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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 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. 

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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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