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Frontera Grill’s 30th Anniversary

Frontera Grill’s 30th Anniversary, Sepia Sunday Dinners, Derby Specials: Weekly Planner   Frontera Grill Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary One of Chicago’s most influential and iconic restaurants, Frontera Grill is celebrating its 30th anniversary by partnering with FamilyFarmed for a wholesome party on April 30 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. Taking place from […]

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Apr 27, 2017 09:42 PM
Surefire Signs of Spring in Chicago

From farmers’ markets to iced coffee queues, this is how you know spring has really sprung. Signs of Spring Everyone in Chicago knows that spring doesn’t really start in March. With typically unpredictable weather, the season is often delayed a few weeks until that precise perfect moment everybody realizes we’ve endured another winter and spring is […]

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Apr 25, 2017 04:58 AM
Weekly Planner: Record Store Day, Tarot Cards and Cocktails, Eataly’s

Weekly Planner: Record Store Day   Record Store Day at Lost Lake In honor of Record Store Day on April 22 and in the spirit of friendly community spirit, Lost Lake is opening its doors early at noon and partnering with its neighbor, Bric-a-Brac Records. While the tiki bar gets going early, the record store […]

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Apr 18, 2017 08:11 PM

The 12 Days of Edible and Drinkable Christmas

Partridges in pear trees are all well and good, but counting down to Christmas is a lot more rewarding when there is food and booze involved. Chicago restaurants and bars are rising to the occasion this season with a slew of "12 Days of Christmas" promotions taking place all over town. 


River Roast Christmas
River Roast Christmas

12 Wings of Christmas: In a way, you can say that chicken wings are pretty close to Christmas birds... though a lot more delicious. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap is already counting down to the holiday with its 12 Wings of Christmas promotion, which runs from December 1 through December 12. Each day of the countdown, chef Nick Santangelo features a different specialty chicken wing, starting with apricot-Sriracha on December 1. The subsequent lineup runs as thus: cilantro lime with jicama slaw on December 2; Kung Pao duck wings on December 3; superhot firecracker on December 4; tequila buter with avocado citrus dipping sauce on December 5; chimichurri with pickled red pepper on December 6; Sammy's Chicken Shack whole fried wings with Nashville hot sauce on December 7; traditional mole wings with queso fresco on December 8; spicy sweet orange peel chicken on December 9; Jorge's salsa marita on December 10; Thai coconut red curry on December 11; and finally, salsa verde with Pedro's black bean dip on December 12. 

12 Months of DMK Restaurants: Instead of songbirds, DMK Restaurants is counting down to Christmas with edible gifts good for the entire year. So basically, much better than songbirds. The restaurant group, which spans the entire city and Evanston, is offering gift cards ranging from $30 to $100, each one offering a different year-long promo that allows the cardholder to redeem for one item at the corresponding restaurant every month of 2016. Options include 12 months of burgers at DMK Burger Bar, 12 months of tots at Fish Bar, 12 months of cocktails at Ada St., 12 months of rib tips at County Barbeque, 12 months of bottled cocktails at Henry's, and 12 months of six-piece buckets from Arlen's Chicken. Cards can be purchased in-store at any location or by calling each restaurant. 

The 12 Roasts of Christmas: There's just something about roasted meats and poultry that feels especially apropos for the holiday season. River Roast should be your go-to destination this year, as the downtown restaurant cooks up its 12 Roasts of Christmas. Offering special roasts each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas, from December 11 through December 23, chef John Hogan promises never before seen roasts at the restaurant like roast venison with oatmeal cake and huckleberry sauce; brioche-crusted roast sweetbreads with black truffle sauce and roast duck breast with savoy cabbage and port wine sauce. 

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: On a sweeter note, Delightful Pastries has a dozen different holiday cookies on deck for their 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series, which kicks off December 12 at all three Chicago locations. Check out the roster below for the full spread and stop by any location to get your sugar fix:
December 12: Kołaczki, Polish cream cheese cookies
December 13: Viennese Almond crescents
December 14: Coconut macaroons
December 15: Boozy coconut chocolate macaroons
December 17: Chewy chocolate gingerbread
December 18: Linzer cookies
December 19: Mexican wedding cookies
December 20: Italian rainbow cookies
December 21: Parisian macarons 
December 22: Rum balls
December 23: Vodka chocolate cups  
- Matt Kirouac


There are multiple flatscreens to catch the big games at this North Woods-style tavern, which offers a full menu. Craft beer, spicy wings, burgers, and other elevated bar bites comprise...

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Michael Kornick and David Morton's eco-friendly eatery features a number of chef-driven burgers made with grass-fed beef, naturally raised turkey and veggie patties promising to actually taste good.

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Dobra Bielinski and Stasia Hawyrszczuk have been baking Polish and American pastries, breads and other goodies since 1998. They also have a stand at the French Market and a cafe...

Get authentic French and Polish pastries at this Chicago French Market outpost of Delightful Pastries. Specialities include pierogis, quiches, breads, cookies, bars, cakes and breakfast pastries made with local, sustainably...

The guys behind MK and DMK Burger Bar have opened a seafood-only venue adjacent to DMK. The market-price Maine lobster roll and oyster po' boy sandwich are the stars of...

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Dobra Bielinski and Stasia Hawyrszczuk have been baking Polish and American pastries, breads and other goodies since 1998 at their original bakery in Jefferson Park. This Old Town location offers...

David Morton and Michael Kornick (DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar) have collaborated once again. This time the location is in a remote part of Bucktown, and it offers Mediterranean-inspired small...

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David Morton and Michael Kornick open a chef-driven BBQ joint in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Gennaro's Italian restaurant. There are 40 seats inside and 50 seats on...

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DMK Restaurants team David Morton, Michael Kornick and Michael Rubel open their first cocktail-focused lounge in River North. Though Henry's Swing Club features a limited menu of fries, tamales, mini-sandwiches...

Riverfront restaurant from renowned chefs Tony Mantuano (Bar Toma, Spiaggia, Piano Terzo) and John Hogan (Kiki's Bistro, Keefer's Steakhouse) specializes in roasted meats.

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