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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

Weekday Planner: Pretzel Week at Public House, Chez Moi Partners With Read It & Eat, and Draft Viewing Party at Sweetwater

Pretzel Week at Public House

The last week in April is not just any week. It’s Pretzel Week. Public House is giving the doughy delicacy its due diligence with a week-long spree of pretzel and beer specials as part of an incentive called Twist + Stout. Cute. From April 25 through April 30, the River North bar and eatery is featuring specialty housemade pretzels paired with stout beers for $15. Options include the traditional housemade pretzel with cheddar-beer fondue paired with Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout; the pepperoni pizza pretzel matches nicely with the Casper White Stout; the jalapeño cheddar pretzel pairs with the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout; and for dessert, there’s a cinnamon sugar pretzel with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. 


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A Unique Dining Experience with Chez Moi and Read It & Eat

Chez Moi and Read It & Eat culinary bookstore are teaming up for a cool two-part event on April 28. It all begins with a class at Read It & Eat, where chef Dominique from Chez Moi will show attendees how to make two appetizers: cream of asparagus martini with caviar ice cube, and crunchy shrimp with basil and chlorophyll mayo. These are paired with a glass of sparkling rosé. At 7:30 p.m., guests will be whisked down the street to Chez Moi for a Julia Child-inspired entree of duck au peche and a dessert course. The cost for the two-part event is $70 per person and tickets can be acquired here: http://unique-dining-experience.eventbrite.com

Draft Viewing Party at Sweetwater

Football fans, take note. In honor of the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago for the second year in a row, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is hosting a special Draft Party on April 28. The day features food and drink specials all day long, including a “Monster of the Midway” burger with two beef patties, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, onion strings, aged cheddar, smoked mozzarella, shredded lettuce, beefsteak tomato, and roasted jalapeño aïoli. At 7:00 p.m., the restaurant will air the Draft, with a live video DJ on hand during commercial breaks. 

- Matt Kirouac

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Dominique Tougne, who cooked for years at Bistro 110, brings the cuisine of his grandmother's Bordeaux restaurant and his native Alsace to this restaurant that opened in fall 2012.

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The owners of Bull & Bear have expanded their self-serve beer and liquor tap concept to their second bar, which is also located in River North. They're only located at...

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Attached to the Illinois Center complex, this urban tavern offers a patio poised for people watching, late hours (till 11 p.m. by Loop standards) and an eclectic menu.

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