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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
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Weekend Planner: World Gin Day, Dose Market, Breakfast Gin Release

Celebrate World Gin Day

As you surely already know, World Gin Day is June 13, which of course merits drinking copious amounts of gin and tonics. If you're looking to partake, you can't do any better than Sable Kitchen & Bar, where head bartender John Stanton presides over a series of G&T's. Inspired by Stanton's trip to Madrid a couple years ago, Sable's "Spanish Style Gin + Tonic" is an apt homage to one of Spain's signature tipples. Served in traditional bowl-shaped wine glasses, the drinks contain different craft tonics and lustrous garnishes. Examples include one with North Shore #6 Gin, orange peel, Thai chilis, and Q tonic; another with Citadelle Gin, grapefruit peel, mint, and Mediterranean Fever Tree; and a particularly springy rendition made with Old Tom Gin, lime peel, strawberry, and Fever Tree Tonic. And there's more where that came from, so get to drinking!

 

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Strawberry gin and tonic at Sable Kitchen & Bar



Dose Market

Chicago's quintessential artisan market is back in action in a big way this weekend. On the heels of hugely successful HoliDose markets and mini markets this spring at Soho House and other locales around town, Dose Market gets back to its roots with a full-fledged event at Venue One on June 14. Just in time for summer shenanigans, Dose Market features more than 25 new vendors this go-round, and about 100 total. New emerging talents include Chicago artist Laura Letinsky and her ceramics and fabrics; Jeanette's Cookies with her small-batch creations; Solid State's Pilsen-made footwear; flour and baking mixes courtesy of Simple Mills' eco-friendly and vegetable-tanned leather from Production Mode, and lots more. All this plus new product releases from Dose vets like Rare Bird Preserves, Argaman&Defiance, and others. Tickets to Dose Market, which runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., are $8 online through 5:00 p.m. June 12, or $10 at the door. Children are free. 

Breakfast Gin Release at Few Spirits

In other apt gin news, Few Spirits is releasing its latest gin creation this weekend with a debut party on June 12 at the Evanston distillery. New to the docket is a breakfast gin made with juniper, lemon peel, and Earl Grey tea, an ideal fixture for breakfast and brunch cocktails. It's making its premiere at the next edition of Few Fridays this week from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The gin will be served in breakfast-y cocktails, including the classic French 75. Food will be served courtesy of the Tamale Spaceship, and live music will play all evening long. The breakfast gin bottles retail for $39.99, available exclusively at the Few Spirits distillery. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

This New American gastro-lounge is located on the first floor of the Palomar Hotel and the kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Lawrence Letrero. His menu offers sustainable selections from...

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