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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: Sake Flights, Air & Water Show Specials, Boozy Brunch and More

Sake Flights at Joy District

A flight of drinks makes perfect sense for the Air & Water Show, taking place the weekend of August 19 and 20. So make your way to Joy District to celebrate accordingly with a flight of sake. On both days, the River North bar and restaurant is featuring $20 sake flights, consisting of Tyku Silver, Tyku Black and Tyku Coconut. They’re even better when paired with Asian-inspired dishes and snacks by chef Matthew Wilde, like BBQ duck steamed buns, poached shrimp and cucumber salad and sake-poached salmon. 

Half-Priced Wine at Acanto’s Weekend Brunch

One surefire way to make brunch even better? Wine that’s 50% off. So much more fun than coffee! Each weekend for brunch, Acanto is upping the ante on its brunch program with half-priced bottles of wine. Considering Acanto has been named one of the top 100 wine lists in the world by World of Fine Wine, this is quite a big deal. The list, courtesy of sommelier Jon McDaniel, features voer 650 different wines, many of which come from smaller, independent growers. A few that McDaniel recommends for the half price deal include the 2016 Cantina del Taburno Coda di Volpe from Campania for $24 and the 1969 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico from Tuscany for $198. To match, chef Chirs Gawronski features a savorous food menu with the likes of blueberry-ricotta pancakes with Italian cider syrup, spinach frittatas with truffle ricotta, and rigatoni pasta with lamb ragu and Caciocavallo cheese. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

 

Acanto
Acanto; photo by Gage Hospitality Group

Half Off Hours at Slurping Turtle

In other incredible bargain news, Slurping Turtle is celebrating summer with one of the best dining deals around: through August 30, the River North restaurant is featuring half off everything on the food menu and drink menu during select hours. It’s an apt opportunity to sample Slurping Turtle’s famous ramen dishes, maki and Japanese snacks, plus new dishes like chilled noodles with shredded tomago and seasonal vegetables, seafood shoyu ramen and ahi poke donburi featuring tartare-style ahi tuna marinated in sesame soy sauce.  

Air & Water Show Ice Cream Cart at Mon Ami Gabi

One of the best (and coolest, literally) ways to celebrate the Air & Water Show this year is with ice cream at Mon Ami Gabi. On both August 19 and 20, the French restaurant in Lincoln Park, with great views of the aerial show, is setting up a signature ice cream cart at the corner of its patio. Select flavors are available for just $1 per scoop, by the cup or cone. Follow the restaurant on Facebook for more updates on flavors and the ice cream cart. It’ll be in action from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days. 

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