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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Weekday Planner: Venetian Carnevale, Bear Your Heart at Atwood, Painting at the Top of the Hancock, Kuma's Corner Teams Up With Big Star

Venetian Carnevale at Ombra

There's no shortage of Fat Tuesday offerings in Chicago, so it's refreshing to stumble upon something different. In Andersonville, Ombra plays host to Giovanni Sicilia of Heritage Wines on February 9 for a special Venetian Carnevale celebration, which is the Fat Tuesday equivalent in Italy. Much less gluttonous and manic than many Fat Tuesday fetes, this one features a family-style Venetian feast with wines from the region. It's an apt way to celebrate Venice's culture without getting too sloppy. The event is reservation-only, which can be made by calling Ombra. The cost is $55 per person. 

Bear Your Heart at Atwood

Here's an event sure to put a smile on your face: Atwood has partnered with Bear Necessities Pediatric Foundation for "Bear Your Heart" month throughout February. In support of the organization, which strives to grant wishes and gifts to children with cancer, Atwood's chef Brian Millman is making heart-shaped pretzels and donating 100% of proceeds from the snacks to Bear Necessities. To kick off the month, Atwood is hosting a special launch party February 9 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. With the $5 suggested donation, guests receive one raffle ticket, passed appetizers, beer, and wine. 



Painting at the Top of the Hancock

Painting is more enjoyable when you're sky-high. Particularly, it's not very often you get the opportunity to paint at The Signature Room, 95 stories up in the Hancock Tower. By partnering with Bottle & Bottega, the restaurant is set to host a night to remember with painting, eating, and drinking on February 11. From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., guests will line up to paint the city skyline while enjoying drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a buffet, dessert, and coffee. The event is designed as an ideal Valentine's date or a girls' night out. The opening reception starts off the night at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include three drink tickets and a take-home canvas. Call The Signature Room to reserve a spot or register with Bottle & Bottega. 

Kuma's Corner and Big Star Throw a Beer Party

Two of Chicago's most perpetually packed, cultishly adored restaurants are teaming up for the love of beer. Kuma's Corner and Big Star join forces February 8 for a special beer party with 21 Amendment Brewing. The San Francisco brewery takes the stage with extensive tap selections at Big Star, along with numerous Baja-inspired dishes conceived by the two restaurants. Beers to be poured include Toaster Pastry Red Ale, Sneak Attack Saison, Down to Earth Session IPA, Rare Hog Island Oyster Stout, and Brew Free! Or Die IPA. It all starts at 6:00 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac


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Contemporary interpretations of classic American cuisine, served in a richly decorated Art Deco room inside the Loop's Hotel Burnham. The structure, the 1895 Reliance Building, designed by architects Danial Burnham,...

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Classic American cuisine with an enviable view, the Signature Room is a tourist attraction as well as frequented by those celebrating a special occasion. The staff here boasts of many...

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