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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 Dining Guide for Super Bowl 2017

One of the biggest eating days of the year is coming up soon—February 5, to be exact. The Super Bowl is basically Football Thanksgiving, and instead of turkey and stuffing there’s chicken wings and pizza. Whether you’re going out to watch the game at a bar or restaurant, or ordering in, here are several restaurants that’ll make the Super Bowl more delicious for you. 



Barbecue seems a fitting meal for the Super Bowl, considering the inherently burly and meaty quality of the cuisine. Green Street Smoked Meats will have an 18-foot screen on display for the game, with full sound and plenty of BBQ, pitchers of beer and margaritas. The restaurant also offers catering for at-home feasting, with 24 hours notice required on orders and a $100 minimum. 

Another barbecue option is Bub City, which has 16 flat-screen TVs airing the game on February 5 and specials running all day long. These include football-friendly fare like smoked brisket chili, sloppy Joes and brisket nachos. Table reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. Bub City also offers catering as well, capable of delivering chicken wings, ribs, fried chicken and more right to your door. Orders must be placed by February 4. 

From Small Cheval burgers and fried chicken to turkey meatballs and cookies, 3 Greens Market has all the bases covered come game day. The one-stop shop is a solid option for Super Bowl catering, available via the restaurant’s website with 24 hours notice. There’s a $100 minimum on orders, available for pickup or delivery. 

Frontier is one restaurant that knows its meat, and for the Super Bowl they’re going big with 1/2 off whole smoked pig dinners. For $275, guests can gather around a whole smoked free-range American pig, surrounded by sides like five-cheese mac & cheese, Caesar salad with polenta croutons, seasonal vegetables and buttered rolls. The feast is enough to serve 12-15, so bring all your friends. Reservations must be made by February 1. Email jen@pioneertaverngroup.com to do so. 

A bevy of specials are on deck at downtown’s Staytion Market & Bar, which is slinging $5 draft beers and $4 domestic bottles on February 5 to celebrate. From 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the restaurant runs its special Super Bowl package, which includes access to a wing station, taco bar, pizza bar and beef sliders, all for just $27 per person. Tickets for the party can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/super-bowl-at-staytion-bar-tickets-31038951339

Here’s something unique. Wicker Park’s ramen-focused Kizuki is cooking up a little competition of its own this year with its first annual Super Bowl Ramen Challenge. From February 1 through February 5, guests are invited to participate by attempting to finish a bowl of ramen that’s five times larger than the regular serving. All in less than 30 minutes. Winners get the ramen for free, which is pretty good considering it costs $45 to enter the contest, plus a shot of sake or shochu for 1-cent for the whole table.

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