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Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago . Boozy Brunch? What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, […]

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Feb 20, 2017 08:31 PM
Weekly Planner: Brunch at Publican Anker, Midday Dining at Animale

Weekly Planner: Brunch at Publican Anker, Midday Dining at Animale, Sunday Lasagna at Roots Handmade Pizza and More. . Weekly Planner: Brunch at Publican Anker . Midday Dining at Animale While one restaurant rolls out brunch, another adds lunch. Bucktown’s beloved Animale has added weekday daytime service to its repertoire, featuring an array of panini, […]

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Feb 19, 2017 09:35 AM
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Turns 20

A Gold Coast legend Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House celebrates a milestone with a throwback. . . Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Turns 20 this year. One of the OGs of the Gold Coast’s dining scene, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House is celebrating a particularly commemorative occasion with its 20th anniversary this […]

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Feb 17, 2017 05:25 AM

Weekly Planner: Lone Wolf and Rhine Hall Turn Three, Green City Market Goes Indoors, Steadfast Serves Lunch and More

Lone Wolf and Rhine Hall Turn Three

Congratulations and celebrations are in order, because two of Chicago’s finest boozy establishments are marking their third anniversaries with parties this weekend. First is Rhine Hall, West Town’s brandy distillery, which is hosting a party from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on November 5. The free-to-attend event will feature special cocktails made with Rhine Hall’s flagship apple brandy and grappa, plus snacks provided in partnership with Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and Sable Kitchen & Bar. In addition to drinks and snacks, the event will feature a raffle with potential to win two branded rocks glasses. Plus, any guest who tags Rhine Hall in a social media post will be entered to win a private tour of the distillery for 10 people. 

The next day, Lone Wolf celebrates its own three-year anniversary in the West Loop. They’re hosting a Three Floyds tap takeover for the occasion, all day long from noon until 2:00 a.m. In addition to limited edition Three Floyds apparel, beers on tap will include Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Blood of the Sunsets, Permanent Funeral, La Noche se Nueve, Wig Splitter, Red Death and Dark Lord 2016. 


Rhine Hall
Rhine Hall

Green City Market Goes Indoors

A sure sign that winter is coming: Chicago’s foremost farmers’ market, Green City Market, is heading indoors for the season. After its summer run, the Lincoln Park mainstay is heading to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum through April, 2017. The first indoor market of the season takes place this weekend, Saturday, November 5, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with dozens of local vendors slinging everything from cheese and bread to fall produce and meat. The rest of the market dates for the indoor season are November 12, November 19, November 23, December 3, December 10, December 17, December 21, January 7, January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15 and April 29. 

Steadfast Serves Up Lunch

There’s lots of lunch to be excited about these days downtown, starting with the beautiful new Steadfast restaurant that opened recently in the Loop’s Kimpton Gray Hotel. The glistening restaurant from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group just debuted lunch service, making it a surefire hit for business meetings, power lunches and generally delicious midday meals. The menu runs the gamut from beef tartare with oyster mayo and gougeres with lemon caper goat cheese, to wood-roasted suckling pig and a New York strip steak. The sandwiches are also some of the most inventive we’ve seen in a while, including a roasted lamb tartine with carrot labneh and a vegetable muffaletta with grilled eggplant, squash, tomatoes, olive spread and herb focaccia. 

Lunch and Brunch at Ironside Bar & Galley

Another new lunch option downtown is River North’s newly opened Ironside Bar & Galley. Not only is the bar and restaurant offering lunch, but they’ve added weekend brunch as well. The lunch menu, available Monday through Friday starting at 11:00 a.m., is the same as the dinner menu, with habit-forming items like lobster tater tots, deviled eggs, seafood bisque, crab quesadillas, duck tamales, inventive burgers, and plenty more. Brunch service, which runs from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on weekends, features the regular lunch and dinner menu, plus numerous a.m. originals. These include a crab cake Benedict served on biscuits, hangover hash with slow-braised brisket, a souffléd omelette, a chorizo-filled breakfast burrito, and Cap’N Crunch French toast, to name a few. The brunch beverage program consists of spiked coffee drinks, Bloody Marys with optional lobster tater tots garnish, and the Get Loose Juice, which combines New Amsterdam vodka with a rotating selection of freshly squeezed cold-press juices. 

Wing Wednesdays at Honey Butter Fried Chicken

More reason to love Avondale’s chicken Mecca: every Wednesday is now officially Wing Wednesday at Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Each week, the promo entails 10 wings for $10, available 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Guests can select from Honey Butter’s buffalo wings or red chili wings, along with rotating monthly specials. 


Robert's Pizza Company
Robert's Pizza Company

Cellar Series at Travelle Kitchen + Bar

Wine and spirits step into the spotlight as part of Travelle Kitchen + Bar’s new weekly Cellar Series, which runs every Thursday through December 15. In partnership with Chicago-based Tenzing wine and spirits company, the program provides customers with tastings of each week’s featured beverages, along with light bites from chef Ricardo Jarquin. The theme for next week is “Bordeaux VS California Cab, Old World vs New World,” followed by specials like “Stirred vs Shaken Cocktails” on November 17, “Wine Tasting 101” on December 1, and “Holiday Cocktail Class” on December 15. Each week, the Cellar Series takes place from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Space is limited, so make a reservation by calling Travelle or visiting their website. 

Election Day Pizza Promo

At long last, the end of the campaign season is upon us with the arrival of Election Day. And especially considering how grueling the past year has been in politics, we could all use a little comfort food to celebrate the finale. Robert’s Pizza Company has the perfect incentive. On November 8, the Streeterville restaurant will offer 20% off discounts to anyone who shows their “I Voted” wristband or receipt. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Lincoln ParkAvondaleWest LoopUnited CenterRiver North

Founded in 1999, the Green City Market brings sustainably grown and organic produce directly from farmers to city consumers. Along with fruits and vegetables, you'll find cheeses, honey, meats and...

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A comfortable sports bar that will be a true neighborhood spot without pretension in River North complete with value-driven, scratch-made food and craft beverages – is slated to open in...

Lone Wolf marks the latest resident on Randolph Street's Restaurant Row. Unlike anything else in the area, this no-frills bar harkens to Chicago's bygone tavern era, with rustic motif, a...

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Family-owned and operated fruit brandy distillery and cocktail bar in the Fulton Market district. Rhine Hall specializes in fruit brandies, also known as eau de vie or schnapps. Rhine Hall...

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Situated in a landmark Mies van der Rohe tower, Travelle's concept is inspired by ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. Guests may indulge in the "Chef's Table" or "Cellar Table"...

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