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National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

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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