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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

What to Eat During Football Season in Chicago

With football season well underway, Chicago bars and restaurants are getting in on the action with a variety of fall specials and promotions. From simple standbys like bargain beers to DIY lobster rolls, here are some of the best ways to celebrate football season in tasty style this year. 

 

Umami Burger
Umami Burger

Umami Burger: Sometimes, the best way to do a football game is with the all-American combo of beer and burgers. Umami Burger has you covered for such cravings. On Sundays throughout football season this year, the burger-slinging restaurant is offering $3 Bud Lights and $4 micro-brews at both Chicago locations. 

Chop Shop: Few things pair better together than beer and sandwiches. Especially when it comes to game day food and beverage combos. Chop Shop has you covered all season long, serving up beer and sandwich combo specials during NFL games at the bar. 

Bub City Rosemont: BBQ and tailgating are a match made in heaven, and Bub City rises to the occasion with a spread of meaty comfort food perfectly befitting game day snacking. The restaurant’s Rosemont location is serving up a variety of game day specials this year, including pork shoulder, smoked spare ribs, brisket, fried chicken, BBQ wings, burgers and more. All (and more) are available through the restaurant’s catering team, and orders can be placed by emailing bubcityroseparties@leye.com. Or if you’d rather indulge on-site, head to the Rosemont outpost, which has 22 flat-screen TVs and a 100-inch projector that shows all Bears games with sound. 

Whirlyball: In addition to a variety of gaming and entertainment options, Whirlyball is offering an impressive lineup of football game day specials this season. While watching the game on one of Whirlyball’s several TVs, patrons can partake in buffalo chicken sliders, pizzas, nachos, beer bucket specials and Avery White Rascals for $5, to name a few. 

Publican Quality Meats: Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper tailgate without encased meats. And Publican Quality Meats has you covered when it comes to such cravings. Your one-stop shop for all your encased and cured meat needs, the West Loop butcher shop and restaurant has a fully stocked takeaway counter loaded with sausages, charcuterie, cheeses and much more.  

Old Town Social: If chili cheese fries sound like you're dream snack during football games (as they should), then be prepared to spend many a Sunday at this Old Town fixture. The bar/restaurant is featuring $5 chili fries and $8 chili mac during NFL games this year, along with beer bargains. 


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