgers on hand courtesy of Shake Shack

Additionally, specialty coffee drinks and cocktails come courtesy of Lavazza, with music by DJ Swaguerrilla and other surprise performances throughout the evening. An online auction curated by Paddle 8 is currently live leading up to the event, featuring works by past and present artists from CAC. 

General Admission tickets are $175, while VIP Tickets, which include a pre-event reception with the Host Committee at CAC at 6 p.m., go for $250. Artist and Arts Administrator Tickets are $75. 

All proceeds from Starving Artist benefit the CAC, notably the Maker Grant, an annual award that lends support for two local artists. Tickets can be purchased here

Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: BucktownWicker ParkRiver NorthWest Loop

Formerly known as Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality have morphed their Bucktown staple into Trench. Borrowing a page from American tavern lore, the hospitality group have honed in on contemporary American cuisine...

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The first Chicago outpost of New York City-based Union Square Hospitality's feverishly popular Shake Shack opened in River North, peddling its roadside Americana-inspired menu of fast-casual burgers, hot dogs, shakes,...

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