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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Weekend Planner: Brunch at MAD Social, Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground, French Tasting Menu at Enolo Wine Cafe

Brunch at MAD Social

Another week, another new restaurant has rolled out brunch. In line with its exciting dinnertime food menu, the West Loop’s new MAD Social colors well outside the lines during its weekend brunch program, available Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Drawing comfort food inspiration from across the globe, the menu is the handiwork of chef Mariela Bolaños. Her weekend creations include a killer monte cristo made with mortadella, smoked bacon, Chihuahua cheese, and brioche, all deep-fried and served with hashbrowns and mixed greens. There’s also a short rib Benedict with braised Korean-style short ribs, toasted pretzel buns, Brussels sprouts kimchi, and togarashi aioli; chicken and waffles with milanese-style chicken breast and a churro waffle; and the MAD shakshouka, featuring oven-baked eggs in sun-dried tomato sauce with roasted pistachios, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh herbs. To drink, try the Whiskey for Breakfast made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and egg white; or the Night Vision with gin, bilberry basil syrup, fresh pressed carrot juice, Amaro Lucano, lavender bitters, cucumber, and basil. 


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Brunch at MAD Social

Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground

Pinot Noir takes the spotlight at Uncommon Ground in Edgewater for a special dinner event on April 16. An apt way to cap off the weekend in style, the wine-paired dinner features four esteemed Pinot producers on hand to speak about their wineries and discuss their wines. Chef Alex LaBounty curates a four-course dinner menu to match with the wines, of which their will be eight to sip throughout the evening. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the dinner features a reception course with three appetizers: asparagus bisque, smoked salmon with homegrown chive, goat cheese, and Belgian endive, and spicy Catalpa Grove pork sausage and mozzarella arancini. These are followed by smoked black peppercorn and thyme crusted pork tenderloin, crispy skin duck breast, spring lamb kabouli, and organic Tcho dark chocolate and Oregon hazelnut truffle. The cost to attend the dinner is $80.

French Tasting Menu at Enolo Wine Cafe

Travel to France this weekend via an affordable tasting menu at Enolo Wine Cafe. The River North restaurant just debuted a new three-course degustation option for $35 per person (additional $15 for wine pairings, which is still a crazy bargain). Classic French-inspired dishes are the focal point, featuring options like salad Nicoise, pork belly cassoulet, and fromage with brillat savarin, pickled pears, honey nuts, and fennel-raisin bread. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River NorthWest LoopEdgewater

Adjacent to sister restaurant Roka Akor, Enolo Wine Bar offers a variety of chef-driven Italian fare to match a global selection of vino as well as craft beer and specialty...

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Food, family and tradition are the recipe that has long made Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants an enduring success. The Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant Group success story began in 1980 when...

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The second Uncommon Ground location embraces an organic philosophy and the environment. It grows some of its produce in a certified-organic farm on the roof. Events regularly focus on "green"...

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