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Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM
Dine in Summer Style at These Waterside Restaurants

  Summer in Chicago is the best time of year to dine with a waterside view overlooking sea-sized Lake Michigan, drinking in the panoramic views as you simultaneously drink wine, cocktails and beer. Whether it’s a skyscraper-sized view or a casual cafe, these are some of your best options for beachy views and waterside vibes […]

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Sep 01, 2018 08:05 PM
Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM

Where to Satisfy Your Corndog Cravings in Chicago

Corn dogs conjure memories of Americana state fairs and comforting junk foods of yore. Nowadays, chefs in Chicago have tapped into those recollections to deep-fry nostalgia and offer up their own savorous interpretations of this patriotic pastime. Grab a stick and dig into these exceptional corn dogs in Chicago.  

 

Roots
Roots Handmade Pizza

Bangers & Lace

When it comes to contemporary corn dog renditions, the end all-be all is the foie gras version served at Bangers & Lace. In case a deep-fried sausage wasn’t decadent enough, the beer bar gives fatty duck liver the state fair treatment by wrapping it in garlic sausage and brioche cornbread before dropping it in the deep fryer. The end result is an indulgent dog with a touch of sweetness and a richly creamy center. 

Roots Handmade Pizza

While Quad City-style pizza may get top billing at Roots, don’t overlook the corn dogs. The restaurant offers a few sausage options, all of which can be dipped in sweet corn breading and fried. The Vienna sausage is a hometown favorite, offered along with Italian sausage, bratwurst and even a gyro sausage. 

Old Town Social

For years now, Old Town Social has been at the head of its class when it comes to butchery, charcuterie and all things meaty in Chicago. Along with a dizzying array of house-crafted charcuterie platters, the restaurant and bar is particularly renowned for their meticulous housemade hot dogs, which took quite a bit of research and time to perfect. If you’re looking to up the ante, said hot dogs can be made into corn dogs, fried with a thin coating that lends a nice, light crunch to the seasoned and grilled sausages.

Small Fry

This Logan Square newcomer specializes in all sorts of greasy Americana comforts, perfect for late-night noshing between bars. Along with burgers, chicken sandwiches and fries, there's a unique corndog infused with miso-roasted corn and jalapeños. It's a surefire way to upgrade your drunk eating in the neighborhood. 

- Matt Kirouac 

Neighborhoods: Wicker ParkOld TownEast Village

Footman Hospitality, one of Chicago's burgeoning bar and restaurant groups, is the force behind this Belgian-English bar and restaurant. Craft beer is king at this Wicker Park haunt, with an...

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Old Town Social describes its food menu as "iconic neighborhood bar food with a handcrafted return to the basics." Translated, that means burgers made from freshly ground, grass-fed beef and...

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