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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

There's a New Food Festival in Town

How many food festivals can one city sustain? Apparently when you're a food Mecca of a metropolis, the answer is "many." Between smaller neighborhood fests and enormous events like Taste of Chicago, Green City Market Chefs' BBQ, and Bon Appétit's Chicago Gourmet, Chicagoans and visitors have ample opportunities to experience and celebrate our thriving local food scene. But now there's another event to savor, as Food & Wine magazine prepares to host its first ever Chicago Food + Wine Festival in Lincoln Park. 


Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival

Like its Bon Appétit counterpart taking place next month in Grant Park, the Chicago Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day fete packed with demos, tastings, seminars, dinners, book signings, and lots more, all within the lush confines of Lincoln Park. The talent pool is quite enormous, as not only are Chicago's top chefs, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and spirits pros all in attendance, but chefs from across the country will be on hand as well. 

Tastings at the Grand Tasting Pavilion are paramount, as nearly 100 exhibitors will be on hand for the showcase. If that's not enough wow factor, the festival also promises standout events like a multi-course al fresco dinner to kick off the weekend on Friday evening, a booze- and dessert-oriented "Last Call" on Saturday, a book tent stocked with cheffy cookbooks, and plenty more. 


Graham Elliot
Graham Elliot, one of many chefs in attendance

While chefs like Tim Love from Fort Worth, Jonathan Waxman from New York City, and Ludo Lefebvre from Los Angeles will all be at the festival to help champion Chicago's incomparable food scene, the local names are really quite impressive. The roster reads like a who's-who of local toques, from Stephanie Izard and Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame to Tony Mantuano, Paula Haney, Graham Elliot, both Jimmy Bannos Jr. and Sr., and Rick Bayless. 


For more information and to purchase tickets for Chicago Food + Wine Festival, visit here

- Matt Kirouac

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