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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

Chicago Dessert

In the past, we’ve featured lots of Chicago desserts and confections, many of which have been highlighted in our ongoing Sweet of the Week column. But every once in a while, a dessert comes along that defies the norm, pushes the boundaries and commands attention well beyond the standard. Of late, that dessert is the brand new Cake Shakes at Public House

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Cake shakes in general aren’t a complete novelty in and of themselves.Chicago desserts any Portillo’s fan can attest, cake-infused milkshakes are a special kind of comfort food. Even pie shakes and doughnut shakes have appeared in Chicago, in the form of Bang Bang Pie-infused custards at Shake Shack, and ones blended with Glazed & Infused doughnuts. But the cake shakes at Public House are on a whole new level. 

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By smartly highlighting its proclivity for craft beer, River North’s Public House has whipped up an indulgent new boozy dessert option. The shakes are made with ice cream, beer, sprinkles, and an entire slice of cake as “garnish.” It’s basically the dessert version of one of those gigantic Bloody Marys garnished with skewered burgers and bacon. 

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There are two flavors on deck to try, one made with chocolate porter beer, chocolate ice cream and a whopping wedge of fudgy chocolate cake. There’s also a Vanilla Stout version featuring JP’s Casper White Stout, vanilla ice cream, and a large slice of confetti buttercream cake. 

 

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The game-changing new Chicago desserts are now available daily. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

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