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Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

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Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

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Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

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Jun 05, 2017 06:17 PM

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Turns 20

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 month. Throwing it back to their opening day in 1997, the steak and seafood hotspot is toasting with a menu inspired by its inaugural year, cake, bubbly and more. 

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Hugo's Turns 20

A lot has happened at Hugo’s over the years. The restaurant quickly became a local favorite, spawning three additional locations and raking in over $14 million in sales a year. In 2016, the restaurant served more than 200,000 meals, earning it a spot as one of the 100 Top Grossing Independent Restaurants in America. The esteemed restaurant got even better with its recent appointment of executive chef Russell Kook, an alum of such spots as Chicago Cut and The Florentine

20 years after Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli followed up Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse with Hugo’s, the boisterous sister spot is celebrating with a week-long spree of festivities and specials starting February 22. To kick things off, the restaurant will feature an anniversary party from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with passed hors d’oeuvres, glasses of bubbly and birthday cake. Lombardo and Ralli will be in attendance to cut the first slice. The event is free to attend and open to the public. RSVP by emailing pr@h2publicrelations.com. 

Subsequently, Hugo’s will feature a throwback “Then & Now” menu from February 22 through March 1, highlighting some of the restaurant’s most classic dishes and even specially priced to reflect 1997 menus. This will include mussels, frog legs, jumbo lump crab cakes, key lime pie and glasses of Far Niente Napa Chardonnay. As a nice modern juxtaposition, specials for the occasion will also include some brand new creations from Kook, like scallops with cauliflower puree and beet vinaigrette, grilled Spanish octopus and togarashi-crusted tuna steak. 

Happy anniversary to a true Chicago classic — here’s to 20 more! 

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