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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

Weekday Planner: New Happy Hours, Lunch at NAHA, Taco Tuesdays


Happy Hour at La Sirena Clandestina


The happy hour train keeps on rolling, with another new weekday offering from La Sirena Clandestina. The Fulton Market gem is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with specials on South American street food and drinks. Snacks include $4 skewers of chicken with red wine chimichurri, beef with green chimichurri, shrimp with serrano salsa, and haloumi cheese with malagueta salada. Non-skewers include $4 empanadas, $6 kale salads, and $3 garlic fries. To drink, pair those bites with $5 specialty drinks, $7 glasses of rose, or $2 Tecates. 


Mind Over Matter Happy Hour at Cerise


Another fresh happy hour option is the Mind Over Matter Happy Hour at Cerise atop the Virgin Hotels Chicago. The rooftop bar is embracing spring (even amidst fickle weather) by opening its roof deck for the season, and celebrating the occasion with a special April happy hour that runs Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Cerise’s signature red sangria will be available hot or cold for $10, and heaters and blankets will be available for those colder forecasts. 


La Sirena Clandestina
Happy hour skewers at La Sirena Clandestina


Lunch at NAHA



The best indicator of spring is the official return of weekday lunch at NAHA. One of Chicago’s quintessential power lunch destinations, the restaurant brought back its seasonal midday meal and made reservations available. Sip on freshly juiced Valencia orange juice or raspberry hibiscus iced tea and dig into a mezze platter of hummus, roasted beets and sumac, broccoli and tahini, smoked eggplant and fire-roasted peppers, and butternut squash with brown butter. Other NAHA favorites present and accounted for include “basterma” spiced beef, lamb pizza, feta cheese turnovers, and lamb “boereg.” For burlier plates, try the Alaskan halibut sandwich with celery root remoulade, a curried chicken tartine, a Southern fried chicken salad, or the bun-less Carrie burger (Carrie Nahabedian, natch) with a “fondue” of bandaged cheddar, beluga lentils, grilled knob onions, pea shoots, and balsamic syrup. Reservations can be made here: http://naha-chicago.com/?post_type=reservations&p=6



Taco Tuesdays at Johnny’s Grill and Mezcaleria Las Flores

Phonetically speaking, Taco Tuesdays is the best way to eat your way through the week. Sarah Jordan just rolled out the weekly incentive at Johnny’s Grill and Mezcaleria Las Flores in Logan Square. Each week, diners can expect a new taco offering, wherein a duo is served for $5. Upcoming flavors include chorizo and tacos al pastor, and with the outdoor patio soon to launch, Tuesdays are sure to become the new hotness. 

- Matt Kirouac

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Bringing a dash of style and sex appeal to the once-sleepy after-hours scene in the Loop, Cerise is the energetic and vibrant rooftop bar perched atop the Virgin Hotels Chicago....

Logan Square's longstanding Johnny's Grill, a classic Americana diner in business long before the gentrification boom, has re-emerged under new ownership with an expanded space and menu. Under the direction...

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