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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: New Brunches, Cocktail Class, Fajitas and More

Trench Starts Brunch

Hot on the heels of a relaunch and rebrand from Trenchermen to Trench, the Jared Wentworth-driven restaurant and bar is rounding things out with weekend brunch. Now available Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the menu is chock full of contemporary comforts, like fried chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup, grilled skirt steak and eggs with braised short rib-sweet potato hash, and a crab Benedict with poached eggs and lobster hollandaise. Don’t miss the sweets from pastry chef Angela Diaz either, like doughnuts and cinnamon rolls. To drink, expect Four Letter word coffee, Irish coffee, Harvey Wallbangers and more. 

Wine 101 at ENO

Going to class is much more appealing when said class is all about wine. Great for wine beginners, ENO Wine Room’s “Wine 101” class on March 26, part of their ongoing ENOversity program, is geared for novices interested in expanding their wine horizons. The event will provide attendees with a diverse array of wines to sample, from high-acid bottles to fruity varietals, low-body sippers and everything in between. To accompany, “students” will be provided with assorted cheeses, charcuterie and chocolates. Per usual for ENOversity lessons, there are two sessions on March 26, one at 3:00 p.m. and another at 6:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $55 per person. Reservations are required and tickets can be secured here

 

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Latin American Cocktail Class

If you’d prefer a cocktail class to a wine class, then you’re in luck! Adjoining sister spots MONEYGUN and Saint Lou’s Assembly are continuing their ongoing mixology lessons with a Latin-themed session on March 30. As is the case with all their monthly classes, this one is a three-course shindig led by MONEYGUN bartenders teaching guests about the process of making three different themed drinks. Each one will be paired with a dish by chef Carlos Cruz. The class costs $75 per person, with more details and reservations available here: http://www.saintlouschicago.com

“Almost Famous” Brunch at SteakBar

There’s more new brunch to be had this weekend, courtesy of Old Town’s sizzling SteakBar. The new weekend menu borrows inspiration from classic cinema for their “Almost Famous” brunch buffet, running Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The package costs $35 per person, which includes access to carved meats, boozy donuts, gelato, crepes, eggs Benedict, omelets and more. For additional charge, guests can mosey through the Bloody Mary Bar or opt for the mimosa package.

Fajitas After Five at Cantina Laredo

Fajitas take their rightful spotlight at Cantina Laredo, where the dish is offered at a special price on Wednesday evenings. Each week from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the popular downtown Mexican haunt serves its combination fajitas for two at just $18.79 (usually $37.58). Each order arrives on a hot cast-iron skillet with marinated chicken and beef with onions, peppers and tortillas. 

Neighborhoods: River NorthWest LoopWest LoopOld TownWicker Park

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