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Weekly Planner: Travelle’s Chef Collab

Travelle’s Chef Collab With Bouefhaus Some of Chicago’s most talented chefs come together for a collaboration dinner on July 27, as Ricardo Jarquin of Travelle Kitchen + Bar welcomes Boeufhaus’ Brian Ahern and Jamie Finnegan for the next round of the restaurant’s “Chef Collab” dinner series. Altogether, the chefs are joining forces for a family-style dinner that begins […]

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Jul 27, 2017 03:45 AM
6 Reasons Why Sepia Is One of Chicago’s Most Important Restaurants

Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago In its 10th year in business, Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago, among the uppermost echelons of destinations that are an indelible part of the city’s dining DNA. In line with other game-changers and industry-shapers like Blackbird, BOKA, NAHA and Topolobampo, Sepia is a timeless gem that somehow only gets better […]

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Jul 25, 2017 12:10 AM
Best Bars for a Summer Night Cap in Chicago

Polish off a night on the town with a Summer Night Cap One of the quintessential parts of summer in Chicago involves lingering for hours on end on patios at restaurants and bars, pretty much until city noise ordinances require closing outdoor spaces at 11 PM or 12 AM. But that doesn’t mean the night’s over; […]

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Jul 22, 2017 05:07 AM

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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