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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

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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