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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM

Weekly Planner: TWO's Restaurant Royale, Momotaro Collaboration, Wood's Drag Brunch and More

TWO’s First Annual Restaurant Royale

Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant vs. restaurant and bar vs. bar, featuring holiday-inspired dishes and drinks by 10 local chefs and bartenders. The lineup of chefs this year includes Kevin Cuddihee of TWO, Mike Sheerin, Zoe Schor, Charles Welch, Brian Millman, Ashlee Aubin and more. Attendees will get to sample different dishes and drinks, and select which ones should be named the winner of each category. The winner will get $1,500, second place gets $1,000 and third place gets a prize pack of TDAS Spirits. It all takes place from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $120 and can be purchased here

Sumi Robata Bar Collaboration at Momotaro

In the wake of one of Chicago’s saddest restaurant closings, chef Gene Kato is keeping the Sumi Robata Bar spirit alive with events throughout the city. The latest? A collaborative event at the Izakaya at Momotaro on December 11. For one night only, Kato and chef Mark Hellyar will work together on a menu of traditional Japanese yakitori, to include an array of grilled chicken skewers, gyoza, tonkatsu chicken breast and more. Japanese-inspired cocktails will also be on hand for the event. The menu will be a la carte, starting at 6:00 p.m., and no tickets are required to attend. 


TWO serves up a Restaurant Royale

Happy’s Pop-up at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Getting deep into the holiday spirit, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and Land & Sea Dept. are partnering with Johalla Projects for a new festive pop-up called Happy’s. Taking place in The Tank event space on the hotel’s ground floor, now through December 30, the bar will be open from 5:00 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. In line with previous pop-up collaborations, Happy’s will be run by the folks from the Land & Sea Dept. group, with an emphasis on holiday-centric merriment and comfort. This means festive cocktails by Paul McGee, plus beer and wine, while Johalla takes care of the design. DJs, karaoke, trivia, live music and other events will take place throughout the month.

Drag Brunch at Wood

In other festive holiday news, Wood is wrapping itself in Christmas cheer for its “Wrapped in Red Drag Brunch” on December 10. Starting at 11:00 a.m. on that Sunday, the brunch is an event for guests to come dressed in their best seasonal outfits and enjoy an entertaining brunch emceed by Wanda Screw. The special menu for the occasion features mascarpone cinnamon rolls, corned beef hash, pumpkin spiced waffles and cocktails like the Wanda Screwdriver. Guests are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots for a chance to win a Wood gift card. 

Tags: WoodLakeviewBoystownBrunchTwoWest TownWest LoopMomotaro
Neighborhoods: West LoopWest TownLake View


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There's an emphasis here on Midwestern farm-to-fork cuisine and décor, with a strong beer and cocktail program. TWO is also very neighborhood friendly and has thankfully ditched the small-plates trend...

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Former Alinea chef Ashlee Aubin (also Home Bistro, Zealous) helms the kitchen at this animated Lakeview eatery. The new American cuisine focuses on fresh and local ingredients as well as...

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