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Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

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Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

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Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

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Jun 05, 2017 06:17 PM

Weekend Planner: Modern Tea, Empanada Day, Dove's New Menus

Modern Tea at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

The afternoon tea tradition takes on a modern, upbeat vibe at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. Available Friday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., the hotel keeps things more casual and fresh with their approach to tea service. It takes place in the hotel's massive, sleek lobby lounge, which serves as a beautiful backdrop for glistening tiers of food. They even employ a "TeaJ," aka a DJ during tea time, which is hilarious and awesome. Guests select from eight Rishi tea options and four paired food items. The food options include a Traditional spread with smoked salmon, Brie with pear compote, and more; a Sweet spread with chocolate eclair, orange creme brulee, and others; a Savory option with items like crab and truffled deviled eggs; and an Eastern version with the likes of baklava, hummus, and pita. Modern Tea is a mere $35 per person and reservations are required. You can snag a seat via OpenTable or by calling Filini

 

Radisson Blu Aqua
Modern Tea at the Radisson Blu Aqua



Empanada Day at Cantina Laredo

April 8 is a day worth celebrating. Why? Because it's Empanada Day, of course! Cantina Laredo is an apt place to rejoice, seeing as the restaurant will be offering half-priced empanadas in the upstairs lounge from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The restaurant offers two types of empanadas, one filled with chorizo, shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, queso fres, and chile de arbol sauce, and another with chicken, roasted poblano peppers, and Oaxaca cheese. They come three to an order. 

Eat Your Way Through Dove's Luncheonette's New Menus

Hope you're hungry, because Dove's Luncheonette just rolled out brand new menus filled with items you're gonna want to pig out on. As opposed to their past all-day menu, the modern diner now features two menu categories: a breakfast version in the morning and a dinner one in the afternoon/evening. In the a.m., expect dishes like breakfast burritos, a fried oyster omelette, burnt ends hash, almond oatmeal, and salmon pastrami and avocado toast. Come dinnertime, options include tortilla soup, cornmeal fried catfish, charred calamari, whole fried fish, and fideos. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River NorthWicker ParkLoop

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