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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

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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