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Bon Macaron Retail, Blue Door Farm Stand Turns One, Arami Late Night Bartender: Weekend Planner:

Bon Macaron Retail, Blue Door Farm Stand:

Bon Macaron Retail, Blue Door Farm

Bon Macaron Retail, Blue Door Farm

Weekend Planner January 30-February 1: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.
Bon Macaron Launches Retail SaturdaysBon Macaron became Chicago’s first macaron specialty shop when it opened its doors in West Town last summer. Now those doors are poised to open even further when they add select Saturday retail hours, starting this weekend. From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on January 31, customers can peruse and get their fill of classic or whimsical macarons like pistachio, dark chocolate, candy bar, and PB&J. The gluten-free treats are $2.50 each. Future retail dates are February 14 and February 28, with more dates to be announced via Bon Macaron’s website and Facebook page.………………CONTINUE:





50 Shades of Dining

50 Shades of Dining:

50 Shades of Dining @ Sullivan's

50 Shades of Dining @ Sullivan’s

50 Shades of Dining:

A cheesy adult novel about S&M fantasy isn’t the first thing I’d expect to translate to a dinner menu, but I’m not one to judge. As the feverishly popular 50 Shades of Grey prepares for its theatrical release on Valentine’s Day, a couple restaurants are serving up aphrodisiacal brunch and dinner menus inspired by the book-turned-film. Leave your… equipment… at home though………………CONTINUE: 

Lost Lake and Thank You: First Taste

Lost Lake and Thank You:

Lost Lake and Thank You

Lost Lake and Thank You


Venerable Land and Sea Dept. hitches their wagon to Paul McGee’s star for a bold new tiki bar and Chinese takeout concept on the edge of Logan Square and Avondale.

The trajectory of Paul McGee’s cocktail career over the past few years has been quite impressive. Criss-crossing the city, the bearded gent helped pioneer Logan Square’s dining and drinking scene, as well as Chicago’s craft cocktail landscape at large, with The Whistler. He then wowed everyone by decamping to align with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, one of the biggest restaurant groups around, to open a subterranean, clandestine tiki wonderland called Three Dots and a Dash, a magical bar that feels like being roofied while on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. And I mean that with sincere love. McGee’s move from Three Dots and a Dash was perhaps the most surprising of all; at the height of Three Dots’ success, hot on the heels of world-class accolades, McGee parted ways with the bar to team up with Land and Sea Dept., another superstar restaurant group (Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish), and open a new tiki bar back in Logan Square. Lost Lake is tiki done his way, adjoined by a quirky Chinese takeout concept called (adorably) Thank You………………CONTINUE: 

Super Dining for the Super Bowl

Super Dining for the Super Bowl:

Super Dining for the Super Bowl

Super Dining at Honey Butter

The Super Bowl is around the corner and restaurants are kicking off game day food and drink specials galore.



The biggest TV day of the year is as much about food as it is about football. And commercials. Your snacking an drinking itinerary during the Super Bowl is of the utmost importance. This year, Chicago restaurants and bars are kicking off Super Bowl specials and packages to celebrate the big game and keep you feeling like a champ. Here’s your guide for where to fuel up, what to order, and what to eat………………CONTINUE: 




Chicago Restaurant Week, Top Picks

Chicago Restaurant Week, Top Picks:

Chicago Restaurant Week, Top Picks (Jellyfish)

Chicago Restaurant Week, Top Picks (Jellyfish)

Chicago Restaurant Week is a two-week affair taking place January 30 through February 12 at restaurants all over town and the suburbs. Participants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at bargain prices.

Jellyfish Makes a Splash in the Gold Coast

Slick, modern Japanese fare is on deck at Jellyfish for both lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week. Get this on your mind now: chicken- and bamboo-laced Sapporo soup, pan-seared duck salad, and coconut bread pudding for lunch, plus more options at dinner like torched hamachi and roasted Hawaiian pork………………CONTINUE: 



Little Butcher Shop, Cultural Crossover Dinner, Whiskey and Art: Weekday Planner: Big Troublesome In

Little Butcher Shop:

Little Butcher Shop Publican Quality Meats. Plus Off Color Beers.

Publican Quality Meats. Plus Off Color Beers.

Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 19-23.

Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop

Meat + beer = happiness with Off Color Brewing on January 22 for Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop. It’s a reception-style open house with five Off Color brews on hand along with small bites by chef de cuisine Missy Corey. Think rutabaga tarts paired with Off Color Scurry; lonza with dulce de membrillo, Idiazabal cheese, and hazelnut on rye paired with Off Color Fierce; and Navajo tacos with braised coppa on potato bread paired with Off Color Biere de Garde Dog. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and costs $55 per person. Call to make reservations………………CONTINUE: 




Citrus Bucket List

Citrus Bucket List:

Citrus Bucket List @ Baker Miller

Citrus Bucket List @ Baker Miller

Get your citrus on this season at Chicago bars and restaurants.


In the midst of winter’s unholy death grip, one of the sole beacons of light is citrus. Seasonal produce this time of year is a far cry from the fruitful bounties of spring and summer, but hey we’ve still got oranges and grapefruits and Meyer lemons and other sunny vittles to chirp about. To help ease the sting of frost bite, here’s your citrus dining and drinking bucket list this season in Chicago………………CONTINUE: 



Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays, Seasonal Slam, Central Coast

Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays, Seasonal Slam

Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays, Seasonal Slam, Central Coast Wine Dinner

Weekend Planner: Sweet Sundays


Weekend Planner January 23-25:
No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.

Sugar Hills Bakery is one spot taking the adage “you can have your cake and eat it too” quite literally. With their new Sweet Sundays promo, guests get a free slice of cake with purchase between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago location. More than 14 different cake options are on hand at the bakery, running the gamut from chocoholic-friendly chocolate chiffon cake with straciatella mousse and chocolate glaze, to the more fruit-forward…………………CONTINUE: 

Cozy Winter Restaurants and Bars

Cozy Winter Restaurants:

Cozy Winter Restaurants ( Scofflaw )

Cozy Winter Restaurants ( Scofflaw )

It’s imperative that your winter dining itinerary come with a side of cozy fireplace comforts. Here’s where to dine and sip in cozy style this winter in Chicago.
Chicago winters demand the nourishing solace of fireside dining and drinking comfort. Embrace the hearty libations and dishes at one of these warming Chicago spots.
Scofflaw: A gin-centric bar may not be the first place that comes to mind when on the prowl for toasty cocktail dens, but Scofflaw meets muster with its second room located around the corner from the actual bar. Here you’ll find a parlor reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland tea party, complete with regal, snug couches, chairs, and a glowing fireplace. It’s the perfect setting in which to enjoy hot buttered rum, burgers, and enough gin to make you forget about the temperature outside…………………CONTINUE: 


The Promontory Chicago Brunch, The Signature Room

The Promontory Chicago Brunch:

The Promontory Chicago Brunch

The Promontory Chicago Brunch


Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.  Music is an integral component at the Hyde Park restaurant…………………CONTINUE: