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First Taste: I | O Urban Roofscape

I | O Urban Roofscape bows with a bang at River North’s new Godfrey Hotel. Considering the winter we’ve been having, we could all use a little getaway. But since the airports are a snowy shitshow, the next best bet may very well be I | O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel. The splashy, sprawling restaurant […]

Christmas Dining in Chicago

Christmas should be a time of rest, relaxation, family, and more wrapping paper than you know what to do with. Leave all that merriment at home and remove any stress by visiting a restaurant for your Christmas meal. Because everything’s jollier when you don’t have to slave over a stove or clean up after relatives. […]

Sweet of the Week: Cannoli at Filini

(Cannoli at Filini) In the pantheon of classic “ethnic” desserts, cannoli reigns supreme as far as I’m concerned. I defy anyone to decry the combination of sweet ricotta, crispy fried pastry shell, and pistachios as anything less than perfect. Heck, even a lackluster, poorly made cannoli is delicious. You know the ones, with pre-bought shells […]

Boston by way of Chicago by way of Booze

(Sable Kitchen & Bar) Sable Kitchen & Bar hosts a few bar managers from some of Boston’s top dining and drinking destinations this coming Sunday for an event called Lake Shore Limited. Nothing brings cities together like cocktails. Chicago and Boston bump fists this Sunday as part of Sable Kitchen & Bar‘s Lake Shore Limited shindig, […]

This year, Waldorf Astoria Chicago’s award-winning restaurant, Balsan, is serving up decadent New Year’s Eve dinners.

Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast The Waldorf Astoria is between Rush St. and the Magnificent Mile. Ranked #1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms and suites, gracious service, and distinctive amenities including fireplaces and terraces. Holiday […]

Let’s Talk Turkey

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about turkey. Go for the best birds you can get by purchasing your turkeys from one of these dining destinations. Ironically, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table is often the main source of strife at holiday gatherings. There’s the whole conundrum of where to buy […]

The Florentine’s Third Birthday Celebration

The Florentine      …is turning three! This November 11 marks the restaurant’s Third Anniversary and as a thank you to their loyal guests, the Italian restaurant is offering a special-priced birthday menu, one lavish giveaway for two and extra perks for the restaurant’s loyalty members. See what’s in store for The Florentine’s Third Birthday […]