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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

A New Take on Tropical Cocktails

On the heels of the recent tiki resurgence, tropical cocktails are soaring high and enjoying a moment in the spotlight. Aside from the popularity of spots like Three Dots and a Dash and Lost Lake, the beachy theme sets the stage at a handful of new bars that have recently opened or are slated for 2016.
 

Take on Tropical Cocktails at Coconutz



New to the Gold Coast is a tropical oasis called Coconutz. This island getaway via Division Street is a Caribbean-inspired Mecca outfitted with sandy floors, a bamboo bar, drinks in coconuts, and of course, plenty of rum. Said rum will lay the framework for classic and contemporary island cocktails, plus house punch. The drinks have quite the pedigree too, courtesy of head bartender Benjamin Kaplan, whose previous stints include Chop Shop, Chicago Distilling Company, and The Harding Tavern. There will also be Asian- and Caribbean-inspired food by chef Sean Welker. The bar is a welcome and refreshing change for the area, which is primarily populated with sporty bars and collegiate fare. 

Two esteemed local restaurateurs, Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia, have joined forces to bring a taste of Cuba to River North. The impending bar and restaurant is called Flamingo Rum Club, and naturally Caribbean-accented cocktails will play a pivotal role in the beverage program. Along with tropical island cuisine, Afro-Cuban jazz music, and pink tuxedoed bartenders, the rum drinks are designed to transport customers to 1950’s-era Havana.   

Opening next year on Restaurant Row, Ronero is a rum bar and restaurant that borrows inspiration from an area unlike any of the aforementioned bars. Here, South and Central America are the inspiration, which is sure to beget a menu unique to Chicago and unlike any other rum-centric spot. Look for the bar to open next spring. 

 

Neighborhoods: River NorthWest Loop

South American, Central American and Caribbean influences are drawn upon at the rum-focused Ronero in the West Loop. The multi-level venue, from Chicago nightlife vet Nils Westlind, features a main...

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