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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

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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