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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Weekly Planner: Crepes Sunday Supper, Cider Class, Late Night Munchies and More

Crepes Sunday Supper at Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Sunday supper is back at Floriole Cafe & Bakery, and this time it’s got a delicious crepe theme. Featured in both savory and sweet varieties, crepes take the stage on December 18 at 6:30 p.m. The casual two-course affair is inspired by chef/owner Sandra Holl’s recent trip to Paris, featuring a main course of house-milled buckwheat galette filled with caramelized onions, raclette cheese and Smoking Goose ham. For dessert, it’s a sweet crepe filled with quince butter, honey ice cream and almonds. The cost is $25 per person, which also includes hard cider. 



Aperitivo Hour at Animale

The latest happy hour option in town comes by way of Bucktown’s new Italian novelty, Animale. The weekday Aperitivo Hour, which runs from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and features complimentary snacks for imbibers. Drink options include wine, beer or classic Italian cocktails like Spritzes and Negronis, all accompanied by gratis items like puttanesca tuna salad, crayfish potato croquettes, meatballs and shots of daily soup. 

Krug & Oysters Specials at Brindille

If you’re feeling particularly lavish this holiday season, Brindille is the place for you. The River North gem is newly offering some Krug and oysters specials, pairing the ritziest bubbly with pristine shellfish. Go for a glass of “Special Cuvee” Brut and two oysters for $50, or go big with half a bottle and four oysters for $100. Oyster options include Caraquet oysters from New Brunswick Island with eggs Brouilles, leeks in cream, Pernod and caviar; and French Kiss oysters chilled with sea ice and Kölsch sorbet and served with smoked arctic char roe. 

Order Delivery from Aloha Poke Co.

With the weather beginning to get unbearable, there’s no better time to refine your restaurant delivery options. One brand new possibility is Aloha Poke Co., the hyper-popular restaurant that brought the poke trend to Chicago and quickly spawned spin-off locations in the Loop and Lakeview. With delivery now available through Cut Cats from the Lakeview location, North Siders are in for a delicious winter. Delivery is available Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. with boundaries being Lake Shore Drive to the east, Western Avenue to the west, Montrose Avenue to the north and Division Street to the south. 


Mott St
Mott St

Cider Class at The Northman

You can’t really do enough drinking this time of year, and cider seems a particularly apt beverage to partake in, so you should participate in The Northman’s cider class series this month. Their next event takes place December 19, and the theme is English cider. During the class, guests will taste ciders from across the country, including places like Somerset and Devon, all while hearing stories and learning about rural English cider culture. Light snacks will also be served. The cost to attend is $30 per person and tickets can be purchased here

Late Night Munchies at Mott St

Mott St is always innovating with exciting new features and menu additions. The latest example? Their “late night munchies” menu features killer twists on classic comfort foods like hot dogs and Italian beef. The Mott Dog is an all-beef hot dog with roasted garlic kewpie, pickled shallots and bonito-nori flakes. Their version of Italian beef, the Chitalian beef sandwich, features a steamed hoagie filled with soy-chile braised beef, sport peppers and cheese sauce. They’ve also got “Mott-chos,” a nod to nachos with tortilla chips, mapo tofu, radish, green onions and cheese. 

Neighborhoods: West LoopRiver NorthLincoln ParkWest TownNorth Center

Think of it as deconstructed sushi. Pokē is a Hawaiian-style sushi bowl brimming with raw fish, usually the likes of salmon and tuna. At Aloha Poke Co., the premise is...

Floriole specializes in "rustic French pastries" including croissants, gallettes and brioche. Some lunch items, namely sandwiches, salads and quiches, are also available.

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The Northman is the first ciderpub in Chicago, with a specific beverage and culinary influence from England and Northern France. Featuring the largest array of ciders in town, the pub...

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