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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: WhiskeyFest, BURGER MOOVMENT'S Birthday, Jazz Brunch and More

WhiskeyFest Event at Sable Kitchen & Bar

The only thing better than a festival dedicated to whiskey is a charitable whiskey festival. On Monday, April 17, Sable Kitchen & Bar invites folks from Bad Hunter and Broken Shaker for a pre-WhiskeyFest Chicago kickoff with Lot No. 40 whiskey. The event, running 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., features Sabrina Kudic of Bad Hunter and Scotty LoBianco of Broken Shaker, along with Sable’s own Anton Valkov and Mike Jones, all of whom will be shaking up cocktails infused with Lot No. 40, pouring shots on tap and serving boilermakers. Attendees will also get complimentary Lot No. 40 sample pours and snacks like pimento cheese fritters, chicken liver mousse crostini and winter radishes. To make everything even better, Sable will be donating a portion of proceeds to Chefs Cycle, an event designed to raise money for Share Our Strength’s “No Kids Hungry.” It’s an apt kickoff to WhiskeyFest Chicago, which takes place April 21. The event is open to the public and no RSVP is required. 

 

BURGER MOOVMENT Celebrates Its Birthday Month

Elmwood Park’s beloved burger destination, BURGER MOOVMENT, is celebrating its sixth anniversary all month long with a couple tempting promos. Throughout April, customers are invited to step up to the kitchen plate and play chef as part of the #MyBurgerMoovment challenge, wherein folks are able to create and share their ultimate burger creation for the chance to win a $100 gift card and have it featured on the menu as June’s Burger or Signature Sandwich of the Month. Entries can be filled out on postcards at the counter or sent it via social media with the #MyBurgerMoovment hashtag by April 30. Additionally, BURGER MOOVMENT is featuring a special chocolate birthday cake shake with sprinkles all month long. 

Pop-up Dinner Series at Homestead on the Roof

To celebrate the onset of spring, Chicago’s ultimate garden-to-table restaurant is hosting a spring harvest dinner series through May. Every Wednesday this month, Homestead on the Roof partners with a different local chef and brewery to serve up a fresh taste of the season. Each dinner includes multiple courses from chef Scott Shulman and the featured guest chef or brewer. For April 19, this will be Lagunitas Brewing Company, followed by Off Color Brewing Company April 26, Dos Urban Cantina May 3 and the The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s newest concept May 10. All dinners are $50 per person and begin at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to make reservations here

Jazz Brunch at FIG & OLIVE

For an added pep in your step, FIG & OLIVE has added jazz to the brunch equation with a new weekend series on Sundays. Now midday diners can revel in a little live music with their mimosas and French Riviera-inspired cuisine. Between noon and 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, the Gold Coast restaurant features the musical stylings of different jazz musicians, like Liz Mandeville on April 16. To eat, the menu features the likes of French toast with fig-cinammon jam, poached eggs with cured salmon and hollandaise, and quinoa salad with red cabbage, squash, pomegranate and Brussels sprouts. Drink-wise, expect various juices and nectars mixed into cocktails like the blood orange mimosa or the Piscine with sparkling wine and fresh strawberries. 

 

Public House
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Tax Day Desserts at Bistronomic

Bargain desserts are a surefire way to take the sting out of Tax Day, or celebrate your refund. To mark the occasion, Bistronomic is offering desserts on its menu for just $4.18 in honor of the date. Considering the caliber of these confections, it’s quite the deal. These include chocolate hazelnut bars with feuilletine, ganache and orange-Grand Marnier sauce; baked Alaska; and chocolate profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch caramel and bittersweet chocolate sauce. 

Funny Bunny Cake Shakes at Public House

Inspired in part by the Easter Bunny, Public House has a glorious and indulgent new cake shake on deck for the month of April. After amassing considerable buzz from its previous decadent milkshakes, the River North bar and restaurant is at it again with this latest rendition. It’s made with Ciderboys Strawberry Magic beer, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, Peeps and a garnish of lemon buttercream cake. In case that’s not enough, each shake is also topped with cotton candy, pastel M&Ms and peanut butter cups. 

Sable Kitchen & Bar
Sable Kitchen & Bar

Miami's wildly popular craft cocktail bar heads to Chicago with a location in River North's former Tokyo Hotel. Now an outpost of Miami's Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker features culinary inspired...

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Mediterranean-focused restaurant with an emphasis on olive oil and seasonal cookery. The New York-based restaurant has locations throughout the city, California, and now Chicago.

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The owners of Bull & Bear have expanded their self-serve beer and liquor tap concept to their second bar, which is also located in River North. They're only located at...

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This New American gastro-lounge is located on the first floor of the Palomar Hotel and the kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Lawrence Letrero. His menu offers sustainable selections from...

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