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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: Record Store Day, Tarot Cards and Cocktails, Eataly's Tuscan Pop-up and More

Record Store Day at Lost Lake

In honor of Record Store Day on April 22 and in the spirit of friendly community spirit, Lost Lake is opening its doors early at noon and partnering with its neighbor, Bric-a-Brac Records. While the tiki bar gets going early, the record store will celebrate with a lineup of DJs all afternoon. 

 

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Strings Ramen

Limited Time Ramen at Strings

Before the summer heats shows up and ramen cravings make way for cooler treats, be sure and swing by Strings Ramen for a nourishing taste of spring via their new limited-time gyu ramen. The handiwork of executive chef Katie Dong and available only through the end of May, this comforting creation contains beef brisket, freshly diced mountain yams, fried tofu puffs, soft-boiled eggs, scallions, spicy douban sauce, sesame seeds, beef broth and of course Strings’ famous housemade noodles. 

Tarot Cards at Revival Food Hall

For those who like a cocktail with their tarot, Revival Food Hall has just the occasion for you. The Loop hall is hosting a special tarot card reading event on April 27 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., wherein attendees can get their cards read by Rebecca Schoenecker. While this seasoned reader offers guidance and insight into your future, there will also be a live DJ to mellow the mood, along with cocktails from Revival Cafe-Bar. The readings can be purchased on-site for $20, which includes a three-card reading and a cocktail. 

Happy Hour at Intro

Sure to be one of the tastiest happy hours in town, Intro has joined ranks with its new bargain promo running every Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. An apt way to wind down the week and start the weekend in style, happy hour includes half-priced select cocktails, specially priced beer and wine, and a lounge menu with dishes like fried chicken bao, lobster dumplings and pork belly bao. 

 

Intro
Intro

Ristorante Toscano at Eataly

Next up in Eataly’s ongoing pop-up restaurant series is an homage to Tuscany, and this weekend is your last opportunity to try it. The weekend-only popup, located on Eataly’s second floor, is called Ristorante Toscano, and it features regional dishes like Florence-style steak, octopus, braised rabbit, fresh pasta and lots more. Plus plenty of Tuscan wines of course. 

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Intro serves as an incubator for chef talent from across the country. Every few months, a different guest chef sets up shop at the Lincoln Park restaurant, manning the kitchen...


Strings Ramen Shop -- the first of its kind in Chicago, brings a piece of authentic Japanese culture and culinary tradition to the heart of Chicago. When people hear the...




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