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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Weekly Planner: Frontera Grill's 30th Anniversary, Sepia Sunday Dinners, Derby Specials and More

Frontera Grill Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

One of Chicago’s most influential and iconic restaurants, Frontera Grill is celebrating its 30th anniversary by partnering with FamilyFarmed for a wholesome party on April 30 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. Taking place from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., the event will feature guest chefs from across the planet, all coming together to celebrate Frontera, FamilyFarmed and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation. It all starts with The Good Food Forum: A Bold Vision for the Future in the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium, with a keynote speech by Bayless. In attendance will be Paul Kahan, Marcus Samuelsson and Nora Pouillon. Other chefs in attendance for the party include Matthias Merges, Stephanie Izard, Ming Tsai, Jason Hammel, Michael Mina and more. Each chef will be preparing food to serve to guests, gourmet food court-style. Bayless’ restaurants will also be providing tastings. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Frontera Farmer Foundation and FamilyFarmed. Tickets for the lavish affair are $500. To purchase or to learn more information, visit here: www.frontera30.org.

 

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Frontera Grill; photo by Galdones Photography

Sunday Dinners With Arthur

Fresh off a nod as one of the 2017 Sommeliers of the Year by Food & Wine, Sepia’s Arthur Hon is stepping into the spotlight a bit more with a new Sunday dinner series designed to enlighten guests more about wine and pairings. Each Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., the restaurant rolls out a different four-course tasting menu cooked by chef Andrew Zimmerman and pastry chef Sarah Mispagel, with pairings curated by Hon. Each menu is crafted around a featured wine maker. Tickets for each menu are $120 per person and can be purchased by calling Sepia. 

Derby Specials at Brando’s Speakeasy

Getting in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, the Loop’s venerable Brando’s Speakeasy is cooking up some festive specials to run May 1 through May 6. These include $6 Woodford Mint Juleps leading up to Derby Day on May 6. The day of the actual race will also feature free fried chicken. The bar opens daily at 3:00 p.m. for all your day-drinking needs. 

Happy Hour at Forbidden Root

Speaking of day-drinking, the latest hot happy hour in town takes place at Forbidden Root in West Town. The brewery and restaurant is now offering bargain beverages and snacks Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this time, guests can enjoy $1 off all drafts, $10 beer flights and free gochugarou chili popcorn. Currently on draft are seasonal brews like Snooze Juice pale ale, lemony Bayside High saison and the Tropical Toy Boat gose. 

 

Frontier
Frontier

Jazzfest Crawfish Boil at Frontier

The Derby isn’t the only festive occasion taking place this season. In honor of New Orleans’ famed Jazzfest, which takes place April 30, Frontier is hosting a crawfish boil with all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and potatoes. Other specials include crawfish pie, frozen daiquiris and Abita beers. The crawfish boil is $35 per person, plus additional a la carte prices for specials. The event takes place with two seatings, the first at noon and the second at 4:00 p.m. Live music takes place throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased on Frontier’s website. 

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