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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 […]

Henry’s Swing Club, Lots to Love

Henry’s Swing Club: Henry’s Swing Club: One of the most surprising additions to River North’s thumping dining and drinking scene as of late, Henry’s Swing Club is everything downtowners need and want in a casual bar that flies in the face of the neighborhood’s typical sceney template. The concept came about when DMK Restaurant Group swooped in […]

First Taste: Grand Tour Chicago Restaurant

Roger Herring takes diners on an international tour of flavors with this new Lincoln Square spot Grand Tour Chicago Restaurant.   I compare places to Epcot a lot. Eataly is the Epcot of Italian food, the Chicago French Market is the Epcot of West Loop lunch fare, Navy Pier is the Epcot of awfulness, etc. But Grand Tour really is the […]

NEWS: First Look at Eataly Chicago

The time has finally come for one of the most anticipated openings of recent years. Eataly officially expands to Chicago on Monday, December 2, opening its second and largest U.S. location in River North. Here’s a first look. (Eataly’s pizza ovens in action) Like hordes of chocoholics grappling to get a peek inside Willy Wonka’s […]

NEWS: Randy Zweiban Has Closed Province Restaurant Chicago

Looking to re concept the 161 N. Jefferson St. location in early 2014. His Provence restaurant in Phoenix is continuing operation. Executive Chef/Owner Randy Zweiban, who first brought Nuevo Latino cooking to Chicago with Nacional 27, has crafted a dynamic menu that is grounded in American cuisine and influenced by Central and South American and […]

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille’s First Chicago-Area Location

Perry’s Restaurants, a family-owned group of award-winning steakhouses, has opened an 11,000-square-foot location of its award-winning  Perry’s Steakhouse.  At the helm will be Chicago Super Star Steak Chef Borislav Kirzhner who for nine years wow’d customers at the Saloon Steakhouse in Streeterville near Downtown Chicago. Famous for its selection of butcher-fresh Prime beef and Chops, Perry’s is also known for its unexpected […]

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 […]

A Tanta-lizing Taste of Peru in River North Restaurant

The cuisine and culture of Peru get their due diligence at River North newcomer Tanta, a collaboration between world-revered Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio and VBD Group, LLC.     (Tanta Cebiche) The first time I tried South American food I was at Epcot and it was revelatory. There’s just something so special about enjoying a […]