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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: Shaya avec Nico Osteria, Lunch at Imperial Lamian, and Prime Time Bar Menu at Gene & Georgetti

Shaya avec Nico Osteria

On the heels of the James Beard Foundation Awards, yet another collaborative event is set to take place the day after the gala. With acclaimed New Orleans chef Alon Shaya in town for the event, he’ll take up residence at Nico Osteria for a Southern Mediterranean dinner on May 3. The chef is teaming up with Nico’s own chef Erling Wu-Bower and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky, along with avec’s Perry Hendrix, while acclaimed award-winning chefs Paul Kahan and John Besh will be behind the bar serving up Creole-inspired cocktails. The menu for the dinner features a variety of crudos, followed by shareable starter plates like roasted cabbage with hazelnut muhammara, Persian rice with saffron and sunflower seeds, Burrata with stewed artichoke, and squid with avocado, peas, and toasted sesame-mint vinaigrette. Next are main courses like Romanian kebabs, lamb shank, black cod, squid ink chitarra, rabbit leg tagine, and chicken thigh paella. For dessert, there’s coffee affogato, beignets, chocolate babka, and coconut rotolo. Reservations for the special dinner event can be made by calling Nico or visiting their website. 


Nico Osteria
Nico Osteria; photo by Jeff Kauck


Lunch at Imperial Lamian


There’s a new lunch option downtown, thanks to recently implemented daytime service at River North’s new Asian hotspot, Imperial Lamian. Available weekdays beginning at 11:00 a.m., the lunch menu focuses on soups, salads, barbecue items, fried rice, dim sum, wok dishes, and of course lamian noodle dishes. There’s also a special “lunch set” option, which includes dim sum, miso soup or salad, and options like fried vegetable lamian, salmon, kung pao chicken, black pepper beef, and sweet and sour pork. 


Prime Time Bar Menu at Gene & Georgetti



One of Chicago’s most iconic steakhouses is joining the happy hour fray, with Gene & Georgetti’s new prime time bar menu available weekdays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Special menu items for the occasion include crab cake sandwiches, pizza bread margherita, pigs in a blanket, chicken diavolo wings, and filet bearnaise with steamed asparagus and bearnaise sauce. 


Beautiful lake views and fresh fish come at a premium prices at this elegant Navy Pier seafood house from Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, though Chicago Shakespeare Theater-goers can get discounts....

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