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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

Weekly Planner: "After Hours" at The Barn, Mezcal Dinner, Chicago Athletic Association's Latest Pop-up and More

“After Hours” at The Barn

Considering its location tucked down an Evanston alley in a former actual barn, The Barn makes for a fitting setting for a speakeasy-style experience. And now the restaurant is embracing that mentality with its new “After Hours” on Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., wherein The Barn slings late-night snacks and cocktails along with games like cards, backgammon and dice. Apothecary-style drinks created exclusively for After Hours include The Barn Raiser, a blend of bourbon, lime and mint, served in a vintage jar. The restaurant also features its lauded wine list, which makes for snazzy late-night sipping. 

The Backroom Pop-up Bar at the Chicago Athletic Association

After amassing acclaim and fanfare for their Cherry Circle Yacht Club pop-up bar last year, the Chicago Athletic Association is at it again, this time bringing on The Field Museum and Johalla Projects art gallery to collaborate with Land and Sea Dept. for a boozy new venture in the hotel’s Tank event space on the ground floor. Called The Backroom, the bar is open Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 p.m. until midnight through March 25. The theme for the pop-up is “Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life,” hinged on The Field Museum’s upcoming special exhibit. In addition to drinks, the pop-up will feature items from the museum’s collection, for the first time displayed in a location outside museum grounds. Other aspects to look forward to: late-night incentives like DJs, trivia and karaoke, plus on-site museum professionals available to chat about zoology, geology, history and more. 

 

The Barn
The Barn

Mezcal Dinner at Dove’s Luncheonette

Mezcal takes the stage at Dove’s Luncheonette for an upcoming dinner/drinks event on March 14. The smoky agave spirit will be featured in drinks throughout a five-course meal prepared by chefs Dennis Bernard and Eric Weiss, with Eden Laurin manning the cocktails. It’s all in partnership with El Jolgorio, which will also be doling out tastes of its unique mezcals made from different species of wild and semi-wild harvested agave in Oaxaca. The dinner runs from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and costs $65 per person. For reservations, email kimmy@doveschicago.com.  

Brunch at Tesori

There’s a new brunch menu in town, and it’s courtesy of the Loop’s venerable Tesori. Already a beloved spot for pre-theater dining downtown, now the Italian restaurant provides customers with more to love, and more reasons to visit. The handiwork of executive chef Carlos Ysaguirre, the menu fuses Italian classics with contemporary innovations. Dishes to savor include chicken milanese with fontina fonduta and arugula; lemon ricotta crespelle with apples, walnuts and zabaglione; and pane al telefoni with cheesy baked bread, garlic, stracchino and marinara. Brunch is now served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

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