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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

Get Your Slurp On For National Oyster Day

Everyone's favorite, most luxurious aphrodisiac gets its dues on National Oyster Day, August 5. In honor of this bivalve holiday, restaurants across Chicago are serving up a sea of specials. Here's where to celebrate the day. 


Japonais by Morimoto
Oysters foie gras at Japonais by Morimoto

Japonais by Morimoto: For National Oyster Day, Japonais by Morimoto is discounting its East and West Coast oysters to $2 a pop. Available while supplies last at lunch and dinner, oysters can be paired with $4 Asahi Japanese beers. If you're feeling lavish, $38 gets you an upgrade to the "life of luxury package," which features a glass of Mumm Napa Brut Champagne paired with oysters foie gras, aka steamed oysters with uni and Hudson Valley foie. 

Chop Shop: Typically, this meaty Bucktown bastion offers oysters for $1 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, but considering it's a special occasion, they're extending the special all day. Oysters go for just $1 apiece all day long August 5, starting at 11:00 a.m. Additionally, glasses of wine are going for $5 all day as well. 

Tavern on Rush: It's the "Festival of Oysters" at Tavern on Rush this week, wherein guests can partake in oysters every which way. The festivities include $1 oysters on the half shell, $2 stone oven baked oysters, and $10 fried oyster baskets on National Oyster Day. To drink, the Gold Coast restaurant is featuring $3 bottles of Guinness and $5 glasses of Anterra Pinot Grigio. 

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House: Naturally, the Gold Coast's preeminent seafood destination is doing National Oyster Day justice. This Wednesday, Hugo's popular oyster happy hour, which runs from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the bar daily, will instead run all day long. Freshly shucked and served up along the restaurant's newly installed oyster bar, these nautical beauties are just $1 each, served on the half shell with housemade cocktail sauce and cucumber mignonette. In case you're looking for cooked oysters, Hugo's has those as well, in the form of fried oyster sliders and oysters Rockefeller. 

Roka Akor: Another hot spot for National Oyster Day merriment is Japanese-accented Roka Akor. On the holiday, guests dining in the lounge area can enjoy $1 oysters starting at $5 until supplies run out. 

- Matt Kirouac 

Japonais by Morimoto offers its guests the signature cuisine of (Iron Chef) Masaharu Morimoto; a seamless blend of Japanese and Western techniques brought together to create exciting new flavors and...

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That’s especially true at Roka Akor, serving prime steak and pristine seafood.d. Roka Akor has received widespread recognition for their time-tested ability to source some of the most excellent meat...

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This multi-tiered dining and drinking destination is housed in a 100-year-old former auto body shop. Chop Shop, based in Bucktown/Wicker Park, offers a number of components that complement each other,...

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