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Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM
Dine in Summer Style at These Waterside Restaurants

  Summer in Chicago is the best time of year to dine with a waterside view overlooking sea-sized Lake Michigan, drinking in the panoramic views as you simultaneously drink wine, cocktails and beer. Whether it’s a skyscraper-sized view or a casual cafe, these are some of your best options for beachy views and waterside vibes […]

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Sep 01, 2018 08:05 PM
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

Weekend Planner: Firkin Fest, Sink|Swim's Anniversary, Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails, and Breakfast Stout With a Side of WhirlyBall

Firkin Fest

Craft beer-lovers, take heed. Firkin Fest is back at Headquarters this year, taking place April 3 at the arcade bar’s River North location. Showcasing some of the most coveted beers on the market, connoisseurs will be able to sample their way through upwards of 40 unique brews. Additionally, a few breweries will even vie for the “finest firkin” in a battle for top ale. Rare brews to be served include Alarmist Phobophobia Patersbier, 3 Sheep rum barrel-aged Ewephoria stout, and Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA. For more info or to acquire tickets, visit Headquarters’ website. 

Sink|Swim’s First Anniversary

They grow up so fast! Logan Square’s nautically minded gem, Sink|Swim, turns one this weekend, and to celebrate its first anniversary, the restaurant is hosting an all-day celebration on April 3. Expect specials like $1 oysters, $6 rosé, and $6 sparkling cocktails, along with some dinnertime items. These will be throwback specials from past Surf|Turf events the restaurant hosted with guest chefs. 


Firkin Fest
Get Thirsty for Firkin Fest

Drink Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails at BIG Bar

’Tis the season for Girl Scout cookies! And the only way these confections could get any better is by putting them in boozy beverage form. Be sure and swing by BIG Bar to sip your way through limited time Girl Scout cookie-inspired cocktails. Available through the end of April, the drinks include a Samoa-inspired cocktail made with Malibu, butter shots, RumChata, Godiva Dark Chocolate, and amaretto. There’s also a Thin Mint-inspired version with green creme de menthe, creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps, and ice cream. 

WhirlyBall Hosts Kentucky Breakfast Stout Release Party

Craft beer and team sports go together like… breakfast stout and WhirlyBall. To be specific. Bucktown’s famed WhirlyBall is hosting a special Kentucky Breakfast Stout release party on April 1, which will include rare pours of the 2016 release, 2015 release, and 2014 release of this esteemed brew. To eat, the kitchen will be whipping up special plates of chicken and waffles with Breakfast Stout-infused syrup. As for the actual WhirlyBall courts, attendees have the opportunity to compete against teams of Founders Brewing Co. members in a complimentary matchup for the chance to win prizes. There is no fee to attend, and it runs from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: LoopRiver NorthLogan SquareBucktown

The Hyatt Chicago bar boasts the longest freestanding bar in North America, plus more than 1,400 beverage choices. If that's not BIG enough for you, draft beer is served in...

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Arcade games are all grown up at this downtown outpost of Lakeview-based Headquarters Beercade, a nostalgic wonderland filled with video games, craft beer, cocktails, and upscale bar food.

The team behind Scofflaw cocktail bar expand their portfolio with their first ever restaurant-focused concept. Sink|Swim is a seafood-oriented spot on the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park, featuring...

Everything from elevated bar fare and an impressive craft beer selection to laser tag, bowling, and whirlyball are present and accounted for at WhirlyBall's massive new Bucktown facility.

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