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Memorial Day 2017 Dining Guide

Memorial Day 2017 Dining Guide

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!leads of our Memorial Day 2017 Dining Guide Chicago’s original tapas restaurant always knows how to throw a good party. In honor of Memorial Day, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is serving brunch on May 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., followed by dinner service until 10:00 p.m. So there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge on your day off. Dishes are perfectly snackable and comforting, like deviled eggs with bacon, pancakes, waffle-battered chicken sticks, omelets, various brunchy tapas and more. There’s also a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and six flavors of sangria, which sounds like a surefire way to celebrate any holiday.

017 Dining Guide @ chicago_q

017 Dining Guide @ chicago_q

The Kerryman: Rathan than confine the Memorial Day merriment to one day, The Kerryman is hosting a variety of events and specials all weekend long. Because the onset of summer in Chicago is a big deal. Brunchers can enjoy $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on May 27 and May 28. There will also be bonus brunch on the actual holiday, and on Sunday night, the bar is hosting its annual Memorial Day party with DJ Ruki from 10:00 p.m. until closing time.

Memorial Day 2017 Dining Guide

R.J. Grunts: There’s just something so apropos and comforting about visiting Chicago’s quintessential all-American family restaurant on a holiday. In Lincoln Park, longstanding R.J. Grunts will be serving Memorial Day brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., featuring an all-you-can-eat spread of hearty dishes like pecan bread pudding French toast, mini Belgian waffles, thick-cut bacon, eggs, yogurt and granola, and more. All for a mere $15.95 per person, and the famous salad bar is included in the cost.

Chicago q: Seeing as Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, a season synonymous with barbecue, it makes perfect sense to indulge at one of Chicago’s most iconic barbecue restaurants. Fittingly, Chicago q will be open and serving brunch on May 29, with the patio open to boot (weather permitting).  The menu features fixtures like smoked dry-rubbed wings, brisket, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, smoked chicken eggs Benedict, chicken & waffles, sweet potato hash and loads more.

Shaw’s Crab House: It’s happy hour all day long at Shaw’s Crab House, where the seafood staple will be slinging half-priced fresh oysters, select cocktails, wine and draft beer in the boisterous oyster bar space on Memorial Day.

Cinco de Mayo Dining and Drinking Guide 2017

Cinco de Mayo Dining and Drinking Guide 2017

Cinco de Mayo at Sable

Cinco de Mayo at Sable

 

 

Tanta and Arbella: These two River North sister spots are teaming up for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo event this year. The best part? It’s all for a good cause, with proceeds from the festivities going towards the Farmer and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP), with the mission of improving working conditions for migrant and seasonal workers in Illinois. All day long on May 5, both spots will be featuring drink specials. Tanta’s is called the Corazón Valiente, which has Tanta’s special blend Barrel Patron Reposado, Zucca, lime and blood orange syrup. 50% of proceeds from the cocktail go towards FLAP. Meanwhile, Arbella will open its doors early at 3:00 p.m. to serve $12 watermelon margaritas on draft, plus $5 Modelos. 100% of proceeds from these two go to FLAP.

Bistronomic: A French restaurant may not seem the most obvious destination for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, but Bistronomic has proven quite adept at holidays of all kinds. This includes their upcoming Cinco specials, wherein chef Martial Noguier fuses Mexican cuisine with French inspirations for a special three-course menu utilizing ingredients and produce from Green City Market. Dishes include scallop ceviche, English pea vichyssoise, duck mole, poisson du jour vera cruz-style and tres leches profiteroles. The three-course dinner menu costs $39 per person, available from 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Beatrix: Two words for you: taco bar. Two more words for you: chilaquiles bar. Both Beatrix locations are honoring Cinco de Mayo properly with an array of brunchy comfort food. The taco and chilaquiles bars will run through 3:00 p.m., along with special pineapple-habanero margaritas.

Sable Kitchen & Bar: If ever there was a place with a knack for pairing cocktails and food, it’s Sable Kitchen & Bar. This is especially evident with their Cinco de Mayo special, which combines a Mexican dish and drinks featuring the combined talents of chef Shane Graybeal and bartender Pito Rodriguez. Available on Sable’s 2+2 menu, which features two small plates paired with two cocktails for $35, the special features mole-braised chicken thigh taco with pickled pineapple and cilantro crema paired with the Mojo Manor, a vibrabt spiced pineapple cocktail with Don Q Cristal, lime and housemade mojo tincture. The other pairing is frijole charros, otherwise known as rancher’s style beans and rice. This comes with the mezcal- and tequila-based Oaxaca Old Fashioned. This special will be available May 3 through May 8, and the Mojo Manor is also available on the regular menu.

Tuco and Blondie: There’s a “taco tent” at Tuco and Blondie, so this is pretty much mandatory on Cinco de Mayo. Lakeview’s colorful new Mexican hot spot, is celebrating the holiday with an al fresco party that includes a tent filled with tacos, chips and guacamole. The brunch-style event also features a buffet beginning at 10:00 a.m. with burritos, chilaquiles and enchiladas.

Weekly Planner: Tropical Disco, Rooftop Derby Parties, Sunday Asado

Weekly Planner: Tropical Disco

Tropical Disco at Boleo

Tropical Disco at Boleo

Rooftop Derby Party at III Forks Prime Steakhouse: Tropical Disco

As the Kentucky Derby prepares to race into action May 6, III Forks Prime Steakhouse is celebrating in appropriately lavish style with a rooftop soiree complete with over-the-top hats, Mint Juleps, seersucker suits and lots of other specials. Starting at 4:00 p.m. and running until midnight, the soiree doubles as the seasonal launch for the steakhouse’s incomparable rooftop lounge. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their Derby best (read: lots of white, seersucker and crazy hats). The event is free to attend, with a la carte drink specials like Maker’s Mark frozen mint juleps, frozen bourbon cocktails, $5 draft cocktails, $3 Pacifico beers and $3 Stellas. Guests who RSVP is advance will also receive one themed drink, plus a Maker’s Mark ice cream cone and passed appetizers from 4:00 p.m. until post time at 5:34 p.m. Of course, the race will be on full display on III Forks’ numerous outdoor TV screens. To RSVP, call the restaurant.

Kentucky Derby Party at Bernie’s Lunch & Supper

Another restaurant throwing a rooftop Derby party of its own is Bernie’s Lunch & Supper. The River North restaurant will be airing the race and all the seasonal festivities from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on May 6, with $8 Rabbit Hole mint juleps, $8 Rabbit Hole Old Fashioneds, $8 Rabbit Hole Kentucky mules, $8 cheeseburgers, $8 meatballs and plenty more.

Aperitivo Hour at Bar Lupo

Another week, another new happy hour. But this one comes with an Italian accent and fizzy spritzes. River North’s new Italian haunt, Bar Lupo, has kicked off its aperitivo hour program, which runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Inspired by the timeworn Italian tradition of a drink and a snack before dinner, the menu offerings include shareable bites, beer, wine and cocktails, all at bargain prices. Items include $5 spritzes, $5.99 avocado toast, $16,99 Piedmont Pub burgers with fontina and truffle, $4 glasses of wine and $6.99 garlic buns with tomato sauce and basil.

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Green City Market Dinner Series at Travelle Kitchen + Bar

With spring in full swing and farmers’ market season around the bend, Travelle Kitchen + Bar is once again paying homage to Green City Market with a weekly four-course dinner menu highlighting the best of the season. Spearheaded by executive chef Ricardo Jarquin and pastry chef Scott Green, each Wednesday night from May 10 through October 25 is anchored by ingredients found at the market each Wednesday morning. The tasting menu costs $45 per person, with optional wine pairings for $20 additional. It doesn’t get much fresher than this.

Sunday Asado at El Che Bar

Tropical Disco: You’ve heard of Sunday supper, but how ‘bout Sunday asado? The West Loop’s red-hot El Che Bar is cooking up an Argentine feast every Sunday evening, from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., a glorious spread of traditional and hearty meats cooked over open flames. Designed to feed two diners (cost is $90 per couple), the menu includes beef, pork, ribs, chitterlings, sweetbreads, blood sausage and more. Seasonal sides, salad and empanadas round it out.

Frontera Grill’s 30th Anniversary

Frontera Grill’s 30th Anniversary, Sepia Sunday Dinners, Derby Specials:

Weekly Planner

Frontera Grill's 30th Anniversary

Frontera Grill’s 30th Anniversary

 

Frontera Grill Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

One of Chicago’s most influential and iconic restaurants, Frontera Grill is celebrating its 30th anniversary by partnering with FamilyFarmed for a wholesome party on April 30 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. Taking place from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., the event will feature guest chefs from across the planet, all coming together to celebrate Frontera, FamilyFarmed and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation. It all starts with The Good Food Forum: A Bold Vision for the Future in the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium, with a keynote speech by Bayless. In attendance will be Paul Kahan, Marcus Samuelsson and Nora Pouillon. Other chefs in attendance for the party include Matthias Merges, Stephanie Izard, Ming Tsai, Jason Hammel, Michael Mina and more. Each chef will be preparing food to serve to guests, gourmet food court-style. Bayless’ restaurants will also be providing tastings. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Frontera Farmer Foundation and FamilyFarmed. Tickets for the lavish affair are $500. To purchase or to learn more information, visit here: www.frontera30.org.

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Sunday Dinners With Arthur

Fresh off a nod as one of the 2017 Sommeliers of the Year by Food & Wine, Sepia’s Arthur Hon is stepping into the spotlight a bit more with a new Sunday dinner series designed to enlighten guests more about wine and pairings. Each Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., the restaurant rolls out a different four-course tasting menu cooked by chef Andrew Zimmerman and pastry chef Sarah Mispagel, with pairings curated by Hon. Each menu is crafted around a featured wine maker. Tickets for each menu are $120 per person and can be purchased by calling Sepia.

Derby Specials at Brando’s Speakeasy

Getting in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, the Loop’s venerable Brando’s Speakeasy is cooking up some festive specials to run May 1 through May 6. These include $6 Woodford Mint Juleps leading up to Derby Day on May 6. The day of the actual race will also feature free fried chicken. The bar opens daily at 3:00 p.m. for all your day-drinking needs.

Happy Hour at Forbidden Root

Speaking of day-drinking, the latest hot happy hour in town takes place at Forbidden Root in West Town. The brewery and restaurant is now offering bargain beverages and snacks Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this time, guests can enjoy $1 off all drafts, $10 beer flights and free gochugarou chili popcorn. Currently on draft are seasonal brews like Snooze Juice pale ale, lemony Bayside High saison and the Tropical Toy Boat gose.

Jazzfest Crawfish Boil at Frontier

Jazzfest Crawfish Boil at Frontier

Jazzfest Crawfish Boil at Frontier

The Derby isn’t the only festive occasion taking place this season. In honor of New Orleans’ famed Jazzfest, which takes place April 30, Frontier is hosting a crawfish boil with all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and potatoes. Other specials include crawfish pie, frozen daiquiris and Abita beers. The crawfish boil is $35 per person, plus additional a la carte prices for specials. The event takes place with two seatings, the first at noon and the second at 4:00 p.m. Live music takes place throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased on Frontier’s website.

Surefire Signs of Spring in Chicago

From farmers’ markets to iced coffee queues, this is how you know spring has really sprung. Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring in Chicago @ Tavern on Rush

Signs of Spring in Chicago @ Tavern on Rush

Everyone in Chicago knows that spring doesn’t really start in March. With typically unpredictable weather, the season is often delayed a few weeks until that precise perfect moment everybody realizes we’ve endured another winter and spring is here to stay (at least until summer heat settles in). Restaurants in Chicago are solid indicators of spring, based on their hours, patios and menus. These are the surest signs of spring in Chicago restaurants.

Ice Cream and Gelato: One of the best signs that spring is here is the simple fact that it’s no longer too cold to enjoy ice cream and gelato without freezing to death. Along with other prized gems like Miko’s Italian Ice and Scooter’s Frozen Custard, Black Dog Gelato is emerging from hibernation and coming back for the warm-weather season. Swing by the Ukrainian Village shop for a taste of peanut butter lavender marshmallow gelato, blueberry French toast, sesame fig chocolate chip or any other oddball combo of chilly deliciousness.

Iconic Patios: It’s probably because Chicagoans have so much pent-up energy accumulated during winter, but we really love patios. To the point that we’ll happily sit underneath a screeching El track if it means we can dine al fresco. There are patios all over the city come spring, but few are as iconic as the ones at Tavern on Rush, Big Star and Parson’s Chicken & Fish. They’re all so different, all in different neighborhoods, but in their own ways they capture the essence of spring. In the Gold Coast, diners starving for sunshine flock to the massive patio anchoring the Viagra Triangle. Customers do likewise in Wicker Park at Big Star, and in Logan Square for Parson’s.

Iced Coffee: Sure, some people are bold enough to order iced coffee in the dead of winter, when the wind chill is twice as cold as the beverage itself. But cravings for the quenching stuff really starts to skyrocket once the weather warms and the mittens go away. For some of the best in town, head to Star Lounge in Ukrainian Village. The full-fledged cafe arm of Dark Matter Coffee, they’re famously known for their rich and creamy Chocolate City iced coffee, which they dole out on tap or in bottles.

Rooftop at J. Parker: The nifty thing about the J. Parker, the bar perched atop the Hotel Lincoln, is that the terrace space is open year round thanks to a glass covering that maintains the stunning Lincoln Park views while shielding customers from sub-zero temperatures. But really, there’s nothing that can compare to an open-air rooftop bar, and that day when the J. Parker reels in its facade is a day to celebrate. Now patrons can lounge around the massive sunny space while sipping cocktails and enjoying upscale bar food.

Green City Market: After months of infrequent indoor events, it’s time once again for farmers’ markets to return to their rightful posts outdoors. The season starts again for Chicago’s biggest and most popular farmers’ market, Green City, in May on Wednesdays and Saturdays in its Lincoln Park home. Opening day is always a jam-packed event filled with produce-shoppers, strollers, leashed dogs, chefs and vendors. As crowded as things can get, especially on Saturday markets, there’s something so excitingly vigorous about shopping outside for strawberries directly from farmers again. New this year, the market is adding a West Loop location at 115 S. Sangamon St., operating Saturdays June through October, and one in Wrigleyville on Thursday evenings at 3637 N. Clark St.

 

Weekly Planner: Record Store Day, Tarot Cards and Cocktails, Eataly’s

Weekly Planner: Record Store Day

 

Record Store Day at Lost Lake

In honor of Record Store Day on April 22 and in the spirit of friendly community spirit, Lost Lake is opening its doors early at noon and partnering with its neighbor, Bric-a-Brac Records. While the tiki bar gets going early, the record store will celebrate with a lineup of DJs all afternoon.

Weekly Planner: Ramen at Strings

Weekly Planner: Ramen at Strings

 

Limited Time Ramen at Strings

Before the summer heats shows up and ramen cravings make way for cooler treats, be sure and swing by Strings Ramen for a nourishing taste of spring via their new limited-time gyu ramen. The handiwork of executive chef Katie Dong and available only through the end of May, this comforting creation contains beef brisket…….

Tarot Cards at Revival Food Hall

For those who like a cocktail with their tarot, Revival Food Hall has just the occasion for you. The Loop hall is hosting a special tarot card reading event on April 27 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., wherein attendees can get their cards read by Rebecca Schoenecker. While this seasoned reader offers guidance…………………

Happy Hour at Intro

Sure to be one of the tastiest happy hours in town, Intro has joined ranks with its new bargain promo running every Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. An apt way to wind down the week and start the weekend in style, happy hour includes half-priced select cocktails, specially priced beer and wine, and…………………..

Weekly Planner: Intro

Weekly Planner: Intro

Ristorante Toscano at Eataly

Next up in Eataly’s ongoing pop-up restaurant series is an homage to Tuscany, and this weekend is your last opportunity to try it. The weekend-only popup, located on Eataly’s second floor, is called Ristorante Toscano, and it features regional dishes like Florence-style steak, octopus, braised rabbit…………………………..

Where to Eat Now That Lent is Over

From steaks to sundaes, here’s how to break your Lenten fast in style noe that Lent is over.

From steaks to sundaes, here’s how to break your Lenten fast in style.  At long last, Lent is over and it’s time to indulge. After 40 days abstaining from whatever it is that gives you pleasure. More often than not, this means comfort food. Since you’re going to want to celebrate in style, here are some decadent dining and drinking options in Chicago sure to help you break the Lenten fast the best way possible.
Lent is Over Gene & Georgetti

Lent is Over Gene & Georgetti

At long last, Lent is over and it’s time to indulge. After 40 days abstaining from whatever it is that gives you pleasure. More often than not, this means comfort food. Since you’re going to want to celebrate in style, here are some decadent dining and drinking options in Chicago sure to help you break the Lenten fast the best way possible.

Garbage salad at Gene & Georgetti: Don’t let the name fool you. This is hardly a salad by any stretch of the imagination. It’s more excessive than most pizzas, actually, and a great way to start a meal at this legendary steakhouse if you really don’t care about saving room for your entree. The enormous salad is portioned enough to feed a family fresh off a hunger strike, brimming with julienned salami, mozzarella, onion, garlic, roasted red peppers, celery, tomato, radish, and huge pieces of shrimp. Oh yeah, there’s also iceberg lettuce, but that’s practically an afterthought.

Garlic bread at Michael Jordan’s Steak House: Garlic bread in and of itself is pretty indulgent, let alone when it’s doused on melted cheese fondue. One of the most famous dishes at Michael Jordan’s Steak House, with enough fandom to rival the mightiest of steaks, the garlic bread appetizer is the gourmet equivalent of a Bloomin’ Onion. The dish is actually a Jenga-sized stack of buttery, doughy garlic bread, which gets poured with a rich and pungent blue cheese fondue.

Steak enhancements at Benny’s Chop House: In case the dry-aged tomahawk rib-eye or Wagyu skirt steak isn’t decadent enough for you, Benny’s supplements with numerous opulent options. This includes traditional accoutrements like red wine demi-glace and mushroom-truffle duxelle, along with seared foie gras, bone marrow butter and Maine sea scallops.

Lent is Over @ Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Lent is Over @ Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Narwhal sundae at Cold Storage: When it comes to ice cream sundaes, you may as well go big. Especially if this is your re-entry into the post-Lenten world of excess. Cold Storage has a mammoth of a sundae called The Narwhal, which contains everything but the kitchen sink. It’s one of those things. Come hungry (or bring all your friends), because this thing packs eight scoops of ice cream (chocolate, fresh mint, white chocolate, lemon sorbet, butterscotch, coffee, popcorn, triple vanilla bean), three sauces (hot fudge, salted caramel, white chocolate), two kinds of cake (fudge and peanut butter blondie), and toppings like a waffle cone, whipped cream, cherries, chocolate cookie streusel, and a whole banana.

Biscuit sandwich at Bang Bang Pie Shop: If you haven’t yet tasted the sour cream-based biscuits at Bang Bang Pie Shop, you truly haven’t lived. These ever-so-fluffy clouds of deliciousness are dense in just the right spots, with a touch of creaminess throughout, a thin crackle around the well-browned exterior, and marshmallow-soft innards. They’re obsession-worthy enough on their own, let alone when they’re sliced in half and heaped with maple-glazed ham, Dijon butter, caramelized onion relish, and pickle.

 

Chicago’s Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April)

 Chicago’s Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April)

Thumbs up to your fresh new ‘do.

Chicago’s Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April) That added fire to your spring wardrobe was exactly what you needed for a pep in your step. And isn’t it about time you checked out something completely new and exciting for your dining and imbibing needs?

Spring means that it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and try something different. From a pop-up dinner series with an impressive culinary lineup to the latest downtown burger-focused bar, we’re showcasing some of the most buzzed about destinations in the Windy City. Here’s where you ought to be this month.

 

Chicago’s Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April)

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Chicago's Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April) @ Formento's

Chicago’s Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April) @ Formento’s

Animale

Why It’s A Hit: The team behind Logan Square’s insanely popular Osteria Langhe gives us a prime opportunity to pig out on pasta at this Bucktown eatery specializing in wild game and Italian eats. At their second restaurant, Animale, diners can dive into bottomless plates of spaghetti or cavatappi topped with sauces such as ragu di carne (mix of Italian sausage and beef chuck, mirepoix, herbs, tomatoes), cacio e pepe (pecorino romano, black pepper, stock, butter) or ………….

 

 

Formento’s

Why It’s A Hit: Chef Todd Stein has done a marvelous job with the menu at this lively West Loop gem. He’s completely come into his own since arriving last fall, transforming the old-school Italian menu into something completely modern. The house-made paccheri squid ink pasta is amped up with lump crab, spicy red chiles, mint and garlic breadcrumbs. The pork tenderloin is also a big hit. It’s wrapped in prosciutto and accompanied by………………………………………………..

Homestead on the Roof

Why It’s A Hit: What are you doing on Wednesday nights? Head over to this West Town eatery with a farm-to-table focus for pop-up dinners through May 10. Executive Chef Scott Shulman is partnering with local culinary stars such as Off Color Brewing Co. (April 26) and chefs Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones of

Potter's Chicago's Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April)

Potter’s Chicago’s Top Spots for Dining & Drinking (April)

 

Potter’s—Chicago Burger Bar

Why It’s A Hit: Think again if you believe the burger craze will ever slow down in Chicago. It’s hotter than ever, so much that Potter’s has transformed into the latest trendy burger bar. Nestled inside the historic Palmer House Hilton, the former cocktail lounge now specializes in gourmet burgers with an emphasis on local ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden and apiary. What’s super cool is that 12 of the signature burgers are designed to rep cool Chicago neighborhoods. Hyde Park’s is topped with smoked cheddar, a fried green tomato and BBQ sauce; Logan Square gets bourbon-baked bacon; the Gold Coast offering is $49 and adorned with foie gras, seven-year aged cheddar and truffle aioli on a “gold bun;” and Pilsen comes with pickled jalapeno, salsa verde and chipotle aioli.

What To Order: There’s also a brownie burger on offer. Set between a doughnut bun is Betha’s brownie patty—betcha didn’t know the brownie was invented at the Palmer House—with apricot marshmallow. It’s served with churro fries topped with vanilla sauce and raspberry coulis.

Where To Find It: 17 E. Monroe St., 312-917-4933

When To Visit: After work

 

Vermilion’s Frankie Dosa Brunch

Why It’s A Hit: The celebrated Latin-Indian fusion restaurant now does brunch, and it’s something completely different than anything else around town. Diners may choose from traditional crepe-style dosas or frankies, also known as Indian wraps or roti rolls. They may be filled with a variety of fillings or………………..

 

DRINKING

 

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea Bar

Why It’s A Hit: Actually, I’m quite shocked this hasn’t happened until now. Fairgrounds is pretty innovative in that its concept is set up like a craft beer bar—with a selection of cold coffee brews served on draft. The choices are from all over the country, including including Dark Matter Coffee (Chicago)……………………

The Hive/Honey’s

Why It’s A Hit: This new retro-inspired lounge called The Hive is above Honey’s, located in the West Loop. It serves three market price cocktails at the bartender’s discretion. There’s a full-service bar of spirits, so guests may also order cocktails that are not on the menu, such as a Negroni…………………………………………………,

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet

Why It’s A Hit: The snappy, three-level newcomer to the West Loop has been a long time coming, and it’s an exciting addition to the neighborhood. And, as the name suggests, there’s a multiple personality feel to the theme. The Lunatic, we presume, is the bartender whipping up all sorts of classic and original concoctions. The Lover, naturally, is the sommelier, with plans to introduce all sorts of lovely libations to guests. And The Poet is the chef. While food is not yet available, the menu looks damn good. It promises more than just polite little bites to nosh on while you’re imbibing.

What To Order: Shellfish entrées, steak and a juicy signature burger should be on their way by mid-spring. In the meantime, drink up.

Where To Find It: 736 W. Randolph St., 312-775-0069

When To Visit: Thursday is always a great night for some juice.

 

The Ruin Daily

Why It’s A Hit: Don’t take your sandwich for granted! That’s pretty much the message behind The Ruin Daily, which is more than just your average gourmet sandwich shop. The concept is helmed by chef Gabino “Bino” Ottoman (Longman & Eagle, Le Bernardin, Saint Lou’s Assembly) with a day bar offering a killer cocktail program of classic and contemporary drinks, plus beer and wine.

What To Order: Your mouth should be watering at the thought of the salmon Po’ Boy of roasted Atlantic salmon, a secret sauce, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles and pickled onions. That should go down well with the Barracuda cocktail of five-year rum, pineapple-infused rum, lime and jerk spice.

Where To Find It: 328 S. Jefferson St., 312-929-2707

When To Visit: During lunch

 

Winter’s Jazz Club

Why It’s A Hit: It’s the sort of place to completely immerse yourself into the music. No cell phone use allowed—and that’s a good thing. Winter’s is a traditional jazz club that’s been modernized. You’ll love it for its intimacy and dedication to the best of straight ahead, classic, vocal and swing. The lounge overlooks the Odgen Slip

 

Weekly Planner: WhiskeyFest, BURGER MOOVMENT’S, Jazz Brunch

WhiskeyFest Event at Sable Kitchen & Bar

The only thing better than a festival dedicated to whiskey is a charitable whiskey festival. On Monday, April 17, Sable Kitchen & Bar invites folks from Bad Hunter and Broken Shaker for a pre-WhiskeyFest Chicago kickoff with Lot No. 40 whiskey. The event, running 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., features Sabrina Kudic of Bad Hunter and Scotty LoBianco of Broken Shaker, along with Sable’s own Anton Valkov and Mike Jones, all of whom will be shaking up cocktails infused with Lot No. 40, pouring shots on tap and serving boilermakers. Attendees will also get complimentary………………………………

Funny Bunny Cake Shakes at Public House

Inspired in part by the Easter Bunny, Public House has a glorious and indulgent new cake shake on deck for the month of April. After amassing considerable buzz from its previous decadent milkshakes, the River North bar and restaurant is at it again with this latest rendition. It’s made with Ciderboys Strawberry Magic beer, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, Peeps and a garnish of lemon buttercream cake. In case that’s not enough

WhiskeyFest

Desserts @ Public House

Desserts @ Public House

BURGER MOOVMENT Celebrates Its Birthday Month

Elmwood Park’s beloved burger destination, BURGER MOOVMENT, is celebrating its sixth anniversary all month long with a couple tempting promos. Throughout April, customers are invited to step up to the kitchen plate and play chef as part of the #MyBurgerMoovment challenge, wherein folks are able to create and share their ultimate burger creation for the chance to win a $100 gift card and have it featured on the menu as ……………………..

Pop-up Dinner Series at Homestead on the Roof

To celebrate the onset of spring, Chicago’s ultimate garden-to-table restaurant is hosting a spring harvest dinner series through May. Every Wednesday this month, Homestead on the Roof partners with a different local chef and brewery to serve up a fresh taste of the season. Each dinner includes multiple courses from chef Scott Shulman and the featured guest chef or brewer……………………….

Jazz Brunch at FIG & OLIVE

For an added pep in your step, FIG & OLIVE has added jazz to the brunch equation with a new weekend series on Sundays. Now midday diners can revel in a little live music with their mimosas and French Riviera-inspired cuisine. Between noon and 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, the Gold Coast restaurant features the musical stylings of different jazz musicians, like Liz Mandeville on April 16. To eat, the menu features the likes of French toast with fig-cinammon jam, poached eggs with cured salmon and hollandaise, and…………………………………..

Tax Day Desserts at Bistronomic

Bargain desserts are a surefire way to take the sting out of Tax Day, or celebrate your refund. To mark the occasion, Bistronomic is offering desserts on its menu for just $4.18 in honor of the date. Considering the caliber of these confections, it’s quite the deal. These include chocolate hazelnut bars with feuilletine, ganache and orange-Grand Marnier sauce; baked Alaska; and chocolate profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch caramel and bittersweet chocolate sauce.

Passover Specials, Lunch Boxes, Italian Wine Dinner and More

Passover Specials

Passover at Bistronomic

Ever the reliable restaurant for just about any holiday imaginable, Bistronimic has a three-course Passover menu on hand from April 10 through April 18. The dinner menu is available for $39 per person, with options for each course. These include appetizers like warm asparagus salad with burrata, yuzu tobiko caviar, mint and honey-lemon vinaigrette; foie gras with arugula and apple salad, dried fruit marmalade, pickled Vidalia onions and roasted hazelnuts; and the tartare du jour. Next, entree options include the…………………………………

Passover Specials @ Bistronomic

Passover Specials @ Bistronomic

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8 Plus 8 Til 8 at NAHA

There’s a killer new weekday promo taking place at NAHA, wherein certain cocktails, glasses of wine and small plates go for $8 until 8:00 p.m. at the bar only. The menu offerings rotate, courtesy of bar director/general manager Amy Starr and chef Carrie Nahabedian, with examples including Milou Chardonnay, white truffle-scented popcorn, Armenian lamb pizza with mint, parsley and lemon salad, and feta cheese turnovers with……………………………..

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Lunch Box Special at Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Forget everything you remember about lunch boxes from your childhood. Because Honey Butter Fried Chicken is about to seriously one-up the nostalgic pastime with its new fried chicken lunch boxes. The new midday special, available Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., is available for dine-in, pickup or delivery through Try Caviar. There are two options to choose from too. Lunch Box One contains choice of one entree (two-piece fried chicken with honey butter and corn muffins, fried chicken strips, honey butter fried chicken sandwich, the original fried chicken sandwich, or…………………….

Italian Wine Dinner at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

Italian wines take the stage at III Forks Prime Steakhouse as part of the restaurant’s next upcoming wine dinner, featuring the work of Marchesi Antinori winery. The event takes place April 12 at 6:30 p.m., with wine representative Chris Smarto in attendance to talk to guests about the history of the estate and the wines themselves. Following a reception, dinner consists of four courses of wine-friendly fare, like charred octopus salad, braised rabbit ravioli, dry-aged rib-eye with huckleberry reduction and a “chocolate extravaganza” for dessert. The cost for dinner is $125 per person and reservations can be made by calling III Forks.

IIIFORKS Jeremy Vass

IIIFORKS Jeremy Vass

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Passover at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Another solid Passover destination this year is Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, which is celebrating the Jewish holiday on April 10 and 11 with a special three-course menu for dinner. All the classic favorites are present and accounted for, like gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, bibb lettuce and chive salad, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, herb roasted chicken, braised beef brisket with red wine bordelaise, glazed carrots, potato pancakes and flourless chocolate cake. The cost is $49.95 per person and $19.95 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

 

Posh Wednesday at Arbella

The culinary arts fuse with designer arts as part of Arbella’s latest Posh Wednesday series, taking place April 12 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The River North bar has tapped Chicago-based designer Anastasia Chatzka for the occasion, a woman renowned for her womenswear shop in Ukrainian Village. At the event, she’ll showcase clothing and accessories from her latest collection, available for purchase on-site. Arbella will compliment with Champagne cocktail specials, including the Georgia Preserves cocktail, which has ginger-infused vodka, housemade peach-tea syrup, rhubarb bitters, lemon and bubbly.

Arbella

Arbella