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Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees

A’s List: Get a Taste of Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees Another year, another class of James Beard nominees from Chicago. Some names you’ll recognize as previous nominees, while others are new in the game. Nevertheless, if you haven’t checked them out by now, it’s time to make a reservation. Here’s our cheat sheet on […]

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Apr 19, 2018 07:55 PM
Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners, Cocktail Class & Late-night

Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners at Bistro Campagne In case you needed another reason to revisit one of Lincoln Square’s most enduring gems, Bistro Campagne just rolled out a new monthly dinner series that promises to get guests a front-row seat to all the culinary action. Executive chef Luke Creagon and beverage director Alex Uribe have created […]

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Apr 15, 2018 11:18 PM
Weekly Planner: Cooking Classes and New Brunche Locations

The Moonlighter Launches Brunch One of the newest brunch menus in town can now be savored at Logan Square newcomer The Moonlighter. Available every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m., brunch features inventive comfort fare by chef Mickey Neeley, whose menu boasts the likes of corn flake-crusted bananas Foster French toast with vanilla bean pudding […]

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Mar 26, 2018 09:12 PM

New Late Night Dining Options

From tacos to quick service burgers, new late-night dining options are popping up all over Chicago. And just in time too, since locals will surely be barhopping all winter long to cope with the cold, and they’ll be in need of late-night sustenance. Here are 5 new late-night dining options to hit up around town. 


Bar Lupo
Bar Lupo

Bar Lupo: Brand new to the downtown dining scene, conveniently surrounded by bars, taverns and music venues aplenty, Bar Lupo is a casual Italian pub with the perfect mix of saucy comfort food served late into the night. Conceptualized by Brian O’Connor, formerly of Maple & Ash, Bar Lupo features traditional Italian dishes alongside more Chicago-Italian originals. Snacks include garlic knots and “mozzarella sticks,” while heartier plates like chicken parmesan, meatball subs and cheesy sausage pinwheels are also on hand. Hours run until 2 AM Wednesday-Saturday and until midnight the remaining nights. 

The Tankard: If there’s a neighborhood in need of more late-night dining options, it’s Wicker Park. Recently opened The Tankard is here to answer those cravings, with its menu of booze-friendly nourishment. Expect a variety of crafty tater tots, like cheeseburger tots, bacon-wrapped tots and “totchos,” which are tater tot nachos strewn with cheese, tomato, jalapeño, sour cream and chicken or beef. There’s plenty more to eat and drink here too, from craft beer and daiquiris, to chicken kabobs and mussels. The Tankard is open until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the kitchen cooking until midnight. 

Epic Burger: Not only has Epic Burger implemented late-night hours, but the fast-casual burger spot with locations throughout the city is going the extra mile with “hangover kits” to take home. Available at the River North and South Loop locations, the kits come with late-night burger purchases, which include a packet of antacid, two kinds of pain-relief tablets and a moist towelette. Hours are from 12-4 AM. 

Ironside Bar & Galley: River North can never have too many late-night sports bars. It’s especially welcome when said bar goes above and beyond with a menu of inventive food to help sop up all that nighttime imbibing. As the name and nautical theme implies, the focus here is on seafood, offered up in irreverent options like lobster tater tots, lobster corn dogs, crab quesadillas and popcorn shrimp with spicy remoulade. The bi-level bar and restaurant is open until 2 AM every day except Saturday, which operates until 3 AM. 

Seoul Taco: Tacos may very well be the ultimate late-night comfort. River North’s recently opened Seoul Taco is getting in on the weekend action with extended hours until 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The Mexican-Korean fusion spot slings affordable tacos, burritos and other street food-inspired items that perfectly fit the bill for late-night snacking. Options include bulgogi beef tacos, spicy pork nachos and burritos filled with kimchi fried rice. Seoul Taco is also BYOB, in case you want to keep the party going. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: LoopRiver NorthWicker Park

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The Tankard, A Neighborhood Spot, is a bar/restaurant located in Chicago's growing neighborhood of Wicker Park. Owners Robert Colón, Philicia Mizell and Patrick Wrona first met while working for the...

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