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First Taste: Oak + Char

First Taste: Oak + Char: Oak + Char refines modern Midwestern dining in River North.   When rumblings of a new restaurant began formulating for the former Graham Elliot space, it seemed the restaurateurs were hell-bent on checking off every dining cliche in the books. There were the two random words strung together by a […]

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2, Spring Saturday Supper: Weekend Planner

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2:   Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2 After you’ve sufficiently boozed and shred on Friday, relax with a leisurely prix fixe Saturday supper at Birchwood Kitchen. Taking place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the spring-inspired dinner features choice of starter, with options like sweet pea soup and goat cheese galette, followed […]

Off Site Bar Dining, Forbidden Root Beer, Latin Dance at Prairie Grass Cafe, Lunch at Ani

Off Site Bar Dining, Forbidden Root Beer:   Daily Dining at Off Site Bar New happenings are afoot by Longman & Eagle‘s executive chef Matthew Kerney, who’s implementing a new daily menu at adjoining Off Site Bar. Available starting at 5:00 p.m. nightly, the menu promises to change seasonally and conceptually, with the first iteration inspired […]

Weekend Planner: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival, Grilled Cheese Day Decadence, and Cocktail Carts at Travelle

Weekend Planner: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Pastoral‘s fourth annual Artisan Producer Festival is this Saturday, April 12, at the Chicago French Market. The free-to-attend festival brings together upwards of 100 food artisans from across the world, gathered en masse in the West Loop to showcase their wholesome wares. It’s the Epcot of worldly artisanal foods. The […]

Weekend Planner: Gourmet Goodies at One of a Kind Show, Tasting Table Open Market, All-Olive Menu, and Graceful Beef

Jumpstart Your Holiday Shopping at One of a Kind Show This year’s One of a Kind show and sale is truly something to behold. A mammoth shopping wonderland on the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart, One of a Kind brings together a unique medley of artisanal vendors slinging everything from fashion and posters to […]

Shopping and Savoring the Best of Chicago’s Flavors

    The Walnut Room’s famous chicken pot pie.  When you’re in a zone—a shopping zone in this case—the last thing you want to do is stop and think about where you’re going to grab a bite. Lucky for you, a number of prominent retail department stores, luxury boutiques and others have taken this dilemma […]

Weekend Planner: Eat Pumpkin Cremeux and Foot-long Hot Dogs, Sip Gamay and Cocktails

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. (White chocolate-pumpkin cremeux at Floriole Cafe & Bakery. This month only. Photo: Floriole) No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in […]

Some Fun Times With My Friend Chef Charlie Trotter   Renowned Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter has died at age 54, a fire department source said. Trotter was found unresponsive at a Chicago residence and taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chicago Police said they are conducting a death investigation. The cause of his death is not […]

Brunch Bites: DIY Pumpkin Pop Tarts and Chicago-style Bloody Marys at The Grid

Brunch is a booming business for restaurants 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.   (Chicago-style Bloody Mary […]

Weekend Planner: Rum Cocktails, Celebrity Chef Ball, and an Apple Pie Smackdown

This weekend, make it all about the rum cocktails, the charitable food galas, and the apple pie contests. Cozy Up to DMK’s New Rum Cocktails It’s getting cold out there. Batten down the hatches and warm/numb your soul with rum. The cozy liquor is at the forefront of a new cocktail menu at DMK Burger Bar, […]