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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: Sink|Swim at the Farmers' Market, Sake Dinner, Chicago Craft Beer Week and More

Sink|Swim Lands at the Logan Square Farmers’ Market

With outdoor farmers’ market season now in full swing (finally), one of the city’s biggest and best has an exciting new vendor for the season. Sink|Swim has come aboard as a weekly fixture at Logan Square Farmers’ Market, where each Sunday they’ll be slinging a selection of dishes for market-goers. These include fire cracker shrimp and ceviche, both of which should supply a quick hit of seafood satisfaction for shoppers. The market runs every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Sake Dinner at Naoki 

Sake takes its rightful spotlight at one of Chicago’s preeminent sushi restaurants, Naoki, for a special dinner May 18. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the clandestine Lincoln Park restaurant will roll out a five-course degustation paired with different sakes. Examples include the Kontecki Pearls of Simplicity and Fukucho “Moon of the Water.” The cost for the meal is $89 per person and reservations can be made by calling Naoki. 


Lottie's Pub
Lottie's Pub

Lottie’s Pub Celebrates Its 83rd Anniversary

Lottie's Pub is right up there as one of the city’s best examples of ultimate neighborhood bars. And that’s been the case for quite a while too, as the Bucktown corner bar gears up to celebrate its 83rd (whoa!) anniversary on May 20. To mark the momentous occasion, Lottie’s is celebrating with $0.83-cent burgers from noon until 4:00 p.m., $0.83-cent Miller Lite drafts and $8.30 pizzas. The latter two are available all day long, as well as $5 Absolut cocktails and $5 Jameson.  

Chicago Craft Beer Week at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

In other drinking news, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap is getting in on the Chicago Craft Beer Week action with a couple significant events. As one of River North’s most enduring and popular beer bars, it’s an apt spot to celebrate the boozy festivities. On May 18, they’re kicking things off by opening the beer vault at 6:00 p.m. with a special tapping of Lost Abbey beers, adding rare varieties to its tap handles for the evening. These include the 2013 Deliverance, the 2014 Cuvee de Tomme, the 2015 Angel Share and the 2017 Avant Garde. Then on May 25, they’re closing out the week in style by tapping their Two Brothers Collaboration Beer at 6:00 p.m., along with 2011 Bare Tree, the 2013 Fathom and 2011 Hoodwink. 

New Lunch Dishes at Dusek’s Board and Beer

Here’s a surefire way to perk up your midweek lunch routine: Dusek’s Board and Beer has bulked up its lunch menu with a handful of new seasonal selections. Under chef de cuisine Henry Hill, these include a vibrant root vegetable pave, crispy tête de cochon with potato hash, pickled mustard seeds and sunny side-up egg, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with sourdough bread, Gruyere, Taleggio, truffle aioli and charred frisee marmalade. 

There are multiple flatscreens to catch the big games at this North Woods-style tavern, which offers a full menu. Craft beer, spicy wings, burgers, and other elevated bar bites comprise...

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Sketchy past no more, this Bucktown bar is a neighborhood favorite with the post-collegiate set.

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Located within the contemporary culinary "lab" that is Intro, Naoki Sushi is a tiny restaurant offering a playful mix of contemporary and classic Japanese cuisine and sushi. The intimate space...

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The team behind Scofflaw cocktail bar expand their portfolio with their first ever restaurant-focused concept. Sink|Swim is a seafood-oriented spot on the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park, featuring...

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