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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

Christmas Dining Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again; time to make Christmas dining reservations so you don’t burn dinner and/or have a stress-induced meltdown at home! Fortunately, restaurants all over Chicago are offering unique, delicious Christmas (and Christmas Eve!) specials and menus to keep you well-fed on the holiday. 

 

Slippery Slope
Slippery Slope; photo by Jude Goergen

Honey Butter Fried Chicken: One of our favorite things about Christmas is the omnipresence of Chinese food as an alternative to the usual spread of roast poultry and pies. What began as a holiday escape in Jewish culture has become a casual, comforting option for anyone looking for something different on Christmas. This year, Honey Butter Fried Chicken answers the call with an American-Chinese Christmas takeover running the month of December. This means specials like orange chicken sandwiches, Sichuan wings, sesame lo mein noodles, General Jason’s spicy pickles and five-spice cherry dump cake with wonton crumble are all on deck. 

Slippery Slope: Another fun Chinese food option can be had at Slippery Slope, which is hosting its “Misfits Christmas” on December 25 with a Chinese takeout buffet, drinks aplenty and festive decorations throughout the whole space. Be there anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. 

Roka Akor: ’Twas the night before Christmas and Roka Akor was serving a four-course tasting menu that’s sure to get you in the merry spirit. On Christmas Eve, the River North steakhouse puts a Japanese twist on holiday traditions with dishes like robata-grilled braised short ribs with heirloom carrots and pumpkin cheesecake with coffee gelee. The special menu will be available from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. and costs $85 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional $55. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or visiting their website. 

Travelle Kitchen + Bar: Instead of filling up on stocking candy for breakfast on Christmas morning, head to Travelle Kitchen + Bar for a hearty and wholesome holiday brunch buffet. The River North restaurant will be featuring a spread of holiday-inspired dishes, like eggnog brioche French toast, omelettes, a carving station, eggs Benedict and lots more. It’s available from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and costs $145 per person. 

Nacional 27: Think outside the box this year with a Cuban-inspired Christmas Eve dinner at Nacional 27. The venerable restaurant is featuring a fun and festive Latin-accented prix fixe for just $45, which is quite a bargain considering all the food you get. This includes ropa vieja served family-style, plantain and boniato empanadas, BBQ lamb tacos, hearts of palm salad and choice of entree between slow-roasted suckling pig Cubano, spice-rubbed jumbo prawns, Latin skirt steak and chicken enchiladas in mole verde. For dessert, there’s pumpkin flan. 

Tortoise Club: Nothing captures the Christmas tradition quite like a classic prime rib dinner. Tortoise Club achieves those comfort food dreams with a prime rib special on Christmas Eve, served with rosemary frites, horseradish cream and rosemary jus. The supper club-style restaurant will also be featuring some seafood specials as well. 

Cochon Volant: Cozy up to this Loop brasserie on Christmas day for a multi-course family-style feast for dinner. The special menu skews hearty and indulgent, with all-American staples like creamed spinach, shrimp cocktail, mashed potatoes, baked Brussels sprouts, aged rib-eye prime rib and a selection of desserts. The cost is $85 per person and $35 for kids 12 and younger. Reservations are available between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and can be made by calling Cochon Volant. 


Cochon Volant is a bar, brasserie and bakery lead by James Beard Award winning chef Roland Liccioni of Les Nomades, located in Chicago's Theater District.

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This River North eatery introduced the Modern Latin craze to Chicago with an innovative food and drink menu. There's also live entertainment and dancing on the weekends, as the restaurant...

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Dance club and bar from the folks behind Scofflaw.


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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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