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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: Summer Seafood Festival, Mimosa Kits, National Oyster Day and More

Summer Seafood Festival at Big Jones

For its second year, Big Jones is bringing back its successful Summer Seafood Festival. Running now through Labor Day, the Andersonville restaurant is filling out its menu with a roster of nautical specials to celebrate the season. Paired with seasonal local produce, this month’s offerings include dishes like shrimp burgers, oyster po’ boys, seafood salads, pastas, fried seafood, crawfish pies and lots more. 

Mimosa Kits at Bar Takito

After recently rolling out Sunday brunch, Bar Takito is amping things up with a brand new mimosa kit. Ideal for larger parties or those who just like to get more interactive with their cocktails, the kits consist of a 750ml bottle of Cielo Prosecco and freshly made strawberry, guava and orange purees for optimal customization. Altogether, it’s just $15 per kit. This is in addition to other brunch cocktail options like the Takito’s Maria made with house Bloody Mary mix, aji peanut sauce, lemongrass, lemon juice, spicy citric salt rim, sesame seeds and a cilantro sprig. Brunch is served Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

 

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Bar Takito; Meghan Leigh Photography

National Oyster Day at Frontier

August 5 marks National Oyster Day, as all you bivalve-lovers surely already know. To celebrate in true summer style, Frontier is hosting an oyster and rosé patio soiree all weekend long, from Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6. On Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., guests can enjoy $1 oysters, $2 char-grilled oysters, $12 bacon-wrapped oysters, $5 glasses of rosé and $5 glasses of frosé (aka frozen rosé). 

And III Forks Prime Steakhouse

In other National Oyster Day news, III Forks Prime Steakhouse is celebrating the holiday with dollar oysters, a shucking demo and discounted drinks on August 5 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The demo takes place at 5:30 p.m., while guests can pair their raw oysters with glasses of Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire sparkling rosé for $5, or Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc, also for $5. 

Pink Party on the Patio at Formento’s

There’s more rosé to be had this week, this time at a patio patio at Formento’s. The pink-themed event, taking place August 3, encourages attendees to come clad in their best pink attire and revel in an al fresco evening of rosé Champagne and Smoke Tree Rosé wine. There will also be bites and themed cocktails with Belvedere vodka, with proceeds from the event going towards the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with limited tickets and VIP packages available here.

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An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu.


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