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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: Game of Thrones Dinner, Earth Day, and Late-night at Bottlefork

Game of Thrones Dinner



If ever there was a restaurant to host a Game of Thrones-themed dinner, Frontier would be it. The restaurant, after all, is renowned for its game cookery. Aptly, they’re hosting a Game of Thrones viewing party and dinner on April 24, wherein chef Brian Jupiter will cook up a whole-smoked wild boar with sides like Caesar salad with polenta croutons, five-cheese mac & cheese, succotash, and cornbread. The event will also include the tapping of the Ommegang Game of Thrones Beers, like Three Eyes Raven and Iron Throne. The final three episodes of Game of Thrones from season five will air for attendees. Tickets are $30 per person.



Earth Day at LYFE Kitchen



Among this weekend’s Earth Day festivities, one of the coolest takes place at LYFE Kitchen, a restaurant that talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to wholesome, responsible cooking, sourcing, and eco-friendly business practices. Hope you’re not afraid of the dark, because all locations are going lights out for Earth Day, from open to close. Lit only by candlelight, the energy-conservation technique serves to shed light (pun intended) on environmental awareness. Added bonus: candlelight is really pretty and romantic. 




Land and Sea Dept. Hosts Garfield Park Earth Day Event



In other Earth Day news, Land and Sea Dept. is helping spearhead a particularly cool event at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 22. Along with Luftwerk and NRDC, the evening event features music, food, and drinks, all set within the glorious backdrop of Luftwerk’s Solarise art installation on display throughout the conservatory. Local Chicago brother-sister band Wild Belle will be headlining the affair, followed by a DJ set. Jason Hammel from Lula Cafe will be curating a menu of Earth Day-inspired bites for a VIP hour that starts at 6:00 p.m., along with cocktails from Land and Sea’s beverage director Paul McGee, beers, and wines by wine director Andrew Algren. General admission is from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 


Late-night Dining at Bottlefork



It’s always nice to have other late-night dining options besides dirt-cheap tacos and lousy fast-food. Bottlefork is rising to the occasion with a new late-night weekend menu of snacks overseen by chef Kevin Hickey. Available until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and until 3:00 a.m. on Saturdays, the menu includes items like housemade Wagyu beef jerky, tuna crudo, deviled ham and eggs, and a “bag” of crisps and eggs. To drink, hope you’re thirsty for a variety of dessert cocktails, on hand along with some wines by the glass, beers, and digestifs like sherry and port. 

- Matt Kirouac

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The guys behind Lottie's and the Pony Inn have opened a third location, featuring the down-home cooking of chef/partner Brian Jupiter. The chef highlights Southern American cooking that's updated with...

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Logan Square's hip destination for brunch, lunch and dinner continues to thrive even with an explosion of new restaurants opening around it. Chef/owner Jason Himmel specializes in a farm-to-table approach...

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