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Movember Restaurant Specials

In honor of November being men’s health awareness month, aka Movember, a few restaurants are rolling out menu specials to mark the occasion.   (Drink for a good cause with Rockit Ranch Productions) Rockit Ranch Productions is one big bromance when it comes to Movember support, with each of the five venues competing as teams […]

8 Days of Thanksgivukkah in Chicago Restaurants

November is upon us, which means Thanksgiving is mere weeks away. This holiday season, leave the cooking to the professionals and head to one of these restaurants for your Thanksgiving meal. (Cafe des Architectes) Hope you didn’t binge too much on Halloween candy, because there’s another belt-bucking holiday coming up fast. With November upon us, […]

Think Outside the Pie With This Pumpkin Bucket List at Local Restaurants

Pumpkin pie is all well and good, but there’s more to fall eating than pie crust. With pumpkins at their seasonal apex, here’s a roundup of some unconventional pumpkin creations on restaurant menus around Chicago.   Everyone loves a good pumpkin pie. It’s quintessential fall comfort at its best, and rightfully so. The period of […]

Green Tie Ball Heads to Willy Wonkaland With Restaurants in Chocolate

Admit it. You’ve always wanted to be Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Sure he was poor and his four grandparents all awkwardly shared one bed, but the kid had a heart of gold and a golden ticket to cocoa paradise. This weekend your dreams can become reality, as the Green Tie Ball […]

Levy Restaurants’ ‘Company Mom’ Eadie Levy, alav hashalom

Our condolences to the Levy family and Levy Restaurants on the loss of “company mom” Eadie Levy. Mrs. Levy died on Aug. 28 at age 92. Levy Restaurants, which started in 1978 with a single deli, is now an international foodservice mega-company with company with more than 25,000 employees that runs everything from fine-dining spots […]

Restaurant Out of Nowhere Thursdays Starts With the World’s Most Expensive Banh Mi

OON’s Matt Eversman kickstarts his new Out of Nowhere Thursdays series with the “world’s most expensive banh mi” this week, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Greater Chicago Food Depository. When I’m struck by an idea out of nowhere, I tend to enter it into my iPhone notepad and inevitably forget about it […]

Ina’s to close at year’s end as Pinkney retires

On the eve of the publication of her first cookbook, Breakfast Queen Ina Pinkney has announced that she’ll be hanging up her pancake turner and sleeping in late after the end of this year. Her namesake West Loop restaurant, Ina’s, famed for its morning fare, will remain open till Dec. 31. “Life is like baking […]

Chevre a la O’Hare? Partnership links city, restaurant and goats

If you want to take a look at your dinner on the hoof, head out to O’Hare, where a herd of goats belonging to Central Commissary Holdings, owners of Butcher & The Burger in Lincoln Park, is munching on grass around the airport grounds. The 25 goats, plus sheep, llamas and burros are part of […]

Kahan, Roby and Melman honored by Chefs Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Chicago chefs Paul Kahan and Alain Roby and restaurateur Richard Melman! The three culinary greats will be this year’s inductees into the Chicago Culinary Museum Chefs’ Hall of Fame. Kahan is the executive chef and co-owner of avec, Blackbird and three other Chicago restaurants. Guinness Award-winning pastry chef Roby owns All Chocolate Kitchen […]

Farewell, West Town Tavern, La Creperie

Restaurants come and restaurants go. Research shows that about 60 percent of eateries don’t make it even a year. Restaurateurs also change concepts, retire without successors, suffer disasters and lose their leases. We’re very sad, though, when long established favorites shut their doors. Chicago is losing two more places that will be sorely missed. La […]