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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Weekend Planner: Red Hot Chili Pepper Pizza, Mixology Academy, Brunch at TWO

Red Hot Chili Pepper Pizza at Forno Rosso

With Lollapalooza weekend coming up fast, restaurants are getting in on the action with some themed specials like the ”Red Hot Chili Pepper Pizza" at Forno Rosso. Available July 28 through July 31, the duration of the massive music festival, the special pie features appropriately spicy soppressata, Calabrian peppers, chili peppers, housemade spicy oil, and basil. The pizza is best enjoyed on the West Loop restaurant’s brand new patio, which has seats for 60. 


Forno Rosso
The Red Hot Chili Pepper pizza

Mixology Academy at La Mez/Mercadito

We may still be in the middle of summer, but school is already getting stated at La Mez Agave Lounge, the subterranean mezcal bar below Mercadito. The bar is beginning an ongoing themed mixology academy, taught by head mixologist Dylan Stewart, and it all starts July 30 at 3:00 p.m. Priced at $45 per person, the classes are a lot more fun than standard schooling, wherein attendees get to learn tips and tricks to crafting cocktails at home. In addition to drinks, chef Patricio Sandoval will provide appetizers. The inaugural class is all about umbrella drinks and tiki cocktails, with forthcoming classes that include tequila and margaritas on August 27, mojitos on September 24, gin & tonics on October 22, and Old Fashioneds on December 17. For more information and to make a reservation, visit Mercadito’s webite or call the restaurant. 

TWO Launches Brunch

​You love TWO for dinner and drinks, now there’s more to love as the esteemed West Town destination officially rolls out Sunday brunch. True to TWO’s style, expect updated and seasonally inspired renditions of classic American breakfast favorites, like cinnamon rolls, shrimp and grits, lobster toast, double cheeseburgers, and potato pancakes with duck confit and fried duck egg. To drink, beverage director Graham Crowe has whipped up a lustrous array of libations, like a Corpse Reviver #TWO with gin, Combier, lemon, vermouth bianco, and absinthe; and the Maggie with vodka, cucumber, watermelon, elderflower, honey, and celery bitters. Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River NorthWest Town

There's an emphasis here on Midwestern farm-to-fork cuisine and décor, with a strong beer and cocktail program. TWO is also very neighborhood friendly and has thankfully ditched the small-plates trend...

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